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  • District seeks feedback on proposed school day schedule change

    Peoria Public Schools is proposing the following starting/dismissal times as a way to align school starting times with research that indicates older students fare better with later start times -- and also to balance the transportation budget without minimizing services to students and families.

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  • Mark Bills students give to Peoria Area Food Bank

    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.

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  • Living Museum teaches about historic African Americans

    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.

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  • Beef tacos recipe wins Mark Bills Future Chef competition

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  • Fifth graders learn while teaching

    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.

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  • Unusual incentive motivates improved test scores

    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.

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  • Day of Inquiry with a Twist

    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!

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  • RSVP for Parent University on Feb. 16 at the Riverplex

    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.

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  • Eagles soar during Spirit Week

    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!!

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  • Band, orchestra members perfecting skills for spring concert

    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.

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Attendance Counts! Every student, every class, every day! MBS is striving for 100% attendance every day! Planners were distributed to students the first week of school. Please read over the Student Handbook inside, sign and return the signature page. Students have already started checking out Library books and taking AR tests. Ask your student what they are reading for SSR! Back-to-School Night is Wednesday, August 24th, 6:00-7:30pm! Parents, come see your child's classrooms, talk to teachers, sign up for PTO and Volunteer days. Parents are encouraged to come to the first Parent University on August 25th, 5:30-8pm at the Lakeview Noble Center. Please sign in as a Washington parent to show how much our parents care! Please schedule Doctor and Dentist appointments after school hours, so as not to disrupt the school day. Make sure to get the Sports Physical when you get the School Physical, so that students are ready for anything. Keep yourself active but cool by hiking the shaded trails at Forest Park, walking or riding the Rock Island Trail to Junction City or the ice cream shop in the Heights, or catching a cool breeze off the Illinois River down at the Riverfront. Maybe you will find a few Pokemon on your walks as well!
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Mark Bills Middle School is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) offering MYP years 1, 2, 3 and 4. The 2017 MB Way Display Design Folder and Reflection Guide can be found here.


    Check out the February Newsletter on our website under the 'Students & Parents' tab.
    Upcoming Dates:

     Feb 6- 6th grade/7th grade Horizon’s Club goes to courthouse 9:30-12:00; Video and Kick off for Coins for Kids at SC; Disability Awareness Week 1

    Feb 7- Varsity tourney @ MBS 4:00

    Feb 8- JV Volleyball tryouts 2:45-4; PTC meeting 6:30

    Feb 9- Varsity Vball tryouts 2:45-4

    Feb 10- Happy & Bright Dance- Shortened Sch. $5.00 Food & out of uniform;

    Feb 13- Coins for Kids starts- HR Door Decorating- Disability Awareness Week 2

    Feb 14- Progress Reports go home

    Feb 15-penny war begins at lunch for door dec;

    Feb 16- 5th going to HULT @ 9:00

    Feb 17- 5th going to HULT @ 9:00


    Feb. 21- - Disability Awareness Week 3 

    Feb. 23- $1 buy out of uniform and support Coins For Kids

    Feb 28- Girls Volleyball @ MBS

    Mar 1- SIP Day $2.00 out of uniform- 10:30 dismissal


    Congratulations to Cooper - our top winner in the Spelling Bee!


    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.

    Don't forget to bring your Eagle Bills to lunch each Friday for the Eagle Store!  


    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.



    Girls Volleyball tryouts will begin on February 8th with coaches Shaw and Vanderheyden. 


    End of Year Dates:

    8th grade field trip- Monday, May 22nd

    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.



    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.

    Attendance Counts! Every student, every class, every day! MBS is striving for 100% attendance every day!

    Planners were distributed to students the first week of school. 

    Ask your student what they are reading for SSR!
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