t is incredible when you look at the calendar and note that we are coming up to the midpoint of the 3rd
quarter. Once again, this year, the weather has been on our side for most of the winter months and it feels like there is a shift toward the spring weather. Outdoor activities are slowly starting to make their way into our everyday lives and the schedules around us begin to fill even more so. Additionally, the events and extracurricular activities at Palos South continue to offer students and families a chance to come out and visit the school. This newsletter has many upcoming activities taking place that are part of your child's team or ones that are offered to the entire building. Given that we are past the midway point and it is sure to be a quick few months, I do encourage families to spend time setting goals for continued successes in school and searching for methods of involvement in school activities. Involvement in even the smallest of activities may encourage continued and increased achievement in the career of a student.
See what you know at the 6th Annual South Trivia Night!
Are you a trivia buff? Do you want to test your knowledge against Palos families of all ages? Come and join the South Student Council, at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, March 8th, as they hold the 6th annual Palos South Trivia Night. Invitations are open to anyone for this fun and worthwhile event. You can sign up as an individual or a team. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Inspiring Foster Care Adoptions and the South Student Council Convention fund.
Seussical the Musical
Ms. Stephanie Hill is a new 6th grade teacher to Palos South who showed an interest in directing our school play from the moment she was hired. Ms. Hill quickly began looking into options for a Palos South play and pushed for Seussical the Musical. With the excitement she showed with what she could do with the play, the decision was easy to let her work her magic and she certainly did! It is incredible to consider that the play begins in September with try-outs and casting while the show runs in late January. This year we had an astounding 106 students who were a part of this production. Whether performing on the stage or working the stage crew and assisting with the creation of the set, each member had a key role in helping to make this show possible. I would like to thank and congratulate the fine efforts from Ms. Hill, Mr. Buvala, Mr. Hansen, Ms. Djikas, Ms. Daley, and the Palos South drama students for the performances that took place at Stagg High School in front of two sold-out shows in late January. The students at Palos South were lucky enough to see an abbreviated version of the show the following week at an assembly that we had for the students. Additionally, I would like to thank the parents of the cast and crew members for continually picking up their children, helping at the performances, or having a hand in the preparation of the shows. Without the efforts of so many special individuals, the show would not be as successful as it was. I can speak for many in the crowd that I was in awe with what our students can perform when given the chance to shine. Thank you for making the event so special.
Students in grades 6 - 8 will be taking the PARCC assessment tests beginning in early March. This test is the same computer-based format as the test from last year.
The testing dates by grade levels are shown below:
Grade 8 Testing Dates: March 7, 8, 9 (ELA) & March 20, 21, 22 (Math)
Grade 7 Testing Dates: March 10, 13, 14 (ELA) & March 23, 24, 27 (Math)
Grade 6 Testing Dates: March 15, 16, 17 (ELA) & March 28, 29, 30 (Math)
Each grade level will be given one test each day during the morning. If a student is absent on any day, they will perform the make-up at a later time and continue testing with their grade level, similar to ISAT testing. As parents, you can help your child by making sure that they get to sleep on time and eat a healthy breakfast. Additionally, please avoid scheduling outside doctor/orthodontists appointments on these days. I thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Support our School through the PFA - 2017 March Madness
The District 118 Parent Faculty Association is holding their Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, March 11th at Palos Country Club. There will be raffles, live music, dancing, silent auctions with online bidding, and much more. Each grade level will have a special raffle for the students. This is the PFA's largest fundraiser of the year, and your support and participation are encouraged. For additional information, please visit the PFA website at
Say Something Week
Ms. Yerkes, Mrs. Leahy, and Ms. Doornbos have been working with our Student Advisory group to plan activities for Say Something Week, which will take place Monday, February 27th through Friday, March 3rd. The Sandy Hook Promise organizes this week in an effort to empower young people to prevent violence before it takes place. Throughout the week, the students will be engaged in activities that help to build a culture of looking out for one another. We will focus on how to look for warning signs, signals, and threats from others who may want to hurt themselves or others, as well as, emphasize the importance of saying something to a trusted adult in order to get them the help they need.
Ms. Doornbos and I thank you for a great year with hopes of a strong finish to the 3rd quarter.
Mr. Wrzesinski Ms. Doornbos