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Mead Update 8/28/15

Posted August 28th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Families,
We have had a wonderful first week of school!  The excitement in the air from both the students and staff has really made the start of our school year a huge success!  The students spent their first days at Mead getting acclimated to the building, learning about our extracurricular activities, reviewing our PBIS expectations and exploring the 8 KEYS of Excellence.  The students were excited to follow their regular schedules starting on Wednesday and jump right into getting to know their classmates, teachers and course expectations.

Schaumburg Parent University
District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided. Our first session will be Family Literacy Night on Sept. 14. Click on the attachments for more information about the rest of the fall classes or visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu. Registration information is also found at this website.

Run to Read
District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 8:45 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a Tshirt in the size you requested if you register by Sept. 4. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register online, visit http://sd54.org/runtoread.

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Important Dates:

  • No School:  Monday, September 7th -Labor Day celebrated
  • SeptemberFest: Friday, September 4th through Monday, September 7th
    • The Mead Orchestra will be performing on September 5th at 2:30 pm and the Mead Band will perform at 4:00 pm.  More information can be found at http://d54foundation.com/.
  • Math Parent Night Meetings: Tuesday, September 1st:
    • These informational meetings are for parents that have a student enrolled in our 715, 930 and 830 courses at Mead.
    • The 715 meeting begins at 6:00pm, the 930 meeting begins at 6:45pm and the 830 meeting begins at 7:30pm.  Each meeting will be in the gym and will last approximately 30 minutes.
    • The 6th grade magnet 930 meeting will begin at 6:00pm in room 211.
  • Picture Day: Monday, September 14th:
    Students will take pictures during their regularly scheduled gym period.  A form went home today that needs to be brought to school on the 14th. If students did not bring home a form or lost it, they can stop by the main office to receive a new one. Orders cannot be taken at school for pictures AFTER a student has had his/her picture taken. Orders after pictures are taken are placed online or with a call to customer service.
  • 8th Grade Band Night at Conant High School, Friday, September 18th:
    Our 8th grade band students will be playing at the Conant football game with the Conant Marching Band.
  • Pizza Tuesday: September 15th
    Students can purchase slices of cheese pizza for $2.00 each Tuesday beginning on the 15th.
  • Curriculum Night: Wednesday, September 9th
    We will start in the gym at 6:15 pm with a PTA meeting and a brief presentation regarding the cyberbullying, internet safety and smart phone safety that your children received on August 25th.  From 6:30-8:00, parents are invited to follow their child’s schedule and meet all their child’s teachers.  Please remember to bring a copy of your child’s schedule with you that night.
  • Half Day for Students: Wednesday, September 16th– dismissal at 10:45 AM
  • Run To Read: Sunday, September 27th

Parking Lot- in the AM and PM:
Safety is our number one priority for entrance and exit.  Please remember that cars will not be allowed in the parking lot when buses are present.  Please note and follow all posted signs where parking is allowed.

Sports Physical:
Please remember that students need a current physical on file before their designated sport.  At this time the only sports occurring at Mead are Girls Basketball and Cross Country.  Visit the Mead website to find out the months our other sports, clubs, and intramurals that will require a physical are held.
sports-physical

Yearbook Ordering:
Please visit www.jostensyearbook.com, select yearbook and Mead Jr. High in Elk Grove to order a yearbook online.  The cost is $30.00 and credit cards are accepted online.
Yearbook order 2016

Box Tops for Education:
We do collect box tops at Mead.  Students can bring in their box tops to the main office at any time throughout the year.  Proceeds go to purchasing materials for different content classes to support students and their instruction.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Jillian Sagan and Kim Phelan

First Days of School

Posted August 18th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing summer, as we are ready to kick-off an outstanding school year!  I would like to take this moment to explain what our students’ first week of school will look like:

Monday, August 24- First Full 7th grade ONLY day

  • First day of school for our 7th graders
  • Students should NOT bring school supplies
  • Students should bring a lunch and their class schedule
  • The lunch period will be 10:35-11:35 for Reimel, Basak, Walser, Heinlein, Bach, Andrews, Rosemary Hulina, Kossack, Musselman, Orenstein and Hinchey advocacy classes
  • The lunch period will be 11:40-12:40 for Studney, Ruettiger, J.Amos, Rezk, Shipley, Lorenc, Knight-Gawlik, Kelly, Hirshfeld, Whalen and Umlauf advocacy classes

Tuesday, August 25- Full day for BOTH 7th and 8th graders

  • Students will participate in stations related to PBIS expectations, Internet Safety/Cyberbullying/Smartphone Safety, 8 Keys of Excellence and team building
  • Students should bring their class schedule, lunch and school supplies
  • The lunch hour will be from 10:45-11:25

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 26-28- Regular school schedule for BOTH 7th and 8th graders

Assistant Principal Update:
I am excited to share with you that Kim Phelan has been hired, pending board approval on August 20th, to be our assistant principal for the upcoming school year.  Kim has been an assistant principal at Palos South Middle School in District 118 for the past 3 years and was a 7th grade Language Arts teacher prior to becoming an administrator.  We are looking forward to having her joining our Mead community.  We wish Lily Smith the best of luck as she begins her new role in Crystal Lake.

Parking Lot Safety:
Safety for our students and staff is a top priority.  Our parking lot is CLOSED for student drop off during arrival 7:15-7:35 and for student pick up during dismissal 2:00-2:20 p.m.   There is no adult supervision prior to the 7:30 a.m. bell.  Students should arrive at school no earlier than 7:25 a.m. (unless coming early with an authorized morning pass provided by a teacher for extra help).  Students being dropped off by car on Biesterfield or walking to school will wait by the main entrance door 1 until the bell.  Please be careful where you park and drop off your children.  Parking too close to a crosswalk can restrict pedestrian visibility and result in a ticket.  All students should exit cars from the passenger side of the car only.  All students should cross the street only at the crosswalks at the corners of Biesterfield and Gibson.   State law requires bus drivers to use their stop signs when children are entering and leaving the bus.  Driving through the stop sign can result in a ticket.  This also holds true when students are exiting buses in the parking lot.  No cars should be moving when the buses are loading and unloading students in the Mead parking lot.

Cell Phone Policy:
Next week we will also review with all of our students School District 54’s policy (JGE) regarding the prohibition of electronic communication or entertainment devices and cellular telephones, which is as follows:
Possession or use of electronic, communication or entertainment devices and cellular telephones by students is prohibited in the schools or on District property unless the use or possession of such a device has first been expressly authorized by the building principal or the superintendent/designee.

We will inform all our students that they are required to keep their cell phones turned off and stored in their lockers during school hours.  Also, we will share that during after school sponsored activities, cell phones are to continue to be turned off and stored in the students backpack/purse.  Please note, that all electronic devices are prohibited from all school buses transporting District 54 students.
In the event that you need to contact your student, please feel free to contact our main office between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  Also, students do have access to a land line located outside of the cafeteria throughout the school day.  Classroom and main office phones with staff permission are available for students to contact parents.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this week’s activities, please feel free to contact us.
We look forward to having our students back in the building!

Jillian Sagan          Kim Phelan

Principal                  Assistant Principal

Information Day- August 13

Posted August 12th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Parents,
It was so great to connect with many of you yesterday evening.  Our hope was to get to as many Mead houses as possible and we apologize to any households that we were unable to reach.  There is always a lot of information to share at this time of the school year.  We will be handing out your student’s class schedule this year on August 13, Information Day, between the hours of 9am-Noon and 6pm-8pm.  During the past several months, the Mead staff and I have been working through the scheduling process for all of our 600 Mead Mustangs.  This was a time-consuming, complex process that involved content specialists, encore teachers, the psychologist, social workers, special services teachers and EL teachers.  We truly appreciate the trust you have given us in using our best professional judgment in placing students.  Our scheduling process is a team effort that is very complex and completed with great care.
We consider many factors and work to place each student in the best schedule possible. During the sectioning process we do use teacher input, but again, remember that many staff members and many factors determine the final decision.  As we work through the scheduling process, we consider the following factors:

  • Math placements
  • Language Arts placements
  • Elective preferences (please remember that we can only guarantee one of the electives selected on the selection sheet)
  • Acceleration placements
  • Distribution of students with special needs or considerations such as Special Education, Bilingual, Magnet, and Discovery
  • Separation or placement of children into the most appropriate social groups
  • Proportionate distribution of boys and girls
  • Balance of students’ achievement levels

We do not take into consideration student friendships and/or feeder school cohorts when making scheduling decisions.  Instead, every consideration was made to best accommodate each student’s academic needs.  With over 600 students in our school, the task of dividing students into balanced groups is challenging.  Every effort was made to honor your child’s request for electives, but we cannot guarantee both requested choices .  We used the preference sheet filled out in the winter as a guide and can only guarantee one of the electives marked on the selection form.  We work to ensure that your child’s academic needs take first priority when creating student schedules.
I understand that your student’s schedule is very important to you and your child.  It would be wonderful if every student and parent were able to request/determine their class schedule for the upcoming academic year.  Unfortunately, it is impossible to honor over 600 requests.  Once you receive your student’s schedule on August 13, if you would like to discuss an appropriate schedule change, please do not hesitate to call or email me.  Thank you in advance for your support as we strive to create a positive learning environment for all of our students.   Again, we thank you for relying on and trusting our professional judgments on this important issue.

Sincerely,
Jillian Sagan

Back to School

Posted August 6th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Families,
We hope everyone has had a wonderful and relaxing summer break! Now, summer is almost over and we are getting ready for our back to school events. Please read all the information below carefully because there have been some changes made for the upcoming school year. Our Mead office will open on Friday, August 7, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Included in this letter is information that will be helpful to you and your child in preparing for the first day of school.  We look forward to seeing all our families on August 13 at Information Day!

SCHOOL INFORMATION DAY

School Information Day will be Thursday, August 13, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Mead Junior High School. Class schedules will be distributed, supply lists will be available, and maps will be provided so students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the building.  You may preorder the 2015-2016 yearbook, purchase gym uniforms, and purchase calculators, flash drives, and ear buds, also.
Yearbook order 2016

REGISTRATION

If you moved or your lease has expired, please bring the proper documentation to serve as proof of residence to Mead on or before August 13th.  Your closing documents or new lease will be needed to register.

It is important all students register so they will have a smooth start to the school year. If you plan to be out of town on August 13, you may register upon your return to Mead. Unfortunately, Mead will not be able to register students prior to August 7.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

The first full day of school on Monday, August 24, 2015, is for seventh grade students ONLY.  This day is designated for seventh grade students to help them get acclimated and comfortable with Mead Junior High.  Please note that 7th grade students should not bring school supplies to school on August 24.  The first day of school for both seventh and eighth grade students will be Tuesday, August 25.  On August 25, we will host our annual “7th and 8th grade day” where students will travel through the key areas of the school to review the behavior expectations and be explicitly taught what it means to be a respectful, responsible, and safe Mead Mustang. School supplies may be brought to school on that day.

SCHOOL HOURS

School hours are 7:38 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. with the first bell ringing at 7:30.  Please note: beginning Wednesday, August 26, every Wednesday is designated for staff development.  Students are dismissed 30 minutes early at 1:45p.m.

OFFICE HOURS

School office hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Remember that our student absence line (357-6002) is available 24 hours a day. Please call by 8:00 a.m. if your child will be absent from school.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS
Mead Sports-Physical

If your child plans to try out for one of our athletic teams or after school physical activities, per School Board Policy, a current physical is required to be on file prior to try-outs and/or participation in any inter-scholastic sport or intramural. This is a change from previous years so any student participating in an event that requires physical activity (i.e. poms, soccer club, any intramural) must have a current physical on file.  All new students entering our district must present a health examination and proof of immunizations prior to the first day of attendance. Please note that physical examinations are good for one year from the date of the exam.

On Information Day, Northwest Community Healthcare will be providing Sports Physical Exams at Mead for students in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program at a discounted price of $5. Please call 1-847-618-4968 to set up an appointment – space is limited. If you have any questions about your child’s physical, contact our school nurse at 847-357-6016.

SUPPLY LISTS
Mead Supply List 2015-16

Teachers would like your student to bring all supplies on August 25.  (7th grade students should not bring school supplies on August 24, which is 7th Grade Only Day).  Remember to mark your student’s personal items with his/her name to avoid confusion if an item is misplaced.

PTA

Please be sure to stop by the PTA Information Table on Thursday, August 13, during Information Day.  PTA board members will be available to answer questions related to volunteering and joining the Mead PTA. Our first PTA meeting will be held on September 9, before Curriculum Night in the gymnasium (Mustang Arena).  The PTA is a vital arm of our school and we urge you to take an active role!

MEAD STAFF

There have been a number of staff changes that should be noted. Mr. Chris Scheid will be joining our math department and Ms. Tara Busato will be joining our science department.  Mr. Rob Hulina will be joining our music department and Mrs. Judy Bielanski as an Instructional Assistant.  Mr. Devin Collins will be joining our custodial team.  We hope you will join us in welcoming all of our new staff members to Mead.

RUN TO READ

As you may know, Everett Dirksen School in Schaumburg will be hosting the annual School District 54 Run to Read on Sunday, September 27.  All profits from this event will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54.  It would be great to see the Margaret Mead Junior High community well represented at this event!  Feel free to encourage friends and family to join in the fun. If you would like additional information regarding the race, please go to the district web site at www.sd54.org.

Again, this year promises to be a great one!  Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer and prepare yourself for what is sure to be an exciting and academically-challenging school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the coming school year, please feel free to contact me at any time.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

Jillian Sagan

Mead Update 6/12/15

Posted June 12th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
It’s hard to believe that today is our last day of school.  It has been a truly fantastic school year.  I thought it would be fun to highlight a Top Ten List, in no particular order, for our 2014-2015 school year.  It was extremely hard to only pick 10 but here goes!

Top Ten List:

  • The accomplishments of our magnet students throughout the History Fair Competitions.  Good luck at Nationals next week!
  • 193 students without zero behavior referrals for the entire school year!  Many smencils given out this school year!
  • Close to $4,000 raised for Autism Awareness
  • 72% of our students met/exceeded individual growth targets on Reading MAP and 87% met/exceeded individual growth targets on Math MAP
  • A successful first PTA sponsored Mead Trivia Night!
  • Mead’s Got Talent hosted by our Mead Prep students with over 30 student and teacher acts!
  • Staff vs Student Volleyball and Basketball Games
  • The overwhelming support of our students and community to provide gifts to our community for our annual Giving Tree
  • District Champions/Tournament Champions for many of our sports teams
  • Our first successful year with Club Unify and their participation in our Acceptance and Tolerance Week and D54 Young Athletes Track Meet

Thanks for supporting your child(ren) to make this school year so successful!

Please read below for some end of the year updates:

8th Grade Dance Photo booth Update:
All pictures can be viewed and downloaded for free on our website www.photoboothofthestars.com. Click on the “View Your Photos” tab, find your event (Mead Jr. High), and enter the password “joyful.”

Garden Club:
Mead’s Garden Club is on its journey to harvesting.  However, we are in need of your help to maintain and harvest our garden over the summer.  Our gardens produce tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, basil, lettuce, bush beans, green peppers, peas and green chilies.  We have also extended our garden to the surrounding trees and planted hostas to make our gardens inviting.  If you are interested in helping us during the summer, we are meeting at 1 o’clock by door 17 on the following Tuesdays:  The meeting dates are: June 16,June 30,July 14, July 28, August 11. Students and parents are welcome!

A Message from High School District 211 School Nurses-Physical Exams for 8th Grade Students:
If your eighth grade student will be going for a sports physical and you would like that physical to count as their  9th grade physical for District 211, the physical exam must be completed on the DHS State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam form revised 2/2013 which can be found on the high school website.  Incoming 9th grade physicals will not be accepted on IHSA forms or any other DHS form revised prior to 2/2013.  Please make sure you also complete the answers in the parent portion and sign the form.  In order for the physical to be accepted all above items must be completed.

Enjoy your summer break and I will see you in August!
Jillian Sagan

Graduation Reminders

Posted June 9th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Eighth Grade Mead Community,

As a reminder, the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. at Conant High School, 700 E. Cougar Trail in Hoffman Estates on Tuesday, June 9th.  Graduates should arrive no earlier than 8:10 p.m. and report to the cafeteria.  Students must enter through Door 1.  Graduates with last names A-Lo will be seated on the east side of the gym, while Lo-Z will be on the west side.  Use these guidelines when selecting your seat.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, parents and family will not be allowed in the cafeteria, so please meet your graduate outside Door 1.  The graduation ceremony should be a meaningful, pleasant experience for you as well as your graduate.  For that to happen, we need your cooperation.  When taking pictures, please do not stand in an area that will interfere with the students entering and leaving the ceremony.  Flowers or other gifts should be given to students after the ceremony.  Balloons should not be brought into the building.

Please remember that applause is the appropriate response at graduation, and it should occur at the conclusion of the ceremony to allow for every family to hear the name of their child being read and their academic achievements.  If you choose to hoot and holler for your child, our action will be to not give your child his/her diploma at graduation.  If your child’s diploma is taken, you will be able to pick it up from me during school hours next week.  I will ask that you call in advance and make an appointment with me.    

Finally, during our graduation practice, we announced the academic achievement awards to students.  We will be mailing the certificates home before the end of the week.  When students’ names are called to receive their diploma, we will announce any and all academic recognitions.  The academic recognitions are as follows:

  • President’s Education Award – Gold:  Student maintains a 4.0 grade point average over the 2 years at Mead plus achieves high MAP scores
  • President’s Education Award – Silver:  Student maintains a 3.5 – 3.99 grade point average over the 2 years at Mead plus achieves high MAP scores
  • Scholastic Achievement Award:  Student maintains a 3.0 or better grade point average for the 3 trimesters in 8th grade at Mead

We are looking forward to a special ceremony tonight.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 6/5/15

Posted June 5th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
It was great to see our 8th graders participating in our Annual Career Fair today.  We had many members of the community and parents at Mead this afternoon to share their careers and career paths with our students.  Tonight we are looking forward to seeing our 8th graders all dressed up for their final dance at Mead Jr. High.  Please make sure they bring a completed invitation with them when they arrive.  Click here if you need to print a copy of the invite.  We will be running special schedules next week.  Please note the lunch periods will change and that students are responsible for bringing a lunch every day.

Monday, June 8th:

  • Regular Day for the 7th graders
  • 8th grade graduation practice (8th grade lunch is from 11:00-11:30)
  • AM Conant sports camps are canceled so our students can attend Mead for the day.
  • PM sports camps expect our students to arrive late due to our dismissal time

Tuesday, June 9th:

  • 8th graders attending D211 classes must have parent call in excused absence: 847-357-6002
  • All students will eat from 10:40-11:20.  We will be having our Autism celebration assembly and walk in the morning and our final PBIS assembly in the afternoon.
  • Full day for both 7th and 8th graders.  School hours are 7:30-2:15.
  • Last day for our 8th graders
  • Graduation for 8th graders (see below for more information)

Wednesday, June 10th: Regular Day for our 7th graders

 

Thursday, June 11th: Lunch is from 11:15-11:45 for all 7th graders

 

Friday, June 12th: School hours are 7:30-2:15 and lunch for the 7th graders will be from 10:40-11:15.

Import Information for parents regarding medication at school:
We will be sending only inhalers home with your child on the last day of school.  Plan to pick up any other medications (including Epi-pens) your child may have in the health office by June 12 at 2:30 PM.  Medication which is not picked up by a parent/guardian by June 12 will be destroyed. Please contact Linda Barr, school nurse at 847-357-6016 if you have any questions.

8th grade dance:
The dance is tonight, Friday, June 5, from 6:45-9:00pm.  Important dance items to note:

  • Students will not be allowed to leave the dance early and must be picked up by an adult at the conclusion of the dance unless other arrangements are made in advance through our front office.
  • Dress for the dance is parent discretion.  Please try to follow our dress code regulations to ensure that all clothing is appropriate.
  • 2015 8th grade dance invite

End of the Year Expectations:
Missing assignments, missing textbook/books and student behavior are taken into account for students to be able to participation in both 7th and 8th grade end of year activities, graduation and report card distribution.

8th Grade Graduation Information:

  • During the day on Monday, June 8, 8th graders will be practicing for graduation at Mead. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack will be provided.
  • Graduates are to be in the Conant Cafeteria no earlier than 8:10 PM – enter Door #1
  • Graduates will be ready to walk into gym at 8:20 PM
  • Please take pictures before coming to the graduation ceremony  because the graduation gowns will be returned immediately after the ceremony
  • If you have questions, please call our office at 847-357-6000
  • There is plenty of seating, but it is first come, first served
  • A photographer will be present during the ceremony to take pictures of the students. If you are interested in purchasing a picture, go to www.lifetouchevents.com after June 12, pull up Mead Junior High and use the password:  RNMead.

7th Grade Field Day:
On Thursday, June 11, 7th graders will be participating in Field Day. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack will be provided.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Jillian and Lily

Mead Update 5/29/15

Posted June 1st, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
It is hard to believe the school year is coming to a close.  If your child has misplaced prescription glasses, please have him or her check in the office. We have glasses, plus house keys, phones, flash drives and jewelry.  The next couple of weeks we will be celebrating all the hard work and effort put forth by our students this past school year!  We will be running special schedules on Thursday and Friday of next week.  Please note the lunch periods will change and that students are responsible for bringing a lunch every day.

  • Thursday, June 4th: All students will eat from 10:40-11:30.  We are excited to have our 2nd Annual Mead’s Got Talent in the morning with both student and staff performances.  We will be having Movies at Mead in the afternoon to celebrate our MAP growth.  Students can bring in a few dollars if they would like to purchase concessions.  If your child has a food allergy, please have your child bring in a note that allows them to purchase some treats.
  • Friday, June 5th: 7th grade will have a regular schedule.  8th graders will be participating in our Annual Career Fair and will eat between 10:11-10:49.

Import Information for parents regarding medication at school:
We will be sending only inhalers home with your child on the last day of school.  Plan to pick up any other medications (including Epi-pens) your child may have in the health office by June 12 at 2:30 PM.  Medication which is not picked up by a parent/guardian by June 12 will be destroyed. Please contact Linda Barr, school nurse at 847-357-6016 if you have any questions.

8th grade dance:
The dance is Friday, June 5, from 6:45-9:00pm.   A reminder to all eighth grade students:  students must be in attendance at school all day on June 5, and have all their overdue books and library fines returned or paid if they would like to attend their dance that evening. Important dance items to note:

  • Students will not be allowed to leave the dance early and must be picked up by an adult at the conclusion of the dance unless other arrangements are made in advance through our front office.
  • Dress for the dance is parent discretion.  Please try to follow our dress code regulations to ensure that all clothing is appropriate.

End of the Year Expectations:
Missing assignments, missing textbook/books and student behavior are taken into account for students to be able to participation in both 7th and 8th grade end of year activities, graduation and report card distribution.

8th Grade Graduation Information:

  • During the day on Monday, June 8, 8th graders will be practicing for graduation at Mead. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack for them will be provided.
  • Graduates are to be in the Conant Cafeteria at 8:10 PM – enter Door #1
  • Graduates will be ready to walk into gym at 8:15 PM
  • Please take pictures before coming to the graduation ceremony  because the graduation gowns will be returned immediately after the ceremony
  • If you have questions, please call our office at 847-357-6000
  • There is plenty of seating, but it is first come, first served
  • A photographer will be present during the ceremony to take pictures of the students. If you are interested in purchasing a picture, go to www.lifetouchevents.com after June 12, pull up Mead Junior High and use the password:  RNMead.

7th Grade Field Day:
On Thursday, June 11, 7th graders will be participating in Field Day. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack for them will be provided.

Yearbook Distribution:
Yearbooks will be distributed during 1st period on June 3rd, for those who have already placed an order.  If you did not order a yearbook, but would still like to purchase one, there are some extras that will be sold the morning of June 4 in room 225.  The cost is $35, cash or checks made payable to Mead Jr. High.  Extras will not be sold or reserved prior to June 4.  Students will not be allowed to purchase yearbooks before the start of the school day.

Conant-bound 8th graders:
Incoming Conant freshman are required to complete a reading assignment from a set book list while on summer break.  More information can be found on the Conant’s website. For details or to view the list, check http://chs.d211.org/news/summer-reading-book-and-order-information/ .
Thank you for helping your child(ren) have a positive start to their freshman year.

As always, thank you for your continued support.  Have a great weekend.
Jillian and Lily

Mead Update 5/22/15

Posted May 22nd, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
This past April, our students completed the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment in the areas of reading and mathematics. This assessment measures student growth over the course of the school year and is used by the school to inform our instruction. Students are assessed three times during the year with growth goals established upon completion of the fall assessment. Now that the spring administration of this assessment is complete it can be seen that truly great things are happening in your child’s classes.
Students at Mead Junior High truly excelled. Eighty-seven percent of all students reached or exceeded their identified growth target in the area of math, while seventy-two percent of students achieved or surpassed their reading goals.  Truly amazing!  We are so proud of the effort put forth by all our students!
We understand that this assessment is but one data point we use to assess the progress of our students and the success of our school. However, we can say we are truly proud of our students and recognize all of their teachers’ efforts in preparing our students for success.  Individual student MAP results were mailed home last Friday, if you have not received a copy, please contact our main office at 847-357-6000.

Construction Update:
Gibson Drive is scheduled to reopen to all traffic on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Once Gibson Drive is reopened, construction will begin on Biesterfield Road.
On May 26th the northbound lane of Biesterfield Road will be closed between Jersey Lane and Gibson Drive to all traffic. A detour will be posted throughout the area (Click for a map). The northbound lane is scheduled to remain closed until the end of June. Once reconstruction is completed on the northbound lane, work will shift to the southbound lane.

Import Information for parents regarding medication at school:
We will be sending only inhalers home with your child on the last day of school.  Plan to pick up any other medications (including Epi-pens) your child may have in the health office by June 12 at 2:30 PM.  Medication which is not picked up by a parent/guardian by June 12 will be destroyed. Please contact Linda Barr, school nurse at 847-357-6016 if you have any questions.

8th grade dance:
The dance is Friday, June 5, from 6:45-9:00pm.   A reminder to all eighth grade students:  students must be in attendance at school all day on June 5, and have all their overdue books and library fines returned or paid if they would like to attend their dance that evening.
Important dance items to note:

  • Students will not be allowed to leave the dance early and must be picked up by an adult at the conclusion of the dance unless other arrangements are made in advance through our front office.
  • Dress for the dance is parent discretion.  Please try to follow our dress code regulations to ensure that all clothing is appropriate.

End of the Year Expectations:
Please read the Board Policy regarding student assignments and participation in graduation.  “In order for eighth (8th) grade students to participate in the Graduation Ceremony, all academic assignments must be completed by the student and received by the teacher one (1) week prior to the ceremony. Advance notice of this guideline shall be provided to all eighth (8th) grade students and their parents/guardians.”

  • Please note the date of graduation is June 9th at Conant High School at 8:30 p.m.
  • In addition, missing assignments, missing textbook/books and student behavior account for student participation in both 7th and 8th grade end of year activities.
  • Missing homework letters will be MAILED home to all 8th grade students on the following dates: 5/22

Field Day and 8th Grade Graduation Practice:
On Monday, June 8, 8th graders will be practicing for graduation during the day at Mead. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack for them will be provided.
On Thursday, June 11, 7th graders will be participating in Field Day. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack for them will be provided.

Yearbook Distribution:
Yearbooks will be distributed during 1st period on June 3rd, for those who have already placed an order.  If you did not order a yearbook, but would still like to purchase one, there are some extras that will be sold the morning of June 4 in room 225.  The cost is $35, cash or checks made payable to Mead Jr. High.  Extras will not be sold or reserved prior to June 4.  Students will not be allowed to purchase yearbooks before the start of the school day.

Conant-bound 8th graders:
Incoming Conant freshman are required to complete a reading assignment from a set book list while on summer break.  More information can be found on the Conant’s website. For details or to view the list, check http://chs.d211.org/news/summer-reading-book-and-order-information/ .
Thank you for helping your child(ren) have a positive start to their freshman year.

Have a wonderful long weekend.
Jillian and Lily

Road Construction around Mead Junior High

Posted May 20th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Gibson Drive is scheduled to reopen to all traffic on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Once Gibson Drive is reopened, construction will begin on Biesterfield Road.
On May 26th the northbound lane of Biesterfield Road will be closed between Jersey Lane and Gibson Drive to all traffic. A detour will be posted throughout the area (see below). The northbound lane is scheduled to remain closed until the end of June. Once reconstruction is completed on the northbound lane, work will shift to the southbound lane.

road construction