Track practice 4/14 and pictures 4/15

Posted April 14th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Today, April 14, there will only be track practice for the 7th grade teams.  The 8the grade teams can go home at 2:15.

Tomorrow, April 15, we will have team/ individual track pictures in the gym.


No school Friday, April 18

Posted April 14th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

There will be no school on Friday, April 18.

Jamba Juice fundraiser

Posted April 11th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa



Monday, April 28th     The Therapeutic Day School is having a Jamba Juice fundraiser!

16 oz Smoothie for $5.00

Choose 1 of 3 flavors:
Strawberries Wild -  Strawberries,  Banana, Frozen Yogurt
Razzmatazz  Strawberry Banana,  Mixed Berry
Mango A-Go-Go Mango, Passion Fruit, Pineapple Sherbet

Please click here for the Jamba Juice order form

Money must be turned in by Monday, April 21

LA students prepare for MAP testing

Posted April 11th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

We can’t wait to hear the class of 2014 present their speeches this week! As we prepare for MAP, 8th grade LA students will be reading an article about the positive and negative effects of stress and anxiety. We hope they all feel calm and ready for the upcoming assessment!

Track pictures

Posted April 9th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Track and field pictures will take place on Tuesday, April 15 from 2:30- 4:00.

Team pictures will be taken.  There is also the opportunity to take individual pictures as well.

Picture forms will go home with athletes on Friday, April 11.

Track meet vs Plum Grove

Posted April 9th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Addams has a track meet on Thursday, April 10 at Plum Grove.

The meet is scheduled to start at 3:00.  Girls will do hurdles first , then boys.  Girls will run first then boys.  While girls are running boys will compete in field events (high jump, shot put, and long jump).

This meet is usually done between 5:00-5:30.

Jason Deli lunch form

Posted April 8th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Please click here to open the Jason’s Deli lunch form which is due May 9.

Info from the Schaumburg Library teen center

Posted April 6th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Addams community:

Here is some information from the Schaumburg library teen center. 

TVStudio update: Beginning February 1st we have started to allow our adult patrons to use the studio, that now includes anyone with a Schaumburg Library card that is aged 12 and up. We have purchased licenses for Final Cut editing software and will be installing that onto our MacBooks in early May.Anyone interested can fill out the request form at

Upcoming Programs:
Mr. Slayton is  putting together a Teen Film Fest at the library on Wednesday, October 22nd. Teens can come in during the summer and film some scenes, or the whole thing, here in the studio. I’m still working out the details, but there will be prizes awarded to the top films and I’m sure snacks will be included that night. If any students are interested in creating films for this festival, they can start thinking about it and keep this festival in mind.

Teen Corps has a junior high group now. They meet once a month on the third Wednesday from 6-6:45pm. This group is designed to fill teens in on what the library is offering and they are given opportunities to suggest and give input for future library programs. They have pizza and soda too. Next meetings for this are April 16th and May 21st from 6-6:45pm.

This month is National Poetry Month. We are holding a contest and want poetry submissions. Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their poems in person or email submissions to We will accept two entries per person. Our Teen Corps groups (high school and jr high) will be choosing the winner with the best poem and the winner will receive a prize and notification. With submissions we ask they include their name, grade and email address or phone number for notification if they’ve won. The deadline to submit is April 15th, our Teen Corps group that meets that following evening will be picking a winner.

Our summer program “Battle of the Bands” will be held on Tuesday, July 29th at 6pm. Teens ages 12-19 can submit a demo of their music to for consideration into the Battle of the Bands contest. Teens chosen to participate will perform their music to an audience by the pond outside of the library. If there’s rain or a threat of it, they will perform inside of our AV department. A winner will be chosen by a selected panel. All ages are welcome and encouraged to come and watch the performances.

We also have a Writing Club that local author, Penny Blubaugh, runs here at the library. It is a great outlet for creative writing. Teens can bring in their work to get feedback or come to get fresh ideas. This group meets on the second Monday of the month. Next meetings will be Mondays April 14th and May 12th from 7-8pm.

Jeremy Slayton- Schaumburg Library teen center

8th grade graduation and last day of school

Posted April 6th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Addams Community,

 The Board of Education of District 54 approved the last day of school and the graduation dates for all junior highs. Jane Addams Junior High 8th grade graduation will take place on Wednesday, June 4. The last day of school will be for 7th graders only and occur on Thursday, June 5. The last day of school is a full day this year.

 Just a reminder, that in order for 8th graders to participate in graduation, they must have no missing assignments. More information regarding times of graduation and details about the event will be sent home soon.



Chris Bingen

Jane Addams Junior High



News from Jane Addams Junior High, 4/4/14

Posted April 6th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Addams Community:

I hope everyone had a fabulous spring break! The staff and students have just completed a memorable week back at school. It is always our hope that your kids are coming home and sharing the unique experiences that they have each day but, as we realize junior high adolescents can sometimes be a little “closed mouthed”, here is a summary of some of the distinctive opportunities that occurred this week at Jane Addams:

A visit from Dale Spencer: Our inspiration began on Monday afternoon when motivational speaker Dale Spencer ( ) visited the school. Mr. Spencer spoke of adapting to a new life after a preventable event left him without the use of his legs. He relayed his personal story and left the students with some key “takeaways” from the assembly. Students were challenged to turn tough situations into positive choices for the future and to utilize their family and friends as a support system for reaching their life goals. We thank the Addams PTA for sponsoring Mr. Spencer’s visit to the school.

Enrichment learning opportunities: Many of our 7th and 8th grade math students are taking part in one of two 5-session RAMP enrichment opportunities offered by the math department. These students are getting to school at 6:45 AM to work with others on problem solving and higher order thinking problems to help them synthesize topics that they have learned this year. Many other students are being pulled for 30 minutes during the school day from Language Arts (Tuesdays) and/or mathematics (Thursdays) over the next three weeks during our innovative FLEX time. During these sessions, students are exposed to innovative instruction based on the Illinois Learning Standards. The short-term goal for students is to increase the likelihood that they will exceed their MAP goals. More importantly, it is our overarching goal to continue giving students the skills that will translate to high school and life!

 Developing a Growth Mindset: Today, the Addams staff utilized a shortened schedule as teachers began the day by delivering a special lesson on “mindsets” to all students. At the end of the day, we then built upon the lesson during our monthly “Be Addams” assembly. Developing a growth mindset is an extension of this year’s building themes: “living above the line” and developing positive habit loops.

Much of the information for the lessons came from the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. We would invite parents to visit the following website for more information on Dr. Dweck’s book ( ). In brief, mindsets are beliefs – beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. There are two types of mindsets: fixed and growth. People with a fixed mindset believe traits are just given, that they have a certain amount of brains and talent and nothing can change it. People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, see their qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort. Years of passionate practice and learning lead people to be successful, not just intelligence.

We wanted our students to understand that people may start with different attitudes and different abilities, but it is clear that experience, training, and personal effort take them the rest of the way toward success. It is shown that effort is the key to success and not just your intelligence. People who live above the line have a growth mindset and this leads them to have more choice, power, and freedom. People who are creating new habits are giving effort to trying to become better. With a growth mindset, you believe that you are a learner and you can get better and be more successful. We challenged our students to create a plan to develop a growth mindset to learning. It is our hope that we will be able to interweave the “growth mindset” to the curricular learning that we facilitate daily to help them reach their learning potential.

 Additional news that you can use…


The 8th grade graduation date has been set. Addams’s graduation ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 beginning at 8:30 PM at Schaumburg High School. We do not issue tickets and seating is on a first come, first seated basis. We would ask that families keep to inviting immediate family.

Graduation Requirements-Each junior high school holds a graduation ceremony for eighth grade students. All eighth grade graduates are required to rent gowns for the ceremony. In order for an eighth grade student to participate in the graduation ceremony, the student must complete all academic assignments one week prior to the graduation ceremony. It will be the student’s responsibility to turn in all late or missing assignments. Failure to turn in even one assignment will cause the student to be excluded from the graduation ceremony. Extreme inappropriate behavior could also cause a student to be excluded from the graduation ceremony at the discretion of the school administrators.

Eighth grade parents/guardians will be receiving more information concerning graduation soon.

Addams PTA nominating slate:

The Addams PTA Nominating Committee is pleased to present the proposed slate of officers for the 2014-2015 school year.


  • · President: Heather Collier
  • · 1st Vice President: Lisa Edeus
  • · 2nd Vice President: Nikki Morini
  • · Treasurer: Yvonne Czarniak
  • · Secretary: Jill Kottmeier


If you have any questions or comments about the slate, please contact Nicole Fentem, Nominating Committee Chair, at The election will be held at the next PTA meeting on April 29, 2014 at 6:30pm in the teachers’ lounge.

For parents of future Schaumburg Saxons:

If your child is attending Schaumburg High School next year, please see the attached information about Schaumburg High School’s Very Interested Parents (VIP) and their committees and leadership positions.


Parent 5Essentials Survey

Please read the attached letter regarding the 5Essentials Survey.   ( You can take a survey for each school where you have a child (early childhood through high school). However, the state does ask that only one parent per household take the survey. We want to promote this because we won’t receive results unless at least 30 percent of our parents take the survey. We will make computers available if you would like to take the survey at school. We thank you in advance for your feedback.


Have a great weekend!



Chris Bingen and Dave Szwed


 Chris Bingen

Jane Addams Junior High