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  • Mrs. Smith to host Garden Party

    Summer is just getting started, but Von Steuben's new principal is looking for some help to beautify the school grounds for the summer! Mrs. Smith is invites students, parents, staff and community members to a Planting Day on Friday, June 12th, from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., on the school grounds, 801 E. Forrest Hill Ave. Von Steuben Planting Day1 Volunteers are invited to bring their own shovels, gloves and gardening tools to replant several raised beds at the building foundation and near school walkways. The beds are currently overgrown with weeds. Mrs. Smith has secured donations of dirt and mulch. She is still looking for donations of plants and flowers to add some color to the grounds. For information on donating planting material to the event or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Smith at denise.smith@psd150.org or call the school, 309-672-6561.

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  • Library improvements and fun

    The Von Steuben library has an improved, more user-friendly layout this year. The Magic Tree House and other early chapter books have been moved to a more accessible place and our shelves are more clearly labeled so students can find specific genres. This year we have a year-long quote game -- "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" -- to encourage students to explore the wonderful world of reading. We will be posting great quotes from favorite books and students must match the quote to the book and author. Please stop by and see if you know which quotes belong to which books.

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  • Von Steuben teacher Becky Donahue wins prestigious Phares prize

    Von Steuben is proud of Becky Donahue, winner of the Phares Excellence in Education Award. Becky is an amazing teacher who works with struggling students as well as challenging high ability learners. She also is a mentor to novice teachers, student teachers and first-year teachers. Mrs. Donahue teaches 5th grade science and social studies but her impact is felt throughout the building. We are excited to have her here and creating such a wonderful learning environment for our students.

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  • Accelerated reading wins monthly prizes

    AR-e you ready to read? Von Steuben students are! To encourage active participation in AR, Mr. Shoemaker is giving monthly prizes. Students completing a specific number of AR quizzes for the month will qualify for a raffle. Students began participating in August. The first raffle prize is an Origami Yoda book. A display in the library gives more information on AR.

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  • Vikings in training

    Von Steuben students spent a day learning about PBIS and how to be true Viking. The PBIS team reviewed uniform policy, hallway behavior expectations, lunch room routines, and respectful restroom behavior. Each teacher taught students how to be a Viking in their individual classrooms and classroom routines. Each student received a Student & Parent Handbook to be signed by their parent. With the Viking PBIS rules clearly explained, students can now earn PBIS incentive Viking Vouchers. The race is on to see which homeroom earns 25 Viking helmets for the first free uniform day!

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  • Parent Involvement Pays at Von Steuben!

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