March 10, 2023

Dear Addams Community:

We are very proud of the effort and grit shown by our students this week as they completed the IAR state assessments. In observing them in action, we are confident that Addams students tried their best and we look forward to sharing positive results with families at a later date. In addition, on Wednesday, the musical cast and crew “teased” us with performances of the first half of Into the Woods Junior. We look forward to them sharing their gifts with our community this Saturday and Sunday. A huge shout out goes to Mrs. Mueller, Ms. Caliendo, Mr. Lundgren and Mrs. Duvall for their fantastic leadership and direction of the many students involved in the musical.
Next, we would like to highlight three of our talented students, Isaac F, Emilia H and Sofia P. These fine artists had work chosen for the D54 Prairie Arts Show at the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Center on Wednesday evening. District 54 remains committed to supporting students in the arts and we are very proud of these three and all the artists at Addams.
As always, do not hesitate to reach out as we work in partnership to support our students in reaching their potential.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Chris Bingen         Bill Musselman 

Principal               Assistant Principal


 Important Dates to Remember: 

  • March 11: Addams Musical 1 pm and 7 pm performances
  • March 12: Addams Musical 1 pm performance
  • March 27-31: Spring Break 
  • April 4: Election Day – No School
  • April 7: Non-school attendance day 

Addams Musical Performances
We are only 1 day away from opening night of the 2023 Jane Addams Junior High Musical- Into the Woods Jr.! The amazing cast and crew have worked hard to make this show come alive on stage! The performances will be Saturday, March 11th at 1:00pm and 7:00pm and Sunday, March 12th at 1:00pm! If you do not have tickets, they will be sold at the door for $3. The Musical cast and crew cannot wait to share the journey of Into the Woods with you!

Spring Sports Season is upon us!
Both track and field and boys’ volleyball begin next week. Track is a noncut sport while tryouts will be held for the boys’ volleyball team. Click here for forms and coaches contact information.

Graduation Gowns and Medallions
The 8th grade graduation date will not be finalized by the school district until March. The School Board and administration wait until the threat of inclement weather/snow days are over before settling on a date. However, we have already begun preparations for graduation. We have gathered student sizes for graduation gowns. As part of our ceremony, all students will wear a gown and receive a keepsake medallion. Payment for gowns and medallions can be made in one of three ways:

  1. Log on to the school store on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and purchase the gown/medallion. The cost is $22 (with a $2 processing fee).
  2. Make a check out to Addams Junior High for $22 and drop it off at the Addams office. 
  3. Send your student with $22 cash in an envelope with their name on it, labeled “graduation fee”.

Payment is due ASAP.  Please email Mr. Bingen if you are in need of financial assistance.

District 54 Summer Camps
Summer is right around the corner and the perfect way to enjoy it is to join a Summer of 54 camp! District 54 students can build robots, design a t-shirt, learn a new sport, brush up on music skills, and so much more! Registration will open in your Parent Portal at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, and will close at noon Friday, May 5. (Instrumental Music camp registration will close at noon Friday, May 26.) For more information on the camps offered click on the links below.

Seats fill up fast, so sign up early if you want your children to be a part of the Summer of 54 Camp family! Information regarding camps designed for English learners and students in the dual language programs will be shared the week of April 10.

Summer Camp Scholarships Available
As part of its commitment to life-long learning, the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs (STC) offers scholarships for summer programs/camps to District 54 students currently in Kindergarten through 7th grade who wish to broaden their education, talents and experiences.  
**Please note the parent/guardian must be a current PTA member at the school attended by the child applying for the scholarship.**  
You are responsible for registering your child for the camp/program indicated. Registration is recommended to ensure your child secures a spot.  If you wait to see if your child is awarded a scholarship before registering, your child runs the risk of the program being full or cancelled. Please make sure you register by May 20th.   This must be a summer camp or program completed by Labor Day.  If your camp/program is cancelled contact us with an eligible alternative within the same organization.
Click these links to access the application: English version,  Spanish version
**The application and supporting documents are due April 7, 2023.**


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 March 31, 2023, at

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish. Note: the survey will time out and you will need to start over if you don’t finish in one sitting.

If you have more than one child, you may complete the survey for each child. You will be asked to select your county and then your child’s school. Be aware that there are other “Jane Addams” schools in Illinois so make sure you are picking the one in Schaumburg. 

Windy City Bulls Game – March 21
The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Tuesday, March 21, at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each $20 ticket purchased will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation Crisis Fund to support families in our community.
Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!
The District 54 takeover night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and during breaks in the game, as well as a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime.

Residency for 2023-24
District 54 will hold kindergarten/new student registration for the 2023-24 school year by appointment only. Starting Wednesday, January 25, 2023, families that have a student currently enrolled in District 54 can register incoming kindergarten students through their Parent Portal account. Families new to District 54 can register through the link on our website ( ).

Once your online registration is complete, please contact your school to schedule your in-person appointment to complete your student’s registration and provide documentation. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

Registration Assistance
Do you have a child who will be starting school in August 2023? If you do and would like support with registering, we are here to help! You are invited to join us at any of the sites listed below. Staff will be available to help you complete the form and answer any questions you may have.

  • Blackwell Elementary School – 6-8 p.m. Feb. 16 at 345 N. Walnut in Schaumburg. Translators available for Spanish.
  • Lakeview Elementary School – 6-8 p.m. Feb. 16 at 615 Lakeview Lane in Hoffman Estates. Translators available for Spanish.
  • John Muir Elementary School – 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23 at 1973 N. Kensington Lane in Hoffman Estates. Translators available for Spanish and Ukrainian.
  • Stevenson Elementary School – 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23 at 1414 Armstrong Lane in Elk Grove Village. Translators available for Spanish and Polish.
  • Aldrin Elementary School – 6-8 p.m. Feb. 28 at 617 Boxwood Drive in Schaumburg. Translators available for Spanish.


Now available!  Become a District 54 Paraprofessional Using a Short-Term Paraprofessional License.
 Have you always wanted to work full-time in District 54?  Have you always liked the idea of assisting a teacher or helping a student reach their full potential?  If you hold a high school diploma (or the equivalent) you are now qualified to become a District 54 Paraprofessional through the short-term paraprofessional license.  It is simple to apply for this license and the information is available here.  Be sure to visit the District 54 website and click on the Careers button to apply! 

District 54 Severe 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, please review the District 54 Severe Weather Response Plan.


District 54 Virtual Backpack
District 54 shares information about community events with our students and families through our Virtual Backpack.  We know that parents are interested in extracurricular activities. At the same time, we don’t want the homework, letters from the teachers, school news and other important district information to get lost among the countless other pieces of paper in our students’ backpacks.  Please click here for additional information.