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

Schaumburg Parent University March Class

Posted February 27th, 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. We will host one evening program for parents in March:  School Related Anxiety at 5:30 p.m. on March 12 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

District 54 social worker Tricia Johnson will assist parents in understanding the difference between common stress and anxiety disorders and will provide helpful strategies to help children manage stress.  If you are interested in attending this event, please see the attached flyer. Childcare will be available.

For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website.

Summer Band & Orchestra

Posted February 27th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Registration for 2015 Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun!  District 54 students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument for at least one school year are eligible to enroll.  Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 6-23 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Keller Jr High.  Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or here .  If you have questions, please call 847-357-5138.

PARCC Testing Update

Posted February 4th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Third- through eighth-grade students throughout Illinois will be taking the PARCC assessment for the first time this spring. The PARCC assessment replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).

Last week, District 54 requested and received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to move to a traditional paper and pencil administration of the PARCC assessment for this school year. While District 54 has fully aligned our technology infrastructure to ISBE’s specifications, results from field testing conducted in mid-January have left District 54 with strong concerns regarding the reliability of the PARCC online assessment. We witnessed multiple errors during field testing including answers to assessment items changing without being prompted, drop-down menus failing to function and videos accompanying test items failing to load. These technology issues are not on District 54’s end. They can only be remedied by PARCC.

District 54’s staff has worked diligently to prepare our students with rigorous instruction to provide them with the skills needed for success. We feel strongly that assessment of our student’s knowledge and skills must be done in the most reliable format possible.

The PARCC Performance Based Assessment (PBA) window will now be from March 9 to March 20, 2015. As the testing window approaches, I will share more information regarding the logistics of the PARCC testing window. In the meantime, please contact me directly if you have any questions.

From the Yearbook Committee

Posted January 27th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Click here to learn how to order your yearbook online through Treering and here to create your 2 free custom pages. Custom pages must be completed by April 10, 2015, and are only available through online orders. If you order online and choose not to create custom pages your book will have 2 extra blank autograph pages at the end.  If you are doing custom pages and you want the photos you upload to be private and seen by you only, you must click on the info button on each photo and click on the lock icon to make it private.

If you would prefer not to purchase online and would rather purchase your yearbooks through school by cash or check, we will have hard copy order forms available mid-March. Order forms will be due April 10.

Questions? Email here.

Yearbook Committee

Lindsay Megahed
Shila Khan
Rebecca Much

Parking Lot Reminders

Posted January 27th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Just a friendly reminder that our parking lot is closed at the end of the day between 2:50-2:55.  If you drive into the parking lot before it closes, we ask that you park in a parking space, and that cars do not pull out of their parking spaces until all of the buses pull out of the parking lot. The parking lot next to the tennis court contains handicapped parking spaces only.  Parents should not park in that parking lot and wait for their children, as there are many students walking across the crosswalk to the park area.  As always, our goal is to keep our children safe as they greet their parents at the end of the day.

PTA Pizza Day

Posted January 10th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

The PTA is pleased to present the next round of Pizza Days for the 2014-2015 school year.  The form for ordering the pizza is attached, and will also be coming home this week.  It allows you to pre-order pizza for February through May.  The forms must be returned by January 15.  Please note that there are two pizza days remaining (January 6 and 20) from the previous order.

Illinois State Report Cards

Posted November 3rd, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

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. An interactive report card is available online. You can find Dirksen’s report card by clicking the ‘About’ tab above and choosing ‘State Report Card.’

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 630-357-5600. 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.

Emergency Situation Drills

Posted October 5th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova
We will continue to participate in a variety of different emergency drills throughout the year including Shelter-in-Place Drills (tornado drill), Fire drills, and Lockdown drills. These drills are designed to familiarize students with what they should do in the event of an emergency. These drills will be held during the school day and will usually be unannounced. Attached you will find a copy of the letter that was sent home last week.