t was a great end to our Month of Happiness here at Mead. Staff and students played a fun game of dodgeball after school yesterday, and we continued to make the habits of happiness a regular part of our days. We look forward to celebrating and continuing with our positive habits and mindsets when we return from our break. On behalf of the Mead staff, we hope that you have a safe, restful, and relaxing spring break. Please enjoy the time with family and friends. See you in April!!
Mr. Szwed and Mrs. Carey
Please read below for the latest news, reminders and updates from Mead Jr. High and School District 54.
Mead at a Glance
Graduation Picture Order Info
To view your images simply go to www.visionsphotographyinc.com and click on the green arrow or the link below that says “Click here to view your pictures” in the lower left corner of the home page. Once there, you will see a box that says “Mead.” Click that to get into your school’s folder.
Inside your school’s online folder your child’s folder will be listed under their first name and last initial, or if you have multiple children it may be under your last name. The password needed to view your pictures is the last 4 digits of the phone number that was written on your child’s ONLINE order form. If there was no phone number written on the order form, the password is 0000. Only you and whomever you share this password with will be able to view your child’s photographs.
Online Ordering Deadline: Monday, March 25th at 10:00 PM
If you have any questions, please reach out to Visions Photography directly.
IAR State Testing
Earbuds and Headphones
8th Grade Graduation and Missing Assignments
Additionally, the District has set the date for graduation. Graduation will be on Thursday, May 30, 2019. More information regarding times and location will be available in the coming weeks.
NOTE: Per School Board policy, eighth grade students will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony if he/she has any missing assignments during this trimester. Now that the graduation date is set, we will soon be sending home more detailed information about specific check-in dates for students. In the meantime, please help us by visiting the parent portal frequently and talking to your child about the importance of doing all homework. We want to ensure that all students are able to participate in the year-end celebrations and graduation ceremony. Thank you for your support.
Welcome to Mead Night – Incoming 7th Grade Students
There is no cost to attend this event. This event will be well chaperoned and is only for our incoming 7th graders. All transportation arrangements must be made in advance. Students are expected to be picked up promptly at 7:30 P.M. In order to attend, students must have the ticket signed with permission from a parent/guardian. Tickets were distributed to students at their respective elementary schools. Students cannot participate in this activity without signed permission. We look forward to meeting our newest Mustangs!
District 54 Summer Band and Orchestra
If you do not have a parent portal account, you should have received an email on March 15 with instructions and a link to do so.
Beginning this year, the district is contracting with a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information. If your residency is verified electronically, you will not need to submit any additional paperwork to certify that you live within the district’s boundaries. To verify residency, the vendor will use a parent’s name and address to crosscheck the information against electronic databases from other organizations, such as utility companies.
We anticipate most addresses will be verified electronically. If we cannot verify your address electronically, we will send you a letter detailing what additional information you will need to provide in order to register your child for the upcoming school year.
To apply, submit the online application form or the printable application form and send all required documentation to the office by no later than Monday, April 1. All required documentation should be placed in a sealed envelope, labeled STC Elementary Scholarship Application. Please do not staple/tape/paperclip anything together. If you have any questions about the process, please contact us at email@example.com.
Career Day – Presenters Wanted
The Smile Illinois-Mobile Dentists will be available to Mead Junior High School students in April. The Smile Illinois-Mobile Dentists provide exams, teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment. The exam by the Smile Dentists will fulfill the 9th grade dental requirement. Please complete the application form found here and return to the school nurse. Please contact the school nurse at 847-357-6016 if you have any questions.
Registration for the “Summer of 54” camp offerings, including a camp t-shirt, opens on Monday, March 25th and closes on Friday, April 19th. Digital registration is available within Parent Portal and can be accessed through the following link – Summer Registration. Also available is the summer camp brochure: Summer of 54 – 2019 Camp Brochure.
District 54 Education Foundation 2019 Memorial Grant Applications
Applications for 2019 Memorial Grants are due Friday, May 3 to the child’s school social worker. Click the link below for the application and additional information.
Beca Conmemorativa del 2019 de la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54
Las solicitudes para las Becas Conmemorativas 2019 deben entregarse el viernes 3 de mayo al trabajador social de la escuela del niño. Haga clic en los enlace a continuación para obtener más información.
Spanish Speech Contest
La Escuela MacArthur tendrá el Concurso Anual de Oratoria en Español del Distrito 54 el 2 de mayo. Los estudiantes del Distrito 54 en tercero a octavo grado son elegibles para participar en este evento. Los concursantes se dividirán en dos categorías: hispanohablantes y español como segundo idioma. La fecha límite para la solicitud es el 12 de abril. Haga clic aquí para acceder a la solicitud en línea. Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Lucrecia Temoczuk en LucreciaTemoczuk@nullsd54.org o (847) 357-6666.
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (formerly PARCC) will be administered to all students at Mead beginning on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 and will conclude by April 18. During this testing window, we will be running a modified schedule on testing days. These schedules are forthcoming and will be made available via the Mead website. Students will complete testing on the Chromebooks, so it is important to remind your student to charge his/her device each night. In the meantime, we ask that you are considerate of these dates in the scheduling of appointments for your children during the school day. Please see the letter attached here for further information.
Checkout these podcasts made by Mead students. This is how Mead is making the world better using science !
Season 1 HIGHLIGHTED episodes are numbers 6,7,8 and 9.
MacArthur School is hosting the IX District 54 Spanish Language Speech Contest on May 2, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Students in grades 3rd through 8th are eligible to participate in this event. Application, copy of the speech, and video recordings no more than 3 minutes (one video recording per participant) must be submitted to the contact teacher at each school or online at the link provided below. The deadline to submit contest materials is April 12, 2019. Please contact Ms. Lucrecia Temoczuk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 357-6666 with any questions regarding the contest. If your child is interested in participating, please complete the Spanish Speech Contest Application. If you are unable to print the electronic form, please ask in your school office for a paper copy.
La escuela MacArthur será anfitrión este año del IX Concurso Anual de Oratoria del Distrito 54 el 2 de mayo 2019 de 8:00 AM a 12:00 PM. Los estudiantes de 3er a 8vo grado pueden participar. Forma de inscripción, copia del discurso, y una grabación de video de no más de 3 minutos (un video por participante) deberá ser entregado a la maestra contacto de cada escuela o lo puede descargar en el enlace provisto debajo. Todos los materiales del concurso deben ser entregado para el 12 de abril. Por favor contacte a Lucrecia Temoczuk: email@example.com o al siguiente número (847) 357-6666 con preguntas acerca del concurso. Si su hijo está interesado en participar, por favor complete el formulario de participación. Si no puede imprimir el formulario electrónico, por favor pregunte en la oficina de su escuela por una copia en papel.
Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, all 9th grade students are required to show proof of a dental exam within the past 18 months. The IDPH Dental Form is attached.
The Smile Illinois-Mobile Dentists will be available to Mead Junior High School students in April. The Smile Illinois-Mobile Dentists provide exams, teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment. The exam by the Smile Dentists will fulfill the 9th grade dental requirement. Please complete the attached application form and return to the school nurse. Please contact the school nurse at 847-357-6016 if you have any questions.
Dear District 54 Families and Staff:
Now that winter has truly arrived, I wanted to revisit with you District 54’s procedures regarding how we make the decision to close schools or cancel after-school/evening activities. District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as Chicagoland winters) sometimes dictate that we close.
Please know that every decision we make revolves around what is best for our students. In deciding whether to close school for the day, our top concern is whether we believe the more than 15,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car). We cancelled after-school activities on Jan. 18 and 22 because the roads were predicted to become dangerous due to the precipitation. Our hope was to get students home safely before that occurred.
District 54 refers to the National Weather Service (www.weather.gov) to monitor weather advisories and warnings. Currently, the site is predicting an arctic air mass will bring a period of bitterly cold conditions Thursday night into next week. To help you prepare for that possibility, here are our cold weather guidelines.
Wind Chill Warning
- A wind chill warning is typically issued when the wind chill will be -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder OR the actual air temperature is -15°F.
- Classes and extracurricular activities will be cancelled.
Wind Chill Advisory
- A wind chill advisory is typically issued when the wind chill is -20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.
- Schools will be open, but students will not go outside for recess or PE.
Most importantly, remember that parents and guardians ultimately make the decision whether to send their children to school. If you decide to keep your child home on a day in which the weather is extremely inclement, the absence will be considered excused and your child will be given every opportunity to make up missed work.
If we were to close school, we will call and email all District 54 families (students and staff) by 6:30 a.m. that day (at the latest). District 54 often waits until the morning to cancel school, because the weather in the Chicagoland area is constantly changing and we hope that we can have school.
More information can be found online at sd54.org/schoolcancellations. Thank you for working with us to keep District 54 students safe.
Superintendent of Schools
Cold and flu season is here! In order to help keep all of our Mead students and staff healthy, please follow these helpful guidelines:
· If your child is vomiting, having diarrhea, or has a fever of 100 or higher, he/she should not come to school.
· If a student is at school and these symptoms occur, you will receive a call from our school nurse to pick up your child from school.
Students need to remain at home for at least 24 hours after they stop vomiting or having diarrhea and are fever-free without using any fever-reducing medicines.
Please remember to notify the office (847-357-6068) each day your child is absent. Thank you for your cooperation
Margaret Mead Junior High School
If your student plans to try out for one of our athletic teams and/or participate in intramurals, an approved and current physical is required to be on file prior to try-outs or any participation in an inter-scholastic/intramural sport per Board Policy. All new students entering our district must present proof of immunizations and a health examination prior to the first day of attendance. Please note that physicals are good for one year from the date of the exam. If you have additional questions about your child’s physical, please contact our school nurse.
Starting Thursday, August 23, all students who receive (non-paid) busing are eligible to take one of our late run buses. The buses depart Mead at 4:00 PM every weekday with the exception of Wednesdays. Maps of the routes are available in the main office.
Safety for our students and staff is a top priority. As a reminder, traffic needs to enter the Mead parking lot from Biesterfield and exit out to Gibson. Our parking lot is CLOSED for student drop off during arrival 7:15-7:35 and for student pick up during dismissal 2:00-2:20 p.m. Please be careful where you park and drop off your children. Parking too close to a crosswalk can restrict pedestrian visibility and result in a ticket. All students should exit cars from the passenger side of the car only. All students should cross the street only at the crosswalks at the corners of Biesterfield and Gibson. State law requires bus drivers to use their stop signs when children are entering and leaving the bus. Driving through the stop sign can result in a ticket. This also holds true when students are exiting buses in the parking lot. No cars should be moving when the buses are loading and unloading students in the Mead parking lot. Thanks for your attention to these guidelines as we work to keep Mead students safe.