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News form Addams April 20, 2018

Science students   Teacher's at Ricarrdo's restaurant  Student receiving an award

Dear Addams Community,

It was another amazing week of learning at Jane Addams Junior High. Students exhibited a growth mindset in completing PARCC assessments. We look forward to sharing what is sure to be amazing news with families when we receive results back from the state. Additionally, as we race through the last weeks of school, the staff continues to support students in mastering learning objectives. When visiting classes, the passion and pride of our students in their work is inspiring!

Speaking of inspirational, we wanted to highlight some different groups of students. First, Ms. Phelan and I have the pleasure of meeting approximately once a month with our Principal Advisory Committee. This group of ten students was nominated by their teachers as students leaders. Each month we have discussion items centered around improving the “voice and choice” of students in our school. Many of their ideas have led to staff implementation plans. For example, we are looking to change the look and feel of our cafeteria for next year and the feedback from the students was invaluable. This week, we had the group demo virtual reality (VR) goggles that the district is looking to implement next year as part of our innovative instruction initiative.

Other student celebrations for this week include:

  • Gineli Aldi was honored with the Infinitec North Technology Award last night at a dinner/awards ceremony. This is a major award for Gineli’s work and growth with assistive technology.
  • Elizabeth Pacione was recognized for her creative art piece at the D54 Board meeting last night as the artist chosen to represent Addams.
  • Rhys and Rix Barlow, Sarah Carlson, Alex Carrasquillo, Crystal Engle and Sae Minobe also received recognition at the Board meeting last night for their fabulous work representing the district at a multitude of events.

We are so fortunate to have so many talented students at our school!


Chris Bingen       Kim Phelan
Principal             Assistant Principal

Read on to learn about other noteworthy items from Addams Junior High and District 54.

Important Dates
April 24 – 8th graders will take the Illinois Science Assessment
April 24 – Track meet vs. Mead and Lincoln Prairie @ Eisenhower
April 26 – Track meet vs. Frost (reschedule from 4/17) @ Eisenhower
April 27 – 6th grade Bash for incoming 7th graders, 5 – 7 pm
May 2 – Half day of student attendance (students dismissed at 10:40 am)

Illinois Youth Survey
On Thursday, April 26, our 8th grade students will be taking the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS).  The purpose of the IYS is to better understand youth attitudes and behaviors that can impact student problems and academic success. It will ask about topics including nutrition, physical activity, bullying, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. Students will be asked to complete a survey (with no names or identification numbers) that will be confidentially administered during one class period. The survey is completely voluntary and privacy will be strictly protected.

The Illinois Youth Survey will provide us a local report of the combined student results which will help to determine which programs may be needed to keep students safe and healthy. The IYS is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services and is coordinated by the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois. For more information, please visit the Illinois Youth Survey website at

The links below provide a notification form officially informing you that the survey is being conducted at your school. This form will allow you to exclude your child from participation and only needs to be returned if you do not want your child to participate.

For more information about the survey, click on the links below.

Parent Notification Letter

Parent Notification Letter – Spanish

Addams Cancer Walk
Ambassador Council is excited to announce that we are again sponsoring the annual Cancer Walk! This will be taking place outside at Addams during the half day on Wednesday, May 2nd from 9:15am – 10:30am.

Last year we raised almost $2,000 and we would love to raise the bar even higher this year! Pledge sheets will be distributed during 1st period classes or you can print out the one posted ( ).  We are selling wristbands for $2 and paper stars (to honor loved ones whose life has been affected by cancer) for 25 cents each.  These can be purchased in the cafeteria during lunch periods throughout the school day. All money raised will be donated to Camp Sunshine, which is a camp for children and families impacted by cancer. All students are welcome to attend & families are invited to accompany their children to walk for a cure on May 2nd.  Hope to see you there!

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 all students are able to participate in the year-end celebrations and graduation ceremony. Thank you for your support.

Welcome to Addams Night – Incoming 7th Grade Students

Current sixth grade students who will be attending Addams in the fall are cordially invited to attend Welcome to Addams Night on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 5 to 7 PM.  On this night, students will have an opportunity to meet students from other feeder schools, listen to music, participate in open gym and  play other games. A parent must sign the permission form that was distributed to incoming students giving permission for him/her to attend. We look forward to meeting our newest Crusaders!

District 54 School Safety Presentation – April 23

District 54 invites all parents to attend a presentation on crisis prevention and response at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. The safety of our students and employees is the top priority in District 54. District administrators will discuss safety measures in our schools, including how the district works in close partnership with our local police and fire departments on crisis prevention and response. The district will also discuss supports that are in place for students who are struggling socially or emotionally.

Presentación de seguridad escolar del Distrito 54 – 23 de abril

El Distrito 54 invita a todos los padres a asistir a una presentación sobre prevención y manejo de crisis; este próximo, lunes 23 de abril a las 7 p.m. en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54 ubicado en el 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y empleados es la principal prioridad en el Distrito 54. Los administradores del distrito discutirán las medidas de seguridad en nuestras escuelas, incluyendo cómo el distrito trabaja en estrecha colaboración con la policía local y los departamentos de bomberos del área en la prevención y manejo de crisis. El distrito también discutirá el tipo de apoyo que existe para los estudiantes que tienen problemas sociales o emocionales.

Summer Camp Offerings
School District 54 is offering several summer camp opportunities for students to enhance creativity and innovation. To learn more about these opportunities and to register, please view the SD54 Summer Camp Brochure. Registration for the summer camp programs opened Friday, March 16.

District 54 Education Foundation – 21st Annual Golf Outing

Join the District 54 Education Foundation for our 21st annual golf outing on Monday, June 11 and make a difference in the lives of District 54 students!

The golf outing at the Schaumburg Golf Club is the Foundation’s largest fundraising event. All proceeds support District 54 breakfast programs, STEM after-school clubs and grants for students from financially struggling households.

Please consider supporting District 54 children by becoming an event sponsor, volunteering at our outing or golfing. We are also looking for items for our silent auction, as well as gift cards from local businesses to award as prizes.

Visit to sponsor, register or for more information.

Schaumburg Parent University – Upcoming 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.

A Girl’s Purpose Workshop – April 25
This class is for mothers and fifth- to eighth-grade girls. We will chat, laugh, ask questions and learn about tools for a healthy, strong, emotionally balanced life. Chat session first, then you will make two essential oil roller bottles to take home. We will end the workshop with a powerful and calming yoga session catered just for you. The cost for the essential oils activity and yoga is $15 per person. This event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 25 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Summer Camp Expo – May 1
This event is for parents and students, but childcare is also available. Visit tables to learn about the various summer camps and programs available in Schaumburg Township and the surrounding area. Programs and agencies attending the expo will be listed at This event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 1 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

To register, contact Meg Kwak at (847) 357-6586 or Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring childcare and the name of your child’s school. If you represent an agency in the area and would like to reserve a booth at the Summer Camp Expo, please contact Meagan Kasper at (847) 357-5027 or

Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54 – Evento Anual de Golf
¡Únase a la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 para nuestra 21° Evento Anual de Golf el lunes 11 de junio y haga una diferencia en las vidas de los estudiantes del Distrito 54!

Esta actividad es el evento es de recaudación de fondos más grande de la Fundación y se llevara a cabo en las facilidades del Schaumburg Golf Club. Todos los ingresos respaldaran los programas de desayuno del Distrito 54, los clubes extracurriculares STEM y las becas para estudiantes de familias con problemas económicos.

Por favor, considere apoyar a los niños del Distrito 54 al convertirse en un patrocinador del evento, trabajando como voluntario en el evento o jugando golf. También estamos buscando artículos para nuestra subasta silenciosa, así como también tarjetas de regalo de empresas locales para otorgar premios.

Visite para donar, convertirse en patrocinador, registrarse o para obtener más información.

Universidad de padres de Schaumburg – clases próximas

La Universidad de padres de Schaumburg (SPU) está diseñada para involucrar a más padres en la vida de la escuela, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares y mejorar las habilidades de crianza que en última instancia se traduce en mejor éxito de los estudiantes académicamente, socialmente y emocionalmente.

El propósito de una niña: clase de aceites esenciales y yoga – 25 de abril
Esta clase es para las madres y las niñas que están en quinto al octavo grado. Vamos a converser, reír, hacer preguntas y aprender de las herramientas para una vida saludable, fuerte y balanceade. Es una cita de madre y hija. Habrá una charla primero y luego tomoaras dos botellas de rolo con aceitas esenciales para llevar a las casa. Culminaremos el clase con una ponderosa y relajante sesión de yoga diseñada especialmente para ustedes. El costo de la actividad de aceites esenciales y yoga es de $ 15 por persona. Esta clase tendrá lugar de 6 a 8 p.m. el 25 de abril en el Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Summer Camp Expo – 1 de mayo
Únase a las familias de Distrito 54 y a los miembros de la comunidad en el Centro Profesional de Aprendizaje ubicado en el 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg para el “Summer Camp Expo”. Visite las mesas para conocer más sobre los diversos campamentos de verano y los programas disponibles para su hijo/a en Schaumburg y en las áreas limítrofes. Habrá cuidado de niños disponible, pero los niños pueden asistir a la actividad si usted lo desea. Este evento tendrá lugar de 6 a 7:30 p.m. el 1 de mayo.

Para registrarse, póngase en contacto con Barb Velez al  (847) 357-5074 o Deje su nombre, información de contacto, el número de niños que requieren cuidado de niños y el nombre de la escuela de su hijo.

April 17 track meet rescheduled to April 26

The Addams vs Frost track meet that was cancelled on April 17 has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 26.  Keller will also be participating in this meet.