Join the Discussion on the 211 of Tomorrow!

Posted May 1st, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

The final series of High School District 211 Community Engagement meetings will be held at Conant High School on Monday, May 2 and Fremd High School on Tuesday, May 3.  Both meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature the same topic – Finances & Facilities.  Information gathered at these meetings will be used by the Board of Education in formulating a five-year Strategic Plan for the district. Additional information, including materials from the first three rounds of meetings, is available online.

Upcoming Assessments

Posted May 1st, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

As we head into the month of May, we will be wrapping up our assessments for this school year.  On Thursday, May 5, all 5th grade students will be completing a state-wide science assessment (the ISA), which consists of one session given on the computer.  During the weeks of May 9 and May 16, all students will complete the spring MAP test.  The MAP test consists of two parts, one math and one reading test, given on separate days. Please remember that the best way you can help your child to be successful is to ensure he/she gets a good night’s sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and has a positive and encouraging start to the test day.

Help Needed for the BOGO Book Sale

Posted May 1st, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

On May 5th and 6th we will be having our annual Buy One, Get One Book sale.  We will need volunteers from 8:45am – 11:45am and 11:45am-2:30pm. Please contact Kristin Baker with any questions or to volunteer today!

PTA Office Nominations

Posted April 14th, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

PTA Office Nominations for the 2016-17 school year are now being accepted!

In order to continue providing all the wonderful services to our kids, like hot lunch, yearbooks, pancake breakfast, holiday shop, and fun fair, we need to fill all the PTA Officer positions.If you are interested in serving on the Executive Committee, or know of someone who would be interested in serving, you can make a nomination by filling in the attached nomination form and returning it to the office by May 4th or contact Sarah Tancredi to learn more about the opportunities.

The following roles are open for nomination.  

President or Co-Presidents: Preside at all meetings of this association, the executive board, and the executive committee.  Be a member ex-officio of all committees except the nominating committee and audit committee.  Sign all legal documents, including contracts.  Appoint members to special committees.  Delegate the work of the association to other officers or chairmen as may be appropriate.  Coordinate the work of the officers and committees.  Attend the monthly Schaumburg Township Council meetings.  

First Vice-President:  The vice president shall act as aides to the president, and shall in their designated order perform the duties of the president in the absence or inability of that officer to serve. Serve as legislative chair to oversee the committee that reviews the Bylaws annually.  Responsible for ensuring that all non-fundraising committee chairs are filled.

Second Vice-President:  The vice president shall act as aides to the president, and shall in their designated order perform the duties of the president in the absence or inability of that officer to serve.  Serve as Ways and Means Chairman ensuring that all the fundraising committee chairs are filled.  Responsible for sorting and disseminating mail in the PTA mailbox. Update and issue the committee notebooks annually. Collect completed End of the Year and Plan of Work reports.  

Secretary: Record the minutes of all meetings of this association, the executive board, and the executive committee.  Present minutes at monthly meetings.  Ensure bylaws are available to officers.  Ensure current membership list is available at meetings.  Conduct correspondence of the association as directed.  Draft the monthly school newsletter and make sure there is a reminder of our monthly board meeting in our school newsletter.  Follow the gift and memorial guidelines on behalf of the PTA.  

Treasurer:  Receive all monies of this association and keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures.  Place all monies in a depository approved by the executive board.  Pay out funds in accordance with the budget as approved by the membership and authorized by properly signed expense vouchers.  Present a written financial statement at every meeting of the association and at other times as requested by the executive board making a full report at the general membership meeting in September.  Be responsible for the remittance of the state and national portion of the dues paid by each member.  Be responsible for completion and filing of appropriate forms as may be required by Internal Revenue Service Regulations.

This information is for your reference.  The full description of each position can be found in the PTA bylaws. Please consider becoming more involved in our PTA!

Student Recognition–March

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

Last week, students were recognized for being great examples of the key of Flexibility. These students recognize that things won’t always go their way and are willing to change what they are doing to achieve a goal. Congratulations to this month’s Dirksen dolphins! We are so proud of you!









Kindergarten: Nitya, Brayden, Ava










1/2: Kaya, Adam, Anuva, Jake, Tara










3/4: Tarik, Joey, Riley,  Adrian, Prasil










5/6: Nicole, Xavier, Sathvik, Ryan, Hanna

Permission Slip Checklist

Posted April 4th, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

Last week there were several permission slips that went home.  We thought it might be helpful to provide a list of the events that forms were sent home for and the due dates for any permission slips.


PTA Game Drive

Posted April 1st, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

Flyers are going home today for the PTA game drive.  The PTA will be collecting new or gently used board games that students may use during indoor recess.  Students may bring in donated board games next week.  Games may also be dropped off at Celebrate Dirksen on Wednesday.  Each game will have a label recognizing the family who donated the game.  We appreciate your donations!

Schaumburg Parent University: April Course Offerings

Posted March 24th, 2016 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 upcoming evening programs.

  • Using Technology to Support Student Learning:  District 54 instructional coaches Hobbs Behrouzi and Becky Meyer will discuss how our teachers are integrating technology into the curriculum to support students, foster collaboration and differentiate learning.  This discussion for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 14 in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Childcare is available.
  • The Truth About Nutrition:  Registered Dietician Samantha Woulfe will explore common facts and myths about nutrition in an interactive workshop for children in third through eighth grade and their  parents. The program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. April 20 in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Childcare is available for younger children.

At-Risk Preschool

Posted March 24th, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

District 54 offers an at-risk preschool program for children between the ages of 3 to 5 years old.  Please refer to the attached flyer to see if your child would qualify for a screening.

Kindergarten Registration

Posted February 26th, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

We hosted our annual Kindergarten Registration event last week, but parents can still register incoming kindergarten students in our main office between 8:00am-4:00pm.  We encourage families that have incoming kindergarten students to please register as soon as possible so we can accurately plan for next year.  If you know of a neighbor or community member that has an incoming kindergarten student, please share this information with them.  Registration forms and other information can be located on our district website.