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Candy Canes Donation Request

Posted November 21st, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Families,

Interact Club is hosting its annual Candy Cane Gram fundraiser the week of December 1st-4th. Candy cane grams will be sold during students’ lunch periods for 50 cents throughout the week. Students have an opportunity to send a candy cane along with a positive personalized message to a friend or teacher. These grams will be delivered to the recipients’ third period classroom along with some holiday cheer.

The money raised will go to providing gifts for families within our community that are in need this holiday season. Last year, Mead raised over $1000 through Candy Cane Grams for District 54 families in need. In years past, we have purchased the candy canes for this fundraiser at local supermarkets. Last year, we asked the community and Elk Grove Rotary Club for donations and didn’t have to buy a single candy cane! We are asking you all again to share in the holiday spirit and help us purchase the candy canes for this fundraiser. The more donations we receive, the more gifts we will be able to share with the families in need.

If your budget allows, Interact Club would greatly appreciate any donations of full size candy canes. We will be collecting donations in the office from November 24th through December 4th. Any color or flavor is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your continued support in helping Mead’s Interact Club make a difference in our community.

Sincerely,

Interact Club Sponsors

Mead Family Giving Tree Project

Posted November 21st, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Families,

As a Mead community, the Mead staff would like to announce the Mead Family Giving Tree Project. Because our community has so much to be thankful for this holiday season, Mead would like to share our resources with those in the community who are less fortunate. A Mead Family Giving Tree will be in our main office beginning Friday, November 21st.  Paper ornaments for families in our school who need a helping hand at this time will list “need” and “want” gift requests. The ornaments will have the age of the child along with the gift request for the child.  We ask that all gift requests that are taken be wrapped with the ornament taped on the gift.  All gifts are due back to the office by Friday, December 12, so gifts may be delivered to the families the week before Mead’s Winter Break.  If you would like more information about Mead’s Family Giving Tree, please contact Melinda Andrews or Bill Rosewell at 847-357-6000.

Thank you for continuing to support the vast needs of our Mead students!

Have a wonderful night.

Jillian Sagan

Mead Update 11/21/14

Posted November 21st, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Course Selection Sheets for Current 7th graders:
All 2015-2016 Course Selection sheets for our current 7th graders were handed out this past Wednesday.  These forms are due back to their homeroom teacher (1st period teacher) by Friday, 12/12.  Please have a conversation with your child(ren) regarding what electives they would be interested in taking next year.  This form is used as a guide when student schedules are built, unfortunately not a guarantee of a class.

Report Cards:
The new Trimester One report cards will be mailed home on Nov. 25th

Explore Assessment:
The District 211 Explore Test is coming up for our 8th Grade Students on Saturday, December 6th.  If you have any questions about the Explore test, please contact either Conant, Fremd, Hoffman Estates or Schaumburg  High Schools directly.  In addition, you can visit this helpful website to find out more about the Explore test: http://www.act.org/standard/instruct/pdf/EXPL_CRS_MatchtoItemsBooklet.pdf
Please see the PowerPoint from our Information Night at Frost this past Tuesday.

MAP Testing:
The MAP Reading testing begins December 1st, 2014. We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year. Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you.

Our winter reading MAP schedule will be:

  • December 1st and 2nd: Reimel, Basak, Ruettiger and Studney
  • December 3rd and 4th: Hinchey, Amos, Porzel, Olsen, Bautista

Books and Burgers- Nov. 20

Posted November 19th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

On Thursday, November 20th, Mead staff and students will be hosting our “Books and Burgers” fundraiser.  Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., Mead families are invited to the Golf Road Barnes & Noble to listen to students and staff read aloud, mingle with teachers, and shop for books.  Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of the sales during that time to our school.
Following our event at Barnes and Noble, Mead will be holding a fundraiser meal next door at the Golf Road Fuddruckers.  Again, a percentage of net sales from this event will be donated to the Mead Library.  Please feel free to pass this information on to friends and families of the Mead community.  We are sure it will be a wonderful experience for all of our students.  We hope to see you there.
Mead Jr High Bookfair Flyer
Mead Online Bookfair Flyer
BooksBurgers voucher 2014

Mead Jr High Book Vouchers

Spirit Week 11/17-11/21

Posted November 17th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Show your school spirit this week by wearing the following attire:

Monday- Mead Spirit Wear/Green Wear

Tuesday-  Twinning Day (Wear the same outfit as a friend or group of friends!)

Wednesday- Wacky Wednesday Mismatch Day (Mismatch your clothing/outfit!)

Thursday- Pajama Day- (Wear pj’s and/or slippers!)

Friday- Sports and Hats Day- (Wear sports gear to support your favorite team(s)!  Also, if you are not a sports fan, you can still wear a hat to show your spirit!)

Mead Update 11/14/14- End of Trimester 1

Posted November 14th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Families,

We have been busy wrapping up the 1st trimester in all of our classes.  Today was the last day of the trimester and our teachers will no longer be collecting 1st trimester work. Our student’s grades will be based on all the hard work they put forth from the start of the year until today.  This also means that if your child is in a wheel class, they will report to a new class on Monday.  It has been a fantastic 12 weeks and we look forward to the next 12 being even better!

Updated Report Cards:
This year District 54 is implementing a new standards-based report card for all students Early Childhood through eighth grade. The new standards-based report card provides valuable information for you and your child including:

  • Student proficiency of the Essential Learning Outcomes
  • Overall academic achievement in each content area
  • Social and emotional development
  • Student specific comments from classroom teacher(s)
  • Both an achievement grade for each content area and a standards mastery grade

The cover page of the new report card that will be mailed home on Nov. 25th, contains an explanation of the grading system and outlines what factors are taken into account when determining student proficiency.

Explore Assessment:
The District 211 Explore Test is coming up for our 8th Grade Students on Saturday, December 6th.  If you have any questions about the Explore test, please contact either Conant, Fremd, Hoffman Estates or Schaumburg  High Schools directly.  In addition, you can visit this helpful website to find out more about the Explore test: http://www.act.org/standard/instruct/pdf/EXPL_CRS_MatchtoItemsBooklet.pdf

Veteran’s Day:
All students are discussing facts related to veterans of war during their social studies classes. Students also have the opportunity to record the names of veterans they know on a special Veterans Day wall.

District 211 Information Night-8th Grade Parents ONLY:

  • District 54 and District 211 invite all 8th grade students and their parents to attend our upcoming District 211 Parent/Student Information Night in collaboration with Mead, Frost and Lincoln Prairie Junior High Schools on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Frost Junior High School.
  • The presentation in Spanish will begin at 6:00 pm in the Frost library. The presentation in English will begin at 7:00 pm in the Frost cafeteria.
  • The presentations will be facilitated by District 211 student services directors Brigit Cain from Conant High School and Yassila Delgado from Schaumburg High School.
  • The purpose of this evening program will be to explain the high school enrollment and preliminary registration process. This orientation will include Explore test topics and high school placement as well as program planning for student elective courses. District 211 representatives will also entertain questions that parents may have pertaining to registration or the freshman high school curriculum.

MAP Testing:

  • The next round of MAP testing begins November 17, 2014. We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year. Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you.
  • Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser. This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.
  • We are excited to see the growth our students have made since the fall MAP administration. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
  • 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.
  • Our winter math MAP schedule will be:
    • November 17th and 18th: Orenstein and Musselman
    • November 19th and 20th: Lorenc, Leahy, Koepke
    • November 21st and 24th : Paulson, Loudermilk and HS328 students

Have a wonderful weekend.  Stay warm!

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 11/7/14

Posted November 7th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

Thank you to all the dads, uncles, brothers and family friends that came out to our Mead’s Mixer this morning.  It was great to see everyone!  Please read the important information for the upcoming weeks:

District 211 Information Night-8th Grade Parents ONLY:

  • District 54 and District 211 invite all 8th grade students and their parents to attend our upcoming District 211 Parent/Student Information Night in collaboration with Mead, Frost and Lincoln Prairie Junior High Schools on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Frost Junior High School.
  • The presentation in Spanish will begin at 6:00 pm in the Frost library. The presentation in English will begin at 7:00 pm in the Frost cafeteria.
  • The presentations will be facilitated by District 211 student services directors Brigit Cain from Conant High School and Yassila Delgado from Schaumburg High School.
  • The purpose of this evening program will be to explain the high school enrollment and preliminary registration process. This orientation will include Explore test topics and high school placement as well as program planning for student elective courses. District 211 representatives will also entertain questions that parents may have pertaining to registration or the freshman high school curriculum.
  • 211 information nightFINAL

MAP Testing:

  • The next round of MAP testing begins November 17, 2014. We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year. Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you.
  • Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser. This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.
  • We are excited to see the growth our students have made since the fall MAP administration. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
  • 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.
  • Our winter math MAP schedule will be:
    • November 17th and 18th: Orenstein and Musselman
    • November 19th and 20th: Lorenc, Leahy, Koepke
    • November 21st and 24th : Paulson, Loudermilk and HS328 students

Have a great weekend!
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

 

Mead’s Mixer with Important Male Role Models

Posted November 6th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

In an effort to encourage and promote the importance of fathers/male role models and the impact they have on our students’ lives, the Mead PTA will be hosting their annual Mead’s Mixer on Friday, November 7, at 7:00 – 7:45 AM in the Mustang Arena.  Our students’ male 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.

Mead Update 10/31/14

Posted October 31st, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Margaret Mead Community,

Happy Halloween!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful week.  I can’t believe we are already seeing snow flurries!  We have been busy wrapping up the 1st trimester in all of our classes.  Please visit the Portal with your students to make sure all their missing work is completed and turned in next week.  We had a great time this afternoon with our Hoops for Heart assembly and a staff vs. student basketball game.   It is always a pleasure to see our students competing with the staff in a friendly sports game.  It is with great pleasure to announce that the even though it was a close game the staff did manage to squeak out a victory!

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’s Mixer with Important Male Role Models:
In an effort to encourage and promote the importance of fathers/male role models and the impact they have on our students’ lives, the Mead PTA will be hosting their annual Mead’s Mixer on Friday, November 7, at 7:00 – 7:45 AM in the Mustang Arena.  Our students’ male 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.

Butter Braids Fundraiser:
Mead will again sell Butter Braid pastries as our fall fund raiser. They are high quality pastries that you keep in the freezer, pop them in the oven, and serve for breakfast, brunch or dessert!
Forms are to be returned to the office by Friday, November 7 with delivery Tuesday, November 11.
Butter Braids Order Form

Mead’s Mixer with Important Male Role Models:
In an effort to encourage and promote the importance of fathers/male role models and the impact they have on our students’ lives, the Mead PTA will be hosting their annual Mead’s Mixer on Friday, November 7, at 7:00 – 7:45 AM.  Our students’ male 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.

Books and Burgers
On Thursday, November 20th, Mead staff and students will be hosting our “Books and Burgers” fundraiser.  Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., Mead families are invited to the Golf Road Barnes & Noble to listen to students and staff read aloud, mingle with teachers, and shop for books.  Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of the sales during that time to our school.
Following our event at Barnes and Noble, Mead will be holding a fundraiser meal next door at the Golf Road Fuddruckers.  Again, a percentage of net sales from this event will be donated to the Mead Library.  Please feel free to pass this information on to friends and families of the Mead community.  We are sure it will be a wonderful experience for all of our students.  We hope to see you there.
Mead Jr High Bookfair Flyer
Mead Online Bookfair Flyer
BooksBurgers voucher 2014

Mead Jr High Book Vouchers

Dress Code:
It is that time of year when the weather has started changing and the air is getting much colder!  Please remind your children to dress appropriately for the weather:  Pants, long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hat and gloves are recommended for all our kids.

Schaumburg Parent University – November 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 classes scheduled for November.

  • Family Fitness Night on Nov. 13 at Stevenson Elementary School:  While the music is pumping, families will choose different stations to work their muscles and learn about at-home fitness opportunities.
    SPU Family Fitness on Nov. 13
  • How to Build a Better Plate on Nov. 19 at the District Office: Alexian Brothers Lead Clinical Dietician Kirsten Johnson will talk to parents and guardians about how to eat right, plan right and shop right.
    SPU How to Build a Better Plate – Nov. 19

Illinois School Report Cards

  • The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals, and also shares other information related to staff and student demographics, the school environment and more. The report card is available in two formats. The At-a-Glance version is posted on the District 54 website at http://sd54.org/schoolreportcards/. An interactive report card is available online at http://www.illinoisreportcard.com.
  • The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are used to measure individual student achievement. The state of Illinois uses the results to report student achievement to the public. Please note that the tests are only one measure of student learning at a particular point in time. The results, combined with other tests (including Measures of Academic Progress – MAP), classroom assessments and teacher observations, help shape the district’s instructional program.
  • If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-6000. If you want copies of the report cards from more than one of District 54’s schools, please call the District 54 Community Relations Department at (847) 357-5027.

Math Resources:
Besides engaging in real-life applications in math, we also need each student to be fluent with his/her math skills.  We hope that these websites can be an excellent complement to our daily lessons.

 

Have a great weekend. |
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

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