Our Hearts Are Grieving With Orlando
District 70 Dear Families and Staff,

At a time when people across the nation should be valuing their time with family and friends and beginning some of the joyful activities that come with the onset of summer, a large group of young adults in the Orlando community will never experience such joy. The media is fully covering the horrific events that recently took place in a city that proudly houses "the happiest place on earth." As an educator, I am often looking to learn, understand and teach. Sometimes, however, there is no understanding of senseless acts of violence and there are no words. As such, often times when tragedies strike, parents and staff are often at a loss for defining or recognizing how to address such scenarios when questioned by young children.

The following sites, including a favorite from Fred Rogers, shared from generationOn, is a keeper, worth tucking away should it ever, unfortunately, be needed: Calming children after scary news, Fred Rogers on tragic events, Terrorism and children conversations that matter, and Helping children feel safe.

Our hearts go out those grieving loss in the Orlando community.

Guy Schumacher
Updated 6-14-2016 12:13 PM
What is the Illinois Science Assessment?
On what standards is ISA based?
ISA is based on the Illinois Learning Standards in science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The State Board adopted these standards in 2014. The Illinois Learning Standards in science incorporating the NGSS replaced the previous science standards that were adopted in 1997. See the Illinois State Board of Education.for more details.

What types of items will appear on the ISA?
Each test will begin with reading passages, called scenarios, and will be followed by a series of test items. Some items will be open-ended, some will be multiple-choice and some will be multiple-select (more than one correct response). Other items will involve dropdown selections. Each test will also include stand-alone, multiple-choice items that do not follow a scenario.

What NGSS science content is covered in each test?
Grades 5 and 8 will have items aligned to Physical Science (PS), Life Science (LS), Earth/Space Science (ESS) and Engineering (ETS).
Updated 5-2-2016 9:37 AM
Learning Center News
Books In helping prepare the Learning Center for inventory and having all books back prior to the end of the year, please note the following dates:
Friday, May 13th - Last day for book check out in the Learning Center
Friday, May 20th - All books are due back to the Learning Center
Updated 4-26-2016 11:42 AM
How to Get D70 Messages as Texts
Opt in to get D70 messages as mobile phone texts.
Updated 4-19-2016 4:09 PM
Returning Student Registration for 2016-17 Begins End of April
Checkmark Returning student registration for 2016-2017 school year has begun. Parents should have received a letter in the U.S. MAIL with the snapcode for their child(ren). A snapcode is needed to complete registration for each student. Please complete registration by MAY 13. Changes to this year's InfoSnap online registration process are highlighted in the spring edition of the TechTalk Newsletter.
Updated 5-2-2016 9:35 AM
Summer School 2016
Sun Summer School Open House runs from 8-10 a.m. on Thursday, June 9. Come check out your classes and walk through your schedule at Highland Middle School and Rockland School.

Summer School 2016 runs from June 13- July 14.

Be sure to find all the information needed for Summer School on this website.
Updated 6-8-2016 4:58 PM
Kindergarten & New Student Registration for 2016-17
District 70 To register kindergartners and new students, follow the step-by-step process listed under the Kinder & NewStu16-17 link from the "HOME" menu on the District website.

Students must be born on or before Sept. 1, 2011, to register for kindergarten.
Updated 4-19-2016 3:14 PM
"The No Bully Zone" Assembly
Today students learned about bullying behavior, types of bullies, and how to handle bullying in a game show format from our presenter, Mr. Tom.
Updated 1-8-2016 4:16 PM
5th Graders Musical 12-11-2015
5th graders did a wonderful job showcasing their self-written musical that shows the evolution of music. Great job 5th Graders & Mr. Weppler!!!
Updated 12-11-2015 3:12 PM
Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game 12-11-2015
Students succeeded in beating the teachers this afternoon in the annual Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game!
Updated 12-11-2015 3:12 PM
PARCC Resources
PARCC Please find additional resources to learn more about PARCC assessments under the Curriculum Department's "Assessment" category on our website.
Updated 12-8-2015 12:05 PM
2016-17 School Year Calendar
Calendar Here is the "One-page" calendar of all the parent-teacher conferences, early releases, and school holidays for the 2016-17 school year.
This calendar is posted year-round on the D70 website in the Superintendent's Department, under Resources.
Updated 11-30-2015 10:55 AM
Chorus Club Performs at Wolves Game
Mr. Weppler and the Chorus Club had a fun time singing at the Chicago Wolves game last night. Great work!
Updated 11-23-2015 9:35 AM
Illinois Report Cards
Illinois Information on the Illinois state Report Cards can be found here.
Updated 12-11-2015 4:22 PM
BFA Assembly Astonishes... 11-5-2015
A big thank you to the BFA for their astonishing assembly on perseverance, bullying, and character education. Students loved, "America's Got Talent" star, Matt Wilhelm's message and tricks he shared with us today!
Updated 11-5-2015 3:06 PM