MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
Locker Clean Out and Book/Technology Return
When we left school, we did not know that our Superstars wouldn't be coming back to the building for the rest of the school year. We know that personal belongings were left in classrooms, lockers, and the nurse's office.
In addition, your child may have brought home books or borrowed a device to aid in remote learning that needs to be returned to the school.
We are waiting for guidance from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on how to safely make sure books, belongings, and technology are returned to their proper location. As soon as we have information, we will communicate via this newsletter and the school web site.
Are you or someone you know looking for Skinner West enrollment information for next school year? We are currently waiting for guidelines from Chicago Public Schools (CPS), but expect this information in mid-June. Once we have information, we will post it in the Admission section of our web site.
We will have pre-K in the fall. Universal pre-K will take place for 4-year-olds. Registration information will be posted as soon as we have it. Registration for 3-year-olds is currently TBD.
Skinner West faculty and staff are currently working on a virtual tour of our school! As soon as it's complete, we will link to it from the web site. Thank you for your patience as we film our amazing building!
Superstars Summer Camp has reviewed industry guidelines from the CDC, IDPH, and City of Chicago regarding in-person summer camp this year. They also looked at going virtual. Sadly, they won't be able to offer either this summer.
The guidelines prevent them from putting a high quality, in-person experience together for campers. They decided against a virtual camp because their expertise is rooted in an in-person experience.
For those who have submitted a deposit, camp directors will send out refunds next week.
Third Quarter Report Cards
Third quarter report cards were mailed by the district two weeks ago. If you have not yet received your child's report card, please notify your child's teacher for assistance.
Fourth Quarter and Final Grades for Elementary Students
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has announced how elementary students will be graded for the fourth quarter and final year-end grades.
Fourth Quarter Term Grades
- If a student earns a fourth quarter grade that is the same letter or higher than their third quarter grade, they will receive a letter grade for the fourth quarter.
- If a student's grade drops below their third quarter grade, but they demonstrate regular engagement in remote learning or reasonable mastery of assigned work (as evidenced by earning a D or higher), they will receive a Pass for fourth quarter.
- If a student does not demonstrate regular engagement in remote learning or mastery of assigned work (receiving an F), they will receive an Incomplete for the fourth quarter. Students who receive an incomplete will be prioritized for summer school, if summer school can be held this year.
Final grades, normally calculated as an average of the four term grades, will be determined using these guidelines:
- If a student earns a letter grade for their fourth quarter grade, their final grade will be the average of all four term grades.
- If a student earns a Pass for their fourth quarter grade, their final grade will be the average of their first, second, and third quarter grades.
- If a student earns an Incomplete for the fourth quarter grade, their final grade will be an Incomplete. They will be prioritized for summer school, if summer school can be held this year.
If you are concerned about your child's grade, please speak with your child's teacher.
Skinner West will no longer have a tuition-based Pre-k program in the fall. CPS has now designated our Pre-K program as a universal pre-K program in the fall. More information will be forthcoming regarding the application process and guidelines.
Neighborhood and Classical kindergarten registration will most likely start in mid-June. The administration is still waiting for guidance from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as to how registration will proceed. Once we have information, we will post it in the Admission section of our web site.
The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's Tournament Three for the 2019-2020 season in February. The overall topic for the year was: Arms sales. The cases debated at this tournament were Ukraine, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia.
More than 100 debaters across 65 teams from six schools competed at the tournament. Skinner West swept the JV division--winning all of the team and individual awards. We also won 75% of the Novice team awards. Our Superstars won 67% of all possible awards at the tournament (30 out of 45).
Congratulations to all of the participating Skinner Superstars for a great debate tournament!
Novice Individual Awards
Novice Team Awards
|8th||Darwin B. and Samar M.|
|7th||Matthew Z. and Alexis M.|
|6th||Josiah R. and Erik I.|
|5th||Kyle L. and Xibao Q.|
|4th||Aarav M. and Tanmay G.|
|2nd||Sabrina Q. and Aurelie G.|
JV Individual Awards
JV Team Awards
|4th||Charlie F. and Rolando V.|
|3rd||Maura S. and Aleksia L.|
|2nd||Olivia A. and Rebecca B.|
|1st||Aadi K. and Jayden I.|
Varsity Individual Award
|3rd||Katelyn L. and Darian K.|
Congratulations to Sophie Ammolite W., a 6th grade Superstar in Mrs. McGowan's class! Ammolite recently won first place in the Cook County Farm Bureau Bookmark Contest. Her design honors our hardworking farmers and their important contributions to society. Great job, Ammolite!
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