launching into the future! weekly west updates


March 22, 2023

Starting next week, our 3rd-5th grade students will be taking the IAR state assessment.  Please encourage your student(s) to do their very best on the assessment.  We will be talking with all the students this week to reassure them not to be nervous about the test but to do their best.  A few things to talk with your student about:

  1. Get a good night's sleep and eat a good breakfast! (Our brain’s need to be ready) 

  2. This test is about showing growth, so students just need to do their best. If there are things they don’t know, that is OK. 

  3. Make sure they take their time, read the passages, problems, and go back to edit their extended responses. (They will be asked to type a paragraph or more on both the ELA and MATH assessments.) 

If you have a K-2 grade student, please encourage them to be respectful and quiet in the hallways and to cheer on our older students.  

Upcoming Events

1st Grade Concert-The Unity West First Grade Concert will take place on Thursday, March 23rd at 7pm.  Doors for the concert will open at 6:45.  Please click here for more information.

Kindergarten Orientation-On April 3rd, Unity West will host an orientation for students entering kindergarten in the fall.  Please click here for more information.

Substitute Nurses Needed-Unit 7 Schools are looking for substitute nurses.  If you are interested, please click here for more information.

5-Essentials Survey - The Illinois 5Essentials Survey Parent Survey will be conducted January 24, 2023 through March 31, 2023. To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. We need about 30 more parents to complete the survey to meet our 20% goal.  

Dental Forms Due-Dental forms for all Kindergarten and 2nd grade students are due to the nurse by May 15th.

Glow Bingo March 25 – Thanks to your generosity this event is sold out! Doors open at 5:30pm, Bingo starts at 7pm.  Food Trucks will be available from 5-8pm.  A huge thanks to our Glow Bingo sponsors and planning committee, we couldn’t do this event without your contributions.

Unity West and Unity East skate night at Skateland -April 6 from 6-8 p.m. More information coming soon.

Community Opportunities

Youth Volleyball Clinic-Unity Youth Volleyball is looking to host a volleyball clinic for students in grades 2-6.  Click here for more information.

3rd and 4th Grade Girls Basketball-Junior Lady Rocket Basketball is returning for the Spring Season!  We hope to hold registration and build teams over the next two weeks with March 24th as the deadline for registration.  The registration fee is $25.  We plan to host practices/games on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings through late March to April/early May.  Games and practices will be within the Unity school district buildings. All girls will receive a tee shirt that register by the deadline.  Checks can be made out to Junior Lady Rocket Basketball and delivered at first practice. Please email for questions.  Please click here to register.

YMCA Flag Football-The YMCA will be hosting a spring flag football league from April 22-June 3..  Please click here for more information