In December, advisories planned and worked together to add some holiday spirit to CHMS by decorating their classroom doors using winter themes. This is an annual contest sponsored by the CHMS Peer Leaders. The winners of the contest this year were the advisories of Mrs. Wilton/Ms. Julkowski, Mrs. Guerin, and Ms. Steinhebel. The door-decorating contest encourages each advisory to work as a team to create inspired doors.
School-wide, students are working on reviewing their Infinite Campus/Student Portal login information and setting goals in advisory in the month of January. We hope this will help empower students to make good choices independently and take ownership for their school responsibilities. The close of January marks our district-wide SELAS (Social-Emotional Learning for Academic Success) week. To highlight and celebrate the importance of SELAS at CHMS during this week, students will work on writing letters of support to various causes, reflect on why they are proud to be members of the CHMS community, and participate in a Spirit Day wearing blue and gold.
All CHMS students started the new year off by participating in the National Geographic geography bee. It culminated with an all school assembly geography bee featuring 10 finalists:
6th graders: Michael C., Emilio D.
7th graders: Connor B., Leon K., Ava N., Sam R., Genny H.
8th graders: Daren C., James G., Nick S.
Congratulations to the two finalists Nick S. & Sam R., and to our school champion Nick S. He will take a written test to qualify for the Illinois State Geography Bee which is one step closer to the national bee in Washington, D.C. Good luck Nick!
Community Engagement Thursday
You're invited to attend a community engagement talk this Thursday, January 22nd at 7pm at Walker Elementary School. Over the past couple of years there have been many changes made in the district that affect the education of our children. School District 181 Superintendent Dr. Don White and Assistant Superintendent of Learning Dr. Kurt Schneider will present an overview on the changes that have been made, the factors that were responsible for driving these changes and what we can expect in the years to come. Topics of discussion will include:
- What is Learning for All?
- Where are we today, 1 1/2 years into the Learning for All plan?
- Differentiation and how it is beneficial to all learners
- Recommendation for new math materials and how they tie into Learning for All
- Recommendation for the Digital Learning Initiative and how it ties into Learning for All
We hope that you are able to take advantage of this great opportunity to hear from Dr. White and Dr. Schneider directly on these very important topics.
Stop the “I wants” in your home by attending a Money Matters talk this week. This interactive workshop will teach parents how to help their children become money smart. The workshops will be held at Elm School on Thursday, January 22nd at 7pm & Friday, January 23rd at 9am. To register, please go to:
Principal Sonntag’s Book Discussion Sunday