Do you enjoy doing science experiments? BASE and GEMS will be starting when we get back from winter break. BASE is Boys Achieving in Science and Engineering and GEMS is Girls Engaged in Math and Science. Ms. Zydlo and Mr. Kelly will be running the BASE program and Miss Treacy will be running the GEMS program after school in January. You can pick up a permission slip from your science teacher, but sign up soon because space is limited. Please turn all GEMS forms into Miss Treacy in room 213 and all BASE forms into Mr. Kelly in room 230 as soon as possible. Check the Addams permission slip web page for permission slips.
Dear Addams Community:
I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! Please take a few minutes to peruse the PTA newsletter(soon to be posted to the PTA web page) filled with exciting information from Jane Addams Junior High. We value our relationship with the Addam’s PTA and the entire parent community and thank you for your partnership in ensuring student success.
Additionally, for 8th grade parents, I would like to remind you that Explore testing will be occurring this Saturday, December 7th. Bus routes have been posted around the school for Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Conant High Schools, and one of our social workers met with all 8th graders this past Monday to discuss the placement and class scheduling process. If you have “specific” questions about the Saturday, please contact the high school that your child will be attending.
Jane Addams Junior High
The Social Studies classes at Addams Jr. High are excited to participate in the National History Bee this year! Our students will be taking part in the IntramuralBee when we return from winter break. Following the intramuralround, four students will be chosen to advance and participate in the Online Qualifying round. Thefore students will be chosen based on their scores from the Intramural Bee.
The following website also provides valuable information and practice questions if students are interested: www.historybee.com
Please click here to read more information about the National-History-Bee-Parent-Letter.
STEM 2 will be “out of this world” over the next few weeks. Students will be introduced to the historical motivations that led to space exploration. They will discover the challenges that engineers faced when designing early spacecraft missions as well as learn about current space travel innovations. We will be having great conversations about new and futuristic ideas that space engineers are currently working on. For fun, be sure to ask your students about some of the crazy effects of space travel on astronauts!
STEM 1 students are using dimensioned, orthographic sketches to create 3D models of their designs in CAD. Students will be using the design process to create a fully constrained and assembled furniture file. In addition, STEM 1 students will have the opportunity to participate in the “Hour of Code” initiative that the Computing in the Core Coalition has established. The “Hour of Code” is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. For more information, please check out: http://csedweek.org.
This week 8th grade LA students are taking their winter MAP tests. We look forward to seeing students’ progress toward meeting their growth goals! Best of luck to all 8th grade students this Saturday as they take their EXPLORE test.
Dear Addams Community,
I would like to wish the Addams community a fantastic Thanksgiving break! We are very “thankful” at Addams to have such outstanding students, a staff committed to excellence and the overwhelming support of our amazing parents. Thank you for all that you do to ensure student success at Jane Addams Junior High.
Before sending students off for the holiday break, the PBIS committee rewarded all who made positive choices and lived “above the line” for the first trimester with an all-school game of music bingo. It was our way of rewarding students for their hard work.
Here are a list of other noteworthy items and events:
MAP testing continues:
On Tuesday, December 3rd we will begin MAP testing in the area of Reading. Students did a terrific job of taking the Math assessment seriously, and we are hopeful that they will give it their all on the Reading assessment as well.
Superintendent DuRoss’ most recent article written for the Daily Herald was published last week. The article is accessible on the District 54 website at http://sd54.org. Mr. DuRoss also appears in a video related to the information provided in the article. The link to the video is included in his article. The video can also be viewed by going directly to the Mission and Goals page on our district website at http://sd54.org/board/mission/
Jane Addams PTA Bylaws
Addams PTA Bylaws are in the process of being reviewed and updated. A copy of the proposed revisions to the bylaws can be found in the school office. PTA members will vote to approve the revisions at the general membership meeting held on January 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the teacher’s lounge. If you have any questions concerning the bylaws, please contact Dale Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-352-4085.
Market Day order forms for December were sent home – orders are due December 9th at school or December 12th online. Pickup is December 16th in the cafeteria from 5-6pm. Order cookie dough for low-stress, low-mess holiday baking! Contact Merydith Brostoff at email@example.com with any questions.
- · 12/7 – 8th grade Explore testing
- · 12/11 – Orchestra concert @ 7:00 pm
- · 12/17 – Chorus concert @ 7:00 pm
- · 12/19 – Band concert @ 7:00 pm
- · 12/20 – Winter break begins at 2:15 pm
Jane Addams Junior High
Cheerleading practice has been canceled for Tuesday, November 26th. Enjoy your Thanksgiving break!
There is no school Wednesday, November 27 thru Friday, November 29.
Happy Thanksgiving from Jane Addams Junior High School