Welcome Back!

Posted August 16th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Dear Dirksen Families,

It is difficult to believe the summer is winding down and in a matter of weeks the sound of children will once again fill our halls.   I hope that you have had a wonderful summer with many opportunities to share quality time with your families.  The staff at Dirksen is very excited to begin another incredible school year with our outstanding students.  As a staff, we have spent our days continuing to plan for the upcoming school year. The teachers have also been meeting with their grade level teams to plan for instruction directly related to the State Standards and our new GoMath program.   Grade level teams work together very closely with our support staff to ensure every child learns the essential skills necessary to be successful students.

As always, the summer inevitably brings changes to our staff.  Two of our staff members will be leaving Dirksen to assume coaching positions at the district level. We wish Mrs. Macnider and Miss Hall all the best in their new positions.  We are pleased to announce the following teaching assignments for the 2014-2015 school year:

Mrs. Villanova (a.m. and p.m.) and Mrs. Meehan (a.m. only)
Grade 1/2-  Mrs. Rodda, Mr. Johnson, Miss Fogarty, Miss Elsner, Miss Vonderheide
Grade 3/4-  Mrs. Rutter, Ms. Cantrell, Ms. Niemann, Mr. Glenn, Miss Sallis
Grade 5/6:  Mrs. Camacho, Mr. Evitts, Ms. Schmidt, Ms. Blasi, Mrs. Stenger (formerly Ms. Rothblum)
Literacy Coach- Ms. Lopez
Intervention Specialist-  Mrs. Bryant
Gifted Enrichment Coach- Miss Ortloff
Special Services Teachers- Mrs. Muszynski and Miss Stein
Speech Language Pathologist- Mrs. Benshish
Psychologist- Mrs. Lutz
Social Worker- Mrs. Cowen
ELL Resource- Mrs. Szczupaj and Mrs. Novak
Art-Miss Hillgamyer
Music- Mr. Hulina
PE- Miss Groberski
LMT- Mrs. Stegner
LRA- Mrs. Edwards

Please note the following important dates in August:

Monday, August 25th–Block Party and Meet and Greet: Students can drop off supplies and meet their teacher from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  The Block Party is scheduled from 5:00-7:00 p.m.,  sponsored by the Dirksen PTA.  Please consider becoming a member of the Dirksen PTA this year.   Our Parent Teacher Association is a wonderful resource for our Dirksen families.  Joining the PTA does not lock you in to any special project or program, but it will allow you the opportunity to be an active part of the Dirksen school community.

Tuesday, August 26th–The first day of school for grades 1 through 6

Tuesday, September 2–The first day of school for Kindergarten

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we begin the new school year. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions.


Joann Kort                                Becky Rodriguez
Principal                                   Assistant Principal

Back-to-School Night

Posted July 31st, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Dirksen’s Back-to-School Night will be held on Monday, August 25. From 4:00-5:00 p.m., students can drop off their supplies and meet their teachers in the classrooms. The fabulous PTA Block Party will run following supply drop-off from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing everyone at Dirksen to kick-off another fabulous school year!

2014-15 Supply Lists

Posted June 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Although we know you are all enjoying these wonderful summer months, we also know that the new school year will be upon us before we know it. The 2014-15 school supply lists can be found below, as well as under the Family Resources tab.

Kinder Supply List

First-Sixth Supply List



Happy Summer!

Posted June 12th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Dear Dirksen Community,

We are amazed at how quickly the year passed us by! We had a great last week of school. On Wednesday we celebrated our 6th graders. We are so proud of the accomplishments of our Dirksen 6th graders, and we know they will soar as seventh graders next year! On Thursday we were blown away by our talented Dirksen performers and watched our kindergarteners graduate.  Mrs. Rodriguez and I are so appreciative of the supportive parent community that has provided us with the great students that are our Dirksen dolphins.

I am excited to share the teaching placements for the 2014-15 school year:

Kindergarten – Mrs. Villanova and a teacher to be announced
1st/2nd – Mrs. Rodda, Mr. Johnson, Miss Fogarty, Mrs. Szczupaj, and Miss Elsner
3rd/4th – Mrs. Rutter, Ms. Cantrell, Ms. Niemann, Miss Hall, Mr. Glenn
5th/6th – Mr. Evitts, Ms. Blasi, Mrs. Camacho, Ms. Schmidt, Miss Rothblum

Classroom placements: In the welcome back to school letter that we will send at the beginning of August, you will be notified of your child’s teacher for the upcoming school year.

Summer Review: All children brought home a recommended summer reading list and a math practice packet to help keep their minds active over the summer. The public libraries will provide multiple copies of these books so students have access to the suggested titles. We strongly encourage your support in allowing time for both reading and math over the long break. Thank you for your support at home to keep your child’s learning momentum going over the summer!

2014-15 Registration: We have received a record number of completed registration files! Thank you to the families who completed this important step in preparing for next year. If you have not yet completed you registration paperwork, please contact the office at (847)357-5600. Students without outstanding registration documents will not be placed on a class list for next year.

Please see the Events page to check out important August dates as we prepare for the 2014-2015 school year. Have a fun and safe summer with your family!

Joann Kort and Becky Rodriguez
Principal and Assistant Principal