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Week of May 26, 2017

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The REMARKABLE Times is a weekly publication of Peoria Public Schools highlighting news, events and celebrations throughout the District. The first publication was emailed and posted to the web on November 5, 2010. Each Tuesday, The REMARKABLE Times is sent to staff, parents and community members, reviewing the events of the previous week and preparing you for another remarkable week ahead.
 
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  • A Message from Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat

    Last week was an exciting and busy time at the Peoria Public Schools. I was truly gratified to present the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Schools address on Wednesday morning. It was a chance to update stakeholders on the amazing progress the Peoria Public Schools is making toward the five pillars of our strategic plan.

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  • PTOs give Teacher Appreciation Week a special touch

    The week of May 8th is officially Teacher Appreciation Week across the country. Typically the first full week of May, the recognition this year was unofficially spread out over two weeks because Sunday (technically the first day of the week) was still April. But many school districts chose to use the week of May 1st anyway. This week, school board members delivered snack trays and cards to all 27 schools and several teachers were recognized for their achievements at the school board meeting on Monday, May 8th. In addition, many school PTOs made the week extra special with extra treats and gifts for all staff. Thank you to all teachers and staff for all that you do, and thank you to our PTOs for helping recognize our amazing employees!

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  • School nurses manage routine and emergencies with exemplary skill

    May 6 – 12 was National Nurse Appreciation Week, and Wednesday, May 10 is designated as School Nurse Appreciation Day. Peoria Public School nurses manage a range of routine tasks including taking temperatures, administering routine medications, supplying ice bags for playground mishaps and educating parents about rules to ensure safety for all children, such as restrictions on peanut treats and latex balloons for classroom birthday parties.

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  • Celebrating parents this Mothers Day, Richwoods staff and students plant trees

    In the past two years, about a dozen Richwoods High School students have lost a parent. High school counselors, in addition to helping students register for classes, research colleges, careers and understand FAFSA forms, must also help students cope with loss and grief.

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  • You may be eligible for Federal Pell Grants - Sophomores and Juniors strongly encouraged to attend upcoming event

    Peoria Public Schools is working with Illinois Central College to host two more financial aid education sessions for current sophomores and juniors. Attending one of these sessions is strongly recommended for those hoping to attend college and receive a Pell grant. It is REQUIRED for students participating in dual credit/early college courses next year if you are hoping to be eligible for a Pell Grant so that the course costs to be covered by financial aid.

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  • College advisement for students with IEP, 504

    The Bradley University Center for Learning and Access and the Dyslexia Awareness Network (DAN) will host a Dyslexia Awareness Meeting for students preparing for college with an IEP or 504, Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Peoria Public Library North Branch, 3301 Grand Pkwy.

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  • Peoria Public Schools to host annual spring hiring fair tomorrow

    Tomorrow, May 10th, Peoria Public Schools will host its annual spring job fair at Woodruff Career & Technical Center from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. While approximately 50 open teaching positions for the 2017-2018 school year are the focus, the job fair is open to all candidates for all open positions in the district. You can visit the district’s job board at www.peoriapublicschools.org/employment.

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  • We are stronger together: Fix the school funding formula this year!

    School administrators, teachers, parents and advocacy organizations across the state are coming together under the mantle of “Fix the Formula Illinois” to reform the state's inadequate and inequitable funding system during this session of the General Assembly. Contact your legislator about school funding. You are also invited to attend a "Fix the Formula Rally and Fair Funding Footrace" to be held on Wednesday, May 17 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Illinois State Capitol, Lincoln Statue (301 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701).

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  • Caterpillar donation upgrades Manual manufacturing program

    Last week, representatives of Caterpillar, Inc., Peoria Public School administrators and school board members gathered at the Industrial Technology classroom at Manual Academy to highlight manufacturing machines purchased through a $25,000 Caterpillar donation. The state-of-the-art equipment is part of a $300,000 commitment Caterpillar, Inc. has made to the Peoria Public Schools over three years.

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  • Caterpillar to host job fair, high school graduates encouraged to apply

    Caterpillar is holding a Job Fair on May 25th (2-6pm) and 26th (8am-noon) at the Caterpillar Visitors Center. Currently there are around 400 production positions open throughout the Peoria area. Please help spread the word throughout the community. Recruiters and Hiring managers will be onsite to talk about the openings. There will also be computers available for on site applications.

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  • Morton Industries hiring for all shifts

    Morton Industries is holding a job fair on Saturday, May 20 from 9 am - 2 pm at 70 Commerce Drive in Morton, IL. Immediate interviews will be available onsite. Positions available include MIG Welder, TIG Welder, CNC Machine Operator, General Laborer, Quality Inspector, Paint Packout, Saws, Lathe Ooperator, Laser Operator and Production Supervisor.

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  • Courageous Pacers to walk 100th mile on Wednesday

    The Peoria Public Schools annual Courageous Pacers event, Wednesday, May 10, 10 a.m. at Constitution Garden on the Peoria Riverfront, will celebrate 500 students who have walked 100 miles and lifted 10,000 pounds during the 2016-2018 school year.

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  • 63 students compete in PFT K-8 Chess Tournament

    Congratulations to the following top scorers at the Peoria Federation of Teachers (PFT) K-8 Chess Tournament, held at Peoria High School on April 29. Jack Hapke, Kellar Primary School; John Henley, Charter Oak Primary School; Mitchell Wenger, Charter Oak Primary School, Agrini Neekhra, Charter Oak Primary School, Jose Rodriguez, Hines Primary School; Benjamen Otterstrom, Glen Oak Community Learning Center; Anh Truc, Lindbergh Middle School; Olivia Grant, Lindbergh Middle School, and Trinity Evans, Calvin Coolidge Middle School.

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  • All-district jazz concert set for May 12

    High school jazz musicians from Manual Academy, Peoria High School and Richwoods High School will gather on Friday, May 12, 6 p.m. in the Peoria High School Atrium Foyer for the All-District Jazz Night.

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  • PFT, Kiwanis name Teachers of the Year

    Eight Peoria Public School primary and middle school teachers and three PPS high school teachers were recently recognized as outstanding educators by the Peoria Federation of Teachers (PFT) and the Kiwanis Club of Peoria.

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  • Boundary waiver application deadline is this Friday for the 2017-2018 school year

    Each year, Peoria Public Schools families have the opportunity to apply for consideration of a special placement in a school other than the school(s) assigned to the family's home address. The boundary waiver application opened on April 7, 2017 and will close on Friday, May 11, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. You can access the application and more information about the process by visiting www.peoriapublicschools.org/choice.

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  • U.S. Naval Academy high school summer camp

    The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland hosts a six-day Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for high school students. Campers live in academy dorms, have meals in the dining hall and engage in hands-on math and science activities with Naval Academy faculty and midshipmen. The six-day camp includes a day trip to the Simthsonian in Washington D.C. and great evening activities including a performance by the U.S. Navy Band.

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  • Solve Peoria's most pressing issue: Alpha Phi Alpha essay contest

    What is the Peoria community's most pressing issue and how would you propose to resolve this issue? The Golden Torch Foundation and the men of the Peoria Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. announces its annual essay contest for high school students. The contest awards academic achievement while promoting elevated thought on social, intellectual and economic issues in our every day lives.

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  • Peoria Public Library offers live homework help

    The Peoria Public Library offers free live online homework help every weekday from 3 to 10 p.m. Just log in with your Peoria Public Library card.

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  • Nominate your child's amazing teacher

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Check out what is happening in our Remarkable Peoria Public Schools!
Visit our schools' websites for more information and great stories about what is happening in our district.
 
Manual
Academy


Peoria
High School


Richwoods
High School


Kellar
Primary School




 
Franklin
Primary School


Harrison Community Learning Center

Charter Oak
Primary School



Northmoor
Primary School  

 
Calvin Coolidge
Middle School


Sterling
Middle School

Lincoln K-8
 

Thomas Jefferson Primary School



 Mark Bills
Middle School

Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center  Glen Oak Community Learning Center 
 
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