Hydraulics Club

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

On September 19, the Hydraulics club visited Harper College to kick off the National Fluid Power Challenge. On this workshop day, five teams from Addams were introduced to careers in the fluid power industry and to the basics of fluid power. Each team was provided with a kit that contains building materials and tools. Students were taught how the use the tools and worked on building a hydraulic lifter and rotating arm. At the end of the day, the challenge scenario was presented.

In the next five weeks, the hydraulics club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Sep 23, 25, 30, Oct 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23) after school in room 229. In their teams, students will design, build, test and refine a prototype device for the challenge scenario. In addition, the teams will develop a portfolio that documents the design and construction of the prototype.

On October 24, the day of the challenge, we will return to Harper College. Each team will have about three hours to rebuild their hydraulic device from scratch guided by their portfolio. In the afternoon, the teams will compete and demonstrate the functionality of their devices. GO TEAMS!!!

8th grade LA song deconstruction.

Posted September 21st, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Friday is the end of the school week, but it also gives 8th grade LA students something else to look forward to. Every Friday students practice the skill of the week by analyzing a popular song. So far students have enjoyed applying their new knowledge to “What does the Fox Say?”, “Shake it Off,” and the song “In Summer” from the movie “Frozen.” Students can use their Crusader Cash to suggest upcoming songs!

Cross country info and concessions

Posted September 19th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Cross country information for the week of September 22-26

Monday-  Cross country meet vs. Frost at Addams.  PTA will be selling concessions

Tuesday- Team and individual pictures.  6th grade invite starting at 4:00 pm

Thursday- practice

Friday- practice

Half day of school 9/24

Posted September 19th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

There will be a half day of school on Wednesday, September 24.  Teacher in-service.

School is dismissed at 10:40.


Posted September 17th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

FUSE will be starting up again this September!  FUSE is an afterschool engineering club here at Addams that allows kids to participate in STEM-based challenges.  FUSE will meet Mondays after school with Mrs. Burke.  If you are interested, please pick up an application from the cafeteria or go to the permission slip page on the Addams web site.

Couch to 5k program

Posted September 14th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

The Addams Physical Education Department has been off to a running start. The students began their Couch to 5k program in August. Couch to 5k (C25k) is an 8 week program enabling them to go from being a couch potato, to running a 5k at the end of the 8 weeks. Two workouts are done in PE class each week, and the third workout is done during the weekend for homework.

To celebrate the students’ accomplishment of finishing the program, the PE department is hosting the 1st annual Addams 5k on Friday, October 24, 2014. The event will take place at 5pm. Family members are encouraged to participate.

Registration forms can be found in the main office OR registration is open online:
Price:                                                  Registration        T-shirt
Current Addams Student                Free                     Free
Addams Staff                                     Free                     $10
Family members                               $5                        $10

Questions? Please contact Samantha Bugger

The theme of fiction

Posted September 14th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

8th Grade Language Arts students are determining the theme of fiction stories this week. The will start with “Stop the Sun” by popular author Gary Paulson, a story about a father struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after fighting in the Vietnam War.

News from Addams 9/12/2014

Posted September 12th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Jane Addams Community,

We hope that everyone is having a fabulous week! We have a lot to celebrate at Addams as our staff and students continue to shine. For example, yesterday, Addams hosted our Annual Crusader Fall Flite Classic Cross Country meet. We had fifteen schools and approximately 800 staff, parents and students in attendance. The Addams staff, under the direction of Mr. Truppa, ran a seamless event on a blustery afternoon! It was inspirational to watch the runners compete in this community building event.

Additionally, we would like to thank everyone for coming out to Curriculum Night this past Wednesday. The staff enjoyed this opportunity to meet and get to know so many families. Our Student Ambassadors were equally thrilled to be able to “direct” their parents as they made their way from class to class. Thank you also to the PTA for providing treats to make the evening even more special!

We will continue to administer our fall MAP assessment during the coming week. Unless a student was absent, the reading assessment is complete. Students will now be given an opportunity to show what they know in the area of mathematics. Results will be analyzed to inform our instructional practice and students will then be given the opportunity to set academic goals for the year based off the data. We will send the results of the fall assessment home prior to our student goal setting conferences with parents which will occur on the 8th and 9th of October. More information will be sent home soon regarding conferences.


Other noteworthy items:

Run to Read

The annual School District 54 Run to Read will be hosted by Dirksen School on Sunday, September 28th. All profits from this event are used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54. It would be great to see some of our Addams families join us out there that morning! If you would like more information, visit the District 54 website at


Schaumburg Parent University

Please read the two attached flyers regarding upcoming parent presentations.  SPU STEM Class – Sept 16  and   SPU Erin’s Law Presentation – Sept. 30


Important Upcoming Dates:

September 8th- 22nd  MAP Testing

September 24th-  No School PM-  Teacher In-service

September 28th-  Run To Read

October 8th and 9th – Student goal setting conferences


Have a wonderful weekend!



Chris Bingen and Dave Szwed


Chris Bingen Principal

Jane Addams Junior High


Hot dog day

Posted September 12th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Hotdog Day is September 17th.  Hotdog, Chips and water $4.00!

Curriculum Night September 10

Posted September 9th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Addams community,


I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night 9/10 at our Curriculum Night. Please refer to the this document Curriculum Night 2014  for specifics on what we hope will be a valuable evening of learning for all.  If you are able to join us, we will begin in the Addams gym at 6:30 PM with a welcome by PTA President Heather Collier, Assistant Principal Dave Szwed, and me. Please make sure that your child has provided you with a copy of their schedule to follow as we will begin at 7:00 pm with your child’s first period class.

Have a wonderful evening!



Chris Bingen Principal

Jane Addams Junior High