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.

Continuing student registration due April 11

Posted Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Families of students currently enrolled in District 54 should have received a letter in the mail this week, with information about registering their students for the 2014-15 school year.

Families with a parent portal account, received a letter with instructions asking them to log on to our portal site (http://sd54.org/portal/) to enroll their students for next year.

Other families received a pre-printed registration form, which must be reviewed, signed, dated and returned to the school your child is currently attending.

Please re-register your child by Friday, April 11 in order to have your child placed on a future class list and to ensure busing is set up for the 2014-15 school year for students who qualify for free busing.

If your child is not currently enrolled in a District 54 school, please visit your neighborhood school to register. For more information, visit http://sd54.org/registration.

Summer Music Program Registration

Posted Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Registration for District 54’s Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun.  District 54 students who have completed fifth, sixth or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument for at  least one school year are eligible to enroll. Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 7-24 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Keller Junior High School.  Click here for the 2014 Summer Music Registration Form. Registration is by mail only and must be received by June 19. If you have questions, please contact the band/orchestra teacher at your school or call (847) 357-5138.

Illinois offers 5Essentials Survey

Posted Monday, March 17th, 2014

Beginning today (March 17), teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. The survey was designed to offer individuals an opportunity to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are

  • Effective leaders
  • Collaborative teachers
  • Involved families
  • Supportive environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Parent Survey — for all District 54 parents

All District parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in a District 54 early childhood program, elementary school or junior high. The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes.

If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names (for example Jane Addams Junior High would be listed under J, not A for Addams).

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.

The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 30 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 30 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ between March 17 and April 25, 2014.

Student Survey – for sixth through eighth grade in District 54

Only students in grades 6 through 12 will take the survey. District 54 schools will provide time at school for our students in grades 6 through 8 to take the survey during the week of April 14 to 17. Students must take the surveys at school.

Teacher Survey

On April 9 all District 54 teachers will participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey during staff development time. The survey is to be completed by certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year. This would include our library media teachers. The following positions are ineligible to take the survey: paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, tutors, instructional coaches (who do not otherwise teach), student teachers and administrators. This was determined by the Illinois State Board of Education, not District 54.

The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

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.

Community members sought for committees

Posted Thursday, March 13th, 2014

School District 54 is looking for community members who would be interested in serving on its District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) or its Advisory Council for District Initiatives (ACDI) beginning in the fall of 2014.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC)

The District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) is a School Board committee composed of staff members, parents, representatives of various governmental, community and business organizations, and members of the community-at-large. The Board established this committee to increase communication and provide citizen involvement at the school and district levels. DCAC offers members an opportunity to offer input on district topics and promote education and community involvement. For example, during the 2013-14 school year, DCAC provided feedback on revised standards-based report cards and new math curricular resources.

DCAC member responsibilities include attending monthly meetings (which are held at 9 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month during the school year), providing input to the School Board on district topics, and sharing information with one’s constituency.

Advisory Council for District Initiatives (ACDI)

The Advisory Council for District Initiatives (ACDI) is a strategic planning committee which reviews new ideas that impact teaching and learning in District 54. Members provide guidance and mentoring to teams that present new instructional initiatives to the council. Ideas are explored and developed at the meetings before they are presented to the School Board for review.

ACDI is a district committee composed of individuals who represent one of the District 54 constituent groups – teachers, support staff, administrators, the school board and the community. A commitment of three years is expected. Meetings are held as needed at 5 p.m. on the third or fourth Monday of the month during the school year.

ACDI membership is intended to include two members of the community-at-large. The term for one of these two seats expires in May 2014. Interested community members are asked to complete an application for consideration by the School Board.

The application for both DCAC and ACDI is available on the District 54 web site at http://sd54.org/committees. Applications are to be submitted by May 15 to CyndiBallmaier@sd54.org or by mail to Superintendent/Board of Education Office, School District 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Ill. 60194.

The Board will review all applications received and make appointments at a board meeting. For more information, please call (847) 357-5036.

Public input invited on math materials

Posted Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Community members are invited to provide feedback on mathematics curricular materials under consideration for adoption in School District 54. The program being considered for implementation in kindergarten through eighth grade is Go Math!

To preview the materials, visit the Rauch Center at 520 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. You will be given an evaluation form to complete as you preview the materials. Wednesday, March 19, will be the final day for material evaluation. Materials are on display from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Rauch Center.

Materials are also being reviewed by District 54 teachers, support staff and administrators.

ISAT Testing March 3-14

Posted Thursday, February 27th, 2014

District 54 students in third through eighth grade will take the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) March 3 through 14.

This test measures individual student achievement relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.  The 2014 reading and mathematics ISATs will have 100 percent of questions aligned to the Common Core State Standards, which have been the Illinois state learning standards since 2010.

The results give parents, teachers and schools one measure of student learning and school performance. It is required by law for all Illinois public school students. The state assessment scores are used to measure adequate yearly progress (AYP) for all public schools. Scores are published on the School Report Cards yearly.

Students at these grade levels take the following tests:

  • Third Grade – Reading, Math
  • Fourth Grade – Reading, Math, Science
  • Fifth Grade – Reading, Math
  • Sixth Grade – Reading, Math
  • Seventh Grade – Reading, Math, Science
  • Eighth Grade – Reading, Math

Throughout the school year students have been preparing for ISAT tests in their classes; however, test preparation is something that can also been done at home. The following are tips to help you prepare your child for tests of all kinds including the ISAT test.

  • Encourage, don’t pressure – You want to encourage your child to do his best but too much pressure may lead to test anxiety. Remember that standardized tests are just one way schools measure a child’s ability.
  • Give them “brain food” – A healthy breakfast the morning of the test can improve test results. However, foods high in fat or sugar do not provide the nutrients children need to do their best.
  • Put them to bed – Sleepy children have a tough time succeeding academically. It’s particularly important for your child to get a good night’s sleep the night before a big test.
  • Help them prepare – Make sure your child has the supplies needed for the test. These would include sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator.

In addition, help your child understand these important testing tips.

  • Pay attention – Stress that they need to listen to directions closely and to follow written directions exactly.
  • Don’t rush to finish – Make sure they use any extra time to check their answers and complete any questions they left blank.
  • Keep track of the “bubbles” – Remind them that it is very important to make sure they are at the right place on their answer sheet. They should double-check every five or 10 questions, making sure the proper bubbles are being filled in.
  • Skipping is OK – Remind them that they can skip a question and come back to it later.
  • Find the best answer – It’s tempting for children to choose the first answer that looks right. Make sure they understand that several of the answers may seem right, but that they need to choose the one best answer.
  • Aim high – Encourage them to do their best and help them believe that they will do well.

Phone lines restored at all schools

Posted Friday, February 14th, 2014

Phone, network and internet services have been restored to all schools.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.