Conrady Junior High School is the proud recipient of the 2014 National Title One Distinguished School Award. This recognition affirms the quality programs and high levels of expectations in our school and district.
Chromebook computers have been issued to all students in grades six and seven for 24 hour use during the academic year. For next school year, this program will be expanded to include grade eight. We use Chromebooks as a tool to equip students with the skills to research and learn via the information rich Internet. Students are also well-versed in collaborative learning using Google documents. Teachers frequently use technology as a means to engage students in hands-on learning and using programs that enable immediate feedback regarding student understanding.
Science teachers are busy developing and piloting curriculum reflecting the Next Generation Science Standards. All science and social studies classes meet on alternating days for double periods four days per week with both classes meeting for a single period on the fifth day. This scheduling has enabled both classes to develop out topics with the extended time.
Our Math Department uses the Digits electronic platform as a supplement to the local curriculum. Students also engage in a variety of other digital platforms via the Internet to develop out skills that are vital to bridge the gap from the previous Illinois Learning Standards and the newly adopted Common Core State Standards for Illinois.
Students are navigating through complex texts and performing language arts tasks at higher levels than ever before. Our professional consultant, Kellie Doubek, has been working with our Curriculum Department, principals, and teachers leading the charge of preparing students to meet high-level demands of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
The new PARCC exam will be digitally administered to all students this March and May. Students who score a 3, 4, or 5 will be deemed on track to be ready for college or career without any needed remediation. Conrady uses NWEA MAP exam in fall, winter, and spring as a means to track student academic growth in comparison to themselves as well as students across the nation.
Conrady offers a wide variety of extra-curricular programs that include award-winning academic, music, dance, and sport teams as evidenced in annual conference titles and competition trophies.
Please don't hesitate to contact me at my direct office phone line of 708-233-4505. I will be most happy to assist you with questions or concerns.