Principals’ Update Feb. 15th

Posted February 19th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

We hope that you are enjoying your long weekend.  Here are a few announcements from Eisenhower.


Steve Kern    Brandon Todd

Principal        Assistant Principal



Our next Afterschoolapalooza will be on Friday, March 6th.  To be eligible students need to not have any missing assignments starting with assignments given on Monday, February 9th through Friday, February 27th.  All assignments given during this window of time need to be completed and turned in by the end of 9th period on Monday, March 2nd.  Students can also not have any Major Documentations to the office during the period of time beginning on Monday, February 9th through Friday, March 6th.


Dropping off students in the morning

With the onset of colder weather we are finding more parents dropping students off.  Understandably, parents would like to drop off their children as close as they can to the school.  There is a safety concern with parents turning onto Rosedale and stopping immediately at the corner to drop their children off.  As a result of parents suddenly stopping in a no parking zone to drop their children off, other cars are backed up onto Hassell road and students sometimes have to weave between cars to cross the street.  We want all of our students to arrive at school safely.  Please observe the no parking / stopping signs posted on Hassell and Rosedale and only stop / park on sides of the road that it is legal to do so.

We are also finding students starting to cross in the middle of the street to get to cars on the opposite side of Hassell.  For the safety of the students we will be once again asking the students to cross as the crosswalks only.  I am hopeful that we will soon have warm temperatures to melt the snow on sidewalks and street corners.


PARCC testing

We are beginning to prepare for the PARCC assessment.  The assessment window is from March 9th – 20th.  It is essential that students are present at school during this time.  Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments or vacations.

March 9th, 10th, and 11th – Literacy (all grades)

March 12th, 13th – Math (all grades)

District 54 schools closed Thurs., Feb. 19th

Posted February 19th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

All District 54 schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The National Weather Service has issue a wind chill advisory until noon Thursday, which calls for wind chill values as low as -26.

Our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather.

All after-school and evening activities at schools are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. will be held. Thank you for your understanding and support.

The District 54 Choral Festival scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, will still occur. The event is located at Frost Junior High School.

Child Care

The Hoffman Estates Park District, Schaumburg Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. For more information, visit the websites below.

Hoffman Estates Park District

Principals’ Update Feb. 11th

Posted February 12th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

Dear Eisenhower community,

Below are a couple important announcements from Eisenhower.

Have a great weekend!


Steve Kern                          Brandon Todd

Principal                               Assistant Principal


No School Monday, February 16

Please remember that students do not have school on Monday, February 16th in honor of Presidents’ Day


School Resource Officer               

As you know District 54 has a strong relationship with the Hoffman Estates Police Department.  We continue to benefit from having a police officer, Officer Turman, assigned to work with the District 54 schools in the Hoffman Estates boundaries.  We will be having a change in SROs.  Officer Turman accepted a position within the Department as an Investigator.  Although we are sad to see him leave, we are happy for him.  This week Officer Levin has been selected to fill the position.  She has been a police officer in Hoffman Estates for 11 years.  Officer Levin is thrilled to have been given this position and is looking forward to working with the students and parents at Eisenhower.


Community Readiness Survey The Schaumburg Township Community Coalition for Positive Youth Development wants to hear from you. District 54 is a member of this coalition and is therefore supporting its efforts to reach out to our community. We are looking for all community members, whether you live and/or work in the community, to give you input on what issues you think the community faces, and what the community’s priorities should be in addressing these issues.  Please take our brief online survey at



Eisenhower Update

Posted February 1st, 2015 by J. Kasinger

Good afternoon Eisenhower community!

We have had another fabulous week!  Below you will find a couple quick announcements.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend!


Steve Kern and  Brandon Todd


Heart Dance

Our Heart Dance is coming up soon.  The Heart Dance will take place next Friday, February 6th.  To be eligible to attend students must have all assignments turned into their teachers by the end of 9th period on Monday, February 2nd. Students cannot have any major documentations during this window of time as well.  Next week we will be allowing eligible students, that wish to attend, to purchase tickets to the dance.  The proceeds from the ticket sales are being donated to the American Heart Association.  AHA reports that they dedicate 77% of every dollar donated to support research.  We hope to see all of our eligible Eagles at the dance!


A Message from High School District 211 School Nurses Regarding Physical Exams for 8th Grade Students

If your eighth grade student will be going for a sports physical and you would like that physical to count as their  9th grade physical for District 211, the physical exam must be completed on the DHS State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam form revised 2/2013.  Incoming 9th grade physicals will not be accepted on IHSA forms or any other DHS forms revised prior to 2/2013.  Please make sure you also complete the answers in the parent portion and sign the form, this is required also in order for the physical to be accepted. You can get a copy of the form by contacting the high schools.


District 54 schools closed Monday, Feb. 2nd

Posted February 1st, 2015 by J. Kasinger

Good evening. All District 54 schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, due to the weather. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as today’s blizzard) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

Illinois offers 5Essentials Survey

Posted January 14th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

Illinois offers 5Essentials Survey

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

The 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 and ambitious Instruction.

All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high.

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.

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 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.

To take the parent survey, please visit  before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).

Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.

Teacher Survey All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.

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 .


6th Grade Parent Presentation

Posted December 4th, 2014 by Mr. Kern

We would like to thank all of the parents that were able to spend time last night at Eisenhower attending our 6th Grade Parent Presentation.  The transition to 7th grade is a significant change.  Our students are growing up and as part of the maturation process they take on more responsibilities.  By establishing the home / school partnership early on you are helping to ensure your child’s success.  Attached you will find copies of the power point presentation and a blank 7th grade elective selection form.  Please do not hesitate to call us if you have questions about the form or our programming!

2015-16 Course Selection Sheet-7th grade

6th Grade Parent Night