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

Principal’s Message for September

Posted September 8th, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Dear Parent/ Guardian:

I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend.  The Eisenhower students have done a great job of adjusting to a new school year.  Their excitement for learning energizes the building helping to make our school an amazing community!  Included in this Eisenhower Update is important information about upcoming events.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to either of us if you have any questions or need support.


Steve Kern            Brandon Todd

Principal                Assistant Principal


Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night will be held on Wednesday, September 10thThis is a parent only evening that provides our staff the opportunity to interact with you and help set the tone for a positive school year.  During Curriculum Night, you will have an opportunity to follow your child’s schedule, meet staff, and have an understanding of what your child learns at Eisenhower each day. Our curriculum, special programs, and student expectations will be part of the teacher presentations.  Although Curriculum Night is not intended for individual conferences, you will have the opportunity to sign up for conferences scheduled for October 9th and 10th. Please make sure to visit the cafeteria during your child’s scheduled lunch period on Curriculum Night to sign up for conferences. In the interim, if the need arises, you are welcome to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns via email or by phone.


The evening’s program will begin at 6:45 PM in the gymnasium with a presentation with our PTA President and administration.  Students will be given a copy of their schedule for you to follow on the 10th.   Maps of the building will be available to assist you during your visit.


Period Time
1 7:00 – 7:08
2 7:10 – 7:18
3 7:20 – 7:30
4 7:32 – 7:42
5 7:45 – 7:55
6 7:58 – 8:08
7 8:10 – 8:20
8 8:22 – 8:32
9 8:34—8:44
Conclusion of evening


We are looking forward to meeting you on this evening.  The school year has started off with many positive interactions and successes.  We are confident students will continue to achieve at a high level and we appreciate your support during the school year. Please contact us anytime. Updated information can always be found at our website at:



Each year we practice a variety of safety drills to help teach students and staff how to respond in the case of an emergency.  The drills practiced include; an evacuation drill in case of a fire, a soft lockdown drill in case there is an safety risk, a hard lockdown drill used when there is an extreme safety risk, and a shelter in place drill used as a response to a threat of dangerous weather.  This year we will also practice a relocation drill.  This drill will be used if it is unsafe to remain at Eisenhower.  In this drill we will take all of our students to another school. Once again we will be practicing all of these drills to teach students how to respond in a safe and organized manner.



District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided.


MAP Testing:

We will begin our fall MAP testing on September 9th.  It is important that all students are at school during the days that they are being assessed.  The MAP assessment data is used to help teachers design instruction that best fits your child’s needs.  Please review the schedule below for assessment dates.

  • On Monday the 8th the 8th graders will take the reading MAP during LA
  • On Tuesday the 9th the 8th graders will take the reading MAP during LA
  • On Thursday the 11th the 7th graders will take the reading MAP during LA
  • On Friday the 12th the 7th graders will take the reading MAP during LA
  • On Monday the 15th the 8th graders will take the math MAP during Math
  • On Tuesday the 16th the 8th graders will take the math MAP during Math
  • On Thursday the 18th the 7th graders will take the math MAP during Math
  • On Friday the 19th the 7th graders will take the math MAP during Math



The annual School District 54 Run to Read will be hosted by Dirksen School on Sunday, September 28th.  All profits from this event will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54.  I personally will be running the 5K.  It would be wonderful to see you and your child out for this awesome event.  Don’t forget to wear red to represent Eisenhower!  If you would like additional information regarding the race, please go to the district web site at

Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted August 18th, 2014 by Mr. Kern

Good afternoon Eisenhower community,

I hope that you are having a wonderful end to the summer. As you know the students will be returning to school next week. We want to have 100% of the 7th graders with us on Tuesday, August 26th and 100% of our 8th graders joining us on Wednesday, August 27th.  Eisenhower had a phenomenal 2014-15 and we are going to take it even higher this year!

Today our summer school students and I took a break as I participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Please join with me as we look to strike out ALS! I am passing the challenge onto Principal Ross of Frost Junior High School.


I am looking forward to greeting our students next week, enjoy this final week of summer!


Steve Kern


Supply List for 2014-2015

Posted May 5th, 2014 by J. Kasinger

Time to start planning for next school year!  Click on the SUPPLY LIST 14-15 to find out what your student will need for the upcoming school year.  Be on the lookout for summer sales on the listed items.