Dear CPS Families,
We firmly believe that every family in Chicago should have information about how well their schools are performing. In 2013, CPS adopted the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP), an equitable, comprehensive tool for evaluating school performance and sharing that information with families. In addition to giving families valuable performance information, SQRP also provides a long-term view of progress for the district.
SQRP uses several factors to measure school success, including student attendance, school culture and academic growth. Students’ performance on standardized tests also contributes to their school’s overall SQRP rating.
With this in mind, I want to inform you about how schools’ SQRP will be calculated in the coming school year. CPS plans to continue to use the NWEA MAP exam for students in 2nd through 8th grade for at least another year to ensure consistency in our accountability measurements, pending Board approval. We’ve heard from many principals who have effectively used the NWEA to show consistent progress across the long-term, as well as use its tools to monitor students’ progress. Additionally, with the PARCC expiring next year, CPS is not willing to put all our stakes in that assessment until we see a longer-term commitment from the state of Illinois.
We also want to inform you that NWEA will continue to be used for selective enrollment in the next school year, as well as promotion in grades 3, 6 and 8 – as we have done in previous years.
Finally, CPS will continue to look for opportunities to reduce unnecessary testing of students. If you have any questions about NWEA MAP or the changes to SQRP, please contact your school principal.
Dr. Janice K. Jackson Chief Education Officer Chicago Public Schools
CPS Letter on School Quality Policy Information (English) - 3/31/17
CPS Letter on School Quality Policy Information (Spanish) - 3/31/17
A message from Northern Illinois University:
Students entering grades 2 through 12 who are looking for engaging, hands-on ways to explore their interests and career options this summer can now register for Northern Illinois University’s 2017 summer camps.
Day and residential camps run throughout June, July and August. The schedule includes both time-tested favorites and exciting new offerings from programs across the NIU community. With options in science and technology, visual arts, music performance, theater, TV broadcasting and sports, every young learner will definitely find something to spark their interest.
A full schedule is available online. Log on today to make sure that you reserve a spot for your top choice. Several camps offer both merit- and need-based scholarships. Some camps also offer discounts for early-bird registration, children of NIU employees, returning campers or families who enroll multiple children.
Young creative writers, filmmakers and public speakers will be particularly interested in this year’s offerings from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
“Our camps immerse students in every step of the creative process from brainstorming to planning to final edits and revisions,” says Mark Pietrowski, acting director of the college’s External Programming office. “That’s why kids love them so much. They learn how to make things and express themselves. Along the way, some of them catch a glimpse of a future career.”
For jazz musicians, stage actors and visual artists, the College of Visual and Performing Arts is offering its usual roster of residential camps that help students polish their art through intensive, daily practice guided by experts.
Students looking to explore a passion for science, technology, engineering or math can choose from an array of STEM-related camps. Students entering grades 7-9 can choose from art, chemistry, coding, electricity and magnetism, LEGO Robotics, photography, sci-fi, survival, video games and WaterBotics.
“These camps always sell out quickly,” says Jeremy Benson, Director of STEM Summer Camps. “We have campers who enjoy camp so much that they come back multiple times. Some of them worked through several tracks and wanted more, so we made more. We want as many people as possible to find their STEM passion.”
Even the youngest students can have a summer STEM experience. The STEM Juniors day camp will offer project-based STEM activities including electrical circuit design and 3D printing for students entering grades 2-5. The STEM Divas day camp includes similar activities with an additional focus on helping female students embrace empowering STEM skills.
For students whose primary tech passion lies in video games, NIU’s Digital Convergence Lab offers a series of game design camps with options for all levels of computer coding experience.
Students entering grades 10-12 who attend STEM Career Exploration camps get to pick a professional field that interests them the most, whether it’s coding, earth and space sciences, engineering, health, life sciences, physical sciences or video games. Campers will learn about the different jobs in these fields through hands-on experiences.
At the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine overnight camp (July 9-12), students learn what it takes to help athletes succeed.
“Most students at our Sports Medicine camp go on to study athletic training in college and become certified athletic trainers,” says Sue Hansfield, assistant director of Athletics.
A similar professional focus is at the forefront of the Hospitality Leadership Camp (June 14-16) and gives high school students an introduction to the hospitality industry including travel and tourism, the hotel industry, and restaurant and event management. Through work with NIU professors and trips to local restaurants and hotels, campers will learn about this career landscape.
Students drawn to the fashion industry from forecasting trends to crafting marketing plans can sign up for the new Fashion Studio Camp (June 27-29) with classes led by NIU’s Fashion Merchandising Faculty.
Don’t delay, sign your child up for NIU’s 2017 summer camps!
Check out Ms. Drase's 4th grade class in Climate Change Through Movement, made possible by a partnership with Peirce and Loyola's dance and science departments.
Career Day at Peirce is in on April 21, 2017, from 8:15AM-12:15 AM.
Every year parents, guardians, aunts, uncles help educate and inspire Peirce students to consider a range of career opportunities.
Please consider sharing your knowledge about your profession with Peirce students.
Speakers are needed for the following times:
Block 1 - 8:15-9:15 AM
Block 2 - 9:15 AM-10:15 AM
Block 3 - 10:15 AM-11:15 AM
Block 4 - 11:15 AM- 12:15 PM
Peirce Career Day Speaker Registration
For more information, please contact Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer, Middle Years Programme Coordinator at Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies.
The Annual Spring Concert is Friday, March 31st in the Peirce Auditorium. There are shows at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. See below for specific times for grades and classrooms.
Music: Folk Songs from Uganda & Uruguay
Dance: Showcasing Ballet technique
Morning show: Rooms 225 (Alber) & 228 (Bencel/Polk)
Afternoon show: Rooms 223 (Delgado) & 224 (Baumgarten)
Music: Songs of Freedom and Justice
Dance: Jazz and Tap
Morning show: Rooms 323 (Lynn/Wasson) & 324 (Zisook)
Afternoon show: Rooms 321(Schaefer) & 322 (Terzian)
Music: Recorder songs
Dance: The Art of Choreography
Morning show: Rooms 204 (Sweeney/Trad) & 208 (Fane)
Afternoon show: Rooms 203 (Schaper) & 209 (Drase)
Music: Gotta Be Jazz!
Plus...Peirce Performers (advanced choir) With special guests: Peirce Ukulele Club!
Spring Concert Performance Schedule Flyer - 3/21/17
Hello Friends of Peirce!
The Peirce School 18th Annual Move-a-thon will take place Friday May 5, 2017. As a parent, you can help raise more funds for our school!
Our ad sponsor and family 'shout-out' book will be given to the entire student body plus staff.The booklet may have valuable coupons as well encouraging words for your child/children; classmates; teachers; or the entire school that YOU want to share!
The shout-out ads can be for a student from a parent, from a student to another student, from a student/family to a special teacher and more. Everyone can get involved!
The program book offers opportunities to advertise your business or community group through a full, half or quarter page ad. We realize that the point of any advertising is to drive business to the business. With that in mind, feel free to submit a coupon-type ad. Or your company can simply say "We support Peirce School." Join us for this special opportunity to have your company noted in the Ad Sponsor Booklet.
If you have questions, please contact Manini Rao at (312) 218-4342 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
All money raised from the Ad Sponsor Booklet and the Move-a-thon will go directly to support our growing athletics programs, educational student field trips and stipends for otherwise teacher-funded classroom supplies. As you can expect, Peirce counts on this event and others like it to provide these resources to ALL our students.
Remember the deadline to submit your Ad/Shout-out is before or by April 21, 2017
Manini Rao & The Friends of Peirce Board
Wednesday, April 5, 2017; 9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
(Please note: Peirce Performers will be performing in the Spring Concert, March 31)
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY to see when your child’s classes will be ending.
These classes will end the week of March 20 – March 24, 2017 (THIS week)
Tues: Chess Beginners, Healthy Peirce Kids, Reader’s Theater, Tissue Paper Art,
World Cinema, Yoga Kids
Thurs: Board Games, Bollywood Kids, Bollywood Stars, Chess Advanced, Nature Club,
Spoken Word Poetry, Sports Clinic, Ukulele Club
These classes will end the week of March 27 – March 31, 2017 (NEXT week)
Mon: Dancing with Class
Tues: Peirce Performers
Wed: Animé Club, Coloring Club, Harry Potter Book Club, LEGO Maniacs,
Life Service Action, Peirce Press, Soccer, Jr.
Thurs: Dance Fundamentals (Thurs)
Fri: Acting, African Dance & Culture, Latin Dance
These classes will end during the week of April 4 – April 7, 2016
Mon: Battle of the Books, Bollywood Jr, Cursive Writing, Floor Hockey, Soccer Kids
Tues: Ballet, Cheerleading, Dance Fundamentals (Tues)
These ASAS classes will continue after Spring Break:
Girls on the Run (Mon & Wed) ends June 4
Simply Shakespeare Drama (Tues) – May 24
Student Council (Thurs) – Ends April 28
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
***PLEASE NOTE: Some Math and Reading programs will be continuing***
Thank you to Ms. Agustin, Ms. Bencel, Ms. Brugman, Ms Carro, Ms. Cruz, Ms. Ferrand, Ms. Gerhardt, Ms. Graney, Mr. Greenwell, Ms. A. Hopkins, Ms. K. Hopkins, Ms. Jetton, Ms. Kerkstra, Ms. Lawrenz, Ms. Leander, Ms. Moritz, Ms. Muhammad, Ms. Nigh, Mr. Pejavic (Chess volunteer), Ms. Pulgar, Ms. Reyes, Ms. Schaefer, Ms. Schultz, Ms. Shah, Mr. Skvarenina, Ms. Smith, Ms. Tafoya, Mr. Trad and Ms. Zawayta for sharing your time and talents with the students!
ASAS Updates Letter (Spanish) - 3/20/17
ASAS Updates Letter (English) - 3/20/17
Read about the state of IB at Peirce in the March issue of The Communicator.
We're almost there...Thanks to the success and support of our raffles, T-Shirt sales, International Dance night, and GENEROUS donations, we are only $2,867.00 away from meeting our ultimate fundraising goal for the 7th & 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. (May 10-12). In order to make sure this awesome experience happens for every one of the 24 students registered to attend, we need a little more help form our Peirce Family, and here are three ways that you can show your support:
Buy a T-Shirt...or TWO, or THREE!
Our newest Peirce T-Shirts are still available in ALL SIZES for $10. Look for order forms in your child's book bag. You can also purchase a T-Shirt anytime by stopping in the main office.
Buy a 50/50 Raffle Ticket
Drawing April 6! We will have one final 50/50 raffle during the week of April 3. Tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5 and 7 for $10. The raffle winner keeps 50% of the money collected. This is a great opportunity to win some extra cash for SPRING BREAK.
Donations are ALWAYS Happily Accepted!
If neither of the options described above appeal to you, you can always make a donation in the Peirce Main Office. No amount is too small and every contribution gets us a little closer to our goal.
Make checks payable to HELEN C. PEIRCE school of International Studies, and on the memo line, indicate "D.C. TRIP".
You can also donate online via Friends of Peirce.
Questions, anyone? For more information about the trip, please contact Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer, Middle Years Programme Coordinator at Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies.
The preschool application for the City of Chicago is set to launch in April 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents will be able to apply to over 600 different schools and community-based City administered programs from chicagoearlylearning.org.