Summer Reading at GES

Summer Reading at GES is coming again this summer!

Summer reading for currently enrolled students in first through third grades will be Aug. 4-8 and 11-15. Students may come to the computer lab and read from 10:00 a.m. until noon each day.

More information will be given on the school’s web page, One-call-Now and the local newspapers by July 28.

iPad Stop-motion Movies

This week a small group of students has been learning about making stop-motion movies using the iPad. Below are some examples of their finished projects.


May Character Awards

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The months of April, May, and June, the students learned about the character trait citizenship. Mr. Tilstra came and talked to the students about how to be a good citizen at school, at home, and in our community. He discussed the roles of being a mayor and that everyone can be a good citizen by taking care of their town. Gilman Elementary wants to give a big thank you to Mr. Tilstra for teaching us about being a good citizen. We also want to say congratulations to all the nominees for this month’s character trait citizenship.

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3rd Grade State Study

Come see the culmination of the 3rd grade State Study today, May 23rd at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the GES gym.

Monthly Kindergarten Report

We enjoyed our field trip to Miller Park Zoo, where we learned about animals from Miss Carla. She showed us a few animals up close and talked to us about their classification in the animal kingdom. This trip was funded in part by a grant we received from the Gilman Women’s Club, which helped pay for the bus ride. Many of the children had never had the opportunity to visit a real zoo, and we have been able to have some great conversations about the trip!


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Recently IW Kindergarteners, Pre-Schoolers and ECE students enjoyed a visit from our sweet R.I.F. Lady, also known as Mr. Miller’s mommy, Cindy Miller. We were able to choose 2 books for our last R.I.F. distribution, which we got to write our names in and keep forever! Mrs. Miller also had a drawing, and Alexis Brackney won the stuffed Kangaroo made famous by the Curious George book series. Pictured with Cindy Miller are Evan Dines, Alexis Brackney and Amelia Scharp.

IW Elementary School Is a Spotlight School

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The Illinois State Board of Education recognizes Spotlight Schools — high-poverty schools where high academic performance is closing the “achievement gap.” Located throughout the state in urban, suburban, and rural locations, 37 Spotlight Schools earned honors in this year. These schools exhibit achievements that are contrary to the conventional wisdom that test scores will reflect demographics despite local efforts.

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