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Principals’ Message April 17th

Posted April 21st, 2015 by J. Kasinger

Good afternoon,

I am very proud of our Eisenhower Eagles and the effort that they are putting forward during MAP testing.  They are demonstrating what the results can be to  hard work and determination.  I am confident that our students’ growth scores will be representative of the learning that took place all year!

Please see below for a few important announcements and enjoy your weekend!

 

Steve Kern                          Brandon Todd

Principal                               Assistant Principal

 

Eighth Grade Graduation Practice

Parents of eighth-grade students:  As you may know, the 2014-15 school year was extended by five days due to the cancelation of school on severe weather days. The District 54 Board of Education recently approved an amended school calendar establishing Friday, June 12, as the last day of school for students in early childhood through seventh grade.

In collaboration with District 211, District 54 has set the last day of school for eighth-grade students as Tuesday, June 9.  That same evening all District 54 junior highs will conduct their graduation ceremony.  Our graduation is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. at Hoffman Estates High School.  Eisenhower Junior High School will conduct their graduation practice on Monday, June 8th.

We are aware of potential conflicts for students due to the fact that some activities and summer school programs in District 211 begin June 8 and June 9, respectively.  Because District 211’s registration process is ongoing, we are unable to identify a complete list of impacted students.

At no point, will your child be penalized for their enrollment in a District 211 program. If a conflict applies to your child, please call me at your earliest convenience.

 

Missing Assignments Letters

We will begin mailing letters to families of 8th grade students with missing assignments.  Our goal is to have 100% of our students eligible to attend the 8th Grade Graduation, which means students need to have all of their 3rd trimester assignments turned into their teachers by 2:15 on Tuesday, June 2nd.  Starting in May students with five or more of missing assignments will be required to stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and possibly Fridays.  That means that if a child has missing assignments and is currently on the Track team they will be required to miss Track practice to attend this study session to help them get caught up so that we can ensure their eligibility for the graduation ceremony.

 

Schaumburg Parent University – May Classes

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 two evening programs scheduled for May.

  • Merengue Away. This dance class is for children in early childhood through sixth grade and their parents. It will be from 6 to 7 p.m. May 5 at Stevenson School.
  • Concussions: Risks and Intervention. Jill Dorflinger, a pediatric neuropsychologist for Alexian Brothers, will discuss typical brain development and the best interventions if your child suffers a concussion. This class for parents only will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rafferty Administration Center.

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 http://sd54.org/spu.

 

Notes from the Nurse

8th grade parents—The high school nurse needs a copy of the student’s current physical in her office by June 5 if the student is participating in a summer sports camp at the high school.

If your student needs a copy of the physical, they need to inform the Eisenhower nurse first period, and the copy will be ready at their lunch period.

 

Dental Clinic The Smile Illinois Dental Clinic will be available for Eisenhower students on May 15, 2015. The clinic provides dental examinations, cleanings,  and fluoride treatments. The clinic will be held at Lincoln Prairie School, and the Eisenhower nurse, Mrs. Harte RN, will provide the transportation  that morning. The Mobile Dentists provide grants to families who require full financial assistance and subsidizes fees for those who need financial aid. The student may also attend if the family has dental insurance, or Medicaid.  A permission form must be completed and brought to Mrs. Harte by April 24.  Please contact Mrs. Harte RN if you have a question or have not received a permission form at #847-357-5447.

 

7th Grade Registration Form

Earlier this year 7th grade parents were mailed a registration form to review and send back to school.  Even though they were due by April 10th, it is extremely important that these forms be reviewed, signed and returned to Eisenhower.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this.

Principals’ Message April

Posted April 6th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

Good afternoon Eisenhower community,

Our students have had a wonderful return to school.  It looks as if the time spent on Spring Break rejuvenated our students so that we can end the school year on a strong note.

Below you will find some important announcements.  Have a great long weekend!

 

Steve Kern              Brandon Todd
Principal                  Assistant Principal

 

8th Grade Events

  • Each Junior High School holds a graduation ceremony for eighth grade students.  Our graduation date has been set for Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m.  Our graduation will be held at Hoffman Estates High School.  School District 54 Board policy states that in order for eighth grade students to participate in the graduation ceremony, all assignments must be completed and turned in no later than one week prior to the program.  To be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony each 8th grader must have all of the assignments given during the third trimester turned in by the end of 9th period on June 2nd.  Assignments that are not adequately completed will be given back to the student to finish and resubmit by the deadline.  It is your student’s responsibility to clear any missing assignments with the respective teacher.  For the most current information on missing assignments, please access the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  As always you are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher if you have a question regarding homework or missing assignments.  Starting with in the month of May emails will be sent home weekly to the parents of any child with a missing assignment.

 

Inappropriate behavior could also cause a student to be excluded from graduation activities and the ceremony.  This decision is at the discretion of school administrators.  Students that receive a major documentation during the third trimester could lose the ability to attend graduation.  These decisions will be made on a case by case basis.

We will hold our graduation practice with the students during the day on June 9th.  All 8th graders are expected to be at school on June 9th to participate in this activity.

Finally, the district also requires that prior to the graduation ceremony, all obligations be met regarding lost or damaged books, fees, equipment, etc. in order to participate in the ceremony and receive a report card and diploma.

Having seen how hard our students are working we believe that all students will be successful in meeting these requirements so that they can participate in the graduation ceremony and other 8th grade events.

  • Our 8th grade field trip is tentatively scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 3rd.  To be eligible to attend this event, 8th graders may not have any missing assignments from Monday, April 13th through Wednesday, May 27th.  Students also may not have any major documentations from Monday, April 13th through the day of the event.
  • Our 8th grade dance will take place on Friday, June 5th.  To be eligible to attend this event 8th graders cannot have any missing assignments from Monday, April 13th through Tuesday, June 2nd.  Students also may not have any major documentations from Monday, April 13th through Friday, June 5th.
  • We will be distributing our gowns, as well as any pins or ribbons that were purchased by the students, on Friday, June 5th.

 

7th Grade Events

  • The 7th grade field trip will tentatively take place on Thursday, June 11th.  To be eligible to attend this event students must have turned in all of the assignments starting on Monday, April 13th through Friday, June 5th.  Students many not have any major documentations from Monday, April 13th through Thursday, June 11th.

 

Spring MAP Testing Schedule

  • 8th grade students will take the Reading test on April 8th and 9th, Band students going on the field trip on the 9th will finish their test on the 10th.
  • 7th grade students will take the Reading test on April 13th and 14th.
  • 8th grade students will take the Mathematics test on April 16th and 17th.
  • 7th grade students will take the Mathematics test on April 20th and 21st.

 

School Rules Reminder

Recently we took a moment to remind the students about a few school rules.  Please take time this weekend to follow up with your child to ensure that they understand the expectations.

  • Students cannot bring to school any weapons, drugs, or alcohol.  This applies to real or look alike items.  Students found with these items will receive major consequences, which could include suspension and police intervention.
  • We understand that many students have cell phones.  It has been the expectation all year that cell phones must be turned off and kept in their lockers during the day.  Cell phones will be confiscated if they are being carried with them from class to class.  These cell phones will be turned into the office and parents will be called and might have to pick them up.  Students carrying the cell phones from class to class during the day will also receive a documentation.

 

Grab-N-Go Breakfast Program

Posted March 17th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

The breakfast program is up and running now at Eisenhower & it’s not to late to sign up!!!  Students who turn in a permission slip will be assigned to a station, where they can pick up a breakfast bar and a piece of fruit each morning.  It’s a great way to start off the day, so get your permission forms in today!  Extra permission slips can be found in the main office.

Principal’s Message March 13th

Posted March 16th, 2015 by J. Kasinger

Good afternoon Eisenhower community,

We have just wrapped up our PARCC tests and I have to say that the students did an amazing job!  Based on the effort that the teachers saw I am confident that our students performed well!  Here are a few announcements as you go into what looks to be a great weather weekend.

Steve Kern            Brandon Todd

Principal                Assistant Principal

 

Afterschoolapalooza

Our next Afterschoolapalooza will be on April 10th from 2:15 to 4:10.  To be eligible students must not have any missing assignments from March 9th through April 2nd.  Assignments must be turned in no later than 9th period on Monday, April 6th.  Students may also not receive any major documentations from March 9th through April 10th.

 

Grab and Go Breakfast

Our pilot Grab and Go breakfast program has really been taking off.  Students can still enroll in the program.  Please have your child come to the office for a form if they are interested in participating in this option.

 

Kleenex please

The cold and flu season is starting to deplete our supplies of Kleenex.  Knowing that there will still be a need for Kleenex during the next three months we are asking students to bring in one or two boxes to donate next Wednesday.  Next week, on Wednesday, we will have a Red Ticket Blitz.  Students bringing Kleenex to their Advocacy teacher on Wednesday, March 18th will receive multiple Red Tickets from their Advocacy teacher. These Red Tickets can be used in the school store or in the PBIS drawings for prizes.  Please consider picking up a box or two this weekend to help us make it through the end of the year.

 

Tech Camp

Click here TechCamp to view a flyer with more information about a summer tech camp that is being offered by our school district.

 

8th Grade Events:

This is a reminder to all 8th grade parents of the Board policy in regards to completion of homework… “In order for eighth (8th) grade students to participate in the Graduation Ceremony, all academic assignments must be completed by the student.”  Please access the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to review whether or not your child is currently missing work.  The Missing Assignments Report will help you to identify any missing assignments.

 

Schaumburg Parent University – April Classes

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 two evening programs in April in the Rafferty Administration Center Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Both of these events are free and free child care is also available.

Ask the Psychiatrist: Getting a handle on your parenting – 6:30 p.m. April 1.  Dr. Michael Feld will incorporate real-life experiences and humor into his discussion of life, mental and behavioral health. This discussion is for parents only.

Parent University presents Origami – 6 p.m. April 9. Students in grades three through six are invited to learn how to create basic origami with their parents.

 

If you are interested in attending these events, please see the attached flyers. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

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.

Sincerely,

Steve Kern    Brandon Todd

Principal        Assistant Principal

 

Afterschoolapalooza

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.

http://www.campanelliymca.org

www.parkfun.com

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 http://goo.gl/forms/MHu1Xetyii.

 

 

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!

Sincerely,

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 https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/  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 https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ .