October 15, 2021

Principal’s Message

Pumpkin Contest Padlet

Dear Addams Community:

The weather is supposed to be cooler this weekend. It sounds like a perfect time to grab a pumpkin and get those creative juices flowing. We are inviting all families to enter our first ever pumpkin decorating contest. Once done, just upload a picture of your creation by clicking on the Padlet link. Students and staff will be given the opportunity to vote on all entries and the top three families will receive a prize. We look forward to seeing you “join the movement” and AMAZE us!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 Chris Bingen       Bill Musselman
 Principal              Assistant Principal 

School News

Upcoming Events 

10/18: PTA Meeting 5:30 pm via Zoom

11/5: End of Trimester 1 

11/24 – 11/26: Thanksgiving Break – not school

12/22:  Winter break begins at the end of the day

Addams Crosswalk Construction on Springinsguth Road

Road construction has begun on the sidewalk and crosswalk on Springinsguth Rd. If you are dropping off or picking up your child, please be aware of your surroundings and use extra caution so that all stay safe. 


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

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.  

2021 – 2022 District Calendar
 The 2021-2022 District Calendar can be viewed here:  Please click on the link for the Spanish version of the calendar.

District News

Free Food Distribution at Keller Junior High on 10/15/21
 On Friday, October 15, 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 on Friday, 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.  

COVID Dashboard

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 

  • District 54 is offering free COVID-19 testing to all students and staff.  This free testing will take place all school days at the School District 54 – Rafferty Administration Center at 524 E. Schaumburg Road, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.