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Upcoming Events
 
District Announcements
2015 GHS Summer Sports Camps
Glenwood Sports Camps Announced!
The Glenwood High School Sports Camps have been announced for this summer!áClick hereáfor details on all the camps and the registration form. Registration is due by May 8. Registrations received after May 22 are subject to a $5 per child late fee.

Village of Chatham Summer Program
Village of Chatham Summer Recreation Program Announced
The Village of Chatham Summer Recreation Program information is now available! There are programs for children and adults alike. Also included this year are the GHS Summer Sports Camps details. Click here for details!

Pre-K Screening
Pre-K Spring Screening
The Ball-Chatham Pre-K Spring Screening dates are April 30 and May 1. The comprehensive screening includes evaluations in the areas of: academic ability, speech and language development, fine and gross motor skills, and social/emotional development. Children must be three-years-old by the screening dates to be eligible for spring screening. An additional screening will be held in August for children turning three before September 1, 2015.á

Please call 483-2414áext. 1302 onáAprilá1stáorá2ndábetween the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to schedule an appointment for screening on Aprilá30tháor Mayá1st.á

PARCC Testing
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.áPARCC will be administered with paper and pencil in grades 3-4 and electronically (online) for grades 5-11.
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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.
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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.

PBIS Hits the Streets!
The Ball-Chatham School District, through its many volunteers, is working with area businesses to bring PBIS into the community.á 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.á
Welcome to Ball Elementary - "Where Titans Learn and Grow"
Upcoming Events
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Spring Break begins April 3, 2015, classes resume on April 13.á Enjoy your time off!
Spring Pictures will be taken on April 14, 2015 for all students.

Girls on the Run
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Girls on the Run is an experience-based learning program for girls in grades 3-5.á Practices combine an innovative and fun curriculum designed exclusively for pre-teen girls addressing specific life skills through the use of games, warm-ups and workouts.á Program begins on March 3, 2015 in room 156 at Ball Elementary on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45pm - 4:00pm.á The program concludes with a non-competitive 5K on May 19th.á The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social mental and physical development. á

Important Dates:
á á áApril 23, 2015 - Community Project
á á áMay 5, 2015 - Practice 5K
á á áMay 16, 2015 - 5K Event at Lincoln Land Community College
á á áMay 19, 2015 - Final Celebration Day

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