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District Announcements
March 5 - Supt. Search Survey
Ball-Chatham Superintendent
Search Survey Now Available!

To help develop a superintendent profile that best represents the wishes of our community, an online survey is now available. The survey is designed to allow only one response per device, and be will be open until March 16. Thank you for helping our Board of Education with this important task.  

  Click here to get started!
Mark your calendars - Parade of Pigs is Back!

Parade Begins at Celebration of the Visual Arts

The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation's spring fundraiser aims to help enrich the creativity and innovative potential of our students by collecting donations in piggy banks specially painted by some of the district’s most talented artists! Monies raised will help fund each school's art program.  The ceramic pigs will be unveiled at the district’s Celebration of the Visual Arts Show on March 8th, 1 p.m. at GIS. 

The pigs will then be placed at the host sites until May 22nd to collect donations from our generous community. The host sites are: 

 

  • Island Bay Yacht Club
  • Chatham Library
  • INB-Chatham
  • UCB-Chatham
  • BOS-Chatham
  • County Market-Chatham
  • Powerworks Fitness
  • Edgar's Coffee House
  • Casey's General Store, and
  •  All Ball-Chatham schools
On May 29th, the banks will be auctioned off at a cookout on the patio at Island Bay Yacht Club. 

This year's sponsors are: Maddox Dentistry; Shelley Ebener; Jane Hay Sales & Staging; Ed Clark Photography; Chris and Joan Parks; Dr. Sarah Fowler & Chris Chambers; 
Formea Insurance Group; Steven Koch, CFP, Ameriprise Financial Services; and Kevin Floyd, DDS. In-kind supporters are: China Towne, Frye-Williamson Printing, and Ben Ladage Auctions.

 


PARCC Testing Coming Soon
PARCC Testing Begins March 9
Beginning March 9, Ball-Chatham students in grades 3-8, and high school students enrolled in Algebra II and English III will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. The PARCC replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Students will complete assessments in the areas of math and English Language Arts. These assessments are fully aligned to the K-12 Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core) in English language arts and mathematics. The standards emphasize academic rigor, critical thinking, problem-solving, and college/career readiness for all students. Each school in the Ball-Chatham district has spent the last three years aligning curriculum to the Common Core. PARCC will be administered with paper and pencil in grades 3-4 and electronically (online) for grades 5-11.
 
Testing will take place between March 9 and 20 at the three elementary schools and between March 9 and April 3 at GIS, GMS and GHS. Students who miss any portion of the assessments will be assigned a make-up time within the testing window.
 
These State tests are lengthy - some can take nearly two hours to complete. You can help your child be prepared for the PARCC each day by making sure they get proper rest (at least 8 hrs.), eat breakfast (healthy and balanced), and remind them to stay calm and focused.

School Announcements

Glenwood Elementary Spring Scholastic Book Fair will start on Monday, March 16.  Students will visit the fair during their class library time.  Family members are invited to share in the excitement by shopping with their children.  Themed “Under the Sea” the Book Fair profits raised will help extend the collection in the media center for teachers and students. Cash, checks, and credit cards are welcome. Checks should be made payable to BCGPTO.  The tax rate of 6.25% will be charged on items purchased at the fair. The GES Book Fair will be open during the PTO Fun Fair on Saturday, March 14 from 12 pm until 3:30 pm.  Thank you for supporting BCSD Book Fairs!

 
 
 
  Mon. 3/16 Tues. 3/17 Wed. 3/18 Thurs. 3/19 Fri. 3/20
9:10-9:40 3PC 3FT 3BN 3MR 3DN
9:40-10:10 3GN   4MZ    
10:10-10:40          
10:40-11:10 2MO 2WN   2WL  
11:10-11:40   2GC   2RB 2AD
11:40-12:10 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
12:10-12:40 1SL 1PK 1TB 1LE 1RT
12:40-1:10 1ML        
1:10-1:40 4CN   4HS    
1:40-2:10   0WS 4DY 4FL  
2:10-2:40 0CR 0MC 0OG 0MA 0LO
 
 
 

Birds of Prey Presentation
The Henson Robinson Zoo shared their Birds of Prey presentation with GES fourth graders. It was exciting to meet a red tailed hawk, screech owl, and barn owl.  Students learned how these amazing birds survive in their ecosystems with the help of their adaptations.

 



 


 

 

  RECESS LUNCH
KG  11:00 - 11:20 11:20 - 11:45
1st 11:25 - 11:45 11:45 - 12:10
2nd 11:50 - 12:10 12:10 - 12:35
3rd 12:40 - 1:00 1:00 - 1:25
4th 12:15 - 12:35 12:35 - 1:00
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