Middle School Notes

Dear St. Benedict Teachers and Staff,  

I hope all of you had a restful and relaxing spring break. Tomorrow, we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green. You will have work time during this Tuesday’s PD. Grades will be due to me by end of day of Thursday March 21st. Please see the notes regarding report cards below. Please keep in mind pre - observations start this week. You should have received an email notifying you of your pre-observation, observation and post-observation times from mylearningplan. Please let me know if you haven’t. Pre-observations will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. Please come meet me in my office for your pre-observation. Please make sure you have completed and submitted your pre-observation questions prior to our meeting. We will review them during our session. Lastly, I hope to see you at Gala! Please read my notes as well as Rachel’s notes in full. Have a blessed week!

Ms. Deletioglu  

Head of Upper School

St. Benedict Preparatory School continues a century-long tradition of superior education in a vibrant Catholic community. We recognize that each student’s God-given gifts hold unique value, potential, and dignity. Our city block campus offers preschool through grade 8 programs to the parish, the Northside of Chicago, and all those who share our mission. With a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration, the St. Benedict Parish faculty and staff, in partnership with parents, develop the creators and contributors of tomorrow inspired by faith and informed with a global perspective. We are a welcoming and supportive community with Christ at our center. A commitment to inclusive and rigorous challenge creates a dynamic, innovative, and active learning experience in which the needs of the whole student are met. At St. Benedict Preparatory School, the strengths of each child become an inspiration to others to learn fearlessly, to lead responsibly, and to serve joyfully.


Save the Dates  

  • Monday, March 18th

    • Classes Resume

    • Students and staff wear green

  • Tuesday, March 19th

    • PD Report Card Work time

    • House Seminar time

    • Chapel Mass 7th grade, Mass hosted by 6th grade

    • MS Assembly: HSA presents “Show Some Respect” @ 1pm in the Gym, go with 5th period class @ 12:50pm

  • Wednesday, March 20th - Friday, March 22nd - Pre-Observation Danielson Meetings

  • Thursday, March 21st - MS grades due to HOS end of day

  • Saturday, March 23rd - GALA

  • Tuesday, March 26th

    • 6th, 7th & 8th grade Reconciliation *Special Schedule to follow

    • Agora Seminar Time

    • 6th & 7th grade Agora Night @6:30pm

  • Thursday, March 28th - Report Cards sent home

  • Week of April 1st - Aspire Week * Schedule to follow

  • Wednesday, April 10th - 8th grade Agora Night @6:30pm

In this Issue:  


  • Tuesday PD (NEW)

  • Important Notes Regarding Report Cards (NEW)

  • Regarding HSA Assembly on Tuesday (NEW)

  • Students: Here’s how to get Your Press Pass

  • Learning Targets & Assessment

  • Mass Grade Level & House Assignments

  • Trimester 3 Lunch Coverage Rotation Schedule (NEW)

  • House Seminar Tuesday Dates & Meeting Locations

  • Agora Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • Friday’s PD Presentation - Danielson

  • Fun Run Incentive Celebration Schedule

  • Mylearningplan.com & Teacher Goal Setting Form

  • Fire Drill Procedure

  • Important Uniform Update

  • MS Binder Organization Checklist

  • Photo Policy

  • MS Powerpoint Presentation

  • MS Student Handbook Link

  • Unit Plan due date

  • Teacher Time Fridays

  • Ethan Li

Tuesday PD - March 19th

Report Card Work Time

Important Notes Regarding Report Cards

  • Progressing and Successful should be most common marks 

  • Outstanding should be rare and for those who really show above and beyond consistently  

  • Unsatisfactory should also be rare and if given, Mary should be notified.  

  • Rubric for O,S,P, U click here

  • Once you are completely done with report cards, you must email Mary informing her. (By Thursday. March 21st by end of day, if you happen to get them done early please let me know – that would really be helpful =) ) 

Regarding HSA Assembly on Tuesday

Students will go the HSA Assembly “Show Some Respect” in the gym with their 5th period class at 12:50pm. Homeroom teachers please remind to students leave their things in their locker meaning they will be going to their 5th period class with none of their belongings. The performance will start promptly at 1pm. 6th period MS teachers must come to the gym to swap out 5th period teachers @1:15pm. 7th period MS teachers must come to the gym to swap out 6th period teacher @1:45. The performance should last an hour.

Students: Here’s How to get Your Press Pass

The Marketing department and the Communications teachers announce the Press Pass program for eligible 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in photography, communications and art.

Students will serve as photographers and “report” at school events, sporting activities and other places. This is a great way to get valuable experience, contribute to the school’s marketing and communications and learn more about St. Ben’s.

If you are interested, please see Press Pass procedures and Student Application and Consent form that explains the program and qualifications. Please see Mr. James in the Advancement office with questions.

Learning Targets & Assessments

Going forward, teachers should list the objectives (I can statements) that are being assessed at the top of quizzes and tests. 

  • Why? 

    • Clearly state what standards are being assessed (helps teacher and student). 

    • Allows IF to know what standards are being assessed. 

    • Provide a good list of study topics for students. 

    • Help as we slowly begin moving towards standards based grading. 

Interested in Becoming a Eucharistic Minister?

We are in need of Eucharistic ministers for our school masses. If you are interested, training is Tuesday night, February 5th at 7pm in the church. 

Mass Grade Level & House Assignments

Each week either a grade level or House will host mass.  To see the schedule of who will be serving mass click here

Trimester 3 MS Lunch Rotation Schedule

Please make sure that you bookmark or print the following for easy reference.

Click Here

House Seminar Dates & Meeting Locations

House Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • March 19th

  • April 9th

  • May 21st

Agora Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • March 26th

  • April 16th

  • May 7th

  • May 28th

PD Presentation on Danielson

In case you missed it, click HERE 

Fun Run Incentive Celebration Schedule

Please read in full, Click Here 

Mylearningplan.com or Frontline Teacher Evaluation Portal Forms

Teacher observation Timeline – Year One

Teacher Goal Sheets – Grades PK-5 and HS by October 2nd (extended to Oct. 8th by midnight) Goal Setting Form

Timeline for Observations Walkthroughs (10 minutes)

  • #1 All teachers by Nov. 8

  • #2 All teachers by March 8

Informal Observations (20-30 minutes)

  • #1 by Jan 18th

Formal Observation (full class)

  • By May 15

Walk through Forms

Informal Observation Forms

Formal Observation Forms

Extra Band Support during Recess

The following are the days Jenna has provided for band students to come during recess to practice or receive extra support:

Grade 6 & 7- Mondays or Thursdays

Grade 8- Fridays 

Fire Drill Protocol

Thank you for an overall great fire drill.  Some important things to keep in mind. 

ALL teachers must raise their hand once you are outside and stop at your safe location.  
You must keep them raised until the Admin team does roll call.  The administration will point to you and you must do the following in this order:

  • State your full name (first then last)

  • Either say "All here" if all your students are present, or "Missing" followed by student's name(s) if someone is missing or "I also have" if you have picked up child that isn't in your class.

This protocol is extremely important because the faster we can account for everyone, the faster we can assure everyone's safety. 

Important Uniform Update

After much discussion, the following changes have been made to the student uniform policy: 

  • Plaid belts are permitted for young women

  • Black gym shoes are now permitted for young men and women. Note: Black gym shoes are not black dress shoes and can't be worn as such.

Regarding Detentions

 Please note that every time you write a detention you must email the parent and student as well as cc’ myself.  You will then need to put the detention slip into Kathy Moore’s mailbox. The student is given the yellow copy and the white copy is the office copy.  They must be put in Kathy’s mailbox by 3:30pm that say, in order for the detention to be served the following day.  All behavioral detentions are served in room 229 (Mr. Galus's room) during MS Recess and Lunch (depending if it is a 30 min or 60 min). Please note that if the child is only serving one 30 minute detention is always served during their recess so if they are in 8th grade it is 4b and if it is 6th or 7th it is during 4a.  Tardy detentions are served in the morning.

MS Binder Organization Checklist

Teachers and homeroom teachers, please refer to this often.  Click here

Middle School Powerpoint Presentation

Click Here. 

Middle School Student Handbook

Click HERE

Unit Plan Due Dates

Please continue to share with me and Kathleen your unit plans as you begin new ones. 

Teacher Time Fridays Mornings

Teachers will not be seeing any students before school for tutoring, reassessments or tutoring Friday Mornings this year.  This does not alter the normal arrival times.  This is only for students that plan to come in "early" to see the teacher.   This time is dedicated to teacher collaboration and innovation. Please avoid scheduling parent meetings on Friday mornings when possible. We want you to have dedicated time for collaboration. Thanks for your support!

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