6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM District-wide Hiring Fair
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Parent-Teacher Advisory Committee Meeting
Mark Bills Middle School art teacher Mary Ruff and the 7th grade enriched art class and Mrs. Cole's 7/8 class visited The Peoria Riverfront Museum Titanic exhibit recently. The trip was funded by a $500 field experience grant from The Peoria Public Schools Foundation. Media specialist Robin White wrote the grant.
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!
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
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
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.
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