June 21, 2024

Dear Mead Families,
We are eagerly anticipating your student’s arrival to Mead in August and hope they are getting excited about the upcoming school year as a Mead Mustang!  This email is to inform you of important information as you prepare your student for the new school year. 
On August 7, your student’s schedule will be visible on the Infinite Campus Portal HERE.   Please know that our priority when creating your student’s class schedule is ensuring that your student is placed in the appropriate core content subject classes (language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and PE/health).  Once those classes are scheduled, every effort will be made to honor your student’s elective requests.  However, due to priority scheduling placed on core content class placement, we cannot guarantee that your student will get the electives they have requested.   With nearly 650 students in our school, the task of ensuring that all students are placed into both of their requested electives is challenging.  You will receive more information regarding your student’s class schedule in August.  
The 2024-25 school supply list is attached for your reference. District 54 has set up an option for families to purchase school supplies online.  If this is something you choose to do, please refer to the attached supply list as you navigate the purchase site found on our Mead homepage HERE to help you better determine the supplies needed for your student.  Your student will be able to drop off their school supplies during our Mead Made day detailed below or during the first days of school.  
Your student will be randomly assigned a hallway locker where they can keep their instructional materials and personal items.  Their locker assignment and combination is unique to them and not to be shared.  Please note that 8th grade students will keep the same locker assignment and combination that they used during their 7th grade school year—only current 7th grade students will receive a new locker assignment.   Each student’s locker assignment and combination will be typed on the top of their class schedule that they can pick up at Mead Made Day or during their first day of school.  
In lieu of Information Day this school year, we will be hosting a scaled down version called Mead Made Day. Please see below for information about this optional and fun way to get your student acclimated to Mead Junior High. 

  • 7th grade students are invited for their Mead Made Day on Thursday, August 8 from 9:00-11:00 am or 1:00-3:00 pm and 8th grade students are invited for their Mead Made Day on Friday, August 9 from 9:00-11:00 am or 1:00-3:00 pm. An adult must accompany each student to Mead Made Day.    
  • Please enter through door 1 (main entrance) on the east side of the building where one of our wonderful secretaries will welcome you in!   They will provide you with a Mead Made Day checklist that will include a building map, fun scavenger hunt, and directions on how you can show off your Mead Made spirit during your visit!  
  • Prior to this day, please login into the Infinite Campus Portal to view your student’s schedule so you can purchase their school supplies to drop off in their locker during your Mead Made Day visit. 
  • On this day, your student can pick up a copy of their class schedule with their locker assignment and combination typed on top of the schedule—they will need this schedule and locker assignment and combination during their first days of school.    
  • On this day, your student can pick up the “Welcome to Mead” folder—please take the time to read through the contents in the folder to answer important questions about Mead and the upcoming school year. 
  • During your walk around the building, make sure you to stop by your student’s locker to drop-off school supplies, decorate the inside of their locker (make sure there is a picture of the family in there 😊), and practice opening their locker as many times as needed.  We then encourage your student to walk the hallways of Mead to find their classrooms.
  • On this day, you can visit our front office where you can turn in completed registration documents, pay for an optional milk fee, and/or pay optional Chromebook Insurance
  • On this day, you can visit our School Nurse to turn in completed physical form and update nurse with regard to your student’s medical information. 

Mead Made Day is devoted to helping your Mustang start the school year by getting acclimated to the school before the busyness of the year starts on August 15 and 16!
The 2024-2025 school year will start for seventh grade students on Thursday, August 15, with a special day devoted to just the incoming seventh graders. On this day, seventh grade students are asked to bring a lunch to eat, their school supplies, and their class schedule. The day is designed to provide positive experiences for our seventh graders that will ensure a smooth transition from the elementary to the junior high school and lessen the anxiety. On this day, seventh grade students will have opportunities to familiarize themselves with the building, staff, and students at their new school, practice opening their own lockers, and hear a number of meaningful presentations including a preview of all of the great activities and sports offered at Mead. The school year will start for eighth grade students on Friday, August 16.  This day is exclusively devoted to learning about what it means to be Mead Made! On this day, all students are asked to bring a lunch to eat, their school supplies, and their class schedule. During the first days of school, we will be reviewing with the students a number of school policies.  Please take a moment to talk with your student about key points found in the Mead Family-Student Handbook located on our Mead website by clicking HERE.       
Please note that junior high school hours are earlier than elementary school hours.  We start the school day at 7:38 a.m. with the entry bell ringing at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:15 p.m.  Please note:  Beginning Wednesday, August 23, every Wednesday is designated for staff development.  Students are dismissed 30 minutes early on Wednesdays at 1:45 pm.  
If your student is eligible to ride a bus to and from school, then the District 54 Transportation Department will mail your student’s bus pass to your home before school begins in August.  If your student rides the bus to and from school, please note the following procedures:

  • All students riding a bus are required to show their bus pass upon boarding the bus.  If a student loses their bus pass, a replacement bus pass may be acquired in the main office.
  • If your student is assigned a bus, please encourage them to take the bus home after school for safety reasons.
  • For students who choose to stay after school hours for sports and/or clubs, we do run an activity bus that will take your student home.  The bus begins loading students at 3:50 pm and departs Mead at 4:00 pm.  Please encourage your student to take advantage of the activity bus and stay at Mead for our great extra-curricular offerings.

If your student plans to try out for one of our athletic teams and/or participate in intramurals, per School Board Policy, current physicals are required of all students to be on file prior to try-outs and/or participation in any inter-scholastic or intramural sport.  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 physical examinations are good for one year from the date of the exam.  If you have any additional questions about your student’s physical and/or immunizations, please contact our school nurse.
Please note that students are encouraged but not required to wear a Mead JH PE uniform.  During the opening days of school, your student will receive a PE uniform order form from their PE teacher.  If you would like to purchase items, then please complete the order form and then bring the completed order form with cash or check (made out to Mead Junior High School) back to Mead so your student can give it to their PE teacher.  
We encourage our Mustangs to get involved in extra-curricular activities during their time at Mead. Girls Basketball starts on Tuesday, August 20 and Girls/Boys Cross Country starts on Thursday, August 22. Please note that both sports require a current physical on file to participate. Please visit our “Mead Sports” page HERE on our website for more information.  
District 54 will continue to implement a digital learning program that includes issuing a Chromebook laptop computer to all junior high school students.  Students will receive their Chromebooks on Wednesday, August 21.
We have an absolutely amazing and dedicated PTA that works diligently to support our students.   In August, you will be able to pre-order weekly PTA Hot Lunch for your student.  Our PTA website will be updated frequently with information about how you can support Mead.  The Mead website, PTA website, and our community emails serve as wonderful forms of communication to send out regular updates. Please visit our Mead PTA Facebook page for information including how to join the PTA and how to sign up for volunteer opportunities through our PTA.  
Thank you to our wonderful Mead PTA for facilitating our Mead Spirit Wear Shop!  To access the online shop, please click on this LINK and shop away–the spirit wear shop is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year!  Once you have placed your order, your items will be delivered to Mead JH.  For current Mead students, we will send your ordered items home with your Mustang.  A portion of the purchase will support the Mead PTA.
We look forward to supporting your student as they make this exciting transition to a new school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the coming school year, please feel free to contact me at any time. 
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M. Scott Ross