February 20, 2024

Greetings Margaret Mead Community,
This past Friday, February 16 during the half-day of attendance, we held a “We Are One Day” where our students and staff took time away from typical daily instruction to learn about the responsibility that we all have to each other.  Our students spent a portion of their date with a keynote message from Peter Dankelson who reminded our students that we all have the power to make change in ourselves and for each other.  Students then worked with their Advocacy classrooms taking part in engaging lessons/experiences around increasing belongingness, respecting other’s dignity, and understanding that they matter at Mead.  We encourage you to discuss with your student their take-aways from what they learned during this day.  As always, know that we as a school are here to support and empower your student.   Days like this past Friday are chances for us to recommit ourselves to the Fostering Academic Achievement and Creating a Positive Culture that we work hard to create every day at Mead.  Please read below for more information about these goals.  
Fostering Academic Achievement
End of Trimester 2 is Wednesday, February 28.  Please talk with your student about completing all missing assignments before the conclusion of the trimester.  We will be working with students who have an excessive amount of missing assignments over the next week to ensure all work is completed and submitted before the close of the trimester. 
Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR): Each spring, students in District 54 take federally mandated assessments (IAR) designed to help school districts understand how our students are growing academically.  This year, the IAR-English Language Arts test will be given March 4, 5, and 6 during your student’s language arts classes and the IAR-Math Assessment will be given March 11, 12, and 13 during your student’s mathematics classes. 
English a Second Language Classes for Adults: District 54 is offering classes to learn how to speak English at Nerge School. These classes are for all parents who are interested in learning basic English conversation skills as well as beginning reading and writing skills in English. Classes will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays from February 8 through March 21. To register for a class session, visit the following registration form in your preferred language:

Kindergarten Registration: The countdown to an extraordinary journey has begun! Kindergarten registration for the 2024-2025 school year is now open! If you have a child who will be starting kindergarten in August 2024, we encourage you to visit our new Welcome to Kindergarten website and begin registration today. As a current District 54 family, you will register through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account.  If you do not have your login, please contact [email protected]. After completing the online portion of your student’s kindergarten registration, please call our school to make an appointment to turn in necessary documents. If you can, bring your future kindergartner with you, as we have a special surprise for them! District 54 is also asking for your help in spreading the word about kindergarten registration. If you know of a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2024, please encourage the family to register today by visiting the website. The sooner students enroll, the sooner District 54 will know how many kindergarten teachers we need to best serve our kindergarten class of 2024-25. 

Eighth Grade Student Information: The end of the school year is an exciting and important time for the eighth grade students at Margaret Mead Junior High.   We look forward to celebrating your student’s eighth grade graduation and want to be sure to highlight pertinent information for your family. Please see below for important information for our graduating Mustangs:

  • Graduation Ceremony: The graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30 pm on Sunday, June 2 at Wintrust Field (also known as Schaumburg Boomers Stadium) 1999 South Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg.  Graduates should arrive no later than 4:00 pm and report to the small parking lot on the southeast side of the stadium.   Families are asked to park in the south parking lot. A livestream of the ceremony will be posted to the District 54 YouTube Channel for those who are unable to attend the ceremony. All students’ names will be read during the ceremony, whether they attend or not. Students will be walking on the dirt path and grass on the baseball field and therefore should wear flat shoes (no heels). Please note that there is another District 54 junior high school graduation ceremony before our ceremony at 2:30 pm, so please be respectful of their exit when entering our ceremony. In the event of rain, we will hold our graduation ceremony on Monday, June 3 at William Fremd High School at 6:00 pm.  If we have to cancel the ceremony on June 2 due to rain, we will notify all families on that day.
  • Graduation Ceremony Tickets: Tickets are required to enter the ceremony. Wintrust Field is asking that we assign each family to six tickets. Students will sit on the field with their classmates, while families will sit in the stands. We will be sending tickets indicating your assigned seats home with your graduate on Friday, May 31.  Families of graduates with last names A-M will sit along the first base line.   Families of graduates with last names M-Z will sit along the third base line.  Please complete the Graduation Ceremony Survey HERE by Monday, April 1, to determine which students will be participating and how many tickets your family will need.  Thank you for your quick response to the survey.
  • Entering the Stadium: Families of graduates will enter the stadium at the “First Base Gate” on the south end of the stadium and will sit in their designated seats.  Guests with special needs can enter through the “Main Entrance” and once in the stadium a designated seating is available on the concourse.    
  • Graduation Gowns: Graduation gowns will be distributed on Friday, May 31 during the school day. Reminder that if your student is participating in the ceremony at Wintrust Field, they are required to wear a gown in our school colors.  Please note that District 54 does NOT have graduation caps as part of our ceremonies—only gowns. We recommend that students wear dress clothes under the gown. If your graduate still needs to purchase a graduation gown, then please call our main office at 847-357-6000 and we can assist you.
  • Graduation Practice: Graduation practice for our eighth-grade students will take place in the gym starting at 8:00 am on Friday, May 31. If your student is participating in the ceremony, then they are required to attend practice on this day.
  • Yearbooks:  For those families that have purchased a yearbook for their student, it is our goal to distribute them to the eighth-grade students during graduation practice on Friday, May 31.
  • Chromebooks On Thursday, May 30, eighth-grade students will be returning their Chromebooks and chargers. The last day for eighth grade students to access their Google account will be Friday, May 31. If your student is not participating in the graduation practice and ceremony, please return their Chromebook and charger to school on Friday, May 31.
  • Last Day of School: The last day of attendance for eighth grade students will be on Friday, May 31. 
  • Eighth Grade DanceWe are excited to announce that the eighth grade dance is scheduled for Friday, May 17.  Thank you to our wonderful PTA for planning this special event!  More details to come.  
  • District 211 has updated its comprehensive transition guidebook for the high school graduating class of 2027.  The guidebook highlights important information the families of current 8th grade students will want to know.  Each District 211 high school has a unique version of the Class of 2027 Transition Guidebook.  You can locate electronic copies of each high school’s guidebook on the District 211 webpage devoted to incoming freshmen information.  Please contact your student’s prospective high school for more information about the high school transition.    

Academic Support:  If your student requires support with mathematics, language arts, science, or social studies or just help with organization, then please see below on various ways that we provide support at Mead to ensure your student’s success.

  • The District 54 Infinite Campus Parent Portal provides access for parents and students to information including viewing assignments, attendance, grades, academic schedule, and teacher comments.   If you currently do not have a Parent Portal account, please email [email protected] or you can call our front office at 1-847-357-6000 and our secretaries can assist you.  If you have previously created a Parent Portal account and cannot recall your username or password, then you can reset them yourself from the parent portal by selecting “forgot password”.  You can also pay for optional instructional device insurance and/or milk purchase through your parent portal account.  
  • Chromebooks: We use the organizational tools on the Google platform via Chromebook to help develop your student’s organizational skills and learn responsibility. This platform also serves as a communication tool between home and school.  Please remind your student to charge their Chromebook nightly and to bring their power cord with them to school every day.  For more information about Chromebooks, please click here: What is a Chromebook?   In addition, please click on this link: Parent/Community Instructions for Accessing their Child’s Google Calendar for helpful information for you to help your student manage their Google Calendar.  
  • Mead Homework Website:   On a daily basis, you can see what assignments your student has to complete and to see when they have upcoming tests/assessments by visiting our Mead homepage and clicking on our Mead Homework Website—you can click on this LINK to begin using it now.  Be sure to bookmark this site to stay up on your student’s assignment list!
  • After-School Academic Content Study Halls:  Our language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science teachers will be hosting after-school content study halls that will be open to all students who either need academic support from content specialists or just want a quiet place to study with peers at Mead.  The study hall schedule will be provided to your student soon—we encourage them to take advantage of these opportunities.  Please know that teachers are also available by appointment by emailing your student’s teachers to request extra help either before or after school.  
  • Class Work Support Program: If your student has 5 or more missing assignments, then your student will take part in our Class Work Support Program to support their missing assignment completion.  The Class Work Support Program includes some or all of the following:
    1. A Class Work Guide (Mead staff member) may meet with your student to develop a plan to complete their missing assignments for the week. 
    2. An optional Afterschool Class Work Support Study Hall may be required for your student to attend after-school on Monday or Tuesday to provide a protected time afterschool to hold them accountable and support them in completing their missing assignments. 
    3. A daily check-in with a Mead staff member to review a daily homework sheet to support your student’s organization. 
    4. A Class Work Mentor (Mead staff member) may be assigned to them to work with them on organizational skills.   

Creating a Positive Culture
PTA: Please see below for important information from our wonderful PTA:

  • The Mead PTA invites any interested families to attend this year’s District 54 PTA Auction on Friday, March 15 at the Belvedere in Elk Grove Village.  The cost of the auction is $40 that covers dinner.  If you are interested, then please email [email protected]
  • The Mead PTA is looking for members interested in being a part of the Staff Appreciation Week Committee and Eighth Grade Dance Committee.  If you are interested, then please email [email protected]
  • The Mead PTA is accepting donations of gift cards to use as giveaways for upcoming PTA events.  If you received gift cards for the holidays that you’d be willing to donate to our PTA, then bring them to the Mead front office and we will get them to our PTA.  
  • Thank you to our wonderful Mead PTA for creating our brand-new 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.  For our future Mead students, we will inter-school mail your ordered items to be delivered to your student’s elementary school office to be sent home with your future Mustang.  A portion of the purchase will support the Mead PTA.
  • The Mead PTA has set a goal to increase the number of PTA members at Mead this school year.  Please join the Mead PTA by clicking HERE!  
  • 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. 
  • Please join us for our next PTA meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 14 starting at 7:00 pm. 
  •  If you are available and interested in volunteering to serve hot lunches to our Mustangs, please click on the link HERE. Hot Lunch is served every Thursday. We have 2 sessions to volunteer: 9:45-11:00 am and 11:30 am-12:15 pm. 

Happiness Hang: Mead students are invited to stay after school on Friday, March 1 until the 4:00 pm bus to kick-off District 54’s “Happiness Month” and enjoy some positive activities with their friends and Mead staff. The rooms and activities are based on Shawn Achor’s “5 Tenets of Happiness”. Students will RSVP through a Google Form on 2/28/24 to let us know they are joining. Concession will be sold in the café for $1.

U.S. McKinney-Vento Assistance Act defines homeless children as those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime abode. In general, children or youth living in motels, transitional housing, shelters, the street, cars, parks, bus or train stations, abandoned buildings and other inadequate accommodations may be considered eligible for McKinney-Vento services.  Please visit our website for more information.
Girls Volleyball and Wrestling continue their strong seasons this week!  Girls Volleyball plays 2/20 vs. Addams, 2/22 vs. Eisenhower, and 2/26, 2/27, and 2/29 @ D54 tournament.  Wrestling grapples 2/20 @ Addams, 2/22 @ Eisenhower, and 2/27 and 2/29 @ D54 tournament.   
Mead Dental Clinic: Once again, we are pleased to have the Smile Illinois-Mobile Dentists return to Mead Jr High. The dental team will be coming on Monday March 4. They will provide exams, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants. This is an optional one-day service only. You may register your student to participate in the dental clinic by clicking on the link and completing the form in its entirety linked here a At the top next to the Smile phone number there is a drop-down box for English or Spanish. Please complete the form as soon as possible if you would like your student to be seen by the Smile Dental Team on March 4. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Smile Mobile Dentists at 1-800-409-2563.
Clubs and Intramural Sports:   Please encourage your child to get involved in these upcoming offerings: Anime Club, Game Club, Yearbook Club, Club Unify, We Are One Club, Mustang Movement and Meditation, Pride Club, and Mead TV.  Please visit our Clubs and Intramural Sports page on our website for more information and downloadable permission slips for these clubs and intramural sports! 
Illinois Youth Survey: 8th grade students are being asked to participate in a voluntary survey called the Illinois Youth Survey, whose purpose is to better understand Illinois youth risk and protective behaviors as they relate to students and their success. Participation will involve completing a survey (with no names or identification numbers) that will be confidentially administered by a classroom teacher, counselor, or community member who has received training on administering this survey. Mead will be administering the survey the week of April 1 in PE.  Your student’s participation will last no more than one class period. Risks related to participating are minimal, but some questions ask about sensitive topics and personal behavior that might make some students feel uncomfortable. The benefits related to this research include improving your community’s ability to develop programs and strategies to prevent youth problem behaviors and enhance youth development. The alternative to participating in the survey is an alternate activity such as quiet reading in the classroom.  If you have any questions about the survey implementation, please contact the school office. If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois at 217-333-3231. If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the survey, please email me at [email protected] Your decision to deny permission will not in any way influence your future relationship with your student’s school.
Important upcoming dates: 

  • Wednesday, February 28: End of second trimester
  • March 4-6: IAR-ELA
  • March 11-13: IAR-Mathematics
  • March 18, 20-21: ISA
  • Tuesday, March 19: No school
  • March 23-31: Spring Break

Please visit our Mead JHS Website for the building calendar.  Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and watch our YouTube Channel 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 student’s educational success.
Have a great week,