Wear Blue Tomorrow!

Posted April 1st, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

In support of April being Autism Awareness Month, we are asking all of our dolphins to wear blue tomorrow, Thursday, April 2. What a great way to show our support and kick off a long weekend!

Club Pictures

Posted March 31st, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Just a reminder that club pictures will continue tomorrow Thursday during lunch the following clubs will have their pictures taken.  If your child participated in one of these clubs, please have them bring their club t-shirt if they have one.  If they participated in more than one club, they should bring t-shirts for all clubs. If they don’t have a club t-shirt or Dirksen spirit wear, please just have them bring their best smile!


Battle of the Books -3/4 (12pm)
Board Game Club (12:05pm)
Cursive Club (12:10pm)
Drama Club (12:15pm)
Science Sleuths (12:20pm)
Sign Language Club 3rd and 4th grade (12:30pm)

*If your child’s club is not listed, we already have a picture of that group or it is being taken by the club sponsor.

Dirksen TV: April 1, 2015

Posted March 20th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova


Summer Tech Camp

Posted March 19th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

This year’s summer tech camp for students entering grades 4-8 will take place at Nerge Math & Science Academy from June 15 – 18.  The attached flyer provides additional details about registration.  This flyer has also been added to the virtual backpack linked on the district website.

Yearbook Order Forms

Posted March 19th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

There is still time to order your 2014-2015 yearbook! The order form is attached.  The deadline for submitting orders is April 10. Please contact Lindsay or Shila with any questions.

Also, please see the flyer regarding Club Photo Days, which will take place on Wednesday, April 1st and Thursday, April 2nd. Please remind your children on those days that they will need to come down to the front lobby at their designated times to be included in their club pictures–we don’t want anyone missing out!

Schaumburg Parent University: April Classes

Posted March 19th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

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 Child Psychiatrist: Getting a Handle on Your Parenting– April 1 at 6:30 p.m.  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.
  • Origami 101 – April 9 at 6 p.m. 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.

PARCC Testing

Posted March 6th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

We begin the state-wide PARCC assessment on Monday for students in grades 3-6. We know that the students’ scores will reflect the hard work and dedication that they’ve exhibited throughout the year. Please encourage your child to get to school on time.  Students who arrive to school late will not be able to join their class in testing once the teacher begins giving test directions.

You can help your student do his/her best on the test by:

o             making sure, if possible, that your student attends school on the days of testing;
o             making sure your student gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing;
o             providing a nutritional breakfast on the mornings of testing;
o             reminding your student to ask the teacher questions if he/she does not understand
the test direction;
o             letting your student know that you are confident in his/her ability to do his/her best;
o             advising your student not to worry about the test — just to do the best he/she can.

Our test schedule at Dirksen will be the following:

March 9th, 10th, and 11th – Literacy: 3rd/4th grade a.m.; 5th/6th grade p.m.
March 12th & 13th – Math: 3rd/4th grade a.m.; 5th/6th grade p.m.

Note: all of 5/6 will eat during the first lunch period next week, 11:15-12:00. Make-ups will take place during the week of March 16.

PBIS March Newsletter

Posted March 6th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Please click here to read the latest news about PBIS at Dirksen!

5Essentials Survey–Please Take It!

Posted February 27th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

The window is still open for parents to take the 5Essentials Survey found here. The deadline to take the survey is March 13th.  Our goal this year is to attain at least 20% participation.  Dirksen School is currently at 12%.

STEM Summer Camp

Posted February 27th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

What did you do on your summer vacation? Your answer could be: “I built and programed a robot, learned the principles of flight through rocket construction, or used a 3-D printer to design my own car or jewelry.”   With the goal of bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) alive through authentic hands-on activities, District 54’s Summer STEM Academy creates experiences that expands on the interests of students.

The District 54 Summer STEM Academy offers:

  • A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
  • STEM Certificate of Achievement recognizing the achievements of students
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers, experienced with STEM, in a positive environment
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world

Registration for the Summer STEM Academy is $40.00 per student, checks/ money orders are to be made payable to Schaumburg School District 54, which includes a camp t-shirt.  Payment for the Summer STEM Academy with the registration form is mailed to the Department of Student Learning, 524 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60194.Registration opens on Monday, March 2nd and closes on Friday, March 20th.  Information and registration forms have been mailed to your home address, but you can also find information below:

D54 STEM Summer Academy Brochure

D54 Summer STEM Academy – Registration