DPS #170 has a confirmed case of pertussis. Click on the link below to the District letter that will be going home with students today or emailed to parents in grades 6-12. https://5il.co/bhge
Just a reminder that the PTC Fall Fundraiser pick up is tomorrow (Thursday) November 21st from 12:30-6 at the Jefferson Gym. Please enter through door 14 (off of 4th Avenue) to pick up your items.
I want to send a big thank you out to our parents who have completed the 5Essential Survey so far. We must have a minimum of 20% of parents in each building participate. Our numbers are climbing each week. See parent participation numbers below. If you haven't had a chance to complete a survey, please click on the link and participate. Here are the parent response rates for schools in Dixon USD 170: Madison School-Dixon: 9% Dixon High School: 15% Washington Elem School-Dixon: 11% Jefferson Elem School-Dixon: 12% Reagan Middle School: 15% https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/?target_name=parent
The 5 Essentials survey for parents is still open and you can do it on your cell phone. https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/?target_name=parent
Check out what some of our CEO students are doing this year... Local schools currently don't have any sports or activities available for students that encourage creative expression, so six local students took it into their hands to make a program that does. These young entrepreneurs are in the middle of curating a platform for the local youth to utilize as a creative space where they can express themselves through art and design. They want the youth to feel authentic, and they believe that personal creation/expression is the best place to start. To support their project and to learn more, visit javachclothing.com
The Penguin Project of the Sauk Valley will be performing Annie Jr., live this weekend at Dixon High School. Join us for opening night, Friday, November 15th at 7pm. https://penguinprojectsv.com/
Parent are doing a great job of completing the 5 Essentials survey, but we need more responses to receive results. You can take the survey on your phone. Please take the survey if you haven't already. https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/
The District Office (284-7722) is experiencing phone difficulties. If there is something you need, please contact us via email from our website or call a building and they will get us the message. Thank you for your patience while we correct the issue.
Please join us tomorrow, November 8th, at Jefferson Elementary School, as we honor all Veterans. We’ll start the day meeting at the flagpole, followed by our annual Veteran’s Celebration performance 🇱🇷 We hope to see you there💜
Participating in high school sports is linked to lower depression scores and higher self-esteem. Encourage your teen to get involved. These years may still be an emotional rollercoaster, but being an athlete will help smooth out the bumpy ride. See the link below to learn about the relationship between high school sports and depression and self-esteem in teenagers. https://myreasonwhy.com/posts/help-your-children-through-their-stressful-teen-years
Thanks to all the parents that have completed the 5 Essentials survey. To receive information back,we need more parents to complete the short online survey. If you haven't completed the survey, please do so now. https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/?target_name=parent
Football Fans- please see the message from Stillman Valley High School regarding parking for tomorrow's playoff game. Good Afternoon, Due to snow covered areas, there will be NO parking allowed on the grassy areas surrounding the football stadium for tomorrow's game. Please refer to the attached map for areas you are allowed to park in town. There will be MCUSD #223 Transportation Busses providing a shuttle service from the Meridian Jr. High School and Red Brick Church locations before and after the game. The shuttles will start at 11:30 am until 1:30 pm and will resume after the game. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. As a reminder, admission to IHSA 1st Round playoff games is $5.00 for everyone, no passes are accepted. SVHS Football Stadium Map: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W-IdWrSz36u28J5I-ez7j05Vw2ywWDqf/view?usp=sharing
This is a reminder that there will be a parent presentation tomorrow, October 30, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at DHS. Detective Rich Wistocki, a nationally recognized specialist will be presenting proactive strategies, expert insight, and invaluable resources designed to empower you to combat Cyber-Bullying and navigate Social Networks. This presentation is free and we highly encourage all parents to attend.
Here’s info on a free parent session on “Managing Frustration, Anxiety and Teaching Social Skills” as well as info on a full day session from Dr. Baker https://www.dps170.org/article/153043?org=dps
Press Release Update & Internal Lock-Down Cancelled
PRESS RELEASE Dixon High School Threat Update: As of 11:00 a.m., the Dixon Police Department has identified the individual that had made the telephone call to the Dixon High School at 9:00 a.m. this morning. After a complete, and thorough investigation, we are confident that no credible threat ever existed. The investigation will be reviewed by the Lee County State Attorney’s Office for possible charges.
All Dixon Public School buildings are being taken off Internal Lock-Down status. A press release from the Dixon Police Department will follow shortly. Safety and security of ALL students remains our top priority. We thank everyone for their patience during this situation.
All Dixon Public Schools remain on an internal lock-down at this time. Dixon Police just released a press release regarding the situation. We continue the lock-down for the safety of students. We are working with food service to ensure all DHS students have lunch on campus.
October 28, 2019 PRESS RELEASE On October 28th, 2019 at approximately 9:00 a.m., the Dixon High School received a telephone call from an unknown subject, older male, who stated, “The school should be looking into students that failed to attend school today, as they might have another Milby situation.” With any comment(s) or threat, the safety and security of our students and staff is our utmost priority and we take any threats with the utmost seriousness. The Dixon Police Department along with the Dixon Public Schools Administration have been and will continue to investigate the telephone call that was received this morning. At approximately 9:15 a.m., and due to the telephone call that was received, the Dixon Public Schools were placed on “Internal Lockdown.” Internal Lockdown allows the students and staff to move freely around within the school and classes continue as planned, but no one is allowed to leave the building and people are vetted that are wanting to enter the school as well. While we don’t anticipate or believe there is any threat to the students and staff at the Dixon High School, but while erring on the side caution, the department will have extra personnel at the schools. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Dixon Police Department at (815) 288-4411.
At approximately 9:15 a.m., Dixon High School went on an internal lockdown for a potential threat. Administration has also asked all other buildings to be put on internal lockdown until further notice. Dixon Police are currently investigating the credability of this information. Out of an abudance of caution, all buildings will remain on an internal lockdown until further notice. We will provide additional information as details emerge. We take all information seriously, but no direct threat was made.
DHS Internal Lockdown 10.28.19
The annual 5 Essentials Survey for parents in now open. This provides critical data for school improvement. We ask every parent to take a few minutes to complete the survey. https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/?target_name=parent
5Essentials Parent Survey Announcement
The Dukes football team has qualified for the playoffs for the 6th straight year. Orders for playoff gear need to be placed by midnight tonight, Sunday the 27th. #gopurple https://bsnteamsports.com/shop/apdBRoUTBf
Join us for Jefferson Open House at 10 am and DHS Open House at 1 pm tomorrow. DHS starts in the Wiltz Auditorium. #GoPurple
NIU is hosting their STEMFest tomorrow, Saturday, October 19th from 10am to 5pm. Lots of fun activities for boys and girls of all ages. https://www.niu.edu/stemfest/index.shtml
The open houses at Jefferson and DHS are on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Jefferson begins at 10 am and DHS begins at 1 pm. The Telegraph incorrectly stated they were this weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone on October 26th! #GoPurple
DPS #170 is excited to announce our Open Houses at Jefferson and Dixon High School to highlight the construction and renovation work completed over the last year. Join us Saturday, October 26 at 10 a.m. at Jefferson School and at 1 p.m. at Dixon High School. There will be District personnel and representatives from Russell Construction and Green Associates there to answer your questions. We are proud of the work done and invite you to share in our excitement. #GoPurple
Remember that Friday October 11 is a School Improvement Day. 11AM dismissal.
We just posted the Dixon Strong Leadership Committee's press release and survey data on our News page. Please go to www.dps170.org to read the press release and supporting data. We partnered with #DixonStrong to make the survey available to our parents & community.
Join us on Oct. 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Wiltz Auditorium at DHS for a parent presentation on Cyber-Bullying & Social Networks. Det. Wistocki will be informing & empowering parents with proactive strategies to combat cyber-bullying & understanding tech your child may be using.
This Friday we will be launching our new website and District app after school. This platform is also how we will send out text messages, phone call alerts, and communications about education and District events. You can access the parent portal thru the app. #gopurple
The 1st Grade field trip going to Jonamac Apple Orchard in Malta is postponed for tomorrow October 2nd. This will effect the classrooms of Mrs. Scott, Miss Larson, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Spangler, and Mrs. Roberts. We are postponing this trip due to unfavorable weather forecast.
DPS #170 Board Meeting is next Wednesday, September 18 beginning at 6 pm. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Remember that September 19,2019 is our next School Improvement Day. 11AM Dismissal
We encourage everyone in the community to take the DixonStrong Survey https://forms.gle/1HNP8wXfT8DAUZSc9
Dixon's Amazing Teachers: The Telegraph and KSB are recognizing Dixon's Amazing Teachers. Nominate your favorite teacher this month! Nominations for September will be from the 16th to the 22nd. https://saukvalley.secondstreetapp.com/dixonamazing/
DHS CHEER CLINIC WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2019 TIME: 9:00 A.M. -12:00 NOON WHERE: WASHINGTON SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2019 AT HALF TIME OF THE JV FOOTBALL GAME WHO: CHILDREN IN GRADES K-5 COST: $25 / CHILD