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Principal's Message

As you may or may not know, there is a lot of transition happening in education. The Illinois Standards Achievement Test last year changed with having 20% of Common Core State Standards imbedded in the exam even though Common Core State Standards were net yet fully implemented. The March 2014 ISAT will be 100% Common Core State Standards even though the CCSS are not yet in full implementation. For the 2014-2015 school year, ISAT will be replaced with a new assessment known as the PARCC exam.

In the meantime, Conrady Junior High School students are being educated in math this year according to the new Common Core State Standards. In English Language Arts classes, students are receiving a mix of both Illinois State Learning Standards and the new Common Core State Standards as we are in the middle of transitioning our curriculum. With the new curriculum also comes professional development for our staff. Science and social studies are also on the verge of transitioning to a new set of standards.

Now more than ever, schools need a strong partnership with parents to ensure that students complete their homework assignments and apply themselves during the school day. Our teachers are making weekly updates to websites of upcoming assignments and units of study as well as updating grade books.

I'm best reached at aanderson@npd117.net
or 708-233-4505 to address concerns, listen to feedback, and to work with you in capacities that will make Conrady Junior High School an even better and more efficient institution of teaching and learning.

Mr. Andy Anderson, Principal 
 
 
 

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