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Mead Update 1/27/15

Posted January 28th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

I hope that everyone had a great weekend!  Please read below for many important Mead updates.

PARCC Testing:
Third- through eighth-grade students throughout Illinois will be taking the PARCC assessment for the first time this spring. The PARCC assessment replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).  Last week, District 54 requested and received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to move to a traditional paper and pencil administration of the PARCC assessment for this school year. While District 54 has fully aligned our technology infrastructure to ISBE’s specifications, results from field testing conducted in mid-January have left District 54 with strong concerns regarding the reliability of the PARCC online assessment. We witnessed multiple errors during field testing including answers to assessment items changing without being prompted, drop-down menus failing to function and videos accompanying test items failing to load. These technology issues are not on District 54’s end. They can only remedied by PARCC.
District 54’s staff has worked diligently to prepare our students with rigorous instruction to provide them with the skills needed for success. We feel strongly that assessment of our student’s knowledge and skills must be done in the most reliable format possible.
The PARCC Performance Based Assessment (PBA) window will now be from March 9 to 20, 2015. As the testing window approaches, I will share more information regarding the logistics of the PARCC testing window. In the meantime, please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Nurse Updates:
Vision screening for 8th graders will take place on Feb. 9th and rescreening on Feb. 23rd.  It is important to note that vision screening at school is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor.  Children who wear glasses and /or are under the care of an eye doctor do not receive vision screening at Mead.
All students new to Illinois schools and special education students will receive vision and hearing screening.  Please feel free to contact our school nurse anytime during the school year for a vision or hearing screening if you have a concern.

A Message from 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.

Mead Yearbook Orders-Reminder:
A reminder that yearbooks have to be Pre-ordered!  Our publisher has extended the due date for our FINAL order number to Friday, Feb. 6th.  No orders will be accepted after that date.  You can either go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and pay by credit card or turn in an order form to the main office.  Forms turned into the office can be paid by cash or checks made payable to Mead Jr. High.  Cost is $35 for a basic book.  Do not miss out on this memorable keepsake!!!
yearbook order form 2015

PTA STC Auction Baskets:
We are seeking donations for the STC annual auction to benefit the scholarship fund. We are donating 5 baskets full of goodies for the silent auction. We’re looking for donations for each of our baskets. Hotel, restaurant and spa gift cards are always popular. Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple or other home-based business products are also welcome. If you have items you’d like to donate please contact Sky Capriolo at skyzcap@yahoo.com before February 18, 2015. Thanks!

Have a great night.

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 1/26/15

Posted January 26th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

I hope that everyone had a great weekend!  Please read below for many important Mead updates.

Science Olympiad Update:
Mead’s Science Olympiad team had a successful competition on Saturday, January 17th at South Middle School in Arlington Heights.  41 students from Mead competed on 2 teams in 23 different science events against 14 different schools.  Some of the highlights from the competition include the Varsity team medaling in 6 of the events, and the Junior Varsity team medaling in 7 of the events.  A thank-you would like to be sent to the parents that volunteered and helped throughout the day.  Mead’s next competition is the regional on March 14th at the College of DuPage.  Visit www.meadscienceolympiad.pbworks.com for more information about the team.

Mead Yearbook Orders-Reminder:
A reminder that yearbooks have to be Pre-ordered!  Our publisher has extended the due date for our FINAL order number to Friday, Feb. 6th.  No orders will be accepted after that date.  You can either go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and pay by credit card or turn in an order form to the main office.  Forms turned into the office can be paid by cash or checks made payable to Mead Jr. High.  Cost is $35 for a basic book.  Do not miss out on this memorable keepsake!!!
yearbook order form 2015

PTA Nominating Committee:
It’s already time to begin looking for nominations for next year’s PTA officers.  This is an important task because it sets the leadership for PTA in the coming year.  Nominate a friend, a neighbor or even yourself.  Please nominate for any or all of the available positions.  Return the form below to the Mead school office or email to Lori Filby at ptalori@filby.netby March 1, 2015.
MeadPTANominatingForm1516

PTA STC Auction Baskets:
We are seeking donations for the STC annual auction to benefit the scholarship fund. We are donating 5 baskets full of goodies for the silent auction. We’re looking for donations for each of our baskets. Hotel, restaurant and spa gift cards are always popular. Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple or other home-based business products are also welcome. If you have items you’d like to donate please contact Sky Capriolo at skyzcap@yahoo.com before February 18, 2015. Thanks!

5Essentials Survey:

  • As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.
  • If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names (for example Jane Addams would be listed under J, not A for Addams).
  • If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card. Last year, when the number was 30 percent, none of our schools met this target. We are hoping to meet the target this year.  We currently have only 2% of our parents that have completed the survey.
  • To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.  Letters were sent home in the mail with more information about this survey.

Schaumburg Parent University – February 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 three evening programs for parents only scheduled for February in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

o   Youth Suicide: A Community Conversation about Awareness and Prevention on Feb. 5

o   Tell Me More about This New PARCC Assessment on Feb. 10

o   The In’s and Out’s of the IEP (Individualized Education Program for students with special needs) on Feb. 26

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

Have a great week.

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 1/16/15

Posted January 21st, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

It was great to have so many of our families at conferences last week.  We truly value this time to connect with our families and discuss recent successes as well as future goals.  Over the next few months, we will be having many conversations with your child(ren) related to their academic and behavioral goals.  We want to make sure they are following through with the action steps they created with their teachers so they are able to see academic success at the end of the school year.  If you have any questions regarding your student’s instructional program please do not hesitate to contact us.

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 times 7:15-7:35 and for student pick up during dismissal times 2:00-2:20 p.m.   Please do not pull into the Mead parking lot to drop off your children; you are more than welcome to drop them off at the crosswalk at Biesterfield and Gibson.
  • There is no adult supervision prior to the 7:30 a.m. bell.  Students should arrive at school no earlier than 7:25 a.m. (unless coming early with an authorized morning pass provided by a teacher for extra help).
  • State law requires bus drivers to use their stop signs when children are entering and leaving the bus.  Driving through the stop sign can result in a ticket.  This also holds true when students are exiting buses in the parking lot.  No cars should be moving when the buses are loading and unloading students in the Mead parking lot.

Mead Yearbook Orders:
During conferences you would have received a reminder if you have not already ordered a yearbook.  This is your FINAL opportunity to order a yearbook.  You can either turn in the order form to the main office or go to www.jostensyearbooks.com  The cost is $35 cash or checks made payable to Mead Jr. High.  Online orders are paid by credit card.  All orders are due by Friday, January 23rd.

PTA Nominating Committee:
It’s already time to begin looking for nominations for next year’s PTA officers.  This is an important task because it sets the leadership for PTA in the coming year.  Nominate a friend, a neighbor or even yourself.  Please nominate for any or all of the available positions.  Return the form below to the Mead school office or email to Lori Filby at ptalori@filby.netby March 1, 2015.
MeadPTANominatingForm1516

5Essentials Survey:

  • As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.
  • If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names (for example Jane Addams would be listed under J, not A for Addams).
  • If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card. Last year, when the number was 30 percent, none of our schools met this target. We are hoping to meet the target this year.
  • To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.  Letters were sent home in the mail with more information about this survey.

Hot Lunch Reschedule:
Due to school not being in session for the extreme weather last week, the Hot Lunch that was scheduled for Jan 8th has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 28th.  We want to thank our hot lunch committee and volunteers for working hard to make this happen.

Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation:

On behalf of the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation, we extend to you a most cordial invitation to Mardi Gras 2015. This annual signature event not only provides a delightfully delicious evening filled with gourmet food, fun and games, but the proceeds directly support the grants we are pleased to distribute to District 54 staff and students. For many years, Mead staff members have written for and received Foundation Grants along with many of Mead’s students. Please see the invitation: E-InviteMardiGras2015
If you are interested in making a donation to the Mardi Gras Foundation Event, feel free to contact me for more information or see the donation form below.
MardiGras2015PartnerForm

Have a wonderful week.

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Final Chance to Order a Yearbook

Posted January 15th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

This is your FINAL chance to order a 2014-2015 Mead yearbook.  Orders are due by Fri., Jan. 23rd.  Order online at www.jostensyearbooks.com or turn in the order form below to the office.  Don’t miss out on the memories!

yearbook order form 2015

Student-Led Conferences- January 15 and 16

Posted January 15th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

We will welcome students and their parents to Mead during the afternoon and evening of Thursday, January 15th and the morning of Friday, January 16th.
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, January 15th

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, January 16th 

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

Illinois offers 5Essentials Survey

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious Instruction.

All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high.

If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school.

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.

The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).

Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade
The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.

Teacher Survey
All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.

The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

School Closed- Friday, January 9, 2015

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Good evening. All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 9. The National Weather Service is calling for wind chill values as low as -21 in the morning, when children will be walking to school or waiting at bus stops.

We know that it’s frustrating to have three days off this week, especially after two weeks of winter break and especially for working parents. The District 54 staff wants students in the classrooms learning.

However, our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather.

The Hoffman Estates Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. We hope that this will help out some of our families. For more information, visit the websites below.

All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open. Thank you for your understanding and support.

School Closed- Thursday, Jan 8, 2015

Posted January 7th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, because the forecast continues to call for for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. will be held.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

Mead Update 1/7/15

Posted January 7th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

We hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and that you are staying warm in this extremely cold weather!  At this time, we are preparing for our winter conferences and are eager to have your students share their academic and behavioral goals with you during Student-Led Conferences.  We will welcome students and their parents to Mead during the afternoon and evening of Thursday, January 15, and the morning of Friday, January 16.

Incoming Freshman Student and Parent Nights (rescheduled):
Due to the inclement weather forecast, District 211 has rescheduled their incoming freshman student and parent nights previously scheduled for tonight.

  • Schaumburg High School will now hold the event this coming Monday, January 12th at 6:00 pm.
  • Hoffman Estates High School has rescheduled their event to Thursday, January 22ndat 6:00 pm.
  • Conant High School parent night remains scheduled for January, 14th at 6:00pm.

Conferences Information:
During the Student-Led Conference portion of the event, your son/daughter will share his/her Winter MAP scores, academic goals, and 8 KEYS goal with you.  There will be three to four conferences occurring at the same time and in the same location with your student’s Advocacy teacher serving as the facilitator.  Following the fifteen minute student-led conference, all teachers will report back to their homerooms and will be available to conduct individual conferences related to your student’s progress in a specific subject area.  This opportunity to touch base with your child’s teachers will also include the option to confer with his/her core teachers and encore/elective teachers in their designated locations.  During the individual conference portion of the event, we ask that you please limit your individual conference to five to ten minutes out of respect for other parents.  Feel free to set up an additional time with a staff member is you need to continue your conversation.

All families should have received a Student-Led Conference confirmation letter in the mail over the winter break.  If you do not receive this letter or if there is a conflict with your scheduled conference, please contact Mrs. Caby in our office at 357-6000, when the office reopens tomorrow.  Finally, below is the schedule we will be following on January 15 and January 16.  Thank you for supporting your student’s education. We look forward to seeing all of our Mead families represented at conferences.

Thursday, January 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 will be 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, January 16th

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

Hot lunch:

Please remember all hot lunch forms are due on Monday, January 12th for our students.  Unfortunately, the PTA is unable to accept any orders turned in after January 12th.
Hot Lunch Menu Spring 2015final

Schaumburg Parent University – January 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 January that both involve parents and children learning together. Both will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the District 554 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

  • Family Math Night on Jan. 13: The District 54 Math Team will lead parents and their children (early childhood through eighth grade) as they explore activities and games that support mathematical learning.
    SPU Family Math Night on Jan. 13
  • Family Literacy Night on Jan. 21: The District 54 Literacy Team and Schaumburg Township District Library are hosting this event for parents and students in early childhood through second grade. Families will engage in a variety of fun activities that revolve around reading and writing.
    SPU Family Literacy Night – Jan. 21

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

Cold Weather:
With so much talk about the cold temperatures and student safety, here are a few reminders about how we can keep students safe here at Mead when they return:

  • Please make sure that students bundle up in appropriate outerwear to help keep them warm and dry. Students should not arrive prior to 7:25 AM unless they are coming in for early morning help.
  • Students who take the bus are held on the bus until the first bell.

Have a great day!
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

 

School Closed-Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

All District 54 schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, because the forecast calls for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.