Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Professional Development

We would like to thank Mr. Matt Weld for leading our last professional development.  We learned about Goobric in Google classroom and how to utilize this useful tool for grading.  We value professional development at Whiteside Middle School.  We never stop learning!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration

In July, Special Olympics will have a special celebration in Chicago to celebrate 50 years of this wonderful organization.  There was an early Downstate Illinois celebration at the Touch of Nature in Giant City, Illinois.  We were proud to send a group of student leaders to this important event.  We are a part of the Inclusion Revolution!

Friday, April 20, 2018

8th Grade Young Authors

Congratulations to our 8th Grade Young Authors winners!  They are creative writers and we know Whiteside Middle School will be well represented at the St. Clair County Young Authors Conference.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Baseball Celebration

We had a great time honoring our student athletes at our Baseball Celebration.  It was a great season and we are proud of our team members.  Our next Sports Celebration will be on Monday, May 7th and we will be honoring Boys Basketball and the Dance Team.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Our Couch to 5k Continues!

We continue to have a blast walking and running together after school in our Couch to 5k program.  We meet after school Monday-Thursday as we train for the 5k race that will be held on Saturday, April 21st. 

Teacher Feature: Mrs. Flint

Mrs. Tiffany Flint was appointed to the SIUE Secondary Education Advisory Board. She will serve in this capacity to assist SIUE towards its Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, CAEP, visit in Fall 2019.

The board’s overall function is to evaluate the curriculum and its effectiveness for SIUE’s Secondary Education program. In this capacity, the board continues to make strides towards improving professional education standards. To date, the board has examined the evaluation materials for CI315A and CI315B (including student teaching), developed the beginnings of a shared philosophy, discussed lesson plan requirements, and learned about initiatives in English/Language Arts, Chemistry, Biology, and Historical Studies.

A graduate of SIUE’s Master’s in Teaching program, Flint has taught at Whiteside Middle School for 5 years and has taught 6th grade composition, 6th and 8th grade literature and 6th grade social studies. She was also recently named an Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Early Career Educator Merit Award recipient.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Science Club: Making Plastic from Milk

Plastic from milk?  Sounds crazy, but it's true!  Before modern plastic was invented, this type of plastic was used to make things like button, beads, and pens.  Our students in Science Club discovered some amazing secrets hiding in a glass of milk.  They created a plastic material to tag or personalize their belongings.