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Mead Weekly Update 03/22

Illinois Assessment of Readiness – IAR

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.

Mead Students Create Science Podcasts

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.

IX District 54 Spanish Language Speech Contest

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 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.

Promo Video:

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: 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.

New Dental Requirements For 9th Grade Students

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.

IDPH Dental Form

Smile Dental Clinic Application

District 54 Cold Weather Plan

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 ( 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 Thank you for working with us to keep District 54 students safe.


Andy DuRoss

Superintendent of Schools

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Sports Physicals

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.

Interscholastic Sports Permission form

Late Bus Runs

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.

Student Pick Up/Drop off

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.