May 16, 2022

Greetings Margaret Mead Community,


Please see below for information about how we continue towards ensuring the Mead community is Fostering Academic Achievement and Creating a Positive Culture.  


Fostering Academic Achievement


Summer Enrichment: It’s hard to believe that summer is already upon us! District 54 has some exciting opportunities for students to continue learning and maintaining their progress throughout the summer months!  To find out more specifics about our Summer Learning Quest, our Summer Reading Lists, and DreamBox click here! These activities are perfect to help sustain your child’s literacy and math skills over the summer or even to prevent boredom on a rainy day!    


2022-23 Registration:  Registration for the 2022-23 school year is open through the Infinite Campus Portal.  Please login to review the current information and make any necessary changes.  If you do not have a portal account, you should have received an email inviting you to create one. As a reminder, all families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year. If we are unable to verify your residency electronically, you will be receiving a letter by U.S. mail which will list the residency documents you can provide to the school office to complete your registration. You are also able to pay the $50 consumable fee for 2022-23, as well as purchase milk and sign up for the instructional device insurance through the portal.  If you believe you will qualify for the Free Lunch Program in the 2022-23 school year, and therefore will receive a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee now. Applications will be available in August for the Free Lunch Program. Information about busing will be mailed the first week in June. Bus passes for those that qualify for free busing will be mailed to you in the beginning of August.   Should you have any questions, please contact our office. 


Important eighth grade information:   

  • Graduation Ceremony: Graduation is an exciting culminating event in the lives of our eighth-grade students. The Mead staff is pleased to share with you the details listed below related to our upcoming graduation event:
    1. The graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 am on Sunday, May 22, at Wintrust Field (also known as Schaumburg Boomers Stadium) 1999 South Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg.  Graduates should arrive no later than 10:00 am and report to the small parking lot on the southeast side of the stadium. Families are asked to park in the west parking lot. A livestream of the ceremony will be posted HERE for those who do not wish to participate in person or are unable to be there that day. All students’ names will be read during the ceremony, whether they attend in person or remotely. Students will be walking on the dirt path along the first base line when they enter, and therefore should wear flat shoes (no heels). Please note that there are other District 54 junior high school graduation ceremonies before and after our ceremony at 10:30 am, so please be respectful of their exit and entrance when arriving and leaving the ceremony.
    2. Tickets for the Graduation CeremonyTickets are required to enter the ceremony. Each family will be limited to six tickets so that we can accommodate everyone. Tickets will be sent home with students on Tuesday, May 17.  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 Tuesday, May 17.  Parents of graduates with last names A-L will sit along the 1st base line.  Parents of graduates with last names M-Z will sit along the 3rd base line. If you have not requested tickets yet, then please call our main office at 847-357-6000 to put your ticket request in.
    3. Graduation Gown Payment Due: Reminder that if your student is participating in the ceremony at Wintrust Field, they are required to order a gown in our school colors.  The gown will cost $17.00.  Please note that District 54 does NOT have graduation caps as part of our ceremonies—only gowns. To pay for your graduation gown, please stop by the Mead office during office hours Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm to make payment.  Graduation gowns and graduation signs will be distributed on Tuesday, May 17 during the school day. 
    4. Where do we enter the stadium? Guests with special needs can enter through the “Main Entrance” and will be guided to a designated seating area on the concourse. All other guests should enter at the “1st Base Gate”.
    5. What happens if it rains on graduation day? If we should have to cancel the ceremony due to inclement weather, we will notify all families by 9:30 am on that day. We will transition to an indoor graduation at 6:00 pm on Monday, May 23 at Conant High School.
    6. Graduation Practice:  Graduation practice for our eighth-grade students will take place  on Friday, May 20, 2022. If your student is participating in the ceremony, then it is a requirement for your student to attend Graduation Practice. The practice will take place in the Mead gymnasium.  
    7. Yearbooks:  For those families that have purchased a yearbook for their student, it is our goal to distribute them to the eighth-grade students the morning of graduation practice on Friday, May 20, 2022.
    8. Chromebook Return:  On Thursday, May 19, 2022, eighth-grade students will be returning their Chromebooks and Chromebook Chargers during their LA periods throughout the day (students will keep their Chromebook cases). The last day for eighth grade students to access their Google account will be Friday, May 20. If your student is in remote learning and not participating in the graduation practice and ceremony, please return your student’s Chromebook and Chromebook charger to school on Friday, May 20.
    9. In closing, the graduation ceremony should be a meaningful, pleasant experience for you as well as your graduate.  For that to happen, we need your cooperation.  Flowers or other gifts should be given to students after the ceremony.  Please remember that applause is the appropriate response at graduation, however it should occur at the conclusion of the ceremony to allow every family to hear the name of their student being read.  
  • If you think your student will participate in a high school summer sport camp and you will need a copy of their physical, please request it by Friday May 20, before their medical records are transferred to the high school.
  • Last day of attendance for all eighth-grade students will be Friday, May 20, 2022.  
  • District 211 has posted some basic information including information about their course placement process on their website at Incoming Freshman Information. Please contact your student’s prospective high school if you have any questions about your student’s high school transition.     


Adult ESL Conversation Club this Summer:  District 54 is offering a conversational English club for parents who are interested in continuing to build their understanding and use of English. These classes are for those who would like to strengthen their English-speaking skills. Classes will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesdays from June 7 through June 28 via Zoom. Click here to register and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the first class.


Creating a Positive Culture


PTA: 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.   We invite you join us at our final PTA meeting of this school year on May 24.  The Mead Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the selection of the following officers for the Margaret Mead Junior High School PTA for the 2022-2023 year:

  • President: Matthew Rodriguez
  • Vice President: Puneet Jain
  • Recording Secretary: Jamie Thomas
  • Corresponding Secretary: Whitney Dempsey
  • Treasurer: Cheryl Gleason    

Mead Makes a Difference:  Club Unify and the Student Ambassadors are doing a school-wide fundraiser called “Mead Makes a Difference.” Already, our school has welcomed refugees from other parts of the world that are experiencing unfortunate circumstances and challenges, and we are hoping to provide some of these incoming students with supplies and necessities they need to feel prepared and safe while at school.   Our goal is to collect as many school supplies as possible to fill backpacks that students can receive upon registering to our school and starting their first day.  While there can be used or open packages (such as loose-leaf papers or scissors), the materials must be in good or usable condition (no dried-out markers or broken pencils). To add a little more fun to this philanthropy, we have organized Advocacies into random teams (found on the slides presentation). Each team is assigned a color associated with a backpack and a box found in the cafeteria and will have a colored dot placed on their door to identify which team their Advocacy is supporting.  Each Wednesday during Advocacy, students who bring materials to school will be called down by team to put their materials in their team’s box. The students will receive one special ticket per item they donate, which can then be entered into a raffle to win weekly prizes. The team with the most donations will be announced at the end of the school year!


March to Mead Made: Your students have worked extremely hard this school year—we are excited to end the school year strong and ask for your continued support.  The program reward students who show Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience every day at Mead.  The details of the program are below for your reference.  Your student’s Advocacy teacher will be in communication with your student about their point progress in each of these areas.  In addition, if your student is not on track to make our school-wide goal, then your student’s Advocacy teacher and Dean Csuk will be in touch with you to let you know so you can reinforce the importance of ending the school year Mead Made!  We look forward to seeing our students finishing the school year Mead Made—thanks in advance for your support!  Please review the program details below and let me know if you have any questions.   

  • Goal of the March to Mead Made program is to help our students end the school year Mead Made so they can be eligible to participate in the following year-end events:
    • Sunday, May 22:  8th grade graduation ceremony
    • Wednesday, May 25: 7th grade Field Day 
  • Students will be awarded points weekly.  On Wednesdays during Advocacy, each Advocacy teacher will share your student’s total points with them and how many more points that they will need to participate in the end of the year events.  Students will be required to get at least 80% of possible points to be eligible for the end of year privileges above. The points will be awarded in three areas:  
  1. Every week, students will be awarded points in RESPECT
      • Receiving ONE (or less) minor referrals in a week
      • Receiving ZERO major referrals in a week
  1. Every week, students will be awarded points in RESPONSIBILITY
      • Having FOUR or less tardies to class in a week
  1. Every week, students will be awarded points in RESILIENCE
      • NOT being required to participate in the Class Work Support Program for significant missing assignments during the week


Track and Field: Track and Field finishes their season 5/16 @ D54 Conference Meet at Conant High School.  


Important upcoming dates: 

  • Friday, May 20:  Last day of attendance for 8th grade students
  • Sunday, May 22:  8th grade graduation ceremony at Wintrust Field
  • Wednesday, May 25:  Last day of attendance for 7th grade students


Please visit our Mead JHS Website for the building calendar.  Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, 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.