5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Parent-Teacher Advisory Committee Meeting - Cancelled
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM District-wide Parent University
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM High School Online Course Registration
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM High School Online Course Registration
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Curriculum Fair @ Peoria High School
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Curriculum Fair @ Richwoods High School
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Curriculum Fair @ Manual Academy
6:30 PM - 11:59 PM Board of Education Meeting
Mark Bills Middle School staff participated in an Escape Room activity during last week’s institute day.
Students and moms made over fifty blankets for the Linus Project to provide comfort for children during an extremely difficult time. More than one hundred fancy pens were decorated for Crittenton Center Secret Santa Shop at Northwoods Mall. Cards were made to distribute during Jimmy Binkley’s Christmas Party for the elderly. This also kicked off Mark Bills Middle School’s canned food drive for Peoria Area Food Bank.
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
Jan 13- Report Cards sent home
Jan 16- NO SCHOOL MLK DAY
Jan 17- NO SCHOOL COMMUNITY- Boys basketball @ VS; PJ Day; Spirit week begins
Jan 18- Mix & match day
Jan 19- PARENT UNIVERSITY HOSTED BY MARK BILLS/RHS RMS @ MBS; black & gold day
Jan 20- Honor roll breakfast; Fandom Day
Jan 21- MATH COUNTS @ LMS
Jan 23- High school registration; ALL 5TH GRADE FUTURE CHEF RECIPE CARDS DUE!!!!
Jan 24- PHS curriculum fair 4:30-6
Jan 25- RHS curriculum fair 4:30-6
Jan 26- MHS curriculum fair 4:30-6; WGMS @ MBS 4:00
Jan 30- CC @ MBS
Feb 1- SIP day 10:30 dismissal; Day of Inquiry
Feb 2- RA @ MBS 4:00 8th grade night for basketball players and cheerleaders
Come out to the boys’ basketball games and join the cheerleaders in supporting MBS! We always need more hands clapping and feet stomping in the stands!
Please remember that all students need to be in the school building no later than 7:25 a.m. Too many students are arriving after the 7:30 a.m. bell. Please teach your child the importance of promptness.
This is a reminder that students must wear khaki, navy or black bottoms and white or blue (no turquoise) collared shirts on top. All students must wear belts and have their shirts tucked in. If a student wears a sweater it must be solid without a hood. Plain hoodless black, blue, white or grey sweatshirts or spirit wear approved hooded sweatshirts.
Spirit Week will be January 17-20
Tired Tuesday- Pajama Day
Wacky Wednesday- Mix and Match day
Spirit Thursday- Pack the house night at boys game 4:00; Spirit Day…wear as much black and gold from head to toe and show Eagle Pride!
Fandom Friday- Show your allegiance to whatever you are a fan!
*see January Newsletter for rules and descriptions
Girls Volleyball tryouts will begin on February 8th with coaches Shaw and Vanderheyden.
End of Year Dates:
8th grade field trip- Thursday, May 19
Field Day- Friday, May 20
Awards Day- Monday, May 23 9:00-10:30 am
Graduation- Tuesday, May 24 6:00 pm
*Dates for awards and graduation may change if 2 or more snow days are used.
DANCE TEAM INFORMATION
The MBS Dance Team is performing January 29th at 7:00 PM at Renaissance Coliseum. Fans and families can purchase tickets at the door or through Bradley University’s ticket office.
Our annual all school Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, February 3rd at 1:30.
*see January Newsletter for more information
Hey Mark Bills 5th grade students! Are there any aspiring chefs out there? Well, you can showcase your skills by participating in the upcoming Future Chefs culinary event! Fill out an entry form with your favorite healthy snack recipe. ALL ENTRY FORMS ARE DUE JAN 22!
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY TRIP
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.
Seventy-three students met or exceeded their goals and our readers passed 682 quizzes earning an amazing 4,264 points in the second quarter. The top five point earners from each grade level will also enjoy a nacho party in the library on Tuesday, January 10 to celebrate their accomplishment.