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Mead Minute 09-09-19

Greetings Margaret Mead Community,

Our students had a successful first three weeks of school.  It was great to see students getting back in the swing of the school year as they moved from class to class trying to beat the tardy bell, enjoyed eating their lunch in the cafeteria, learned what it means when we say “Mead Made”, and hopefully were able to make a new friend and have a lot of fun!  What a great group of students we have at Mead this school year!  As a school, we have committed ourselves to two standards of success at Mead: High Student Achievement and Positive School Culture.  This and every subsequent Mead Minute will communicate to you how we are working to maintain these two standards of success at Mead.

High Achievement

Illinois Learning Standards at Mead:  The Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) call for schools to increase rigor in reading and mathematics, emphasize science and social studies content and text, and realign our current curriculum to include high cognitive demand tasks.  The ILS requires our teachers to continuously improve the instruction in our language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies classes in order to attain our goals for student learning.  This continuous improvement model is evident at Mead again this school year.  In language arts, social studies, and all levels of mathematics (excluding Geometry), students will receive instruction from our ILS-aligned curriculums that embed high cognitive demand tasks directly into the curricular scope and sequence.  In science, students will receive instruction from our ILS-aligned and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned curriculum that embeds the curricular model of engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, and evaluation directly into the curricular scope and sequence.  In all four content areas, the ILS-aligned and NGSS-aligned curriculum is being taught within a balanced instructional framework.  All students receive 80 minutes of language arts instruction, 60 minutes of mathematics instruction, 40 minutes of social studies instruction, and 40 minutes of science instruction.  Any student needing more support in reading and/or mathematics will receive an additional 40 minutes of literacy and/or mathematics instruction in “Acceleration”.  During our Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 11, you will learn more about how these instructional priorities are positively impacting how your child learns every day at Mead.

Curriculum Night:  Mead’s Curriculum Night will be held this Wednesday, September 11.  Please see attached curriculum night letter. .

Eighth Grade High School Placement Exam: District 211 will be administering a placement exam (PSAT) for incoming freshman (current eighth grade students) on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  District 211 has posted some basic information on their website at Class of 2024 Incoming Freshman Information

Accelerated Math Parent Night: Thank you to all of the parents and students who joined us on Wednesday, August 21 for our Accelerated Math Parent Night.  If you have any questions about the presentation, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s mathematics teacher.  The parent-teacher partnership is crucial to ensure your child’s mathematics success at Mead.

Chromebooks/Google Calendar:  Your child went through an intensive week of training in preparation for their Chromebook use.  The first week of school, they spent two days learning what it means to be a good “digital citizen”.  Last week, they learned how to use the Chromebook to manage their “work flow” at school and then joined each teacher’s digital Google Classroom learning how to organize their homework using Google Calendar.  Please remind your child to charge their Chromebook nightly and to bring their power cord with them to school every day.  For more information about Chromebooks, please click here: What is a Chromebook?  In addition, please click on this link: Parent/Community Instructions for Accessing their Child’s Google Calendar for helpful information for you to help your child manage their Google Calendar.

Positive School Culture

PTA: Please visit our Mead PTA for important information on our wonderful PTA including joining the PTA and signing up for volunteer opportunities through our PTA.   

Social Emotional Learning:  At Mead these past two weeks during Advocacy, we have been talking about School Culture and Climate and would like to share ways to continue the learning at home. Talking with your children will reinforce the social emotional life skills needed. Enjoy the valuable discussions as a family.

  • Agreements are criteria or expectations we agree to follow to be successful as a group. What agreements do you have at home? How are they similar or different than school?
  • Share how the different parts of the brain impact your learning.
  • Share the 7 principles of the Happiness Advantage.
  • As a family, how do you stay present and make the most of every moment?

For the second consecutive year in District 54, the JH staffs are focusing on topics that are particularly relevant for our junior high school students.  For September and October, I have included our focus areas below for your reference.  If you have any questions about any of these topics, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • September theme: Being Our Best Self 
    • Application for 7th grade Student Ambassadors distributed via email
    • Student Ambassador training to teach our Student Ambassadors on role, focus on service to others, and humility.
    • “We Club” formed
    • September 18th Staff Inservice will focus on “Championing Every Student”
    • Student survey on “Trusted Adult”
    • Accompanying SEL Curriculum Units
      • Unit 1:  School Culture and Climate
      • Unit 2:  Fairness and Honesty
      • Unit 3:  Goal Setting
  • October theme: Bully Prevention Month 
    • Assembly on “Be Your Best Self -Power of Being Seen”
    • SOS Lesson on Suicide Prevention as part of “Depression Awareness Month”
    • Mix-It Up Lunch (We Club activity)
    • Accompanying SEL Curriculum Units:
      • Unit 4:  Respectful Interactions/Building Relationships

PBIS:  To reinforce positive behaviors, students displaying our PBIS expectations of respect, responsibility, and safety are given a “Horseshoe” by staff members.  Students can put their “Horseshoes” into our new “Horseshoe Locker” in the main hallway where they can win prizes or use the “Horseshoes” to purchase items at the Mead Mall starting soon in the café during their lunch periods.  This month’s “Horseshoe” drawing is for a chance to win movies tickets!

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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

  • Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12

Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

  • Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

Girls Basketball and Cross Country have started their seasons!  Girls basketball plays on 9/10 @ Ike, 9/12 vs. Keller, 9/17 @ Addams, 9/19 vs. LP, 9/23 @ Frost, 9/24 vs. Ike, 10/3 @ Keller, and 10/17, 10/21 and 10/22 @ D54 Conference Tournament.  Boys & Girls Cross Country run on 9/10 vs. Ike, 9/12 @ Keller/LP, 9/17 vs. Keller/LP, 9/23 vs. Frost, 9/24 @ Ike, 9/26 @ Crusader Invite, 10/3 vs. Keller, 10/7 @ Addams, 10/15 @ D54 Conference Championships.  Good luck, Spartans.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council:  Please join us for our first meeting on Tuesday, September 17  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center at 524 East Schaumburg Road. Our topic for this month’s meeting is “ACCESS and MAP: What do they tell me about my child’s learning?” Childcare is available for children ages 3-5. To RSVP, fill out the form at the bottom of the event flyer and send it back to your child’s school by Sept. 12. If you did not receive a copy of the flyer, click this link to visit our website for more information and to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish and Japanese. You can also contact your child’s school for a paper copy of the flyer.

D54 Foundation-Upcoming support opportunity: The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road on September 18, and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order; click here for the flyer.  Thank you to everyone who supported the District 54 Education Foundation at Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend by parking at Collins Elementary or purchasing food from our not-for-profit day partner, Riccardo’s!

Important upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday, September 10: Pizza Tuesday begins!
  • Tuesday, September 10:  PTA meeting at 5:00 pm in Mead Lounge
  • Wednesday, September 11: Curriculum Night
  • Wednesday, September 18:  Half-day of student attendance due to Mead Staff Inservice:
    • Students will be dismissed at 10:45 am
    • We will be facilitating our first hard lockdown drill of the year during the morning.
  • Sunday, September 22:  District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a Tshirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit sd54.org/runtoread.
  • Monday, September 23:  Homework Support Program (“Round-Up”) begins
  • Monday, September 30:  Orchestra Festival at Conant HS
  • Thursday, October 3:  Bus evacuation drills with First Student
  • Tuesday, October 8:  PTA meeting at 5:00 pm in the Mead Lounge
  • Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11:  Fall Student Goal-Setting Conferences
  • Monday, October 14:  No school

Please visit our Mead JHS Website for the building calendar.  Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay updated with the latest news and information about the great things happening at Mead.  As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for your continued support and commitment to ensuring your child’s educational success.

Have a great week,

Scott