Block Middle School Says....
Students return to school on August 16th.
Stay Healthy, Enjoy Family and Friends Safely
We are excited to have everyone back in the building for traditional learning. School starts on Monday, August 16, 2021. Doors will open for students at 8:20AM. Students should be in class before the 8:30AM bell. Students will be dismissed at 3:30 PM.
I would like to update you on a few things for this school year.
- Arrival & Dismissal: We will now have the buses dropping off students and picking them up in the front of the building at Door A. Car riders will be dropped off & picked up at Door H. Walkers will enter through Door D.
- Masks: Masks are still required when riding the school bus and when in the building. Masks should cover the nose and mouth.
- Uniforms: Students must wear their red, white, or blue shirt with blue or khaki pants. Some items that are not allowed include hoodies, leggings, slides, & crocs.
- Backpacks: Backpacks are recommended for students to transport their devices back and forth between school and home.
- Lockers: Students will not be issued lockers this year.
- Registration: Registration is now open in Skyward. Parents are asked to please login to Skyward and complete the registration process. If you need help or assistance, we will be available to help with registration at Block on Monday, August 2 from 9-1 and Tuesday, August 3 from 1-5. There will also be assistance available at Central on August 4 from 9-6.
- Schedules: Please use Skyward to access your schedule prior to coming to school.
- Supplies: Please make sure that students have basic school supplies like pencils, notebooks, and paper.
7th Grade Orientation
Friday, August 13, 2021
8:30AM - 10:00AM
Bus Pick-Up for 7th Grade Orientation Begins at 8:00AM.
Students will report to the cafeteria to get a copy of their class schedule, receive some school information, and find where their classes are.
Orientation is only for incoming 7th graders.
Incoming 8th graders should find their schedules in Skyward.
Band Classes at Block Middle School
New: Join Band at Block Middle School!!
Click the link to see the video: Come Be A Part of the East Chicago video 1.mp4
The Importance of School Attendance
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.
When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.
But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten.
For example, young elementary school students who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. But when students are able to read on grade level by the end of third grade, which is when kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn, they are three to four times more likely to graduate high school and attend college, post-graduate, or professional development classes than their peers who struggle with reading.
As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority. By figuring out the reasons for your child’s absences—whether they’re physical or emotional—and taking advantage of support services—such as free tutoring, student mentoring and afterschool activities—you can help set your child on the path to success.
EN ESPAÑOL: http://es.absencesaddup.org/
Twenty-First Century Scholars Information
Click Link to Download the Presentation: Twenty First Century Scholars 2020 campaign
K. Hildenbrand's iLearn Headquarters
iLearn ran smoothly. You did an amazing job. Thank you!
Parent Tech Support
Click this link for technology support: http://www.scec.k12.in.us/parent_tech_support
Here is where you will find resources to assist with preparing our students for this year's ILearn testing.
- Edcite ILearn Practice (edcite.com)
- Lumos Learning Practice Questions by Grade Level (https://www.lumoslearning.com/llwp/resources/ilearn-practice-tests-sample-questions.html)
- IDOE ILearn Sample Questions and Scoring (https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-sample-items-and-scoring)
2020-21 School Calendar
School City of East Chicago, Administration Building, 1401 East 144th Street, East Chicago, IN 46312 VIA LIVE STREAM - www.scec.k12.in.us
REGULAR SESSION BOARD MEETINGSchool City of East Chicago
Here are the Summer School Bus Routes