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  • Parent University Launches Thursday, Helps Parents Become Stronger Educators

    Peoria Public Schools will hold its first Parent University meeting Thursday, Sept. 18, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Kellar Primary School, 6413 N. Mt. Hawley Rd. The evening will include free dinner and free child care provided by Manual Academy Health Occupations students. Reservations are not required. “Parent University is a program created to help parents become stronger educators,” adds Taunya Jenkins, District Family and Community Coordinator. The keynote presentation, by a representative of the Center for the Prevention of Abuse, will focus on Erin’s Law, which requires that all Illinois public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. Following the main presentation, parents can choose to attend break-out sessions in three of five areas: curriculum, assisting students in the classroom, health and fitness, parenting and community services. Each evening will include three 35-minute break-out sessions. Sessions on Thursday will include: Technology: Apps for Parents by Susan Gobeyn, Mathematics and Science Coordinator, which will offer an overview of the technology students use, both academically and otherwise, and how parents can make appropriate technology choices for their children. Another session, presented by a representative of Sylvan Learning Center, will give parents information on how to identify different learning styles and how learning styles can impact student’s academic performance.

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  • IB Authorization

    Mark Bills Middle School Receives International Baccalaureate(IB) Authorization

    Students at Mark Bills Middle School started the school year on August 18th by learning their school was being authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. IB officials gave Mark Bills a heads up to look for a letter in the mail as the school year got underway. Mark Bills Middle School is one of four Peoria Public Schools that have spent the last three years working through the pre-authorization process for the IB Programme. Sterling Middle School received the official notification on Thursday, July 10th for a three-year Middle Years Programme (MYP) offering MYP years 1, 2 and 3, while Mark Bills received the same notification via U.S. mail on Tuesday, August 19th. According to the International Baccalaureate website, Sterling and Mark Bills Middle Schools will be the only Illinois schools outside of Chicago to offer the Middle Years Programme. (Click on the headline to read more!)

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