Dear Addams Community:
We hope you all had a wonderful week! We look forward to seeing many of you next Thursday or Friday for parent teacher conferences. Whether you signed up for Zoom conferences or are coming in person, we would like your child to present, as well.
In addition, I wanted to share with you some unfortunate news. At the beginning of the school year, we lost a valued member of the Addams community. Masaki Date, a Dual Language Japanese teacher, passed away after a six-month battle with cancer. This past Wednesday afternoon, the staff came together to celebrate Mr. Date’s life with a ceremony to honor the positive influence he had on our students, staff and community. In memory of Date Sensei, we now have a beautiful memorial in front of our building that includes a native Japanese tree. We will never forget the impact Mr. Date had on the Addams community.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Chris Bingen Bill Musselman
Principal Assistant Principal
School District 54 is now making it easier than ever for families to schedule conferences with teachers. We’ve partnered with “Meet the Teacher” to provide a mobile-friendly and easy-to-use system that creates a simple and streamlined scheduling experience. To login and schedule a conference, please visit https://schooldistrict54.meettheteacher.com/ and enter the information in the text fields. Please make sure you enter the information that matches the student’s registration. If you have more than one child in District 54, you will only have to use one child’s information to login. The system will show you options for all the students in your household after you login once.
Once you’re in the system, you’ll be able to select your child’s/children’s teacher(s) and your preferred dates and times. If you prefer to have your conference virtually via Zoom, please add a message to the conference when prompted and type in the word “Zoom.” If you prefer to have an in-person conference, please leave this blank. If you would like to change or delete any scheduled conferences, you can do so by logging in again with the same information. We encourage you to bookmark the website https://schooldistrict54.meettheteacher.com/ on your phone, tablet, or desktop to review, possibly make changes, and for future parent-teacher conference sessions.
The site will close on Wednesday, October 6 at 12 PM.
For more detailed information on how to login and navigate the site, please view our guide below. If you have any questions, please call the Addams main office or email [email protected]
Addams Crosswalk Construction on Springinsguth Road
The village will be working with Landmark Construction to update our crosswalk across Springinsguth Rd. Construction will begin on October 11th. Starting October 12th, students who use the Springinsguth crosswalk will need to use an alternate crosswalk. The new crosswalk (until construction ends) will be just north of Dartmouth Ln and Springinsguth Rd. Our crossing guard will be at the new intersection to assist students crossing Springinsguth. Below is a map of the alternate crosswalk and the walking route to Addams. Please call our office if you have any questions.
During the coming half day, Thursday, October 7, students are going to be assigned hallway lockers for the first time this year. The use of lockers will be completely optional and students will still need to carry a backpack throughout the day. Until students are used to opening and closing lockers, they will only be used before and after school (to put away coats and things they do not want to carry all day.) After a week or two, we will then begin to allow students to use the locker once during the school day to lighten the load of their backpacks. Again, the use of lockers this year is completely optional.
Eighth Grade High School Placement Exam
District 211 will be administering a placement exam (PSAT 8/9) for incoming freshman (current eighth grade students) on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Incoming freshmen are required to complete a placement exam. The results of the placement exam assist in determining the English, math, and science courses the student will participate in during 9th grade. The exam results also help identify students for required participation in the Incoming Freshmen Academy math and reading summer school programs.
District 211 uses the PSAT 8/9 as its placement exam. The PSAT 8/9 is part of a series of exams offered by the College Board and serves as a precursor to the SAT, a long standing college entrance exam that also is used by the State of Illinois as its mandated student achievement test for third-year high school students. The PSAT 8/9 provides scores for mathematics and evidence-based reading and writing. More information about the PSAT 8/9 is available on the College Board website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9.
The Class of 2026 will take its placement exam on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Testing begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and students should arrive no later than 7:45 a.m. in order to check-in and locate their assigned testing rooms. Students should bring at least two No. 2 pencils and a calculator when reporting for the placement exam. Calculators are allowed for portions of the mathematics exam, however, smartphones are not allowed to be used as calculators. The exam will conclude at 11:15 a.m. Students will not be dismissed early. Enrollment materials may be submitted during the placement exam. Students eligible for testing accommodations will receive information about accessing these supports in the weeks leading up to the exam date. Questions about the placement exam can be directed to the Director of Student Services at the high school your child will be attending.
For more information regarding the Class of 2026 and a list of the Director of Student Services in District 211, please click here.
Eighth Grade High School Transition
In the coming weeks, District 211 will be posting some basic information including details about their course placement process as well as incoming freshmen information on their website, along with each high school’s website. Additionally, as I receive information from District 211 regarding the transition into high school for our eighth graders, I will push that information out to the families.
Before and After School Support
If you child needs extra academic support, we are here for them. The mathematics department provides a Math Help Center every morning starting at 7 am. Students just need to stop in the main office and we will check them in and send them up to room 207 for support. In addition, the Library Media Center is open everyday starting at 7 am and is open until 3 pm Monday through Thursday.
Stay Connected to Addams and District 54
Please visit the Addams website or the District 54 website for updates and information. Finally, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @addamscrusaders to stay updated with the latest news and information about the great things happening at Addams.
D54/Willow Creek Food Distribution
On Friday, October 1, 2021, the Willow Creek Food Truck will be in the Keller Junior High School Parking lot (820 Bode Road, Schaumburg, IL, 60194) from 4:00 to 5:00 PM giving away free bags of food. This opportunity is available to any District 54 family that is need of assistance with groceries. The parking lot will be set up as a drive thru with families remaining in their cars and volunteers bringing the bags of food to the vehicle.
To help with making the process more efficient for you, considering checking in prior to picking up your food, by texting the word “mobile” to 224-427-3444. Please know, it is not essential to check in prior to coming.
Please know, this opportunity would not be possible without the amazing assistance from our community partner, Willow Creek. We are incredibly grateful for their partnership, generosity, and willingness to help our families within the community.
With suburban Cook County now in a level of high community transmission of COVID-19 (Cook County Department of Public Health), District 54 has decided to create COVID Dashboards on each school’s website to provide families and staff with a transparent summary of instances of COVID-19 reported to District 54. A positive case indicates that the student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Please report cases of COVID-19 to our school so that we can initiate contact tracing. Parents/guardians of students identified as close contacts will be contacted directly to discuss next steps. District 54 will update these dashboards by 3 p.m. on Fridays when school is in session. Addams COVID Dashboard
School District 54 Food Pantry at Mead
The D54 Food Pantry at Mead is ready to serve our District 54 families for the 2021-2022 school year. Orders will be taken through an ONLINE website again this year. All orders will be packed and ready to go 2 days after the order is placed. Orders must be picked up within 5 days. Pantry hours are 7:45 AM to 3:30 PM Monday -Friday. Please click on this LINK to place your order online. If you have any questions, please call (847) 357-6000. Our D54 Food Pantry Supervisors at Mead are Kailee Falvo and Beth Knief. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions. District 54 has set up a District 54 Food Pantry Donation page for families to donate money through the Infinite Campus Portal. To make a monetary donation, please log in to the Infinite Campus Portal HERE
Free COVID-19 Testing