Posted August 6th, 2014 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 Monday, August 5, 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 14 at Information Day!
SCHOOL INFORMATION DAY
School Information Day will be Thursday, August 14, 2014, 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 pre-order the 2014-2015 yearbook and purchase gym uniforms, also. Parents must accompany their student to Information Day.
If you moved or your lease has expired, please bring the proper documentation to serve as proof of residence to Collins School, 407 South Summit, in Schaumburg. Your closing documents or new lease will be needed to register. Collins School is available July 8 until August 7, from 10 AM – 7 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Thursdays, they are available from 10 AM – 2 PM. Please call 847-357-5103 if you have further questions.
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 14, you may register at Collins or register upon your return to Mead. Unfortunately, Mead will not be able to register students prior to August 14.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
The first full day of school on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 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 26. The first day of school for both seventh and eighth grade students will be Wednesday, August 27. On August 27, we will host our annual “Camp Mead” 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 are 7:38 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. with the first bell ringing at 7:30. Please note: beginning Wednesday, August 27, every Wednesday is designated for staff development. Students are dismissed 30 minutes early at 1:45p.m.
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 7:00 a.m. if your child will be absent from school.
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 1-847-618-5439 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.
Teachers would like your student to bring all supplies on August 27. (7th grade students should not bring school supplies on August 26, which is 7th Grade Training Day). Remember to mark your student’s personal items with his/her name to avoid confusion if an item is misplaced.
Please be sure to stop by the PTA Information Table on Thursday, August 14, 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 10, 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!
There have been a number of staff changes that should be noted. Ms. Colleen Leahy will be joining our math department and Ms. Rebecca Studney and Mr. Garrett Olsen will be joining our language arts department.
Ms. Cindy Churchill will join the Guidance Department as our psychologist. Carla Kelly and Liz Umlauf will be joining our special services department and Karen Marlega will be joining our main office. 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 28. 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.
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 and Lily Smith