Middle School Notes

Dear St. Benedict Teachers and Staff,  

Thank you all for your patience and help with Indiana Dunes day. Thank you to HSA, Maria Tubay, Jean and Amanda for the lovely 8th grade celebration on Friday. Thank you Jackie for all your work for this Sunday’s Art Fair as well. Please review the upcoming dates below in order to plan accordingly and make sure to read Gemo’s notes in full.

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  

  • Thursday, May 23rd - SILT meeting 4:30-6:30PM

  • Thursday, May 23rd - Ice Cream Social

  • Friday, May 24th - Finals due to Mary & Kathleen

  • Friday, May 24th - Award Names Inputted

  • Friday, May 24th - All School Spirit Day

  • Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day - No School

  • Tuesday, May - Baccalaureate Mass @ 9:30 am & NJHS Induction Ceremony @ 7pm

  • Wednesday, May 29th - Ice Cream Truck Treat for Faculty thanks to HSA

  • Wednesday, May 29th - Protege Event and HS Awards

  • Wednesday, May 29th - MS Awards Certificates Printed and given to Kathy Moore

  • Thursday, May 30th - Bede Feast Day

  • Friday, May 31st - 8th grade Capstone

  • Saturday, June 1st- HS Graduation 10AM

  • Sunday, June 2nd - Mass of Thanksgiving and HS Closing Open House 12PM

  • Monday, June 3rd - Final Advisory Session

  • Monday, June 3rd - MS Awards

  • Tuesday, June 4th - 8th grade Dinner Dance

  • Tuesday, June 4th & Wednesday, June 5th - Final Exams

  • Thursday, June 6th - 8th grade Graduation

  • Friday, June 7th - House Rewards Day

In this Issue:  


  • End of the Year Checklists, Docs & such (NEW)

  • Spring Events (NEW)

  • High School Closing (NEW)

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

  • Learning Targets & Assessment

  • Mass Grade Level & House Assignments

  • Trimester 3 Lunch Coverage Rotation Schedule

  • 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

Upcoming Special Schedules

  • Tuesday, May 21st, click HERE

  • Friday, May 24th, click HERE

  • Tuesday, May 28th, click HERE

  • Monday, June 3rd, click HERE

  • Finals Exam Trimester 3 Schedule, click HERE

End of Year Checklists, Documents and Such from May 10 Professional Development Day

Discipline programming – grades 1-5 (Grades 1 -5 reflection doc, click here) and MS (MS reflection doc, click here)

K-5 End of Year Checklist 

MS – Agora & Awards - MS Awards Doc click here

MS End of Year Checklist click here

Your team lead should have access to the grade level feedback/reflection sheets

Teachers PK-8 Sign Up for Spring Events


Please sign up for a slot for Strings Concert, Band Concert (both on Wed, May 22) or the Ice Cream Social (Thursday, May 23). If you sign up for the Ice Cream Social, please put your name in the grid AND use the sign up genius link to sign up for a specific slot.) Thanks!

The following teachers DO NOT need to sign up for a slot because you helped with the Parent Mixer in September: Dave M, Cathy K, Mary Anne, Roger, Marni, Stephen, Jessi G, Jean Hybinette, Jackie Stancin, Jean Hyland, Erin Kelly, Emily M, Rachel N, Roxy, Zora , Erico, Katrina and Beth.

Teacher and Staff Sign Up PK-12 for High School Closing Weekend June 1 or June 2nd


As a reminder, all teachers are expected to attend one event this weekend - either graduation on Saturday, June 1 or the mass and/or reception on June 2nd. See the document for details. Thanks!

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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