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Northlawn News!
Administrative Professionals Day 2015 is celebrated on Wednesday, 22nd April 2015.

This week we are honoring our VOLUNTEER WORKERS. Volunteers are such an asset to a school district. These selfless people donate their time and talents to our students and staff. If you see a Volunteer this week or at any time please take a moment and thank them for all that they do.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4th -8th


2015-2016 Registration will be held at the Knights of Columbus July 28th and 29th beginning at 12:00. Packets can be picked up ahead of time at the District Administration office and Northlawn Junior High School.


Congratulations to Mrs. Hawk! Northlawn’s Teacher of Excellence for the Excellence in Education Banquet. Thank you to our retirees for their years of service to our schools and to our students.  Mrs. Sheryl Johnson, Mrs. Sue Kovash, Mr. Edwin Sedlacko, and Mrs. Kathy Magana.
Please continue to collect Box Tops over the summer. You may drop them off any time.
Description: C:\Users\knuckles\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\9YY8QSQJ\pizza-1385135608QMQ[1].jpg5th Grade Fundraiser
As you know, our school district is in dire financial straits. However, even with our financial problems we do not want our young people to be held back from fun, educational experiences. Fifth grade will be hosting a Pizza Hut Night on April 21. All proceeds will go towards a fifth grade field trip and your attendance would help out immensely. Adults are $9.00 and children, 10 or under, are $5.00. If you would like to buy a ticket, send checks (payable to Northlawn) or exact change to one of the fifth grade teachers and they can give you tickets. Forget to buy your ticket ahead of time??? No problem! Just stop on in and pay at the door!! J

                                                     Rotary Math ContestDescription: C:\Users\knuckles\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\9YY8QSQJ\math_symbol_clipart[1].jpg                      
The Northlawn Rotary Math Contest was held on Friday, March 13, 2015.  Eight schools competed as individuals and teams.  Northlawn Junior High School was awarded the overall first place trophy.  The eighth grade team of Ellie Krasnican, Riley Doty, Heidi Broerman, and Tayrn Melvin placed 3rd as a team, and the 7th grade team placed fourth. Claire Phillis was awarded the second place individual trophy.  Also on the seventh grade team were Taylor Irvin, Lexi Schick and Kayla Seroka.  Sixth grade took home the first place trophy as a team and three individual awards:  Christian Sunderland – 2nd place, Nathan Beck – 3rd place, and Alex England – 4th place.  Joey Pawalczyk and Derrik Broerman added points to earn first place.  Congratulations to our math team.  They worked hard this year practicing weekly, spending time solving difficult math problems and challenging each other to learn as much as possible.
Description: C:\Users\knuckles\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\8RATGD71\reading_worm[1].gifIt is important for students to read over the summer. Students who do not read over the summer fall behind. We will be sending home a summer reading list. Please have your child read at least one book from the reading list.
 BAND AND CHOIRDescription: C:\Users\knuckles\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\NDGR9O17\Vector_Instruments_by_Mouagip[1].jpg
April 16th  Quarter Auction. Band-Aids Fundraiser.  6:00 p.m.  Streator Moose
May 12th Band and Choir Concert   6:00PM at Northlawn
May 15th  Concert Band plays at all Grade Schools.     All Day
GO CUBS GODescription: C:\Users\knuckles\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\9YY8QSQJ\250px-Chicago_Cubs_Logo.svg[1].png
8th Grade Cubs trip info: students need a signed permission slip and $20.00 to reserve a spot on the bus. The cost covers transportation from NL to Wrigley Field ( and back), lunch at Giordano's, a 2019 t-shirt, and a ticket to Cubs vs New York Mets. Students must meet eligibility criteria to attend.
Thank you to everyone that donated toward, worked at, or played at this year’s Description: C:\Users\knuckles\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\DS30S5ZL\trivia[1].gifTrivia Night. This was the most successful year! We appreciate the support of our community. Funds raised go toward grade level accounts and are used for student incentives and field trips
Description: C:\Users\knuckles\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\BRAVF77C\logo[1].jpgSCIENCE FAIR
On Saturday, March  21 at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb,  IJAS Regional Science Fair Competition was held. Receiving High Honors this year:  Jenna Grabowski, Alina Johnson, Videl Obenhin, Jacob Pfalzgraf, Klaire Phillis and Abbi Stillwell. Advancing on to State at Southern Illinois University on May 1st will be Heidi Broerman, Liset Guadarrama, Lance Moritz and Tristin Paul.
At this year’s competition there were 370 projects. Liset Guadarrama was one of 30 nominees chosen for the special award given by Broadcom Masters which allows her to compete to become one of the 30 finalists nationally, and compete in San Jose CA, she is selected. Good Luck, Liset! Congratulations to all participants for representing Northlawn Junior High so well. We are proud of all of you.
Description: C:\Users\knuckles\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\NDGR9O17\Jamba-juice-250[1].pngIn partnership with St. Mary’s Hospital, cooking classes will be held on April 20 & 21, April  27 & 28 , and May 4 & 5.  We will be making frozen fruit smoothies and mini pizzas. Sign-up sheets will be on the bulletin board in the hallway. Listen for announcements. Permission slips will be sent home with students who sign-up.
8th Grade Graduation
Please remember that the last day for 8th graders is May 22nd. Eighth grade students will have their 8th grade party at 2:11 on Friday, May 22nd. Music and snacks will be provided. Students will be notified if they are unable to participate in the graduation ceremony due to attendance, grades or their discipline record.  A letter will also be mailed home stating the reason (s) students did not qualify for the graduation ceremony. Some students are still on the bubble, and their fourth quarter grades will determine if they are eligible for the ceremony. These students will be notified of their graduation status.
 For those students attending our graduation ceremony there are two practices students need to attend. Students must at tend, both practices to participate in graduation.  Graduation practice is held at SHS on May 27th from 9-10:30 and May 27th from 9:00-10:30. The ceremony will start promptly at 7:00 and will be held in the gymnasium at SHS. Please enter in the main entrance off of Lincoln Avenue.
GRADUATION TICKETS Each family will receive 7 tickets to distribute among friends and family. Anyone attending the ceremony will need a ticket for admittance (excluding infants). Graduates will be given tickets on May 28th at the graduation practice. You will receive a ticket request form. Your child must return it to school by the end of the day May 18th.
GRADUATE DRESS CODE            ( School Dress Code Rules Apply)
Ladies Attire:
• Dress, blouse and skirt, or dress pants and shirt.
• Dress and skirt lengths will be in accordance with dress code policy.
No Strapless dresses unless you wear a sweater or jacket.
• For safety reasons ladies should wear low heeled shoes or flat shoes.
• No house shoes (slippers), or athletic shoes will be allowed.  
• No jeans or T-shirts of any kind will be allowed.
• Clothing with any pictures or wording will not be allowed.
Men’s Attire:
• Dress shirt, dress pants, and an appropriate tie.
• Dress pants will be worn in accordance with dress code policy which requires them to be at the waist.
• Dress shoes with socks that coordinate with their attire. (Black or White are Fine)
• No athletic shoes, no sandals and no house shoes (slippers) will be allowed.
• No jeans, shorts, or T-Shirt of any type will be allowed.
• Clothing with any pictures or wording will not be allowed.
Important Dates

April 13th   School Resumes from Spring BreakDescription: C:\Users\knuckles\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\9YY8QSQJ\suncartoon[1].jpg
April 27th Mid-terms and start of End Of Year PARCC testing
April 29th IESA Regional Scholastic Competition at Northlawn
May 5th Cinco De Mayo Dance After School to 4:00
May 8th All 8th Grade Fees Due
May 14th 8th Grade Cubs Trip
May 20th Hot Tamales Field Trip to Art Museum
May 21st 7th Grade Springfield Trip and Honor Night 5:30PM
May 22nd 8th Grade Party 2:00PM/ Last day for 8th graders
May 26th 5th Grade CelebrationDescription: C:\Users\knuckles\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\8RATGD71\celebration[1].gif
May 27th Graduation Practice at Streator High School 9:00-10:30
May 28th Graduation Practice 9:30-10:30
                 Graduation 7:00
May 29th 4th Grade Visit
June 3rd Last Full Day for Students.-Students bring home report cards.
  • We are always in need of parents to help out on Market Days. Please contact the school if you can help.
Description: C:\Users\knuckles\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\9YY8QSQJ\Food_Pyramid[1].jpgApril 16 – Market Day      May 14 – Market Day   June 11 – Market Day
Dress Code
Please remember that leggings should not be worn to school unless a lengthy shirt or sweater is worn. Leggings can not be see through. If they are deemed not appropriate by administration, students will be asked to have a parent bring them a change of clothes or put on their PE clothes for the remainder of the day. If a student wears inappropriate clothes on numerous occasions, it will result in discipline.
8th Grade Graduation will be May 28th 2015 at Streator High School.  
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PARCC Testing
PARCC testing for all third through eighth graders begins in March. Please review the attached Power Point by clicking twice on the icon to learn more about this assessment. The Power Point can be found on the Principal's page.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Students, do not be late for your first class.
We hope you had a great break!
PTO Meeting

January 27th
5:30 Library
Mr. Wilkinson will attend to address questions about the SESD Education Fund Tax Referendum. The district is currently placing a request on the April 7th  ballot. We will also discuss fundraiser ideas to raise money for playground equipment for our fifth and sixth grade students. All parents and staff members are welcome to attend. Please email me if  you have questions.
Holiday Dress Up Day
Today is UGLY Holiday shirt or sweater day. You might think it is ugly and someone else might think it is beautiful. You might think it is amazing and someone else may thing it is awful! It doesn't matter! Wear it to school on Tuesday. Snowmen, the Grinch, Santa, or Reindeer, we look forward to seeing you in your holiday shirt.
On Thursday, we will be having a holiday assembly. We will be entertained by our very own choir and cheerleading squad. The SHS band, dance team and cheerleaders will also be performing. Rumor has it that Santa and friends will also be visiting.
Northlawn School Song

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!!


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Honor Roll
Honor Roll Parties will take place next week.
5th Grade Monday
6th Grade Wednesday
7th Grade Thursday
8th Grade Friday
We are in need of parent volunteers to help at each party. Please email me at if you are able to attend on any of the days lists above. We will start setting up at 2:10 PM and be finished by 3:00PM.
Pink Day
We will be wearing Pink on Tuesday in honor of those who have lost their lives to Breast Cancer and to support those who are fighting the battle. Northlawn is proud to say that we have raised nearly $700 to donate to Cancer research by buying t-shirts created and made by Mr. and Mrs. McGill.

Tardy Program
Congratulations to Mrs. Roe's Study Hall! Mrs, Roe's study hall only had three tardies  first quarter. They won a subway lunch. They will also have the on time trophy in their classroom. Great Job Students.
School Safety Power Point for Parents
School safety is a rising concern in all schools across the country. Northlawn is continuing our efforts to make sure all students and staff are safe every day at school. We want to make sure that all parents and students understand our rules and consequences as well as what they should do if they know about something that is happening at school.  Please review the Power Point presentation on the Principal's Message page. It is located in the files section at the bottom of the page. Click on the start show at the top of the page.
Feel free to contact our administrative team at any time.
Questions and Concerns
if you are a parent with suggestions, questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact your child's teacher first. If your question pertains to a school-wide issue, or if you feel your problem was not resolved, please contact me and we will do our best to respond appropriately. I hope that we can work together to provide a great experience for your son or daughter. Communication between Northlawn staff and parents is the key to a successful year  for your child. I can be reached by phone at Northlawn or by email at
Market Day Pick Up
We need parent and teacher volunteers for Market Day pick up. Our PTO receives the funds raised for Market Day. Please email me at or call the school if you are able to help on any of the dates listed below.

Thursday September 11
Thursday October 9
November 17th
Thursday December 4
Thursday January 15
Thursday February 12
Thursday March 12
Thursday April 16
Thursday May 14
Thursday June 11

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 of 1st Street.
Big Hall Detention

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 classoom. Students should bring homework or a book to read. They may not talk or sleep. Detention is held immediately after school  until 3:50PM. 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 consequnces. (see student handbook)
Box Tops for Education
Northlawn is collecting Box Tops for Education again this year! 

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!