News from Addams 8/29/2014

Posted August 29th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Addams Community,

The first week of school was a roaring success! The 7th graders are quickly getting used to opening their lockers and finding their way around this large building while the 8th grade students are assuming the challenging role of being the student leaders of the school.  Teachers have spent time going over school rules and “cool tools” for ensuring a successful school year. Mr. Szwed and I also met with all students for “administrative chats” to explain our academic and behavioral expectations for the year. Please take some time to ask your child what was discussed at the assemblies. Also, you can refer to the student handbook inside the district calendar that you received on Information Day.

Additionally, yesterday students in all classes took part in PBIS kick-off activities for the year. We utilized our first FLEX schedule of the year. FLEX (or alternate) schedules are used on many Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year to enable us to provide enrichment or intervention opportunities for our students. Although we followed the “math” FLEX schedule yesterday, the time was used by the staff to provide a lesson on “Living above the Line”, our PBIS slogan for the year. We demonstrated and practiced “Living Above the Line” – taking ownership and following the tenets of choice, power and freedom. Those people who live below the line become the victims by laying blame, justifying, denying or quitting. So feel free to ask your children … Where are you living?


The following are other valuable reminders from Addams and District 54:

  • Picture Day: Wednesday, September 3rd is Picture Day at Addams. Students will take pictures during their regularly scheduled gym period. A form should have gone home yesterday that needs to be brought to school on the 3rd. If your child did not bring home a form or lost theirs, they can stop by the main office to receive a new one. Thank you to the PTA volunteers for organizing and helping to run Picture Day!!
  • Schedule changes: We hope that your child is enjoying his/her classes thus far! We shared with the students that at this point, we will no longer be making schedule changes to electives or classes, unless the staff sees an academic need to make the change. The scheduling of a middle school is a complex process, and continually changing student schedules can upset the balance that we strive for in each class. Thanks for your continued understanding!
  • Run to Read – September 28: District 54 will host its 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Dirksen School in Schaumburg. Run to Read is a day of races offering something for everyone. The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children. At 8:45 a.m., we start our 5K run followed by a family walk at 9 a.m. All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website Register by Sept. 5 to save $5 on your registration fee and reserve a race T-shirt in your size. Finisher medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children.
  • Schaumburg Parent University: District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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. They offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided.


This year SPU has already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on Sept. 30 and internet safety on Oct. 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on Sept. 16 and art projects on Oct. 22. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit their website at SPU will be planning the rest of the classes for this school year and would like to hear from you: What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions) at so that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community.

  • PTA fun lunch and meeting dates: Please see that attached letter for  ADDAMS PTA HOT LUNCH ORDER FORM INFORMATION. Also, here is a list of PTA meeting dates for the year with times. Please mark your calendars and join the PTA for monthly meetings on the following dates, as they provide such a wonderful support to our kids.
9/25 @ 4:15 PM 10/23 @ 6:30 PM 11/20 @ 4:15 PM
12/11 @ 6:30 PM 1/22 @ 4:15 PM 2/19 @ 6:30 PM
3/19 @ 4:15 PM 4/23 @ 6:30 PM 5/21 @ 4:15 PM

*All meetings will occur in the Addams teachers’ lounge.


Finally, remember to mark your calendars for Curriculum Night, which will be held on Wednesday, September 10 from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm. Please see the attached document Curriculum Night 2014 for more information. Your child will receive and should bring home a paper copy next week.

Everyone enjoy a wonderful three day weekend! As always, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Szwed or me if you have any concerns or questions.


Best regards,


Chris Bingen                       David Szwed
Principal                               Assistant Principal


Chris Bingen

Jane Addams Junior High



Posted August 29th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Attention 8th Graders: Are you interested in designing new things? Would you like to build a device from scratch? If so, join the Hydraulics Club. In a team of four students, you will design and build a device that can move an object by hydraulic means. You will create sketches and you will develop a portfolio documenting the process of your design. You will go to Harper College to compete against other Jr Highs.

We will start with an introductory field trip on Sept 19, and the final competition is scheduled for Oct 24. Meeting will held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between those days after school

If you are interested, and committed to  work in your team on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, please complete your permission slip and return it to Mrs. Burke or Mrs Reinkingh, on or before Friday, September 5th.

LA students reminisce

Posted August 29th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

8th grade marks the end of students’ journey through District 54.  This week Language Arts students will reminisce about where the journey began: kindergarten! Students will read the story “Charles” while practicing their ability to combine text evidence and background knowledge in order to make a solid inference.

Fun lunch information and form

Posted August 28th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

please click here for Addams Hot lunch 2014- 2015 .

8th grade Orchestra and Band at Septemberfest

Posted August 28th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Our awesome Addams 8th grade Orchestra and Band are performing a concert first thing this year on the Daily Herald Stage at Septemberfest this Sunday.  Stop by to cheer for our Addams Band at 1:00 and our Addams Orchestra at 3:15!

Picture day

Posted August 28th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Picture day will take place during school hours on Wednesday, September 3.

Picture forms are coming home with students on Thursday, August 28.

No school

Posted August 28th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

There is no school on Monday, September 1 – Labor day

Welcome class of 2015 and 2016

Posted August 25th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Jane Addams Junior High School would like to welcome 7th grade students on Tuesday, August 26 and 7th and 8th graders on Wednesday, August 27. 


Girls basketball and boys/girls cross country will start on Thursday, August 28.  Students need a completed physical in order to participate.

News from Addams 8/15/2014

Posted August 15th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Addams Community:

We would like to thank all of our magnificent families for attending Information Day yesterday along with our inaugural Addams Block Party. The turnout was incredible for both events! Due to the generosity of our school business partners Old Town Pizza (906 Bode Rd, Schaumburg) and Culvers (1800 Wise Rd, Schaumburg), we were able to serve 400 pieces of pizza, over 100 hot dogs, 600 waters and well over 600 custards all at no cost. I am sure they would appreciate it if you return their kindness by frequenting these two fine establishments in our town. Additionally, we would like to thank the Addams PTA for helping to make Information Day so successful!

If you were unable to attend Information Day, you can stop by Addams this coming week to pick up your child’s schedule and all other information that was given out. At that time, you can also purchase a student planner for $5 and have the option to purchase a yearbook for $25. Gym uniforms will be sold during PE classes the first week of school. For those who cannot make it to the school, their child will receive his/her schedule on the first day of school.

Also, if you received a letter in the mail regarding the necessity for up-to-date residency information, we would request that you turn in all documents prior to the first day of your child’s attendance.

Important upcoming dates:

  • August 26 – First day of school for 7th graders ONLY (All students in the TDS and ID programs will begin on August 26, as well.)
  • August 27 – First day of school for ALL students
  • September 10 – Curriculum Night

Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you all soon!



Chris Bingen and Dave Szwed

Chris Bingen Principal

Jane Addams Junior High


News from Addams, 8/6/2014

Posted August 6th, 2014 by Mr. Truppa

Dear Addams Community,


Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Jane Addams Junior High!  We hope everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable summer break.  Each year, it seems that the summer flies by more quickly!  Once again, August is here and it’s time to start thinking about “back to school”.  We are excited for another highly successful year. Included in this email is information that will be helpful to you and your child in preparing for the first day of school.


Information Day is Thursday, August 14th, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  On Information Day, Addams students will receive their schedules, pay their consumable fees,  and buy their PE uniforms and student agendas. Also, supply lists will be available. Parents must accompany their student to Information Day.

We encourage parents to check their registration and update all email addresses and phone numbers.  If you moved over the summer, please bring in proper documentation to serve as proof of residency (lease, closing documents, in lieu of lease).  If your lease expired over the summer, please bring the new lease in on Information Day or you will not be enrolled for the school year.  It is important that all students register so they will have a smooth start to the school year.  If you plan on being out of town on August 14th, you may register upon your return to Addams.

During this day, you will also have the opportunity to sign up for our PTA.  We have an absolutely amazing and dedicated PTA that works diligently to support our students.  Please stop by the PTA tables to receive hot lunch forms, purchase spirit wear and learn more about how you can help this organization that provides meaningful learning opportunities for your children.

JANE ADDAMS INAUGURAL BLOCK PARTY On Information Day, we will be holding our Inaugural Block Party. This will provide an opportunity for our Addams students and parents to mingle with some of the Addams staff. Old Town Pizza and Culvers on Wise Road will be generously donating some pizza, hot dogs, water and custard. Bring a blanket and enjoy some DJ music and good friends.  Please click here for more information about the block party  blockpartyflyer



The first full day of school on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, is for seventh grade students ONLY.  This day is designated for seventh grade students to help them get acclimated and comfortable with Jane Addams Junior High.  The first day of school for both seventh and eighth grade students will be Wednesday, August 27.


School hours are 7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. with first period beginning at 7:38 am.  Please note: beginning Wednesday, August 27, every Wednesday is designated for staff development.  Students are dismissed 30 minutes early at 1:45p.m.


School office hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Remember that our student absence line (847 357-5900) is available 24 hours a day. Please call by 7:00 a.m. if your child will be absent from school.


Girls basketball tryouts will occur during the first week of school. Also, any boy or girl is welcome to join the Addams cross country team. In order participate in these or any sport, an approved physical examination must be on file with the school.


If your child plans to try out for one of our athletic teams and/or participate in intramurals, per School Board Policy, current physicals are required of all students to be on file prior to try-outs and/or participation in any inter-scholastic or intramural sport.  All new students entering our district must present proof of immunizations and a health examination prior to the first day of attendance.  Please note that physical examinations are good for one year from the date of the exam.

On Information Day at Addams, Alexian Brothers Women’s & Children’s Hospital will be providing Sports Physical Exams for all students at a reduced price of $39.00 and for students enrolled in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program at a discounted price of $5.00.  Please call 1-855-367-5439 to set up an appointment—space is limited.  For information about the Alexian Brothers sports physical exams please click here: D54 Play It Safe Physicals 2014  or  D54 Play It Safe Physicals spanish 2014attached.  If you have any additional questions about your child’s physical, please contact our school nurse.



As you may know, District 54 will be hosting the 10th annual Run to Read Event on Sunday, September 28.  All profits from this event will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54.  It would be great to see the Jane Addams Junior High community well represented at this event!  Feel free to encourage friends and family to join in the fun as well. If you would like additional information regarding the race, please go to the district web site at

This year promises to be a great one!  Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer and prepare yourself for what is sure to be an exciting school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the coming school year, please feel free to contact my assistant principal, Dave Szwed or me at any time at (847) 357-5900. We look forward to seeing you soon!




Chris Bingen                       David Szwed



Chris Bingen Principal

Jane Addams Junior High