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3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703
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February 26, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Respect yourself. • Respect others. • Respect property.

It is never ok to be disruptive. It is never ok to be hurtful.

NO GUM IS ALLOWED AT SCHOOL!

COUNTDOWN TO ISATs: 2 school days!

TODAY IN HISTORY
On this day in 1919, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park by an act of Congress. The gigantic gorge cuts through the high plateaus of the northwest corner of Arizona. It was formed by thousands of years of erosion from the Colorado River cutting through it.

CAFETERIA
Main Entree: Gilardi Cheese Stix with Sauce; French Fries; Corn
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Cinnamon Glazed Toast
Tuesday's Breakfast: Donuts

All chips are now 35ยข!

You must eat or drink all food before you leave the cafeteria. Nothing is allowed outside! Clean up after yourself in the cafeteria.

Students ~ You must sit on the correct side of the cafeteria. Lunch detentions will be given if you are on the wrong side!

DRESS CODE reminder ~ You may not wear long-sleeved shirts under your uniform polo. Sagging pants will not be tolerated!

In addition, sweatshirts may not be worn half-on, half-off. If you choose to wear a sweatshirt, you must have it on all the way.

Nose piercings are not allowed in District 186 schools. You may not wear a nose ring, a clear spacer, or a bar, or wear a band-aid to cover the piercing. If you refuse to remove the nose ring, you will be written up, sent to the office and sent home.

LUNCH BEHAVIOR
When we have outside days during the winter months, please leave the snow and ice on the ground. If you choose to throw snow, you will receive an after-school detention. Leave the snow on the ground!

When we have an inside lunch day, you must be quiet in the halls. Please be respectful and considerate of those who are in class at that time.

ART CLUB
There is NO Art Club today. We will meet Tuesday, March 3rd after school.

SCHOLASTIC BOWL
Scholastic Bowl will meet today after school in Ms. Wright's room.

SCIENCE FAIR REGIONAL STUDENTS
Please stop by Mrs. Franklin's room today to get some library books for your review of literature. Remember, the changes to your board need to be completed by Tuesday. You may take your board home to fix it this weekend.

MRS. BORDERS TO TAKE A PIE FOR LEUKEMIA
Today, our school joins 25,000 schools nationwide in the School & Youth Programs. For the next few weeks, we will help people who are sick with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. All you have to do is collect coins and other donations and put them in your classroom's collection box. Our school goal is $300. Remember ~ every penny counts!

Mrs. Borders is going to take a hit for leukemia. For $1 you can buy a chance to hit Mrs. Borders with a pie! Give your money to your 1st block teacher and you will receive a ticket. Put your ticket in the box in the main lobby. Come to the ISAT dance and see the lucky winner throw a pie in Mrs. Borders' face!

SPORTS NEWS
6th, 7th, & 8th grade track ~ Track practice begins March 10th. You need the following in order to be able to practice:
1) physical within one year of the date of the last track meet
2) proof of insurance
3) a signed and fully completed athletic card which can be gotten from room 109

6th grade volleyball ~ practice today from 2:30-4PM

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The answer to the previous day's question:
Benjamin Banneker was the first African American to publish an almanac. Banneker, who lived from 1731 to 1806 was a free African American astronomer, mathematician, surveyor, almanac author and farmer. When Banneker's parents died, they left him the family farm. Banneker built a "work cabin" with a skylight to study the stars and make calculations. Working largely alone, he compiled results, which he published in his Almanac.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH LUNCH
The Student of the Month lunch will be tomorrow.

KIDS FIRST SPORTS, INC.
Open registration for baseball and fast pitch softball for children aged 4 through 16 will be held on the following dates at Kids First Sports, Inc. at 1800 S. Dirksen Parkway.

March 7 from 9AM-Noon
March 21 from 9AM-1PM

Additional information is available in the JMS main office or you may visit the Kids First Sports web site at:
http://www.kidsfirstsports.org

COATS & DOORS
All coats, gloves and hats must be removed upon entering the building and must be stored in your locker. You may go to your locker before school, before and after lunch, and after school.

You must enter the building through the proper door. 6th grade students enter through the cafeteria doors. 7th grade students enter through the main lobby doors. 8th grade students enter through the gym lobby doors. Please follow the proper procedure!

BUS STOP SAFETY
Please be very careful when waiting for your bus at your bus stop. Do not stand in the street. For your safety, stand only on the sidewalk.

HALLWAY SWEEPS
Hallway sweeps will continue. Be sure to get to class on time and be in your seat before the tardy bell rings.

PROCEDURE FOR AFTER-SCHOOL DETENTIONS
Students serving after-school detentions should go directly to detention. You should be there by 2:35PM or you will be considered tardy. You may not go outside and come back in. You may not go to the vending machines before detention. No congregating in the halls!

ATTENDANCE
It is very important that you come to school everyday! Come to school and be prepared to learn each and every day of the school year. We need to maintain at least a 90% attendance rate for meeting AYP.
Report from the Previous School Day
6th grade ~ 91%
7th grade ~ 91%
8th grade ~ 86%

ISAT TESTING
ISAT testing is scheduled for March 3-13. You will have practice tests between now and March 3rd. During ISAT, we will have prizes for perfect attendance. We want you to try your best on the tests!

EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS
The 22nd Annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference for 6th, 7th, & 8th grade girls will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009 from 8:45AM - 12:45PM at UIS. This conference is designed to expose these girls to careers related to mathematics, science, and technology.

The cost of attendance is only $10 which will include all workshops, materials, and refreshments.

PBIS/BIST NEWS
Keep earning those PRIDE cards and turning them in so you will be eligible for the next Out of the Blue activity!

GUEST TEACHERS
Whenever you have a guest teacher, you are to show him/her the same respect as you would your regular teacher. The guest teacher knows the BIST procedures. If you are asked to go to the Safe Seat, you must move to the Safe Seat. If you must be removed from the classroom, you will be escorted to room 109 and issued two after-school detentions.

Remember our school expectations:
Respect Yourself • Respect Others • Respect Property

Student behavior has become a concern. Our expectation is for you to respect yourself, others and property. Respecting yourself means using your inside voices in the school, no loud talking, no loud laughing, etc. Respecting others means walking on the right side of the halls, no running through the halls, no pushing and shoving, etc. Respecting property is not throwing papers on the floor, keeping your lockers orderly, and taking care of your textbooks.