Middle School Notes - Grades 6-8

Dear MS St. Benedict Teachers and Staff,  

Happy Sunday!

Thank you for all your work this week and congratulations to all on a successful first trimester conferences! Tomorrow Scholastica is hosting Chapel Mass and Gregory House will be hosting mass in the church. Tomorrow’s seminar time is House. Picture forms are due on Wednesday. 7th grade will be taking their field trip to St. Sabina from 1pm - 3:30pm. Andy, myself and Joe will be chaperoning. Susan will sub for Andy 7th period. We also will be having an Advanced visit on Wednesday as well as the Fun Run Incentive: Snack Stand. If you haven’t signed up already, please do! On Thursday, We have picture retakes. If you didn’t take your pic or want to retake it, this is your day to do it! We will end our week with our MS RTI meeting at 7am. Please not that some of your NJHS students will be not in class as they will be volunteering for Granparent’s Day. Remember that on Friday we will be doing the Fun Run incentive: Ear Bud Music Day.

PLEASE submit a proposal for a teacher grant. The link with instructions can be found “Docs for MS Teachers.” The due date is October 25th. I would like to know of your idea by October 20th, so please send me a quick email of what you are thinking!

Lastly, Please read the items below and review the upcoming dates. Have a blessed week.


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, October 14th - No School Columbus Day Observed

  • Tuesday, October 15th - MS Mass (wear dress uniform)

    • Chapel Mass - Scholastica House, Mass in Church hosted by Gregory House

    • Seminar Time - House

  • Wednesday, October 16th

    • Picture Order Forms due for retakes

    • 7th grade field trip @7pm to Our Lady of Snows & St. Sabina visit with Father Mike

    • Advanced Ed visit from 8:30 - 11:30 am

    • Fun Run Incentive: Snack Stand - Please make sure to sign up

  • Thursday, October 17th

    • Picture Retake Day

    • MS Team Mtg during 4B

  • Friday, October 18th

    • MS RTI @7:00 am in Rm 327

    • Grandparent’s Day for Pre-K - 5th (NJHS to volunteer)

    • Fun Run Incentive: Ear Bud Music Day

  • Sunday, October 20th - @10:30 am - Blue Ribbon Mass for Parish

  • Week of October 21st - Aspire Testing for grades 3 - 8

  • Tuesday, October 22nd - MS Mass (wear dress uniform)

    • Chapel Mass - Bengal Ambassadors, Mass in Church hosted by Hilda House

    • Seminar Time - Agora

  • Wednesday, October 23rd - Java with Gemo in Library @ 8am

  • Thursday, October 24th - 8th grade US Constitution Test

  • Friday, October 25th

    • MS Halloween Dance in Beaven Hall @ 6pm - 8pm

    • Teacher Grant Proposals are due today (see link in Docs for MS Teachers)

    • Fun Run Out of Uniform Day

In this Issue:  

  • Special Schedules for T1

  • Communications Log for Inclusion Students

  • Tuesday PD Schedule

  • Syllabus, Unit Plans & Lesson Plan Templates

  • New Teacher Meetings

  • RTI dates

  • Tuesday Seminar Schedule

  • Danielson Dates & Info

  • Learning Targets & Assessment

  • Interested in Becoming a Eucharistic Minister

  • Teacher Time Friday Mornings

  • Fire Drill Procedure

  • Report Card Descriptors

  • Ethan Li

Special Schedules for T1

  • October 29th, click HERE

  • October 31st, click HERE

  • November 1st, click HERE

  • November 13th & 14th, click HERE

Communications Log with families with service plans

Please make a note reminding all teachers and staff to use the communication log for all interactions with families of students with service plans.

Tuesday Professional Development Schedule - Upcoming work

October 15 - Father Steve presents the Gift of the Eucharist and then Eucharist Training in Kittler, Math & Writing Block planning time to follow (all teachers who teach a math or writing block to meet in rm 327)

October 22nd - MS Assessment (Fair, Valid & Reliable) /Curriculum Planning time

October 29th - Portfolio Check & Final Exam Week Planning time

November 5th - Final Exam Work Time

Syllabus, Unit Plans & Lesson Plan Templates


(Please DOWNLOAD a copy of the Syllabus, rename, edit and upload into your Office365 teacher folder. Please make sure your share it with me for review. A few notes, please edit all the items that I have highlighted. Additionally, I will review the reassessment policy on Tuesday with each department so you can hold off on this at the moment. You MUST hold office hours, this is not optional. Lastly, if you would like an example for your subject area, please email me. I will email you individually)

TEMPLATE FOR UNIT PLANS (Please DOWNLOAD a copy, rename and upload into your Office365 teacher folder)

TEMPLATE FOR LESSON PLAN CALENDAR - DAILY CALENDAR (Please DOWNLOAD a copy, rename and upload into your Office365 teacher folder)

New Teacher Meetings

New teacher meetings for Middle School will be held by Mary on Fridays from 7:00 am - 7:30 am in Rm 222. This is mandatory for New Staff!

To Attend: (Victoria Hayes, Ashley Munoz, Stephen Stare, Megan Harte, Agata Noca, Cassidy Luciano, Susan Balmes, Ashley Koerner, Rhonda Petersen)

  • November 8th 

  • December 13th

  • February 21st 

  • March 13th 

  • April 24th 

  • May 15th 

MS RTI dates

Fridays 7:00-7:40 in Rm 327

October 18th 

November 1st

November 22nd

December 6th

January 10th

January 24th

February 14th

February 28th

March 27th

April 17th

May 8th

End May 22nd

Tuesday Seminar Schedule

  • October 15th - House

  • October 22nd - Agora

  • October 29th - Prayer Buddies : All Saints (8:30 - 9:15 am)

  • November 5th - Agora

  • November 12th - Agora

  • November 19th - House

  • November 26th - Prayer Buddies : Thanksgiving (8:30 - 9:15 am)

  • December 3rd - Agora

  • December 10th - Agora

  • December 17th - House

  • January 7th - House

  • January 14th - Agora

  • January 21st - Agora

  • January 28th - Prayer Buddies : Catholic Schools Week (8:30 - 9:15 am)

  • January 28th *Special Schedule (Floor Hockey Tournament)- House

  • February 4th - Agora

  • February 11th - Agora

  • February 18th - House

  • February 25th - Prayer Buddies : Lent *Mardi Gras (8:30 - 9:15 am)

  • March 3rd - Agora

  • March 24th - House

  • April 7th - Agora

  • April 14th - House

  • April 21st - Agora

  • May 5th - Prayer Buddies : Mary *End of Year (9:22 - 10am)

  • May 19th - House

  • May 26th - House

Danielson Dates & Info

Teacher observation Timeline – Year Two

Mylearningplan.com or Frontline Teacher Evaluation Portal Forms

  • Teacher Goal Sheets – October 1, 2019

  • Timeline for Observations Walkthroughs (5-10 minutes)

    • #1 All teachers by Oct 4

    • #2 All teachers by December 20

    • #3 All teachers by March 27

  • Timeline for Informal Observations (20 minutes) *Includes Post Meeting

    • #1 by November 15

    • #2 by February 21

  • Timeline for Formal Observation (Full Class) *Includes Pre and Post Meeting

    • By May 1st

Walk through Forms

Goal Setting Form

Walk through Form (PDF with electronic spaces)

Informal Observation Forms

Observation Form

Post-Observation Form

Formal Observation Forms

Pre-Observation Form Formal

Formal Observation form (PDF)

Post Observation Form Formal

Summative Conference Form

Teachers Composite Score 

Learning Targets & Assessments

Teachers must 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, please email me at mdeletioglu@stbenedict.com so that I can let Father Steve know.

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!

Fire Drill Protocol

Some important things to keep in mind: 

Students must be at a voice level 0 and standing still during this time. Teachers are to set the example ALWAYS and direct students to follow.

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. 

Report Card Rubric Descriptors

Click HERE

Middle School Birthday Treats

This year students will be passing out/ enjoying any birthday treats they bring in homeroom during academic lab. On Tuesdays, this will happen during Portfolio & Progress Planning.

If a Birthday happens to fall on a day we do not have either of these, only then will an exception be made to pass the treats out during lunch.

It is the expectation of families that if a treat is brought in that there are enough for everyone in the student’s homeroom and that the treats are nut free.

We will work with Heather to get a supply of allergy free treats (gluten, soy, etc) for those students in your homeroom who will need them.

Send Ethan Li Some Notes of Encouragement

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