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Reading Resources


Mc Graw Hill Wonders:

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

The goal of the Mark Twain’s Reading Committee is to keep our students Reading! Reading! Reading! The activities planned throughout the school year, 2019-2020, are reminders to keep motivated with reading.
Remember, students become better readers by reading! So, put down those electronic devices and open up a book!

Reading Campaigns

*Fall into Reading: PreK -5th grade, September to November 1st 2019
*Pizza Hut: K-6th grade, October 2019 to March 2020
*Great America Reading Challenge: K-6th grade, January to March 2020
*Chipotle Reading Challenge: K-8th grades, Spring
*Battle of the Books: 4-6th grade and 7-8th gradetime TBD

Your teachers will provide you with the current information regarding these Reading Campaigns as the school year continues.


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.

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.

WELCOME BACK! We hope everyone had a nice relaxing, book-filled summer!

As we begin the school year, students will be getting reacquainted with the parts of the library, procedures for the library and the rules and expectations of the library.

In all classes, students will review the library expectations. Grades 1-8 will begin checking out the week of September 10th.

Grades K-2 will listen to stories about the Library and its importance in learning. They will begin by learning library and check out procedures, book care, and identifying and understanding the parts of a book.

Grades 3-4 will review the library set up, checkout procedures and locating books on the school’s SOAR library system.

Grades 5-8 will be using Google and the many tools it has to offer throughout the school year. This month, students will log onto Google Classroom and will fill out Google form surveys to help guide the instruction for the rest of the year.

Let’s all have a great year in LIBRARY

Listen to your teachers.

Inquire if you need help.

Be respectful of others.

Read for fun.

Always walk, never run.

Return books on time.

Your voice should stay quiet.


Mrs. C. Hart and Mrs. M. Wojciechowski





Go MATH Resources

Go Math! Login (K-7) Students (K-7) can login and access their Go Math! Textbook and online resources. Students login with their CPS Google credentials and select Think Central for access.

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”.  





Mark Twain School Registration Information

To enroll a student:

  • Family must live in the attendance area.
  • Child must be enrolled by a parent or legal guardian

Documents needed for registration:

  • Child’s birth certificate (for PreK & Kindergarten and all students new to Chicago Public Schools)
  • Copy of transfer, medical, dental, and vision and any IEP from the last school attended

Parent or legal guardian must have 2 pieces of legal identification with current address:

  • Drivers License or State ID
  • and one of the following: Current utility bill: Insurance, Bank Statement, Medical Card, Paycheck stub, etc.

Child must be 5 on or before September 1, 2019 to enroll in Kindergarten (born on or before 9-1-14)

  • Dental exams are required for students entering K, 2nd grade and 6th grade

  • Vision exams are required for students enrolling in Kindergarten and any student enrolling in CPS for the first time.

Uniforms are required for all students:

  • Light blue tops with collars and Navy blue bottoms

A supply list is available HERE

School begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Kindergarten 8:30 – 3:15 Grades 1-8 8:30 – 3:30

Preschool: a.m. class 8:30 – 11:05 p.m. class 11:55 – 2:30


  • Please call the main office to schedule an appointment.
  • Twain Main Office: 773-535-2290
Welcome to Mark Twain School
5134 South Lotus Ave
Mrs. Laura Paull
Mrs. MaryAnn Correa
Asst. Principal
Ms. Jennifer Crall
Asst. Principal
Mrs. Lynne Butler
School Clerk
Mrs. Maria Herrera
Mrs. Cynthia Steward
School Clerk
Mrs. Jennifer Moore
Case Manager
Information for New Families
School begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. 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/exit through Door #3
Morning Class:      8:30 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
Afternoon Class:   11:55 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Students line up near the playground Door #4  
Grades 1-8 Students may enter through Door # 3, Door #4, or Door #7  

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 8:40 a.m.
All students should be in their homeroom by 8:40 a.m.

Students wishing to eat breakfast should arrive at 8:30 a.m. All students should be in their classrooms by 8:40 a.m. A free breakfast / lunch are available each day to all interested students.

School dismissal locations Door#
Pre-K / Kinder 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 only on scheduled gym days. Uniform shirts and gym uniforms may be purchased each day in Room 163: 8:30-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-3:30 p.m.

Homework assignment book ($3.00) can be purchased on the first day of school from classroom teachers. Parents are asked to call the school if their child is going to be absent or tardy (773) 535-2290




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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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