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Mead Minute 12/02/19

Greetings Margaret Mead Community,

At Mead, our simple and focused goals are High Student Achievement and a Positive School Culture.  Over the next few weeks, our focus on ensuring High Student Achievement for our students and creating a Positive School Culture at Mead are on full display.  Starting this week, our students will take their winter MAP tests in reading and mathematics allowing the teachers and your child see the progress they have made this school year.  We will use each student’s results to plan for specific and individualized instruction for your child the latter half of the school year.  During our Advocacy lessons, our students and staff continue to take valuable time away from typical daily instruction to learn about being “Mead Made”.  Every Tuesday, our students connect with engaging social-emotional learning lessons/experiences around fairness and honesty, goal-setting, building relationships, personal emotions, culture and perspectives, empathy and bullying, and personal responsibility.  We encourage you to discuss with your child their take-aways from what they learn during Advocacy.  This month, our students are focusing on the importance of kindness—our hope to is to spread the positivity that comes from helping others.  We are hosting our annual Giving Tree to benefit Mead families-in-need this holiday season—our Giving Tree is the ultimate project of kindness!  These events are powerful reminders to all of us what it means to be “Mead Made”.

High Student Achievement

Winter MAP test begins this week.  The students will be taking their tests in their mathematics and language arts classrooms.  Please see the testing schedule below.  We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals our students set for themselves at the beginning of the school year.  During our February student goal-setting conferences, we will share the results with you.

  • Reading: All students will test in their language arts class Wednesday, 12/4 through Friday, 12/6.
  • Mathematics: All students will test in their mathematics class Monday, 12/9 through Wednesday, 12/11.

5Essentials Survey:  Once again, we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 14, 2020, at  For more information, click here to read the letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss.

Eighth Grade High School Transition: Please view the Class of 2024 Junior High Presentation High School Transition video in English and Spanish.  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

Before and after-school content study halls:  Every week, our core content teachers offer the following content study halls that your child can attend to receive assistance with homework completion.  Please connect with your child’s teachers for more information:

  • Monday PM—Language Arts
  • Tuesday AM—Mathematics
  • Thursday PM—Mathematics, Social Studies, Science
  • Friday AM—Mathematics

Positive School Culture


  • A BIG thank you to our PTA volunteers who gave up their lunch hour to come and serve our students pizza and hot lunches the past couple of weeks: Lori Simon, Rosanna Elder, Kevin Christofidis, Linda Burtke, Cindy Pfeifer, Camille, Mrs. Cronfel, Charlene Auyeung, Risse Yamaghucui, Rita Parayno, Beata Szkobodzinski, Christine Czarzynski, Shannon Francia, Michelle Clarke, Rachel Janssen, Cynthia Malinski, Julie Wolf, Jessica Faraj, Jenny Saladana, and Ann Woo!  ALL volunteers please stop by the office when you are here to get your complimentary “Mead Parent Volunteer” t-shirt—it is 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
  • Our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, December 10 at 5:00 pm in the Mead lounge.  Please visit our Mead PTA for important information on our wonderful PTA including joining the PTA!      

2019 Mead Family Giving Tree Project:  Our community has so much to be thankful for this holiday season; we believe there are Mead families who would like to share with those in the community who are less fortunate.  A Mead Family Giving Tree has been placed in our main office.  Ornaments on the tree will list “a need” and “a want” gift request for family members in the Giving Tree Project. The ornaments will have the age of the child along with a gift suggestion for the child.  We ask that all gift requests taken be wrapped with the ornament securely taped on the gift.  All gifts are due to the office by Wednesday, December 11, 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, you can contact Beth Knief at 847-357-6034 or Kailee Falvo at 847-357-6028.

Boys Basketball, Cheer, and Poms finish their seasons on 12/3 vs. Addams, 12/5 @ Sundling, and 12/6, 9, and 10 @ D54 Tournament.

Please encourage your child to get involved in these upcoming Mead Club offerings: Battle of the Books, Drama Club, National Fluid Power Challenge, Interact Club, Choir Leadership Team, History Fair, We Club, Club Unify, Volleyball Intramurals, and Mead TV.  Please visit our Mead Clubs and Intramurals page for more information about these clubs!

Social Emotional Learning:  At Mead during Advocacy, we have been talking about Empathy and Bullying 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.

  • Within our family, how can we promote empathy, kindness, and self-awareness?
  • Explain how empathy can be the antidote for bullying.
  • One of the Happiness Advantage tactics is Conscious Acts of Kindness. How can we demonstrate this at home and in our community?

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 December. Please note that childcare is always available.

  • Mad Isn’t Bad – December 5: Anger can interfere with your child’s academic performance. Dr. Felix Casados, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, will help you develop management skills, learn reduction techniques and rules for fair fighting. You will also learn strategies to reduce tension at home and at school and how to diffuse conflict and reduce anger expression in your children. This class will take place from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the District 54 Early Learning Center’s Multi-Purpose Room, 520 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Adults only. Mad Isn’t Bad flyer
  • Family Caroling – December 10: Join other District 54 families in caroling around the Lakeview School neighborhood and enjoying hot chocolate afterward. This activity, led by Lakeview music teacher Kelsey Richardson, will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Meet at Lakeview, 615 Lakeview Lane, Hoffman Estates. Family Caroling flyer

To register please visit the SPU Online Form or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

Windy City Bulls District 54 Takeover Night:  The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, January 10 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.  Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!  The District 54 take-over night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan:  In order to help you better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

Important upcoming dates:

  • Monday, December 2:  Winter Band and Orchestra Concert @ 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 3:  Winter Choir Concert @ 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 4-Friday, December 6:  Winter MAP-Reading
  • Monday, December 9-Wednesday, December 11:  Winter MAP-Mathematics
  • Tuesday, December 10:  PTA meeting @ 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 11:  Sixth Grade Parent and Student Night @ 6:00 pm
  • Friday, December 20:  Winter Pep Rally
  • December 21-January 5:  Winter break
  • January 6:  School resumes
  • January 29:  Half-day of school
  • February 13-14:  Winter Student Goal-Setting Conferences

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,