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News from Addams November 8, 2019

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Dear Addams Community,

Where does the time go? Today marks the end of the first trimester and what a twelve weeks it has been! We are very proud of the progress our students have made socially, emotionally and academically so far this year and we know the best is yet to come. As we progress into the “meat” of the school year, never hesitate to reach out to us if your child is in need of any additional support to ensure success this school year!

At Addams, we certainly value opportunities to bring staff, students and community together in positive ways. This was on display this past week as we had a fantastic turnout for our first ever Addams Family Bingo Night. Based on the positive feedback received, this will now become a yearly event. In addition, we had a standing room only crowd last night for our first boys’ basketball game of the year. It was so great to see so many former students come back to support this year’s Crusaders. It felt more like a high school or college atmosphere then a junior high. Let’s continue this momentum for the entire season! Once you “join the movement” of Addams, you are always welcome at our school.

Have an amazing weekend!


Chris Bingen       Bill Musselman
Principal            Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  • 11/8: End of the first trimester
  • 11/26: Special Olympics Unified Champion School Recognition Assembly @ 8 am
  • 11/27-11/29: Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/3-12/5 – Winter Math MAP assessments
  • 12/6 – Addams 50th Anniversary celebration
  • 12/10-12/12 – Winter Reading MAP assessments

District 211 Curriculum Guides
All 8th graders will receive District 211 Curriculum Guides during lunch today. The guides are meant to be used with information sent from District 211 about course signup requests for next year. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the school that your child will be attending, as we cannot answer these questions at Addams.

Special Olympics Unified Champion School
We are proud to announce that Jane Addams Junior High has been named an official national banner Unified Champion School for its commitment to inclusion! Determined by [TAG] Special Olympics, in order to receive this designation Jane Addams met 10 standards of excellence focusing on Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole-School Engagement. See the following website for more information: To celebrate, Addams will hold a banner ceremony as part of our November Pep Assembly on the morning of November 26. All parents are invited to join us at 8:00 am if you would like to witness the recognition.

Addams 50th Anniversary Celebration
On the morning of December 6, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Addams Junior High. You will learn more about this event in the coming weeks, but to prepare we are selling t-shirts to commemorate this occasion to all staff members, students and community members. T-shirts are $12 and can be worn to show your Addams pride. Please visit the following link to order a t-shirt for any family members:  Note: There is an option to have the t-shirt sent to the school so that you do not have to pay shipping charges.

PTA Fun Lunch
Attached are directions and order forms for PTA Fun lunch for the second half of the year. All order forms are due by no later than December 20, 2019. Fun Lunch information.docx   Fun Lunch order form 2020.docx

Illinois 5Essentials Survey
Once again we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 14, 2020, at

For more information, click here to read the letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss.


Social/Emotional Universal Screener
As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will again be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support. 

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff to make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.

Windy City Bulls District 54 Takeover Night – January 10, 2020
The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, January 10 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, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime.

Próxima oportunidad de apoyo a la Fundación educativa del Distrito 54 – 10 de enero, 2020

Los Windy City Bulls albergara una noche de compra de boletos dedicada al Distrito 54 el viernes 10 de enero 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, y un partido de baloncesto de entre los participantes del programa de Olimpiadas Especiales del Distrito 54 durante el medio tiempo.