6th grade parent night 6:00- 7:00 pm 12/2/2015

Posted November 30th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

Sixth Grade Parent Night will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the school gym. During the meeting you will receive information on the educational programs offered at Addams as well as instructions for completing your child’s course selection sheet. Our Assistant Principal, Mr. Szwed, will present to you the course options available to your child. We hope you find the evening informative.
Before December 2nd Mr. Szwed will meet with the 6th grade students at their schools. He will review the policies and procedures at Addams and help them with concerns about course selection. Each elementary student will receive the course selection forms on December 2nd.
After our parent meeting, please return your child’s course selection sheet to their elementary school teacher by December 11th.
If you have any questions regarding Parent Night, the 6th grade orientation, or Addams Junior High School in general, please feel free to contact the school at 847-357-5900.

The Dual Japanese presentation is at 5:30 p.m.


Chris Bingen                                                David Szwed

Principal                                            Assistant Principal



New from Addams 11/24/2015

Posted November 29th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Jane Addams Community,
I am extremely grateful to work with such an amazing staff, outstanding students and supportive parents. Yesterday, the Addams staff facilitated one of the Eight Keys to Success lessons on “balance”. As I toured the building during the lesson, I was in awe by the amount of commitments and activities that many of our students have going on in their lives. I wonder how some of them find time to sleep! I would like to invite parents to view the YouTube clip that the students watched during the lesson: It was a powerful reminder that we should make the most of every moment that we have.

We then celebrated as a school community, giving out “growth mindset” awards to individual staff members and students at our monthly “Be Addams” assembly. Finally, today we finished the day with a spirited game of Music Bingo. Mr. Szwed and I had fun serving as the DJ’s of Jane Addams Radio as we awarded the students for a fabulous first trimester of work!

On behalf of the entire Addams staff, we want to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving break; enjoy the time off with family and friends.

PTA Fun Lunch:

There is still time to sign up for Fun Lunch for the second half of the year. Click  here for forms and information.

Schaumburg Parent University – December Caroling:

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally.

Join SPU in December as we present Fa La La La … Holiday Caroling for children in early childhood through eighth grade and their families. Meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Stevenson Elementary School, 1414 Armstrong Lane in Elk Grove Village, and then head into the neighborhood together to sing a variety of holiday carols. After all is said and sung, return to Stevenson School for hot chocolate and camaraderie. The evening will end at 7 p.m. If you are interested in attending this event or for more information about Schaumburg Parent University, visit our website at

Important dates:

  • 11/25 – 11/29: Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/1 – 12/11: Winter MAP testing during LA and Mathematics classes
  • 12/7, 12/8 and 12/10: The District 54 Boys Basketball tournament will be held at Addams
  • 12/15: Choir holiday concert
  • 12/16: Orchestra holiday concert
  • 12/17: Band holiday concert


Chris Bingen and Dave Szwed

Thanksgiving break

Posted November 20th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

There will be no school Wednesday, November 25 – Friday, November 27 – Thanksgiving break

The EXPLORE test and LA students.

Posted November 20th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

The EXPLORE test is quickly approaching! 8th Grade LA students will be given a punctuation and grammar review packet, as well as the opportunity to complete sample assessments before the big day. Students will be able to take all of these items home so they can continue to practice on their own if they choose.

Would You Move to Mars?

Posted November 20th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

7th grade Language Arts students have been reading the science fiction story “Dark They Were, And Golden-Eyed” by Ray Bradbury. The story follows one man as he moves to Mars and struggles with life on a new planet. After reading the story, we will practice our argumentative writing skills by writing to the main character to tell him whether or not he should stay on Mars. Ask your students which side they choose!

News from Addams 11/13/2015

Posted November 13th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa
Dear Addams Community:
It looks like it will be a good weekend to get that fall cleanup done! As for here at Addams, we have been busy wrapping up the 1st trimester in all of our classes. This also means that if your child is in a wheel class, they will report to a new class on Monday.  It has been a fantastic 12 weeks and we look forward to the next 12 being even better!  
Winter Weather and School Closings
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I am attaching a letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss regarding District 54’s Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open. We want students in school learning. However circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Our biggest concern in making a decision to close is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car). To help parents, District 54 has now set specific standards for when school will be closed due to extreme cold.
Wind Chill Warning
A wind chill warning indicates that life-threatening conditions and a risk to safety exist. Measures should be taken to safeguard life and property immediately. A wind chill warning is typically issued when the wind chill will be -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder OR the actual air temperature is -15°F.
  • Classes will be cancelled.
  • Extracurricular activities will be suspended.
  • The announcement will be made by 6:30 a.m. at the latest. District 54 often waits until the morning to cancel school, because the weather in the Chicagoland area is constantly changing. We wait to make the decision with the hope that we can have children in school.
  • All notification systems will be leveraged to send school cancellation communications to families including emails, our websites, social media and – for parents who have signed up for it – phone calls and text messaging.
  • If you have not yet signed up to receive a phone call or a text message on a snow day, visit for instructions.
    Wind Chill Advisory
  • A wind chill advisory is issued when conditions do not meet the wind chill warning criteria but still cause significant inconvenience. The weather during a wind chill advisory is not life-threatening but presents conditions that may result in inconveniences or pose moderate risk to safety. A wind chill advisory is typically issued when the wind chill is -20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.
  • Schools will be open. However, students will not be penalized should parents choose to keep their children home.
  • Extracurricular activities may be suspended if conditions persist. Updates will be posted on school websites and parents will receive an email if after-school activities are cancelled.
  • All field trips will be cancelled.
    All outside activities will be suspended, including recess and outdoor physical education. For more information, please read the attached letter from Superintendent DuRoss.     Winter Weather Letter   Winter Weather Letter English
Important upcoming dates:
  • 11/13- End of first trimester
  • 11/24- Report cards will be mailed home
  • 11/25-11/27- Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/30-12/10- MAP Testing
Have a great weekend!
Chris Bingen and Dave Szwed

Analyzing symbolism

Posted November 13th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

8th Grade LA students are analyzing symbolism in poetry this week. To wrap up the unit they will create a unique symbol that represents themselves.

Students climbed a mountain

Posted November 13th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

This week, in 7th Grade Language Arts, students climbed a mountain…the plot mountain! Students learned about all the different elements of plot and practiced identifying these elements in the story Amigo Brothers. The great thing about the plot mountain is that every single story, TV show, or movie follows the same format. So, when reading or watching TV this weekend, ask students to identify the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of the story.

8th Grade Science is ELECTRIFYING!!!

Posted November 11th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa
Students in 8th grade continue to learn about forces and motion. More specifically, students are learning about electrical forces and how objects with different charges interact. Students have been experiencing how static electricity can make for an electrifying hair day with the Van de Graaff Generator.

Addams Apple November 2015

Posted November 10th, 2015 by Mr. Truppa

Please click to read the Addams Apple November 2015