Letters regarding high school acceptance will go out over spring break. Information about next steps in the process is included in the links below. Please feel free to contact our school counselor, Katie Moran, if you have any questions about the process.
GoCPSAcceptingand Declining Offers.pdf
Teacher Treats Still Available
Bell staff are generously donating their time to enjoy creative, fun experiences with your kids, all to benefit Friends of Bell and the Wish List. If you were a winning bidder or signed up for a treat at the Gatsby Gala, you will be contacted by Krissy Lee for payment and by the lead teacher for their respective treat to coordinate experience details.
Many fun sign up opportunities are still available!
Parent parties are back this year with so many great options throughout the year to join the Bell community for fun events hosted by Bell parents. From pre-Spring Break "Manis & Martinis" to back to school "Taco Bell Moms" enjoying a night together (not actually eating Taco Bell), check out the variety of parent and parent/child events offered that all benefit Bell!
The Chicago Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year. Please see the letter from Janice K. Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, and the calendar HERE.
The State of the School presentation by Bell Principal, Katie Miller, from the October 12, 2017 Local School Council meeting.
View the video here.
Do you want a role in shaping and influencing Bell's future? Do you like collaborating with others to address important issues? If so, we have a great opportunity for you to apply those interests to benefit Bell School.
The Bell Local School Council has formed a Strategic Planning Committee to help the LSC and Principal Miller address some bigger picture issues such as enrollment, the parent survey, and the "three programs-one school" model that has made Bell so unique.
The first meeting of the SPC is this Thursday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Bell School. Please join us either to learn more about the SPC or to volunteer to be part of the SPC. For more information, please click here.
Each morning we need to get over 1000 students safely into Bell. Many students walk, some ride the bus and others are driven to school. The recent construction on Western Avenue has increased the challenge of this morning ritual. If you are driving and use the Kiss 'N Go lane on Grace Street, please keep in mind the following:
Kiss N' Go Reminders:
Head lice is a periodic issue at all schools. Please click here for some helpful hints for dealing with this should it become a problem in your household.
The new Chicago Public Schools (CPS) five year strategic plan, entitled The Next Generation: Chicago’s Children, recognizes the need to prioritize physical education as a core subject. Recent studies illustrate that high-quality physical education can have a profound impact on both student health and academic achievement. Benefits include:
In addition to these benefits, the Illinois School Code requires that students receive daily physical education in both elementary and high school. At the high school level, CPS has maintained a state waiver for 11th and 12th grade students since 1997. As a result, the majority of our high school students only receive physical education in grades 9 and 10. This waiver will expire in June 2014 and will not be renewed.
Specifically, the policy requires that elementary and middle schools provide students in grades K-8 with 30 minutes of daily physical education or the equivalent of 150 minutes per week. Additionally, high schools must schedule all students in grades 9-12 in a daily physical education or health course in the same time increments as other core courses. Health education can satisfy the physical education requirement in grades 11-12. Health education can be counted for up to 60 minutes of the weekly requirement in grades 5-8.
Please see the attached letter from Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett with changes to the CPS promotion policy as it pertains to the use of standardized assessments.
NWEA and Performance Policy - Parent Letter.pdf
Spanish NWEA and Performance Policy Parent Letter.pdf
Download the CPS Reason for Absence Note or Nota de Razón de Ausencia.
The Many Benefits of Bell School’s Junior High
In June, 2010, the Illinois State Board of Education adopted new learning standards known at the Common Core for students in grades K-12. Development of the Common Core standards is a national effort developed to better prepare our students for college and career readiness. Currently, 45 states have adopted the Common Core standards and are transitioning now. As a result of the new standards, there will also be a new standardized assessment. PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers) is the new assessment that is being developed now and will officially replace the ISAT in the 2014-2015 school year. For more information about the Common Core Standards and the PARCC assessment, please visit the following websites:PARCCAchieve the CoreCouncil of Great City SchoolsInside Mathematics - MARS Tasks, Problems of the Month, Math Talks, Videos, etcCommon Core Illinois - Provides parent-friendly information and videos about the move to the CCSS
The administration and staff at Bell School work very hard to develop open lines of communication with parents, particularly regarding student progress. The Parent Portal can be a helpful tool for monitoring student grades. It does not replace direct parent and student communication with classroom teachers or a student’s responsibility to accurately fill out the assignment notebook. The first and most important method for monitoring student progress is to speak directly to the classroom teacher when concerns or questions arise. Bell School utilizes the portal as an online viewable grade book, not a real-time representation of a student’s current academic status, as assignments are entered at the same time as grades. Teachers work very hard to enter information in a timely manner, and parents are always encouraged to contact teachers if they have questions about the Parent Portal. Additional information about the technical capabilities of Parent Portal is available in the main office. Please contact the main office if you have any further questions.