Dear Somonauk Families, Beginning December 10, students and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the eighth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school. On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are: Effective Leaders Collaborative Teachers Involved Families Supportive Environments Ambitious Instruction To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. Thank you
Somonauk School District #432 Board Meeting for November 2019 *approved 2020-2021 School Calendar *approved the 2020-2021 course description guide for SHS * Mr Streicher presented the 2019 Tax Levy * Mr Snider presented the SMS school improvement plan
Blue Gold Night is our official start to the winter athletic seasons. The night is full of basketball, cheer, dance, wrestling, girls soccer, Hall of Fame, and The Village Courtyard, CHICKEN GEORGE! This event is a huge success because of The Village Courtyard and their generous contribution to the Somonauk Athletic programs! This year their official contribution was $2,568.00! Simply amazing! Please be sure to thank them or better yet, stop by The Village Courtyard to eat! Somonauk COMMUNITY PRIDE Go BOBCATS!
Somonauk School District #432 and the Somonauk community are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated and involved school board. District #432 school board members are Amy Wiegman, Norm Johnson, Mike Short, Corey Britt, Scott Horsch, Tom Nielsen, and Nick Deacon. Thank you for all that you do for the BOBCATS!
Congratulations to JRW and SHS for receiving commendable ratings on the Illinois School Report Card for the 2018-2019 school year! Some indicators that the state utilized to determine rating include assessment scores, attendance, and climate surveys. But wait, there is more exciting news! A huge BOBCAT PRIDE CONGRATULATIONS to Somonauk Middle School! They have received an EXEMPLARY rating, which means that they are in the top 10 percent of schools in the entire state of Illinois! Their numbers on assessment scores, student growth, attendance, and climate far exceed the state average. Way to go SMS!
Bobcat Families, Please take a moment to complete this survey on our school lunch program that is managed by Arbor Management. We value and appreciate your feedback to prepare the best meals possible for your child/children. https://forms.gle/kmaxszXHPXBRAN788
Coffee Chat~ Dangers of Vaping On Tuesday, November 5th at 8:15 am, please join Mr Streicher and Mr Benson as they share some information on the dangers of Vaping. The Coffee Chat will be in the front lobby of Somonauk High School.
State required school VACCINES If your child is in need of state required vaccinations, the DeKalb County Health Department has appointments in Sandwich on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 1:30- 3:30. Please call (815)748-2460 and leave a voicemail with child’s name, child’s birth date, and return phone number. The DeKalb County Health department will provide these immunizations, regardless of which county you reside in. When attending this appointment, you must provide the child’s immunization records, if you do not have your child’s records, contact the school and we will get you a copy. Here is a link to health department for other useful resources https://health.dekalbcounty.org
The NHS blood drive is this Friday, November 1st. It is from 8-12am. Click here for online sign-ups https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/5572055.
Somonauk Middle School is having a Book Fair Details here: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=somonaukmiddleschool1
On Monday November 11, 2019; Somonauk Community Unit School District #432 will be hosting our annual Veterans Day Assembly in the Somonauk High School Gymnasium beginning at 8:30 am. We cordially invite any Somonauk area Veterans and their families to attend, as well as any Bobcat staff or student family Veterans or active service personnel to attend. We also invite all of our Veterans and families to stay for a complimentary breakfast following the assembly. Please RSVP for the breakfast by Wednesday November 6, please email Mary Plante at firstname.lastname@example.org The Somonauk Community values the service of our Veterans a great deal, we look forward to honoring them and their families on November 11.
October School Board #432 Meeting * Mr Benson presented the school improvement plan for SHS *Board approved to proceed with the Somonauk / Leland feasibility study *Board approved purchase of new van
When you approach any of our Somonauk schools as a visitor, you may notice that the windows and doors have images of Bobcats or paws prints on them. While they are very appealing to the eye, they serve as a visual barrier to protect our students and staff. These window guards are funded through a Safe Schools Grant and are strategically placed to avoid direct sight into our buildings where students and staff are present.
Ms. Brooke Harner is sharing her expertise in the math department between the middle school and the high school. Brooke graduated from Kaneland High School and NIU. She enjoys teaching in a smaller school district, so she can get to know her students and their families better. If she were not teaching math in Somonauk, she would love to be a chef. Ms. Harner relaxes on vacation in North Carolina with her family.
Ms. Cassie LeCuyer is caring for our Bobcats as our school nurse. She graduated from Plano High School, Waubonsee, and Western Governors University. She loves the Chicago Cubs and going on hikes. Cassie loves to vacation on a beach under the warm sun. Better yet, she loves Somonauk staff and students and enjoys giving the students a safe place to learn. Welcome to the Bobcat family!
To cap off National Bully Prevention week, Ms. Ozarka along with her leadership group hosted ‘mix it up at lunch day!’ Each student was given a new table to sit at in order to help meet new friends, learn something new about a classmate and spread kindness around our school. They played games and enjoyed a movie. Even though the week is over, SMS will continue our quest for kindness and being bully free!
Sue Gerardot joins #432 as one of our nurses. She graduated from Naperville Central, Lewis University, and University of Illinois. Sue is a Chicago sports fan, da Bears and the Cubs, although dreams of relaxing in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Mrs Gerardot loves working with students and making a difference in their lives. If she wasn't working as a school nurse, she would love to be in the operating room. Welcome to Somonauk, Sue!
Somonauk School District #432 Families, Today, as individual schools within the district, alongside the Somonauk Police department, we practiced our Run-Hide-Fight protocol with our students. This approach takes the lockdown approach that was used previously, and adds some additional options. Teachers and staff have reviewed and interacted with the Run-Hide-Fight protocol for the past year. This practice drill is required by the School Safety Act. Each school and every child did an exceptional job in this drill today, but still may have some questions for you tonight. If you have any follow up questions or concerns, please reach out to the building principals.
HOCO Soccer Game tonight vs. Sandwich HS cancelled in agreement with administration and head coaches, due to field conditions and continued weather. Fireworks will be rescheduled for Saturday evening. Bonfire cancelled reschedule TBD.Tailgating in HS Main Gym 4:00-5:30.
UPDATE: Homecoming GAME events With the predicted weather forecast, we are going to move the HOMECOMING SOCCER game time up one hour to 6:00 pm. This "may" allow us to get complete game in before forecasted storms occur. 5:45 Soccer Sr Night 6:00 GAME vs Sandwich halftime: dance, cheer and homecoming court Let's GO BOBCATS!
Welcome Alyssa McHugh! Ms Alyssa McHugh joins the JRW staff teaching Kindergarten. She is a graduate of Ashton Franklin Center and Millikin University. Alyssa loves the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, and the North Carolina Tar Heels. If she wasn't an educator her dream job would be a stay at home mom and live on the beach, of course! Ms McHugh is excited to teach in a small school district and loves seeing children being proud of their work and always learning new things.
Somonauk School District #432 Board meeting for 9/23/19 *Student Highlight delivered by Annabelle Britt *Approved the 2019-2020 Budget *District received high marks from Auditor on our financial practices *Principal Pruski presented JRW school improvement plan *Board had open discussion about feasibility study for Somonauk and Leland school districts
Ms Jenny Wold comes to Somonauk to teach in our Ag/Science department. Jenny graduated from Athens High School and the University of Illinois. She enjoys running, exercising, playing her with children. She would love to be able to travel in time, if she were to have a secret superpower. Jenny loves plants, soil, and anything that is earth science, which makes her a perfect fit for the Somonauk Agriculture department.
Reminder: School Board meeting Monday night at 7:00 pm in the SHS library
Somonauk #432 Preschool Screening What is Preschool Screening? To help identify children ages 3-5 who may qualify for special education services Somonauk CUSD 432 offers preschool screening. Our screening team will briefly assess your child’s developmental skills in the areas of pre-academic learning concepts, motor skills, and communication, as well as hearing and vision. If you suspect that your child is experiencing one or more delays in her or his development, please contact James R. Wood Elementary school. Screening dates for the '19-'20 school year To schedule an appointment or ask questions related to screening you can call (815)498-2338 ext 1224. Screenings are held at Somonauk Public Library . Screening appointments are available afternoons on the following dates: October 10, 2019 February 7, 2020 April 3, 2020 What to expect at the screening: Screening consists of three components. Your child will have his/her vision and hearing tested. Family health history may also be reviewed at this time. Your child’s development will be assessed using the Brigance Preschool Screen. Your child’s language and communication skills will then be assessed by a speech pathologist. *Please bring your completed questionnaires with you to your appointment. What happens after screening? Upon completion of the screening, a team member will meet with you to review your child’s results. If your child demonstrated developmentally appropriate skills no further action is required, if the team determines there are areas of concern, a further evaluation may be recommended.
Bobcat Basketball right around the corner. Be ready with this great gear from BSN! https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/sombbk19 Order, have it shipped to the HS, and Coach Alsvig will let you know when it's in! The link expires 9/30/19.
Tiffany Passero returns to Somonauk after graduating from Somonauk High School and NIU. She is a special education teacher at the middle school and loves being close to home. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, baking, and swimming. Mrs Passero is always up for the challenge of a good hike and rewards herself with some ice cream! Tiffany dreams of beach vacations and would love to travel in time. Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat!
Ms Rita Hames joins SHS in the special education department. She is a graduate of Yorkville High School and ISU (she must love red and white, but look at her in BOBCAT BLUE!) Rita loves spending time with family and reading a good book. Mashed potatoes are her absolute favorite and her favorite vacation spot is Alabama. Rita wishes to have a secret superpower of time travel. Welcome to the Bobcat Family, Rita!
Middle School Yearbook Order Forms are available here https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/435928/0214_001.pdf
Supt. Streicher will be enjoying breakfast tomorrow morning at the Somonauk Pancake House. Come join him at 7:30 am
Welcome to #432 Ms Dayna Anderson teaches numerous AG clasess at SHS. Dayna graduated from Indian Creek High School and University Wisconsin-Plateville. In her free time, she enjoys listening to Taylor Swift and over analyzing each song! She like her coffee black and enjoys a good book. Ms Anderson has a few cats and some farm animals....like 4,000 pigs?! Her hidden superpower is teleportation and she loves working at SHS because she is able to teach a diverse range of classes with great groups of students.
Welcome to #432 Julie Brubaker! SHS Science department is where she is at! Ms Julie Brubaker graduated from Sandwich High School and NIU. She is super excited to teach in Somonauk because of all of the friendly people. Julie loves going for a walk or hike and hanging out with family. Ms Brubaker likes her coffee with cream and sugar and wants to have a secret superpower of being able to understand, read, write, and speak every language! Interesante! Meravigliosa
I already knew this, but it is great to have confirmation that Bobcat teachers are the best! #bobcats432 https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-teachers-school-districts/c/dekalb-county-il/
Somonauk Community School District #432 has been working with Pearson Clinical Assessment after receiving notification of a data security incident involving their AIMSweb 1.0 product by an unauthorized third party. On Monday, August 19, 2019, the District received verification and details of the impacted data. Pearson identified student data affected was limited to students first and last name, possibly date of birth. No test scores, performance data or any other personally identifying student information was part of the data incident. Although Pearson has provided no evidence that any data was misused, the District wants to make you aware of this incident. Pearson is offering free credit monitoring service from Experian to any student who was enrolled in the District during 2009-2016. If you are interested in learning more about this option, please see the following Ensure that you enroll by: January 31, 2020 (Your code will not work after this date.) Visit the Experian IdentityWorks website to enroll and provide your activation code: If you are enrolling for an Adult: https://www.experianidworks.com/credit Provide your activation code: PF7N9N97G If you are enrolling for a minor: https://www.experianidworks.com/minorplus Provide your activation code: 4GCYX5C69 If you are redeeming this for a minor, provide your minor’s information when prompted As a school district, we take very seriously the security of all student, family and staff data. Only the most limited data is provided to vendors for any required services. Somonauk Community School District #432 (815)-498-2314
Somonauk School Board Meeting 8/19/19 Highlights: *A review of District #432 Strategic Plan was presented with goals to incorporate into each of the School Improvement Plans *Discussion was held about the Leland feasibility study, a community meeting is being planned for Somonauk and Leland residents in late September *Board approved the 2019-2020 Budget *Board approved Superintendent contract for Jay Streicher for next four years.
BREAKING NEWS...Somonauk #432 holds a press conference with newest members of the BOBCAT family. https://youtu.be/CuIVbO_0lWQ
What is BOBCAT PRIDE? When we need some help at school cleaning out storage areas and athletic sheds and these young men volunteer to help! Thank you Liam, Brendan, Ethan, Parker, Carter, Payton, Julio, Alex,Brock, Jaylen, Coach Liechty, Coach Felton, and Garrett. #bobcats432
SHS Fall Sports Coaches Meeting:Volleyball, Soccer, And Golf. August 7th at 6:00 pm in HS lobby SMS Volleyball and Soccer meeting August 7th at 5:00 pm in SMS cafe
Did you see the lights on at SMS last night? We did not forget to turn them off. Just a couple of teachers getting ready for our kids late on a summer night! #whatsummeroff? #bobcatswork #bobcats432
TRAFFIC patterns for School Days before and after school *JRW students must be dropped off and picked up only on Maple Street *Middle school and High school students must be dropped off and picked up in the high school circle drive off of LaSalle Street
Bus routes for 2019-2020 should be very similar to the current routes. Parents will be notified if there are any major changes. All parents indicating that their child/children are riding will receive a call from the driver during the week prior to the start of school. If you have not received a call by Friday, August 9, 2019, please contact Jan Adams at (815) 712-6987.
Save the date x 3: AUGUST 12, 2019 Kindergarten Orientation 5th Grade BBQ Freshman Mentoring more details to come!
Somonauk PE Uniforms Middle and High School students are able to purchase PE uniforms directly from The Shirt Shop (Dian Nielsen) at 815-498-9844 or email@example.com.
Do you know someone who is new to the Somonauk community or District #432? If so, please encourage them to go to new student registration on August 1, from 5-7 pm at Somonauk Middle School. We would love to meet them! BOBCAT PRIDE!
One of our favorite days of the year. Our seniors take a last walk through the halls of the elementary school. #bobcats432 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1QItC0ZW20&t=11s
This Saturday our Ag Leadership & Communications class at SHS is hosting a Pet Adoption Day! We are collaborating with Tails Humane Society to bring loving animals to loving homes! Any questions can be directed to Andrea Farrier,at firstname.lastname@example.org. #bobcats432
Due to the extreme weather at around 11:45 a.m. all District 432 schools had taken precautionary measures & students took shelter. The district has released students back to class.
Today, Friday, May 10th, is the final day to complete Online Registration. Online Registration is completed through Teacherease. NO PAYMENT NEEDS TO BE MADE AT THIS TIME. Fees are due August 2, 2019. Online credit card payments made after June 3, 2019, will include a $1.50 service fee. Payments in cash or check can be paid in the school office. If registration is not completed you will not have the ability to see your students' schedule or their Teacher for next year when it becomes available.
A huge thank you to Somonauk staff, Somonauk Fire and EMT's, Lake Holiday security, and LaSalle County deputies. There were no injuries and all students were safely transported to school after parents of those involved were notified. Great teamwork in an emergency situation.
During our morning bus routes this morning one of our district busses was involved in a minor accident. Somonauk Fire Department, Lasalle County Sheriffs and district administration assisted on the scene. Parents of all current riders are currently being notified and checked in the scene. We have no injuries on-site. Further updates to follow.
MAKERSPACE NEWS! Thank you for helping our students make, create, explore, and inspire throughout this year! We appreciate all of your donations! Our most needed items are consumables (things that can’t be reused). The Final drive item is anything consumable! Packing tape, masking tape, painters tape, liquid glue, glue sticks, string, pipe cleaners, wooden beads, popsicle sticks, straws, paper plates, etc. If you have any of these items that you can donate to be part of our Makerspace collection, SMS students would greatly appreciate it! Please drop off your donations in the box in the middle school office labeled “Makerspace Drive.” ** We are always in need of plastic containers to hold all of our supplies (Rubbermaid containers, plastic shoe boxes, small organizing trays, etc.)
In honor of Secretary's Day. Here is our latest 60 second supe. #bobcats432 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR5cuMDpwY4
Here is a Sixty second Supe that you do not want to miss! Iris is here to remind us what St. Baldrick's is all about. #bobcats432 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_vWlpIvPSY
Open secretarial position at Somonauk CUSD 432. https://www.applitrack.com/dekalb/onlineapp/JobPostings/view.asp?FromAdmin=true&AppliTrackJobId=8666
Only 4 days until our big event! And only 4 days until some of us have no hair! #bobcats432 https://spark.adobe.com/video/IKANPXJjP29X0
It is here! Download the new Somonauk CUSD 432 App today! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MCLMtbu4zkIg9K-HMet23XK_O-ruZOl-/view
Lots of summer opportunities for students in grades 2-12 that are just a short drive away at NIU. https://www.niu.edu/summercamps/search/index.shtml
Here is the latest version of 60 second Supe! Gavin does a great job. It looks like he has some new competition in the fundraising race! #bobcats432 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coMVtg65fYQ
Our new website and new Bobcat app are dropping soon! #bobcats432