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Interact Club at Mariano’s Friday 10/3/14

Posted September 30th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

On Friday, October 3rd, the Interact Clubs from Keller and Mead along with the Elk Grove and Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Rotary Clubs will be greeting guests at Mariano’s in Hoffman Estates to promote the District 54 Food Pantry. Students and Rotarians will be sharing information about the District 54 Food Pantry with Mariano’s patrons from 9:30-1:00 p.m. Come do your grocery shopping and support the District 54 Food Pantry by making a food or monetary donation. All proceeds raised will be used to purchase items that are generally not donated for the Keller and Mead Pantries. For more information about the District 54 Food Pantry, please visit http://sd54.org/food-pantry/. We look forward to seeing the District 54 community at Mariano’s on 2575 W Golf Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169!marianos

Morning Announcements 09/29

Posted September 29th, 2014 by jheinlein

Mead Update 9/26/14

Posted September 26th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

Our 8th grade class had a wonderful time on their field trip to Conant.  The Cougar Advisory Program (CAP) mentors performed skits related to high school, provided building tours, organized team building activities and answers specific questions related to life at Conant.  It was great to see all the Mead alumni as we walked the colorfully decorated Homecoming hallways at Conant High School.  We look forward to continuing this experience for our kids in future years!

Run to Read

The District 54 Run to Read race will take place this Sunday, September 28, at Dirksen Elementary School.  This event includes a 5K competitive race for those interested, as well as a 1 mile family walk and 100 and 400 yard dashes for our younger children.  It isn’t too late to register for the event!  Please visit our district website for more information (http://sd54.org/runtoread/).  All of the proceeds from the Run to Read are used to purchase books for classroom libraries.

Schaumburg Parent University:

District 54 Executive Director of Special Education Cassandra Williams will discuss the District 54 sexual abuse prevention curriculum during a Schaumburg Parent University parents-only presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. During this presentation, parents will learn about the lessons that District 54 adopted in response to Erin’s Law, which requires child sexual abuse education in school for all children.  Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Superintendent’s Article on Senate Bill 16 – District 54 would lose $12.5 million:

Several times throughout the school year, District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss writes an article which appears in the Daily Herald, on the District 54 website and in the emails that principals send to their parent community. This month, Superintendent DuRoss wrote about Senate Bill 16. If the Illinois General Assembly were to approve this bill, District 54 would lose $12.5 million, or about $1,000 per student. This would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students. Click here to read the article for more information.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

 

Morning Announcements 9/26

Posted September 26th, 2014 by jheinlein

Shoe Drive 9/22- 9/26

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Do you have any shoes in your closet that you don’t wear anymore?  Are they too small?   Too old?  Not your style anymore?  Please, donate them to Mead’s Stuff for the Poor Shoe Drive!  The Stuff for the Poor organization exists to help clothe the poorest of the poor in African countries.  Kids and adults in these countries cannot afford suitable shoes.  When kids outgrow shoes, families cannot afford to buy children new shoes that fit, and some children are left barefooted.  Please take the time to go through your old shoes and donate ANY size shoes to our SFTP shoe drive!  The shoe drive will be happening next week, September 22nd through September 26th in the cafeteria.    Your old shoes will be sent on a plane to Africa so someone new can love them!  Next week, please drop your shoes off in the cafeteria bin before first period.  Elk Grove Rotary Club will be providing all students that donate with a special treat!

Mead Update 9/19/14

Posted September 19th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

I would like to thank all the family members who were able to attend Mead’s Curriculum Night last Wednesday.  It truly shows your dedication and support to the education of your children.  If you were unable to attend and would like a copy of the Essential Outcomes for our students and District 54’s new Mission and Vision booklet, please stop in the office to pick up this information.  We have completed our MAP testing with the exception of makeups and look forward to sharing your child’s progress with you at the October 9th and 10th conferences.  In the upcoming weeks, each student will be setting goals for this school year in their language arts and math classes.  We look forward to discussing these goals in detail during the student led conferences.

It has been great to see how many students we have in the building after school hours to participate in cross country, girls’ basketball, soccer, bocce ball, Interact, Mead Rotary Prep and Open Library!  Mrs. Smith and I are impressed with how many students are taking advantage of all the wonderful clubs, sports and intramurals we have here at Mead.  For more information about our clubs, please visit our website.

Attendance Line

Please remember to call 847-357-6002 by 9:00 a.m. each day your student must be absent.  Students that are not called in absent will be marked as unexcused.  Please make every effort to schedule vacations and medical appointments around the school calendar.

Student Arrival and Dismissal:

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.   Please be aware that still applies rain or shine.

Student Led Conferences

Conferences will be held on October 9th and 10th.   Advocacy teachers have called families if they were unable to sign up for conferences on Curriculum Night.  If you have any questions, please call our office at 847-357-6000.

Homework Round Up

We have started our homework round up for any students who have 3 or more missing assignments throughout the week.  Parents will be receiving an email every Friday to let them know if their child needs to report to the Round Up room on Monday during his/her lunch hour.

Run to Read

The District 54 Run to Read race will take place this Sunday, September 28, at Dirksen Elementary School.  This event includes a 5K competitive race for those interested, as well as a 1 mile family walk and 100 and 400 yard dashes for our younger children.  It isn’t too late to register for the event!  Please visit our district website for more information (http://sd54.org/runtoread/).  All of the proceeds from the Run to Read are used to purchase books for classroom libraries.

Food Pantry Fundraiser at Mariano’s

On Friday, October 3rd, the Interact Clubs from Keller and Mead along with the Elk Grove and Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Rotary Clubs will be greeting guests at Mariano’s in Hoffman Estates to promote the District 54 Food Pantry.  Students and Rotarians will be sharing information about the District 54 Food Pantry with Mariano’s patrons from 9:30-1:00 p.m.  Come do your grocery shopping and support the District 54 Food Pantry by making a food or monetary donation.  All proceeds raised will be used to purchase items that are generally not donated for the Keller and Mead Pantries.  For more information about the District 54 Food Pantry, please visit http://sd54.org/food-pantry/.  We look forward to seeing the District 54 community at Mariano’s on 2575 W Golf Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169!

Interact Club’s Shoe Drive for Stuff for the Poor

Mead’s Interact Club, in collaboration with Elk Grove Rotary Club, will be hosting a shoe drive from September 22nd-September 26th to collect shoes for the Stuff for the Poor organization.  This organization aims to utilize the second-hand goods of developed countries to assist the poor living in Africa.  Mead will be collecting shoes which will directly benefit kids and adults in need in African countries.   Interact Club is collecting shoes of any size or type (gym shoes, flip-flops, sandals, etc.) for both children and adults.  Students can drop off shoes to be donated in the cafeteria bin before their first period classes.  Any donations are greatly appreciated.

Half Day Institute

Please note that next Wednesday, September 24th, is a half-day.  Junior High students will be dismissed at 10:45.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Construction on University Lane

Posted September 16th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

I hope that you are having a great day.  I wanted to make you aware that reconstruction of the University Lane culvert began today.  Below is information that has been sent out from the Village of Elk Grove.

The road will be closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.  Work will be performed by Di Meo Brothers Inc. of Elk Grove, Il.  The first phase of the project will be the relocation of the Village’s water main.  Upon completion of the water main, the contractor will begin the removal and replacement of the existing culvert pipes.

Attached for your information and distribution is a detour route map.  It is anticipated that the work will be completed and the road reopened to traffic by October 30th.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during construction.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or Brian Lovering at (847) 734-8800.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Jillian

Curriculum Night 9/10/14

Posted September 10th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

I wanted to send out a quick reminder that Curriculum Night is tonight from 6:15pm -8:00pm, rain or shine!  Please join us in the gymnasium for a quick PTA meeting and administrative welcome beginning promptly at 6:15pm.

Curriculum Night

  • Curriculum Night for our Junior High students will be held on Wednesday, September 10th.  This evening provides our staff the opportunity to interact with you and help set the tone for a positive school year.  Prior to coming to Curriculum Night, please visit the Parent Portal to either print out or copy down your child’s schedule.  Curriculum Night is a parents only meeting.
    Curriculum Night Parent Letter 14-15
  • Please be aware that your child’s math class is a period and a half.  You will be attending that class during the full period, not the half period.  For example, if your child has math from 4B-5, you will go to the lunch room during the second half of 4th period and to math class during 5th period.  Maps of the building will also be available to assist you during your visit. Please note that all parents will be selecting a day and time for our October and January parent teacher conferences during your child’s lunch period.  Please head to the cafeteria and find your child’s advocacy teacher’s name to locate the sign-up sheets during that time.  Sign up for one time slot with ONLY your child’s advocacy teacher.

I look forward to seeing every tonight!

Jillian

Mead Update 9-4-14

Posted September 4th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

It has been a wonderful week having our students and teacher back to a regular schedule.  Our students are working hard to remember their schedules, class locations, lockers combinations, locker locations, materials, oh my!  They are definitely doing great with the transitions to junior high!

Picture Day

  • Students should bring their order form and payment with them tomorrow and give it to the LifeTouch representative at the time of the picture
  • If your child forgets to bring the order form, you will need to mail the Picture Day form along with a check or money order for your purchase to:

o   Lifetouch Photos: 3821 Willow Street  Schiller Park, IL   60176

o   Parents may order and pay online until  Sunday night, Sept 7, at www.mylifetouch.com Picture Day ID #RN504223Q0

  • Extra forms are available in the Mead Office. If you have questions, please call 847-357-6000.

Lunch Drop Off

If you are dropping off your child’s lunch throughout the school day, please make sure to have it clearly labeled with your child’s name and their lunch period.  This will help guarantee that the lunch makes it to your child during their assigned lunch period.

Curriculum Night

  • Curriculum Night for our Junior High students will be held on Wednesday, September 10th.  This evening provides our staff the opportunity to interact with you and help set the tone for a positive school year.  Prior to coming to Curriculum Night, please visit the Parent Portal to either print out or copy down your child’s schedule.  Curriculum Night is a parents only meeting.
  • The evening’s program will begin with a PTA meeting at 6:15 PM in the gymnasium followed by your child’s schedule at 6:30 PM.  Please be aware that your child’s math class is a period and a half.  You will be attending that class during the full period, not the half period.  For example, if your child has math from 4B-5, you will go to the lunch room during the second half of 4th period and to math class during 5th period.  Maps of the building will also be available to assist you during your visit. Please note that all parents will be selecting a day and time for our October and January parent teacher conferences during your child’s lunch period.  Please head to the cafeteria and find your child’s advocacy teacher’s name to locate the sign-up sheets during that time.  Sign up for one time slot with ONLY your child’s advocacy teacher.

MAP Testing

Map testing begins on Monday, September 8th.  The lunch hours for our students during MAP testing will follow a typical weekly schedule.

  • Week of September 8th:

o   Monday and Tuesday Math MAP: Orenstein, Musselman, Lorenc and Leahy

o   Thursday and Friday Math MAP: Paulson, Koepke, Loudermilk, HS-328

  • Week of September 15th:

o   Monday and Tuesday Reading MAP: Hinchey, Boszko, Olsen, Porzel and Bautista

o   Wednesday and Thursday Reading MAP: Reimel, Basak, Studney and Ruettiger

Make sure to remind your children to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and read all the directions and questions on the test.

Attention Junior High Parents

  • Round Up will begin September 8th.  To learn more about Homework Round Up, please read the letter below.  You can also get direct access to your child’s grades and missing assignments on the parent portal.  If you do not have a parent portal set up, please go to http://sd54.org/portal.
  • HW Round Up Parent Email

Yearbook Ordering

  • Please visit www.jostensyearbook.com, select yearbook and Mead Jr. High in Elk Grove.  The cost is $30.00 and credit cards are accepted online.  Click here to print an electronic copy of the order form that can be turned in to the main office.

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.
  • SPU STEM Class – Sept. 16
  • SPU Erin’s Law Presentation – Sept. 30

Erin’s Law

  • Last school year we began implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law. This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.
  • Erin’s Law Parent Letter 2014

Have a fabulous weekend.

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 8-29-14

Posted August 29th, 2014 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 on Thursday and Friday and jump right into their classes.

Our 7th and 8th graders participated in a presentation given by the Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday, August 27th.  The presentation focused on cyber-bullying and internet safety.  Follow-up lessons will be presented to students related to internet safety throughout the year during their advocacy classes. More information will be given to parents on this topic on Sept. 10th during curriculum night.

Run to Read – September 28

District 54 will host its 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Dirksen School in Schaumburg. Run to Read is a day of races offering something for everyone. The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children. At 8:45 a.m., we start our 5K run followed by a family walk at 9 a.m. All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website http://sd54.org/runtoread/. Register by Sept. 5 to save $5 on your registration fee and reserve a race T-shirt in your size. Finisher medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children.  The Mead Cross Country coaches along with Mrs. Smith and I will be there to cheer on the Mead runners!

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.

This year we have already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on Sept. 30 and Internet Safety on Oct. 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on Sept. 16 and art projects on Oct. 22. Before we plan the rest of the classes for this school year, we would like to hear from you. What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions)at  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1767964/Schaumburg-Parent-University-Survey so that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community.

For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Important Dates:

  •  No School:  Monday, September 1st -Labor Day celebrated
  • Math Parent Night Meetings: September 2nd:
    • 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.
  • Picture Day: Friday, September 5th:
    • Students will take pictures during their regularly scheduled gym period.  A form went home today that needs to be brought to school on the 5th. 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 5th:
    • Our 8th grade band students will be playing at the Conant football game with the Conant marching band.
  • Pizza Tuesday: September 9th
    • Students can purchase slices of cheese pizza for $2.00 each Tuesday beginning on the 9th.
  • Curriculum Night: Wednesday, September 10th
    • We will start in the gym at 6:15 with a PTA meeting and a brief presentation regarding the cyberbullying, internet safety and smart phone safety that your children received on August 27th.  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.  Parents will also be signing up for their fall and winter conferences with your child’s advocacy teacher during their child’s lunch hour in the cafeteria.
  • Half Day for Students: Wednesday, September 24th- dismissal at 10:45 AM
  • Run To Read: Sunday, September 28th

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 but occur later in the school year. Click here to print a copy.

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

Attachment:
Our State Superintendent, Dr. Chris Koch, has asked that we share a letter with you highlighting the key components and shifts for Illinois schools this year.
State Superintendent Koch Letter to Parents 8-14

We hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith