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District Announcements
March 5 - Supt. Search Survey
Ball-Chatham Superintendent
Search Survey Now Available!

To help develop a superintendent profile that best represents the wishes of our community, an online survey is now available. The survey is designed to allow only one response per device, and be will be open until March 16. Thank you for helping our Board of Education with this important task.  

  Click here to get started!
Mark your calendars - Parade of Pigs is Back!

Parade Begins at Celebration of the Visual Arts

The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation's spring fundraiser aims to help enrich the creativity and innovative potential of our students by collecting donations in piggy banks specially painted by some of the district’s most talented artists! Monies raised will help fund each school's art program.  The ceramic pigs will be unveiled at the district’s Celebration of the Visual Arts Show on March 8th, 1 p.m. at GIS. 

The pigs will then be placed at the host sites until May 22nd to collect donations from our generous community. The host sites are: 


  • Island Bay Yacht Club
  • Chatham Library
  • INB-Chatham
  • UCB-Chatham
  • BOS-Chatham
  • County Market-Chatham
  • Powerworks Fitness
  • Edgar's Coffee House
  • Casey's General Store, and
  •  All Ball-Chatham schools
On May 29th, the banks will be auctioned off at a cookout on the patio at Island Bay Yacht Club. 

This year's sponsors are: Maddox Dentistry; Shelley Ebener; Jane Hay Sales & Staging; Ed Clark Photography; Chris and Joan Parks; Dr. Sarah Fowler & Chris Chambers; 
Formea Insurance Group; Steven Koch, CFP, Ameriprise Financial Services; and Kevin Floyd, DDS. In-kind supporters are: China Towne, Frye-Williamson Printing, and Ben Ladage Auctions.


Scholastic Bowl Champions
GHS Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Masonic Sectional
Congratulations to the GHS Scholastic Bowl team, who won the Masonic Sectional Championship at Springfield High February 28. The team will compete at the Masonic State Tournament on Saturday, March 7 in Bloomington. GO TITANS!!

PARCC Testing Coming Soon
PARCC Testing Begins March 9
Beginning March 9, Ball-Chatham students in grades 3-8, and high school students enrolled in Algebra II and English III will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. The PARCC replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Students will complete assessments in the areas of math and English Language Arts. These assessments are fully aligned to the K-12 Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core) in English language arts and mathematics. The standards emphasize academic rigor, critical thinking, problem-solving, and college/career readiness for all students. Each school in the Ball-Chatham district has spent the last three years aligning curriculum to the Common Core. PARCC will be administered with paper and pencil in grades 3-4 and electronically (online) for grades 5-11.
Testing will take place between March 9 and 20 at the three elementary schools and between March 9 and April 3 at GIS, GMS and GHS. Students who miss any portion of the assessments will be assigned a make-up time within the testing window.
These State tests are lengthy - some can take nearly two hours to complete. You can help your child be prepared for the PARCC each day by making sure they get proper rest (at least 8 hrs.), eat breakfast (healthy and balanced), and remind them to stay calm and focused.

Learning How Bills Become Law
Senator Sam McCann Speaks to Fourth Graders

Illinois State Senator Sam McCann visited Chatham Elementary fourth grade students and teachers February 25 to discuss how bills become law, and the legislative process in general.  Fourth graders researched Illinois history and surveyed residents in the area to help them write a bill to designate sweet corn as the official state vegetable.  Sen. McCann agreed to sponsor the bill (HB0800 – Designations – State Vegetable – Corn). First reading for the bill was on February 5 and has been assigned to the Agriculture Committee for review. Keep up-to-date on the bill’s progress at:

Athletic Booster News
Athletic Boosters Have New Spirit Wear Website/Items for Sale!
The Glenwood Athletic Boosters have new spirit wear items (see attached forms) and a new website where orders can be placed. Now, you have a choice – either fill out the forms and return them to the main offices at the high school or middle school, or go online to http://grecographics.homestead.com/~shop/main.html. Please note that there are additional items on the website that are not on the order forms.

District Announcements
Negotiations - Announcements

Stay Up-to-date with Contract Negotiations
The Board of Education is in the process of negotiating a contract with the BCEA.  Meetings are held in closed session, and details of progress remain confidential until the contract is ratified and approved.  Both the Board of Education and the BCEA agree that it is in everyone's best interest that progress be reported after each meeting. 

BCEA (link) 

We'd like to hear from you!
Have a Great Idea to Improve Our Schools? 
Please feel free to email community@chathamschools.org with any and all ideas. Administrators will give each idea or recommendation their full consideration.

Ball-Chatham Supports Vision 20/20!

Watch informational video below, featuring many Ball-Chatham classes and activities:


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