Northlawn Junior High School ~ Committed to Excellence GO PANTHERS!
Brian Cox-Band Aids
Angie Goetz- Sheltered Instruction Implementation
Carolyn Wargo- Rewarding the Good
Lori Isermann- Developing Healthy Eating Habits
Mr. Essman- Dean of Students
Students have been doing a great job following NL cell phone rules. Once at school, all cell phones should be put away and off until the end of the day. We appreciate their cooperation in eliminating distractions.
We are still having some dress code issues. Please remind your child that tight/ leggings/ yoga pants/jeggings/can not be worn unless they are worn with a top that covers from shoulder to mid-thigh. We also ask that parents review the rest of our dress code policies in the student planners.
Students who come to school without proper clothing will be asked to put on their PE clothes or call a parent to bring a change of clothes.
A Dia de los Muertos dance on Tuesday, November 3rd 3:00-4:00 More information will be announced……….
All grade levels will be invited!
After School Cooking Class
5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders may attend
Our after school cooking class will be offered twice this month through our partnership with St. Mary’s Hospital. Sign-up sheets for students are on the bulletin board around the corner from the old athletic office. Students can ask in the office or ask their teacher if they have trouble finding it. A permission slip will be sent home with dates and times. (with students who sign up)
Mrs. Erhler has been working with hospital volunteers and students on two-day projects. There is room for groups of 25 students who will be taking the class this month. Many of the vegetables used in cooking class were grown in Northlawn’s garden! We are hoping to be able to continue this program after the closure of the hospital but we will need a new community partner with volunteers and help with the cost of the food purchased. Please contact me at Northlawn if you have a group or business that may be interested.
Keri Jancek, Principal Kjancek@ses44.net.
First hour classrooms will be creating class scarecrows during study hall. Teachers may be asking for donations of materials to create their scarecrows. Each classroom will be deciding on a theme. If you are interested in helping your child’s class with their scarecrow, please contact your child’s first hour teacher.
Girl Scout Program Offered During Study Hall
AMAZE: The Twists and Turns of Getting Along
Life is a maze of relationships and this journey has girls maneuvering through all its twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and maybe even peace. This program also elicits discussion about issues like bullying, relational aggression, cyberbullying and romantic relationships. Girls who are interested will receive a permission slip to take home with more information.
Mrs. Bemont’s 8th Grade Reading Class
Fright! Deception! Revenge!
This month, Mrs. Bemont’s (yes, there has been a name change!) Reading class is studying Edgar Allen Poe and some of his most famous works. The Raven. The Tell-Tale Heart. The Cask of Amontillado. My 8th graders will learn the art of suspense by analyzing some of Poe’s greatest works. We will culminate our unit by writing our own Poe-inspired scary stories!
HAUNTED SCIENCE FAIR
Boo! It is time to think about Halloween.
Northlawn science students are happily planning the Haunted Science Day again this year. Since Halloween falls on Saturday this year, Friday Oct. 30 will be a great day to hold our annual event. Third graders can come in costume if they wish! There will be a "dark room" with displays, as well as the 6th grade gym full of interactive demonstrations. We have some cool, spooky things to see!
Mrs. Soulsby’s Class
(John Kettman) who has painted and created some amazing art visited Mrs. Soulsby’s fifth grade class. One painting he showed them is of the Majestic with many historical figures from Streator in it. It was awesome. He has also created a beautiful work of art to honor Clyde Tombaugh for his discovery of Pluto. His mission is for it to be made into a postage stamp. He has hundreds and hundreds of signatures so far, including congress men and women. If you have a little time and would like to sign please go to change.org. It should be listed as Kettman/Pluto. Thanks for supporting our local artists.
The 2015 Red Ribbon Theme is Respect Yourself - Be Drug Free. Red Ribbon week is October 27-31st. North Central is sponsoring an essay contest for 4th-8th graders. Essays will be selected on spelling, creativity and an anti-drug message. There will be a pledge to be drug free banner in the cafeteria. There will also be dress up days each day and red ribbons distributed to students. Anti-drug videos will be played during study hall and read over the P.A system. Remind your student to listen to the announcements for dress up day information! The important part is that we teach our children at a young age about the dangers of drug use. Thank you to the Elk’s club for the donation of stickers and Red Riboon items they give us each year.
Bullying ? No Way
The week beginning October 12thth will be anti-bullying week at NL. We are inviting all students and staff to wear blue or purple t-shirts as a sign of stomping out bullying at our school. We will have a writing contest with winners announced on Friday. We will also have an art contest with winners announced on Friday. Random acts of kindness will be encouraged every morning.
October 30th Halloween Costume Rules
Our costume theme will be announced later in the month. We will have prizes for the top costumes in the school. Students who are chosen by their class will participate in a parade through the school. The parade is for students and staff only.
- Students may not bring fake or real weapons.
- Students may not wear any type of face paint or costume make-up.
- Students may not wear masks on their face during the school day. 5th graders may wear them at the end of the day if it is part of their costume. 6th-8th graders often wear their costumes during the school day. If the costume interferes with classroom instruction, the student will be asked to change into their regular clothes.
- Students may not have fake blood.
- Students may only wear hats if it is part of a costume.
- The school dress code must still be followed. No short shorts or skirts. There will be a costume contest and short parade through the hallways at the end of the day. The parade is for students only.
- We hope to be able to continue this fun event in future years. We ask that students be on their best behavior so that dress up days can continue.
After School Homework Help
After school homework help and tutoring is available in the NL library from 2:50-3:50 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students must arrange transportation the night before with their parent. A late bus is available to transport students to a location near their home. Students or parents can pick up a copy of the late bus routes at school or see them on this web page. The bus leaves school at 4:00PM. If you are picking your child up from tutoring, they should be picked up in the front, (flag pole side), off 1st Street. Parents must call to sign their child up for this program. It is now part of our RTI process.
Big Hall Detentions
If your child receives a detention, he or she will be given a sheet with information about the detention and an assigned day to serve it. It will generally be the following day. Students staple the detention in their planner so that parents will see it when they go home. We ask that you look at your child's planner each night and sign it once a week. Some teachers may ask that it is signed more often. Detention is held in a classroom. Students should bring homework or a book to read. They may not talk or sleep. Detention is held immediately after school. It is supervised by a teacher. Students are allowed to ride the late bus but should have this arranged with their parent the night before. Students who skip detention receive further consequences. Receiving multiple detentions escalates consequences (see student handbook).
Please remind your child about the importance of getting to school on time.
Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness
Northlawn staff will be wearing pink on October 20th We welcome your child to join us in wearing pink on this special day.
Please remember to be safe as you celebrate Halloween. Make sure masks or makeup do not impair your ability to see oncoming cars, and never assume a driver can see you. We want you to have fun on Halloween—we also want you safely back at school the following Monday! And one more thing: leave your candy stash at home, please!
A Sense of Giving
Northlawn Junior High School will be working throughout the year on a fundraiser for Feed My Starving Children. This program packs and ships food packs to over 70 countries where starvation and dehydration are a daily struggle. Globally, at least 6,200 children die each day from starvation. While we all struggle with difficulties, few of us will experience hunger like this.
As a school, we will be collecting pop tabs to raise money. We will be competing by grade levels.
Our goal is to raise $1,500. At 22 cents per meal, that will pack and provide almost 7000 meals for children who may otherwise die of starvation. In addition, we would like to have a group of student volunteers take part in packing. We are seeking help in collecting pop tabs and donations to give students as prizes. Our primary goal is two- part. One is to raise money for FMSC and two is to foster a sense of giving in our student population.
Game Board Day- All Students are welcome to attend. 3:00-4:00 in the RTI Room.
Students must have their own ride home or ride the activity bus. Make sure you make arrangements with your parent or guardian ahead of time. The cost is $2.00. Price includes a water and chips and cookies.
PTO meetings will be held at 5:00 on the following dates
Please note change of date:
We meet in the library.
This year Northlawn will be focusing on positive character traits. Each month we will focus on different traits. Each week there will be a different topic. The first few months of school, we will be discussing safety, respect, and responsibility. Please go to my Principal page for more information.
Safety and School Expectations
Showing regard for the worth of someone or something
Week 1 Self-respect* Pride and belief in one's self and in achievement of one's potential.
Week 2 Respect for Others* Concern for and motivation to act for the welfare of others.
Week 3 Respect for Authority Respect for those individuals who are in positions of responsibility.
Week 4 Respect for Learning and
Appreciation for the importance of and effort involved in acquiring knowledge. Showing highregard for the worth of promptness.
Taking care of one's self and others;to carry out a duty or task carefully and thoroughly
Week 9 Cheerfulness*/Positive AttitudeGood humored, bright and pleasant. Realistic positive confidence of feeling toward one’s self.
Week 10 Accountability Being responsible for your decisions and actions; dependable.
Week 11 Honor A sense of what is right, just and true; privilege.
Week 12 School Pride / Cleanliness* Care and satisfaction in your school’s environment, achievement and success.
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Northlawn School Song
Go Northlawn Panthers, bring that score up boys,
Make the baskets Panthers and we’ll make a cheering noise,
Rah, Rah, Rah!
Go Northlawn Panthers, fight for blue and gold,
Spread far the fame of our fair name,
Northlawn Panthers win this game.
Northlawn, Northlawn, Northlawn
We’re the BEST!!
Feel free to contact our administrative team at any time.
If your child receives a detention, he or she will be given a sheet with information about the detention and an assigned day to serve it. It will generally be the following day. Students staple the detention in their planner so that parents will see it when they go home. We ask that you look at your child's planner each night and sign it. Detention is held in a classroom. Students should bring homework or a book to read. They may not talk or sleep. Detention is held immediately after school until 3:50PM. Some students may be assigned a lunch detention. Students are allowed to ride the late bus but should have this arranged with their parent the night before. Students who skip detention receive further consequences. Receiving multiple detentions escalates consequences. (see student handbook)
Please collect Box Tops and turn them in to your first hour teacher. Students who bring ten Box Tops to the first dance will get in free!
For each small box top that is turned in, Northlawn receives ten cents!
It doesn't seem like a lot, but it sure adds up quickly!
Students should turn in box tops to their study hall teachers!
Each study hall is competing this year, and one study hall from each grade level will be crowned the winner at the end of the year!
Let's raise some money for our school! GO PANTHERS!