News

September 13, 2021

Greetings Margaret Mead Community,

 

Please see below for information about Fostering Academic Achievement and Creating a Positive Culture as our standards of success at Mead.   

 

Fostering Academic Achievement

 

Fall Student Goal-Setting Conferences on October 7 and 8:  We look forward to connecting with you at our upcoming student conferences on Thursday, October 7, and Friday, October 8.  Our Mustangs have started reflecting on the start of the school year and setting personal “Mead Made” goals in the areas of academics and culture.  Students will be asked to go through their Fall 2021 Student Goal-Setting slide deck with you during conferences.  Starting Friday, October 1, you will have the opportunity to sign up for individual conferences with your student’s teachers.  Because space is limited, we ask that you only schedule conferences with teachers whom you have questions/concerns about your student’s classroom performance.  The times of the conferences will be on Thursday, October 7 from 12:00-4:30 pm and 5:15-7:45 pm and on Friday, October 8 from 7:30-9:30 am.  We will be sending out the link to sign-up for conferences with accompanying directions soon. 

 

Academic Support:  If your student requires support with mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, Spanish, 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 portal website by selecting “forgot password”.  You can also pay your students fees through your parent portal account.  This includes your $50 consumable fee, optional instructional device insurance (grades 3-8 only), and milk.  The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15, $25 if not received by February 1, and $35 if not received by April 1.  If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office.  
  • 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 child manage their Google Calendar.   
  • Mead Homework Website:  On a daily basis, you can see what assignments your child 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 child’s assignment list!
  • After-School Academic Content Study Halls:  Our language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science teachers are hosting after-school content study halls that are open to all students who either need academic support from content specialists or just want a quiet place to study with peers at Mead.  Please have your student talk with their teachers about the afterschool content study hall schedule—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: Starting Thursday, September 23, 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 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.   

 

Chromebook Insurance: Please see attached for the optional School District 54 Chromebook Protection Plan (insurance).  Please see below for general information about the optional Insurance:

  • Nonrefundable Premium:  $25 annually
  • Deductible:  $50
  • Maximum Coverage Per Year:  $250
  • Lost/Stolen or Unrepairable Cost:  $250 per Chromebook
  • Coverage Time: One (1) school year
  • Effective Date:  First day of school. 
  • Expiration Date:  The last day of school before summer vacation or the date a student leaves District 54

Student Attendance: To create a successful school year for students and teachers, attendance and punctuality are very important. Students who are absent miss a great deal of classroom instruction. Regular, daily attendance is a key factor for school success and is required by law. Unnecessary absence from school may have a negative effect on a student’s attitude, work habits, and progress.  However, students who are ill should not be sent to school for their own good and the welfare of others.  Parents/guardians are asked to continue to monitor their student for symptoms of COVID-19, keep their student home if they are ill, and immediately share with us if your student or a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19. Employees are asked to do the same.  All individuals are required to stay at home while symptomatic and are encouraged to test for COVID-19. COVID-19 Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Please call 847-357-6002 by 8:00 am each day your student will be absent.  Please make every effort to schedule vacations and medical appointments around the school calendar.  Any student absences not reported will be marked at unexcused.  Excessive unexcused absences will be considered truant behavior.  Students and/or parents may check the Mead website for homework, email a teacher or leave a message for a teacher through voicemail. The Parent Portal is also available for checking missing assignments, attendance and tardies.  The link can be found HERE.  Additionally, students can access the calendars of individual Google Classrooms and find information about the day’s lesson and assignments.

 

Eighth Grade High School Transition: District 211 has posted some basic information including information about their course placement process on their website at Incoming Freshman Information.  District 211 has informed us that the high school placement examination (PSAT 8/9) is scheduled for Saturday, October 16.  Please contact your student’s prospective high school for more information about testing details.    

 

 

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.  Please join us for our first PTA General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 pm via Zoom.  To join the Zoom Meeting, we will be sending out a Zoom link soon.  At this PTA General Membership Meeting, we will be approving the 21-22 Mead PTA budget.  

 

Bell Schedule:  Starting today and for the rest of the school year, your Mustang will follow the bell schedule below weekly.  

 

 

COVID Dashboard:  With suburban Cook County now in a level of high community transmission of COVID-19 (Cook County Department of Public Health), District 54 has decided to create COVID Dashboards on each school’s website to provide families and staff with a transparent summary of instances of COVID-19 reported to District 54. A positive case indicates that the student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Please report cases of COVID-19 to our school so that we can initiate contact tracing. Parents/guardians of students identified as close contacts will be contacted directly to discuss next steps. District 54 will update these dashboards by 3:00 pm on Fridays when school is in session. Click HERE to access our dashboard.

 

School Safety Drills:  You send your children to us every day with the expectation that we will not only teach them, but also keep them safe. I can assure you that this is a trust that District 54 does not take lightly.  As required by the Illinois School Code, our schools participate in fire, severe weather, bus evacuation and emergency response drills throughout the school year to ensure our students and employees know what to do should an emergency occur.  On Wednesday, September 15, our school will participate in both a hard lockdown and an evacuation drill.  Our past experience in conducting drills has shown us that most students are able to participate with the understanding that it is just a drill. However, we do allow parents/guardians to exempt a child from the drill. Should you feel this situation would be too traumatic for your child or should you want more information about the drills, please contact me at 847-357-6070.  Under state law, schools must still provide alternative safety education related to an active threat to students who do not participate in the lockdown drill.  Each year the entire District 54 staff is trained on our crisis prevention and response plan, which was developed in coordination with our local police and fire departments. We review these plans annually with all of the fire and police departments that serve our schools because we work cooperatively to keep students safe. After each drill, we reflect as a staff and with local emergency responders to determine if there are any procedures we might need to review with the staff and students.  We also focus on prevention by forming relationships with our students to provide support when they need it, and so that they feel comfortable reporting to us when they hear or see concerning behaviors. Please reinforce this with your children at home. Let them know that they can also come to you when they feel unsafe and remind them that they should report any suspicions and concerns about school safety.  If it was a real emergency, and not a drill, every phone number associated with your child’s record will be called using our notification system. We will also email parents/guardians and provide information on our website. We appreciate your cooperation and promise to communicate with you as soon as possible. Please be patient as our first priority will be the safety of our students and staff.  While your natural instinct as a parent in an emergency is to go to your child’s school or to call the school office in an emergency, please understand that doing so may significantly impede the response capabilities of our local emergency responders. In addition, it is sometimes necessary to evacuate students to another location.  The safety of your children is very important to our staff. Should you have any questions about this drill, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Lou Malnati’s Give Back Day – September 15:  Lou Malnati’s will donate 20% of total sales to the District 54 Education Foundation (20% based on pre-tax purchase, excluding alcohol) from every order received from Dine-In, Carryout or Delivery (within zone). The Foundation will be using all funds from this event to provide immediate financial assistance to struggling families through the Crisis Fund. This also includes online and app ordering. Use code FUNDD5421. Make sure to mention the Lou Malnati’s Give Back Flyer or fundraiser during your phone order.  This fundraiser is at the following Lou Malnati’s locations:

  • Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg (1 S. Roselle Road) from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Lou Malanti’s Barrington Rd. (357 S. Barrington Road) from 4:00 – 10:00 pm

 

Picture Day Ordering:  Go to www.mylifetouch.com and use Mead’s unique School ID/Picture Day ID: EVTKSK2TH and submit and pay for your order.

 

Social Emotional Learning:  At Mead during Advocacy, we have been talking about “Fairness and Integrity” and would like to share ways to continue the learning at home. Talking with your children will reinforce the social emotional life skills needed. Enjoy the valuable discussions as a family.

  • When we live the key of Integrity, we match our values with our behaviors. What are our family values? What do we do to show these values? 
  • Discuss times when living in Integrity can be challenging and how family members can support each other in remaining integrity.  Share the benefits of leading a life of Integrity.

 

Girls Basketball and Cross Country are now in full season—it has been great seeing our Mustang student-athletes competing for the Big Green!  Girls basketball plays on 9/14 @ Frost, 9/21 @ Eisenhower, 9/23 v. Addams, 9/27 @ Keller, 9/28 vs. Frost, 10/1, 10/4 and 10/5 @ D54 Conference Tournament.  Boys & Girls Cross Country run on 9/14 vs. Frost, 9/21 vs. Eisenhower, 9/23 @ Addams, 9/28 vs. Keller and LP, 9/30 @ Frost, 10/4 @ D54 Conference Meet.  Good luck, Mustangs!  

 

Clubs and Intramural Sports:   Please encourage your child to get involved in these upcoming club offerings: Bocce Club, Golf Club, Soccer Intramurals, Coding Club, Garden Club, Fluid Power Challenge, Science Seekers Lab 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! 

 

21-22 Yearbook:  Don’t forget to order your 2021-2022 yearbook! Yearbooks must be pre-ordered. This year will be a 64-page hardcover book and delivered in May. Go to www.jostensyearbooks.com to order and pay by credit card. 

School District 54 Food Pantry at Mead:  The D54 Food Pantry at Mead is ready to serve our District 54 families for the 2021-2022 school year.  Orders will be taken through an ONLINE website again this year.   All orders will be packed and ready to go 2 days after the order is placed. Orders must be  picked up within 5 days.  Pantry hours are 7:45 am  to  3:30 pm Monday -Friday.  Please click on this LINK to place your order online.  If you have any questions, please call (847) 357-6000.  Our D54 Food Pantry Supervisors at Mead are Kailee Falvo and Beth Knief.  Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.   District 54 has set up a District 54 Food Pantry Donation page for families to donate money through the Infinite Campus Portal.  To make a monetary donation, please log in to the Infinite Campus Portal HERE

Important upcoming dates: 

  • Wednesday, September 15:  Half-day of student attendance due to Mead Staff Inservice:
    1. Students will be dismissed at 10:45 am
    2. We will be facilitating our first hard lockdown and fire evacuation drills of the year during the morning.  
  • Thursday, September 23:  Class Work Support Program begins
  • Friday, September 24-Sunday, September 26:  Due to the suburban Cook County now in a level of high community transmission of COVID-19 (Cook County Department of Public Health), School District 54 has made the decision to move the 2021 Run to Read to a virtual format only.  Our goal for this race has always been to promote health and fitness.  In 2021, that includes a focus on keeping our students and staff, and their families, healthy so that we can continue to keep our students attending school in person.   We hope that you will join us by walking or running 1-mile, 5K, 10K, kids’ sprint, or any distance you prefer during race weekend—September 24-26.  If you sign-up, you will be sent a t-shirt and medal to your D54 school and encourage you to wear the t-shirt during your virtual race, take a photo and tag us on social media at #54Run2Read.  The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit sd54.org/runtoread.
  • Thursday, October 7 and Friday, October 8:  Fall Student Goal-Setting Conferences
  • Monday, October 11:  No school
  • Friday, November 5:  End of first trimester
  • Friday, November 12:  Picture re-take day
  • Monday, November 22:  Winter MAP window opens
  • Wednesday, November 24-Friday, November 26:  Thanksgiving break

 

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.

 

Have a great week,  

 

Scott