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Addams Report Card Information – June 8, 2019

Dear Families,

The final report card for your teacher is now available online in the District 54 Parent Portal. Click here to log into your account and then click on Report Card on the left hand side of your screen.

We hope that all families will check the report cards and use the information to celebrate with their children their academic successes for this school year and to discuss possible goals for next year. We are very proud of the growth our students have achieved this year.

From a guest appearance on Good Morning America to the many peak moments that occurred daily, it has been a year to remember at Addams Junior High. The staff has made it a priority to increase students’ “voice and choice” along with engagement in learning, and by all accounts, it worked!  Students became innovators while they developed trusting relationships with staff and other students. We realize that our success is based on reaching the whole child and we successfully balanced social and emotional learning with academic successes. As you will hopefully see on your child’s report card, our students definitely achieved in the classroom, as well as out of it.

From our entire staff, we hope you have a wonderful summer. To our graduates, we wish them all the best in the future! We look forward to welcoming our returning and new students back to school at Information Day on Wednesday, August 7th.  The first day of school for 7th graders is August 19. 8th graders will join them on August 20.

If you don’t remember your password or you have not previously logged on to the portal, please contact or (847) 357-5110.

Thank you for “Joining the Movement” of Addams!


Chris Binge

News from Addams – May 31, 2019

8th grade graduation           Join the movement              8th grade graduation

Dear Addams Community:

As our year is quickly coming to an end. On behalf of the Addams staff, we want to thank you for making this year a positive and successful one. Our continued partnership has allowed us to accomplish so much and helped to ensure the success of our students. Thank you for your continued support. We are excited for next year and look forward to seeing you again in August. For those of you leaving the Addams community, we wish all the best for you and your students. Thank you for sharing your students with us and for “Joining the Movement”!

Have a wonderful summer!


Chris Bingen       Kim Phelan
Principal               Assistant Principal

Important Dates
6/6 – Field Day for 7th graders
6/6 – Last day for 7th graders, Students dismissed at 10:40 am
8/7 – Information Day for incoming 7th and 8th graders

Other noteworthy items from Jane Addams Junior High and District 54:

Report Cards Online June 11
Please note at our Trimester 3 report cards will be posted live on the Parent Portal starting on June 11th.  If you have any questions about your portal account, please contact our main office at 847-357-5900.

District 54 Summer Camps
What did you do over your summer?  This fall, through the “Summer of 54” camp opportunities, your answer could be: “I learned how to play lacrosse, used the design process to create and design, and/or created different forms of art using digital and non-digital mediums.  The goal of the “Summer of 54” is to provide students opportunities to be active, while enhancing their creative and innovative spirt. Click here for more information Summer of 54 – 2019 Camp Brochure. Camp opportunities include:

  • A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers in a positive environment
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world

Registration for the “Summer of 54” camp offerings, including a camp t-shirt, opens on Monday, March 25th and closes on Friday, April 19th.  Digital registration is available within Parent Portal and can be accessed through the following link – Summer Registration.

District 54 Virtual Learning University
Are you searching for an innovative way to empower your children over the summer? Are you looking for a comprehensive approach to summer learning that combats boredom and keeps everyone engaged? Look no further! Visit the School District 54 Virtual Learning University to tackle challenges for literacy, math, science, social science, language and culture too!  Each content area has multiple challenges to keep your children’s minds focused and active throughout the summer weeks! Within each category you will find family activities, individual activities and places to visit in our community and surrounding areas.  We hope you’ll encourage your children to visit our Virtual Learning University often throughout the summer to challenge themselves and to keep your family learning together. Click here to access the Virtual Learning University or find the link under Popular Links on the District 54 website.

Please remember to pick up your child’s medication at school no later than 1 PM on June 6.  An adult must pick up the medication.  We will only be able to send inhalers home with your child. If a parent/adult does not pick up other medications in the health office by 1 PM on June 6, the medication will be destroyed.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Registration for the 2019/2020 year will be available through the parent portal starting Monday, April 1, 2019.  If you do not have a parent portal account, you should have received an email on March 15 with instructions and a link to do so.  Beginning this year, the district is contracting with a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information. If your residency is verified electronically, you will not need to submit any additional paperwork to certify that you live within the district’s boundaries. To verify residency, the vendor will use a parent’s name and address to crosscheck the information against electronic databases from other organizations, such as utility companies.  We anticipate most addresses will be verified electronically. If we cannot verify your address electronically, we will send you a letter detailing what additional information you will need to provide in order to register your child for the upcoming school year.

Summer Office Hours
Addams Main Office will be open from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM until June 13 and 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM on June 14. The office will reopen on August 2, 2019, when our secretaries return.

Summer Reading Lists
Even though the summer break is here, it is important for our students to continue to practice the skills they have learned this year. Summer reading lists for junior high are now available and can be found here.

Mathematics practice packets
For incoming 7th and 8th graders, the math department has created mathematics packet by math level to help your student hone their mathematics skills this summer. Please click here for more information.

School Supply list for next year
Click here for next year’s school supply list

SAVE THE DATE – Information Day
School of Information Day will be held on August 7, from 9 am – 11 am and from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  This is an opportunity for students to receive their schedules for the school year, purchase a PE uniform and a yearbook.

District 54 Summer Band and Orchestra
Registration for District 54’s Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun!  Students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument in the District 54 instrumental music program for at least one school year are eligible to enroll.  Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 8-25 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Addams Junior High School.  Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at  If you have questions, please contact the band/orchestra teacher at your school or call 847-357-5138.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee
Addams Junior High is currently seeking community members to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC). The DCAC is a School Board committee composed of staff members; parents; representatives of various governmental, community and business organizations; and members of the community-at-large. The Board established this committee to increase communication and provide citizen involvement at the school and district levels.  DCAC offers members an opportunity to offer input on district topics and promote education and community involvement.

DCAC’s function
Operates as a School Board committee focusing on issues within the community.
Provides a network for interested citizens across the school district.
Communicates with other school community organizations to share information to improve the level of education and the community environment.

Member Responsibilities:
Attend monthly meetings.  (Second Thursday of the month, September-May, at 9:00 a.m.)
Provide input to the School Board on district topics.
Share information with your constituency.

The School Board appoints community members to serve on DCAC on an annual basis.  If you are interested in applying for this committee, please complete the attached District Committee Application. Generally, applications are accepted in the months leading up to the start of a new school year.  The School Board will review all applications received and make appointments at a regular board meeting.DCAC application.pdf

For more information about DCAC, contact Erin Knoll, assistant superintendent, department of student learning, at (847) 357-5141 or


Join the D54 Foundation for 22nd annual golf outing
Want to make a difference in the lives of District 54 students? Join the District 54 Education Foundation for its 22nd annual golf outing on Monday, June 10 at the Schaumburg Golf Club.

All proceeds from the golf outing support District 54 breakfast programs, STEM programs and grants for students from financially struggling households. Please consider supporting District 54 children by becoming an event sponsor or golfing. The Foundation is also looking for raffle items and gift cards to award as prizes.

Visit to sponsor, register or for more information. The Foundation was honored to be named Schaumburg’s Volunteer Organization of the Year for 2019 and we are excited to continue our work with this organization on behalf of students.

¡Únase a la Fundación D54 para nuestro 22ª Evento Anual de Golf!
¿Quiere hacer la diferencia en las vidas de los estudiantes del Distrito 54? Únase a la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 para su 22a evento anual de golf el lunes 10 de junio en el Club de Golf de Schaumburg.

Todas las ganancias del evento de golf apoyan los programas de desayuno del Distrito 54, los programas STEM y las becas para estudiantes de hogares con dificultades financieras. Por favor, considere apoyar a los niños del Distrito 54 convirtiéndose en patrocinador de este evento o jugando al golf. La Fundación también está buscando artículos de rifa y tarjetas de regalo para otorgar como premios.

Visite la página web para convertirse en patrocinador, registrarse o para obtener más información.  La Fundación tuvo el honor de ser nombrada Organización de Voluntarios del Año de Schaumburg para el año 2019 y estamos entusiasmados de continuar nuestro trabajo con esta organización en nombre de los estudiantes.