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Mead Minute 10/07/2019

Greetings Margaret Mead Community,

We continued to be “Mead Made” leading up to our conferences this week! Last week, a group of seventh and eighth grade students represented Mead at the District 54 Student Ambassadors training where they learned to be positive leaders who give their best and help and support everyone. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this group of student leaders has at Mead this school year. On Tuesday, our students took part in their most powerful Social-Emotional Learning lesson so far when they learned the power—both positive and negative—of our words. Our girls’ basketball and cross country teams continued their seasons with several events as they march toward the conference championships in a few weeks. On Friday, Mrs. Carey and I got to recognize several students who have shown what it takes to be Mead Made by visiting classrooms and reward them with a Mead Made sticker for their efforts. Most importantly, our students took time in each of their classes reflecting on their “Mead Made Moments” so far this school year to share with you during conferences. Your child’s teachers have been capturing the “Mead Made Moments” happening every day here at Mead by using our new social media hashtag #MeadMade. I encourage you 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. Please read below for more information about our goals to raise student achievement and create a positive culture at Mead.

High Student Achievement

School Improvement Plan: We have recently completed our school improvement plan with our instructional leadership teams. During this process, we used multiple data points to set our school-wide instructional plan, intervention plan for students who are not making expected progress, and enrichment plan for students who are displaying proficiency. Next week, we will present Mead’s 2019-20 School Improvement Plan to Superintendent DuRoss and the cabinet. Our School Improvement Plan is focused on three areas: reading/math, school culture, and whole child success and is the guiding document for our continual practice of accountability and celebration to ensure our students attain our stated achievement goals for this school year.

Fall Student Goal-Setting Conferences on October 10 and 11: We look forward to you joining us at our upcoming student goal-setting conferences on Thursday, October 10, and Friday, October 11. Over the course of the next few weeks, your child will be meeting with their teachers to set their High Student Achievement and Positive School Culture goals for the school year. We are proud of our students for taking the time to commit themselves to setting their goals and then sharing them with you on October 10 and 11. Through the facilitation of student goal-setting conferences, our goals are to encourage students to accept personal responsibility for their academic performance and social conduct, teach students the critical process of goal-setting, and to improve students’ organizational and oral communication skills and self-confidence.

I want to bring to your attention that we have streamlined our student goal-setting conference process this school year. Different than year’s past, you are no longer required to sign-up on-line for your child’s conference time. Instead, we will run an “open campus” schedule for our student goal-setting conferences. This format is intended to allow you to attend conferences when it is most convenient for your family. Please read below about the new format to follow for your child’s student goal-setting conference:

Seventh Grade student goal-setting conferences will be held in the Cafeteria on Thursday, October 10 from 12:00-4:15 pm and 5:15-8:15 pm and on Friday, October 11 from 7:30-9:30 am. You are welcome to attend anytime during these hours. Different from elementary school and year’s past, there are no scheduled times. This allows you to attend conferences during a time that works for your schedule! Please follow these steps to conduct your child’s student goal-setting conferences:
Prior to your child’s student goal-setting conferences, please ensure they bring their Chromebook to their conference. They will be using their Chromebook to share their personal academic and cultural goals, work samples from all classes, and 1st trimester mid-term grades on their student portal.
When you arrive for your child’s student goal-setting conferences, please proceed to the Cafeteria to find a seat at a table.
After taking a seat, your child will then begin their student goal-setting conference serving as the facilitator.
Following your child’s student goal-setting conference, the teachers will be available to conduct individual conferences related to your child’s progress in a specific subject area. During the individual conference portion of the event, we ask that you please limit your individual conference to five minutes out of respect for other parents. All teachers will be located in their classrooms and available to conference with you when you arrive to their classroom. If the teacher is meeting with another family, then please wait outside the teacher’s room until they are available; because we are asking that families limit their individual conferences to five minutes, the teachers will be able to meet with all families that come to their classrooms.
Eighth grade student goal-setting conferences will be held in the Creation Studio (formerly the LRC upstairs on the second floor) on Thursday, October 10 from 12:00-4:15 pm and 5:15-8:15 pm and on Friday, October 11 from 7:30-9:30 am. You are welcome to attend anytime during these hours. Different from year’s past, there are no scheduled times. This allows you to attend conferences during a time that works for your schedule! Please follow these steps to conduct your child’s student goal-setting conferences:
Prior to your child’s student goal-setting conferences, please ensure they bring their Chromebook to conferences. They will be using their Chromebook to share their personal academic and cultural goals, work samples from all classes, and 1st trimester mid-term grades on their student portal.
When you arrive for your child’s student goal-setting conferences, please proceed to the Creation Studio to find a seat at a table.
After taking a seat, your child will then begin their student goal-setting conference serving as the facilitator.
Following your child’s student goal-setting conference, the teachers will be available to conduct individual conferences related to your child’s progress in a specific subject area. During the individual conference portion of the event, we ask that you please limit your individual conference to five minutes out of respect for other parents. All teachers will be located in their classrooms and available to conference with you when you arrive to their classroom. If the teacher is meeting with another family, then please wait outside the teacher’s room until they are available. Because we are asking that families limit their individual conferences to five minutes, the teachers will be able to meet with all families that come to their classrooms.
Please contact me if you have any questions about the student goal-setting conferences. Thank you for supporting your child’s education and we look forward to seeing you at conferences this week!

Eighth Grade High School Transition: District 211 will be administering a placement exam (PSAT) for incoming freshman (current eighth grade students) on Saturday, October 19, 2019. By now, all 8th grade parents should have received the first mailing from District 211. If you have not received that mailing, please reach out to your child’s high school. Please note that District 211 will NOT be hosting a District 211 Informational Night at Mead this school year. In lieu of Information Night, District 211 has created a series of informational videos to assist families with preparing for high school enrollment and the placement exam. The goal of the video series is keeping parents and students informed throughout the process. Please click on the link to view the Class of 2024 Junior High Presentation High School Transition video. The videos will be posted to Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Fremd, and Conant High School’s incoming freshman webpages located here: Class of 2024 Incoming Freshman Information

After-school content study halls: New this school year, each of our four major content areas offer after-school support with a content specialist that any student can take advantage of on the following days:

Mondays—Language Arts
Thursdays—Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science

Positive School Culture

PTA: A BIG thank you to our PTA volunteers who gave up their lunch hour to come and serve our students hot lunches the past couple of weeks: Rita Parayno, Lorie Simon, Lucy Heishman, Beata Szkobodzinski, Rosanna Elder, Seden Semoglu, Julie Wolf, Aura Harvey, Tina Panatsis, Evie Rojas, Rachel Janssen, and Michelle Clarke. ALL volunteers please stop by the office when you are here to get your complimentary “Mead Parent Volunteer” t-shirt—it’s our little gift to you for donating your time to Mead! We are in need of more volunteers for Pizza Tuesday—if you would like to volunteer, please contact Rita Parayno at 224-592-0082 or meadpizzatuesday@nullgmail.com. Please visit our Mead PTA for important information on our wonderful PTA including joining the PTA!

Social Emotional Learning:

At Mead during Advocacy, we have been talking about Respectful Interactions 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.

The Key of Speaking with Good Purpose is about speaking honestly and kindly. How do you share your thoughts and ideas as a family in an honest and kind way?
Discuss what impact Speaking with Good Purpose has in your relationships.
The Tetris Effect is one of the Happiness Advantage principles. Ask your child to explain how the Tetris Effect works in our everyday lives.
Please complete the Parent SEL Survey sent via email last week. Your continued input is greatly appreciated and beneficial to ensure student success at Mead! For October, our focus theme is Bully Prevention Month and will include the following activities:

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

Vision and hearing screening is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 23. All eighth grade students will be screening for vision. Also, all new students and students with an individual education plan will be tested for both vision and hearing. If your child wears glasses, please ask your child to have their glasses in school on screening day. Please note that vision and hearing screening is not a substitute for a complete eye or ear examination by a doctor. Your child is not required to undergo vision or hearing screening if the doctor has completed a signed a report indicating that an eye/ear examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.

Hoops for Hope: On November 14, Mead will be hosting a fundraiser benefitting the District 54 Food Pantry and Greater Chicago Food Depository called. “Hoops for Hope”. Please see attached flyer for more information. The event is open to the entire Mead community and will be held in the Mead gymnasium from 5:00-7:00 pm. It will feature Mead staff playing a basketball game against Mead students to raise awareness and money for our District 54 Food Pantry. Please join us in what is sure to be a fun evening for our community!

Girls Basketball plays on 10/7 vs. Addams, and 10/17, 10/21 and 10/22 @ D54 Conference Tournament. Boys & Girls Cross Country run on 10/7 @ Addams, and 10/15 @ D54 Conference Championships. Good luck, Mustangs!

Please encourage your child to get involved in these upcoming Mead Club offerings: Garden Club, Girls Who Code, Newspaper Club, We Club, Club Unify, Choir Leadership Team, and Mead TV. Please visit our Mead Clubs and Intramurals page for more information about these clubs!

Important upcoming dates:

Tuesday, October 8: PTA meeting at 5:00 pm in the Mead Lounge
Tuesday October 8 and Wednesday, October 23: Vision and hearing screenings
Thursday, October 10: Half-day of student attendance due to conferences
Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11: Fall Student Goal-Setting Conferences
Monday, October 14: No school
Monday, October 21-Friday, October 25: Spirit Week!
Thursday, October 24: Boys Basketball, Cheer, and Poms begins
Friday, October 25: Pep Rally!
Friday, November 8: First trimester ends
Wednesday, November 13: Partnership Breakfast
November 27-29: Thanksgiving break
Monday, December 2: Winter MAP begins

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