September 26, 2022

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

Eighth Grade High School Transition: 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 including details about placement testing which will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at each of their high schools.  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 testing details.    

Academic Support:  If your student requires academic support 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 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, 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 host after-school content study halls 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 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 Monday, September 26, 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 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 see below for other important information:

  • PTA Hot Lunch Program: Your student can participate in the PTA Hot Lunch program by clicking on this LINK and place your order for upcoming lunches.  Please note that this site allows you to custom order your student’s hot lunch choices and then pay for the selected hot lunches.  For your student to participate in the Hot Lunch program from October through December, payments are due 10/1.  The hot lunches will be served during your student’s lunch period every Thursday from various restaurants in the area.  The PTA is looking for volunteers to serve the hot lunches on Thursdays.  If you are available to volunteer one or more times, please sign up at:  This link is also on the Mead PTA Facebook page.  

Pizza Day:  Reminder that you must pre-order a pizza slice for your student by downloading, printing, and sending this ORDER FORM back to Mead ASAP.  We will be serving Tre Amici Cheese Pizza during lunchtime.   Please see attached flyer for more information.  We are also looking for volunteers to come and serve our students their pizza slices.  If you are available to volunteer one or more times, please sign up at: 
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 Basketball and Cross Country continue their seasons.  Girls basketball plays on 9/26 @ Frost, 9/27 vs. Addams, 9/30 vs. Eisenhower, 10/3 @ Eisenhower, 10/4, 10/6 and 10/11 @ D54 Conference Tournament.  Boys & Girls Cross Country run on 9/27 @ Keller, 9/29 vs. Frost and LP, 10/3 @ Addams, 10/11 vs. Eisenhower, and 10/13 @ D54 Conference Meet.  Good luck, Mustangs!  
Clubs and Intramural Sports:   Please encourage your child to get involved in these upcoming offerings: Bocce, Garden Club, Soccer, Fluid Power, Tennis Club, Creative Writing Club, Club Unify, 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!
22-23 Yearbook:  Don’t forget to order your 2022-2023 yearbook! Yearbooks must be pre-ordered. Please visit here to order and pay by credit card.
Important upcoming dates: 

  • Friday, September 30:   Pep Rally (families are invited to join us!)
  • Monday, October 10:   No school
  • Friday, November 4:   End of first trimester
  • Monday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 8: Student non-attendance days
  • Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22:  Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25:  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 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,