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News from Addams January 24, 2020

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Dear Addams Community:

t looks like winter is finally here, although nothing we cannot handle. Thank goodness, we have the impressive work of our students to help keep our hearts warm at Addams Junior High during this time of year. On Thursday a group of eighteen 7th and 8th grade Student Ambassadors represented Addams at a leadership and learning workshop at District Office. They were able to learn some new skills while sharing their ideas for how our school and district can improve. Additionally, some of our 8th graders shared out our students’ work, presenting information on the Addams Purposeful Acts of Kindness campaign and Crusaders Care event from this past December.

Then this afternoon, the whole school came together for a Pep Assembly to keep the Addams fire burning. The Math Department recognized 38 students with Movement Awards for their efforts so far this year. Additionally, all students had an opportunity to bid on valuable prizes such as being the guest DJ for lunch periods, be a student teacher for a day, and/or a PS4 gift card during a Crusader Cash auction. Next, students enjoyed a wrestling exhibition from some of our talented Addams wrestlers. Finally, we got to watch some of our favorite teachers get wrapped in toilet paper by student winners. What could be better than that? Visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @AddamsCrusaders to see our students and staff in action.

Have a great weekend!


Chris Bingen       Bill Musselman
Principal            Assistant Principal

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

Important Dates
1/29 – Half day for staff professional development, students dismissed at 10:40 am
2/13 – Students dismissed at 10:40 am, student-led conferences 12:15 pm to 8 pm
2/14 – Student led conferences from 7:30 to 9 am
2/17 – Presidents’ Day – No School
3/20 – Addams Career Day – Presenters needed

Addams Junior High Career Day– Friday, March 20, 2020
Addams will be hosting a career day on Friday, March 20, 2020.  We are looking for presenters to explain their careers to 7th and 8th grade students. We will give presenters a list of guidelines to follow, so as to make presentations easy. The presenters would have to be available from the hours of 7:30 AM until 10:30 AM. They would make about a 15 minute presentation, and this would be followed by a five minute question and answer session. This process would be repeated 5 times. You can use the same presentation for each session. If you are willing to set aside a couple of hours to help students at Addams, please fill out the information below or complete the online form. We welcome all careers, from tradesman, managers, professional, to freelance professions. You may sign up electronically on the following Google Form:  or send any inquiries to Karen Chin at Thank you for your consideration and willingness to participate!

Student-Led Conferences
It is time to sign up for your preferred timeslot for our February 13th and 14th 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 reserve time slots that fit your schedule in a quick and easy manner. The window for online access will close at midnight on Wednesday, February 12thHowever, if you would like your preferred time slot, we would suggest that you act quickly.  

Follow these easy steps to get signed up:

  • Step 2 – Click the link on 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. 

District 211 Notice of Course Selections for Incoming Freshman
On Friday, District 211 will be mailing the Notices of Student Course Selections to each incoming freshman. The notices indicate placement for core content areas and confirm elective choice selections.  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 

District 211 Information Videos for Eight Grade Families
The latest informational video from District 211 details the Notice of Course Selections and briefly introduces summer school.  Please click on the link to view the video in English.  A Spanish version of the video will be made available in the near future.  Additionally, the video will be posted to SchaumburgHoffman Estates, and Conant High School’s Incoming Freshmen webpages.

5Essentials Parent Survey– We want your feedback!
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


PTA Summer Scholarships
One of the benefits of PTA membership is the Schaumburg Township Council of

PTAs’ Summer Scholarships.  These scholarships are available for summer programs for District 54 students in Grades K- 7. You must be a PTA member at your child’s school to apply.

Applications and further information will be available in mid to late February.

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.

Schaumburg Parent University – January classes
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. Please note that child care is always available.

Vaping: New Trends and Impact on our Youth – January 30
According to the American Lung Association, more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students have reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. This presentation will help parents learn more about the dangers of vaping/e-cigarettes and how to detect if your children are using them. Our presenters will also discuss how to talk to your children about drug use and how to help them quit these addictive products. For parents and their children (ages preteen and older). Presented in English and Spanish by the Elk Grove Village Police Dept. and Kenneth Young Center. This event will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (Door C1). Vaping flyer

To register please visit the SPU Online Form or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school