Attention Parents of 8th Grade Students

Posted January 25th, 2016 by J. Kasinger

All 8th grade students must return their graduation order envelopes by February 5, 2016.  All students need to purchase a gown in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.  Please see the attached files, which were sent home as a hard copy with your child on January 8th, if you have not already sent them back to the office.

Schaumburg Parent University Classes

Posted January 25th, 2016 by J. Kasinger

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are three upcoming evening programs.

  • Staying Connected to Your Children. Social Worker Susan DeLuca will share ways to increase communication and connections between parent and their children. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Planning a Safe and Fulfilling Future for People with Disabilities. Mary Anne Ehlert, president of Protected Tomorrows, will discuss how families with members who have special needs can prepare for the future. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Family Engineering Night. Using everyday materials, you will become a family of engineers who problem-solve together through various challenges, including building a tower and designing a dancing robot. This workshop for children and parents will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

If you are interested in attending these events, please see the attached flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at

A note from Eisenhower PTA

Posted January 25th, 2016 by J. Kasinger
Dear Eisenhower community,


Volunteers are few and hot lunch days, nacho days, and concessions will suffer.  For some kids, this is the best part of the month!  Some like to be able to buy a snack with their friends at AfterSchoolApalooza. And both parents and kids may like to buy concessions at tournaments and meets.

I understand many work. I understand many have other obligations. I also understand, that for many, giving 1.5 hours out of the entire school year is possible.

The PTA is here for the students. We like to offer them these things because we know most of them enjoy it. Without help, we may no longer be able to provide this. It is not possible for only one person to run these events.

Without these events funding goes down. Field trips, diploma covers, PBIS incentives, and assignment notebooks are all partially if not fully funded by the PTA.

I am asking for your help. WE NEED YOU! You do not need to be a PTA member to volunteer!

If you are available at any of these dates and times, PLEASE SIGN UP! Email myself or Mary Power at

Thank you for your commitment to Eisenhower Junior High!

Shannan Pelayo

2015-2016 President

Shifts are 9:30am to 11:00am AND/OR 12:00pm to 1:30pm for hot lunch and nacho days.

Hot Lunch Dates:                    Nacho Dates:

February 5                                February 19

March 4                                    March 18

April 1                                       April 15

May 6                                       May 20

AfterSchoolApalooza is from 2pm to 4pm.

April 1

May 20

Multicultural Performance April 9th

Posted January 15th, 2016 by J. Kasinger

Attached is information about the District 54 Multicultural Performance.  Each year this amazing event continues to grow and become more impressive!  Please see the attachments and talk to your child about considering signing up to perform.

Principal Steve Kern

Multicultural Event performance interest form (3).docx

Multicultural Event performance interest form -Spanish.docx

Morning Drop Off

Posted January 15th, 2016 by J. Kasinger

Now that the cold has set in we are seeing an increase in the number of parents trying to drop off students.  The problem that we experienced today is due to cars getting backed up onto Rosedale and Hassell.  This, in turn, makes it so that cars and buses cannot get out of the parking lot making it so that nobody can move.  To resolve this issue, please follow these guidelines.

For students being dropped off in the West parking lot:

To help us be proactive, we are asking that you drive around the block by going down Carling Road.  Carling will bring you around to the same driveway entrance.  By having cars not turn right onto Rosedale, we will be able to help avoid cars get backed up onto Hassell, thus avoiding the entrance to the school becoming blocked.

Please see the attached diagram for more information about this route.  carling.jpg

For students being dropped off on Hassell Road:

Please remember that on Hassell Road, in front of the school, the road is a no parking zone on the north side (school side).  If you would like to drop your child off while driving westbound, you will need to go down one block from the school to let your child out.

However, if you are driving eastbound towards Jones road, you are able to drop your child off on the south side of Hassell.  Your child would then need to walk down the sidewalk to the crossing guard to cross over to the school side of the street.

For students walking or being dropped off on the South side of Hassell:

During the summer, the Village relocated the crosswalk 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.

Finally, 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.

By following these safety requests, we will be able to get all of our students safely into school in the morning.


Steve Kern

Illinois 5 Essentials Survey

Posted January 15th, 2016 by J. Kasinger

Beginning January 11, teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help us guide school improvement.  All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. We are hoping to meet the target this year in our school.  If you do not have access to a computer, you can use one at one of our local libraries. We will also have computers available at school during parent conferences.  Please stop by the office for more information about where these computers will be located.

To take the parent survey, please visit between January 11 and March 11, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under D for Dwight D Eisenhower School, not E for Eisenhower).  Parent and student identities will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual.  Please read the attached letter for more information.


5 Essentials Parent Survey Letter

5 Essentials Parent Survey Letter Spanish

Student-Led Conferences Jan. 14th & 15th

Posted December 20th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

When we return to school on  January 4th, our students will begin preparation for our Winter parent conferences.  All students will be given a common agenda to help structure the student-led portion during the conference.  This will help to ensure that individual student goals and progress will be accurately shared with parents.  We know that through a strong school / home partnership our students can hit their growth targets in the spring.  For our conferences our goal is to have 100% of our students and parents attend the student-led conferences, which take place on January 14th and 15th. Please mark your calendar so that you can help us achieve our goal!

PARCC Assessment Results

Posted December 16th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

Last night the Daily Herald published results from the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. I apologize that we didn’t share that information with you first, but the Illinois State Board of Education had said that information was embargoed until Friday. The results are not even published on the state website yet. They should be posted by tomorrow at On this site, you will be able to look up scores for schools and districts. This week, we are mailing home individual results to the parents/guardians of students who took the test in the spring. The PARCC score reports are different from previous state tests. We are including a letter with each student report explaining the score reports. You can also find more information at Student scores, as well as the school and district averages, may appear lower than what you typically saw on previous state assessments. This difference does not mean our students know less or are less capable. Rather, the PARCC exam set higher expectations for what it means for students to truly master content and grade-level standards.

The results in District 54 are almost double the state average. This demonstrates the great work our staff is doing to prepare our students for the demands of college and careers. However, we also know that there is room for growth. The PARCC results are one of many tools our staff will use to measure progress and improve teaching and learning. Our ultimate goal is to provide a balanced learning environment rich with academic and social-emotional experiences for our students in order to ensure student success. As always, feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher should you have any specific questions.

Report Bullying/Safety Concerns – new online tool

Posted December 16th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

District 54 is dedicated to the social-emotional development and safety of all students. This includes doing all we can to prevent the bullying of students in our schools. To that end, District 54 has developed an online method to report harassment, bullying and any other safety concerns. Although it is always best to speak directly to an administrator or teacher, we recognize that some people may be uncomfortable doing so. The main page of the district website and each school website will now have a link called Report Bullying/Safety Concerns for parents, students or community members to report concerns. This may be done anonymously. Our goal is to provide one more way to enhance communication and ensure the safety of our school community. Click here to access the site.

6th Grade Parent Presentation

Posted December 5th, 2015 by Mr. Kern

I would like to thank all of the parents of our 6th graders who were able to attend the parent presentation this week.  We hope that we were able to help start a positive transition for you and your child(ren) as you start to think about Junior High school.  Obviously we have plenty of time to just enjoy our 6th grade elementary year.  We do however, need to make sure that we receive your child’s Elective Selection form by December 11th.  We also ask that you encourage your child to do their best on the MAP tests that they take this year.  The MAP tests are important in that they determine if students are placed into an acceleration class as well as guiding the which math level your child will be taking next year.  The elective selection form helps us to connect them with electives that they are going to enjoy.

Attached is the powerpoint that we shared at the parent presentation. 6th Grade Parent Night Presentation 2015-16 Website

As always please let me know if you have any questions which might help you in your planning for the transition.

Steve Kern