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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.

Mead Update 5/1/15

Posted May 4th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
We had a great time at our first annual Mead’s Trivia Night this past Wednesday evening.  Thank you to all the families who came out for some fun games and slightly challenging trivia questions.  We look forward to hosting this night again next year!

8th Grade Panoramic Picture:
On May 11th, we will be taking our annual 8th grade panoramic photo.  More information and order forms will be coming home in the upcoming weeks.

Registration for the 15-16:
In order to ensure we can create a schedule for your child next year, please complete the registration process as soon as possible. Please review, make corrections and sign the paper copy of the 2918 form that was sent to you via the US Mail, and return it to our school office.   If you have misplaced the form, please contact the office. Without that signed paperwork your child will not be eligible to use the internet while in school. Also, we are unable to create a schedule for them for the 15-16 school year with classes and elective choices.

8th grade speeches at Graduation:
Information has been given to students interested in addressing the 8th grade class at the graduation on June 9th.  Students will be asked to write a short 3-5 minute speech to give to Mrs. Smith and me the week of May 11th.  The speech and presentation will be evaluated and judged and one message will be picked to address the Class of 2015 the night of graduation.

8th grade dance:
The dance is Friday, June 5th 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.
  • All library books and textbooks must be returned or paid for in order for a student to attend.
  • See the invitation/permission slip for more information: 2015 8th grade dance invite

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: 5/6, 5/15, 5/22

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

Schaumburg Parent University – May 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 evening programs scheduled for May.

  • Merengue Away. This dance class is for children in early childhood through sixth grade and their parents. It will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 5 at Stevenson School.
    SPU presents Merengue Away – May 5
  • Concussions: Risks and Intervention. Jill Dorflinger, a pediatric neuropsychologist for Alexian Brothers, will discuss typical brain development and the best interventions if your child suffers a concussion. This class for parents only will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rafferty Administration Center.
    SPU Concussion Risks and Intervention – May 20

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.

Career Day:
We are excited to announce that our 5th Annual Career Fair at Mead Junior High will be held on June 5th, 2015.  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.  Click here for a flyer with all the specific details.  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.

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 8, 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.
Welcome your Mom 2015

Have a great weekend.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Family Trivia Night 4/29/15

Posted April 29th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Trivia Night

You Be the Chemist State Competition

Posted April 27th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Congrats to Alice C. and Saurav S. for participating in the You Be the Chemist State Competition on Saturday, April 25th!  Alice took third place in the competition and Saurav took FIRST PLACE!  The Mead Community is proud of you!YBTC_Picture1

Mead Update 4/24/15

Posted April 24th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
We have officially completed our MAP testing window.  We have been looking through our preliminary data and are so pleased with how well our students have done, how seriously they took this testing window and how motivated they were to not just meet their target growth, but to try to beat it!

Mead’s Family Trivia Night:
We will be hosting our first Family Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30-8:00pm.  Many families have RSVP’d and we will do our best to stump our students and parents on trivia questions created by our very own Mead staff members.  Mark your calendars and prepare to bring your competitive edge.  Please RSVP to Betty Caby at 847-357-6000 or bettycaby@sd54.org with the number of guests you will be bringing to play!
Trivia Night Invite

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 8, 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.

8th Grade Panoramic Picture:
On May 11th, we will be taking our annual 8th grade panoramic photo.  More information and order forms will be coming home in the upcoming weeks.

Registration for the 15-16:
In order to ensure we can create a schedule for your child next year, please complete the registration process as soon as possible. Please review, make corrections and sign the paper copy of the 2918 form that was sent to you via the US Mail, and return it to our school office.   If you have misplaced the form, please contact the office. Without that signed paperwork your child will not be eligible to use the internet while in school. Also, we are unable to create a schedule for them for the 15-16 school year with classes and elective choices.

Career Day:
We are excited to announce that our 5th Annual Career Fair at Mead Junior High will be held on June 5th, 2015.  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.  Attached is a flyer with all the specific details.  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.
Career Fair Invite ’15

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.  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.

Construction Update:
Work on the north side of Gibson Drive is finishing its first stage today.  All residents on the north side will have access to their driveways by noon.
Today, April 24th, this new pavement on the north side of Gibson will become the westbound-only travel lane.  The contractor will then begin removing the south side of Gibson Drive.

PARCC Update:
Finally, mark your calendars for April 30-May 5. During these four days, students will take part in the end-of-year PARCC assessments. Please limit out of school appointments from roughly 9:00-11:00am.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mark Your Calendars!!!

Posted April 21st, 2015 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,
I just wanted to send a reminder about a few upcoming events at Mead.  Please mark your calendars.  We hope you are able to attend!

Mead’s Family Trivia Night:
We will be hosting our first Family Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30-8:00pm.  We will do our best to stomp our students and parents on trivia questions created by our very own Mead staff members.  Mark your calendars and prepare to bring your competitive edge.  Please RSVP to Betty Caby at 847-357-6000 or bettycaby@sd54.org with the number of guests you will be bringing to play!
Trivia Night Invite

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 their annual Mead’s Mixer on Friday, May 8, 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.
Welcome your Mom 2015

Have a great evening!
Jillian and Lily