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School Report Card

Dear Gifford CCSD #188 Family,

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the annual School Report Card at www.illinoisreportcard.com.  The Report Card shows how well our school is progressing on a wide range of educational goals.  We are proud of our students’ overall scores in being above state averages in English/Language Arts and Math.  I encourage you to visit the website.

This progress reflects the investments we have made at GGS.  Our staff, in partnership with you, are continuing to focus on elevating student achievement in all academic and social-emotional aspects of education.  GGS will continue to assess curriculum design, instructional practices and educational programs. We will disaggregate local and state data to assess how well we are meeting our students’ needs and make adjustments and improvements where needed to increase student achievement.

One component of the School Report Card is the summative designation – a descriptor of how well our school is meeting the needs of all students.  This designation score is based on eight indicators of academic success and school quality. Our designation of Commendable is the same as the last school year.  The highest designation a school can achieve is Exemplary.

For the first time ever, these designation and academic indicators appear alongside site-based expenditures – how much money our district spends per student at GGS.  With these two data points, we have the opportunity to take a closer look at the relationship between financial investments and student outcomes. Keep in mind there are a number of data points that affect student outcomes, but this is new to the report card this year.

Please call if you have any questions.

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Veteran’s Day

Join us on Monday, Nov. 11 for a Veteran’s Day celebration at Gifford Grade School.  Breakfast will be served to all veteran’s from 8:00-8:30 in the old gym.  An assembly will follow (at approximately 8:40 in the new gym that will include; the Rantoul American Legion Post (presenting the colors), Gifford Choir & Ensemble, a salute to each branch of the military and a time to give honor to whom honor is due.