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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

Dear Parents,

Colder weather is here! Please make sure your child dresses appropriately for the weather. Recess continues outdoors if the temperature is 15 degrees fahrenheit or above. Outside recess is mandatory for students unless they have a doctor’s note to stay inside. Make sure students have shoes to change from their boots when they arrive at school. I suggest to the students to dress in layers. No shorts, please!  

Penny Wars are back. The week of December 2 is Penny Wars. Each teacher has a jar. The object of the challenge is to put pennies in a jar as positive (+) and silver or bills in as a negative (-). All money goes to Kuzma Cottage to help the needy.  

Santa’s Shop will be at SIS on December 4 and 5. This is an inexpensive way to shop for family and friends. Thanks to PTO for supporting Santa’s Shop! Thanks to Mrs. Quigley for organizing this event!

Second and third grade will present their holiday programs on December 11. The programs will take place at Wilmington Middle School. Second grade will begin at 5:30 p.m., and third grade will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Holiday Dress:

  • Monday, December 16: Spread the Spirit - Wear red and green.
  • Tuesday, December 17: Jingle Bells - Wear bells and jingles.
  • Wednesday, December 18: Holiday Vacation - Wear vacation or Hawaiian wear.
  • Thursday, December 19: Ugly Sweater - Wear an ugly sweater.
  • Friday, December 20: Silent Night - Wear pjs.

Christmas parties will take place on Friday, December 20 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

Christmas is a great time to replenish school supplies. School supplies make great stocking stuffers. As always, if you need help with supplies, never hesitate to ask.

Winter break begins on December 20 at 1:50 p.m. and ends on January 6. Students return to school on January 7. The school office will be closed during winter break. I will be checking phone messages throughout break. If you need to contact SIS, please email me.

WE-PTO will meet on Tuesday, January 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the Wilmington Middle School library. Please join us if you can!

State Testing: Preparing for Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) testing: SIS students take the IAR test in April. The IAR is very important to students, staff, and the school district. I ask that your student do their best work, put forth their best effort, answer the questions thoroughly, and take their time. Students are rewarded for their effort and time on the test. Please help your child prepare for testing by:

  • Having students read to you. Discuss characters, point of view, plot, summaries, alternate endings, etc. Ask your student(s) to cite text evidence when they give you these answers.
  • Giving multi-step math problems to your student(s) to solve. Ask if they can solve in a variety of ways. Once they have the answers, have them write out the steps to solve the problem, and reasons for their answer.
  • Helping your student get a good night’s rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and encourage the students to review the days’ testing with you.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!


Venita Dennis

Venita Dennis
L.J. Stevens Intermediate School
(815) 926.1689