6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Richwoods IB Informational mtg. for parents
6:30 PM - 11:59 PM Board of Education Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Parent-Teacher Advisory Committee Meeting
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.
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
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!!
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!
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
During The Day of Inquiry, teachers and students at Mark Bills, an IB World School, focused on using and improving inquiry skills. Inquiry, interpreted in the broadest sense, is the process initiated by students or the teacher that moves students from their current level of understanding to a new and deeper level of understanding.
As an introduction to the weather unit, and learning how wind effects temperature we built weather vanes. We noticed a storm was rolling in, so we were able to test them out. Our goal was to measure the direction the wind was coming in. Throughout the unit we have plans to explore other tools meteorologists use to predict the daily weather through weather patterns.
Mark Bills Middle School 8th grade students along with other Peoria Public School 8th graders, attended the Construction Industry Career Expo last week. Representatives from a variety of trades including electricians, carpenters, plasterers, steamfitters, bricklayers, operating engineers and sheet metal workers talked to students about post-high-school apprenticeships programs and career opportunities. Each area gave students a chance to participate in hands-on activities, including bending electrical conduit, operating a front-loader and working with mortar, plaster and concrete. Students even tried their spray-painting skills with the help of a virtual spray paint demonstration.
The International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day, was brought into being by United Nations Resolutions in 1981 and 2001. Each year, hundreds of students take part in a student observance of Peace Day which includes committing to being Messengers of Peace.