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Mead Update 12/19/24

Posted December 19th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Families,

On behalf of the entire Mead staff, we wish all our families a wonderful winter break and a happy and healthy New Year.  We hope that everyone is able to take some time to enjoy the holidays with their friends and family!  We will see you in 2015!

PBIS Focus:
This week we have been acknowledging students for participating in class appropriately. Our trimester two goal is to decrease the number of disruption referrals by about 10%.  We look forward to celebrating with our students when they meet this goal.

Student Led Conferences
Conferences will be held on January 15th and 16th.  Reminder letters notifying you of your conference time will be sent on Dec. 31st.  If you have any questions or need to make a change, please call our office at 847-357-6000 after January 5th.

Schaumburg Parent University
The next semester of classes has been released for District 54’s Schaumburg Parent University (see attachments). Schaumburg Parent University was created to strengthen family relationships and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. Research is clear that parental involvement is critical for children’s academic success, as well as for developing strong internal values and sense of self that results in a healthy, well-adjusted citizen. Schaumburg Parent University offers Time Together classes, such as the Family Literacy and Family Math nights planned for January. We also offer Practical Parenting classes, including a session on the new PARCC assessment and another on school-related anxiety. Please check out the complete list of classes by clicking on one of the attachments, or visiting us online at http://sd54.org/spu.
SPU Spring 2014-15 Course Description (English)
SPU2014 Spring Course Description (Spanish)

Have a holiday break!

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 12/5/14

Posted December 5th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Families,

We hope that everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving break and were able to spend time with both friends and families.   We are extremely thankful to all the Mead families who have come in to the office to either donate candy canes for our candy cane gram sales or pick up an ornament from our Mead Giving Tree.  Proceeds from the candy cane sales will go directly to purchasing holiday gifts for Mead families in need.

Giving Tree Reminders:

  • If you selected an ornament, please return the wrapped gifts to the main office by Friday, December 12th.  Please attach the original ornament to the wrapped gifts.
  • Gifts purchased do not need to be on the ornament list.  Additional gifts are welcomed.
  • Mead Interact and Rotary Prep students will be using the money earned from the candy cane sales to purchase additional gifts for our Giving Tree families.

Winter MAP Testing:
The second round of MAP assessments were completed this week.  Teachers have begun using the MAP data to guide their instruction, plan interventions to target students who are not making expected progress, and develop enrichment opportunities for students who have met or are expected to meet their individual goals. LA and Math teachers will be spending time in the next few weeks individualizing each of their student’s reading and math goals.  These goals will be shared with you during our upcoming January student goal-setting conferences.  We use this information as part of our continual practice of accountability and celebration to ensure our students attain our stated achievement goals for this school year.

Schaumburg Parent University:
See the flyer below for an upcoming Schaumburg Parent University session on December 10th from 6:00-7:30 at the District Office building in Schaumburg.
SPU Suicide Prevention

Course Selection Sheets for Current 7th graders
All 2015-2106 Course Selection sheets for our current 7th graders were given to students before Thanksgiving break.  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 and, unfortunately, are not a guarantee of a class.

8th grade Explore:
The District 211 Explore Test is this Saturday, December 6. If you have any questions about the Explore test, please contact Conant, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates or Fremd High School directly.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

6th Grade Parent Night

Posted December 4th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

We want to thank all of the parents that came out to 6th Grade Parent Night.  We look forward to our future mustangs in the 2015-2016 school year!  Click the link below if you would like to read or print a copy of the Power Point Presentation shared during the event.

6th grade parent night

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