Monday, October 31, 2016

Parent Teacher Club

There will be a Parent Teacher Club meeting on Tuesday, November 1 at 7 pm at Whiteside Middle School.  Thanks to our PTC for supporting our students, faculty, staff, and greater community.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fall Festival

Our students had a great time at the Fall Festival last Friday night.  The students roasted marshmallows, conversed around a roaring fire, went on a hayride, played cooperative games, ate hot dogs, and took home as many pumpkins as they wanted.  

I would like to thank Jean Hasenstab for all her time and hard work in organizing the Fall Festival.     I would also like to thank Sheila Buch, Julie Crask, Meghan King, Tony Little, Kristin Runyan, and Nicole Webster for helping at the Fall Festival.

We did not get many photographs, but thanks to Nicole Webster for the awesome photograph of Mr. Little.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

School Spirit Award

Please vote for Whiteside Middle School in the Metro East School Spirit Award.  The school with the most votes will win $5,000.00 for their school.

Go to the following website:

Click onto the Whiteside School and vote!  Thank you.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Photographs from Student Council Hat Day: Make A Wish Foundation

The Whiteside Student Council organized the first Hat Day for the school year.  We raised $250.00 for the Make A Wish Foundation.  Thanks to our Student Council and Mrs. Mentzer for their work on this important service project.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Picture Day

School photographs will be taken on Wednesday, October 26.  Team photos of the baseball, softball, and soccer teams will be taken in the morning.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Photos From the NJHS Field Trip

Our NJHS students got the unique opportunity to go on a field trip to Eagle Crest Adventures in Carlinville, Illinois.  The students worked on their team building and leadership skills by participating in low ropes challenges.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist: Dr. Candace Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton was featured in the Illinois State Superintendent's Weekly Address!

Those Who Excel
Meet Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist Candace
Hamilton of Whiteside SD 115 Initially, Candace
Hamilton didn’t seriously consider teaching as a
profession. Although she always enjoyed playing
school with her girlfriends as a child, her parents
encouraged her to dream big so Candace decided
to become a doctor. She spent eight years going
to school to learn her chosen profession of being an
optometrist. She practiced for two years, but after her
dad passed away she lost her drive for it and opted to
stay home with her children while they were young.

Her role as a mom helped awaken her passion for teaching and she set her sights on becoming the best teacher she could be! Candace is now in her 12th year of teaching science. The past eight of those years have been at Whiteside Middle School in Whiteside School District 115 in Belleville. She earned her National Board certification in 2012. Her principal says that Candace is an excellent collaborator who is committed to maintaining a dynamic student-centered learning environment. Candace is also recognized as an outstanding mentor for other educators and she frequently presents at Professional Learning Communities meetings. One of Candace’s colleagues says, “Candace balances professionalism and compassion with students, parents, and staff. Students are her first priority and she sees that all of her students succeed.”

Candace has received several grants that she uses to fund projects like the Children’s Energy Book STEAM project. During the project, eighth-graders work collaboratively to write and design a book for younger students to educate them about forms of energy, energy transformation, and alternative energy resources. The eighth-graders fully embrace this activity because they really like educating and interacting with younger students. The project doubles as a service learning project because the books are ultimately donated to one of two centers in the area that help children. Candace describes her teaching style like this: “My students are empowered to learn not only by watching, but by doing and then teaching others.” Candace is one of our 10 finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year, which we will name at the Those Who Excel banquet in Normal on Oct. 22.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Kiya Edwards, KSDK News Channel 5, and Broadcasting Club

The Whiteside Middle School Broadcasting Club is off to a fabulous start!  We were honored last week to have  KDSK News Channel 5 Reporter Kiya Edwards at our third meeting.  She taught us about her career and gave us valuable information about producing our own newscasts.  We are so grateful for the knowledge and expertise that she brought to our new members.

Math and Science Night

Whiteside Middle School's 7th Annual Family Science and Math Night is on Monday, November 7th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  The events include STEM, Civil Air Patrol Aerodynamic Gliders, Fuzzy Air Traffic Control Towers, Minutes-to-STEM-It, Extreme Choppers, Parachute Float, and Fall Challenge.  Please fill out the registration form and return it with $1 per family member to Mrs. Terri by Friday, October 21st.  Registration is required.  This is not a drop-off and go event.  Families must attend with the students.  Whiteside Elementary siblings are welcome to attend.  Students must be present to win door prizes.  I hope to see you at this wonderful STEM event!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Spaghetti Dinner Photographs

Thanks to Allison Frank and Nikki Brown for organizing the PTC Spaghetti Dinner!

Friday, October 14, 2016

WOW Fall Festival

Join us for the WOW Fall Festival that will be held on Friday, October 21st from 7-8:30 pm.  Check out the promotional video for this fun festival!

Book Buddies

The Book Buddies will have their next meeting after school on Monday, October 17th.  We are always ready to welcome new members to this organization!  If your child is interested in joining this wonderful group, please let Mrs. Pruett or me know.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Chess Club

The first meeting of the Whiteside Middle School Chess Club will be on Monday, October 17th.  Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader is welcome to participate.  Students do not have to know how to play chess in order to be a part of the club.  Students can pick up a registration form from Mrs. Penrod.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Booster Club Meeting

We will have our fist Whiteside Middle School Booster Club meeting on October 13th at 6 pm in the library.  All parents are welcome to attend and get involved in this wonderful parent organization.  I am looking forward to our first meeting.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

News from Channel 5 KSDK

For your viewing pleasure!  Click on the link below to watch an impressive story from News Channel 5 KSDK about our own Mrs. Megan King.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Teacher Institute: Fingerprints

Our daily mission is to inspire and lead the young people we teach.  

     As a faculty and staff on our first institute day, we discussed the qualities of highly effective teachers.  We talked about the teachers from our past who made a positive impact on us.  At the end of our meeting, we added our fingerprints to the learning tree to remind us that our influences do not fade from the lives we have touched.  Our framed artwork is hanging in the main hall by the library.  Please check out this beautiful art work the next time you are in our building.  I would like to thank Mr. Jaime Cotto, Mrs. Tracy Mentzer, Mrs. Amber Phillips, and Mrs. Schleipman-Burke for their work on this project.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Barack Obama Library Award: Mrs. Tippy-King

Congratulations to Meghan Tippy-King for receiving the Barack Obama Library Award at the Illinois Reading Council Conference in Peoria.  She received a classroom library, valued at $1,000.  The collection is comprised of carefully selected literature that is culturally relevant and targets students in the middle school grade range.  There was only one winner selected in the state of Illinois and we are very proud that Mrs. King was chosen as the recipient.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Belleville Marathon

On September 24th, our National Junior Honor Society members volunteered at the first annual Belleville Marathon.  We received so many positive comments about the work our students did all day for this important service project.  They worked at a water station, enthusiastically cheered on the runners, and played their instruments.  Thanks to our NJHS members and their sponsors, Mrs. Coates and Mrs. Mertens.