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Reading Resources


Mc Graw Hill

Students (K-5) can login and access their McGraw Hill Wonders textbooks and online resources. This is for students that have a Username and Password assigned by their teacher.


The Lexile Framework: Finding the right book for your reading level:


Storyline Online: Popular books read by Celebrities


The Chicago Public Library


Reading Committee 2018

Feb 2018

The Mark Twain Reading Committee is excited to bring many reading opportunities to the students this year! Throughout the year, students will have an opportunity to participate in several reading programs and be a part of many reading incentives.

The “Pizza Hut Book It” program is still going on for the students in grades K-6. This program will continue through March. Students who read their required number of books will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza! Free pizza poupons have already been passed out for the months of October, November, December, and January. Keep earning those free pizzas!

Book Clubs- Students in grades 7 and 8 just met for a book club on January 8th! Additional book clubs will be scheduled for later this year.

Student's in grades K-6 are currently eligible to participate in the Great America Read to Succeed program. This is an awesome reading incentive in which students can earn a ticket to Great America just for reading!!!! This program ends on February 23rd.

The Young Author competition is underway. Check with your child’s teacher about individual classroom due dates.

Please encourage your children to participate in these wonderful reading programs!



Mark Twain School Library

The Mark Twain School Library is filled with an abundance of resources for all ages. There are thousands of books, magazines and videos available for student and staff use. There are also 35 computers for the students to utilize for research and assignment completion.

The goals of the library are to:

*Cultivate a love of reading and encourage students to become lifelong learners

*Provide a broad range of quality resources to support both recreational reading and curriculum

*Teach students to become ethical and effective users of both print and electronic resources.

The school’s library catalog can be accessed at home by going to There are numerous Ebooks and databases for research and recreational reading that students can access from their home computer.

All students will be introduced to the new books that were purchased to enhance our library catalog and provide additional resources for information and enjoyment.

An additional resource available to our students and their parents is This is an online community devoted to improving sleep, health, and wellness and contains suggestions for age-appropriate books available in print and online. Check out this website for book selection ideas and possible stories to read aloud with your child.

This month, the students in Grades K-2 will begin reading books that have been nominated for the Monarch Award and vote for their favorite.

Grades 3 and 4 will begin a unit on Digital Citizenship and Safety. They will focus on how they share information on the internet which creates their digital footprint and staying away from scams on the internet.

Grades 5-6 will be working on several Google Tools this month including Google Earth and its Voyager section.

Grades 7-8 will create new posters for the library which encourage reading. Some of the posters will hung in the library for 2018.

Be sure to read throughout the school year! Readers are Leaders!!!!

This year as part of the Library rules, we are asking the students to Be their BEST!

1. Be Honest

2. Exhibit a Positive Attitude

3. Show Respect

4. Take Responsibility


Mrs. C. Hart

Mrs. M. Wojciechowski





Go Math! Login (K-5)

Students (K-5) can login and access their Go Math! textbook and online resources.  This is for students that have a Username and Password assigned by their teacher.

The following links are for the GO MATH! student editions grades K-5.  A username and password is not needed to view the textbook.  This is NOT interactive.

Go Math! Kindergarten Student Edition

Go Math! 1st Grade Student Edition

Go Math! 2nd Grade Student Edition

Go Math! 3rd Grade Student Edition

Go Math! 4th Grade Student Edition

Go Math! 5th Grade Student Edition

Go Math! 6th Grade Student Edition
Student must have Username and Password provided by teacher to Log In

Kahn Academy
Kahn Academy is a great resource for any subject.  Simply type the skill you would like to know more about and start learning.  You can watch short videos explaining and/or modeling a skill and complete practice problems.  You do not need to sign in.  Just use the search bar to find what you are looking for.  

Math Interventions

This website is for 1st through 5th grade students.  It will help you if you are having trouble in math.  Find the specific skill you need extra help with and click “GO”.  







Information for New Families 2017-2018

School begins on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. It will be a full day so please bring your supplies and lunch if you prefer that to a school lunch.  All students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch at school. Each family will be asked to complete a Family Income form which is used for accounting purposes by the Board of Education and the state.

School Hours and entry doors  

All students enter through Door #3
Morning Class:      8:30a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Afternoon Class:   11:55 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Hours: 8:30 – 3:15
Students line up near the playground Door #4

Grades 1-8

Students may enter through Door # 3 or Door #7
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 8:40 a.m.
Hours: 8:30 - 3:30


Students wishing to eat breakfast should arrive at 8:30a.m. All other students should be in the building before 8:40 a.m. 
A free breakfast is available each day to all interested students.

School dismissal locations Door#
Preschool/Kindergarten South door of East building – 52nd and Lotus 3
Grades 1 & 2 Northwest doors on Linder near auditorium 9
Grade 3 Northwest doors on Linder near auditorium 10
Grade 4 Center door of East building near playground 5
Grade 5 & 6 West door of East building near playground 4
Grade 7 & 8  Southwest door on Linder near gym 7
Kindergarten dismissal time is 3:15

Grades 1-8 dismissal time is 3:30

After 8:40 a.m. all doors are locked so tardy students must enter the building through the main door on Lotus, Door #1, and stop in the office for a tardy slip before reporting to their classroom. For school safety, all visitors must stop in the office for a pass before proceeding to any area of the school at any time.

School uniform must be worn daily/Gym uniform worn on scheduled days listed below:

Mondays: 205 267. 257 266 169 207 106 109  
Tuesdays: 202 261 255 264 166 213 101 107 206
Wednesdays: 201 265 259 168 105 204      
Thursdays: 203 263 262 167 211 104 111 208  
Fridays: 251 250 268 209 103 109 210    
  • Homework assignment book ($3.00) can be purchased on the first day of school in the office.
  • Uniforms may be purchased each day in Room 163:  8:30-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Parents are asked to call the school if their child is going to be absent or tardy.


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Mark Twain Elementary School

5134 South Lotus Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638
Tel: (773) 535-2290
Fax: (773) 535-2248

Laura Paull, Principal
Mary Ann Correa, Asst. Principal
Jennifer Crall, Asst. Principal

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