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!
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
- County Market-Chatham
- Powerworks Fitness
- Edgar's Coffee House
- Casey's General Store, and
- All Ball-Chatham schools
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.
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.
Saturday March 14, 2015
12 to 4 p.m. ~ Glenwood Elementary School
If you have already signed up to volunteer, thank you! You will be walking down the Red Carpet and entered into several surprise raffles. If you haven't volunteered, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to star at this event. All volunteers will be entered into the raffle.
Please fill out the volunteer form and return it to your child’s teacher by March 6. If you've any questions contact Karen Westbrook at email@example.com.
The profit from this event is donated to the three elementary schools.
The Ball-Chatham School District, through its many volunteers, is working with area businesses to bring PBIS into the community. PBIS, (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) is a school-wide system that strives to improve consistency in expected behaviors, resulting in students being ready and prepared to learn. All of our district schools, kindergarten through high school, have adopted three core behavior expectations; BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, AND BE SAFE. By teaching these expectations, students of the Ball-Chatham School District will have the knowledge and skills necessary to become respectful, responsible and safe community members. Our goal is to have community-wide support of our behavior expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe.
The Glenwood Athletic Booster organization is selling Titan wear, stadium chairs, cookbooks, and yard signs and will guarantee delivery by December 25th of all orders placed by December 5th. Click here to download the order forms. The forms should be turned in to the main office at your child’s school, and a booster club member will be collecting them every Friday beginning October 24th.
Wednesday - Wacky Day
Thursday - Character Day.
self-respect and healthy living. . . . .
April 23, 2015 - Community Project
May 5, 2015 - Practice 5K
May 16, 2015 - 5K Event at Lincoln Land Community College
May 19, 2015 - Final Celebration Day