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Gray School continues to be a Level 1 CPS school! 

Every person in the Gray School community makes this standard of excellence possible! Go Stallions!
March 20, 2015
 
Dear Parents and Community,
 
As the graduating class of 2015 begins to reflect on their time spent at Gray School and of all they have gained from the care and support of their community, they have expressed a desire to give back.  The first celebration of their graduation will be a food drive.  They have asked me to communicate with you and ask that you join them by donating canned and dry foods.  The food drive will begin this coming Monday, March 23rd and the students will be accepting donations until April 2nd.  The faculty and staff applaud the students’ efforts.  Please join us in supporting the 8th grade by sending your canned goods and dry food to school with your child.  The donation will be given to a neighborhood food pantry.
 
Thank you for supporting our 2015 graduates.
GO STALLIONS!!!
Best,
Catherine Sugrue, Principal


Aqui para leer en espanol: http://goo.gl/2qG9Ew
 


March 2, 2015

Dear Parents and Community,

Our students have been very busy this last month demonstrating their knowledge by participating in NWEA and ACCESS testing.  The results have been, just like our students…AMAZING!  Our overall growth scores from Spring 2014 to Winter 2015 in Math is up 3.3 and in Reading our students are up 3.7.  Our Diverse Learners are up in Math by 2.8 and in Reading by 4.4.  Our English Language Learners are up in Math by 5.3 and are up in Reading by 4.1.  Below is a chart that will help you to see by grade level how our students performed on NWEA.  Congratulations Stallions, keep up the good work!

 
All Students # of Students Spring 14 Average Winter 15 Average Change
Mathematics 657 216.5 219.8 3.3
3 91 192.0 199.9 7.8
4 110 205.8 210.7 5.0
5 112 215.3 217.7 2.5
6 119 222.9 222.0 -0.9
7 128 225.4 229.0 3.6
8 97 233.2 236.1 2.9
Reading 651 208.0 211.7 3.7
3 87 187.0 196.2 9.2
4 110 199.5 202.1 2.6
5 113 204.6 209.0 4.4
6 117 212.6 215.7 3.1
7 128 217.0 219.3 2.3
8 96 223.0 224.5 1.5
     
Next week we are excited about our opportunity to participate in the new State standardized test, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).  We are looking forward to demonstrating the academic excellence of our Gray School Stallions. 

The students are very excited about the Gray School attendance incentive for the 3rd quarter.  Our students’ goal is to have perfect attendance one week at a time.  Each week of perfect attendance earns them a ticket that will give them a chance to win a bicycle.  Students with 10 weeks of perfect attendance will also be invited to go to see a movie on a field trip.  Perfect attendance means the student is in attendance every day, on time and no early dismissals.  Stop into the school in both the upper grade and primary buildings a see our Stallion Attendance Race bulletin boards.

Remember our students need to be in uniform on a daily basis.  On Fridays they can wear their Gray School Spirit shirts.

We are thankful to our volunteer parents who have braved the cold weather daily to ensure that all of our Stallions exit school safely.  Thank you parents, for parking away from the school campus and walking in to pick up your child.  As a reminder, Grace and Warwick streets are no parking on the school side and permit parking on the residential side of the streets.  Laramie is a very busy street and students and parents are crossing at the corners.  If you are driving, please do so with caution.  Also, Laramie in front of the school is a pick up and drop-off site for school busses and is a no parking zone during school hours as posted.  Our first priority is student safety.

Best,
Catherine Sugrue, Principal
GO STALLIONS!!!

Aqui para leer en espanol: http://goo.gl/R6Wy6F 

 

 CPS PARCC TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

      On March 2, 2015, Chicago Public Schools officially announced that CPS will participate in the nationwide PARCC test. Please go to http://cps.edu/parcc/Pages/parcc.aspx for regular updates.  The letters from CPS are here: http://goo.gl/RL8j8K.
        Testing for Grades 3-8 is scheduled to begin after March 9, 2015.  An End of the Year Test will start after April 27, 2015. Practice tests are available at: http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/. Please help us to make sure that students are well rested and ready to take this new test at CPS. Our teachers have been working diligently to help your children do their best. Thank you!

 


First Graders Explore ... 

On February 26, 2015, our first graders explored past civilizations and animals. They also learned more about the earth. Thank you to Ms. Todhunter for these fun pictures of our students! Thanks to the first grade team and parents for making this a great learning experience!


GraGoes To Googl​e 
On Monday, February 17th, 2015, sixty 8th graders went to Google offices in Chicago to learn about what the company does in Chicago. They participated in a technology essay contest in order to attend. Thank you to Google Chicago, Mr. Asher Kach, Mr. Michael Elridge, Mrs. Gil and staff for making this a great learning experience! Photo Credits to Mr. Elridge and Mr. Marcin Wichary.



 


 Health News from CPS
on the Flu and Measles

CPS has sent out some information on the measles and the flu.  Please click on this link for more information: http://goo.gl/FAZIIe


 


Stallions Basketball Teams 
Complete Successful Seasons


Congratulations to our Stallions Basketball Teams!  The 7th and 8th grade boys finished with a record of 11-2. The 7th and 8th grade girls finished at 10-2.  Our 5th and 6th grade boys and girls' teams finished their seasons with 6-2 records.  We applaud the spirit and exhilaration of competition at Gray School! Thank you students, coaches, staff, and parents for your support! Go Stallions Basketball!


 
Gray School is one of the 92 schools that will receive an Arts Advance grant from the Creative Schools Fund! We appreciate the work of Mrs. Kovacs, our art teacher, and the vision and support from Creative Schools. 


 

 
University of Chicago Report:
Middle School Grades and Attendance Matter More than Test Scores for High School and College
Success:
 
Gray School is currently exceeding our school wide attendance goal of 96%.  Please read the article below to discover that attendance in middle school is the largest contributing factor to their success in High School and beyond. Please read the report at: http://goo.gl/1OUh7j.
 
 
Earn $$$ for Gray School by Bringing in Box Tops!!!

For more information, go to: http://goo.gl/Jjh2JS 
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