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    A parent forum for elementary parents will be held at 7 pm, May 17 at Normal West High School.  Parents will have the opportunity to hear about the Unit 5 plans for Standards Based Grading implementation and to ask questions.  Gerry Swan, a professor at the University of Kentucky, will be present to share information about Standards Based Grading and assist with questions.  Gerry has researched Standards Based Grading extensively and has assisted school districts with implementation.  The information from this forum will help to guide the information presentation that will be shared at all elementary schools in the fall of 2016.  Space is limited, so we are asking parents to sign up using the form that is linked here to secure a spot.

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    trumpet Registration for the 5th grade instrumental music program for 2016-2017 is going on now through May 16. 

    You can find the registration link HERE… www.unit5.org/explorationnight.

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    The official last day of school is Tuesday, May 24. Students will attend a three-hour day. High School - 7:15-10:15 am; Junior High - 7:45-10:45 am; and Elementary - 8:45-11:45 am. All schools will offer breakfast that morning but no lunch will be served. School is almost out for summer!
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    Children reaching the age of 5 on or before September 1, 2016, will be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten. Parents should bring a certified birth certificate, current immunization and health records and proof of residency. Students entering kindergarten must turn in a current physical, vision, dental exam and immunization records. Students will be excluded from school without physical and immunizations by first day of school. CLICK HERE for information on proof of residency. Call 309-557-4400 or go to www.unit5.org to find out how to register.

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    test This past spring, Illinois students participated in a new state assessment, called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam, in English language arts and math. The PARCC assessment replaces other standardized tests and marks a significant change from these previous assessments. The test lines up with the updated Illinois Learning Standards and measures students’ problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, and writing skills, which are abilities all students need to stay on track for college and career readiness after high school. For more information on PARCC,  CLICK HERE . As parents are looking at their child’s PARCC scores, the following link will provide you with even more detailed about what the scores indicated about your child’s performance. CLICK HERE .

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    reportcard Unit 5 has begun the process of transitioning to Standards Based Grading in the elementary grades.  Teachers and administrators have been engaged in study and research around Standards Based Grading and many teachers have begun to shift their assessment practices to align to this type of grading and reporting.  In the 2016-2017 school year, teachers will begin to report some grades in the Standards Based Grading format, and we will have full implementation in 2017-2018. There will be opportunities for parents to learn more about this shift in grading and reporting. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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    Unit 5 has been involved with Vision 20/20, which is a studentcentered vision for the future of education in Illinois. It focuses on four policy priorities: highly effective educators, 21st century learning, shared accountability, and equitable and adequate funding. To learn more about Vision 20/20, CLICK HERE.
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  • We are having an issue with Internet Explorer and our school drop down menu at the top of the Unit 5 web page. 
    We are working on this. In the mean time, please use another web browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Thank you for your patience. 
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