Dirksen TV: April 24, 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.

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.

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.

Wake Up and Read

Posted September 29th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Just as a reminder, Dirksen’s “Wake Up and Read!” club is up and running. All 1st-6th students are invited to start their day with a good book in the library.  The program runs Monday through Friday from 8:00-8:25 a.m. Happy reading!

From the Desk of Ms. Kort & Mrs. Rodriguez

Posted September 1st, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Dirksen Community,

Thank you for an incredible first week back to school!  We finished off our first week with our PBIS school behavior training day, and all of our dolphins are doing a great job showing what it means to be respectful, responsible, and safe.

Run to Read: Dirksen School is proud to be the host school for District 54’s 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, September 28. Run to Read is a day of races offering something for everyone. The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children. At 8:45 a.m., we start our 5K run followed by a family walk at 9 a.m. All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To  register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website. Register by Sept. 5 to save $5 on your registration fee and reserve a race T-shirt in your size. Finisher medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children.  We are hoping to have a great representation of Dirksen students, families, and staff in attendance that day.  Please join Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Rodriguez out on the 5K track!

Schaumburg Parent University: District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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 offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided.

This year we have already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on Sept. 30 and internet safety on Oct. 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on Sept. 16 and art projects on Oct. 22. Before we plan the rest of the classes for this school year, we would like to hear from you. What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions) so that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community.

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

Letter from State Superintendent: Please read the attached letter from the State Superintendent, Chris Koch.

We hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend!
Joann Kort & Becky Rodriguez
Principal & Assistant Principal