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  • Superintendent, Manual teams recognized with Drum Major Awards at MLK events

    The Peoria Christian Leadership Council presented a Drum Major Award to Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan at the annual Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service on Sunday, January 18. The service took place at New Morning Star Baptist Church in Peoria. Recipients are not made aware of their award or recognition until the service. The King Holiday Committee of Peoria, Inc. presentedManual Academy's football team an award at their annual ceremony on Monday, January 19. The team was recognized for Goodwill & Sportsmanship in their effort to support a Rock Island football player while admitted to a local hospital following a football injury in Peoria. Manual's award was presented at the 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service held at the Mount Zion Baptist Church.

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  • Curriculum fairs kick off-high school registration

    Whether you are entering high school for your freshman year, senior year or anywhere in between, it's time to begin thinking about courses for the 2015-2016 school year! High school is an exciting time, presenting academic challenges and the opportunity to establish life long friendships with classmates and adults. Eighth-grade students have worked with middle school counselors to prepare for registration. Eighth-grade students will register for classes online with the help from their counselors but it is highly recommended that parents and students attend their high school curriculum fair. All high school students are encouraged to attend curriculum fair events with their parents, which are scheduled for: Peoria High School, Tuesday, January 27, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Richwoods High School, Wednesday, January 28, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Manual Academy, Thursday, January 29, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Representatives from Woodruff Career and Technical Center will be at each curriculum fair to give information about their career programs and The Contemporary School. Curriculum fairs allow parents and students to speak with teachers in various departments and to review syllabi, samples of work and textbooks so they know what work is required for each class. Students who are involved in extra curricular activities are more successful academically. Representatives from athletic teams, clubs and other activities will be at each curriculum fair with information on how to get involved and sports eligibility requirements. It is important that students and parents understand the high school credit system. Here are some important points: A student must have 26 credits to graduate from high school. Credits are earned as follows: 6 credits – to rise from 9th to 10th grade 13 credits – to rise from 10th to 11th grade 19 credits – to rise from 11th to 12th grade 26 credits to earn high school diploma. High schools have a 7-period day. Students earn 3.5 credits per semester and 7 credits each

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  • Career Cruising gives students a central resource for planning college and career

    At a time when many students graduate from college with large college debt, smart planning can make setting and reaching career goals not only easier but far less expensive. With District 150’s Career Cruising software, smart planning now starts in the 6th grade and builds with students through high school. Career Cruising representative Steve Yuan was the keynote speaker at this week’s Parent University. Career Cruising is an internet-based exploration and planning tool used by students to explore career and college options and develop a career plan. While previously used in the District's high schools in various forms, Career Cruising can be accessed by any 6th through 12th grade student and their parent from school, home or anywhere with access to the internet. Features of the program include: Assessments – to help students identify interests, skills, talents and learning styles. Career profiles – up-to-date information about hundreds of occupations, including direct links between careers and appropriate college programs. Multimedia interviews with real people in each occupation give students a realistic view and role models to emulate. College, financial aid and employment information. Students can use Career Cruising to identify areas of interest and to create an online portfolio to track their academic work and extracurricular, volunteer and part-time job activities and awards and certificates earned along the way. These records are invaluable when the time comes to complete college and scholarship applications. Career Cruising includes a Parent Portal to allow parents to view the information a student has stored in their portfolio and career areas of interest. Career Cruising is provided at no charge to District 150 through Peoria Educational Region for Employment and Career Training (PERFECT). Click here to take a tour of Career Cruising. The program has been available to all 6th through 12th grade students since December. Parents with questions

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District Mailer

Look for our December 2014 mailer in  your mailbox!

Delivery expected by Friday, December 5th.

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Did you know...
Since 2010, the State has shorted Peoria Public Schools $18,670,346? With the cumulative unfunded amount, the District's budget deficit would not exist this year.
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