November 11th Principals’ Message

Posted November 19th, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Good evening Eisenhower families,

We hope that you are having a wonderful Veteran’s Day.  Today we took a moment to honor the veterans that were in attendance at our basketball games with a special song and recognition.  The Eisenhower staff and students would like to thank all of our veterans for everything that they have and continue to do to provide for us here in Hoffman Estates, Illinois!

Here are a few notes for you to read.



Steve Kern              Brandon Todd

Principal                  Assistant Principal

Dwight D. Eisenhower Junior High School



MAP Testing

The next round of MAP testing begins November 17, 2014.  We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year.  Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you.

Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser.  This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.


Infinite Campus Training

Infinite Campus has become a fabulous tool for parents to use to keep up on their children’s progress.  Parents can go to I.C. to check on current grades and if their child is missing any assignments.  Given the many types of technology out there, we know that there are some parents that would like a tutorial.  We are offering a parent education on November 18th at 6:00, just before the PTA meeting.  Please let me know if you think that you will be attending.  I will make sure that we have log in information and directions for you if you do not already have your account set up.


Missing Assignment Emails

Starting next week we will be emailing parents of students with 3 or more missing assignments.  The goal is obviously to get these assignments in so that all of our students will be eligible for our monthly incentives.  The new missing assignments letter will be sent on Thursday.  It will not list the missing assignments.  Please be sure to log into your Infinite Campus account to view the list of missing assignments.  We are sending the email on Thursdays so that you will have a chance to remind your child to bring the missing work home with them on Friday to be completed by the end of the weekend.



Our next monthly event will be an Afterschoolapalooza, on Friday, November 21st.  This event will take place immediately after school from 2:15 until 4:15.  To be eligible students must not receive any major Office Documentations between Monday, October 27th and Friday, November 21st.  Also students must have all of their assignments turned in on time.  The window for missing assignments starts on Monday, October 27th and ends ninth period on Monday, November 17th. Permission slips will be made available to eligible students on Wednesday, November 19th.

Explore test for 8th graders

Posted November 18th, 2014 by Mr. Kern

The attached information ( EXPLORE Test) is intended for the parents of our 8th grade students.  At this point you should have received information from District 211 about the upcoming Explore test that your child will be taking on Saturday, December 6th.  Obviously each of our standardized tests are important for a variety of reasons.  The Explore assessment is important in that it helps Hoffman Estates High School place your child into the appropriate level classes.  It is critical that our children do their best on this test.  Please take a moment to read the attached letter about the test and talk with your child about strategies that they can use to be successful on December 6th.   The information in the attachment was put together by Hoffman Estates High School as a way for me to share with you information, strategies, and resources that you can use with your child.


Based on what I have seen with student performance on common assessments and the MAP test I am confident that are children will do well on the Explore test!    They just need to use good test taking strategies like getting a good night’s sleep, eating breakfast, taking their time and trying their best! 


Please don’t hesitate to contact our guidance department or Hoffman Estates High School directly, if you have questions about the upcoming Explore test.

Principals’ Message for November

Posted November 5th, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Good evening Eisenhower community,

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!  On Monday we should finally be back to normal with being able to use our gymnasium. Thank you again to the students and physical education teachers for being so flexible during this unusual situation.


Student Tardy Procedure

Please remember that students must be in their classrooms at 7:40 am.  We are noticing several students coming to school late.  When students accumulate four tardies to school they must serve a lunch detention.  Students will serve an after school detention for six or more tardies.  Thank you in advance for making sure your child is arriving to school on time.



It is that time of year when the weather has started changing and the air is getting much colder!  Please remind your children to dress appropriately for the weather:  Pants, long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hat and gloves are recommended for all our kids.


Illinois School Report Cards

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals, and also shares other information related to staff and student demographics, the school environment and more. The report card is available in two formats. The At-a-Glance version is posted on the District 54 website at An interactive report card is available online at

The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are used to measure individual student achievement. The state of Illinois uses the results to report student achievement to the public. Please note that the tests are only one measure of student learning at a particular point in time. The results, combined with other tests (including Measures of Academic Progress – MAP), classroom assessments and teacher observations, help shape the district’s instructional program.

If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-5500. If you want copies of the report cards from more than one of District 54’s schools, please call the District 54 Community Relations Department at (847) 357-5027.


Schaumburg Parent University – November 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 classes scheduled for November.


  • Family Fitness Night on Nov. 13 at Stevenson Elementary School:  While the music is pumping, families will choose different stations to work their muscles and learn about at-home fitness opportunities.
  • How to Build a Better Plate on Nov. 19 at the District Office: Alexian Brothers Lead Clinical Dietician Kirsten Johnson will talk to parents and guardians about how to eat right, plan right and shop right.


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


Health Notes

Nonprescription contacts —-

These contacts are dangerous.

All contact lenses are medical devices and are regulated by the FDA. They are so marked, and as medical devices, they are fit by either an optometrist or ophthalmologist for safe wear.  Recurrent use, improper storage, over wear, and the abuse may eventually result in eye infections, ulceration, long lasting vision loss and even blindness.

If the student wears the lenses for extended periods, the lens may tighten on the eye, making removal difficult and the eye may be inflamed and irritated. The types of pathogens that are prevalent with soft contact lens related infections tend to be aggressive, causing substantial damage in 24-36 hours. Please use caution in allowing your children to use nonprescription contact lenses.

(Source: article from Herald newspaper, and a letter to a school nurse from Dr. D.R. Gordon, O.D. A Optometric Coordinator Department of Financial and Professional Regulation –State of Illinois.)


Math Resources

Besides engaging in real-life applications in math, we also need each student to be fluent with his/her math skills.  We hope that these websites can be an excellent complement to our daily lessons.

For more information on helping your child learn mathematics (with activities from pre-school to grade five), go to

For fluency practice:

For strategies and addition fluency practice:

For videos and additional examples:

Everyday Math Online:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics:

Have a great weekend!


Steve Kern              Brandon Todd

Principal                  Assistant Principal


Vision (& hearing) Testing

Posted November 5th, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Vision and hearing testing for all 8th grade students will be held on Monday November 17th during PE/Health classes.

Eisenhower Update

Posted October 25th, 2014 by Mr. Kern

Dear Eisenhower community,


For those of you who drive past Eisenhower today, you will notice that we had significant damage to our school when a car drove through the wall at 1 a.m. today and into the gym. At this point we do not know what the impact will be on using the gym. Students should come to school on Monday prepared to go outside for physical education classes, weather permitting. Likewise our boys basketball teams should come to school on Monday ready to practice. We will most likely conduct basketball practice outside. The district will be bringing a structural engineer to the school on Monday to determine a plan of action for the repairs that need to be made. Once we have more information about the repair project and how it will impact physical education and the boys basketball/girls cheerleading season we will let you know. We are very thankful that no one was in our building when this occurred.


On a happier note, yesterday late afternoon some of our students came to Eisenhower to enjoy our monthly incentive.  The Halloween Dance was a huge success.  Students enjoyed dancing, food, and fun with their friends.  Students attending the event showed that they were Responsible Eagles by turning all of their work in on time and not receiving any major Office Documentations during the last eligibility window.  Our next monthly event will be an Afterschoolapalooza, on Friday, November 21st.  This event will take place immediately after school from 2:15 until 4:15.  To be eligible students must not receive any major Office Documentations between Monday, October 27th and Friday, November 21st.  Also students must have all of their assignments turned in on time.  The window for missing assignments starts on Monday, October 27th and ends ninth period on Monday, November 17th. Permission slips will be made available to eligible students on Wednesday, November 19th.


We hope that you have a great weekend and enjoy what looks to be nice weather in our forecast!




Steve Kern        Brandon Todd

Principal            Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week’s newsletter has a lot of helpful information.  Please take a moment to read these important announcements.


Have a great day!


Steve Kern              Brandon Todd

Principal                  Assistant Principal


Picture retake

Picture retake day will be on Monday, October 6th in the morning.  Please remind your child to pick up an order form in the office.  Students who previously had their pictures taken are bringing their pictures home with them today or tomorrow.  Students who would like to retake their picture should bring the packet back with them on Monday and have their picture retaken in the morning.


Cheerleading try-outs

Cheerleading try-outs will be on Monday, October 20th and Tuesday, October 21st.  The students will be learning the cheer and dance on Monday.  The students will then be evaluated on Tuesday.  Students must attend both days to be considered for the team.  All permission slips and physicals are due to the office by Wednesday, October 15th.  Students must have their permission form and sports physical in on time to participate in the try-outs.  No exceptions will be made.  Please contact Mrs. Kirkwood or Miss Wood if you have any questions.


Boys Basketball try-outs

7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball try-outs will be Monday, October 20th and Tuesday, October 21st. (2:30-3:50) 

In order to try out you must have a signed permission slip and a current sports physical. 

All permission slips must be turned into Mr. Sander or Mr. Koss. 

The sports physical must be turned into the school nurse  by Thursday, October 16th. (Mrs. Harte) 

The information can be found in the gym, health room, main office and the cafeteria. 

We will not be accepting any sports physicals or permission slips the day of try-outs.


Erin’s Law

Earlier this year we sent home a letter telling you about the Erin’s Law presentations that are taught to the students throughout the district.  Linked here is another copy of the letter Erin’s Law Parent Letter 2014 that we sent home.  Our students will attending the presentation next week during their regularly scheduled health classes on either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.


PTA Presentation

Linked here is information from the PTA about a presentation titled “Keeping Your Child Safe Online.”  This presentation will take place on Friday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m. at Keller Junior High School.  PTA Oct Mtg flyer


Parent Teacher Conferences

We hope to see you at conferences next week on 10/9 or 10/10.  Please contact our office if you have not received the information in the mail or have a time conflict with your scheduled conference.  Students SHOULD attend this conference with you to highlight their goals and achievements classes.  After your 15 minute conference you will have 45 minutes to touch base with other teaches that you would like to talk to.  Please also stop by the office for information on how to set up your Infinite Campus Portal.  This is a great way for you to keep up to date on your child’s progress in their classes.


Lunch Left-overs

For the safety of our students, and the cleanliness of our school, at the end of the lunch period students will be asked to throw away perishable foods that they have not finished eating, such as sandwiches, pizza, etc.  Students will be allowed to place unconsumed non-perishable items into their lunch bag and then into their locker to take home, provided that the bag that the item is in will keep it from making a mess in the hallways and lockers.


Unfinished water or juice bottles with a screw top can be placed in the lockers to take home after school as well, however an opened juice box must be thrown away.


Social Media

Social media can be a wonderful way to communicate.  Please be sure to monitor your child’s social media activity (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) to ensure that the posts of others and their posts are respectful and appropriate.  Being involved in their interactions with their peers is increasingly important for our students!



As I am sure that you have heard before, getting involved in an after school club or sport helps our students develop organizational skills as well as explore special interests that could become a future career or hobbie.  Below is the current listing of the clubs that we are planning on offering this year.  Please encourage your child to pay attention to the announcements throughout the year for more information.  Throughout the year club sponsors will place information in the lunch room about how to join the club.


Club Name Sponsor
Book Club Mrs. Otto and Mrs. Steineke
Language Arts Study Club Language Arts Teachers
Math Team Mr. Cohen
Math Study Club Math Teachers
Science Study Club Science Teachers
Social Studies Study Club Mrs. Sands
Aquaponics Mrs. Kozlowski
Art Club Mr. Bostrom
Coding Club Mr. Fernstrom
Cooking/ Healthy Eating Club Mrs. Bugay and Mrs. Cothrell
Environmental Club Mrs. Kravas, Mrs. Otto, Ms. Plauck, Mrs. Steineke
French Club Mrs. Albers and Mrs. Kovarsky
FUSE Mr. Yung
Fluid Power Challenge Mr. Yung
GEMS Club (Girls in Engineering Math and Science) Mrs. Helman
Lego Robotics Mrs. Brink and Mrs. Hibbits
Media Club Mr. Fernstrom and Mrs. Hernandez
Newspaper Club Ms. Hunt and Ms. Plauck
Rocketry Club Mrs. Hibbitts
Spanish Culture Club Ms. Arizpe and Mrs. Pagonis
Student Council Mrs. Albers, Mrs. Kirkwood, and Mrs. Bratt
Yearbook Mr. Kissamis
Intramurals Basketball Mr. Diaz and Mrs. Hebda
Intramurals Soccer Fall Mr. Diaz, Mrs. Hernandez, and Ms. Peisker
Intramurals Volleyball Spring Mrs. Hebda, Mrs. Knapik, and Ms. Arizpe




Posted October 2nd, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Cheerleading try-outs will be on Monday, October 20th and Tuesday, October 21st.  The students will be learning the cheer and dance on Monday.  The students will be evaluated on Tuesday.  All permission slips and physicals are due to the office by Wednesday, October 15th.  No exceptions will be made.  Please contact Mrs. Kirkwood or Miss Wood if you have any questions.

See calendar linked here:  IKE Cheer Calendar 2014

Principal’s Message

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Dear Eisenhower Community~

I would like to thank all of the parents that came to Eisenhower’s curriculum night on September 10th.  It demonstrates your commitment and dedication to work as a partner in helping your student grow academically as well as emotionally.  Junior high is a crucial stage to be invested in your child’s life.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of each of our children!  This week you will be receiving a letter in the mail confirming the parent teacher conference time that you scheduled on Curriculum Night.  Please contact your child’s Advocacy teacher if you did not have a chance to schedule your conference.  Our goal is to have 100% attendance at this important event.

We finished our second week of MAP testing and all the students have tried their best!  Thank you for the continued support you give at home.

Linked here are two important letters from the PTA.  The first letter describes the parent support needs that our PTA has  PTA Needs.  Please read this letter and determine if you might be able to assist the PTA.  The second attachment is information about the hot food program, your child should have brought home a hardcopy IKE PTA Hot Food Order Form.  Feel free to print the attached and send it in if your child lost their copy.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend!


Steve Kern              Brandon Todd

Principal                  Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted September 15th, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Good evening Eisenhower Community.

Our students are off to a phenomenal start with the MAP test.  Teachers have shared with me how focused our children have been on making sure that they do their best on the test.  This is just another indication of the caliber of students that we have the fortune of being able to work with each day.  I would like to thank all of the parents that were able to join us for our Curriculum Night this week.  As I stated at the beginning of the presentation, Curriculum Night is a vital tool for helping us to establish a strong teacher parent partnership.  Understanding your child’s schedule and the curriculum that we are using to teach them each day helps you to be able to support them in the evening.  Our next important parent / teacher event is our Parent Teacher Student conferences.  We will be mailing home letters confirming the conference time that you signed up for.  If you were not able to attend Curriculum Night our Advocacy teachers will be in touch with you to schedule your parent teacher conference so that we can continue to develop our partnership and work together to help your child become prepared for high school!


We hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Steve Kern              Brandon Todd
Principal                  Assistant Principal


Important Upcoming Dates:

September 8th- 22nd  MAP Testing

September 22nd and 23rd STAMP Assessment Testing for our 7th grade Dual Language Program Students

September 25th and 26th STAMP Assessment Testing for our 8th grade Dual Language Program Students

September 24th-  No School PM-  Teacher In-service

September 28th-  Run To Read

October 8th and 9th – Student goal setting conferences


Assignment Notebooks

By now your child should have received, and started using, their assignment notebook.  This important tool can serve two significant purposes.  First, it is an organizational tool for your child to track upcoming assignments that they need to complete or tests that they need to prepare to take.  The second way that the assignment notebook can be used is as a communication tool for you.  I encourage you to sit down with your child weekly and ask them what they are working on in school.  I know that your child is asking for independence, yet they still need guidance so that they develop strong habits.  In sitting down with them if they were to say “nothing much” or “I don’t know” I would ask them to take out the assignment notebook to help jog their memory J  Hopefully be seeing what they wrote for each class they would be able to share a little more with you about what they learned in class


Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Many parents have shared with us how much they appreciate our district providing access to their children’s grades through the Parent Portal.  Please contact the office if you do not have access to this important tool.  The portal gives you the ability to view your child’s current progress in each of their classes.  I suggest that you definitely spend time getting to know the portal and what it has to offer!


Notes from our Nurse

Know the difference between a cold and the flu:

Flu is a serious illness and symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, and/or muscle aches. The symptoms come on very quickly. Contact your doctor if these symptoms are present.

The common cold symptoms are stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and/or hacking cough. The symptoms usually come on gradually. If symptoms are severe it is a good idea to stay home and rest.
Stay home from work/school if:

You have a Fever, a temperature of 100degrees or higher. Return to work/school when you are fever free for 24 hours Without the use of fever reducing medications.

Vomiting—stay home until you are able to tolerate solid foods for 24hours after the last vomiting incident.

Diarrhea—-stay home until there is no diarrhea for 24 hours. Good hand washing is the best preventative to spreading it to others.

Coughing  frequently or any sort of breathing trouble.

Rash that is spreading. Check with your doctor to see if the rash is contagious.


Note from the PTA

Posted September 8th, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Dear Eisenhower Community,

We are still looking for a volunteer to manage the PTA’s Hot Lunch program.  Unfortunately, this means we will not be able to provide a Hot Lunch next Friday, September 12th.  The volunteer we need would be contacting the restaurants, creating the order forms, compiling the orders, ordering the food and recruiting volunteers for the hot food dates (now 10/3, 11/7, 12/5, 1/9, 2/6, 3/6, 4/10 and 5/8). We already have a list of restaurants & menus for you to choose from and several people have already volunteered to help serve food on these dates- we just need that one person to put it all together.

Please contact me at and/or 847.490.8110 if you can help. I’d be happy to explain what’s involved and what we have already have done for you.

Thanks for reading, -Jim Sklena
2014-2015 Eisenhower Jr. High PTA President