5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Parent-Teacher Advisory Committee Meeting
6:30 PM - 11:59 PM Board of Education Meeting
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mark Bills Middle School at GMB Arts in Education Springtime Celebration
6:30 PM - 11:59 PM Board of Education Meeting
12:00 PM - 11:59 PM Board of Education Meeting
The final Parent University of the 2016-2017 year will be held Thursday, April 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. The host schools are Rolling Acres Middle School and Hines Primary School. Don't miss this great evening of fun family activities!
Mark Bills Middle School students Kaylee Johnson, Davonta' Albert and Justin Hill have collected and donated non-perishable and canned goods to the PCCEO Peoria Area Food Bank as part of their community service project. The three students were commended by PCCEO agency relations specialist Irene F. Weathersby for their contributions.
Mark Bills Middle School 5th grade students presented a Black History Month Living Museum this week. Each student chose an historic figure to research. Students waited in the gym, dressed in costume with their research poster. When family members and guests pressed a button on their hand, each student stood up and gave an oral presentation about their subject.
Mark Bills Middle School 5th grade students took on the role of teacher with a recent unit on systems of the human body. Students researched physiological systems and related health factors, creating posters and presentations describing their research findings with they presented to classmates.
Mark Bills Middle School principal Laura Rodgers went all out to motivate students to meet or exceed their mid-year Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. Every student meeting those goals earned one piece of tape for meeting math goals, one piece of tape for exceeding math goals, one piece for meeting reading goals and one for exceeding reading goals – potentially four pieces of tape. The goal: tape Mrs. Rodgers to the gym wall. 220 students earned pieces of tape. The project took over an hour to complete and Mrs. Rodgers even emceed the weekly Community-School student recognition assembly from the wall.
This month Mark Bills Middle School students demonstrated the learner profile Inquirer on our SIP Day. We challenged the students to Escape the Room in groups consisting of a mix of fifth through eighth grade students. Students were given clues they needed to use to solve problems. Once the problems were solved correctly students were able to open a chest to unlock the next clue. Some students escaped… others not so lucky, but everyone accepted the challenge!
Calvin Coolidge Middle School and Whittier School are the host schools for Peoria Public Schools' February Parent University event at the RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center (600 Northeast Water Street, Peoria, IL 61603). The theme for the Thursday, February 16th (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) will be "Fitness and Wellness. RSVPs are required for each family that wishes to attend. Just visit www.peoriapublicschools.org/rsvp by Tuesday, February 14th at noon.
Last week the Eagles got to show their school spirit by participating in various Spirit Week activities. One of them was a pep assembly on Thursday to pack the house at the home game Thursday night at the boys basketball game. The Mark Bills dance team performed and then our cheerleaders led their grade level in a Victory Cheer after recognizing students in fall sports as well as academic teams such as MathCounts. Each grade level expressed their support and spirit with sound… the sixth grade was the most spirited!!
In performing arts at Mark Bills Middle School, the Band and Orchestra classes have been busy building on the success of our Winter Concert by learning and playing new songs that introduce new skills.
April 18- School resumes; school community
April 19- Girls Soccer Tryouts 2:45-4:00
April 20- Honor Roll Breakfast; Girls Soccer Tryouts 2:45-4:00; Parent University @ Riverfront Museum
April 21- 8:00-9:30 MB Way Display; ALL 8TH GRADE MONEY DUE FOR PROMOTION!
April 22- Earth Day; Kindergarten Transition Fair WCTC 9-2
April 24- School Community
April 25- 8th grade NWEA reading; Progress reports go home
April 26- 5th grade to Gnome exhibit; Secretary’s Day; 7th grade to Dickson Mounds; 8TH NWEA math; Diedre Purcell awards night
April 27- Girls soccer #1; NWEA 7th reading; Talent show practice 2:45
April 28- Leadership Summit; 5th to New Salem; NWEA 7th math
May 1- Teach appreciation week begins; School Community; Girls soccer 2; 6th NWEA reading
May 2- 6th NWEA math; band/orchestra spring concert
May 3- 8th grade to WCTC 12:00; 5th NWEA reading
May 4- Girls soccer 3; 5th NWEA math
May 5- AR field trip to Museum of Sci and Industry
May 8- Girls soccer 4; School community
May 11- Girls soccer 5; Donuts with Dads 9-10:30- Theme: Decades; Parent University; Arts at the Courthouse 12:30
May 15- Districtwide PTO
May 16- Mrs. Ruff retirement party 4-6 in library
May 19- Field Day! 8th grade dance $5.00
May 22- 8th Grade to 6 Flags
May 23- All School Awards 9:00; Promotion practice 12:30
May 24- Promotion 6:00
May 25- Last Day Dismissal 1:30 & Report Cards
Students meeting their personal AR goals each quarter will be put into a drawing for a day trip to Chicago in May. Help your student meet their Quarter 3 goal by making sure they are reading at home and taking AR tests at school.