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News from Addams 12/1/2017

Dear Addams Community:

We hope everyone is finding a chance to enjoy this beautiful “December” weather. At Addams, the “growth mindset” has been on display this week, as our students completed the Reading portion of MAP. We will continue this coming Monday and Tuesday with the mathematics assessment. Based on observations and discussions with staff members, the students are showing enormous growth on the assessments. Tonight, we are excited to host an Addams Activity Night for students. What could be better than spending a Friday night participating in an Escape Room or playing dodgeball with friends? If your child would still like to come, the doors open at 6 pm and the event goes to 8 pm.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Chris Bingen         Kim Phelan
Principal               Assistant Principal

Please read below for the latest news, updates, and reminders from Addams Jr. High and School District 54.

Important Dates
12/4 – 8th grade elective selection sheets will be sent home with current 7th graders
12/5 – BBB vs. IKE; “gold out” game to raise awareness for kids fighting cancer
12/6 – 6th Grade Parent Night 6-7:30 PM
12/11-14 – BBB Conference Tournament
12/22-1/7 –Winter Break

Sixth Grade Parent Night
We are excited for our sixth grade students to become part of the Addams family.  This informational night is a great opportunity to find out some useful tips for a smooth transition into Addams Jr. High. This event will take place on Wednesday, December 6 from 6 pm – 7 pm. Our partnership is important for the success of your child.  We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about Addams and about the transition to junior high. For more information please visit the following link on the Addams website. 

Course Selection Sheets for Current 7th Graders
The 2018-2019 Course Selection sheets for our current 7th graders will be handed out on Monday.  These forms are due back by Wednesday, December 6.  Please have a conversation with your child(ren) regarding what electives they would be interested in taking next year. This form is used as a guide when student and building schedules are created and it is not a guarantee of a placement in a class.

High School Information 
Enrollment Forms:
The first mailing from District 211 in October included the enrollment form and other documents needed for enrollment (original birth certificate to be copied and proof of residency form).    All documents were due to your child’s high school on Friday, October 7, 2016.   If you have not turned the forms, please do so at your student’s respective high school.

Curriculum Guides and Selection Sheets:
The Selection Sheets are due to the high schools by December 15, 2017.   If you have any questions please contact the representative below from your high school.

  • Conant High School Student Services:  (847)-755-3627
  • Schaumburg High School Student Services:  (847) 755-4630
  • Hoffman states High School Student Services:  (847)-755-5630

211 Incoming Freshman Parent Nights:

  • Schaumburg: Monday, December 11, 2017
  • Conant: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
  • Hoffman Estates:  Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Starting December 5, 2017, all teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help us guide school improvement. For more information about participation in the Survey within District 54, click here.

Student Survey:  Only students in grades 4 through 12 will take the survey. District 54 schools will provide time at school for our students in grades 4 through 8 to take the survey. Mead will administer the survey to students on December 20, 2017. You can review the questions asked of students by visiting The Student Survey is also available in English and Spanish. If you do not want your child to participate, please contact your school principal by December 8, 2017. Parent and student identities will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual.  If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at (866) 440-1874 or

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

El Plan del Distrito 54 para Responder a las Inclemencias del Tiempo Frio
Con el fin de ayudarles a prepararse para las inclemencias del tiempo frío y la nieve que a menudo recibimos durante el invierno en nuestra comunidad, quisiera compartir con ustedes el Plan del Distrito 54 para responder a las inclemencias del tiempo frio. Aunque el Distrito 54 hace todos los esfuerzos para mantener las escuelas abiertas y funcionando, a veces circunstancias fuera de nuestro control dictan la cancelación de clases.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity
The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature:

  • District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game;
  • A District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime; and
  • A pre-game career panel for middle school students featuring front-office executives from the Chicago Bulls and Windy City Bulls.

The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets.

Próxima oportunidad de apoyo  a la  Fundación educativa del Distrito 54
Los Windy City Bulls albergara una noche de compra de boletos dedicada al Distrito 54 el miércoles 20 de diciembre en el Sears Center Arena de Hoffman Estates, y una parte de los ingresos de cada boleto comprado se donará a la Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54.

¡Haga clic aquí para obtener más información o para comprar boletos!

La noche de adquisición de boletos a beneficio del Distrito 54 contará con:

  • Estudiantes del Distrito 54 que participaran en presentaciones y otras experiencias en la cancha antes y durante el juego;
  • Un partido de baloncesto de entre los participantes del programa de Olimpiadas Especiales del Distrito 54 durante el medio tiempo; y
  • Previo al juego habrá un panel profesional y de carreras con ejecutivos de la oficina principal de los Chicago Bulls y Windy City Bulls para estudiantes de las escuelas intermedia.

Los Windy City Bulls participaran en una asamblea en la escuela que venda la mayor cantidad de boletos.