Middle School Parents!
I look forward to a great year! The middle school team has been working relentlessly on program development that is specifically designed for the needs of adolescents. In the video link below, I describe my vision for how we can have a successful year. I look forward to working together with you!
Video link: Click here
Remember to S
tay in touch, make sure your student is O
n time everyday, gets A
dequate sleep, and that you are R
eading together at home!
AGC Text Messaging Service
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Text: AGCINFO to 555-888
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Para Recibir información urgente por mensaje de texto
Texto: AGCINFO a 555-888
Parent Workshop Survey!
We want to host workshops. Please click on the link below to fill out a survey answering the question, "What do you want to know about?"
Based on the responses, we will start to schedule dates!
Link---->Parent Workshop Survey
New document added!
Please see the "AGC Community Council" folder to the left to view Principal Gillespie's presentation from the ACC open meeting on Aug 20, 2014. It is called: Principal presentation Aug 20, 2014
AGC/CPS's Lice Policy
The information below outlines the procedures CPS asks us to take and the information we need to share regarding head lice:
Though bothersome, head lice will not harm children and adults, nor cause illness. Having head lice does not mean a person is unclean or the environment is dirty. Head lice are almost always transmitted from one person to another by head-to-head contact.
Head lice are tiny insects that live only on the human head. Lice hatch from eggs, otherwise known as nits. Nit color ranges between white to brown. Nits are typically found around the ears and along the back of the neck. Nits will hatch after seven days. Once hatched, the nits are known as nymphs and within ten days, become adults. Nymphs and adult lice can be found on the head and feed on human blood to live. An adult female louse can live up to 30 days and lay 5 eggs a day.
Examine your child’s head and everyone else in the household for lice and nits. Start examining the head by beginning around the ears and at the back of the neck and then the rest of the head.
If your child does have lice, begin treatment and inform the school. Your student must stay home from school for 24 hours after being treated.
Treatment consists of over-the-counter products and combing. Please check with your pharmacist for the product that will best suit you. It is important to read and follow the treatment instructions carefully. Combing the hair with a lice comb alone is an effective method. Lice combs can be purchased at pharmacies. The preferred lice combs have close, long metal teeth that pass through hair easily. Using both treatment methods together is very helpful in removal of lice and eggs from the head.
Continue to check your child’s head and members in the household daily for one week after lice treatment. Comb out any eggs that may have been missed. Wash dirty clothes, coats, hats, bedding and towels as you normally would. There is no need to bag household items. Read more...
When students return to school after 24 hours of treatment, parents must bring in the box or container the treatment was in. We also recheck the student at this point.
When we see a child has lice in school, they go to the office right away and stay there until a parent or guardian can pick them up.
Note that lice and nits do not live on fabrics or other surfaces. Therefore, washing pillows, clothes, rugs, etc... does not impact lice at all.
If your child has lice, it is extremely important to tell us immediately. Lice in school is made worse when we are not informed.
We conduct regular checks for lice, especially when we have confirmed cases. However, they best way to tackle the issue is if every family regularly checks, as well.
UPDATE, more docs posted:
CPS updated their data website. I posted AGC’s 2013-2014 performance report and those from our neighboring schools (Hearst, Pasteur, Edwards, and Peck) and from three charters that are similar to us (Erie, Rowe, and Namaste) on the portal in the "Academic Data" folder.
We received the highest rating, level 1. This school year, a more rigorous and well-rounded rating system will be implemented called SQRP. I will update you on SQRP details in the next couple of months.
Reports link: http://www.cps.edu/Schools/Pages/school.aspx?schoolid=400009
New AGC organization information has been added to the "AGC Organization" folder. These include CPS rating and compliance requirements. I also uploaded the CPS Assessment framework to the "AGC Academic Data" folder.
A message from Ms. Chaidez AGC's new After School Coordinator:
Hello AGC Parents!
I will be the new After School Program Coordinator at AGC this year.
The After-School Pre-Session (homework help) will be offered the first two weeks of school, August 11th- 22nd. The cost is $6/day and snack will be provided. Pre-Session registration forms can be found at the black box at both buildings. Please complete the form attach your payment in a clearly labled envelope with your name, your child’s name, grade and payment amount. Check or cash only!
**This year all after-school payments MUST be made up-front, BEFORE programming begins, so please plan accordingly!**
This means that if you need your child to stay after school on the first day of school, payments must be made before the end of the school day on Monday, August 11th!
If you have any outstanding after-school debts from last year, your child will not be able to participate until those are paid.
Session 1 will begin on Monday, August 25th. Look out for more information regarding program offerings and registration coming soon.
Please let me know if you have any questions & I will do my best to address them all. I ask for your patience as I transition into this new & exciting role.
After School Program Coordinator
Office: Room 309
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at school on Monday!
We ask students are on time
and ready to learn by having adequate sleep
: doors open at 7:45
: doors open at 7:30
Recommended sleep times (from WebMD):
3-6 Years Old:
10 - 12 hours per day
7-12 Years Old:
10 - 11 hours per day
12-18 Years Old:
8 - 9 hours per day
How can you improve your child's performance at school with a good night's sleep?
Back to school sleep tips:
How can you help your student SOAR?
1. Stay in touch with school
2. On time and at school every day
3. Adequate sleep every day
4. Read with your child every day
Polo Uniform Price Sheet 1 page.pdf
Thursday, August 7
12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Cash or Check Only
No Credit Card
Good to Know---->CPS Board Meeting Updates!
July 2014 CPS board meeting recap.docx
Attached is an overview of the July CPS Board Meeting written by the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.
Keeping up-to-date on district-wide news is a great way to be engaged and understand how AGC is impacted by CPS Board decisions, viewpoints of those supporting and those opposing charter schools, and simply how we fit into the bigger picture.
Interested in learning more about or discussing district-level policy and events?? This could be a great topic for a principal coffee session! Let me know if this piques your interest.
2014-2015 assessment overview from CPS has been added to the "AGC Academic Data" folder on the Parent Portal. This is an overview of CPS/ISBE mandated assessments that apply to charter schools. Take note of the "students tested" column. This provides guidance on who takes what.
AGC's New Office Clerk
AGC is happy to announce our new Office Clerk at the Annex, Mrs. Maria Correa!
Maria Correa has extensive Administrative experience having worked for Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services.
She is the mother of AGC students Angela and Jesse Correa.
She has been a valued volunteer at AGC since her oldest Angela was in Kindergarten 4 years ago.
Maria enjoys gardening, nature, and spending time with her family in the country.
We are happy to welcome her to our team.
We would like to extend our gratitude to the following individuals who have contributed countless remarkable hours: Mr. Manker, Ms. Jenni, Ms. Hernandez, Ms. Garza, Mr. Biedermann, and Mr. Bernier. We thank you for being an active part of our school community! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors outside of AGC.
Comunidad de AGC,
Nos gustaría expresar nuestro agradecimiento a las siguientes personas que han contribuido horas extraordinarias en nuestra escuela: Mr. Manker, Ms. Jenni, Ms. Hernández, Ms. Garza, Mr. Biedermann, y Mr. Bernier. ¡Les damos las gracias por ser una parte fundamental de nuestra comunidad escolar! Les deseamos suerte en sus futuras experiencias fuera de AGC.
Important Dates to Remember
New Student Registration is Due Tuesday, July 1, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Please call ahead)
First Day of School: Monday, August 11, 2014
New Parent Orientation at 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at 47th St.
Please Save the Date for our Parent University, August 7, 2014
(This event is mandatory at least 1 parent must attend.)
Student Fee Due September 19, 2014
El registro es debido martes, 01 de julio de 2014 entre 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Primer Día de Clases: Lunes, 11 de agosto de 2014
Nueva orientación para padres de 8:00 – 10:00 en 47th St.
Universidad de padres, 07 de agosto de 2014
(Este evento es obligatorio por lo menos deben asistir 1 padre.)
Pago de la escuela debido 19 de Septiembre
Important note about AGC office phone number!
Some parents have reported that when they call the AGC office, no one picks up and it keeps ringing.
We have solved the mystery!!
Caller ID shows the Annex number, for example, as 773-582-3954. If you call this specific number back, it does not reach the office.
You MUST call 773-582-1100 and then choose your extension in order to reach us!!
AGC Calendar 14-15 FAMILIES.pdf
Dual Language Pack For Fall 14.pdf
New Kindergarten Students for Fall 2014.
We recommend that all families begin scheduling appointments for the requested Exams.
Saturday April 26th at 10:30am - Informational Workshop about Dual Language
At the 47th St. Campus
We strongly encourage all Families to Attend.
Attached are documents regarding the Dual Language Program.
If you are interested in Dual Language: Families must schedule a meeting with Ms. Saskia Rombouts at firstname.lastname@example.org.