Eunice Smith Elementary Parent/Student Information
Guidelines for Student CelebrationsPlease note that there are some changes to our policies for birthday celebrations in the classrooms. We are interested in protecting the instructional minutes of our school days. The new guidelines were listed in the calendar you were issued at registration.
It stated: Parents of elementary students are allowed to bring in reasonable, store-bought treats for their child to share with classmates for his/her birthday. Parents are not allowed to go to the classroom. Treats can be left in the office and will be taken to the classroom when the teacher is ready for the treats to be served.
This is a common policy for all Alton School District Elementary Schools. Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated.
Health Exams and Immunization
Kindergarten students need to have their physical/vision exams and immunization documentation to the school no later than October 1, to avoid being excluded from school. We want everyone at school everyday possible. Dental exams for Kindergarten and 2nd grade students are not due until May 2016.
Higher Standards and Testing Changes
The Illinois State Board of Education raised the bar in 2010 by adopting more rigourous learning standards, the Common Core Standards. In 2013, the bar was raised on the state's annual standardized achievement tests (also known as ISATs) by increasing performance expectations for students in grades 3-8.
By raising performance expectations on the ISATs, all districts in the state of Illinois saw a drop in the Sping 2013 test scores for students in grades 3-8. This does not mean that the students knew less or that teachers didn't provide good instruction, but it is giving the state an earlier indication of where students perform in terms of college and career readiness.
We realize that it is not easy to see a drop in your student's or school's scores, but we also know that we have great teachers who are working hard every day to prepare your children for these new, higher expectations for learning.
In the 2015-2016 school year, students will take new online assessments that are specifically designed to align with the Common Core. The new tests will demand students show more critical thinking, problem solving and excellent writing skills. Students will be assessed at least twice within a year's time span in order to better gauge progress and help teachers identify specific areas of need and provide appropriate interventions to support student success.
If you have questions regarding the changes, please contact Mrs. Meggos, 463-2077.
Alton School District: 1854 E. Broadway, Alton, IL 62002 | Phone: 618-474-2600 Fax: 618-463-2126
Eunice Smith Elementary: 2400 N. Henry St. , Alton, Ilinois 62002 | Phone: 618-463-2077 Fax: 618-433-4973