Parents – Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Dear Parent,

Beginning January 11, students and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the ninth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 4thth through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in April 2022 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplement survey. If at least 20 percent of Metamora Township High School parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted January 11, 2022 through March 11, 2022. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or



Ron Kiesewetter
Metamora Township High School

National Honors Society Trivia Night – Sign Up Now

Get excited! It’s time to come together for the National Honors Society (NHS) Trivia Night! NHS is hosting a Trivia Night to raise funds for their service project. This year, NHS has established a goal to build a memorial garden in a green space near the high school. The garden will honor classmates, teachers, and valued community members who have passed away. This year NHS is honoring our beloved classmate, Vidal Paulino (class of 2022), who passed away last year.

WHAT: NHS Trivia Night Fundraiser

WHEN:  Friday February 4, 2022  Doors open at 6:30 pm and Trivia begins at 7:00 pm

WHO:  Students, Teachers, Community Members – basically anyone can join in the fun

WHERE: MTHS Old Gym (Please note that tables have a maximum of 8 seats which will allow for 3 feet between each person to comply with current CDC guidelines.)

COST:  $8/person or $50 table (discount for reserving a full table)

ACTIVITIES: Along with trivia, there will be an optional table decorating competition. You can prepare your table between 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Concession items will be available for purchase throughout the event. Lastly, there will be a silent auction of wonderful items donated from local businesses.

To sign-up and learn about payments, please visit this google form:  NHS Trivia Night Sign-Up Sheet

Please contact Erinn Setterlund-Ambrosch ( or Zachary Hilligoss ( with any questions. Get your 8-person team together now and start practicing!

Virtual SAT & SAT Review

Bradley University is offering a Virtual SAT & ACT Review February 1, 2022 – March 1, 2022 on Tuesday evenings. The cost for this review is $95 per student for the SAT or ACT review OR $99 for the combined review. This review class is designed for high school students taking college admissions test for the first time, or for those wishing to improve a previous score. The classes will cover exam content, help sharpen test-taking strategies, and build confidence, while also providing immediate feedback from experienced instructors. For more information and to register visit The deadline to register is January 25, 2022.

High School Musical – Cast

Congratulations to the 80 MTHS students who comprise the 2022 High School Musical Cast. The first cast meeting will be Tuesday, December 14th at 7:30 am in the Auditorium.  This is the biggest cast ever in MTHS musical history, so it is sure to be a fun show.  Mark your calendars now to attend!  Show dates are:  March 17 – 20, 2022.


MTHS Athletes – Are you planning on playing in college?

MTHS Athletes, would you like to continue to play your sport in college? Learn about the academic requirements for Division I, II, III, NAIA and Jr. Colleges by viewing the link below.  The presentation explains the academic requirements, registration process (if needed), and scholarship considerations. If you  have any questions contact Mr. Garry Finch at Learn what it takes to play sports at the next level! Link to presentation:  Playing College Sports

National Merit Scholarship – Commended Students

The principal, Ron Kiesewetter, of Metamora Township High School announced today that Connor Armistead, Alexandria Sigman and Emily Warshaw have been named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2022 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”