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Pediatric Cancer Walk, May 26th- Wear Yellow, Gold or Orange

Posted May 23rd, 2016 by Miss Cochrane

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On Thursday May 26th, 2016, students and staff at Mead will have the opportunity to walk in honor of one of our very own Mustangs, Alex, who is currently living with pediatric cancer.  Our students and staff will also walk in honor of all the other children and families who will be positively affected by Mead’s donations to The Andrew McDonough Be Positive Foundation and Harley Helping Hands.  The walk will be held on the PE course on Thursday afternoon.  Mead Mustangs will walk laps around the course to demonstrate their commitment to helping others within our community and beyond as a Mead family.  Water will be provided during the walk with assistance from our PTA.

Mead Update 5/23/16

Posted May 23rd, 2016 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
These past few weeks, our students completed the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment in the areas of reading and mathematics. This assessment measures student growth over the course of the school year and is used by the school to drive our instruction. Students are assessed three times during the year with growth goals established upon completion of the fall assessment. Now that the spring administration of this assessment is complete it can be seen that truly great things are happening in your child’s classes.  We are excited to analyze the data and share it out with our classes before the end of the school year.
We understand that this assessment is but one data point we use to assess the progress of our students and the success of our school. However, we can say we are truly proud of our students and recognize all of their teachers’ efforts in preparing our students for success.  Individual student MAP results will be mailed home, if you have any questions, please contact our main office at 847-357-6000.

End of the Year Expectations:

  • Please read the Board Policy 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 by May 27th.  Advance notice of this guideline shall be provided to all eighth (8th) grade students and their parents/guardians.”
  • Please note the date of graduation is May 31st at Conant High School at 6:00 p.m.
  • If you know your 8th graders will not be attending our graduation ceremony on May 31st, please call Betty Caby at 847-357-6000 to let us know.
  • In addition, missing assignments, missing textbook/books and student behavior account for student participation in both 7th and 8th grade end of year activities.

Field Day and 8th Grade Graduation Practice:

  • On Tuesday, May 31st, 8th graders will be practicing for graduation during the day at Mead. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.
  • On Wednesday, June 1, 7th graders will be participating in Field Day. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.

Nurse Update: Medication in School
Did you send medication to school for your child?  If yes, please plan to pick up any medications in the health office by June 1stWe will only send inhalers home with your child.  All other medications must be picked up by a responsible adult.  Medications which are not picked up by June 1st will be destroyed. 

Report Card Update:
Students in early childhood through seventh grade will not be bringing home their report cards in their backpacks on the last day of school, as in years past. Instead, District 54 will be printing and mailing report cards to student homes the week of June 6.  Eighth-grade students will receive their report cards on May 31.
We do encourage parents to visit the parent portal at any time during the year to check grades, assignments and more. Contact the school office if you do not have a sign-on for the portal.

Proud to Be Bilingual: Creating a Strong Native Language Environment in Your Home Bilingual Parent Advisory Council| May 25, 2016|6:30-7:30p.m.
You are invited to join us on May 25th as Maria Barba, a Golden Apple Award Winning Dual Language teacher in District 54, shares how her parents created a strong native language environment in the home and the positive impact it had on her life. We will also be sharing results from this year’s ACCESS test and information regarding the 2016-2017 Title III state grant. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 25th and hearing your ideas as we begin to plan for the upcoming school year! Click here for an informational flyer.
Location:   Professional Learning Center |524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
Please enter through door C2

Yearbook Distribution:
Yearbooks will be distributed during 1st period on May 25th, for those who have already placed an order.  If you did not order a yearbook, but would still like to purchase one, there are some extras that will be sold the morning of May 27th in room 225.  The cost is $35, cash or checks made payable to Mead Jr. High.  Extras will not be sold or reserved prior to May 27th.  Students will not be allowed to purchase yearbooks before the start of the school day.

Important upcoming dates:- please note the lunch period changes

  • May 25th– All Lunch will be at 10:45
  • May 25th– Yearbooks will be distributed
  • May 25th– Graduation gowns go home
  • May 26th– All lunches will be at 10:45
  • May 30th– No School for staff and students, Memorial Day
  • May 31st– 8th grade graduation and last day of attendance for 8th grade students
  • June 1st– Last full day of attendance for 7th grade students
  • June 9th -Last day for office secretaries

We hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Jillian and Kim

 

Team Up for Pediatric Cancer- Friday, May 20

Posted May 16th, 2016 by Miss Cochrane

May 20To encourage school spirit during our Cancer Walk fundraiser, we are encouraging students and staff to participate in our May Friday spirit days.  This week’s theme is Sports Team day- “Team up for Pediatric Cancer” on Friday, May 20. Students who participate in spirit days will have possibilities to win prizes from the basket of sunshine on those days!
Thanks,
The Cancer Walk Committee

Mead Update 5/13/16

Posted May 13th, 2016 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
It was great to start our morning with Mead’s Important Ladies.  We celebrated our Mead Mixer and Important Ladies this morning at our breakfast.  It was wonderful to see so many of our significant women spending time with our students before the school day began.

D54 Foundation awards $26,500 in student grants: Support the foundation that supports our students
The Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation is thrilled to announce that it approved all 233 grant applications submitted this year by District 54 students for extracurricular summer activities. The Foundation will distribute about $26,500 to these families, who face extenuating financial circumstances. These grants, called Memorial Grants, are funded, in part, through contributions received in honor of individuals who have passed away. For a list of names, you can visit http://d54foundation.com/in-memory.

In addition to these grants, the D54 Foundation supports our school district through a variety of ways. Two of the Foundation’s current initiatives include breakfast programs for children from low-income households, and educational enrichment opportunities through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) after-school programs. Did you know that 30 percent of the students in School District 54 qualify for the federal free lunch program? That means 30 percent of the students live in a household where the annual salary is less than $32,000 for a family of four.

To fully fund these programs, the Foundation reaches out to corporations and organizations for donations, and hosts other fundraisers that everyone can support. Please consider supporting the D54 Foundation by participating in one of these upcoming events.

  • Schaumburg Boomers game – May 20
    Please join the District 54 Foundation for the Opening Night game at the Schaumburg Boomers at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20. Tickets cost $11 and include free parking and post-game fireworks. In addition, children in attendance are invited to run the bases at the ballpark. To order tickets visit boomersbaseball.com/dist54and enter promo code 2016d54; or click here to print out the District 54 Boomers Form and mail it to the Boomers with your payment.
  • Golf Outing – June 13
    Please consider golfing, joining us for dinner or sponsoring the annual golf outing at the Schaumburg Golf Club. To register for golf or dinner, or for more information, click here. In addition to mailing in a form with your check, we also have an online registration option this year. The cost of  $150 per golfer (or $550 for a foursome) includes golf, a cart, lunch, dinner and various hole contests, such as Closest to the Pin and an opportunity to shoot for a $1 million hole-in-one. If you can’t attend, but would still like to make a donation to the silent auction, the Foundation would appreciate that as well.

Career Day:
We are excited to announce that our Annual Career Fair at Mead Junior High will be held on May 27, 2016.  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.  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.  Please contact Kim Porzel at kimberlyporzel@sd54.org, if you are interested in presenting to our 8th grade class.
Career Fair Invite ’16

Pedatric Cancer Walk:
Mead’s Cancer Awareness activities began with an all-school assembly on Wednesday, May 4.  Fundraising for two local organizations will continue through May 23th.  Students are not to solicit door-to-door.  Rather, we hope they can ask family or friends for donations. On Thursday, May 26, all students will participate in a walk outside on Mead grounds in support of Cancer Research. Hopefully, Mead students will learn acceptance and inclusion of others whose world is slightly different than their own because of cancer.
Pediatric Cancer Walk Donation Sheet

8th grade dance: 

  • The dance is Friday, May 20, from 6:45-9:00pm.  Students should bring the green, signed invitation to the dance as their entry ticket: 2016 8th grade dance invite
  • A reminder to all eighth grade students:  students must be in attendance at school all day on May 20, and have all their assignments turned in to attend their dance that evening.  Attached to this email is the dance permission form.
  • Important dance items to note:
    • Students will not be allowed to leave the dance early and must be picked up by an adult at the conclusion of the dance unless other arrangements are made in advance through our front office.
    • Dress for the dance is parent discretion.  Please try to follow our dress code regulations to ensure that all clothing is appropriate.
    • We do look at students missing assignments and behavior at school as a factor to participate in the 8th Grade Dance.
    • The PhotoBooth vendor’s website is  photoboothofthestars.com. The password to view these photos is the word:   dazzle

End of the Year Expectations:

  • Please read the Board Policy 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 by May 27 to the ceremony. Advance notice of this guideline shall be provided to all eighth (8th) grade students and their parents/guardians.”
  • Please note the date of graduation is Tuesday, May 31, at Conant High School at 6:00 p.m.
  • Missing homework letters will be MAILED home to all 8th grade students on the following dates: 5/13, 5/20
  • In addition, missing assignments, missing textbook/books and student behavior account for student participation in both 7th and 8th grade end of year activities.

Have a great weekend.
Jillian Sagan and Kim Phelan

 

 

Let’s Celebrate! -State History Fair 2016 Results

Posted May 12th, 2016 by Miss Cochrane

Research papers:

  • Peter B– national qualifier
  • Pascal A – superior ranking
  • Nicole V – Illinois Women’s History Award and superior ranking

Documentaries:

  • Parita S and Rosemary M – national qualifiers & Illinois Labor History Award
  • Ritika P, Elizabeth Z, Alice C – superior ranking

IMG_0698Websites:

  • Ethan P – national qualifier
  • William S, Evan L, Matthew S- superior ranking
  • Samantha E, Ray K, and Diganta R– national qualifiers

Exhibit boards:

  • Annika B, Saagar P, and Rustom I – national qualifiers
  • Thomas E, Sanjana R, and Arina S – superior ranking and selected to be on exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Museum.
  • Andrew M, James P, and Ashish S- excellent ranking

8th Grade Graduation and End of the Year Info

Posted May 12th, 2016 by Miss Cochrane

Monday, May 9, a letter was sent home to our 8th grade community highlighting graduation information for Tuesday, May 31 and other important end of the year information.  Click the link to access a copy of the letter: 8th Grade End of the Year Letter

Mustang Messenger- Saved the best for last!

Posted May 12th, 2016 by Miss Cochrane

The last edition of the Mustang Messenger is now available!  Click the link below to download the school newspaper and read the great articles written by our very own Mead students.

5-13-16 Newspaper

Neon Day- Friday, May 13

Posted May 9th, 2016 by Miss Cochrane

may 13To encourage school spirit during our Cancer Walk fundraiser, we are encouraging students and staff to participate in our May Friday spirit days.  This week’s theme is Neon day- “Shine a light and be bright,” donate to cancer to save a life on Friday, May 13. Students who participate in spirit days will have possibilities to win prizes from the basket of sunshine on those days!
Thanks,
The Cancer Walk Committee

Mead Update 5/6/16

Posted May 9th, 2016 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

What a wonderful week at Mead!  We kicked off our Mead Pediatric Cancer Walk with an assembly related to living/dealing with cancer and how it affects all our lives. It is days like Wednesday that brings us even closer together as a Mead community!  A huge thank you to the Mead PTA for providing wonderful treats and lunch for the Mead staff during Teacher Appreciation Week!

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 13, 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.
Mead Mixer Female Role Models 2016

Career Day:
We are excited to announce that our Annual Career Fair at Mead Junior High will be held on May 27, 2016.  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.  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.  Please contact Kim Porzel at kimberlyporzel@sd54.org, if you are interested in presenting to our 8th grade class.
Career Fair Invite ’16

Dress Code:
As warm weather is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about appropriate school attire. The following are inappropriate during school hours at a junior high:

  • Revealing clothing such as bare midriffs, bare backs, spaghetti straps,
  • Pants and shorts that cannot be worn at or above the hips.  No excessively baggy pants;
  • See-through fabrics, low-cut tops, low-riding pants, short shorts, or short skirts;
  • Clothing with inappropriate slogans or pictures such as depictions of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gangs, vulgar language, or violence;

Students should come dressed for school in cloth­ing that is modest, suitable for school activities, and reason­able for the purposes of maintaining health, reducing distractibility, and increas­ing safety in the school. Suitability of clothing for school is subject to the judgment and discretion of school staff members.
Thank you for your support in helping our students develop a sense of responsibility for dressing appropriately!

Pediatric Cancer Walk:
Mead’s Cancer Awareness activities began with an all-school assembly on Wednesday, May 4.  Fundraising for two local organizations will continue through May 23th.  Students are not to solicit door-to-door.  Rather, we hope they can ask family or friends for donations. On Thursday, May 26th all students will participate in a walk outside on Mead grounds in support of Cancer Research. Hopefully, Mead students will learn acceptance and inclusion of others whose world is slightly different than theirs.
Pediatric Cancer Walk Donation Sheet

8th Grade Dance:
The dance is Friday, May 20, from 6:45-9:00pm. A reminder to all eighth grade students:  students must be in attendance at school all day on May 20, and have all their assignments turned in to attend their dance that evening.

  • 2016 8th grade dance invite
  • Important dance items to note:
    • Students will not be allowed to leave the dance early and must be picked up by an adult at the conclusion of the dance unless other arrangements are made in advance through our front office.
    • Dress for the dance is parent discretion.  Please try to follow our dress code regulations to ensure that all clothing is appropriate.
    • We do look at students missing assignments and behavior at school as a factor to participate in the 8th Grade Dance.

End of the Year Expectations:
Please read the Board Policy 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 by May 27 to attend the ceremony. Advance notice of this guideline shall be provided to all eighth (8th) grade students and their parents/guardians.”

  • Please note the date of graduation is May 31st at Conant High School at 6:00 p.m.
  • In addition, missing assignments, missing textbook/books and student behavior account for student participation in both 7th and 8th grade end of year activities.
  • Missing homework letters will be MAILED home to all 8th grade students on the following dates: 5/13, 5/20

Have a great weekend.  Happy Mother’s Day!
Jillian Sagan and Kim Phelan

 

Mead Junior High Pediatric Cancer Walk 2016

Posted May 4th, 2016 by Miss Cochrane

B+Today the students and staff at Mead Junior High had a Kick-off Assembly highlighting the upcoming Pediatric Cancer Walk that will be hosted at Mead.  During the assembly, students were able to learn about the Be Positive Foundation firsthand from its Founder Joe McDonough and hear his family’s heartbreaking story that led him to create such a vast organization that grants financial assistance to families living with cancer across the Nation. Students also had the opportunity to learn about Harley Helping Hands from Rachel Harley, whose husband lost his battle with brain cancer.  Rachel and friends developed an organization that honor’s Kit Harley’s strength.  Harley Helping Hands is based out of Illinois whose mission it is to financially assist those in Illinois living with brain cancer during their treatment.

HHHOn Thursday May 26th, 2016, students and staff at Mead will have the opportunity to walk in honor of one of our very own Mustangs, Alex, who is currently living with pediatric cancer.  Our students and staff will also walk in honor of all the other children and families who will be positively affected by Mead’s donations to The Andrew McDonough Be Positive Foundation and Harley Helping Hands.  The walk will be held on the PE course on Thursday afternoon.  Mead Mustangs will walk laps around the course to demonstrate their commitment to helping others within our community and beyond as a Mead family.  Water will be provided during the walk with assistance from our PTA.

Mead’s goal this year is to raise $3,000 with all proceeds going towards The Andrew McDonough Be Positive Foundation and Harley Helping Hands.  We ask that students NOT go door to door to solicit donations and recommend that they instead ask parents, family, and friends to support the cause through donations.  A donation should be a flat amount for the entire event, no per lap donations, please!  Any amount raised will be greatly appreciated.
Pediatric Cancer Walk Donation Sheet

Mead’s annual charitable walk is a community service opportunity for all of our students and staff.  We hope to provide good times with friends and teachers as we participate in a worthwhile cause and act of service.  Checks and cash will be accepted, but no receipt will be issued.  Checks can be made out to Mead Jr. High.

Another way Mead students and staff can fund raise is by purchasing an Alex Strong bracelet during lunch.  Alex Strong bracelets will be sold in the cafeteria for $1.  Sales will take place on 5/6, 5/9, 5/13, 5/16, and 5/20, or until all bracelets have been sold.  Bracelets were purchased on behalf of the Mead Interact Club.

Finally, to encourage school spirit during the fundraiser, students will have the opportunity to participate in the following spirit days:

  • May 6 – Superhero Day – “Be a Hero,” Donate to Cancer to Save a Life
  • May 13 – Neon Day – “Shine a Light,” Be Bright for Cancer
  • May 20 – Sports Day – “Team up for Pediatric Cancer” Day
  • May 26 (day of walk) – “Go for the Gold,” wear Yellow for Pediatric Cancer

Please contact Melinda Andrews, Mead Social Worker if you have any questions (847) 357-6028 melindaandrews@sd54.org