Middle School Notes

Dear St. Benedict Teachers and Staff,  

Hope you all have had a great weekend! There is a lot of information below to read and use. We will be creating sign up geniuses for conference scheduling. They are due on Tuesday by 4pm. Also note that progress reports are due Wednesday by 8am. Email me, if you have any questions or concerns about either. Additionally please be flexible on Tuesday as we will be having 8th grade take their graduation photos. It will only affect their morning classes and they will not attend mass. 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  

  • Tuesday, January 15th - 8th Grade Graduation Portraits

    • Tuesday, January 15th -

    • Scholastica @ Chapel Mass & Hilda hosting Church Mass

    • Seminar Time: House

    • Liturgy Planning Committee @ 7 am

    • PD Time : Create Sign Up Genius & Work on Progress Reports

  • Wednesday, January 16th - Progress Reports due by 8am

  • Thursday, January 17th - SILT Meeting @ 4:30pm

  • Friday, January 18th - MS RTI Meeting @ 7am

  • Monday, January 21st - NO SCHOOL - MLK DAY

  • Tuesday, January 22nd -

    • Boniface @ Chapel Mass & Gregory hosting Church Mass

    • Seminar Time: House

    • Progress Reports sent out

  • Thursday, January 24th & Friday, January 25th - Parent, Teacher & Student Conferences

  • Week of January 27th - Catholic Schools Week

  • Sunday, January 27th - Catholic Schools Week Mass @ 10:30am

  • Sunday, January 27th - Open House @ 11:30am - 12:30pm

  • Monday, January 28th - 8th grade Candidate & Parent Meetings @ 7pm

  • Tuesday, January 29th - All School Catholic School Mass (K-12th) @ 9:30am

  • Friday, February 1st -

    • MS RTI Meeting @7am

    • MS Rockin’ Lock In @ 7:30pm - 11pm

In this Issue:  


  • NPR Podcast (NEW)

  • PD Tuesday (NEW)

  • 8th grade Picture Day (NEW)


  • 8th grade graduation photos schedule (NEW)

  • Progress Report Instructions & Resource for Comments (NEW)

  • Mass Grade Level & House Assignments

  • Trimester 2 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

NPR Podcast Competition

We are very excited to invite students to create podcasts for a national competition by National Public Radio (NPR). 

As many of you know, podcasts are audio recordings of topics that are important to recorders and interesting to listeners. 

Some podcast ideas might be about something you recently learned or are learning now; a topic in the news that you feel strongly about; a sport or hobby you’re passion about; a moment in history; something kids understand and grownups don't; how you want to change the world... These are just ideas to get you thinking. You can record on any subject that you’ve got something to say!

The competition is open to grades 5 through 12. Podcasts must be three to 12 minutes long. 

Students won't need any special equipment. 

Participation is voluntary. You will record the podcast in your free time; not during school hours. You will need a parent’s written consent.

If you want to learn more or to talk about a podcast idea, Chris James from Marketing and Communications will be in Kittler Hall during 4C on January 17 or stop by his office in Advancement. 

Tuesday - PD Time - January 13th

PD: Sign Up Genius & Progress Report work time. Your Sign Up Genius must be completed by 4pm on Tuesday. Progress Reports are due by 8 am on Wednesday.

Sign Up Genius Instructions, click here (Please make sure to schedule in a ten minute break on both days. Or you can split it up into two 5 minutes.)

When complete your sign up genius please paste the link in the following document, click here.

Additionally, if you have any specific students that you would like to see for conferences, you may send an email to families, sharing your link after 4pm on Tuesday. All teacher sign up genius links for middle school will be sent out on Wednesday from Admin through Constant Contact.

For a letter to use when emailing families, click here.

Special Note for STEAM teachers i.e Erico, Aida, Jenna, Hannah, Anna & Jackie, please use the above to create your sign up geniuses. Utilizing the 5 minute slots will give you the most availability and flexibility to meet all the families that you serve and make the team conferences of highest need per your discretion. Please let me know if you have any questions.

8th grade Graduation Pictures

2 photographers / sets - in the library

Each student will get two camera cards so they can go to either set (Street Clothes) and  then the cap and gown set.  The Turner twins will also take pictures together (sibling photo). We can send half to one photographer, and half to the other photographer and once done they get in the other line.  Christa will be assisting in the library, but please see the schedule below for other helpers needed. With assistance so there’s a student in a gown ready to go, it’s about 1-1.5 min per student on average. 

Mike A with Michael’s homeroom 8:15 to 9:15 am  (This homeroom will NOT go to Church)

Zora V & Mike A.  with Zora’s homeroom from 9:20 to 10:20 am

Mike A. & Mary D. Dave’s homeroom 10:25 to 11:25 am

Progress Report Comments & Resources

Homeroom Comments: 

  • All students in your homeroom need to receive a comment (under homeroom in FACTS) concerning their behavior, uniform, organization, etc. Both strengths and areas to improve. 

Content Area Comments:

  • Grades fully updated. No empty cells. And no long withstanding P's. (If they are recent i.e within the past week, this is ok)

  • Missing assignments must be marked with M. 

  • Comments for students with C or below as well as others, as needed. 

  • Comment on both academics and behavior.

Progress report resource: 100 Report Card Comments, click here


4th, 7th and 8th will continue to take ASPIRE INTERIM tests on Monday this week and Aspire makeups to follow this week.

Please be explicit in reminding all students to be quite in the hallways especially during passing periods and to line up quietly for their classes.  Additionally, please make sure to be in the hallways monitoring voice levels.

REMINDER: If you are proctoring a test, please remember to pick up your test materials from Christa at the start of the day of the test and return them by the end of the day.

If you or your students are having any technical difficulties during the test, please text your HOS or contact Louie or Jazel.

For the schedule, click here

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 2 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

  • Jan 15th

  • Jan 22nd

  • Feb 19th

  • March 19th

  • April 9th

  • May 21st

Agora Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • Jan. 8th

  • Feb 5th

  • Feb 12th

  • Feb 26th

  • 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

Interested in Becoming a Eucharistic Minister?

We are in need of Eucharistic ministers for our school masses. If you are interested in getting trained by Father Steve, please email me so I can let him know.

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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