June 28, 2021

Dear Mead Families,

We are eagerly anticipating your student’s arrival to Mead in August and hope they are getting excited about the upcoming school year as a Mead Mustang!  This email is to inform you of important information as you prepare your student for the new school year.


The 2021-2022 school year will start for seventh and eighth grade students on Monday, August 16, with the entire first week devoted to transitioning our Mustangs into the new school year.  The week is designed to provide positive experiences for our Mustangs that will ensure a smooth transition into next school year and hopefully lessen the anxiety.  The opening week of school is exclusively devoted to learning about what it means to be Mead Made!


Please note that junior high school hours are earlier than elementary school hours.  We start the school day at 7:40 a.m. with the entry bell ringing at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:15 p.m.  Please note:  Beginning Wednesday, August 18, every Wednesday is designated for staff development.  Students are dismissed 30 minutes early on Wednesdays at 1:45 pm. 


If your child is eligible to ride a bus to and from school, then the District 54 Transportation Department will mail your student’s bus pass to your home before school begins in August.  If your student rides the bus to and from school, please note the following procedures:

  • All students riding a bus are required to show their bus pass upon boarding the bus.  If a student loses their bus pass, a replacement bus pass may be acquired in the main office.
  • If your student is assigned a bus, please encourage them to take the bus home after school for safety reasons.
  • For students who choose to stay after school hours for sports and/or clubs, we do run an activity bus that will take your child home.  The bus begins loading students at 3:50 pm and departs Mead at 4:00 pm.  Please encourage your student to take advantage of the activity bus and stay at Mead for our great extra-curricular offerings.


On August 11, your student’s schedule will be ready for pick-up at Information Day.  The schedule will also be visible on the Infinite Campus Portal HERE on August 11.  Please know that our priority when creating your student’s class schedule is ensuring that your student is placed in the appropriate core content subject classes (language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and PE/health).  Once those classes are scheduled, every effort will be made to honor your student’s elective requests.  However, due to priority scheduling placed on core content class placement, we cannot guarantee that your student will get the electives they have requested.   With over 650 students in our school, the task of ensuring that all students are placed into both of their requested electives is challenging.  You will receive more information regarding your student’s class schedule in August. 


The 2021-22 school supply list is located on the Mead home page HERE or directly by clicking on this link HERE.  We will let you know when your student should bring their supplies with them to school.


If your student plans to try out for one of our athletic teams and/or participate in intramurals, per School Board Policy, current physicals are required of all students to be on file prior to try-outs and/or participation in any inter-scholastic or intramural sport.  All new students entering our district must present proof of immunizations and a health examination prior to the first day of attendance.  Please note that physical examinations are good for one year from the date of the exam.  If you have any additional questions about your student’s physical, please contact our school nurse.


Information Day is Wednesday, August 11, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Please see below for the opportunities available on Information Day:

  • Pick up the “Welcome to Mead” folder.  Please take the time to read the contents in the folder to answer important questions about Mead and the upcoming school year.   
  • Pick up your student’s schedule. 
  • Visit our front office table where you can pay for consumable fees, an optional milk fee, and optional Chromebook Insurance may be purchased.  Stop at your student’s grade level table to receive registration documents, check to ensure that all contact information is accurate, check that your student’s “Chromebook and Internet Usage” agreements are marked, and turn in completed registration documents.
  • Visit our School Nurse to turn in completed physical form and update nurse with regard to your student’s medical information.

Prior to your arrival, please check your registration/residency to ensure that it is complete and update all email addresses and phone numbers prior.  If you have not proven residency for the 2021-22 school year, please bring in proper documentation to serve as proof of residency (lease, closing documents, in lieu of lease).  Please know that if proof of residency is not current or registration is incomplete, then your student will not be able to attain their class schedule on Information Day until updated.  If you are unable to attend Information Day, you may retrieve your Information Day materials during office hours after Information Day.


We have an absolutely amazing and dedicated PTA that works diligently to support our students.  Our PTA meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month.  On Information Day, you will be able to pre-order weekly PTA Hot Lunch for your student.  Our PTA website will be updated frequently with information about how you can support Mead.  The Mead website, PTA website, and our community emails serve as wonderful forms of communication to send out regular updates. 

We look forward to supporting your student as they make this exciting transition to a new school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the coming school year, please feel free to contact me at any time. 


M. Scott Ross


Important Dates to Remember:

August 11:           Information Day 

August 16:           First day of school for ALL Mustangs!


August 17:           Curriculum Night