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News from Addams – September 20, 2019

School assembly School Assebly Inspire class


Dear Addams Community,

We are thrilled to provide you an update from another outstanding week of learning at Jane Addams. In particular, we want to highlight what was a jam packed Wednesday half day. First, students and staff took part in three safety drills (fire, tornado and lockdown). Additionally, in Inspire the staff facilitated a lesson on Integrity and a second lesson on the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Next, we celebrated accomplishments as a building during our first pep assembly of the year. During this assembly, the guidance department honored eighteen students with Movement Awards. These awards are reserved for those students who exemplify the tenets of Joining the Movement: pursuing happiness to achieve long term optimism and having a growth mindset by utilizing grit.  At the pep assembly, we also had some fun! Students were able to bid on auction items using their Crusader Cash and as a building, we rode a roller coaster. To see examples, we would suggest asking your child or check us out on social media.

Additionally, on Thursday, students attended their first FLEX session of the year. FLEX is a thirty-minute period of time during the school day on most Thursdays, where teachers can pull students to their classroom to work on homework completion, give additional support and offer enrichment activities. Prior to the first FLEX, staff provided expectations for these learning sessions so that students understand the goals and procedures of FLEX.

In classes, students are getting into the meat of the curriculum through opportunities designed to engage and empower them. We look forward to sharing some of this progress with parents in a couple weeks at conferences. Please see below for the process for signup process.

Have a great weekend!


Chris Bingen       Bill Musselman
Principal              Assistant Principal

Student-led Conferences
You can now reserve your preferred time slot for our October 10th and 11th parent teacher conferences using an electronic reservation system.  Please know that if you are having any issues with this site you can just call our office at 847-357-5900, and we will help you reserve your timeslot.  Our hope is that the online system will help you to quickly reserve time slots that fit your schedule. The window for online access will close at midnight on Wednesday, October 9thHowever, if you would like your preferred time slot, we would suggest that you act quickly.  

Follow these easy steps to get signed up:

  • Step 1 – Click here for the conference link.
  • Step 2 – Use the drop down menu to choose your child’s mathematics and Language Arts teacher.
  • Step 3 – Fill out student and parent information.
  • Step 4 – Select your preferred time slot.  Please note that once 6 families have reserved the same time slot, that time slot will not be shown as a preference for other families.

Once the process is complete, you will receive an email confirmation of the date and time of your conference.

Chick Fil A Orders
Orders for the Chick fil A District 54 Foundation Fundraiser are due this Monday, September 23rd.  The Chick fil A lunches are once a month starting in November on various Mondays (exact dates are on the order form).  Each lunch consists of a Chick fil A sandwich, pretzels or potato chips, and a dessert.  You must preorder all 7 lunches totaling $35.00. 

If your child would like to order and hasn’t done so already, please have them turn in their order form to the front office.  Please make sure to include your student’s lunch period and a parent/guardian signature, with cash or a check made out to Addams Jr. High.  No late forms will be accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Crook at 847-357-5900

Student Pictures
Pictures for students will be distributed on Monday afternoon.  Even if you did not order pictures, if your child was present on picture day you will receive a proof of your student’s picture with an individualized Portrait ID Code and an Access Code attached.  If you would like to order the proofs or reorder/add to your current pictures, please go to and use those special codes provided in the package to order/reorder. 

If your child was absent on picture day or you are not happy with the pictures or proofs, our picture retake day is Tuesday, October 8th.  Forms for retakes will also be distributed with the pictures/proofs on Monday.  If you would like to preorder the retake pictures you may do so by going to and using the ID: EVTQPBCKK.  This code is only good for ordering pictures taken on retake day, not the original picture day.  The code is only good through Thursday, October 10th.

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Crook at 847-357-5900

Eighth Grade High School Placement Exam
District 211 will be administering a placement exam (PSAT) for incoming freshman (current eighth grade students) on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Results of this exam will aid in course placement for freshman year.  Parents with questions about placement testing should contact the student services director at the high school their child will attend.  District 211 has posted some basic information pertaining to incoming freshman information and incoming freshman placement testing on their website at District 211 Class of 2024 Information.

Run to Read
District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a Tshirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit