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.

Addams soccer vs Ike 10/23

Posted October 15th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Addams soccer will be taking on Eisenhower on Thursday 10/23. Kids must have turned-in an intramurals permission slip and have a physical on file in order to play.

Cross country conference info 10/ 14

Posted October 12th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Please click here for cross country Confernce information.

The conference meet will be held on Tuesday, October 14 at Hoover elementary school.

LA studnets analyze sports

Posted October 12th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Spending money on official gear, screaming at the TV, and falling into a depression when a favorite team loses. Is it all in good fun, or do sports fans go too far? 8th grade LA students analyze both sides of this topic as they hone their argumentative writing skills.

Poms tryouts

Posted October 10th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Do you love to dance? Do you enjoy hanging out with friends? Then come out for Poms  tryouts on Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28.  Pick-up a permission form in the cafeteria.  See Ms. Cortez or Mrs. Larsen if you have any questions.  Please click here for the Poms Tryout Permission Slip