October 8, 2021

Principal’s Message

Join the movement Pep assembly Pep assembly

Dear Addams Community:

It has been a truly amazing week at Addams! To begin, our cross country runners capped off a successful season by competing in the D54 conference meet at Hoover Elementary. The runners gave 100% and represented our school with pride the entire season. The coaches were thrilled to see the growth as their athletes continued to lower their times as the season progressed. 

Next, we want to congratulate our 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball teams. The 7th graders earned a 2nd place finish in the D54 tournament and the 8th graders were conference and tournament champions! Thank you, as well, to coaches Mr. Jalovec and Mrs. Bianchin for your hard work with the teams.In addition, our half day was filled with goal setting and celebration. If your child has not yet shown you the vision board that they created, please ask them to do so. Staff facilitated a lesson to have students do some goal setting and create a picture collage to represent things that they would like to accomplish.

Students seemed excited to receive lockers, as well. We spent a significant amount of time letting them practice.  As students become more comfortable, they will use the lockers during the school day.

We ended the morning with our first indoor pep assemblies (one per grade). I am grateful we have a large gym so that we are able to keep our students socially distant while we have some fun! The mathematics department gave out awards to students who have “joined the movement” of Addams and are exceling at our 3 A’s of Accepting, Achieving and Amazing. We also had our first ever staff-students tricycle races. What could be better than that?

Finally, thank you to all the parents that took part in parent-teacher conferences. It was so wonderful to see so many of you on Zoom and in the building. In addition, thank you to the parents who generously donated desserts and water for our PTA sponsored staff dinner. Let’s just say, we ate well. We never take for granted our partnership with our families to ensure the success of our students.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 Chris Bingen       Bill Musselman
 Principal              Assistant Principal 


School News

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 13th. Starting October 13th, 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.


Yesterday students were 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

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 54 News

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.