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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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,