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Mead Update 6/12/15

Posted June 12th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
It’s hard to believe that today is our last day of school.  It has been a truly fantastic school year.  I thought it would be fun to highlight a Top Ten List, in no particular order, for our 2014-2015 school year.  It was extremely hard to only pick 10 but here goes!

Top Ten List:

  • The accomplishments of our magnet students throughout the History Fair Competitions.  Good luck at Nationals next week!
  • 193 students without zero behavior referrals for the entire school year!  Many smencils given out this school year!
  • Close to $4,000 raised for Autism Awareness
  • 72% of our students met/exceeded individual growth targets on Reading MAP and 87% met/exceeded individual growth targets on Math MAP
  • A successful first PTA sponsored Mead Trivia Night!
  • Mead’s Got Talent hosted by our Mead Prep students with over 30 student and teacher acts!
  • Staff vs Student Volleyball and Basketball Games
  • The overwhelming support of our students and community to provide gifts to our community for our annual Giving Tree
  • District Champions/Tournament Champions for many of our sports teams
  • Our first successful year with Club Unify and their participation in our Acceptance and Tolerance Week and D54 Young Athletes Track Meet

Thanks for supporting your child(ren) to make this school year so successful!

Please read below for some end of the year updates:

8th Grade Dance Photo booth Update:
All pictures can be viewed and downloaded for free on our website www.photoboothofthestars.com. Click on the “View Your Photos” tab, find your event (Mead Jr. High), and enter the password “joyful.”

Garden Club:
Mead’s Garden Club is on its journey to harvesting.  However, we are in need of your help to maintain and harvest our garden over the summer.  Our gardens produce tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, basil, lettuce, bush beans, green peppers, peas and green chilies.  We have also extended our garden to the surrounding trees and planted hostas to make our gardens inviting.  If you are interested in helping us during the summer, we are meeting at 1 o’clock by door 17 on the following Tuesdays:  The meeting dates are: June 16,June 30,July 14, July 28, August 11. Students and parents are welcome!

A Message from High School District 211 School Nurses-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 which can be found on the high school website.  Incoming 9th grade physicals will not be accepted on IHSA forms or any other DHS form revised prior to 2/2013.  Please make sure you also complete the answers in the parent portion and sign the form.  In order for the physical to be accepted all above items must be completed.

Enjoy your summer break and I will see you in August!
Jillian Sagan

Graduation Reminders

Posted June 9th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Eighth Grade Mead Community,

As a reminder, the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. at Conant High School, 700 E. Cougar Trail in Hoffman Estates on Tuesday, June 9th.  Graduates should arrive no earlier than 8:10 p.m. and report to the cafeteria.  Students must enter through Door 1.  Graduates with last names A-Lo will be seated on the east side of the gym, while Lo-Z will be on the west side.  Use these guidelines when selecting your seat.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, parents and family will not be allowed in the cafeteria, so please meet your graduate outside Door 1.  The graduation ceremony should be a meaningful, pleasant experience for you as well as your graduate.  For that to happen, we need your cooperation.  When taking pictures, please do not stand in an area that will interfere with the students entering and leaving the ceremony.  Flowers or other gifts should be given to students after the ceremony.  Balloons should not be brought into the building.

Please remember that applause is the appropriate response at graduation, and it should occur at the conclusion of the ceremony to allow for every family to hear the name of their child being read and their academic achievements.  If you choose to hoot and holler for your child, our action will be to not give your child his/her diploma at graduation.  If your child’s diploma is taken, you will be able to pick it up from me during school hours next week.  I will ask that you call in advance and make an appointment with me.    

Finally, during our graduation practice, we announced the academic achievement awards to students.  We will be mailing the certificates home before the end of the week.  When students’ names are called to receive their diploma, we will announce any and all academic recognitions.  The academic recognitions are as follows:

  • President’s Education Award – Gold:  Student maintains a 4.0 grade point average over the 2 years at Mead plus achieves high MAP scores
  • President’s Education Award – Silver:  Student maintains a 3.5 – 3.99 grade point average over the 2 years at Mead plus achieves high MAP scores
  • Scholastic Achievement Award:  Student maintains a 3.0 or better grade point average for the 3 trimesters in 8th grade at Mead

We are looking forward to a special ceremony tonight.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 6/5/15

Posted June 5th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
It was great to see our 8th graders participating in our Annual Career Fair today.  We had many members of the community and parents at Mead this afternoon to share their careers and career paths with our students.  Tonight we are looking forward to seeing our 8th graders all dressed up for their final dance at Mead Jr. High.  Please make sure they bring a completed invitation with them when they arrive.  Click here if you need to print a copy of the invite.  We will be running special schedules next week.  Please note the lunch periods will change and that students are responsible for bringing a lunch every day.

Monday, June 8th:

  • Regular Day for the 7th graders
  • 8th grade graduation practice (8th grade lunch is from 11:00-11:30)
  • AM Conant sports camps are canceled so our students can attend Mead for the day.
  • PM sports camps expect our students to arrive late due to our dismissal time

Tuesday, June 9th:

  • 8th graders attending D211 classes must have parent call in excused absence: 847-357-6002
  • All students will eat from 10:40-11:20.  We will be having our Autism celebration assembly and walk in the morning and our final PBIS assembly in the afternoon.
  • Full day for both 7th and 8th graders.  School hours are 7:30-2:15.
  • Last day for our 8th graders
  • Graduation for 8th graders (see below for more information)

Wednesday, June 10th: Regular Day for our 7th graders

 

Thursday, June 11th: Lunch is from 11:15-11:45 for all 7th graders

 

Friday, June 12th: School hours are 7:30-2:15 and lunch for the 7th graders will be from 10:40-11:15.

Import Information for parents regarding medication at school:
We will be sending only inhalers home with your child on the last day of school.  Plan to pick up any other medications (including Epi-pens) your child may have in the health office by June 12 at 2:30 PM.  Medication which is not picked up by a parent/guardian by June 12 will be destroyed. Please contact Linda Barr, school nurse at 847-357-6016 if you have any questions.

8th grade dance:
The dance is tonight, Friday, June 5, from 6:45-9:00pm.  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.
  • 2015 8th grade dance invite

End of the Year Expectations:
Missing assignments, missing textbook/books and student behavior are taken into account for students to be able to participation in both 7th and 8th grade end of year activities, graduation and report card distribution.

8th Grade Graduation Information:

  • During the day on Monday, June 8, 8th graders will be practicing for graduation at Mead. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack will be provided.
  • Graduates are to be in the Conant Cafeteria no earlier than 8:10 PM – enter Door #1
  • Graduates will be ready to walk into gym at 8:20 PM
  • Please take pictures before coming to the graduation ceremony  because the graduation gowns will be returned immediately after the ceremony
  • If you have questions, please call our office at 847-357-6000
  • There is plenty of seating, but it is first come, first served
  • A photographer will be present during the ceremony to take pictures of the students. If you are interested in purchasing a picture, go to www.lifetouchevents.com after June 12, pull up Mead Junior High and use the password:  RNMead.

7th Grade Field Day:
On Thursday, June 11, 7th graders will be participating in Field Day. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack will be provided.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Jillian and Lily

Mead Update 5/29/15

Posted June 1st, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
It is hard to believe the school year is coming to a close.  If your child has misplaced prescription glasses, please have him or her check in the office. We have glasses, plus house keys, phones, flash drives and jewelry.  The next couple of weeks we will be celebrating all the hard work and effort put forth by our students this past school year!  We will be running special schedules on Thursday and Friday of next week.  Please note the lunch periods will change and that students are responsible for bringing a lunch every day.

  • Thursday, June 4th: All students will eat from 10:40-11:30.  We are excited to have our 2nd Annual Mead’s Got Talent in the morning with both student and staff performances.  We will be having Movies at Mead in the afternoon to celebrate our MAP growth.  Students can bring in a few dollars if they would like to purchase concessions.  If your child has a food allergy, please have your child bring in a note that allows them to purchase some treats.
  • Friday, June 5th: 7th grade will have a regular schedule.  8th graders will be participating in our Annual Career Fair and will eat between 10:11-10:49.

Import Information for parents regarding medication at school:
We will be sending only inhalers home with your child on the last day of school.  Plan to pick up any other medications (including Epi-pens) your child may have in the health office by June 12 at 2:30 PM.  Medication which is not picked up by a parent/guardian by June 12 will be destroyed. Please contact Linda Barr, school nurse at 847-357-6016 if you have any questions.

8th grade dance:
The dance is Friday, June 5, from 6:45-9:00pm.   A reminder to all eighth grade students:  students must be in attendance at school all day on June 5, and have all their overdue books and library fines returned or paid if they would like to attend their dance that evening. 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.

End of the Year Expectations:
Missing assignments, missing textbook/books and student behavior are taken into account for students to be able to participation in both 7th and 8th grade end of year activities, graduation and report card distribution.

8th Grade Graduation Information:

  • During the day on Monday, June 8, 8th graders will be practicing for graduation at Mead. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack for them will be provided.
  • Graduates are to be in the Conant Cafeteria at 8:10 PM – enter Door #1
  • Graduates will be ready to walk into gym at 8:15 PM
  • Please take pictures before coming to the graduation ceremony  because the graduation gowns will be returned immediately after the ceremony
  • If you have questions, please call our office at 847-357-6000
  • There is plenty of seating, but it is first come, first served
  • A photographer will be present during the ceremony to take pictures of the students. If you are interested in purchasing a picture, go to www.lifetouchevents.com after June 12, pull up Mead Junior High and use the password:  RNMead.

7th Grade Field Day:
On Thursday, June 11, 7th graders will be participating in Field Day. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack for them will be provided.

Yearbook Distribution:
Yearbooks will be distributed during 1st period on June 3rd, 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 June 4 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 June 4.  Students will not be allowed to purchase yearbooks before the start of the school day.

Conant-bound 8th graders:
Incoming Conant freshman are required to complete a reading assignment from a set book list while on summer break.  More information can be found on the Conant’s website. For details or to view the list, check http://chs.d211.org/news/summer-reading-book-and-order-information/ .
Thank you for helping your child(ren) have a positive start to their freshman year.

As always, thank you for your continued support.  Have a great weekend.
Jillian and Lily

Mead Update 5/22/15

Posted May 22nd, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
This past April, 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 inform 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.
Students at Mead Junior High truly excelled. Eighty-seven percent of all students reached or exceeded their identified growth target in the area of math, while seventy-two percent of students achieved or surpassed their reading goals.  Truly amazing!  We are so proud of the effort put forth by all our students!
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 were mailed home last Friday, if you have not received a copy, please contact our main office at 847-357-6000.

Construction Update:
Gibson Drive is scheduled to reopen to all traffic on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Once Gibson Drive is reopened, construction will begin on Biesterfield Road.
On May 26th the northbound lane of Biesterfield Road will be closed between Jersey Lane and Gibson Drive to all traffic. A detour will be posted throughout the area (Click for a map). The northbound lane is scheduled to remain closed until the end of June. Once reconstruction is completed on the northbound lane, work will shift to the southbound lane.

Import Information for parents regarding medication at school:
We will be sending only inhalers home with your child on the last day of school.  Plan to pick up any other medications (including Epi-pens) your child may have in the health office by June 12 at 2:30 PM.  Medication which is not picked up by a parent/guardian by June 12 will be destroyed. Please contact Linda Barr, school nurse at 847-357-6016 if you have any questions.

8th grade dance:
The dance is Friday, June 5, from 6:45-9:00pm.   A reminder to all eighth grade students:  students must be in attendance at school all day on June 5, and have all their overdue books and library fines returned or paid if they would like to attend their dance that evening.
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.

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 one (1) week prior 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 June 9th at Conant High School at 8:30 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: 5/22

Field Day and 8th Grade Graduation Practice:
On Monday, June 8, 8th graders will be practicing for graduation during the day at Mead. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack for them will be provided.
On Thursday, June 11, 7th graders will be participating in Field Day. Students will need to bring a lunch for themselves.  A snack for them will be provided.

Yearbook Distribution:
Yearbooks will be distributed during 1st period on June 3rd, 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 June 4 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 June 4.  Students will not be allowed to purchase yearbooks before the start of the school day.

Conant-bound 8th graders:
Incoming Conant freshman are required to complete a reading assignment from a set book list while on summer break.  More information can be found on the Conant’s website. For details or to view the list, check http://chs.d211.org/news/summer-reading-book-and-order-information/ .
Thank you for helping your child(ren) have a positive start to their freshman year.

Have a wonderful long weekend.
Jillian and Lily

Road Construction around Mead Junior High

Posted May 20th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Gibson Drive is scheduled to reopen to all traffic on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Once Gibson Drive is reopened, construction will begin on Biesterfield Road.
On May 26th the northbound lane of Biesterfield Road will be closed between Jersey Lane and Gibson Drive to all traffic. A detour will be posted throughout the area (see below). The northbound lane is scheduled to remain closed until the end of June. Once reconstruction is completed on the northbound lane, work will shift to the southbound lane.

road construction

Mead Update 5/15/15

Posted May 15th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
Please read below for some very important updates.

Autism Walk:
We are continuing to fundraise through May 29th for Autism Awareness.  We enjoyed our first check in for Fundraising Day today.  Many 1st period classes brought in at least $25 dollars.  The winning classes that received Autism prizes were: Mrs. Green’s 7th grade band, Mrs. Ericksen’s 8th grade math class and Ms. Cochrane’s 1st period science class.

  • Donations can be made in the form of cash or checks
  • Please make checks payable to Mead Junior High.  Receipts will not be given for checks.

Bilingual Parent Advisory Council:
Join District 54 bilingual parents and EL teachers for the final Bilingual Parent Advisory Council meeting of the year on Tuesday, March 19th from 6:30 – 7:30 at the Early Learning Center. New parents are always welcome! There will be a presentation on summer learning and a review of the School District 54 Title III Grant proposal for the 2015-2016 school year. Click here for more details.

8th grade dance:
The dance is Friday, June 5, from 6:45-9:00pm.  A reminder to all eighth grade students:  students must be in attendance at school all day on June 5, and have all their overdue books and library fines returned or paid if they would like to attend their dance that evening.  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.

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 one (1) week prior 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 June 9th at Conant High School at 8:30 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: 5/22

Career Day:
We are excited to announce that our 5th Annual Career Fair at Mead Junior High will be held on June 5th, 2015 from 12:00-2:00pm.  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 email Kim Porzel at kimberlyporzel@sd54.org, if you are available and interesting in presenting.
Career Fair Invite ’15

District 54 Foundation Event:
Family Night Out at the Schaumburg Boomers Game on May 29th at 6:30 pm
BoomersFlyer2015

Important upcoming dates:

  • May 20 – Fine Arts Night/Chorus Concert 7 PM
  • May 25 – No School – Memorial Day Observed
  • May 29 – Graduation gowns and purchased ribbons and pins sent home (No graduation caps, no collars)
  • June 1st – No School  for students
  • June 2nd – all 8th grade work must be completed
  • June 4th – Yearbooks distributed
  • June 5th – 8th Grade Career Fair
  • June 5th – 8th Grade Dance (doors open at 6:45-9:00pm)
  • June 9th – Autism Walk at Mead AM
  • June 9th – 8th Grade Graduation at Conant High School at 8:30 PM
  • June 12th- Last day of school for 7th graders ending at 2:15 PM
  • June 19th – Last day for Mead secretaries

Have a wonderful weekend.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 5/8/15

Posted May 11th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
What a wonderful week at Mead!  We kicked off our Mead Autism Walk with staff and students sharing their personal stories related to living with autism. It is days like Wednesday that bring us even closer together as a Mead community!  We also celebrated our Mead Mixer and Important Ladies this morning at our breakfast.  It was great to see so many of our significant women spending time with our students before the school day began.  Lastly, we have officially finished with MAP and PARCC testing.  We look forward to sharing with the community the amazing growth our students made as soon as the results are finalized!  Finally, a thank you to the Mead PTA for providing wonderful treats and lunch for the Mead staff during Teacher Appreciation Week!

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!

Autism Walk:
Mead’s Autism Awareness activities began with an all-school assembly on Wednesday, May 6.  Fundraising for two local organizations will continue through May 29th.  Students are not to solicit door-to-door.  Rather, we hope they can ask family or friends for donations. On Tuesday, June 9th, all students will participate in a walk outside on Mead grounds in support of Autism Awareness. Hopefully, Mead students will learn acceptance and inclusion of others who perceive the world slightly differently than themselves.

8th grade dance:
The dance is Friday, June 5, from 6:45-9:00pm. Click here for the dance permission form.
A reminder to all eighth grade students:  students must be in attendance at school all day on June 5, and have all their overdue books and library fines returned or paid if they would like to attend their dance that evening.  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.
  • All library books and textbooks must be turned in or paid for in order for a student to attend this activity.

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 one (1) week prior 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 June 9th at Conant High School at 8:30 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: 5/15, 5/22

Career Day:
We are excited to announce that our 5th Annual Career Fair at Mead Junior High will be held on June 5th, 2015 from 12:00-2:00pm.  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 email Kim Porzel at kimberlyporzel@sd54.org, if you are available and interesting in presenting.
Career Fair Invite ’15

Have a great weekend.  Happy Mother’s Day!
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

State History Fair Winners

Posted May 8th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Congratulations to these students and their projects that will represent Illinois at the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland, in June.  These Mead students won the Illinois State History Expo in their categories on Thursday, May 7th.  Their projects all earned Superior rankings:
Research Paper  (the 27th Evacuation Hospital): Ethan Parham
Exhibit Board (ACLU and First Amendment Rights):    Parita Shah, Rosemary Mascarenhas, Samantha Ernst, and Annika Brand
Documentary (From Pullman Car Porters to Civil Rights Activist):    Steven Li, Rajat Mittal, Thomas Schluckbier
Additionally,  these projects earned Superior Ribbons at the State History Expo:
Website (Sears–the Catalog King)   Derek Lewandowski, Saagar patel, Andrew Milas
Research Paper (Black Hawk and the Disgrace of a Nation):  James Preucil
Research Paper  (Abbott and the Chicago Defender):  Rustom Ichhaporia
Documentary (Sanger vs. Yarros):  Rashini Jayawardena and Veronica Cussen
Documentary (Chicago Sanitation Canal):  Samuel Hessian and Joshua Eberhardt

Autism Walk Kick-off

Posted May 6th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Mead’s Autism Awareness activities kicked off with an all-school assembly on Wednesday, May 6.  Students shared their lives with what it means to have Autism and educated us with facts about Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Public Service Announcements during Mead TV morning announcements and small group activities are planned to let students experience life with Autism.  Fundraising for two local organizations, Autism Speaks Illinois and The Dancing with Friends AutismAutism Movement Therapy class will continue through May 29th.  We do not expect our students to solicit door-to-door.  Rather, we hope they can ask family or friends for donations.  Details will be sent home in a letter with your child on Wednesday, May 6th.  On Tuesday, June 9th, all students will participate in a walk outside on Mead grounds in support of Autism Awareness.   Hopefully, Mead students will learn acceptance and inclusion of others who perceive the world slightly differently than themselves.