"Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible"
Chippewa School is located at 124th and Austin Avenues in unincorporated Palos Heights. Chippewa is a first through third grade elementary building, serving approximately 225 students. Chippewa is one of four schools in Palos Heights School District 128.
The original building was completed in 1964. In 1969 a north wing was added and in 2001 an east wing was added which included the big gym, five additional classrooms along with two smaller rooms for special services. The exterior includes a playground, blacktop area and roomy playing fields.
We are committed to providing a safe, caring and nurturing learning environment for our community of learners. Our staff focuses on three strategies for success, “Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible”, we take a proactive systems approach toward developing responsible citizens and lifelong learners. Bee chips are given to students to recognize and encourage the positive behaviors we want to see from students. We have a weekly drawing and students are recognized for their efforts in being safe, respectful and responsible individuals.
Academically, our staff is working with the newly adopted Core Standards with our instructional programs already in place. We use Harcourt Storytown as the basis of our our language arts program, for mathematics instruction we use Everyday Math to help students build a conceptual understanding of math, students are able to use their multiple intelligences as they learn using TCI’s Social Studies Alive program. Our teaching staff works on differentiating instruction to meet the needs of the varied learners. We are using assessments such as MAP testing, Aimsweb, and benchmark testing to gather data and help guide the instruction. Assisting with providing tiered reading interventions are two reading coaches, one for grades K and 1, and one for grades 2 & 3.