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Stevens Intermediate School
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Welcome to Stevens Intermediate School! Located in Wilmington, Illinois, we serve public school students in second through fifth grades in Wilmington School District 209-U. Here at SIS, we believe in open communication and cooperation between students, parents, staff, and community members. We are extremely proud of our students' success, and we will continue to lead them to greatness both in and out of the classroom.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Please take some time to get to know us a little better, catch up on all the latest news, and get more connected to the teachers in the Stevens Intermediate School family. Go Wildcats!

A Message from Our Principal

Welcome, October!

Fall season has begun. As the leaves change colors on the trees, the school climate changes also. Students worked hard to learn the routines, rules, and procedures of a new school year. Now those routines and rules have become second nature and expected. The first few weeks of school are a review of topics, subjects, and lessons learned. Now we are in the midst of new topics, new lessons, and new concepts. There are new days ahead; there are new, exciting things to learn.

Parents always ask how they can help their child succeed at school:

  • The first thing to keep in mind is that children need to attend school and be on time. Stevens Intermediate School begins at 8:00 a.m. If your student is not sick (fever and vomiting), they should be in attendance. Studies show students who miss school quickly fall behind their peers.
  • Establish a routine with your child for before school, after school, and bedtime. Find what works best for your student when they get home from school. Some students need a break before jumping into homework. Others do homework better immediately after school. Set a bedtime and stick to it. Lay out clothes and backpacks the night before so they are ready to go in the morning. Set a consistent wake time and stick to it.
  • Find fun ways to practice basic topics. When in a car going somewhere, have students spell their spelling list to you. Or have students point out two numbers they see and add them, subtract them, or multiply them quickly. Play “I Spy” with sight words, spelling words, or vocabulary words. Give students a highlighter and have them highlight spelling words in newspapers or magazines. Practice flashcards with a game: they get the answer right, they get the card; answer wrong, you get the card. Who has the most at the end of the pile? Everyone always needs to keep fresh with basic topics. Read aloud to your children or have them read aloud to you. Take away electronic devices at night.

As we move towards colder weather and the four-letter word (snow), here are a few rules to keep in mind:

  • Students go outside for recess unless the temperature is below 15 degrees. A doctor’s note is required for students to remain inside.
  • Students must have snow pants and snow boots to play in the snow.
  • Students must go outside for recess and must dress appropriately: gloves, hats, and winter coats.

Parent-teacher conferences are set for Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10. If your teacher has not reached out to set a conference time, please touch base with them. Conferences are a vital part of your student’s school year. This is a chance to sit down with the teacher and talk about successes, challenges, and concerns. Teachers will have local test data to hand out. Please be on time for your conference. If you cannot attend a conference on the scheduled dates, please work with the teacher to find another time that works with your schedule. All parents must meet with their teacher in order to get the first report card.

Students are not in school on Tuesday, November 8 or Friday, November 11.


Venita Dennis

Venita Dennis
L.J. Stevens Intermediate School
(815) 926-1689

Welcome: We welcome new staff to our building. Welcome-Mrs. Orellano (Assistant Principal), Mrs. Billingsley (RTI/SHINE Coordinator), Mrs. Farmer (3rd grade), Mr. Rivera (4th grade), (5th grade).

Importance of Attendance: Studies show that absences can impact a student’s education. Missing school days can add up quickly! Missing two (2) days a month times nine (9) months means a child has missed 10% of the year and is considered truant! Studies show this pattern causes a student to likely fail reading and/or math. If a student is not sick, they should be at school!