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School Hours

7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Office Hours

7:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Dan Chamernik, Principal
Abby Magruder, Associate Principal

BUGC Structure and Electives
This is the powerpoint that was presented at Liberty to the incoming 7th grade students the week of April 28-May 2. Click here to start


BUGC Announcements

  • 8th Grade Chromebook Purchase/Repairs 

    Parents of BUGC 8th graders,
    If you are planning on purchasing your student's chromebook on Thursday May 28, but it needs repairs, please be aware that the last day to turn them in for repairs will be Tuesday, May 26th. We will then send them off for repair on Wednesday morning, and receive them back to distribute to your student on Wednesday, June 3rd. Please note that if you do this, there will be a $25 repair charge. As a reminder, the $50 purchase price needs to be paid by either cash or check made payable to Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53 on Thursday, May 28th during your student's chromebook turn in time. The money for the purchase will be turned in to the Technology department, not the BUGC office.
    If you are purchasing your student's chromebook and it does NOT need repairs, your student will be able to take their chromebook home on the same day as the purchase, Thursday, May 28. Thank you!

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  • Here are links to the letters that went home for both 8th Grade and 7th Grade students regarding Chromebook Turn In.

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  • Dear Parents / Guardians:

     May 1st will mark the mid-term for the 4th quarter.  BUGC eliminated mailing mid-terms last year.  The expectation is for teachers to communicate with parents regarding educational concerns and if a student is earning a grade of "D" or "F".

     As a reminder, the BUGC Academic Expectations are included below.

     BUGC Academic Expectations and Intervention Program

     The program establishes a minimum academic expectation for success, prescribed automatic intervention programs when the minimum expectation is not met, and provides an option with interventions throughout the summer if needed.

     All students must:

     Receive a passing grade in Mathematics, English / Language Arts (ELA) and pass two of the four remaining courses (seven classes) or:

    Receive a passing grade in Mathematics, English / Language Arts (ELA)  and pass two of five remaining courses (Zero Hour Students) or;

    Receive a passing grade in Mathematics, English / Language Arts (ELA) and pass one of the three remaining courses (6 classes plus study hall).  

    All eighth grades students must also pass the Constitution test.

    Students not meeting the minimum expectations will be referred to the BUGC intervention program as described below.

    Students who fail Mathematics, ELA (English / Language Arts) or both:

    ·         will be required to attend after school Math / ELA RtI or homework help three days a week. (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:55 to 3:50.  Busing is provided.)

    ·         will be required to sign an academic contract after meeting with the teacher, student, parent, and Principal (or Associate) which describes at least three different ways the student can demonstrate successful growth in the subject during second semester.  These ways may include a passing letter grade, adequate growth on MAP, passing quarter or semester finals, or alternative assessments, such as a project, presentation, etc.

    ·         Failing the semester will be based upon the average of the two quarters letter grades (not percent).  Two F’s will be considered failing, one F and one D will be considered failing.  

    ·         Students who have failing grades for the semester and do not meet any of the other criteria for success in their academic contract, will be required to attend a six week summer school session (sixty hours for each subject) before they are deemed as successfully completing their grade level.  Promotion will be afforded only to 8th grade students who have successfully completed 8th grade at the end of the second semester.

    ·         Students who pass the first semester, and receive F’s at the end of the third quarter, will follow this same procedure at that point, with an academic contract, after-school, etc.

    ·         Students who pass the first three quarters but fail to pass the SEMESTER (can fail the fourth quarter and still pass if they have a C or better in the third quarter) will be deemed as not successfully completing the grade, will not attend promotion and will need to attend summer school.

    In summary, academic and behavior expectations are separate entities.  Students with behavioral issues receive disciplinary consequences.  Students who have academic issues receive academic interventions.  The NEW BUGC Academic Expectations and Intervention Program are designed to help students achieve goals, prepare for their future and be successful.

    If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Magruder at (815) 929-5292 or me at (815) 929-5291.

    Yours in Education,

    Daniel Chamernik

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  • The BUGC 8th Grade Promotion will take place on Wednesday, June 3 2015, at the Olivet Nazarene University Centennial Chapel beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Specific information regarding this event will be sent home in March and posted on the BUGC website.
    If you have any questions, please email me at chamernikd@besd53.org or call me at (815) 929-5291.
    Yours in Education,
    Daniel Chamernik

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