District 54 Spanish Speech Contest

Posted Thursday, May 1st, 2014

MacArthur School is hosting the 4th annual District 54 Spanish Language Speech Contest for students in third through eighth grade on May 8, 2014.

Application, speech drafts written by the applicant and video recordings no more than three minutes were sent to MacArthur School by April 18. The finalists were invited to the contest from 9 to 11 a.m. May 8 at MacArthur International Spanish Academy.

Volunteer judges include Marcelo Suarez-Salvia from the Consulate Argentina in Chicago, Jorge Berne from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Bernardo Mendez-Lugo from the Mexican Consulate in Chicago, and District 54′s ELL Assessment Coordinator Doris Reynolds.

Students from the following schools are participating: Armstrong, Eisenhower, Enders-Salk, Frost, Hanover Highlands, Keller, Lincoln Prairie, Link, MacArthur and Mead. Students will be broken into six categories based on their grade level and whether Spanish is their native language or second language.

Recycling Event – April 19

Posted Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Start cleaning out your closets. School District 54, the Village of Schaumburg and the Schaumburg Township District Library will host a free recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. The following items will be recycled:

  • Electronics:  Televisions, household batteries, small household appliances, microwaves, monitors, computers, keyboards, mice, radios, video cassette recorders, telephones, fax machines, UPS systems, and more.
  • Document Destruction: Shred up to two boxes. Envelopes with windows, paper clips and staples are OK. No plastics, CD’s or plastic bags. All paper is recycled.
  • Clothing, shoes, purses, belts, hats, back packs, towels, linens and other household textiles
  • Automotive and household batteries
  • Holiday light strands, extension cords, copper wiring, computer wiring, phone wires, CAD V coaxial cable.
  • Motor oil and antifreeze
  • Bicycles
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL)
  • Cell phones and other wireless devices
  • Eyeglasses
  • American flags
  • Fire extinguishers

Paint, gas, paint thinner and other hazardous waste will not be accepted. For more information, click here or call District 54’s director of business services, Darlene Russo, at (847) 357-5025.

Eighth-graders to graduate June 4

Posted Friday, April 4th, 2014

June 5 – Last day for all other students

District 54 has set Wednesday, June 4 as the graduation date for eighth-grade students.

Eisenhower Junior High School will graduate at 7 p.m. in the Hoffman Estates High School gym on Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. Lincoln Prairie School will graduate at 6 p.m. from the auditorium at the same high school.

Mead Junior High School will graduate at 6 p.m. at Conant High School on Plum Grove Road in Hoffman Estates, followed by Frost Junior High School at 8:30 p.m.

Keller Junior High School will graduate at 6 p.m. at Schaumburg High School on Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg followed by Addams Junior High School at 8:30 p.m.

Other students will attend school until Thursday, June 5. This is a change in date due to the four emergency closing days taken in January. This is a full day of attendance for all students in early childhood through seventh grade.

Multicultural Fair – April 5

Posted Sunday, March 16th, 2014

School District 54 and the Schaumburg Park District present a multicultural fair from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road inSchaumburg. The event’s theme is A Garden of Diversity – Celebrating Our Community’s Cultures.

District 54 school groups will perform. Other free activities will include multicultural crafts, games and activities for all ages. When you’re tired of playing, sit down and sample food from around the world. Food samples are available for a nominal fee.

Donate at PTA Blood Drive on Oct. 24

Posted Friday, October 11th, 2013

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTA’s is helping Heartland sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 24. It will be held from 1:30-6:30 p.m. in the board room at the Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

Anyone between the ages of 17 and 75 who weighs at least 110 pounds can participate.

A minimum of 500 pints of blood is needed every day for patients in area hospitals, according to Heartland. The Council of PTA’s hosts blood drives each year to help meet these needs.

To make an appointment, visit www.heartlandbc.org and click on Schedule an Appointment. Walk-ins are also acceptable.

For more information about this blood drive or to sign up to be a donor, please contact Laurie Fetterman, Health and Safety Chairperson of the PTA Council, (630) 855-3366 or by email at LJFetterman@yahoo.com.

Conferences to be held Oct. 10 and 11

Posted Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

District 54’s parent conferences will be held on Oct. 10 and 11. This is a great opportunity for your children to share with you their personal, academic goals for the school year as well as their accomplishments to date.

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, Oct. 10. No District 54 students at any grade level attend school on Friday, Oct. 11. Schools are also closed on Monday, Oct. 14 in observation of Columbus Day.

District 54 helped break world record for reading

Posted Monday, September 30th, 2013

On Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, School District 54 joined Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign designed to break the world record for the largest shared reading experience ever, while also working to break the cycle of illiteracy.

All 63 early childhood classes and 78 kindergarten classes at District 54’s 22 elementary schools participated by having their teachers or other guests read Otis by New York Times Bestselling children’s author and illustrator, Loren Long.

“The event has been a huge success and reinforces the Board Goal of students reading at grade level upon entering third grade by emphasizing the importance of early literacy,” Literacy Director Erin Knoll said.

The 2013 campaign is designed to encourage young people, their families and educators to read. The day’s activities are designed to generate public awareness about the importance of early literacy for long-term academic achievement.

The Pearson Foundation, the sponsor and a founding partner of the campaign, once again underwrote the cost of the campaign book and helping to organize events nationwide. Pearson presented a special campaign edition of Otis to all of District 54’s early childhood and kindergarten teachers so they could participate with their students.

In 2012, 2.3 million children and adults participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Jumpstart – through Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign and intensive early education programs – puts books in the homes of children who need them most and focuses on helping them make gains in crucial language and literacy skills. Learn more about this campaign by visiting www.readfortherecord.org.

Eisenhower Junior High School celebrates 40th Anniversary

Posted Monday, September 16th, 2013

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Dwight D. Eisenhower Junior High School in Hoffman Estates.

To celebrate, Eisenhower would like to invite current and former students, staff members, parents and Hoffman Estates community members to a Block Party from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Please feel free to share a link to the Block Party Invite with other members of the Eisenhower community and visit the Block Party site for more information.

The Block Party will include games and activities for all ages, a D.J., food and drink, tours of the building and more.

Eisenhower Junior High School serves more than 600 seventh- and eighth-grade students and added an early childhood program this year. Students at Eisenhower attend core courses: language arts, social studies, science, math, and physical education. In addition, students may choose from a variety of elective classes including music, chorus, Spanish, STEM, band, orchestra, art and media.

Eisenhower is located at 800 W. Hassell Road in Hoffman Estates. For more information, contact Principal Kara Prusko or Assistant Principal Brandon Todd at (847) 357-5500.

District 54 to host Partners Club/Young Athletes Track Meet on May 16

Posted Monday, May 13th, 2013

School District 54 will host the annual Partners Club/Young Athletes track meet on Thursday, May 16.

The event will begin with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. on the track behind Eisenhower Junior High School, 800 W. Hassell Road in Hoffman Estates.

Events will take place until noon followed by lunch for all athletes, their partners and volunteers. The meet will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.

“The Young Athletes portion of the meet is going to be exciting. This is the biggest District 54 Young Athletes event held during the school year” said Lisa Liesz, District 54 Special Olympics, coordinator of Young Athletes. “The athletes have been training all year. There will be more than 1,000 District 54 students, staff and volunteers participating in this day.”

Partners Club is based at several District 54 schools and includes students with disabilities with their nondisabled peers. The purpose of the program is to combine athletes and their peers together to practice sports skills. However, Partners Club often accomplishes much more than that. A bond of respect is built between athlete and partner. The students participate in activities all year together, including this track meet each spring.

The Young Athletes program is an innovative sports play program for children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities, designed to introduce them to the world of sports. The benefits of the program include improvement not only physically and cognitively but also socially. This program also serves as an introduction for families to the resources and support available within Special Olympics. Nearly 800 students participate in this program throughout the district.

For more information on the District 54 Special Olympics and Young Athletes program, please call District 54 Special Olympics office at (847) 357-2105.

Join us in a celebration of our retiring superintendent, Ed Rafferty, on May 15

Posted Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

School District 54 invites you to join us in celebrating Superintendent Ed Rafferty’s 37 years in District 54.

An open house will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, in the District Office Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

Please stop by at any time to share a memory or simply wish Ed well as he prepares for his retirement in June.