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You Be the Chemist State Competition

Posted April 27th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Congrats to Alice C. and Saurav S. for participating in the You Be the Chemist State Competition on Saturday, April 25th!  Alice took third place in the competition and Saurav took FIRST PLACE!  The Mead Community is proud of you!YBTC_Picture1

Mead Update 4/24/15

Posted April 24th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
We have officially completed our MAP testing window.  We have been looking through our preliminary data and are so pleased with how well our students have done, how seriously they took this testing window and how motivated they were to not just meet their target growth, but to try to beat it!

Mead’s Family Trivia Night:
We will be hosting our first Family Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30-8:00pm.  Many families have RSVP’d and we will do our best to stump our students and parents on trivia questions created by our very own Mead staff members.  Mark your calendars and prepare to bring your competitive edge.  Please RSVP to Betty Caby at 847-357-6000 or bettycaby@sd54.org with the number of guests you will be bringing to play!
Trivia Night Invite

Mead’s Mixer with Important Female Role Models:
In an effort to encourage and promote the importance of mothers/female role models and the impact they have on our students’ lives, the Mead PTA will be hosting its annual Mead’s Mixer on Friday, May 8, at 7:00 – 7:45 AM in the cafeteria.  Our students’ female role models will be able to spend some quality time with their student while enjoying a light breakfast. They will then have an opportunity to experience their child’s morning routine here at Mead.

8th Grade Panoramic Picture:
On May 11th, we will be taking our annual 8th grade panoramic photo.  More information and order forms will be coming home in the upcoming weeks.

Registration for the 15-16:
In order to ensure we can create a schedule for your child next year, please complete the registration process as soon as possible. Please review, make corrections and sign the paper copy of the 2918 form that was sent to you via the US Mail, and return it to our school office.   If you have misplaced the form, please contact the office. Without that signed paperwork your child will not be eligible to use the internet while in school. Also, we are unable to create a schedule for them for the 15-16 school year with classes and elective choices.

Career Day:
We are excited to announce that our 5th Annual Career Fair at Mead Junior High will be held on June 5th, 2015.  We are currently looking for a wide variety of people willing to come to Mead and share about their career with the 8th grade student body.  Attached is a flyer with all the specific details.  As we only need one presenter for each type of career, please let us know if you are interested right away to ensure a spot in our program.  Thank you so much for your willingness to inspire the 8th grade students.
Career Fair Invite ’15

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.  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.

Construction Update:
Work on the north side of Gibson Drive is finishing its first stage today.  All residents on the north side will have access to their driveways by noon.
Today, April 24th, this new pavement on the north side of Gibson will become the westbound-only travel lane.  The contractor will then begin removing the south side of Gibson Drive.

PARCC Update:
Finally, mark your calendars for April 30-May 5. During these four days, students will take part in the end-of-year PARCC assessments. Please limit out of school appointments from roughly 9:00-11:00am.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mark Your Calendars!!!

Posted April 21st, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
I just wanted to send a reminder about a few upcoming events at Mead.  Please mark your calendars.  We hope you are able to attend!

Mead’s Family Trivia Night:
We will be hosting our first Family Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30-8:00pm.  We will do our best to stomp our students and parents on trivia questions created by our very own Mead staff members.  Mark your calendars and prepare to bring your competitive edge.  Please RSVP to Betty Caby at 847-357-6000 or bettycaby@sd54.org with the number of guests you will be bringing to play!
Trivia Night Invite

Mead’s Mixer with Important Female Role Models:
In an effort to encourage and promote the importance of mothers/female role models and the impact they have on our students’ lives, the Mead PTA will be hosting their annual Mead’s Mixer on Friday, May 8, at 7:00 – 7:45 AM in the cafeteria.  Our students’ female role models will be able to spend some quality time with their student while enjoying a light breakfast. They will then have an opportunity to experience their child’s morning routine here at Mead.
Welcome your Mom 2015

Have a great evening!
Jillian and Lily

Track Meet Cancelled 4/20/15

Posted April 20th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

The track meet scheduled for today has been cancelled due to the weather.  The meet has been rescheduled to May 4th.

Girls will have practice today after school at Mead and the boys will have practice tomorrow after school at Mead.

Mead Update 4/17/15

Posted April 17th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
Our students completed their Reading MAP tests this week!  We are so proud of the level of effort and motivation they are putting forth while taking their MAP tests.  On Monday, the students were given some extra encouragement with our 2015 “This Is What We Do” video which has been uploaded on the Mead website for your enjoyment!

All MAP math tests will be completed from April 20th-23rd in their math classes.  The lunch hours for our students that week will follow a typical weekly schedule.  The testing schedule is: all Orenstein, Musselman, Lorenc and Leahy classes will test on Monday and Tuesday and all Loudermilk, Paulson, and Koepke classes will test on Wednesday and Thursday.

Your children are prepared and ready for these tests!  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.  We know all our students can meet their targeted growth and help us meet our building goals on reading and math MAP!

Mead’s Family Trivia Night:

We will be hosting our first Family Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30-8:00pm.  We will do our best to stomp our students and parents on trivia questions created by our very own Mead staff members.  Mark your calendars and prepare to bring your competitive edge.  Please RSVP to Betty Caby at 847-357-6000 or bettycaby@sd54.org with the number of guests you will be bringing to play!
Trivia Night2

Parents of eighth-grade students:

  • As you may know, the 2014-15 school year was extended by five days due to the cancellation of school on severe weather days. The District 54 Board of Education recently approved an amended school calendar establishing Friday, June 12, as the last day of school for students in early childhood through seventh grade.
  • In collaboration with District 211, District 54 has set the last day of school for eighth-grade students as Tuesday, June 9.  That same evening all District 54 junior highs will conduct their graduation ceremony.  Our graduation is at Conant High School at 8:30pm.  Mead Junior High school will conduct their graduation practice on Monday, June 8th.
  • We are aware of potential conflicts for students due to the fact that some activities and summer school programs in District 211 begin June 8 and June 9, respectively.  Because District 211’s registration process is ongoing, we are unable to identify a complete list of impacted students.
  • At no point, will your child be penalized for their enrollment in a District 211 program. If a conflict applies to your child, please call me at your earliest convenience.

Mead’s Mixer with Important Female Role Models:
In an effort to encourage and promote the importance of mothers/female role models and the impact they have on our students’ lives, the Mead PTA will be hosting their annual Mead’s Mixer on Friday, May 8, at 7:00 – 7:45 AM in the cafeteria.  Our students’ female role models will be able to spend some quality time with their student while enjoying a light breakfast. They will then have an opportunity to experience their child’s morning routine here at Mead.   Please see the invitation: Welcome your Mom 2015B

Schaumburg Parent University – May Classes:
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) 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. There are two evening programs scheduled for May.

  • Merengue Away. This dance class is for children in early childhood through sixth grade and their parents. It will be from 6 to 7 p.m. May 5 at Stevenson School.
    SPU presents Merengue Away – May 5
  • Concussions: Risks and Intervention. Jill Dorflinger, a pediatric neuropsychologist for Alexian Brothers, will discuss typical brain development and the best interventions if your child suffers a concussion. This class for parents only will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rafferty Administration Center.
    SPU Concussion Risks and Intervention – May 20

If you are interested in attending these events, please see the links above. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Jillian and Lily

Mead Update 4/10/15

Posted April 13th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
We will be starting our last round of MAP testing next Monday, April 13th.
All MAP reading tests will be completed from April 13th-16th in their language arts classes.  The lunch hours for our students that week will follow a typical weekly schedule.  The testing schedule is: 8th grade on Monday and Tuesday and 7th grade on Wednesday and Thursday.
All MAP math tests will be completed from April 20th-23rd in their math classes.  The lunch hours for our students that week will follow a typical weekly schedule.  The testing schedule is: all Orenstein, Musselman, Lorenc and Leahy classes will test on Monday and Tuesday and all Loudermilk, Paulson, and Koepke classes will test on Wednesday and Thursday.
Your children are prepared and ready for these tests!  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.  We know all our students can meet their targeted growth and help us meet our building goals on reading and math MAP!

Mead’s Family Trivia Night:
We will be hosting our first Family Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30-8:00pm.  We will do our best to stomp our students and parents on trivia questions created by our very own Mead staff members.  Mark your calendars and prepare to bring your competitive edge.  Please RSVP to Betty Caby at 847-357-6000 or bettycaby@sd54.org with the number of guests you will be bringing to play!  Please click here to see the attached flyer.

End of the Year:

  • Today, 8th graders received Round Up letters if they had 2 or more missing assignments.  7th graders still receive letters if they have 3 or more missing assignments.
  • Please read the Board Policy below 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.”
  • We also take missing assignments, missing textbook/books, fees and student behavior into account for student participation in the 8th grade dance on June 5th.

Conant Cheerleading:
Any girls or boys interested in cheerleading, listen up!  Conant High School is hosting the Elite Lil’ Cougar Spring Cheerleading Clinic in the CHS GYM East Shelf.  This clinic is only open to 7th and 8th graders because the focus is on elite stunting and tumbling. This clinic is on Tuesday, April 21st and Wednesday, April 22nd from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Get a flyer from the cafeteria with more information about the clinic or see Mrs. Amos or Miss Cochrane with questions.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 4/3/15

Posted April 6th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
It has been a busy week back from break so much so that it almost feels like spring break was months ago.  Now that we are back, we are gearing up for the spring MAP tests.  The students are reminded not just from Mrs. Smith and me, but from their teachers, that they have all the tools they need to be successful on the spring MAP test.  We know all our students have the ability to not only meet their individual growth targets but to exceed them.  We have asked students to remain focused during each of their classes, to give 100% while in each class and to put in effort while doing work or homework each night.  We know that when Mead students put their hearts and minds to a task, they can definitely accomplish it.  I hope that in the next few weeks leading up to April 13th, you can have conversations with your child(ren) about their academic goals and the action steps they have recommitted too.  We are excited to see the growth of all our students and know they will take full advantage of the supports at Mead to make sure they are prepared to move on to either 8th grade or high school!
We had our second all school spirit competition and I’m happy to report Miss Shipley’s third period class won the whole class prize for having all students wearing their favorite Mead gear.  We look forward to our next competition!  Our students and staff also enjoyed some friendly competition as we had our annual staff vs. student volleyball game yesterday afternoon!

End of the Year:

  • Please note District 54 has set Tuesday June 9th, as the graduation date for eighth-grade students.  Mead Junior High School will graduate at 8:30 p.m. at Conant High School on Plum Grove Road in Hoffman Estates.  8th graders will attend school through June 9th.
  • We do not issue tickets and seating is on a first come, first seated basis. We ALWAYS have enough room for all to attend!
  • Eighth grade parents/guardians will be receiving more information concerning graduation in the next two weeks in the mail.
  • Other students will attend school until Friday, June 12th. This is a change in date due to the five emergency closing days taken this winter.  This is a full day of attendance for all students seventh grade.
  • Starting April 10th, 8th graders will receive Round Up letters if they have only 2 or more missing assignments.  7th graders will continue to receive letters if they have 3 or more missing assignments.
  • We also take missing assignments, missing textbook/books, fees and student behavior into account for student participation in the 8th Grade Dance on June 5th.

MAP Testing:
Our testing window begins on Wednesday, April 13th.  Please review the schedule below to know when your child(ren) will be testing.

  • All MAP reading tests will be completed from April 13th-April 16th in their language arts classes.
  • The testing schedule is:  8th grade on Monday and Tuesday and 7th grade on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • All MAP math tests will be completed from April 20th-April 23rd in their math classes.
  • The testing schedule is:  all Orenstein, Musselman, Lorenc and Leahy classes will test on Monday and Tuesday and all Loudermilk, Paulson, and  Koepke classes will test on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mead’s Family Trivia Night:
We will be hosting our first Family Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30-8:00pm.  We will do our best to stomp our students and parents on trivia questions created by our very own Mead staff members.  Mark your calendars and prepare to bring your competitive edge.  Please RSVP to Betty Caby at 847-357-6000 or bettycaby@sd54.org with the number of guests you will be bringing to play!

Track Meet Change:
The track meet against Keller originally scheduled for April 9th has been rescheduled to April 20th.

Internet Policy update:
“Due to changes in Board Policy effective February 2008 an annual renewal of parental permission for Internet, email and district network was included on your child’s registration form for the upcoming school year in the spring of 2015. Failure to review your on-line registration or to sign and return these documents by the deadline date will deny your child’s access to the Internet or network for the 2015-2016 school year and he/she will not be able to access the above until the new registration and internet forms are returned.” Please note that District and state assessments may occur on secure web based browsers.

Have a great extended weekend.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 3/20/15

Posted March 20th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
It was a great week leading up to break at Mead!  We had our first all school spirit competition and I’m happy to report Mrs. Knight’s first period class won the whole class prize for having all students wearing their favorite college gear and/or colors.  We look forward to challenging our students again to wear Mead gear or Mead colors on April 2nd and see which class wins!

8th Grade Expectations:
Please note the date of graduation has not been set at this time.  Please read the Board Policy below 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.”
Over the next few weeks, 8th graders will receive Round Up letters if they have only 2 missing assignments.

Road Construction near Mead:
Work on Gibson Drive will  begin the week of March 30th.  The roadway will be restricted to one-way traffic on Wednesday, April 1st, dependent upon the weather. Click here for a detour map.
Construction Notice
We appreciate your understanding and patience during construction.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or the Village of Elk Grove directly.

Drama Performance:
We are having our drama performance of SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS OF THE BLACK FORESTon April 1, at 7:00pm in the gymnasium. There is no admission fee, but we would like to suggest a donation of $5. Any profit will be used for next year’s Drama Club. Please contact Ms. Shipley or Mr. Fletcher with any questions.

STC Elementary Scholarships:
The information about the Schaumburg Township Council Elementary Scholarship opportunity has arrived!!
Important: you must be a PTA member by March 1, 2015 for your child to be eligible.  To become a PTA member, please contact Sky Capriolo via email at skyzcap@yahoo.com.
For questions regarding the scholarship program, please contact Debbie Anestopoulos via email at debo@ms.com.
PTA Elementary Scholarship Coversheet 2015
PTA Elementary Scholarship 2015 Application

Smile Illinois Mobile Dentists:
SMILE ILLINOIS-MOBILE DENTAL forms are due APRIL 1.  The dental team will be coming in May and will provide exams, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants.   If you need an application or have question about the program, please contact our school nurse, Linda Barr.

A Message from High School District 211 School Nurses Regarding 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.  Incoming 9th grade physicals will not be accepted on IHSA forms or any other form DHS form revised prior to 2/2013.  Please make sure you also complete the answers in the parent portion and sign the form, this is required also in order for the physical to be accepted.

Have a wonderful spring break.  We look forward to seeing all the well-rested faces on March 30th.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 3/13/15

Posted March 13th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
We are excited to share that our students have completed the first session of PARCC testing.  We will be utilizing next week for student make-ups.  As I walked the building, it was apparent how serious our students were while taking this test.  They were giving 100% effort for each of the subtests.  We are so proud of them for showing us what they know.  We look forward to using the results to continue to improve our instructional practices and to share with the community how much growth our students have made during their years at Mead.

5Essentials Survey- The window has been extended:
Thank you to the 22% of our parent community that have completed this survey.  We have hit our target percentage but would love as many families to provide us their feedback as possible.  As a building we do use your responses to improve our instructional practices, building systems and procedures to make the best learning environment for our 7th and 8th graders.

Due to weather conditions and school closings across the state over the past several weeks, we have decided to extend the 5Essentials survey window by one week.  The survey will now remain open through March 20th. You may access the survey at the following site: https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/.

Hot Lunch Reschedule:
Due to school not being in session for the extreme weather last month, the Hot Lunch that was scheduled for Thursday, February 19th has been rescheduled for Monday, March 16th.  We want to thank our hot lunch committee and volunteers for working hard to make this happen.

Schaumburg Parent University – April Classes:
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) 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. There are two evening programs in April in the Rafferty Administration Center Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Both of these events are free and free child care is also available.

  • Ask the Child Psychiatrist: Getting a handle on your parenting – 6:30 p.m. April 1.  Dr. Michael Feld will incorporate real-life experiences and humor into his discussion of life, mental and behavioral health. This discussion is for parents only.
  • Origami 101 – 6 p.m. April 9. Students in grades three through six are invited to learn how to create basic origami with their parents.

If you are interested in attending these events, please see the attached flyers. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Enjoy the warm weather!
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 3/6/15

Posted March 6th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
I hope that everyone has a great weekend!  Please read below for many important Mead updates.

5Essentials Survey- The window has been extended:
Thank you to the 17% of our parent community that have completed this survey.  We are so close!
Due to weather conditions and school closings across the state over the past several weeks, we have decided to extend the 5Essentials survey window by one week.  The survey will now remain open through March 20th.  We are hoping 20% of Mead parents will take the survey.  You may access the survey at the following site: https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/.

PARCC:

  • Remember that we begin PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a state assessment) on Monday, March 9th.
  • There is a modified school day schedule.  The lunch hours will be changed daily from March 9th-13th.
  • Please be conscientious of when you make appointments for your children during the school day the weeks of March 9th and 16th.
  • Some key test prep ideas to remember are: make sure that your students get a good night’s sleep and have a nutritional breakfast each morning.  Also, please encourage your student(s) to give their best effort.  We appreciate your support with PARCC testing!
  • We will be providing our students snacks each day of testing.  If you child has notified the school of a food allergy, they are welcome to bring in their own snack that is peanut-free.

STC Elementary Scholarships:
Attached is the information and application for the STC elementary scholarships.  Below are a  few of the key highlights regarding this process:

o   The information about the Schaumburg Township Council Elementary Scholarship opportunity has arrived!!

o   Important: you must be a PTA member by March 1, 2015 for your child to be eligible.  To become a PTA member, please contact Sky Capriolo via email at skyzcap@yahoo.com.

o   For questions regarding the scholarship program, please contact Debbie Anestopoulos via email at debo@ms.com.
PTA Elementary Scholarship 2015 Application
PTA Elementary Scholarship Coversheet 2015

Nurse Update- Smile Illinois-Mobile Dentists:
Once again we are pleased to have Smile Illinois-Mobile Dentists return to Mead Junior High School.  The dental team will be coming in May and will provide exams, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants.  All students were mailed an application for you to complete and return to the Health Office by April 1.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact our school nurse.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith