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 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|
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.
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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!
Gray Goes To Google
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!
Middle School Grades and Attendance Matter More than Test Scores for High School and College Success:
For more information, go to: http://goo.gl/Jjh2JS