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Envelope Day

Posted April 16th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Today is Envelope Day at Mead.  All teachers have provided students with grade sheets from each of their classes.  Please review these with your student, sign the envelope and return it to your student’s first period teacher.

Mead Update 4-11-14

Posted April 14th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

We will be starting our last round of MAP testing next Monday, April 21th.

All MAP reading tests will be completed from April 21st –April 24th in their language arts classes.  The lunch hours for our students that week will follow a typical weekly schedule.  The testing schedule is: Geckos on Monday, Sea Turtles on Tuesday, Gatorz on Wednesday and Green Wave on Thursday.

All MAP math tests will be completed from April 28th –May 2nd in their math classes.  The lunch hours for our students that week will follow a typical weekly schedule.  The testing schedule is: all Orenstein, Musselman, Lorenc and Rezk classes will test on Monday and Tuesday and all Loudermilk, Paulson, Koepke’s classes will test on Thursday and Friday.

Your children are prepared and ready for these tests!  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.  We know all our students can meet their targeted growth and help us meet our building goals on reading and math MAP!

Thank you! Thank you!

Our Butter Braids Fund Raiser was a huge success thanks to our supportive community. Thank you to all who made a purchase. We will use the funds for additional instructional materials for our students. If you enjoyed the pastry, look for another Butter Braids sale in the fall.

Conant Cheerleading:

Any girls or boys interested in cheerleading, listen up!  Conant High School is hosting the Elite Lil’ Cougar Spring Cheerleading Clinic.  This clinic is only open to 7th and 8th graders because the focus is on elite stunting and tumbling. This clinic is on Monday, April 21st and Tuesday, April 22nd from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Get a flyer from the cafeteria with more information about the clinic or see Mrs. Amos or Miss Cochrane with questions.

PE donations needed:

Our PE department is looking to incorporate golf into their yearly units.  They are looking for used short golf clubs to use with our junior high students.  If you have any short irons at home that you would like to donate, please bring drop them off in the main office.

End of the Year:

This past week, 8th graders received Round Up letters if they had 2 or more missing assignments.  7th graders still receive letters if they have 3 or more missing assignments.

We also take missing assignments, missing textbook/books, fees and student behavior into account for student participation in the 8th grade dance on May 22nd.

5Essentials Parent Survey:

As parents, you can log on to http://Illinois.5-essentials.org and can take a survey for each school where you have a child (early childhood through high school). However, the state does ask that only one parent per household take the survey. When searching for your school, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under M for Margaret Mead. We would like as many of our parents to take this survey as possible. If we can assist you in any way, please let us know. Computers will be made available if you would like to take the survey at school.  Parents can take the survey anytime from now until April 25, 2014. We thank you in advance for your feedback.

Have a great weekend.

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 4/4/14

Posted April 4th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

It has been a busy week back from break so much so that it almost feels like spring break was months ago.  Now that we are back, we are gearing up for the spring MAP tests.  The students are reminded not just from Mrs. Smith and me, but from their teachers that they have all the tools they need to be successful on the spring MAP test.  We know all our students have the ability to not only meet their individual growth targets but to exceed them.  We have asked students to remain focused during each of their classes, to give 100% while in each class and to put in effort while doing work or homework each night.  We know that when Mead students put their hearts and minds to a task, they can definitely accomplish it.  I hope that in the next few weeks leading up to April 21st, you can have conversations with your child(ren) about their academic goals and the actions steps they have recommitted too.  We are excited to see the growth of all our students and know that they will take full advantage of the supports at Mead to make sure they are prepared to move on to either 8th grade or high school!

Butter Braids:

Orders will be accepted until 4 PM today, Friday, April 4.  Those who ordered will need to come to Mead on Tuesday, April 8, from 2:30 until 6 PM for pick up unless you elected to have your child bring them home for you.

End of the Year:

  • Please note District 54 has set Wednesday, June 4, as the graduation date for eighth-grade students.  Mead Junior High School will graduate at 6 p.m. at Conant High School on Plum Grove Road in Hoffman Estates.
  • We do not issue tickets and seating is on a first come, first seated basis. We ALWAYS have enough room for all to attend!
  • Eighth grade parents/guardians will be receiving more information concerning graduation in the next two week in the mail.
  • Other students will attend school until Thursday, June 5. This is a change in date due to the four emergency closing days taken in January. This is a full day of attendance for all students in early childhood through seventh grade.
  • Starting today, 8th graders received Round Up letters if they have only 2 or more missing assignments.  7th graders still will receive letters if they have 3 or more missing assignments.
  • We also take missing assignments, missing textbook/books, fees and student behavior into account for student participation in the 8th grade dance on May 22nd.

5Essentials Parent Survey:

As parents, you can log on to http://Illinois.5-essentials.org and can take a survey for each school where you have a child (early childhood through high school). However, the state does ask that only one parent per household take the survey. When searching for your school, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under M for Margaret Mead. We would like as many of our parents to take this survey as possible. If we can assist you in any way, please let us know. Computers will be made available if you would like to take the survey at school.  Parents can take the survey anytime from now until April 25, 2014. We thank you in advance for your feedback.

Multicultural Event:

The District 54 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council, the Department of Language and Culture and the Schaumburg Park District will once again host A Garden of Diversity:  A Multicultural Event for District 54 families and community members. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center on Saturday, April 5, from 11:30 until 2:30 PM.  Please see the flyer for more information.

Have a great weekend.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

 

District 54 Multicultural Event April 5th

Posted March 19th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

The District 54 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council, the Department of Language and Culture and the Schaumburg Park District will once again host A Garden of Diversity:  A Multicultural Event for District 54 families and community members. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center on Saturday, April 5th from 11:30 until 2:30.

This event celebrates the variety of cultures we have in School District 54 and will showcase student performances, crafts and games from various countries.  In addition, area restaurants will provide opportunities to experience different flavors from around the world for a nominal fee. We hope you will join us for a fantastic afternoon. See the flyer for more information.

Mead Fundraiser

Posted March 17th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

I wanted to let everyone know that our Butter Braids order forms were sent home with our students today.  Butter Braids are original, high quality, hand braided pastries that is available in a variety of flavors.  These delicious treats come frozen and are baked to become a homemade tasty pastry good for any weekend morning or family gathering.  Students can ask their families if they want to make a purchase. They can ask others also, but should not go door to door selling!  The orders are due back to the main office no later than April 4th.  The buyer must pay for the product at the time of the purchase. Cash or checks made out to Mead Junior High will be accepted.

The Butter Braids will be delivered to Mead on Tuesday, April 8th.  Parents or guardians will need to pick-up their orders between the hours of 2:30-6:00 PM on April 8th in the Mead cafeteria.  If you have ordered 3 or less of the pastries and initialed your permission on the order form, students will be able to bring the Butter Braids home with them.

Parents may drop off, send in, or fax the order forms to the office at 847-357-6001, no later than April 4th.

Please contact our main office with any questions.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Jillian

Important Calendar Change:

  • 7th Grade Band Elementary School Tour has been changed to Thursday, March 20th.
  • 7th Grade Orchestra Elementary School Tour has been changed to Thursday, April 4th.

 

Mead Update 3-14-14

Posted March 17th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

ISATs and IAA are officially complete for our 7th and 8th graders and the weather is finally warming up!  I think we can say Spring is officially in the air.  It was great to see our students these past two weeks truly embrace the ISAT tests.  They were not only giving 100% effort but they were also using their time efficiently each day.  I appreciate your efforts to make sure the students were rested and at school.  We look forward to sharing the results of these assessments once we receive them from the state.  The state typically will release the results in the Fall of 2014.

Over the next couple of weeks, students will be reviewing and reflecting on their winter MAP goals that were created with their Language Arts and Math teachers.  Each student will reflect on the action steps they created back in January and what they have done so far this year to meet their individual growth targets.  They will decide what steps they will focus on from now until the start of our spring MAP testing on April 21st.  We appreciate your support to ensure all of our students are academically successful!

8th Grade Expectations:

Please read the Board Policy below 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 has not been set at this time.
  • We also take missing assignments, missing textbook/books and student behavior in to account for student participation in the 8th grade dance on May 22nd.

Thank a Teacher:

Parents and students are invited to visit ThankaMillionTeachers.com to share their heartfelt thanks for the educators who have made a difference in their lives. Every teacher thanked is eligible to apply for a grant, with voting on those grant submissions taking place every other month. Thank a Million Teachers brings you a great opportunity to deepen your involvement with educators in your community. Click here to find a wide assortment of Thank a Million Teachers resources, including a short, easy-to-follow playbook.

Smile Illinois Mobile Dentists:

Smile Illinois is returning to Link School on May 1st.  The dental team will provide exams, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants.  Applications will be sent home next week and must be returned to the school nurse, Paula Barnas, by April 3.

PBIS:

The PBIS Focus Expectation this week is for students to be compliant (i.e. following directions, working on class assignment when asked, raising hand to be called on, quietly reading work, etc.).  Students who are being compliant will be rewarded with tickets.

Our current school goal is “Reduce the March Madness” by reducing the number of defiance/insubordination referrals by 10%.

Mead Fundraiser:

Butter Braids are original, high quality, hand braided pastries that are available in a variety of flavors.  These delicious treats come frozen and are baked to become a homemade tasty pastry good for any weekend morning or family gathering.  Order forms will be sent home with students and sent electronically on March 17th.  Orders are due back to the main office no later than April 4th.  More specific information will be included in the March 17th email.

Drama Performance:

We are having our drama performance of “The Trial of Goldilocks” on March 19, at 7:00pm in the gymnasium. There is no admission fee, but we would like to suggest a donation of $5. Any profit will be used for next year’s Drama Club. Please contact Ms. Shipley or Mr. Fletcher with any questions.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Butter Braid Fundraiser

Posted March 14th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Mead Junior High is participating in a Fund Raiser with the Butter Braids Company from Monday, March 17 until Friday, April 4.  Each student will take home an order form on Monday, March 17, given to them by 9th period teachers.   Students can ask their families if they want to make a purchase. They can ask others also, but should not go door to door selling! Forms with orders should be turned in to the office.

The buyer must pay for the product when ordering. Cash or check made out to Mead Junior High will be accepted. The Butter Braids will be delivered to Mead on Tuesday, April 8.  Parents may opt to have their student bring home the Butter Braids if 3 or less are ordered, otherwise, the parent must pick up the Braids on Tuesday, April 8 between 2:15 and 6 PM.

This is a high quality product that must stay frozen until ready for use.
If you have further questions, contact Betty Caby or Jillian Sagan.

District 54 Art Show

Posted March 14th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Mead Update 3-7-14

Posted March 7th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

ISATs are officially underway!  We are thrilled to see the amount of time and effort all our students are putting forth during each of the testing sessions.  The entire building has embraced the quiet testing environment throughout the school day for not only our testing window but during make up testing.  It is great to see how motivated our students are to not only show themselves, but to also show us their knowledge on the ISAT tests.

PBIS:

  • The PBIS Focus Expectation this week is for students to be compliant (i.e. following directions, working on class assignment when asked, raising hand to be called on, quietly reading or sitting when finished with ISAT early, etc.).  Students who are being compliant will be rewarded with tickets.
  • Our current school goal is “Reduce the March Madness” by reducing the number of defiance/insubordination referrals by 10%.

Mead Fundraiser:

Butter Braids are original, high quality, hand braided pastries that is available in a variety of flavors.  These delicious treats come frozen and are baked to become a homemade tasty pastry good for any weekend morning or family gathering.  Order forms will be sent home with students and sent electronically on March 17th.  Orders are due back to the main office no later than April 4th.  More specific information will be included in the March 17th email.

ISAT reminders:

Some key test prep ideas to remember are: make sure that your students get a good night’s sleep and have a nutritional breakfast each morning.  Also, please encourage your child to give his/her best effort.  We appreciate your support with ISAT testing!

  • The remaining testing schedule will be:
    • March 10th: Math
    • March 11th-12th: Science (7th grade ONLY)

Cyber Bullying:

The District 54 PBIS team will be hosting a parent event to learn more about Cyber bullying.  Sadly, with all the advancements in technology, society has opened a scary window for our youth when it comes to a new level of bullying.  Please consider attending this event that will be hosted in the District 54 Board room on March 13, at 6:00 p.m.  We want to team with you to make sure our children are safe and secure inside and outside their homes.  This is one way to learn more about how to make this happen.  The flyer for this event is attached.

Drama Performance:

We are having our drama performance of “The Trial of Goldilocks” on March 19, at 7:00pm in the gymnasium. There is no admission fee, but we would like to suggest a donation of $5. Any profit will be used for next year’s Drama Club. Please contact Ms. Shipley or Mr. Fletcher with any questions.

Summer Tech Camp:

Click the link for a flyer with details regarding this summer’s District 54 tech camp.

Schaumburg Parent University:

Upcoming events from the Schaumburg Parent University:
SPU Stress March 12
SPU- Bollywood April 17

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith

Mead Update 2/28/14

Posted February 28th, 2014 by Miss Cochrane

Dear Mead Community,

Wow, what an exciting week for us!  Our 8th grade girls’ volleyball team is not only Conference Champion but also District tournament champion.  Both our junior varsity and varsity wrestling teams were awarded Conference and tournament champions.  Our magnet students were able to showcase their hard work over the past few months on Thursday at Mead’s History Fair.  We had 62 magnet students participate in the History Fair and 16 students will be continuing on to Regionals on April 5th.  We finished the week, today, with a wonderful student led assembly that celebrated our student accomplishments for the months of January and February and kicked off the next two weeks of ISATs.  Our kids walked away knowing, “Hands Down, they’ve got this!” when it comes to the upcoming state assessments.

ISATS:

  • Remember that we begin ISATs on Monday, March 3rd.
  • There is a modified school day schedule posted on the website and attached.  The lunch hours will be changed from March 3rd -March 12th.
  • Please be conscientious of when you make appointments for your children during the school day the weeks of March 3rd and 10th.
  • Some key test prep ideas to remember are: make sure that your students get a good night’s sleep and have a nutritional breakfast each morning.  Also, please encourage your student(s) to give his/her best effort.  We appreciate your support with ISAT testing!
  • Our testing schedule will be:
    • March 3rd-5th: Reading
    • March 6th-10th: Math
    • March 11th-12th: Science (7th grade ONLY)

Report Cards:

Trimester Two Report Cards will be mailed home on Tuesday, March 4th.

Superintendent’s Monthly Message

Superintendent DuRoss’ most recent article written for the Daily Herald was published this week. The article is accessible on the District 54 website at http://sd54.org/  under “Superintendent’s Article”. Mr. DuRoss also appears in a video related to the article content. The link to the video, which is cited in the article, is http://sd54.org/board/mission/.

STC Elementary Scholarships:

Attached is the information and application for the STC elementary scholarships.  Below are a  few of the key highlights regarding this process:

  • Students in first-7th grades are eligible to apply for a scholarship for a summer program (our current 8th graders are not eligible)
  • Parent(s) must be a PTA member of the school their child attends by March 1st. Contact Mucia Burke if you need to purchase a PTA membership.  Her email is maburke71@comcast.net. The cost is $5.
  • Applications can also be found on the District 54 website.
  • Applications are due to the Mead school office by April 2nd at 9:00 a.m.
  • Questions can be directed to me, Christine Kawalek, at 847-534-0316 or sox05fan@sbcglobal.net.

Have a great weekend.

Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith