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T-Bird Times - January 2017 Edition

posted Jan 5, 2017, 12:47 PM by CORY KURKEY

Character Education 

Trait of the Month for January: Have Self-Control 
Self-Control – ability to keep one’s emotions or behavior in check. 
Synonyms 
 self-regulation, restraint, composure. 

Words of the Week for January 
Locate – find in a piece of text 
Organize – to put together in a structured order 
Paraphrase – express the meaning of using different words 
Refer – to mention or allude to 



Principal’s Message 

Welcome back!  I hope all of you had a safe, healthy and happy holiday break and are ready for a fantastic 2nd semester. 

January will continue some of the great programs here at DIS. STEM will be hosting our Sports Science evening for all DIS families.  5th grade Band will be hosting a concert in our gym.  Chorus, Renfro Runners and other groups will also continue their exciting work. 

Soon you’ll be getting some information on the Lady T-Bird basketball program. The season is open to any DIS girl who is interested.  I’m looking forward to seeing them in action.  The Girls on the Run program will also get going soon, providing a fantastic learning opportunity for our students.  Information will also be coming home on that activity.  Both activities are organized by our DIS staff, which is another example of our teachers doing great things for the students outside the classroom. 


It’s great to be a T-Bird! 

Yours in Education, 

Kevin Stirnaman 
Principal – Dorris Intermediate School 
  

  
Upcoming Events and Opportunities 

Monday, January, 16th 
 No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Thursday, January 19th – DIS 5th grade Band concert in the DIS gym 

Thursday, January 26th – Sports Science STEM night.  6:30 – 8:00 in the DIS gym and cafeteria 
  

  
STEM Challenges  

January 26th   3rd Annual Sports Science Night @ DIS ---  in the DIS cafeteria and gym 6:30-8pm
Come out and participate in our sports science family night. In this school wide challenge learn the science of the perfect spiral, crushing collisions and sports medicine, plus much more....
  

  
Please - No Parking Next Door at Glazy Square 

Many of you used to drop off or pick up students at the Glazy Square donut shop next door. Please help us be a good neighbor and improve student safety by using our circle drive for drop-offs and pick-ups. Their spots should be for customers only. 

T-Bird Times - December 2016 Edition

posted Dec 1, 2016, 10:24 AM by CORY KURKEY   [ updated Dec 1, 2016, 10:26 AM ]

Character Education 

Trait of the Month for December: Be Courteous 
Be Courteous – Polite, respectful or considerate in manner. 
Synonyms  Well mannered, civil, well-behaved. 

Words of the Week for December 
Identify – To find or point out 
Infer – Deduce or conclude from evidence 
Integrate – Combine one thing with another to make into a whole 
Interpret – Explain or understand the meaning of 



Principal’s Message 

It’s hard to believe that there’s less than 3 weeks until the first semester is over, which marks the halfway point of the school year. Time really does fly! 

This month will see some exciting activities. We’ve been holding our Scholastic Book Fair this week. We’ll be hosting the Collinsville Middle School Band and our own DIS Band and Chorus for holiday assemblies We will also be holding our annual 5th and 6th grade Dodgeball Tournaments on December 5th and 6th after school in the gym. This event is always a student and crowd favorite. Feel free to come after school to cheer your child’s team to victory! 

This is the time of the year where students are often anxious/excited about the upcoming holiday. Our staff will be working hard with your student(s) over the next few weeks to remind them of our DIS expectations and to make sure they end the semester well, both academically and behaviorally. Your support in this is appreciated. 

On behalf of the DIS staff, I want to wish you and your family a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. Let’s finish the semester strong and enjoy the upcoming break. It’s great to be a T-Bird! 

Yours in Education, 

Kevin Stirnaman 

Principal – Dorris Intermediate School 
  

  
Upcoming Events and Opportunities 

December 5th – 5th grade Dodgeball Tournament – 4 PM @ DIS 

December 6th – 6th grade Dodgeball Tournament – 4 PM @ DIS 

December 9th (during school day) – CMS Holiday Band assembly @ DIS 

December 13th – 6th grade Band Concert @ DIS 

December 20th (during school day) – DIS Chorus and Band Assembly @ DIS 

December 20th – DIS Chorus Concert @ Webster School 

December 22nd – January 4th – Winter Break – No School 
  

  
STEM Challenges  

December 8th and December 15th – 3D Printing Challenge 
Learn how to design and print out your own items from a 3D Printer. Challenge will be after school until 5:00. 
  

  
Please - No Parking Next Door at Glazy Square 

Many of you used to drop off or pick up students at the Glazy Square donut shop next door. Please help us be a good neighbor and improve student safety by using our circle drive for drop-offs and pick-ups. Their spots should be for customers only. 

T-Bird Times - November 2016 Edition

posted Nov 1, 2016, 7:11 AM by CORY KURKEY

Character Education 

Traits of the Month for November: Be Cooperative 
Be Cooperative – Working together for a common cause. Working well with others and being part of a team. 
Synonyms  Collegial, collaborative. 

Words of the Week for November 
Distinguish  to tell apart, point out a difference 
Draw  to make a conclusion based on evidence 
Evaluate  to find value, judge 
Explain  to make plain or define 
Identify  to find or point out 



Principal’s Message 

We had an exciting last month together here at DIS. Our T-Bird Basketball program held its annual tournament for the boys. Thank you to our staff members who volunteered their time to give the boys this opportunity to learn and have fun. Our STEM program continued their great work with the Caine’s Arcade Family Night. The students really showed their skill and creativity and families came out in all time high numbers! I also enjoyed seeing many of you at Parent/Teacher Conferences. I continue to be very proud of the effort your students give every day and the dedication shown to your children by the staff here at DIS.

Our month together ended in sadness as we had to say goodbye to one of our own students. We will remember Kirstyn fondly as a student who made DIS a better place.

As we draw closer to winter weather, a reminder that the district can utilize a two hour delayed start. This could be used in the event that the roads would become safe or the temperature would rise within two hours of the scheduled school start time. School Messenger calls and local TV stations will report whether we plan to use a whole weather day or a delayed start. There would be no delayed start on Wednesdays. Thanks again for all of your support. It’s great to be a T-Bird! 

Hard to believe it's already November.

Yours in Education,

Kevin Stirnaman

Principal – Dorris Intermediate School
  

  
Upcoming Events and Opportunities 

Tuesday, November 1st – Red Cross Blood Drive in honor of Jessica and Kelly Uhl. 3:00 – 7:00 in DIS cafeteria.

Sunday, November 6th – Mini Maker Faire @ Fairview Heights Barnes and Noble with DIS STEM.

Friday, November 11th – Veteran’s Holiday – No School

Wednesday, November 23rd through Friday, November 25th – Thanksgiving Break – No School
  

  
STEM Challenges  

November 3rd, 10th, and 17th – STEM ART CHALLENGE
This month STEM becomes STEAM as we focus on how Art meets Science. The challenges will be after school until 5 PM in the cafeteria. Cost is $5.
  

  
Please - No Parking Next Door at Glazy Square 

Many of you used to drop off or pick up students at the Glazy Square donut shop next door. Please help us be a good neighbor and improve student safety by using our circle drive for drop-offs and pick-ups. Their spots should be for customers only. 

T-Bird Times - October 2016 Edition

posted Sep 30, 2016, 8:05 AM by CORY KURKEY   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 8:05 AM ]

Character Education 

Traits of the Month for October: Be Honest 
Be Honest – To be truthful. Being honest means telling the truth at all times to your parents and teachers. 



Principal’s Message 

It’s a busy time at DIS. The basketball season for the boys begins on October 13th with nearly 100 players. We have about 200 students participating in our Chorus program. Over 100 students signed up for Renfro Runners and about 50 students were Cookin’ with STEM. It’s fantastic to see so many of our students participating in extra-curricular activities.

The 1st grading quarter of the year ends on October 14th. Electronic report cards will be available through the Skyward system on October 25th. Please continue to contact your child’s teachers about their academic progress.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the annual Parent/Teacher Conference days. Your teacher will be scheduling a time with you in the upcoming days. Conferences will be on October 27th and 28th.

Thanks again for all of your support. It’s great to be a T-Bird!

Yours in Education,

Kevin Stirnaman

Principal – Dorris Intermediate School
  

 
Entertainment Book Fundraiser 

Thank your very much for your support of DIS in the Entertainment Book Fundraiser.  With your help, we raised money that will go towards educational supplies for our students and teachers.  Great job, DIS families! 
  

  
Upcoming Events and Opportunities 

Friday, October 7th – No School – Teacher Institute

Monday, October 10th – No School – Columbus Day

Thursday, October 13th – Boys’ Basketball Games begin

Thursday, October 27th and Friday, October 28th – No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  

  
STEM Challenges  

4th Annual Caine’s Arcade and Family Game Night
No Charge (but we will be selling "Caine's Fun Passes" for $1 and all proceeds will go to Children’s Miracle Network)

Design and build your own cardboard creations to share in this school wide challenge. What can you create? A rocket, ski ball game, claw machine, or Minecraft suit of armor? Awesome! Check out YouTube to see how it all began and our website for pictures from our previous events.

October 13th in the DIS Cafeteria & Gym 6:30-8pm
  

  
Please - No Parking Next Door at Glazy Square 

Many of you used to drop off or pick up students at the Glazy Square donut shop next door. Please help us be a good neighbor and improve student safety by using our circle drive for drop-offs and pick-ups. Their spots should be for customers only. 

Click Here for Instructions to Access Skyward Midterms

posted Sep 19, 2016, 9:47 AM by CORY KURKEY

*  Use your Skyward username and password that you used to register your child over the summer to log into Skyward.  The link to access Skyward can be found at www.kahoks.org and clicking on Skyward Online Registration on the left side of the screen.

*  Click on the OPEN FAMILY ACCESS button at the top right of the screen

*  Choose your student's name from the drop down menu at the top of the screen.

*  When you have chosen your child, click on the GRADEBOOK tab on the left side of the screen.  Your child's midterm grades should appear in the PR1 column in the middle of the screen.  A more detailed view of each assignment can be accessed by clicking on the arrow next to each subject's name.  

*  To access a printable, PDF copy of the midterm, click on the PORTFOLIO tab on the left side of the screen.


*  If you have forgotten or lost your username/password used to register your child this summer, you can click the FORGOT USERNAME/PASSWORD link on the Skyward login screen and that information will be sent to you on the email you used during registration.

T-Bird Times - September 2016 Edition

posted Sep 1, 2016, 2:02 PM by CORY KURKEY   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 7:29 AM ]

Character Education 

Traits of the Month for August/September: Be Responsible/Be Respectful 
Be Responsible – To show accountability. Being responsible means students complete their assignments on time and follow the rules in all areas of the building. 
Be Respectful – Being polite to others. It means that you show respect to your teachers, classmates and yourself. 



Principal’s Message 

I want to thank you for your cooperation in successfully beginning the school year. The students are well into their established routines. Our car drop off and pick up has been going very well, as has our bus arrival and dismissal. 

Many exciting things have already started at DIS. Renfro Runners began this past Wednesday. The STEM challenges will begin shortly. We’ll be sending home permission slips for basketball soon and our Band/Chorus practices are also in full swing. We hope your student decided to participate in some of these programs. 

Last year’s PARCC scores were sent home with your child today. For our 6 th graders, the scores represent the test from 5 th grade. For our fifth graders, the scores are how they performed on the 4 th grade exam. If you need any assistance interpreting the score report, please go to dis.kahoks.org, click on the Backpack tab at the top right of the page, then click on the Dorris backpack. The Parent’s Interpretation Guide is located there in the middle of the page. Once again, thank you for all you’ve done in making the start of the year a success. It’s great to be a T-Bird! 

Yours in Education, 

Kevin Stirnaman 

Principal – Dorris Intermediate School 



2016-2017 Fundraiser 

Our DIS Fundraiser is underway! We had our kickoff assemblies on the 24 th and the books went home that day. If you are not interested in selling the books, please return them to school with your child ASAP. If you sell more than one book (which we appreciate!), please send the information and money in with your child and we’ll get you the extra book(s). 
Thanks for supporting the fundraiser and DIS! The ending date is September 14 th. 



Upcoming Events and Opportunities 

Monday, September 5th – Labor Day/No School 

Wednesday, September 14th – End of Entertainment Book Fundraiser 

Friday, September 16th – District Institute – Half Day Student Attendance 



STEM Challenges  

What’s Cookin’ with STEM? Sept. 15, 22, 29 
Fee $7 

Why do we cook our food the way we do? Why can you eat some things raw and other raw foods will make you ill? How do spices enhance our cooking? Students will learn from real Chefs and food industry professionals! 

Then everyone is welcome to come to our STEM Food Truck Family Night at 5pm on Sept 29th!  
Come out and see What’s Cookin’ with STEM! 
September 15th, 22nd & 29 th 3:30 – 5:00 



Please - No Parking Next Door at Glazy Square 

Many of you used to drop off or pick up students at the Glazy Square donut shop next door. Please help us be a good neighbor and improve student safety by using our circle drive for drop-offs and pick-ups. Their spots should be for customers only. 

T-Bird Times - May 2016 Edition

posted May 5, 2016, 1:21 PM by CORY KURKEY   [ updated May 5, 2016, 1:21 PM ]

Principal’s Message: 

Hello DIS families, 

Where did thet time go?  It seems that every school year goes a little faster and this one is no exception.  By the end of this week, we’ll be down to 8 days of student attendance!  On behalf of myself and our entire staff, I want to thank you for all the support you’ve given us over our year(s) together.  It has been both an honor and a privilege sharing the educational journey with you and your child.  Before we say goodbye for the year, we have many activites in May for the students. 

Our 6th graders will be enjoying the end of their DIS career trip, the 6th Grade Bash, by going to the Edwardsville YMCA.  Our fantastic Chorus program with be competing in their annual competition at Six Flags.  We will be having an Awards Day to honor the accomplishments of our students over the past year.  We’ll also be having our DIS Field Day, where the kids will get a chance to enjoy many games and activites that have been provided by our PTO, our PE department and our STEM program.  Thanks to those of you who volunteered, or provided water, for that day. 

We want to stress the importance of following expectations, both behaviorally and academically, for the remaider of the year.  We’d like the year to end on a positive note for everyone. 

For our 5th graders, we’ll see you next year.  For our 6th graders, thank you for all you’ve given us over the last two years.  We are very proud of you and you’ll always be a T-Bird. 

Yours in Education, 

Mr. Stirnaman 



Upcoming Events and Opportunities

May 4th – Million Word Reader Field Trip to Grizzlies game

May 5th – Chorus Concert @ Webster – Be there by 6:45

May 6th – 6th Grade Bash @ YMCA

May 13th – Chrous Trip to Six Flags

May 16th – Field Day – 5th grade PM and 6th grade AM

May 17th – Awards Day – Schedule coming out soon

May 18th – Last day of student attendance



STEM Challenges 

April concluded our STEM challenges for the year.  However, our STEM department is busy developing many games and activities that all students can play during Field Day.  Thank you to STEM for providing the fun opportunities for our kids.



Please - No Parking Next Door at Glazy Square

Many of you used to drop off or pick up students at the Glazy Square donut shop next door. Please help us be a good neighbor and improve student safety by using our circle drive for drop-offs and pick-ups. Their spots should be for customers only.

T-Bird Times - April 2016 Edition

posted Mar 30, 2016, 7:33 AM by CORY KURKEY

Principal’s Message: 

Hello DIS families,

Busy times are ahead for DIS students!  

Throughout the entire month of April, nearly all of our 900 + students will be completing the PARCC exam.  The test will be either a six or seven day exam (depending on the grade level).  Students will complete one test per day.  I am asking that you please ensure that your child is in attendance every day during their testing window.  Attendance is always important, but is especially important during this time.  Students that miss exam days will have to have make-up exams scheduled at a later time.  The make-ups will often have them testing in a different location in the building.  They will also be missing out on what is taking place in their classroom at that time.  Please contact your teacher to determine your child’s testing window.  Your cooperation in this is more than appreciated. 

After the PARCC exam is completed, all 5th grade students will be taking a one day Science exam from the Illinois State Board of Education.  The test, like PARCC, will be completed online.  This is the first year for the exam and we anticipate it taking approximately one hour to complete.  

Thank you in advance for all your help in ensuring your student is present and ready for the tests.

Yours in Education,

Mr. Stirnaman



Upcoming Events and Opportunities

April 4th – April 29th  PARCC test for 5th and 6th grade.  Consult your child’s teacher to determine your student’s testing window.

April 4th – DIS Running Club for boys begins for those who signed up.

April 7th, 14th and 21st – STEM Superhero challenge after school until 5:00.  

Students (unless involved in a before school activity) are allowed to enter the building at 8:20.  Please do not drop students off earlier than 8:20.



STEM Challenges 

Super Hero Challenge
Learn the Science behind the powers of your favorite super hero.  

April 7th, 14th and 21st after school until 5:00.  There is a $5 charge for this challenge.



Please - No Parking Next Door at Glazy Square

Many of you used to drop off or pick up students at the Glazy Square donut shop next door. Please help us be a good neighbor and improve student safety by using our circle drive for drop-offs and pick-ups. Their spots should be for customers only.

T-Bird Times - March 2016 Edition

posted Mar 4, 2016, 8:03 AM by CORY KURKEY   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 7:08 AM ]

Principal’s Message: 

Hello DIS families, 

We will be giving your child state-required achievement tests this spring.  The testing window is April 4 – April 29.  Our DIS students will be tested in English language arts/reading and mathematics.  The tests are a part of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) program and are being given to all eligible students.  The results of these state tests will be reported to you on the School Report Card in the fall. We will review these state test results along with other information to help us improve our school program.  In addition, you will receive information about your child’s performance on the state tests he or she took.

You can help your child do his/her best on the test by:
1) making sure that your child attends school on the days of testing;
2) making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing;
3) providing breakfast on the mornings of testing;
4) reminding your child to ask the teacher questions if he or she does not understand the test directions;
5) letting your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best; and
6) advising your child not to worry about the test – just do the best he or she can.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you want additional information or have further questions about these tests.

We look forward to sharing the PARCC results with you this fall.

Yours in Education,  

Mr. Stirnaman



Upcoming Events and Opportunities

March 7th : Casimir Pulaski Day – No School

March 1st – 9th : 5th Grade Boys Basketball (Consult your schedule for game times and dates).

March 10th – 17th : 6th Grade Boys Basketball (Consult your schedule for game times and dates).

March 12th : STEM Book Fair is being held at the Barnes and Noble in Fairview Heights near the St. Clair Mall

March 24th, 25th and 28th : Spring Break – No School



STEM Challenges 

Second Annual “March Math-ness” Challenge - $4 Fee
March 3rd, 10th, 17th after school until 5:00
Don’t get mad this March over your bracket! Come explore some more Math Magic, amazing puzzles, huge bubbles and celebrate Pi Day with us.



Parking Next Door

Many of you used to drop off or pick up students at the Glazy Square donut shop next door. Please help us be a good neighbor and improve student safety by using our circle drive for drop-offs and pick-ups. Their spots should be for customers only.

T-Bird Times - February 2016 Edition

posted Feb 17, 2016, 11:27 AM by CORY KURKEY   [ updated Mar 4, 2016, 8:08 AM ]

Principal’s Message: 

Hello DIS families,  

Happy February!  

This past weekend’s weather has me getting a case of spring fever.  

Our basketball program begins practice this week and I’m looking forward to seeing our boys in action.  Thank you to all the staff members who are giving up your time to coach in this year’s program.Our Girls on the Run program is also set to begin the week on February 22nd.  If you want additional information on that program, we have fliers available in the office.   We’d be happy to send one home with your child.  

As we get closer to our PARCC test in April, we’ll start sending some additional resources home about that.  

If there’s any way we can be of assistance to you or your child, don’t hesitate to contact us.  It’s great to be a T-Bird!  

Yours in Education,  

Mr. Stirnaman



Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Beginning of the month –
 Basketball practice begins. Make sure you check your scheduled practice date and time. 

Friday , February 12th – Midterms come home. 

Monday, February 15th – No School – President’s Day 

Week of February 22nd – GOTR begins. Every Tuesday and Thrusday after school until 5:00. 

Tuesday, February 23rd 
 Spring Pictures



STEM Challenges 

Thanks to everyone who attended the Science of the Super Bowl night.

STEM will continue in March with "March Mathness".



Parking Next Door

Many of you used to drop off or pick up students at the Glazy Square donut shop next door. Please help us be a good neighbor and improve student safety by using our circle drive for drop-offs and pick-ups. Their spots should be for customers only.

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