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News from Addams October 4, 2019

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Dear Addams Community,

We hope everyone is having an amazing week! As today marks the midpoint of the 1st trimester, we want to continue to encourage parents to logon to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal regularly to check on your child’s academic progress. Additionally, visit the Addams website for homework information by class. Next, we wanted to remind parents of the many social, emotional and academic supports that we have at Addams for our students. If your child is in need of help in mathematics, they can come in any day of the week starting at 7 am to visit our Math Help Center. Multiple math teachers are available each morning to help with questions or provide extra practice so that students can build confidence in their mathematics abilities. In addition, the math department offers support afterschool each Tuesday. If students are just in need of a quiet place to study, or would like to take advantage of the new technology that we have in the Creation Studio, our library is open daily at 7 am. For another layer of support, students can also come to the library afterschool on Thursdays for Crusader Club. Students may attend alone or with friends to complete homework under the watchful direction of an Addams staff member.

If your child is having some social or emotional concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to our guidance department for advice and support. We are grateful to have full time psychologist Mrs. Clarke, along with social workers Mrs. Heidler (7th grade) and Mrs. Cerny (8th grade) who have a wealth of knowledge in working students through bumps in the road. Visit our website for email information or call the main office 847-357-5900 to contact the guidance department.

Finally, we look forward to seeing many of you this coming Thursday or Friday morning at Student-Led Conferences. Students should bring their Chromebooks to conferences. While at conferences, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit the “Championing our Crusaders” photo booth in the Creation Studio. It will be a fun way to show that your whole family has Joined the Movement!

Have an amazing weekend!


Chris Bingen       Bill Musselman
Principal             Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  • 10/8– Picture Re-takes
  • 10/10-10/11 – Student-led Conferences
  • 10/14 – Columbus Day, No School
  • 10/18 – Couch to 5K (C25K) event
  • 10/19 – D211 Placement Exam
  • 10/23 – Culver’s Family Night

Read on for more noteworthy items from District 54 and Jane Addams Junior High

Picture Retakes
Just a reminder that picture retake day is Tuesday, October 8th.   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 valid for ordering pictures taken on retake day and is only available through Thursday, October 10th.  If you want to pay cash or check for picture reorders, the forms are available in the office.  The form and payment must be handed to the Lifetouch photographer the day of retakes, it cannot be turned into the office.  Also, if you are replacing original pictures with retakes please have your student bring the package with them to return to the photographer during pictures.

SEL Survey
Please complete the SEL survey that was sent to you earlier today, October 4th. Your input will be used along with teacher and student feedback to create a valuable new learning tool for your family.

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 9th. However, 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. 

PTA Dinner Night Out
Join Culver’s of Schaumburg in support of our school on October 23rd from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Culver’s of Schaumburg, 1800 Wise Rd, 847-891-5660. Come join your PRINCIPAL and TEACHERS (from 5pm-7pm) at Culver’s of Schaumburg and support the school at the same time.  Culver’s is donating 15% of the group’s sales during this time period to our school. Also, spin the wheel for $1 and win a prize! Bring your Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and ALL of your friends.  Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to help our school, see your friends and have a great meal! Please mention you are with Addams Jr. High at the time of ordering.

Participate in Reflections
Reflections is a great opportunity for your student to show his/her creativity in dance, film, literature, photography, music composition or visual arts. Create a project based on the theme: LOOK WITHIN. Projects should be an original work created by one student.  See the PTA website for directions and entry forms. Projects are due to the Addams Main office by October 25th.

Join PTA!
Help support the PTA by purchasing a membership.  Memberships are only $6 or 2 for $10.  

Buy online or fill in the form located on the PTA website and send in with payment to the Addams office. Anyone can join: Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa or any community members.  PTA is an organization that advocates for the students at Addams Jr. High. All funds are used to organize activities and events that benefit Addams Jr. High students and teachers.  PTA funds are used to pay for many great events including: assemblies, Addams 5k in the fall, 8th grade activity day and dance, and to show our appreciation for the Addams teachers throughout the year.  See the PTA website for a draft of this year’s budget.

PTA meetings are held once a month.  See the PTA website for dates of meetings.  Membership does not require you to attend meetings or to volunteer, but all our welcome to attend meetings and volunteer whenever and however you can.  If you are interested in volunteering, sign up on this form

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.



D211 Informational Videos for Eighth Grade Families
District 211 will be creating a series of informational videos to assist families with preparing for high school enrollment and the placement exam.  The goal of the video series is keeping parents and students informed throughout the process.  Please click on the link to view the Class of 2024 Junior High Presentation High School Transition video.  The videos will be posted to Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Conant High School’s incoming freshman webpages.