Dec. 5th Principals’ Message

Posted December 5th, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Good afternoon Eisenhower community.

I want to share with you the amazing job that the students are doing taking the MAP test!  I am impressed with the dedication to detail that the students are showing as they work through the test questions.  Preliminary reports are showing that our students are making significant growth in the areas of Math and Reading.  We will be sending the official results home once all testing has been completed.

Attention parents of 8th grade students
At Eisenhower we would like to wish our 8th graders good luck taking the High School Explore test.  As you already know, the Explore Test will be taking place this Saturday (tomorrow) at the High School.  Please note that in the event that weather or another emergency forces the cancellation of the placement testing, an official announcement informing parents and students will be posted on the High School’s District website at  It will also be made available to area media for broadcast on channels 2, 5, 7, 9, FOX and CLTV between 6:30am and 7:15am Saturday morning…and radio stations AM-670, 720 and 780.  We are not anticipating any cancellations, but please be aware of these announcements and where to find them if necessary.


Boys Basketball Tournament

On December 8th Eisenhower will host the first round of the 7th grade boys tournament.  On the same day Mead will be hosting the first round of the 8th grade boys tournament.

The Semis and Finals for both 7th and 8th grade will be played at Mead Junior High.

Semi-Finals will be played on December 9th and the Finals will be played on December 11th.


Basketball Intramurals

This is a chance for all boys and girls interested in playing recreational basketball after school. Teams will be picked each day of participation.  All players MUST have a current physical on file with the school nurse by December 9th in order to play.  Students will need to arrange for transportation at 4:00 p.m. each day of participation.  The 4:00 p.m. bus will be available.  If students do not take the bus they will need to be picked up by 4:00. Permission slips are due to Mr. Diaz or Mrs. Hebda by December 9th.

December 11th and 15th are for 8th grade only.

December 12th and 16th are for 7th grade only.

December 18th is open to both 7th and 8th grade



An informational meeting will take place after school on Monday, December 15th for anyone interested in joining the boys’ wrestling team.  Students must have a current sports physical on file with the school nurse in order to participate.


Club Unify

Club Unify (formerly the Partner’s Club) will begin after Winter Break for any interested students.  Permission slips are available in the cafeteria.  Permission slips are due back by December 12th.


Afterschoolapalooza and Missing Assignments

The next Afterschoolapalooza eligibility window started on November 24th and will continue to January 9th.  Each Thursday I am sending emails to the parents of students that have three or more missing assignments.  You will be able to find out more about the missing assignments by logging into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account.  Please call the office for assistance if you do not already have an account setup.


2015-16 School Calendar

The School Board has recently determined the school calendar for the 2015-16 school year.  Please go to for a copy of this letter.


Have a wonderful weekend!


Steve Kern    and     Brandon Todd

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

6th Grade Parent Night Wed. Dec. 3rd

Posted December 3rd, 2014 by J. Kasinger

On Wednesday, Dec. 3rd  we will be having our 6th grade parent presentation.  The focus of this night is to help parents transition into the Junior High by presenting important information to them, answering their questions, and making sure that they understand the elective choices that they can make.  Presentations will be delivered by Administration, PE/Health, electives, and the Department Chairs.

Approximate Timeline:

6:30 Welcome presentation in the gym:  During this section we will welcome parents and have short presentations from Department Chairs, Physical Education, and the elective teachers.  After the basic presentation Mr. Todd, assistant principal, will be talking to parents about the Sixth Grade Course Selection Process.

7-7:30 Parents tour the building:   elective teachers stationed throughout the building to answer some parent questions


Steve Kern


Eisenhower Junior High School

Nov. 24th Principals’ Message

Posted December 2nd, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Good afternoon Eisenhower community,

I hope that you are doing well as we start to enter into another Chicago winter!  Here are a few announcements for you as you go into your extended weekend.

Have a great vacation!


Steve Kern              Brandon Todd

Principal                  Assistant Principal



Last Friday we had another Afterschoolapalooza.  Students that had no missing assignments and no major documentations to the office for the month of November were invited to stay afterschool and participate in a variety of activities.  The students that stayed told the staff that they had an amazing time!  Our next event will be another Afterschoolapalooza.  The event will take place on January 9th.

  • The eligibility window will include all assignments given from November 24th through December 19th.  (Please note that December 19th is the day going into winter vacation.)
  • The eligibility window for major documentations to the office will be from November 24th through January 9th.
  • Assignments must be turned in by 9th period on Monday, January 5th. (Please note that this is the first day back from winter vacation.)
  • Invites will be sent out, via their 9th period teacher, on Wednesday, January 7th.


Cold Temperatures

With the onset of cold weather I am asking parents to remind their children to dress for the weather.  I understand that teenagers do not always like to bundle up, however please encourage them still to dress warm enough so that they will be safe as they wait outside for their bus or for the school doors to open.  As has been the practice in the past, we will bring the students into the school at 7:20 if the temperature is below 0, as reported on the weather website.  I have noticed a few students getting dropped off closer to 7:00.  For the safety of the students I would like to ask that students arrive closer to 7:20, so that they won’t have to stand outside too long.


Update on Gymnasium Repairs

We are still working with contractors to finalize the work schedule on repairing the gymnasium wall.  Fortunately, we are able to use the gym for all of our normal activities.  Due to the scope of the repairs it is looking like the construction will be held off until Spring or Summer.  I will let you k now more once final plans are made.


No parking on Jones / Hassell

As we prepare for winter we also have to prepare for snow and ice covered streets.  Please remember that the curve going north on Jones Road is sharp.  Knowing how icy streets can get I want to take a moment to remind you that the school side of Hassell Road is posted as a no parking zone.  I know that it is convenient to stop and drop your children off as you drive onto your next destination, however it possess a safety risk for you, the children and other cars if you stop in the no parking zone.  Please look for other legal places to pull over to drop your children off.  Thank you for helping to ensure the safety of all our students!


Morning Announcements

The following are a few of the items that were in the morning announcements.

Remember to keep turning in your Box tops, Coke Rewards and recycled ink cartridges for DOUBLE the Red Tickets to the LMC for the rest of this month.

The school Newspaper Club has a survey for all students.  We want to you know “What are you thankful for?”  Please fill out the survey during your lunch period.

Last week we had a locker cleanout on Wednesday.


Notes from the nurse

Flu and cold season is upon us.   Help prevent the spread of illness in school by following these guidelines—-

Keep your child home from school if your child has a fever (a temperature 100 degrees or higher), is vomiting, has diarrhea,  coughing frequently or any other breathing trouble. The student may return when they are symptom free for 24 hours without the help of medicine, tolerating solid foods, and coughing and cold symptoms are minimal.

Symptoms of a common cold include: stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and/or hacking cough. The symptoms often come on gradually.

Symptoms of the Flu include: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches. The symptoms come on quickly. Contact the doctor if these symptoms are present.

Students that are absent from school for 3 or more days need a Doctor’s note to return.


Hot Lunch and Pizza

As many of you know our wonderful PTA, and other student groups, often sell hot lunch, pizza or hot dogs for purchase at lunch.  We want to make sure that everyone that decides to purchase these food items enjoys them.  Knowing that we have several students with food allergies it is important that we remind you that 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.


Schaumburg Parent University

Linked here is a flyer with information about our next Schaumburg Parent University on Dec. 10th.  As you will see this is a very important topic (Youth Suicide).  Please look at the flyer for more information..


Upcoming Dates

11/25            Report cards mailed home

11/25            Hot Dog Day

11/26-11/28   Schools are closed for Thanksgiving Break

12/3             6th grade parent night

12/5             Hot Lunch PTA

12/12            Intramurals

12/19            Nachos PTA

12/19            All school Bingo

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