Poms tryout video

Posted October 25th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

News from Addams 10/24/2014

Posted October 25th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Addams Community,

Today was a memorable day at Jane Addams Junior High! The day began with a lesson to our students on Speaking with Good Purpose (one of our 8 Keys to Success). The students took part in interactive discussions on the power and lasting effect of words and how we view ourselves. It became very emotional at times as small groups talked about how they have used words to lift themselves or others up and how it feels when the opposite occurs. We then reiterated “key” components to the lesson during our monthly “Be Addams” celebration assembly. During these monthly assemblies, students and staff who demonstrate Living above the Line and the 8 Keys to Success are honored in front of the entire student body.

Then things got a little “spooky” after school as our Student Ambassador Club put on a Halloween Dance. After delighting in some tasty pizza, the kids danced the afternoon away to the sounds of a local DJ. For many, however, this was just the beginning. This is because we held our first annual Jane Addams 5K this afternoon. Our Physical Education Department just finished an 8 week unit in which students and some parents went from the “Couch to 5K”.  The C25K was a roaring success! We had well over 250 people on hand between participants, staff and supporters. A big thank you goes out to our local Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s Fresh Market, Sam’s Club and Target for providing us with food and drinks for the event.

Through events such as today, we strive to strengthen the warm and “accepting” environment where students make goals and feel free to take risks to achieve them. I am also proud to work with such a committed staff who continue to think outside of the box to create new learning opportunities for our students.


Schaumburg Parent University – November Classes

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. There are two classes scheduled for November.

Have a great weekend!



Chris Bingen and Dave Szwed


Jane Addams Junior High




Cheerleading info and calendar

Posted October 24th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Attention Cheerleaders: Thursday, October 30th @ 5:30 pm there will be a parent meeting in the music room.  If your parents/guardians attend, they will be given your uniform. Cheer costs will be explained. Checks can be made out to Jane Addams Junior High.

Please click here to open the Cheer Calendar 2014

LA students read works of horror

Posted October 24th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

As Halloween approaches, students will be reading works by the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe in 8th grade Language Arts. Students will be analyzing the mood and tone of the famous “Tell-Tale Heart” as well as the lesser known poem “Spirits of the Dead.”

News from Addams 10/20/2014

Posted October 21st, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Addams Community,

We hope everyone had a wonderful start to the week!

The following are additional noteworthy items:

Senate Bill 16

Last Friday, I sent an email regarding Senate Bill 16.  Please note that this issue will also be discussed at our PTA meeting this Thursday night.  The meeting is at 6:30 PM in the teachers’ lounge.  Please consider joining us!

Halloween Dance/Couch to 5K

This Friday we will be holding a Halloween Dance from 2:20 PM until 4:30 PM. Tickets are $5 and include a piece of pizza and a bottle of water. Tickets are available during lunch periods. If students choose to wear a costume, they need to bring it to school on Friday (they cannot wear it to school). If costumes do not fit in the student’s locker, we will have a designated storage area for them during the school day. Students may not bring any weapons, real or look alike, even as part of their costume.  Students violating the dress code will not be allowed into the event. Additionally, we will holding our inaugural “Couch to 5K” (C25K) starting at 5:00 pm. We have a large number of students, staff and family members signed up for the event. If you are not participating as a walker/runner, please come out and support those who are during this Addams wellness event. We would like to thank our PE department for spearheading the C25K!

PARCC Practice Websites This spring, students will be taking the PARCC Assessment.   At Addams, we are providing purposeful learning opportunities that will prepare students to demonstrate their abilities on the PARCC Assessment.  If you are interested in finding out more about PARCC or looking for opportunities to practice, here are two websites to get you started:


Typing practice

In hopes of helping our students become more computer literate, we have included some websites where students can hone their typing skills. Please click here to open the  typing programs page.  We would highly suggest that students practice on a regular basis to make navigation of the computer including standardized assessments an easier task.

Emergency school closing information

See the letter for emergency school closing information. School closing sources of info in English  School closing sources of info in Spanish



Chris Bingen and David Szwed


Chris Bingen


Jane Addams Junior High


Boys basketball tryouts

Posted October 20th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Attention boys basketball players.  Tryouts for eighth grade boys will be held today after school in the gymnasium.  Please be dressed and ready to tryout by 2:25.  The first cuts will be made before 4:00.  For those that have made it through the first round, you will be asked to stay until 5:00 today.  Please plan accordingly with a ride home.  7th grade boys, your tryout will be tomorrow Oct. 21 right after school.  See you there!

Soccer – Addams vs Ike

Posted October 19th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Soccer Intramurals will be meeting Tues. 10/21

On Thursday 10/23, students who signed up will be playing friendly games against Eisenhower at Addams

Orchestra news

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Besides two octaves of the G major scale, the 7th grade orchestra is learning the “Star Spangled Banner”, bouncing their bows in a spiccato bow stroke for “Gargoyles, and learning to soar with “Night Hawk” and jam on “Hey Fiddle, Fiddle.”  The 8th grade orchestra is grooving on Night Shift where they have learned to shift up the fingerboard to play in 3rd position and are practicing “Christmas Bells which features a soloist (like Mr. Szwed?!) playing the chimes on his Smart Phone/Tablet.  Additionally, they have discovered 3rd position notes while studying the C scale and are learning about the three forms of the minor scale.

Congratulations to Kimmi for winning her audition to play with the Illinois Music Educators Association Honors Orchestra!  Students from all over the northern part of Illinois competed for the opportunity to play in the November 15 concert at Grayslake North High School.

Save the Date!  The 7th and 8th grade Addams Orchestras will play their Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 10.  Join us at 7:00 p.m. in the Gymnasium Concert Hall to hear some fine music and to note the tremendous progress both orchestras have made.  (Students to arrive at 6:30 p.m. dressed in their orchestra shirts on top and black on bottom.)  Hope to see you there!

The Lady or the Tiger?”

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

The famous short story “The Lady or the Tiger?” has an ending that leaves the reader unsatisfied. As students finished this story last week, they expressed great disappointment. As a result, we will be writing new endings this week!

Progressive Presidents

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

The 8th grade Social Studies classes are enjoying learning about the Progressive Presidents of the early 1900′s. As we discuss Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson the students are having meaningful discussion about what makes a “progressive leader”. Students should be working on their study guides and keeping up with class assignments. Our next quiz will be Thursday, October 23rd.