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Message to the Community

Dear Parents,

Beginning November 16, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 6th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2017 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. If at least 20 percent of T.F. South parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. 

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 16 through January 16, 2017. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

Sincerely,
Jake Gourley
Principal

 

 
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Boys' Bowling vs. TF North HS
Lynwood Lanes
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Lan-Oak Lanes
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Dec 2
4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Boys' Basketball vs. Oak Lawn HS
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Girls' Basketball @ Oak Lawn HS
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Dec 3
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Boys' Freshman Wresting vs. Mt. Carmel/St. Viator
Mt. Carmel HS
South-Main
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Boys' Sophomore Wrestling vs. H-F Quad
Homewood-Flossmoor HS
South-Main
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Boys' Varsity Wrestling vs. Maine West Quad
Maine West HS
South-Main
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Dec 4
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Choir Madrigal Dinner
Auditorium
TBA
South-Main
5 6
Dec 6
4:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Girls' Basketball vs. Evergreen Park HS
Home
South-Main
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boys' Bowling vs. Tinley Park HS
Lynwood Lanes
South-Main
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boys' Swimming vs. Shepard/Richards HS
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South-Main
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Girls' Bowling @ Richards HS
Arena Lanes
South-Main
5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Boys' Basketball @ Evergreen Park HS
Away
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Dec 7
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Music Booster Club Meeting
Band Room
South-Main
8
Dec 8
Girls' Bowling vs. Shepard HS
Lan-Oak Lanes
South-Main
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boys' Bowling @ Bremen HS
Centennial Lanes
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5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Girls' Basketball @ Eisenhower HS
Away
South-Main
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Drama Booster Club Meetin
Auditorium
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Dec 9
4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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Home
South-Main
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Richards HS
South-Main
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Dec 12
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boys' Bowling vs. Lyons Township HS
Lynwood Lanes
South-Main
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Athletic Booster Club Meeting
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Dec 13
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boys' Bowling @ Evergreen Park HS
Arena Lanes
South-Main
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boys' Swimming @ Reavis HS
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Dec 14
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Winter Choral Concert
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Dec 15
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boys' Bowling @ Hillcrest HS
Tinley Park Bowl
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Boys' Swimming vs. Oak Lawn HS
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5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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Boys' Varsity Wrestling vs. Tinley Park/Oak Lawn
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Boys' Basketball vs. Richards HS
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Dec 17
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Boys' Freshman Wrestling vs. Bolingbrook-Oswego-Stagg
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South-Main
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Dec 18
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Madrigal Dinner
Auditorium
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Dec 21
SEMESTER EXAMS
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Dec 22
SEMESTER EXAMS
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