Today several of our 8th grade students participated in the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge at Harper College. The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge is a competition that challenges eighth grade students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. They work in teams to design and build a fluid power mechanism, and then compete against other teams in a timed competition. One of the Keller teams took first place for their project design! Mrs. Burke and I had the opportunity to visit our students at Harper College to observe their team work as they constructed their devices. We were extremly impressed with each teams dedication to work as a collaborative team to get the job done.
Several clubs are up and running at Keller and are open to new members. If you’re not involved in something, look at this list and see what fits for you!
Great American Scholars ran by Ms. Ghani
Girls Club ran by Mrs. Gdowski
Craft and Garden Club ran by Mrs. Engle
Fuse club, applications are due today to Mrs. Moore or Mrs. Gora.
GEMS CSI, applications are due Wednesday to Mrs. Brazeau by 7:30 am
POMS, permission slips are due by Oct. 27th to Ms. Ghani or Mrs. Hoffman, tryouts will be next week.
The District 54 Warriors Unified Soccer Teams traveled to Homewood Flossmoor High School over the weekend to compete in the 2014 Northern Unified Soccer Regional Tournament.
All teams braved the cold weather did a great job, and advance on to the state competition in two weeks at Toyota Park.
Gold Rush ~ 2nd place in their division (Silver medal) Congratulations to Wata Y
Red Thunder ~ 1st place in their division (Gold medal) Congratulations to Matthew W
On Friday, October 3rd, the Interact Clubs from Keller and Mead along with the Elk Grove and Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Rotary Clubs will be greeting guests at Mariano’s in Hoffman Estates to promote the District 54 Food Pantry. Students and Rotarians will be sharing information about the District 54 Food Pantry with Mariano’s patrons from 9:30-1:00 p.m. Come do your grocery shopping and support the District 54 Food Pantry by making a food or monetary donation. All proceeds raised will be used to purchase items that are generally not donated for the Keller and Mead Pantries. For more information about the District 54 Food Pantry, please visit http://sd54.org/food-pantry/. We look forward to seeing the District 54 community at Mariano’s on 2575 W Golf Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169!
Dear Keller Community~
August always brings the excitement of coming back to school for both teachers and students. The 2014-2015 school year will be one of new learning opportunities for our students, as we continue to raise the bar to prepare our students for career and college readiness. Our teachers have been busy this summer, improving instruction in reading, math, science, and social studies. We continue to encourage students to be active learners in the classroom as they develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. As a staff, we are committed to working collaboratively with you and with one another to provide results oriented instruction that focuses on the success and achievement of every Keller student. We believe it is through the partnership with our parents that we are able to achieve amazing results. This year’s motto… “We are in it to win it” will drive our work as we make decisions on what is best for our students’ progress. Our shared mission is focused on the work we do together to encourage the social, emotional, and academic growth of all our students. Nothing motivates a child more than when learning is valued by schools, families, and community in partnership.
Junior high school is a major stepping stone for students, on the road to becoming an adult. Other than the first three years of life, this is the grade span in which youngsters are most transformed. Many parents, who are actively involved at the elementary school level, become less involved as their children enter junior high school. However, parent involvement during these transitional years is just as important in a child’s success at school. Some key ideas to remain involved in your child’s academic success include…
- Setting a regular and quiet time for your child to do their homework at home.
- Checking the parent portal for grades and homework assignments.
- Checking your child’s assignment notebook and the school website for daily homework assignments.
- Encourage your child to participate in extra-curricular activities.
- Provide encouragement, clear expectations, and logical consequences.
- Attend curriculum night, conferences, and school functions.
- Joining the PTA to support the school in establishing a supportive and encouraging community.
At Keller, we have high expectations for each student. We expect students to attend school regularly, put forth an effort in each classroom, and respect the rights of each individual in our school community. Additionally, we believe the “WILDCAT WAY”of being respectful, responsible and safe. Keller students should display pride in their school and set high goals for their personal achievements. The Keller staff is excited to work with you and your child this year on their academic journey to success. Please do not hesitate to contact us or one of the Keller staff members if we can be of assistance throughout the school year.
Your child will need an up to date sports physical to participate in sports and intramurals. Jr High Sports are Cross Country, Boys and Girls Basketball, Girls Cheerleading, Boys Wrestling, Girls Volleyball and Track. Intramurals are basketball, volleyball, ping pong and soccer.
Northwest Community Health Care will be giving sports physicals on Information Day at Keller, click on the link for more information.
Just because school is out for summer does not mean that your body and mind should be inactive. Check out these summer activities and come back to Keller next year stronger and smarter than ever.
Stay Physically Fit