Free Access to ABCmouse.com (& more)

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are providing you with free at-home access to our online learning programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ while your child’s school is closed. These research-based educational programs include thousands of digital learning activities, and they can help preschool, pre-k, elementary, and middle school students keep learning while schools are closed.

All three programs can be used on computers, tablets, and smartphones, and you can add up to three children per account!

Please see the document attached below for our school code to setup your account.

Update 3-20-20

Illinois will be under a Stay at Home Order effective March 21 at 5 PM through April 7. The mandated school closure will remain through April 8. Therefore, we will plan to return to school on Tuesday, April 14 following our Spring Break.

Correction: it appears that the school closure has been extended with a tentative reopening date of April 8. Therefore, school would be in session on April 8 before Spring Break. Once again, this date is tentative as the situation remains fluid.

Currently, everything will stay in place as it has been this week through the school closure unless the Illinois State Board of Education gives us different guidance. We will continue our E-learning and providing meals to the youth of our communities. This is still a fluid situation, in which dates could be altered or extended. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication as we continue our students’ learning.

Corona Virus Update – School Closure

At 3:30 pm today Governor J.B. Pritzker informed administration via a teleconference that schools are to be closed starting Tuesday, March 17th through March 30th.

Monday, March 16th will be a normal school day and will be used for teachers to get any needed papers, materials, supplies,  and instructions to students about the e-learning days we will be utilizing. On Tuesday teachers will come in and work on compiling any other materials or content needed to make e-learning happen.

Wednesday, March 18th will then become our first e-learning day and we will continue with e-learning through March 30th. As of now we will plan on students returning to regularly schedule school days on Tuesday, March 31st.

This is still a fluid situation and we will keep you informed as we gather more information.

Warren School with Snow

Extracurricular Weather Cancellations

The girls basketball game scheduled for tonight has been cancelled and there will be no practice for the girls.  All Extracurricular activities and practices have been cancelled for tomorrow (Saturday 1-11-20). The girls game originally scheduled for this Saturday has been rescheduled to 1-18-20 at 6 pm in Pearl City.  It has yet to be determined if the boys basketball game scheduled for tomorrow will be made up.

Found Some Old Slide Photos

Happy Friday! We found a couple boxes of old slides in storage when cleaning up. Here’s a small gallery of some of them. Leave a comment if you know any of the folks below.

Let us know if you’re interested in seeing more content like this in the future. 😀

Alma SIS

Introducing our new Student Info System – Alma

We are happy to introduce our new Student Information System (SIS), Alma! Alma will replace InformationNow (aka INOW) this school year. After 2+ years of research, we chose Alma due to their forward-thinking mission and ease of use for teachers and parents. Over the summer, we migrated our data from InformationNow to Alma and we are  (almost) all set to use it.

Here’s what you can expect with Alma from the start:

  • Mobile-friendly interface (so you can check grades and other info on your phone)
  • Updated user-interface so the things you’re looking for are easier to find and understand
  • Easier Parent-Teacher communication
  • Refreshed report cards
  • Behind the scenes, Alma is designed to save time, give staff instant insights, and reduce busywork

Eventually we will also include:

  • Online Registration
  • Online Payments
  • Standards/Competency Based Grading & Report Cards

In the coming weeks, we will be sending information on how you can access the parent and student portal in Alma. Your portal account will be tied to the email address so make sure we have a current email on file during registration.

We will also be discussing the change to Alma during our State of the School event on September 11. Don’t forget to register to learn more!