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News from Addams 3/9/2018

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Dear Addams Community,

It has been another memorable week at Jane Addams! On Wednesday morning, we held our Second Annual Addams Career Day. Over 50 community members signed up to inspire our students and open their eyes to a wide variety of future careers. We take seriously our role in helping students establish short and long term goals.  The Career Day is just one of many ways during the school year that we help to motivate students to plan for the future.  We hope that some students were empowered by the experience to continue to research a possible career path. Please take some time to follow up at home with discussions about which careers your child was able to learn about on this day. To see more pictures from the event, visit us on Instagram or Facebook @Addamscrusaders.

Have a great weekend!

Chris Bingen

Important Dates

March 9 – PTA Auction Dinner
March 13 – Student Report Cards Available via Portal
March 13 – PTA meeting 5:30 PM
March 16 – Drama Performance 7 PM
March 17 – Drama Performance 1 PM and 7 PM
March 19 – Start of Track Season
March 20 – No School, Primary Elections
March 23 – Spring Break Begins at end of school day
April 2 – School Resumes
April 9-April 20 – PARCC Testing

End of the Trimester
The second trimester ended on March 2, 2018.  Report cards will be available via the Parent Portal on March 13.  Please do not hesitate to be in contact with the school or with the teachers of your child if there are any questions or concerns.

Addams Musical
Please come out to Addams on March 16-17, 2017 for our annual drama performance. This year the cast and crew of the Janes Addams Drama Club will be presenting Peter Pan Jr. Admission is $3 and can be bought during student lunches or at the door.  The first show starts at 7 PM on Friday followed by a matinee performance at 1 PM on Saturday and a final show on Saturday evening at 7 PM.

PARCC Testing
PARCC testing at Addams will begin on Monday, April 9, 2018 and will conclude by April 20. During this testing window, we will be running a modified schedule on testing days. These schedules are forthcoming and will be made available via the Addams website. Students will complete testing on the Chromebooks, so it is important to remind your student to charge his/her device each night. In the meantime, we ask that you are considerate of these dates in the scheduling of appointments for your children during the school day. Please look for more information in the upcoming weeks.

Track and Field
Addams Track and Field will be starting up on March 19. Information and permission slips are available in the cafeteria. Please click here for more information.

8th Grade Students – No Missing Assignments
Per School Board policy, eighth grade students will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony if they have any missing assignments.  Once the graduation date is set, we will send home more information about specific check-in dates for students. In the meantime, please help us by visiting the parent portal frequently and talking to your child about the importance of doing all homework. Although we are early in the third trimester, we want to ensure that we have all students able to participate in the year-end celebrations and graduation ceremony. Thank you for your support.

Information Regarding Student Walkouts
The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month has led to a number of planned student-led civic engagement efforts and protests, including school walkouts. We are currently aware of three nationwide dates for planned student walkouts.

  • March 14:  The Women’s March Youth Empower Walkout – Organizers are encouraging students to walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. and remain outside for 17 minutes to represent the 17 killed in Florida.
  • March 24:  March 4 Our Lives – This is taking place on a Saturday.
  • April 20:  National School Walkout – Organizers are encouraging students to walk out at 10 a.m. and not return to school that day.

With the large, peaceful protests at Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates High Schools in February, we anticipate that more junior high students may be interested in following suit. We support a student’s Constitutional right to peaceful assembly and free expression; and we applaud a child’s desire to make a difference and stand up for what they believe in.

As was stated in the letter sent to parents in February, our priorities continue to be keeping students safe and remaining focused on teaching and learning. On March 12, we will be sharing a lesson with all junior high students related to peaceful protests and the First Amendment. These are topics we regularly cover in junior high, and we feel it is important to address them at this time.

We know that many of our students are aware of these protests, but we have no indication at this time that any of our students plan to participate. We still do not encourage students leaving the school during the school day. However, should students walk out, we will not be issuing consequences as long as they behave appropriately. We will also be prepared to respond with supervision to keep them safe. We will have staff members stationed in the hallways and other common areas during this time period to ensure that the students who wish to engage in this activity have the time, space and opportunity to do so, while also making sure that it does not create safety issues or disrupt the learning and instruction for those who choose not to participate.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for working with us to support our children.

El tiroteo escolar en Parkland, Florida, del mes pasado ha llevado a una serie de esfuerzos y protestas de participación cívica dirigidas por estudiantes, incluyendo caminatas escolares.  Actualmente estamos al tanto de tres fechas planificadas a nivel nacional para las para las caminatas estudiantiles.

  • 14 de marzo: La marcha de Mujeres: Juventud Empoderada: los organizadores están alentando a los estudiantes a que salgan de sus escuelas a las 10 a.m. y permanezcan afuera durante 17 minutos para representar a los 17 asesinados en Florida.
  • 24 de marzo: Marcha por Nuestras Vidas: esto se lleva a cabo un sábado.
  • 20 de abril: Huelga Nacional para las Caminatas Estudiantiles: los organizadores están alentando a los estudiantes a que salgan a las 10 a.m. y no regresen a la escuela ese día.

Basándonos en las grandes protestas pacíficas que se suscitaron el pasado mes de febrero en las Escuelas Superiores de Schaumburg y Hoffman Estates, anticipamos que más estudiantes de secundaria podrían estar interesados en seguir su ejemplo.  Apoyamos el derecho constitucional de los estudiantes a reunirse pacíficamente y a tener libre expresión; y aplaudimos el deseo los niños de hacer una diferencia y defender lo que ellos creen.

Como se indicó en la carta enviada a los padres en febrero, nuestras prioridades siguen siendo mantener a los estudiantes seguros y enfocados en la enseñanza y el aprendizaje.  El 12 de marzo, compartiremos una lección con todos los estudiantes de secundaria relacionados con las protestas pacíficas y la Primera Enmienda. Estos son temas que regularmente cubrimos en la secundaria, y creemos que es importante abordarlos en este momento.

Sabemos que muchos de nuestros estudiantes están al tanto de estas protestas, pero no tenemos ninguna indicación en este momento de que alguno de nuestros estudiantes planifique participar. Mantenemos nuestra posición y no alentamos a los estudiantes a abandonar la escuela durante el día escolar. Sin embargo, si los estudiantes se retiran, no emitiremos consecuencias siempre y cuando se comporten de una manera apropiada.  También estaremos preparados para responder con supervisión para mantenerlos a salvo. Tendremos miembros del personal estacionados en los pasillos y en otras áreas comunes durante este período de tiempo para garantizar que los estudiantes que deseen participar en esta actividad tengan el tiempo, el espacio y la oportunidad de hacerlo, mientras aseguramos de que no se crean problemas de seguridad o se interrumpe el aprendizaje y la enseñanza para los estudiantes que elijan no participar.

Como siempre, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo. Gracias por trabajar con nosotros para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes.