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  • Summer School 2020

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  • Click here for new information on the device request program

    Peoria Public Schools has instituted a device check-out program for Remote Learning. So far, more than 4,000 devices have been delivered to students and families since March 30. NEW AS OF APRIL 14: If you have not requested a device yet, please call the front office your student's school between the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The front office staff will fill out the request form for you.

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  • Jaguars earn Attendance Award two straight months

    Congratulations Sterling Middle School for earning top honors in the PPS Most Improved Attendance competition two months straight. Compariing October 2019 to October 2018, Sterling attendance rose 3.90 percent, from 82.24 percent to 93.14 percent. The increase in November was even more dramatic! Attendance rose 4.90 percent, from 87 percent in November 2018 to 91.90 percent in November 2019. Great job Sterling staff, students and families!

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  • 5Essentials Parent Survey now open

    The annual 5Essentials survey helps Peoria Public School administrators, school board members and teachers evaluate your student's school culture by soliciting feedback on five factors necessary for a successful school.

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  • Illinois Report Card information for Sterling

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released our annual School Report Card on Oct. 30 at www.illinoisreportcard.com. The Report Card shows how well our school is progressing on a wide range of educational goals.

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  • Middle school STEM Saturdays starts September 7

    DAPCEP - a free Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program for Peoria Public School 5th - 8th grade students will run Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 7 through October 5. This is the third year the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) has brought its STEM program to Bradley University, the only DACPCEP program offered outside Michigan.

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  • Asbestos Abatement Project

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Learning Anywhere and Anytime!

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    Sterling's Learning Anywhere and Anytime Webpage can be accessed under the Programs and Services section or by clicking on this link: Learning Anywhere and Anytime

     

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    Peoria Public School Families:

    The information contained in this document relate only to COVID-19 mandated school closures.

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provided all public schools with essential grading recommendations during remote learning school closures. Peoria Public Schools is implementing the recommendations through the information provided in this document.

    The overarching recommendations include a focus on learning and not compliance, staying connected with students and families, providing for alternative methods to assess learning, and finally, all procedures are based on the principle of doing no educational harm to any child. This means that all learning will be assessed by the teacher(s) as meaningful feedback to students.

    Overarching Key Guidelines for Peoria Public Schools (K-12)

    All Students

    • Students' grades must not be negatively impacted (lowered) during the duration of the remote learning mandate. Therefore, the grades documented on March 16th, will be maintained unless the student demonstrates improvement in the class.
    • All students will have the opportunity to redo, make up, show progress, or attempt to complete work assigned prior to the remote learning days and during remote learning days. Teachers will work with students to help them understand what options are available.
    • Teachers will maintain regular communication with family members to provide feedback for learning.
    • Teachers will work with families to document skills through a variety of activities.
    • Summer school may be an option for students to improve their grade or remove an incomplete. Other options may be available. A satisfactory “S” will be issued in place of the incomplete.
    • Special Education extended school year (ESY) information will be updated following ISBE guidance.
    • Teachers will monitor progress on web-based programs.
    • Support staff will provide focused effort to engage students who are appearing to be leading to an incomplete rating.

    Grades 5-8

    The emphasis on learning will be to recoup, review, refine, and finish the year.  The main focus will be on prerequisite skills required for the next school year. Multiple pieces of evidence of learning will be used to monitor progress and development.

    Key considerations:

    • During 4th quarter remote learning, students will receive A, B, C, D (earned grades).
    • When determining 4th quarter grade for each student, there will be three options:
    1. Students will receive 4th quarter grade if grade improved from 3rd quarter due to 4th quarter work (A, B, C, D).
    2. Students will receive 3rd quarter grade (A, B, C, D) if work from remote learning did not improve 4th quarter grade.
    3. Students will receive an I (incomplete) if they have an F in 3rd quarter and did not complete work in 4th

    Special Education (K-12th grade)

    The emphasis to assess progress for special education students that is focused on student progress and learning on their IEP goals and objectives. The priority is to assess in a manner that supports motivation and participation in remote learning.

    Key considerations:

    • Maintain regular communication with family members to provide feedback.
    • Evidence of learning examples may mirror grade level expectations when appropriate, but must also include a focus of learning on IEP goals and objectives.
    • Monitor progress of IEP objectives through web-based programs, student work samples, or other appropriate strategies.
    • Focused effort with support staff to engage students who are trending incomplete.
    • Maintain collaboration among case managers, service providers, and general education staff when providing services, accommodations, and assessments/grades.
    • Special Education students will follow the same grading guidelines for your child’s grade level as listed above for general education. However, if your child’s classroom utilizes S (satisfactory) and U (unsatisfactory) during the course of the regular school year, they will follow the guidelines below:
      • Students who engage in remote learning will receive an * (asterisk) to signify engagement or I (incomplete) for no engagement.

     

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