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  • Attendance goals earn popcorn

    Last week at MBS, students were rewarded for improving their attendance rate from September to October and/or if they met our school-wide goal for both months. Each student that increased or met the school-wide goal earned a bag of popcorn with their attendance data was attached. Way to go Eagles!

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  • It's that time of year for the Book Fair!

    You can order online!!

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  • Eagles Mix It Up at lunch

    As a part of The Eagles participating in Unity Month we broke social boundaries by mixing it up! A national campaign started by Teaching Tolerance over a decade ago, Mix It Up at Lunch Day promotes students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. Research from Teaching Tolerance shows that students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. On the last Tuesday in October, we asked students to move out of their comfort zones and talk with someone they don’t usually sit with over lunch. It’s a simple act with deep implications. Studies show that collaborations across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions fall away. Students were given a pencil with an anti-drug message on it. Students then sat at the table that represented their pencil. Students were very receptive and truly enjoyed crossing those social boundaries. Such a diverse group that truly embraces differences within our school community. #openminded

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  • Mark Bills students attend WCTC manufacturing fair

    Students at Mark Bills Middle School, an IB World School, participated in a manufacturing expo at WCTC. They rotated through various stations and were able to broaden their knowledge on what it actually looks like to be in the manufacturing field. They were able to control a robot, investigate two types of welding, learn about quality control in the 95th percent accuracy, fabricate metal to create a custom product and practice 3D printing. This was a fun-filled afternoon will many learning opportunities. #ManufacturingMatters

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  • Students face staff in dodgeball for PBIS reward

    At the end of the quarter, Mark Bills students who met a PBIS school-wide goal were able to participate in a quarterly celebration. While, for some, this was an eye-opening experience not being able to attend, it encourages all students to strive for behavior that allows them to participate in the next celebration at the end of the second quarter. Students who attended participated got a snack and cheered on the participants in a Student vs. Staff Dodgeball Game. It was a fun-filled afternoon.

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  • Proposed school facilities sales tax for building improvements

    On Tuesday, November 8, Peoria county voters will consider whether to support The Peoria County School Facilities Sales Tax. If approved by voters, the ½% sales tax would generate $9 million annually to be shared among all Peoria County public school districts, based on enrollment. The Peoria Public Schools would receive approximately $4.2 million annually. The revenue is to be used specifically for school building improvements. The Peoria Public Schools building and grounds staff has assessed the needs of each building in the District. Here is the plan for Mark Bills Middle School.

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  • Cat Visitors Center hosts engineering event for girls

    Students at Mark Bills Middle School, an IB World School, participated in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) at the Caterpillar Visitors Center. Girls rotated through various stations to develop a clearer view engineering fields. The event provided plenty of hands-on experiences. Girls could control a robot, build bridges, learn how to refurbish a motor and work together to create an assembly line with restrictions. This was a fun-filled morning will many problem-based learning opportunities. #ILookLikeAnEngineer

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  • Students measure liquid capacity

    Students were given a plastic container, a 100ml jar, a pitcher of water, and a sharpie. The task was to determine how to create their own 1-liter beakers. Students succeeded and were able to put their beaker to the test when they used it to measure liquid capacity. They applied prior knowledge on decomposing a liter. Way to be inquirers!!

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  • Eagles wear pink for cancer research

    Mark Bills, an IB World School, supported the American Cancer Society’s effort to raise money to support the local and national efforts by funding groundbreaking research, offering lodging and transportation for patients and caregivers undergoing treatment, and providing access to lifesaving mammograms nationwide. This is the largest voluntary health organization in the United States, they have helped countless men, women and families fight against cancer. Way to exhibit the learner profile trait, caring, and support our local community Eagles!

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  • PBIS long lunch

    The Eagles reached their PBIS school-wide goal for the month of September and earned a long lunch. This included teachers and students. The focus this month was 15 or fewer referrals for disruptions. Students were able to spend time enjoying the fall weather. It was quite a treat that everyone got to enjoy. Keep it up Eagles! #onwardtoOctober

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Announcements

Attendance Counts! Every student, every class, every day! MBS is striving for 100% attendance every day! Planners were distributed to students the first week of school. Please read over the Student Handbook inside, sign and return the signature page. Students have already started checking out Library books and taking AR tests. Ask your student what they are reading for SSR! Back-to-School Night is Wednesday, August 24th, 6:00-7:30pm! Parents, come see your child's classrooms, talk to teachers, sign up for PTO and Volunteer days. Parents are encouraged to come to the first Parent University on August 25th, 5:30-8pm at the Lakeview Noble Center. Please sign in as a Washington parent to show how much our parents care! Please schedule Doctor and Dentist appointments after school hours, so as not to disrupt the school day. Make sure to get the Sports Physical when you get the School Physical, so that students are ready for anything. Keep yourself active but cool by hiking the shaded trails at Forest Park, walking or riding the Rock Island Trail to Junction City or the ice cream shop in the Heights, or catching a cool breeze off the Illinois River down at the Riverfront. Maybe you will find a few Pokemon on your walks as well!
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Mark Bills Middle School is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) offering MYP years 1, 2, 3 and 4. The 2017 MB Way Display Design Folder and Reflection Guide can be found here.
  

Announcements

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    Check out the November Newsletter on our website under the 'Students & Parents' tab.
     
    Chess Club meets after school with Ms. Smith.
     
    Progress Reports are sent home November 10th.  
     
    Bring your Eagle Bills to lunch for the PBIS Store every Friday.
     
    No school for Veteran's Day on Nov 11th.
     
    Picture Retakes will be November 15th.
     
    IB Applications due to Richwoods Nov 18th. 
     
    PTC WERQ fundraiser @ MBS 5:30- 7:00 November 19th.
     
    Richwoods High School invites you to the 45th Annual Camelot Classic Speech Tourney and the 5th Annual Storm the Castle event on Nov 19th. 
     
    We love seeing all of our Grandparents at the Grandparents Day Breakfast on Thursday, Nov 17th.
     
    No School Nov 23-25 for Fall Break. Enjoy the long weekend and see you Monday! 
       
    Attendance Counts! Every student, every class, every day! MBS is striving for 100% attendance every day!

    Planners were distributed to students the first week of school. Please read over the Student Handbook inside, sign and return the signature page.

    Students have already started checking out Library books and taking AR tests. Ask your student what they are reading for SSR!
     
     
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