Dirksen TV: January 30, 2015

Posted January 28th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova


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

Schaumburg Parent University: February Classes

Posted January 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. There are three evening programs for parents scheduled for February at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

•          Youth Suicide: A Community Conversation about Awareness and Prevention on Feb. 4

•          Tell Me More about This New PARCC Assessment on Feb. 10

•          The In’s and Out’s of the IEP (Individualized Education Program for students with special needs) on Feb. 26

If you are interested in attending these event, please see the attached flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website.

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.

5Essentials Survey Allows Parents to Provide Feedback

Posted January 26th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious Instruction.

All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high. If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school.

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.

The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.

Click here to take the parent survey before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).

Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade
The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.

Teacher Survey
All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.

The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found here.

January PBIS Newsletter

Posted January 20th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Please click on the link to read this month’s publication PBIS Newsletter 1.6.15.

Schaumburg Parent University January Classes

Posted January 10th, 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 classes scheduled for January that both involve parents and children learning together. Both will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the District 54 Professional Learning Center at 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

  • Family Math Night: On January 13, the District 54 Math Team will lead parents and their children (early childhood through eighth grade) as they explore activities and games that support mathematical learning.
  • Family Literacy Night: On January 21, the District 54 Literacy Team and Schaumburg Township District Library are hosting this event for parents and students in early childhood through second grade. Families will engage in a variety of fun activities that revolve around reading and writing.

If you are interested in attending either event, please click the titles for more information. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website.

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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Posted January 10th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Our new year has started with winter in full force!  The new year promises to be filled with great learning opportunities and a plethora of ways for students to demonstrate progress.  We are looking forward to sharing updates with you during parent-teacher conferences, which are scheduled for next Thursday, January 15 and Friday, January 16. Due to conferences, please keep in mind the schedule for next week:

  • There will be no AM or PM kindergarten classes next Thursday and Friday.
  • 1st through 6th grade students will be dismissed at 11:40 next Thursday, and there will be no school next Friday.

Also on Thursday, two other exciting opportunities are available to families.

  • Dirksen will be hosting a one-day-only book fair.  It will be in the school library from 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.  Parents and students are invited. Please see the Book Fair flyer for more information.
  • We would love to add more family pictures in the hallway outside of the office!  On Thursday, January 15 we will have a photographer from Life Touch here during parent-teacher conferences between 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to take family pictures.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  If you would like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions, please contact the Dirksen office at (847)357-5600.


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.