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Principal's Message

Ms. Jamie Hayes

Dear Parent/Guardian:


Dolton School District 149 will administer the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) from March 15, 2021 to April 26, 2021 to all students in grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. The Federal law requires the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to administer these assessments to all students who attend public schools in the state.  


According to federal law:

  • Students must take an achievement exam in reading/language arts and mathematics each year from third through eighth grade. In Illinois, students take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR).

Assessments help improve standards, curriculum, and instruction at the classroom, school, district, and state levels. Assessments play a role in helping ISBE and school districts identify areas where schools need targeted support. These assessments help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. The state uses this information to provide more support and resources to the schools in the greatest need.


My Child’s Testing Schedule


See your child’s testing schedule by clicking on the link that is located to the left.


Arrival & Dismissal Procedures


If your child is riding the bus, please make sure that he or she is waiting promptly at his or her proper location to be picked up. Please refer to your child’s bus route schedule. 


The bus will drop your child off in the parking lot of the Middle School, where they will be greeted by security. Security will walk your child around to the front entrance of CMB School.

If your child is a car rider, you will need to drop off your child at 9:00 a.m. daily at the front entrance of CMB School and pick him or her up during the specific times that are listed in the table above. All students MUST be picked up on time. Your child will be provided with a bag lunch upon dismissal.


Scholars who walk to school must arrive by 9:00 a.m. in order to test. Late arrivers will have to return home.


Before entering the building, your child must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth. All masks are required to stay on during the duration of the test. If you child is deemed to have a fever by administration or the school nurse, he or she will have to return home.


Uniforms, Backpacks, & Chromebooks


It is requested that CMB Scholars wear uniforms on their testing days. Backpacks and Chromebooks are not allowed in the school.




Cellphones are not permitted, but if your child must bring a cellphone for safety reasons, it must be off and remain in your child’s coat pocket while in the building and during testing. There are no lockers and the cellphones in the coat pockets will not be monitored; therefore, the school will not be liable for any lost, stolen, or broken cellphones.  If your child violates this cellphone rule and keeps their phone on their person during testing, the cellphone may be confiscated by any CMB Staff Member. Parents will have to make an appointment with administration to retrieve the cellphone.


Breakfast/ Lunch

  • All scholars will receive a breakfast bar to eat before taking the test.
  • All scholars will receive a bag lunch, which will be taken home to eat. There will no eating on the bus because eating requires lowering or removal of the mask and this is PROHIBITED. Their lunch must be consumed at home.

To promote your child’s best performance, we ask that you:

  • Make sure that your child attends school and arrives on time on the days of testing. If your child does not come to school to take the test, he or she will be marked with an excused absent for the day. This will not be a detriment to your child’s attendance records this school year.
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before each testing session.
  • Provide a healthy breakfast on the mornings of testing. (This is optional because the school will provide a breakfast bar.)
  • Remind your child to ask the teacher questions if he or she does not understand the test directions.
  • Let your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best.
  • Advise your child not to worry about the test—just to do the best he or she can.
  • Encourage your child to complete as much of each assessment as they can.


In closing, we understand that this will be the first time our students have returned to the school building since the beginning of the pandemic, and you may have concerns. Please rest assured that the district has taken every precaution to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.


If you have any questions, please let us know! Have a wonderful day!


Educationally yours,



Ms. Jamie Hayes, Principal

Mrs. Latricia A. Lewis, Assistant Principal



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