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Monticello CUSD #25

PARCC Primer

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PARCCThe Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics will be administered to all students in Grades 3-8.  At the high school level, students enrolled in English 1 will be assessed in English Language Arts, and students enrolled in Algebra I will be assessed in Mathematics.

This year, the assessment period is scheduled March 2-13, 2015.  Below you will find a link to tools and resources to help familiarize yourself with the test.

MAEF Gala Information And New Board Member Search

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The Monticello Schools Foundation (MAEF) supports our school district by providing over $30,000 annually in student scholarships, classroom grants, and tutoring services. The MAEF is looking for new board members.  This group meets once per month and is a great place to start getting involved in the school district.  Reply to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , if you would consider service on this board.

The MAEF Gala will be held at MMS on March 7 at 6:00PM.  This is a major fundraiser for the MAEF. This year’s theme is SAGE INGENUITY honoring Science and Technology.  Our honorees will be Scott Wilkin (Class of '83) and Mark Schneider (Class of '72). Tickets can be purchased at First State Bank, the Supts Office or at or you may send a check to MAEF at PO BOX 473, Monticello, Illinois, 61856.

The MAEF Spring Newsletter can be found here.

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Smith Receives 2014 Voya Unsung Heroes Award

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Voya Unsung HeroesEach year, Voya selects 100 finalists to receive a $2,000 award, while three of them are selected as Top Winners to receive additional grants.

According to Voya's Unsung Heroes Website, Jennifer "Smith’s innovative teaching idea, 'Sages in 3D,' is designed to strengthen students’ understanding of all aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts through hands-on experiences using 3D printers. The program will enable students to learn how to create and build prototypes and create designs using 3D printers. Students will improve their problem solving skills as they navigate the use of new, cutting edge technology. Students will also be encouraged to create manipulatives and models using the 3D printer as a way to increase not only their understanding of scientific concepts, but also their understanding of the potential of 3D printing. In order to help the middle school students identify practical applications for 3D printing, they will create manipulatives that the teachers and students will use throughout the district’s middle school classrooms. Through this project, students will directly see how technology can positively impact the future. They will also be encouraged and challenged to build creatively and critically."

VISION 20/20 - New Platform for Illinois Education

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Vision 20/20It’s time for educators and members of our school communities to take back the conversation about public education in Illinois. It’s a blueprint for the future of public education that has been developed by Illinois educators from all regions of the state. The goal of Vision 20/20 can be best summarized as, “Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education.” Education is an investment in our children’s future, our state’s future, and our nation’s future. It is our responsibility as educators to reflect upon the current state of education in Illinois and to take action to create an education system that meets the needs of all students. A healthy and viable public education system is vital to a healthy democracy, and a highly trained workforce is critical to our country’s future in the global economy.

Vision 20/20’s policy platform is divided into four main pillars:

  • 21st Century Learning – Not just knowledge of reading and math, but providing the technology and tools for learning in today’s world as well as a commitment to the whole child;
  • Highly Effective Educators – Policies to help attract, develop and retain the highest quality of teachers and administrators;
  • Shared Accountability – Creating a shared accountability model that includes more input from educators, increases collaboration with legislators and restructures mandates to allow more flexibility for local school districts and communities; and
  • Equitable and Adequate Funding – An evidence-based funding model that takes into account what it actually costs to educate a student in various parts of our state and utilizes research to identify those things that have the most impact on student success.

This plan was developed by educators from the southern tip of Illinois through the northern Chicago suburbs. It resulted from input from more than 3,000 diverse stakeholders, discussions with field experts, and a review of current literature on best practices. The organizations that collaborated on Vision 20/20 include school superintendents, school board members, principals and school business officials. The plan already has been endorsed by the Illinois PTA and the Ounce of Prevention Fund, an organization dedicated to providing children in poverty the best chance for success in school.

I invite you to learn more about Vision 20/20 by visiting the website at You may wish to sign the petition in support of these policies. You also can follow the progress on Twitter at @ILVision2020. Changing the course of public education in Illinois can only happen with grassroots support, and we are asking you to help us fulfill the promise of public education to children in Monticello CUSD #25 and the more than 2 million schoolchildren in our state.  The Monticello CUSD #25 Board of Education resolution in support of Vision 2020 can be found here.

Statewide School Survey for Monticello School Parents

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Illinois 5Essentials Survey

We encourage all PK-12th grade parents to complete this survey.  This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school.  As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.  The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete.  Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement.  Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and cannot be connected to you or your child.  Reports will be generated for schools and sent to schools and districts in May 2015 and will also be included in the State School Report Card for next year. All district teachers as well as 6th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey at school in the next few weeks.  If you prefer that your child not participate please complete this opt-out form and return it to your school by January 17, 2015.  For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey please visit  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To take the survey please visit  and select the appropriate survey to begin.

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