Mead Charity Walk- May 26, 2017

Chipotle Fundraiser for Mead Charity Walk: Tuesday, May 23 from 4-8pm

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support 2017 Charity Walk/Mead Jr High. Come in to the Chipotle at 910 Elk Grove Town Center in Elk Grove Village on Tuesday, May 23rd between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to 2017 Charity Walk/Mead Jr High.

Chipolte Charity Walk Flyer

Friday May 19- Spirit Day: Soccer Day

Mead Magnet Science Symposium Winners

Congratulations to the top three winners in the first annual google science symposium.
3rd Place was Hiteshi for her work with making earbuds safer, 2nd place was Anika who figured out a way to slow down bananas from rotting and finally in First place was Monika who researched a way to more effectively diagnose patients in hospitals.

Congrats!  You have all made the world a better place with science.

Here our the websites that display their work:

1st Monika
2nd Anika
3rd Hiteshi

Mead welcomes presenters for eighth-grade Career Day

Mead Junior High School welcomed more than a dozen guests for eighth grade Career Day May 12. Among the Students listen to a police officer talk about his careerfields represented were broadcast journalism, software engineering, sports marketing, chemistry, photography, military recruiting, nursing, social work, law enforcement and broadcast journalism. In addition to sharing with students specifics pertaining to their careers, the presenters stressed the importance of keeping an open mind, putting the best self forward and taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves in the years to come.

Mead Staff and Students Present at TECH 2017

Students and staff members from three District 54 schools have been selected to participate in TECH 2017 on May 9 at the State Capitol Building in Springfield.

Keller Junior High Science Teacher Dana Sorensen, Mead Junior High Science Teacher Thomas Pfeifer and Stevenson Elementary School Library Resource Teacher Lauren Rivera will bring students to the Capitol to present classroom technology projects. A total of 98 school teams from throughout Illinois were selected to participate in the day-long event to which elected officials, business leaders and the general public are invited. Participating school teams are provided tables in the Capitol Building to showcase project information.

Mead Junior High – Say Goodbye to 3-Panel Science Fair Posters – Say Hello to Web-Based Science and STEM Projects

Thomas Pfeifer’s magnet students at Mead are participating in a digital science fair. Rather than presenting their scientific investigations on tri-board posters, the students are participating in the competition by sharing videos, slides, spreadsheets and/or documents via individualized websites. This provides an opportunity to communicate and collaborate on their critical thinking with a virtual audience, which could include judges, peers, experts and mentors. Pfeifer is working on the project with District 54 technology coach Erin Whalen.

Check out their article in the Chicago Tribune!

Read more about their project: Margaret Mead Junior High’s Technology Story (1)

Ten Mead student projects qualify for State History Day Competition

Ten projects by Mead Junior High School students were selected to participate in the Illinois History Day Competition May 4. The following students’ projects qualified for the state event by earning superior scores at the Regional History Fair.

  • Tyler for a paper called Conspiracy!: The Trial of the Chicago Seven
  • Jennifer for a paper called A Communistic Crowd: The Impact of Communism on the Great Strike of 1877 and the Stand for Worker’s Rights
  • Rahi for a paper called The Chicago Freedom Movement, Taking a Stand to Oversee Failure
  • Adya, Meglan and Anika for a documentary called A Cannon Shot Straight For Equality: One Woman’s Fight for an Education
  • Medhika, Araha and Sebastian for a performance called Lucy Page Gaston and the Fight Against the Tobacco Industry
  • Sanjana, Logan and Arina for a performance called The Open Door: Harriet Monroe’s Stand for Poets
  • Vickie for a website called Girl Reporter: A Voice For The Unborn Child
  • Peter and Evan for a website called Gale Cincotta and the Fight Against Redlining
  • Monika, Joey and Stella for an exhibit called Dr. Margaret Burroughs & the DuSable Museum
  • Natalia, Skye and Johnathon for an exhibit called The Pullman Strike

According to, each year more than half a million students participate. Students choose a historical topic related to the theme, conduct research, analyze and interpret their sources, and then draw a conclusion about the significance of their topic. Students can present their work as a research paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary or a website. Professional educators and historians serve as the judges. The theme this year was Taking a Stand in History.

Spirit Day: Clone Day- May 12

Sports Physicals Opportunity

As a reminder, all students wishing to participate in sports and other activities available at the school will need a current physical on file with the school nurse. Physicals are good for one calendar year, so now is the perfect time to get these appointments schedules. To assist, the Hanover Township Office of Community Health is offering sports physicals and back-to-school immunizations with dates available over the next several months. Please see the flyer for more information. If you have additional questions about your child’s physical, please contact our school nurse.

Child Health Exam Form

MAP Testing- May 8-11

This week, Mead students will complete the spring MAP assessments for both reading and math. Students will takes these tests during their normally scheduled language arts and math classes Monday through Thursday. We are confident that our students do well and we are excited to share their progress with you. Please remind your student to charge his or her Chromebook each night to ensure that it is ready for testing. Additionally, we ask that you are considerate of these dates in the scheduling of appointments for your children during the school day.