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District Announcements
March 5 - Supt. Search Survey
Ball-Chatham Superintendent
Search Survey Now Available!

To help develop a superintendent profile that best represents the wishes of our community, an online survey is now available. The survey is designed to allow only one response per device, and be will be open until March 16. Thank you for helping our Board of Education with this important task.  

  Click here to get started!
Mark your calendars - Parade of Pigs is Back!

Parade Begins at Celebration of the Visual Arts

The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation's spring fundraiser aims to help enrich the creativity and innovative potential of our students by collecting donations in piggy banks specially painted by some of the district’s most talented artists! Monies raised will help fund each school's art program.  The ceramic pigs will be unveiled at the district’s Celebration of the Visual Arts Show on March 8th, 1 p.m. at GIS. 

The pigs will then be placed at the host sites until May 22nd to collect donations from our generous community. The host sites are: 


  • Island Bay Yacht Club
  • Chatham Library
  • INB-Chatham
  • UCB-Chatham
  • BOS-Chatham
  • County Market-Chatham
  • Powerworks Fitness
  • Edgar's Coffee House
  • Casey's General Store, and
  •  All Ball-Chatham schools
On May 29th, the banks will be auctioned off at a cookout on the patio at Island Bay Yacht Club. 

This year's sponsors are: Maddox Dentistry; Shelley Ebener; Jane Hay Sales & Staging; Ed Clark Photography; Chris and Joan Parks; Dr. Sarah Fowler & Chris Chambers; 
Formea Insurance Group; Steven Koch, CFP, Ameriprise Financial Services; and Kevin Floyd, DDS. In-kind supporters are: China Towne, Frye-Williamson Printing, and Ben Ladage Auctions.


PARCC Testing Coming Soon
PARCC Testing Begins March 9
Beginning March 9, Ball-Chatham students in grades 3-8, and high school students enrolled in Algebra II and English III will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. The PARCC replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Students will complete assessments in the areas of math and English Language Arts. These assessments are fully aligned to the K-12 Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core) in English language arts and mathematics. The standards emphasize academic rigor, critical thinking, problem-solving, and college/career readiness for all students. Each school in the Ball-Chatham district has spent the last three years aligning curriculum to the Common Core. PARCC will be administered with paper and pencil in grades 3-4 and electronically (online) for grades 5-11.
Testing will take place between March 9 and 20 at the three elementary schools and between March 9 and April 3 at GIS, GMS and GHS. Students who miss any portion of the assessments will be assigned a make-up time within the testing window.
These State tests are lengthy - some can take nearly two hours to complete. You can help your child be prepared for the PARCC each day by making sure they get proper rest (at least 8 hrs.), eat breakfast (healthy and balanced), and remind them to stay calm and focused.

Athletic Booster News
Athletic Boosters Have New Spirit Wear Website/Items for Sale!
The Glenwood Athletic Boosters have new spirit wear items (see attached forms) and a new website where orders can be placed. Now, you have a choice – either fill out the forms and return them to the main offices at the high school or middle school, or go online to http://grecographics.homestead.com/~shop/main.html. Please note that there are additional items on the website that are not on the order forms.

School Announcements
2014-2015 Yearbook
Don't forget to order by Friday, March 13!

Order your 2014-2015 Yearbook

Click here for more information

Track practice begins March 16, 2015.  All athletes must have a current physical (within last 395 days) on file at the school in order to practice or participate.

Girls on Track
Girls on Track
​Girls on Track is a character development program for girls 6th through 8th grade, which includes training for a 5K run in a creative, FUN way! 

Online enrollment begins February 4th.  Practices begin the week of March 2nd and run through mid-May.  For more information, please click the link below:
Weight lifting

Weight lifting is available for GMS students on Tuesday and Friday each week after school.  A bus will transport the students after school to Glenwood High School.  Please arrange to pick them up from the High School at 5:00 pm.
Second Quarter Student Schedules
Please note that a student’s schedule may reflect a change in the teacher or hour of Titan Power Hour.  This is a part of the GMS Response to Intervention plan that helps to provide appropriate academic, social, or emotional support.

“We may be different, but in this school we swim together!”
Glenwood Middle School’s Theme this year is based on Fish! , a book written by Stephen C. Lundin.  Students and Staff are working on the following components, which support the PBIS philosophy:
Choose Your Attitude-The attitude you have now is the one you are choosing.  Is it the one you want?
Be There- Be fully engaged in the moment
Make Their Day- The world becomes a better place the moment you act on an intention to serve.
Respectful Play-It’s not just an activity, it is a state of mind that brings energy and sparks creativity.
Check out all of the Fish on display at GMS as we “reel” everyone in to practice these healthy habits!
What is TPH or Titan Power Hour?
  • Time to receive interventions, which may include academic, social, or emotional support.  In other words, interventions that help further teach strategies that may include math skills, reading skills, or even classroom skills like staying focused and keeping organized
  • Titan Time activities that focus on character education and the PBIS goals of be respectful, responsible, and safe.

GMS New Entrance Opens
Monday, May 18, 2014

Students, parents and visitors will be required to enter Door B, the far east entrance of the front of the middle school when entering the building. Visitors will be required to show identification before being allowed entrance thru door B. Thank you for your cooperation in helping keep our students and staff safe!

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The GMS Cafeteria offers a variety of lunch items each day, including a la carte items.  Please be aware that a la carte items are not part of a "Type A" lunch.  Any student who wishes to eat a la carte items will be charged for them.


In order to ensure that students are following staff directives and to further facilitate student safety, we have changed the end-of-day release. Our new procedures are as follows:

·               All students who participate in extra-curricular activities, walk home, or are picked up from school will be dismissed at 3:32 p.m. 
·               Students who ride a bus home from school are to stay with their ninth hour teacher until an announcement is made that their bus has arrived.  
Please know that students are being monitored so that they have enough time to go to their lockers, get their materials and get to their buses on time.  We appreciate your support in relation to these new procedures.


In order to ensure an orderly and safe environment, the delivery of balloons, flowers or other similar items to students is not allowed.




Regular School Day hours are 8:29 a.m. - 3:32 p.m.
Students can be dropped off after 7:45 a.m.


School and District Information:
GMS 2014-15 Supply List

GMS Course Book
GMS Student Activities
GMS School Lunch Program
2014-2015 Student Handbook

GMS Newsletter



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