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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

  • 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 percentiles).  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.

    The after school Math / ELA RtI or homework help will begin on Monday, November 10th.  The after school Math / ELA RtI or homework help will not meet on November 11th (Veteran’s Day) and November 27th (Thanksgiving).

    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,

    Mr. Chamernik

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  • Washington D.C. 8th Grade Trip
    Dear Parents:
    You are invited to attend an important informational meeting regarding a possible 8th trip to Washington D.C.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00 p,m. in the BUGC Media Center.  I hope to see you there!
    Mr. Chamernik

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  • Yasmin Mohammad (8th Team Black),  Jaeci Johnston (8th Team Black), Anna Hartley (8th Team Gold) Josh Varner (8th Team gold) Samantha Lagesse (7th Team black), Joseph Trevino (7th Team Black), Gabe Renchen (7th Team Gold) and Annabell Lovell (7th Team Gold)

     Each student has received a Certificate of Accomplishment.  Each quarter, all Students of the Month will also celebrate their recognition with a pizza lunch with Mr. Chamernik and Mrs. Magruder.

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  • For the safety of Bourbonnais Upper Grade students, all parents who drive and pick up student(s) must use the parking lot located between the Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center and the Central Office Administration Building.  When dropping off or picking up students, please pull all of the way up the curb adjacent to the baseball field. (toward Central Office)  This will help with traffic on John Casey Road and provides students a safe walking area to the school.  If you have any questions, please contact the Bourbonnais Upper Grade Office at (815) 929-5200 or email me at chamernikd@besd53.org

    Thank you for your cooperation and dedication to help keep our students safe.

    Dan Chamernik 

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  • If you are trying to connect to a wireless network at home or location other than school, you should receive the following login prompt when trying to go to any site:
    Authentication Required
    Just login using your username (without the @besd53.org) and your password.  Your chromebook should act at home the same way it would when you are in school.  If sites aren't available at school they shouldn't be available at home. 
    If you are at school and are connecting to the BESDmobile wireless you'll get this same message and will need to type in your username (without the @besd53.org) and password. 

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