Principal's Message - December 9, 2021

TGIF…Twin Groves it’s Friday! 

There will be an early release on December 14th. Students will be dismissed at 1:30PM.

What’s Happening At Twin?
PE- The students just finished up their dance unit.  Each group presented their routine and they all did a great job!  In the middle of December, we will be moving into floor hockey.  All three classes will be together during this unit.  We will also have fitness days during this time and, again, the focus will be on muscular strength and endurance.  The floor hockey unit will finish up on January 13th.  The Volleyball unit will follow floor hockey.  The 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball tryouts will be the week of 1/10.  We hope you all have a great winter break!

Health-The sixth grade students are working on first aid for this rotation.  Students are learning about choking, EDITH plans, hypothermia, burns, and much more.  In seventh grade, students are learning about Signs of Suicide, stress, depression, and healthy relationships.  We will be having OMNI Youth Services located here in BG come in to work on healthy ways to deal with stress.  The eighth graders will be learning about nutrition.  Students will be creating a nutrition plan and a fitness plan for a client.

Art- We are off to a good start!  The 6th graders began with clay lizards and are now working on figure drawing.  The 7th graders are learning about Pop Artist Andy Warhol.  They have carved a drawing of their favorite character into a rubber plate and are learning the process of printmaking.  Finally, the 8th graders have started a quote painting in acrylic.  We are focusing on typography, typeface, composition, and layout.

In music, all grades started the trimester out by working on rhythm. 6th grade created a RAP, with a focus on rhyming and a steady beat. The 7th and 8th graders worked on rhythm patterns and they each created their own rhythmic song to be performed with their group. We are now shifting to the melody unit, with our focus on learning notes on the staff and the keyboard. This will prepare us for our return after spring break when we start our instrument projects. We are off to a great start this trimester!

TASOL-TASOL has been focusing on money management and career choices for 7th and 8th grade. Students identified different financial terms and how to apply them in order to be a knowledgeable consumer. They looked at budgets and how to make short term and long term goals. Each student has been exploring their interests, skills, and abilities through different surveys. Students used these surveys to choose a career to research and create a presentation for the class. In 6th grade, we have been looking at family functions and created a family crest to represent those functions within each individual's family. Students are currently exploring different career clusters and have started creating their own resumes. 



PRE-REGISTER FOR 2022–2023 KINDERGARTEN (and Get a Free Willow Grove Student T-Shirt!)
Pre-registration for 2022–2023 kindergarten is in-person or online. Incoming kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2022 to register for the 2022-23 kindergarten school year.

In-Person Pre-Registration Option:
Thursday, January 13, 2022, 5–7 PM drop-in (Parents may also pre-register online during the month of January for the free T-Shirt)
Willow Grove Early Learning Center, 777 Checker Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL
Parents of incoming kindergartners will need to prove residency with required documents and District forms and to complete a brief online pre-registration form. (Incoming kindergartners do not need to be present.)
Required documents:
• CURRENT monthly mortgage or lease statement or property tax bill AND
• CURRENT utility bill AND
• Student’s birth certificate, passport, or visa (photocopy not accepted) AND 
• Parent or Guardian photo ID (Passport or Driver’s license)
Questions? Please contact the public info coordinator at [email protected] or 847.459.4260, ext. 8022.

Online Pre-Registration Option:
You do not have to attend in person to pre-register. Details coming soon. Please continue to watch for updates in the Principal's Message and District 96 website.

Click here to learn more about Kindergarten in District 96.



Science Olympiad
Yeah! Science Olympiad is here! 
Twin Groves is excited to announce the Science Olympiad informational meeting will be on Monday, December 13th at 2:30PM in the Cafeteria.
Science Olympiad is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. 
Mrs. Weir will be the Head Coach. Mrs. Cheng will be the Assistant Coach. 
If you are unable to attend the meeting, have your child please complete THIS interest survey so the students will receive the information they will need.
The flyer can also be found around the school building and in the daily announcements.
We are also looking for parent volunteers. Please reach out to Mrs. Weir at [email protected] AND Mrs. Cheng at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering. We need your help!!



8th Grade SHS Placement Information
Please click THIS link for a video presentation that helps explain the SHS placement process. This is a video slideshow that incorporates the information from the various departments at SHS regarding the placement process. All placement information and course selection comes from SHS. If you have any questions, please reach out to SHS.


Current Patriot Consortium Mathematics Placement Process- Repeat from 11/22/21 District Communication that was sent to 8th Grade families

The consortium has created criteria that defines the four strands of mathematical proficiency to highlight the attributes of a proficient mathematical thinker. The criteria are grouped into three categories (See description below):

-Procedural Skills & Fluency (How well you can correctly use mathematics.)
-Conceptual Understanding (How well you utilize mathematical ideas, transfer your knowledge into new situations, and apply it to new contexts.)
-Problem Solving with Adaptive Reasoning and Strategic Competence (How well you can apply strategies and sound reasoning.)

Over the course of the year, the mathematics teachers will be discussing these criteria with the students in class to create a portrait of each student. This portrait will be used to recommend the students into the mathematics course at Stevenson High School that matches their content knowledge as well as level of mathematics proficiency at this time.

As a district and consortium, it is our vision that each student moves on to the next course in the sequence providing that there are no significant gaps in content knowledge. If there are significant gaps in content knowledge and a change in recommendation occurs, we will contact you. We feel that this process allows a mathematical picture of the student to develop over time, which will provide a more informed recommendation.

Resequence of courses for the 2022-23 school year

In working with other area school districts and with Stevenson, it has been decided to align the sequence of all mathematics curriculum pathways to follow the learning progression of Algebra 1, then Geometry, then Algebra 2. Below are mathematics course pathways for our students beginning the 2022-23 school year. For more information on the resequencing of courses, please see the notification you received via School Messenger on November 22.

Procedural Skills & Fluency
How well you can correctly use mathematics.

(skill in carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently, and appropriately)
-I can identify and use the most efficient method for the problem. (MP7)
-I can use mathematical computations, terms, symbols, formulas, and language appropriately. (MP5, 6)
-I can recognize the algebraic structure in problems and use rules or procedures to solve or simplify. (MP7)
-I can solve problems with accuracy. (MP6)

Conceptual Understanding
How well you utilize mathematical ideas, transfer your knowledge into new situations, and apply it to new contexts.
(comprehension of mathematical concepts, operations, and relations)

-I can use diagrams, pictures, and symbols to justify my work. (MP4)
-I can understand and justify the “why” of the procedure. (MP3)
-I can justify solutions algebraically, graphically, and numerically. (MP3)
-I can explain my solution with sound mathematical reasoning using precise mathematics vocabulary and terminology. (MP3, 8)
-I can determine the reasonableness of my answer.  (MP2)

Problem Solving with  Adaptive Reasoning and Strategic Competence
How well you can apply strategies and sound reasoning.
(capacity for logical thought, reflection, explanation, and justification and ability to formulate, represent, and solve mathematical problems)

-I can select and use all the pertinent information to solve the problem. (MP2)
-I can determine a solving strategy by forming logical relationships among concepts and situations. (MP7, 8)
-I can represent a situation mathematically using modeling. (MP4)
-I can retain and apply information and skills from previous units to solve problems alongside new concepts. (MP7,8)
-I can make connections between multiple mathematical concepts to solve problems in unfamiliar situations. (MP7,8)
-I can persevere when encountering new and difficult concepts.(MP1)


NEW *Covid Metrics*
To stay up-to-date this school year on local metrics, please visit the COVID DASHBOARD for District 96. Our priority remains to keep our students safe and follow guidance from the CDC. If your student is identified as a "close contact", you will be notified individually through the contact tracing process. 



Daily Announcements
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