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Mead Update 10/17/14

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

Fall is officially here!  We want to extend a huge thank you to all our families who attended our student led conferences.  It was great to have everyone in the building talking with their children and our teachers about individual strengths and areas to continue to improve upon.  The Mead staff, Mrs. Smith and I are always thrilled to hear all the successes that your children are sharing and the areas they have decided to create goals around.  These goals are created to focus in on specific areas, create action plans to drive their learning and monitor their own progress over the course of the school year.  It is our hope that your children can turn these goals into successes that they share with you at the end of the year.  Thank you for supporting your student’s education.

PBIS Focus

This week’s PBIS Focus Expectation is getting to class on time. Please have conversations with your children over the weekend regarding arriving to class on time.

Mead is a 90/90 School

Mead is being recognized by the District 54 Board of Education as a 90/90 school. During the 2013-14 school year, our students performed above the 90th percentile (top 10% nationally) in meeting individual student growth targets in reading and math as measured by Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).   We are so excited to share this recognition with you as we continue to ensure our students are meeting their growth targets this year.

Halloween Dance

We will be hosting our annual Halloween Dance at Mead Junior High on Friday, October 24th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  A professional DJ will be performing in the gymnasium and Jimmy John’s sandwiches will be served in the cafeteria.  Tickets will be sold for $5.00 during students’ lunch periods in the cafeteria from October 20th-October 24th.  Students need to bring their purchased ticket, including a parent signature, with them to the dance in order to enter.  Parents should arrange transportation to and from the dance, and all students need to be picked up promptly at 8:30 p.m.  There will be a costume contest where prizes will be awarded for Most Original, Scariest, Funniest, and Best Group costumes.  Please be aware that look-a-like weapons are not allowed as accessories to your child’s costume.  For safety reasons, face masks and fake weapons are not allowed.  We hope all students can attend the dance for a fun and festive evening.

Mead Spirit wear:

Last week Thursday, the 2014-2015 Mead Spirit Wear form was handed out to all students.  The order form is attached and on the Mead website available for you and your child to view in color.  All sizes are adult only.  Checks can be made out to Mead Jr. High and all order forms will be due to the office no later than Friday, October 24, 2014.
Mead Spirit Wear 2014 Order Form

PTA Updates:

There is an upcoming PTA Blood Drive at Rafferty Center located at 524 E. Schaumburg Rd in Schaumburg on Oct. 23rd from 2:30-7:00pm.

PARCC Practice Websites:

This spring, students will be taking the PARCC Assessment.   At Mead, we are providing purposeful learning opportunities that will prepare students to demonstrate their abilities on the PARCC Assessment.  If you are interested in finding out more about PARCC or looking for opportunities to practice, here are two websites to get you started:

Have a wonderful weekend!
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Senate Bill 16

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

A legislative proposal that would rewrite the way education dollars are distributed in Illinois threatens the financial stability of suburban schools, including District 54.

The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 this spring, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. This would represent the largest loss to any school district in Illinois, and a decline of 79.5 percent in the amount of funds we receive from the state of Illinois. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students.

When the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November, Senate Bill 16 is one of the bills expected to be discussed in the House. As taxpayers and parents, we want you to be informed and aware of the financial impact on our schools. To that end, I am attaching invitations to two upcoming forums regarding Senate Bill 16.

Sincerely,
Jillian Sagan

Drill Practice

Posted October 15th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Good morning Mead community,
This morning our school practiced a Hard Lock Down Drill under the guidance of the Elk Grove Police Department.  This is the drill that students and staff would use if there ever was a safety risk in the school.  Our students and staff did an amazing job!  This drill was an unannounced drill so that we could test our systems and evaluate how we respond. The EGV Police complimented our staff and students on doing a great job of maintaining silence during the drill.
We will be talking as a staff about the drill while looking to identify additional ways to keep everyone safe.  We obviously hope never to need to use these procedures, but it helps all involved to know that they have the skills needed to respond if an emergency should arise.
Have a wonderful day and stay dry!
Jillian

Halloween Dance

Posted October 14th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Mead will be hosting our annual Halloween Dance at Mead Junior High on Friday, October 24th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  A professional DJ will be performing in the gymnasium and Jimmy John’s sandwiches will be served in the cafeteria.  Tickets will be sold for $5.00 during students’ lunch periods in the cafeteria from October 20th-October 24th.  Students need to bring their purchased ticket, including a parent signature, with them to the dance in order to enter.  Parents should arrange transportation to and from the dance, and all students need to be picked up promptly at 8:30 p.m.  There will be a costume contest where prizes will be awarded for Most Original, Scariest, Funniest, and Best Group costumes.  For safety reasons, face masks and fake weapons are not allowed.  We hope all students can attend the dance for a fun and festive evening.

Mead Spirit Wear

Posted October 9th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

The 2014-2015 Mead Spirit Wear is on sale! The choices are shown in the image below.   All sizes are adult only.  Checks can be made out to Mead Jr. High and all order forms will be due to the office no later than Friday, October 24, 2014.
Mead Spirit Wear 2014 Order Form

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Parent-Teacher Conferences 10/9/14-10/10/14

Posted October 8th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

We will welcome students and their parents to Mead during the afternoon and evening of Thursday, October 9th and the morning of Friday, October 10th.
Through the facilitation of Student-Led Conferences, we hope to achieve the following goals:

  • To encourage students to accept personal responsibility for their academic performance and social conduct
  • To teach students the process of goal setting
  • To facilitate the development of students’ organizational and oral communication skills and self-confidence
  • To increase parent and student participation in conferences

Thank you for supporting your student’s education and we look forward to seeing all of our Mead families represented at conferences.

Thursday, October 10th

12:15-12:30- Student-Led Conferences
12:30-1:15- Opportunity to Conference with Individual Teachers

1:15-1:30- Student-Led Conferences
1:30-2:15- Opportunity to Conference with Individual Teachers

2:15-2:30- Student-Led Conferences
2:30-3:15- Opportunity to Conference with Individual Teachers

3:15-3:30- Student-Led Conferences
3:30-4:15- Opportunity to Conference with Individual Teachers

4:15-5:15- Staff Dinner-no conferences held at this time- The building is closed!

5:15-5:30- Student-Led Conferences
5:30-6:15- Opportunity to Conference with Individual Teachers

6:15-6:30- Student-Led Conferences
6:30-7:15- Opportunity to Conference with Individual Teachers

7:15-7:30- Student-Led Conferences
7:30-8:15- Opportunity to Conference with Individual Teachers

Friday, October 11th

7:30-7:45- Student-Led Conferences
7:45-8:30- Opportunity to Conference with Individual Teachers

8:30-8:45- Student-Led Conferences
8:45-9:30- Opportunity to Conference with Individual Teachers

Mead Update 10/6/14

Posted October 6th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

This has been a wonderful week!  It has been great to see so many of our students participating 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.  More opportunities for after school activities will be coming soon. For more information about our clubs, please visit our website.

Today, our students had their first whole school assembly of the year!  The Conant Band performed for our Junior High students.  It was great to see so many Mead alumni in the current Conant Band.  We greatly appreciate the partnership that Mrs. Jennifer Green has with the Conant band director, Mr. Moorehous, that allowed us to have such a high energy performance in the Mustang Arena.

PBIS Focus

This week’s PBIS Focus Expectation is getting to class on time. Please have conversations with your children over the weekend regarding arriving to class on time.

Daily Arrival Time

Now that the weather will be changing, please be mindful of the time you drop off your children in the morning because school doors do not open until 7:00am for morning help.

Picture retake

Picture retake day will be on Tuesday, October 7th in the morning.  Please remind your child to pick up an order form in the office if needed.  School pictures taken in September were taken home with students on Thursday. Students who would like to retake their picture should bring the packet back with them on Tuesday in order to have it retaken.

Student Led Conferences

Conferences will be held on October 9th and 10th.   If you have any questions, please call our office at 847-357-6000.  Please see the conference letter for additional information.  Please note that the building will be closed from 4:15pm to 5:15pm.

Mighty Meal Mission

Parents and students, please bring in any food or household items you can to help support our community members in need!  Donations will be collected at Mead in the cafeteria now through Oct. 10th.  Students, drop off items before your first period class in the cafeteria.  Parents, you can drop off any items in the shopping carts located in the hallway near the main office during student-led conferences.  Thanks!  The Interact Club
Food Pantry Flyer 14-15

Social Media

Social media can be a wonderful way to communicate.  Please be sure to monitor your child’s social media activity (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) to ensure that the posts of others and their posts are respectful and appropriate.  Being involved in their interactions with their peers is increasingly important for our students!

Drills

We will continue to participate in a variety of different emergency drills throughout the year including Shelter in Place Drills (Tornado drill), Fire drills, and Lockdown drills. These drills are designed to familiarize students with what they should do in the event of an emergency. These drills will be held during the school day and will usually be unannounced.

PTA Updates

  • We are only 26 PTA memberships away from beating our membership goal! Memberships are $5 and anyone can join the PTA (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles…). The money goes toward great programs locally and nationally offered through the PTA. Help us beat our goal by getting a membership today. You can email a membership request to MeadPTA@gmail.com, subject line: Membership. A PTA membership does NOT require you to volunteer, but of course, we love all the help our awesome Mead parents offer!
  • We are in need of a Hot Lunch chairperson for the 15-16 school year.  It is important to continue this program because Mead is able to utilize this money to support our students with assemblies, PBIS, assignment notebooks, etc.  Without this program these wonderful experiences for our students could not continue. Please email me if you are interested or would like more information regarding what this role entails.
  • Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 in the Teacher’s Lounge.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Might Meal Mission 9/29/14- 10/9/14

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

The Mighty Meal Mission is on!  Parents and students, please bring in any food or household items you can to help support our community members in need! Donations will be collected at Mead in the cafeteria now through Oct. 10th. Students, drop off items before your first period class in the cafeteria. Parents, you can drop off any items in the cafeteria during student-led conferences. Click the link below to see suggested items for donation:
Food Pantry Flyer 14-15

Thank you! –Interact Club

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

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