Student Drop Off/Pick Up Plan

Posted August 19th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

August 18, 2015

Dear Eisenhower Community,

As you probably observed as you drove by the school this summer, we have been under some construction concerning the south crosswalk. School District 54, in collaboration with the Village of Hoffman Estates and the Eisenhower PTA, made a few changes to the traffic plan of Eisenhower Junior High School in regards to drop-off and pick-up.

The Village has relocated the crosswalk further west on Hassell Road, to increase the safety of students crossing to school in the morning and leaving in the afternoon. The previous crosswalk, near the curve of Hassell and Jones, has been removed. Parents are welcome to park on the south side of Hassell Road to drop off and pick up students. Students should then use the sidewalk to cross Hassell Road at the newly installed crosswalk with the help of the school crossing guard. Parents may not park or stop to drop off students on the north side of Hassell Road.

Starting this year parents can also drop students off in the west parking lot by entering via Rosedale Lane. Cars are to follow the newly created drop off lane.  This lane is intended for parents to drop and go.  Parents may not park in the drop off lane and wait for students to enter the building. Cars will then be able to exit back onto Hassell Road. We are trying this new system to alleviate some of the drop off concerns that parents have shared.  There is the potential for cars to get backed up if the system does not operate smoothly.  We will be assessing the success of this new system throughout the year to ensure that the new parent drop off lane is solving the concerns that were discussed.

Please be aware that barring inclement weather, students will not be admitted into the building until 7:30 am. On days when the temperature is below 0 degrees or when it is raining, students will be able to enter the building at 7:25 am. Also, buses will be dismissed at approximately 7:35 am, which will prevent any cars still in the driveway from leaving the car lane until all buses have been dismissed. The bell for the first period of school begins at 7:40 am each morning.

Buses will now drop off and pick up in a double-stack directly in front of the building. Students will be released from the buses at 7:30 am and will enter the building through the main entrance.

At the end of the day there will be room for a few cars to pull into the parking lot and wait in the drop off lanes for students to come out.  We are asking that you park on the left side of the parent drop off/pick up lane, so that children will not have to cross in front of cars to get into their car.  This will allow drivers  to carefully pass around on the right hand side if their child has already found them.

Throughout the school year there will be staff members and orange cones set up in the parking lot to help parents and students adjust to our new systems.  In order for this new drop off option to work we need to rely on drivers following the directions of the staff in the parking lot.

The map below illustrates the new traffic plan, as well as identifying entrance only and exit only paths into the parking lot. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Steve Kern          Brandon Todd
Principal               Assistant Principal

parking diagram

PTA Hot Lunches

Posted August 18th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

PTA Hot Lunches for 2015-16

The Eisenhower PTA is offering Hot Lunches this year as a PTA fundraiser.  There will be 9 lunches, one per month, from September through May.

The order form linked here Order form first half 2015-2016 covers the first five lunches – September through January.

This order form will be accepted in the office through Thursday, August 27th.

If you would like to submit an order form after the due date, please contact the Hot Lunch Committee member listed below.

Please use the attached Hot Lunch order form and put an X in the box in front of your selections.  You may select all Hot Lunch dates or just a few.  Please write clearly, place dollar amounts in boxes and use ink when filling out the form.  Please remember to include your child’s lunch period, as it is important for delivery.

If a student will be absent from school on a Hot Lunch day, please contact the Hot Lunch Committee member listed below and arrangements can be made to pick-up your student’s lunch during their lunch period.  There will be no extra hot lunches sold during lunch periods, and there are no refunds.  A completed order form with payment is required for your child to receive a hot lunch.

Please submit your order with payment in an envelope marked PTA-Hot Lunch.  Review your selections and grand total amount carefully.  Be sure to include the exact payment amount.  We cannot return change.  Please make checks payable to Eisenhower PTA.

In light of the fact that this food is prepared off site, trace amounts of peanuts and other nuts may be present.  If your child is allergic to nuts or other food substance(s), caution should be exercised.

If you have any questions, please contact the Hot Lunch coordinator below.

Thank you,

Mary Power        (224) 542-0597

Attached is the Hot Lunch Order form

Principals’ Message Aug. 7th

Posted August 9th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

Good afternoon Eisenhower Community,

I hope that you are enjoying your summer!  Although the students aren’t here, Eisenhower is a flurry of activity as we finalize construction and preparation so that the school will be ready to run on the first day of school.  This is going to be a phenomenal year!  Included in this email is information to help you with preparing for the start of the school year.

We look forward to seeing you next week on Thursday for Information Day!

Steve Kern                                          Brandon Todd
Principal                                             Assistant Principal



Please take a moment to make sure that these phone numbers are some place easily accessible.

Main Office Phone Number: 847 357-5500

Absentee Phone Number: 847 357-5502



Information Day is Thursday, August 13th, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  On Information Day, Eisenhower students will receive their schedules, PE uniforms can be purchased, yearbooks may be ordered, and consumable fees can be paid.  Given that you will have several stations, it would be helpful if you brought more than one check or cash to pay the various fees.  Parents must accompany their student to Information Day.  We encourage parents to check their registration and update all email addresses and phone numbers.  If you moved over the summer, please bring in proper documentation to serve as proof of residency (lease, closing documents, in lieu of lease).  If your lease expired over the summer, please bring the new lease in on Information Day or you will not be enrolled for the school year.  It is important that all students register so they will have a smooth start to the school year.  If you plan on being out of town on August 13th, you may register upon your return to Eisenhower.



This year we are trying something new.  When student receive their schedule they will also have their locker assignment and combination on the schedule.  We are giving this to you early to allow the students to be able to practice opening their locker and to possibly put some of their materials in the locker.  Please make sure that your child remembers not to share their combination with other students!  Also, remind your child to be sure that they do not accidentally put a picture of their schedule with their locker combination on Snapchat or Instagram.



As you may know, District 54 will be hosting the 11th annual Run to Read Event on Sunday, September 27.  All profits from this event will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54.  It would be great to see the Eisenhower community well represented at this event!  Feel free to encourage friends and family to join in the fun as well. If you would like additional information regarding the race, please go to the district web site at



Girls basketball tryouts will occur during the first week of school. Also, any boy or girl is welcome to join the Eisenhower cross country team. In order participate in the sports or intramural program, an approved physical examination must be on file with the school.



7th grade students: The 2015-16 school year will start Monday, August 24th with a special day devoted to ONLY the incoming 7th graders. The day is designed to provide positive experiences for our 7th graders that will ensure a smooth transition from the elementary to the junior high level. Students will have opportunities to familiarize themselves with the building, meet the Eisenhower staff and their teachers, practice opening their lockers, eat lunch in the cafeteria, and meet new students from other elementary schools.  7th grade students are asked to just bring themselves dressed in comfortable, school appropriate attire along with their lunch.


8th grade studentsThe 2015-2016 school year will start for 8th graders on Tuesday, August 25th due to a special day devoted to just the incoming 7th graders on August 24th.  This day will be designated to review our Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports systems at Eisenhower. All students will learn our expectations of them throughout the different locations in the school.



School hours are 7:40 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. with the entry bell ringing at 7:30.  Please note:  Beginning Wednesday, August 27th, every Wednesday is designated for staff development.  Students are dismissed 30 minutes early on Wednesdays.



School office hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Remember that our student absence line (847-357-5502) is available 24 hours a day. Please call by 7:00 a.m. if your child will be absent from school.



If your child plans to try out for one of our athletic teams and/or participate in intramurals, per School Board Policy, current physicals are required of all students to be on file prior to try-outs and/or participation in any inter-scholastic or intramural sport.  All new students entering our district must present proof of immunizations and a health examination prior to the first day of attendance.  Please note that physical examinations are good for one year from the date of the exam.  On Information Day at Eisenhower, Northwest Community Health Care will be providing Sports Physical Exams for all students at a reduced price of $39.00 and for students enrolled in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program at a deeply discounted price of $5.00.  Please call 1-847-618-4968 to set up an appointment—space is limited.  If you have any additional questions about your child’s physical, please contact our school nurse.

August 13 – Information Day – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. @ Eisenhower

August 24 – First day of school for 7th grade

August 25 – First day of school for 8th grade

August 31 – MAP Testing Begins

September 3 – Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00

September 7 – Labor Day – No School

September 9 – Curriculum Night

September 10 – Picture Day

September 16 – ½ Day In-service

September 17 – Board of Education Meeting @7:00

September 25 – Afterschoolapalooza

School Information Day

Posted May 20th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

The School Information Day for the 2015-2016 school year will be held on August 13th from 9-12pm and 6-8pm.  Students can pick up schedules, get general school information, and purchase gym suits, calculators, and yearbooks.


Click on the following link to see the Supply List for 2015-16 school year.

Main Office summer hours of operation

Posted May 19th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

Office staff will return on August 6th.  Hours for the 6th will be 12pm-3:30pm.

From August 7th-August the office staff will be available from 7:15am-3:30pm.