The Running Brook of Horror

Posted January 23rd, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

Some people shiver at the thought of deadly snakes and dangerous reptiles. Grace Wiley, however, was a real woman who chose to live with them living in her own home! 8th grade LA students will claim if she should be considered brave or foolish for doing so and back it up with evidence from the memoir “The Running Brook of Horror.”

News from Addams 1/21/15

Posted January 22nd, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Addams Community,

With the inclement weather season in full swing, we are seeing a greater number of parents dropping off students in the morning before school. We would like to remind parents that students cannot be dropped off in front of the building once the buses begin to arrive. This usually occurs around 7:25 am. For safety purposes please do not enter the main lot when buses are present.

Additionally, we are thrilled to have such high numbers of participants for wrestling and girls’ volleyball this year. We would, however, like to remind parents that the four “late run” buses need to line up in front of the school starting at 3:50 pm to pick up students involved in afterschool events. We would respectfully ask parents to park along the north side of the building or by Atcher Park between 3:45 pm and 4:00 pm. This will allow the buses to safely pickup and depart with our students.

Thank you for your help in keeping our kids safe!


Chris Bingen


Jane Addams Junior High



Wrestling ride home slip

Posted January 21st, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

Please click here to open the Wrestling  Ride home permission slip

LA students learn about banning books

Posted January 21st, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

8th grade LA students will be examining several documents about banning books. From these materials, students will form a claim about their opinion on the topic and back it up with relevant evidence from the materials. We are interested to see what they think!

News from Addams 1/14/15

Posted January 14th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Addams Community,

We look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow or Friday for student-led conferences. If you have not yet returned the student-led conference form, we hope you would still consider stopping by Addams with your child. We welcome parents to “drop in” between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, or 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm tomorrow evening, or anytime from 7:30 to 9:00 am on Friday morning. These time frames had a lighter amount of parents sign up for conferences. We would like to remind the parents of 8th graders that the focus of conferences is to update you on the progress of your child this year. High school placement questions should be directed to the high school that your child will attend.

Additionally, tomorrow morning we will hold our monthly “Be Addams” assembly after the staff delivers a lesson to all students on creating a new “habit loop”. Please ask your child about the new “habit loop” that they are working to achieve. Hopefully, they will utilize the long weekend to start enacting a plan to achieve their positive change for the rest of the school year.

5Essentials Survey

As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names (for example Jane Addams would be listed under J, not A for Addams).

If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card. Last year, when the number was 30 percent, none of our schools met this target. We are hoping to meet the target this year.

To take the parent survey, please visit between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.  Please see the attached letter for more information.  Parent Survey letter 2-151

Important dates:

  • Thurs., 1/15 – 10:45 am dismissal, Student-led conferences
  • Fri., 1/16 -  Non-attendance day for students, Student-led conferences
  • Mon., 1/19 – Martin Luther King holiday, no school
  • Wed., 2/11 – Teacher institute, 10:45 am dismissal
  • Mon., 2/16 – President’s Day holiday, no school



Chris Bingen and Dave Szwed


Jane Addams Junior High


Wrestling information

Posted January 14th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

Please click here to open the Wrestling Calendar_1-15-15

Please click here to open the Wrestling Rules Illustrations HS

Attention Wrestlers: Wednesday, January 21st practice will be held from 3:15-5:30 pm.



Wrestling parent meeting 1/17 at 10:00 am

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Wrestling Parents,

We will be holding a parent/guardian meeting on Saturday, January 17th at 10am. The meeting will be held in room 126. Please enter through door #5. The meeting will be approximately ½ hour. After the meeting you can take your child home with you. We will be discussing practices, meets, expectations, snacks, etc. Wrestling t-shirts will be available for $10. Cash or checks made out to Addams Junior High.

Thank you in advance,

Coach E, Coach Vogt, Miss Jesenovec




No school 1/19

Posted January 12th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

There will be no school on Monday, January 19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Parent teacher conferences – half day of school 1/15 and no school 1/16

Posted January 12th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

There will be parent teacher conferences on Thursday, January 15 from 12:15 to 8:30 and Friday, January 16 from 7:30 to 9:30 in the morning.
On January 15, school will be dismissed at 10:40 am.  There will be no school January 16.

You still can join wrestling

Posted January 12th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

It is not too late to join the wrestling team!!!! Turn in your permission slip to Miss Jesenovec and make sure that the school nurse has your current physical. Pick up a permission slip in the cafeteria today.