Visit Open Enrollment Schools

Posted Thursday, January 31st, 2013

School District 54 invited parents to its 14th Open Enrollment Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. The fair provided parents with information on nine schools in our district:  Blackwell, Campanelli, Dooley, Enders-Salk, Hanover Highlands, Hoover, Lincoln Prairie, Link and MacArthur. Each of these schools houses a unique program and we anticipate a few openings at each site next year.

If you missed the fair, or even if you attended, you are still invited to visit the schools and view the programs in action. People interested in visiting a school and picking up an application can call each school for more information. The application deadline is March 1 for all schools. Parent notification letters will be sent March 22.

Blackwell (developmental sign language) - (847) 357-5555

  • 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 4
  • 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 5

Campanelli (Mandarin Chinese immersion program) - (847) 357-5333

  • Parent Information Meeting: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 4
  • School Tours: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 19

Dooley (English-Japanese dual language) - (847) 357-6250

  • 1 p.m. Feb. 5
  • 9:30 a.m. Feb. 7

Dooley (Early Instrumental Music) - (847) 357-6250
A child must be a Dooley-based student or a dual-language student to apply for the early instrumental music program. Parents who wish to enroll their children in the program must attend one of these meetings:

  • 7 p.m. Feb. 5
  • 7 p.m. Feb. 12

Enders-Salk (English-Spanish dual language) - (847) 357-6400

  • 9-10 a.m. Feb. 5
  • 9-10  a.m. Feb. 6

Hanover Highlands (English-Spanish dual language) - (630) 736-4230

  • 10 a.m. Feb. 8
  • 1 p.m. Feb. 11

Hoover Math & Science Academy - (847) 357-5800

  • 9-10 a.m. Feb. 15

Lincoln Prairie (K-8 community, multiage & multiple intelligence instruction) - (847) 357-5955

  • 10:15 a.m. Feb. 8
  • 1:15 p.m. Feb. 15

Link (English-Spanish dual language) - (847) 357-5300

  • 9-10 a.m. Feb. 14
  • 9-10 a.m. Feb. 15

MacArthur (English-Spanish dual language) - (847) 357-6650

  • 10-11 a.m. Feb. 4
  • 1-2 p.m. Feb. 7
  • 9-10 a.m. March 4

Kindergarten registration to be held Feb. 28

Posted Saturday, January 26th, 2013

School District 54 will hold kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Registration will take place from 9-11 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at all elementary schools. Parents should go to their neighborhood school to register their child, even if they are applying to attend a school other than their neighborhood school.

Only those children whose fifth birthday falls on or before Sept. 1, 2013, are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the fall term, 2013.

The registration process takes about 30 minutes. Parents will fill out entrance materials, and will be given physical examination forms and general school information. More information, access to online registration and some of the registration forms can be found on our website at

Additionally, the parent or legal guardian must provide the following information to complete the enrollment process:

  • Proof of immunizations
  • Birth Certificate (original with seal). Official birth certificates are issued by the county clerk in the county in which the child was born. Hospital certificates are not acceptable.
  • Proof of residence
  • Phone numbers of people to be contacted in emergencies (neighbors, other family members and work numbers)

Any person asserting legal custody over a student, who is not the student’s parent or legal guardian, must complete the Nonparent Custody Form (available at time of registration).

Parents or guardians are required to pay a consumable materials fee by check or money order for each child to cover the cost of workbooks, paper, art supplies, and other items used by students. The form is available in the registration packet and online.

District officials can better plan for kindergarten placements if they get most of the registrations on Feb. 28, so parents are urged to register their children for kindergarten on that date. For transportation/boundary questions: call (847) 357-5104. For general questions: call (847) 357-5087.

Thirteen District 54 schools receive Illinois Academic Excellence Awards

Posted Friday, January 25th, 2013

Thirteen District 54 schools received an Academic Excellence Award from the Illinois State Board of Education in recognition of their exemplary performance on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test from 2010 to 2012.

Blackwell, Campanelli, Collins, Dirksen, Dooley, Fairview, Fox, Hale, Hoover, Lincoln Prairie, Link, Nerge and Stevenson schools were among the 454 schools to receive the Academic Excellence Award for 2012 by sustaining high performance levels on state assessments for at least three years.

To achieve this award, schools must meet the following criteria:

  • All schools must have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2011 and 2012.
  • At preschool through eighth grade schools:  90 percent of students must have met or exceeded state standards in both reading and mathematics for the three most recent school years.

Many of our schools are repeat winners:

  • Dirksen, Hoover, Nerge and Stevenson elementary schools are receiving the Academic Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Dooley, Fairview, Hale and Lincoln Prairie are receiving the Academic Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Collins, Fox and Link are receiving the Academic Excellence Award for the third consecutive year.

The state assessments are used to measure adequate yearly progress for all public schools. District 54 students in third through eighth grade will take the test from March 4 through 15 this year.

The Illinois Honor Roll celebrates the accomplishments of Illinois public schools that are providing high quality education for all their students.

District 54 community committee evaluates, maps future for students

Posted Thursday, January 24th, 2013

In sports it is called a game plan. The construction industry uses a blueprint. Business refers to it as a strategic plan. In School District 54, our Mission, Vision, Commitments and Goals outline the action plan we follow.

A 40-member committee comprised of parents, teachers, support staff and administrators has been meeting during the past several months to update District 54’s current Mission, Vision, Commitments and Goals. The committee’s charge is to review the current plan, evaluate how the district is performing and set student learning goals that will guide our work.

A mission defines the fundamental purpose of an organization which, in our case, is every student learning at a high level. After careful consideration, the committee recommended to keep our current mission “Ensuring Student Success.”

The next step in the process involved the team taking an in-depth look at District 54’s vision. The revised vision further supports the district’s commitment to continuous improvement and clearly delineates areas we will focus on over the next three to five years.

It goes without saying that student learning will continue to be our primary focus. To excel in a global society, our students will be working toward meeting college- and career-readiness standards. They will be expected to set, monitor and surpass rigorous individual goals; take greater ownership of their learning; and actively participate in interventions and enrichment opportunities that are provided in each of our 27 schools.

Our students will be challenged to strengthen their critical and creative thinking through inquiry-based learning activities. Service-learning projects will be expanded. Treating everyone with courtesy, dignity and respect; demonstrating ethical and responsible behavior; and embracing the value of diversity will continue to be part of our routine practice.

To ensure that students meet or exceed grade-level standards, our staff will continue to learn about and incorporate the most up-to-date research-based curriculum, assessments and instructional strategies into daily teaching.

The Professional Learning Community framework will be the foundation for the way our district operates. By having teachers and support staff collaborate in planning lessons, analyze student data and tailor instruction to meet the needs of individual needs of their students, we expect our students will attain even higher levels of success over the next several years.

Sustaining effective partnerships with our families and the community will be a top priority in District 54. Fostering open communication, promoting understanding and respect for the different cultures living in our community, and building upon the strong relationships we have with our families will allow us to better support and prepare our students to be successful in high school and beyond. We are looking to expand the number of business and community partnerships and increase the use of community volunteers in our schools.

Equally important is our commitment to operate in a fiscally responsible manner. Maintaining a balanced operating budget allows the district to maximize financial resources to strengthen and enhance the learning opportunities that are provided.

We will be seeking your input prior to bringing the final recommendation to our Board of Education. Your feedback is extremely important in helping to keep District 54 a great place for our 14,000 students to learn and grow.

En Espanol

El comité de la comunidad del Distrito 54 evalua, el futuro de los planes para los estudiantes

Posted Thursday, January 24th, 2013

En los deportes se le llama un plan de juego. En la industria de la construcción utilizan un plano. Los negocios se refieren a un plan estratégico. En el Distrito Escolar 54, nuestra Misión, Visión, Compromisos y Objetivos delinean el plan de acción que seguimos.

Un comité de 40 miembros formado por padres, maestros, personal de apoyo y administradores se ha estado reuniendo durante los últimos meses para actualizar la Misión, Visión, Compromisos y Objetivos actuales del Distrito 54. Su deber es revisar el plan actual, evaluar como el distrito está desempeñándose y establecer metas de aprendizaje para el estudiante que guiarán nuestro trabajo.

Una misión define el propósito fundamental de una organización que, en nuestro caso, es el aprendizaje de cada estudiante al más alto nivel. Después de una cuidadosa consideración, el comité recomendó mantener nuestra misión actual “Asegurando el Éxito Estudiantil.”

El siguiente paso en el proceso envuelve que el equipo vea a profundidad la Visión del Distrito 54. La visión revisada también apoya el compromiso del distrito en la mejora continua y claramente delinea las áreas en las cuales nos enfocaremos en los próximos tres a cinco años.

No hace falta decir que el aprendizaje estudiantil seguirá siendo nuestro principal objetivo. Para sobresalir en una sociedad global, nuestros estudiantes estarán trabajando en el cumplimiento de las normas de la Universidad y listos para una Carrera. Se espera que los estudiantes establezcan, controlen y superen rigurosas metas individuales, tomen un mayor control de su aprendizaje y participen activamente en  las intervenciones y oportunidades de enriquecimiento que se ofrecen en cada una de nuestras 27 escuelas.

Nuestros estudiantes tendrán el reto de fortalecer su pensamiento crítico y creativo a través de la investigación basada en las actividades de aprendizaje. Los proyectos de servicio y aprendizaje se ampliarán. Tratando a todos con cortesía, dignidad y respeto; demostrando un comportamiento ético y responsable, y proteger el valor de la diversidad seguirá siendo parte de nuestra práctica habitual.

Para asegurarnos de que nuestros estudiantes alcancen o excedan los estándares de nivel de grado, nuestro personal continuará aprendiendo sobre ello e incorporará la información que este más al día basada en la investigación de aprendizaje, evaluaciones y estrategias de instrucción en su enseñanza diaria.

El marco de la Comunidad de Aprendizaje Profesional será la base para la forma en que nuestro distrito opere. Al contar con maestros y personal de apoyo colaborando en la planificación de lecciones, analizando los datos de los alumnos y adaptando la instrucción para cubrir las necesidades individuales de sus estudiantes, esperamos que nuestros estudiantes alcancen niveles de éxito más altos en los próximos años.

Mantener alianzas eficaces con nuestras familias y la comunidad será una prioridad en el Distrito 54. Fomentar la comunicación abierta, promover la comprensión y el respeto por las diferentes culturas que viven en nuestra comunidad, y basándonos en las relaciones sólidas que tenemos con nuestras familias nos permitirá apoyar y preparar mejor a nuestros estudiantes a tener éxito en la escuela secundaria y más allá. Estamos buscando ampliar el número de asociaciones empresariales y de la comunidad y aumentar el uso de voluntarios de la comunidad en nuestras escuelas.

Igual de importante es nuestro compromiso de operar de una manera fiscalmente responsable. Manteniendo el balance de un presupuesto operativo permite al distrito maximizar los recursos financieros para fortalecer y mejorar las oportunidades de aprendizaje que se proporcionan.

Esperamos contar con su opinión antes de presentar la propuesta final a nuestra Junta de Educación. Su opinión es muy importante para ayudar al Distrito 54 a mantenerse como un gran lugar para nuestros 14,000 estudiantes  para aprender y crecer.

In English

Open Enrollment Fair set for Jan. 30

Posted Thursday, January 17th, 2013

A goal of School District 54 Board of Education is to provide options for parents in the selection of their child’s school. In addition to the neighborhood school, School District54 has developed programs at several district schools, which it can now offer as choices.

District 54 invites parents to its annual Open Enrollment Fair on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. The fair will provide parents with information on nine elementary schools in the district:  Blackwell, Campanelli, Dooley, Enders-Salk, Hanover Highlands, Hoover, Lincoln Prairie, Link and MacArthur. Each school houses a unique program and School District 54 anticipates a few openings at each site next year.

Please know that you do not need to arrive early to get a spot at one of the schools. While applications are available on Jan. 30, names will not be chosen that evening. In addition, people who cannot attend the event can still apply for their children to attend one of our open enrollment schools.

The fair will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at Addams Junior High School, 700 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. Overflow parking can be found one block south at St. Marcelline’s Church. A short, formal presentation by Superintendent Ed Rafferty will be followed by opportunities for parents to visit each school’s booth and learn about each site in greater detail. Representatives from each school will discuss open enrollment opportunities and answer questions. A short description of each school is listed below.

Blackwell Elementary School:  Blackwell, in Schaumburg, offers sign language as a mode of communication. Students learn signing from their teachers and communicate with both traditional oral and sign language. Blackwell also started housing hearing-impaired student population. Supporting this communication theme, a full production lab is installed at Blackwell so students can participate in video production projects and classes. For more information, call Principal Brad Carter at (847) 357-5555.

Campanelli Elementary School:  A Mandarin Chinese immersion program began in August 2011 at Campanelli in Schaumburg. The goal of this program is for students to communicate effectively in Chinese as well as developing a deep understanding of the Chinese culture. During the 2013-14 school year, Campanelli will offer the Mandarin Chinese program in kindergarten through second grade. One grade level will be added each school year. For more information, call Principal Steve Kern at (847) 357-5333.

Dooley Elementary School: Dooley, in Schaumburg, started its Dual-Language Japanese Program and Early Instrumental Music Program at the beginning of the 2001-02 school year. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade currently have the option of learning Japanese and English together in this dual-language setting. In addition, early instrumental music (violin) is available to primary students at Dooley. Individuals can sign up for the Dual-Language Program only or the Dual-Language and Early Instrumental Music programs together. For more information, call Principal Marion Friebus-Flaman at (847) 357-6250.

Enders-Salk Elementary School:  Dual-Language Spanish kindergarten classes started in 2000 at Enders-Salk in Schaumburg. Currently, the school offers dual-language in kindergarten through sixth grade. The goal of this program is for students to communicate effectively in both languages by the time they exit the school at the end of sixth grade. For more information, call Principal Michael Henry at (847) 357-6400.

Hanover Highlands Elementary School:  Dual-Language Spanish kindergarten classes started in 2004 at Hanover Highlands in Hanover Park. Currently, the school offers dual-language in kindergarten through sixth grade. The goal of this program is for students to communicate effectively in both languages by the time they exit the school at the end of sixth grade. For more information, call Principal David Negron at (630) 736-4230.

Hoover Math and Science Academy:  Hoover School in Schaumburg offers a unique learning environment for students in the areas of mathematics and science. With a greenhouse, community garden, two science labs and a computer lab, Hoover Academy is designed to give students the opportunity to explore science and math topics in an inquiry-based learning model. Community partnerships enhance the learning opportunities for our students and service learning projects are embedded within the curriculum. Parent participation is an expectation at our school. For more information, call Principal John Schmelzer at (847) 357-5800.

Lincoln Prairie School: Lincoln Prairie, in Hoffman Estates, is a community school founded on the premise that students learn in a variety of ways. Lincoln Prairie is the only District 54 building housing children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Students are grouped in multiage classrooms, working with teams of teachers on integrated curriculum. Project Development Time, in which students choose learning projects offered by staff, is a popular activity. Parent participation is an expectation at Lincoln Prairie. For more information, call Principal Amanda Stochl at (847) 357-5955.

Link School:  Dual-Language Spanish kindergarten classes started in 2009 at Link based in Elk Grove Village. Currently, the school offers dual-language in kindergarten through fourth grade (with the intent to add one grade level each school year). The goal of this program is for students to communicate effectively in both languages by the time they exit the school at the end of sixth grade. For more information, call Principal Quinn Wulbecker at (847) 357-5300.

MacArthur International Spanish Academy:  The original Dual-Language School in District 54, MacArthur, in Hoffman Estates, offers a full dual-language Spanish program with students progressing through sixth grade in their dual-language class. Kindergarten students will learn Spanish and English from classroom teachers who are fluent in each language. This successful program has been in existence for 15 years at MacArthur. For more information, call Principal Danette Meyer at (847) 357-6650.

People interested in viewing the programs in action, can visit the schools. Dates will be set after the fair, so that groups of interested parents can tour the school together. Call each school to make an appointment. For more information call Terri McHugh, community relations director, at (847) 357-5028.

District 54 students advance to state PTA Reflections program

Posted Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The following 17 students from District 54 moved on to the state level for Reflections, a PTA writing and fine arts competition. The theme of the 2012-13 Reflections Program was “The Magic of a Moment.” District 54 students were able to submit an entry in any of the following six arts areas:  film production, dance choreography, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts.

There will be a reception honoring the Reflections students from PTA District 37 (which includes School District 54) whose entries advanced to the state level at 7 p.m. on March 6 at Eisenhower Jr. High School, 800 W. Hassell Road in Hoffman Estates.

Visual Arts

  • Aditi C., Grade 2, Blackwell, The Morning Glory
  • Dhriti D., Grade 2, Collins, The Magic of a Moment
  • Rebecca K., Grade 2, Fairview, A Magical Jump
  • Giselle S., Grade 6, Lincoln Prairie, Winter Wonderland

Musical Composition

  • Najma A., Grade 6, Lakeview, On The Dance Floor

Dance Choreography

  • Madison S., Grade 1, Lincoln Prairie, Lost in the Forest
  • Anna F., Grade 4, Lincoln Prairie, Chance
  • Adya V., Grade 4, Fairview, Up Where the Magic Is
  • Nandini B., Grade 5, Fairview, Let’s Keep Our Magical Feet Moving
  • Allison G., Grade 8, Lincoln Prairie, Good Time
  • Molly G., Grade 8, Mead, I Won’t Give Up


  • Caroline A., Grade 2, Link, Fireworks
  • Sydney M., Grade 3, Fairview, The Magic of the Moment I Got Adopted
  • Katherine W., Grade 4, Nerge, New Life

Film Production

  • Chandler Y., Grade 4, Stevenson, Gabby Douglass
  • Charles Z., Grade 4, Aldrin, Magical Moments
  • Justin H., Grade 6, Lincoln Prairie, Lacrosse Video

Conferences to be held Jan. 17 and 18

Posted Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

District 54’s parent conferences will be held on Jan. 17 and 18. This is a great opportunity for your children to share their accomplishments. Your children may also share their personal, academic goals with you.

It is important that the teacher knows how an individual is doing in school, and it is important that parents are aware as well. However, it is most important that the child has a sense of how things are going and is involved in the goal-setting process.

If you have something you would like to discuss with the teacher without your child present, please make an appointment for another time. These conferences are designed to focus on the child and the child’s goals and accomplishments. The children enjoy sharing their world with their parents.

Junior high students will be dismissed at 10:40 a.m.; elementary students at 11:40 a.m. and Lincoln Prairie students at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday for conferences. No early childhood or kindergarten classes meet on Thursday, Jan. 17. No District 54 students at any grade level attend school on Friday, Jan. 18. Schools are also closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.