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Pack the Gym, Fill the Pantry Tonight!

Posted November 21st, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Come to our Pack the Gym, Fill the Pantry basketball game tonight to cheer on our Spartans! We are also collecting non-perishable food items for our food pantry. Let’s help support our Spartans and our community! 7th grade tip-off is at 6:30 PM. See you there!

 

 

Increase in Absenteeism

Posted November 18th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Dear Robert Frost Community,

Frost Junior High School has noted an increase in student absenteeism, mostly due to fever, sore throat and cough.

The Cook County Department of Public Health recommends that children exhibiting the symptoms mentioned above seek medical evaluation.

As you may know, flu can be easily spread from person to person. The Cook County Department of Public Health and School District 54 recommend the following measures to prevent the spread of respiratory illness:

  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. If water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizing gel. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.
  • Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils.
  • Teach your children to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues or to cough into their elbows, arms or sleeves instead of their hands when tissues are unavailable.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
  • Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs.  Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.
  • Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
  • Get vaccinated. Individuals 6 months of age and older should receive a flu vaccination for this 2014-15 influenza season unless they have been medically advised not to.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me, our school nurse Dianne Garces or the Cook County Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Program at 847-818-4020.

Sincerely,

M. Scott Ross, Principal

 

A Message from the Principal

Posted November 14th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Greetings Robert Frost Community,

Please read below for information about our goals to raise student achievement and create a positive culture at Frost.

High Achievement

  • District 211 Information Night: Reminder that the Parent/Student District 211 Information Night is next week on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014.  The presentation in Spanish will begin at 6:00 in the Frost library.  The presentation in English will begin at 7:00 pm in the Frost cafeteria.  The presentations will be facilitated by District 211 student services directors Brigit Cain from Conant High School and Yassila Delgado from Schaumburg High School.  Please click below for more information.
    Parent letter District 211 parent night at Frost
    211 information night espanol
    211 information night-final
  • District 211 Explore high school placement test:  8th grade students attending a District 211 high school next school year are required to take the Explore placement test on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 from 8:00 am until 10:30 am.  The test includes the following areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.  The test results allow District 211 to make initial assessment of our 8th grade students’ skills and abilities.  In addition, information gathered from Frost teacher recommendations is also essential to District 211’s high school placement process.  This information may be used as criteria for placement in special programs, such as accelerated courses or general-level programs.  Recommendations for summer school programs also may be made as a result of the test scores.  On Tuesday, November 18th, the Frost guidance department will be hosting an Explore test presentation for our 8th grade students during LA classes.  Please feel free to contact either Frost’s guidance department or your child’s high school guidance department for more information about the high school placement test.  For Explore test prep information, please visit http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/ and the Frost 8th grade language arts department page at http://frost.sd54.org/languagearts/ .
  • Winter MAP test begins on November 17th, 2014.  The students will be taking their tests in their math and language arts classrooms:
    • 8th grade math will test:  Monday 11/17 – Thursday 11/20
    • 7th grade math will test:  Friday 11/21 & Monday 12/1 – Wednesday 12/3
    • 7th grade LA will test:  Thursday 12/4 – Friday 12/5 & Monday 12/8 – Tuesday 12/9
    • 8th grade LA will test:  Wednesday 12/10 – Friday 12/12 & Monday 12/15
    • Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in the spring, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser.  This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.  We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals our students set for themselves at the beginning of the school year.  During our January student goal-setting conferences, we will share the results with you.

 

  • Beyond the Classroom Learning: In an effort to provide you with additional resources that can be utilized to support your child in developing an understanding of grade level content within the Common Core State Standards, we have added a new drop down menu to the top of our webpage within the “Frost Resources” link called “Beyond the Classroom Learning”. This is where you will find items and information to support your child at home.  Please visit our Frost website for more information http://frost.sd54.org/beyondtheclassroomlearning/   

Positive Culture

    • Rally for Respect: On Monday, November 24th, we will be hosting our annual Rally for Respect.  The day will begin with an interactive assembly put on by the troupe MWAH! (Messages Which Are Hopeful!).  This assembly will feature many of our own students as they sing and dance alongside members of the troupe.  The assembly will be emotionally charged with current events such as cyberbullying, racism, and drug abuse.  The end message, however, will be equally powerful in that we have the ability to change the world through our actions.  You can visit the MWAH! Website at http://www.mwah.net/ for more information.  We invite parents that would like to come see the assembly to join us.  The assembly will begin at 8:00 am and last ninety minutes.  Following the assembly, the students will then follow their schedules learning in each class how to handle bullying behavior at Frost.  The penultimate activity will be a lesson on “Speaking with Good Purpose”.  The day concludes back in the gym where the students will hear from a former student and several staff members who will share their personal stories about how bullying behavior affected their lives.  This day has always been one of the most impactful days on our school calendar and serves as a touching lesson on the power our choices have on others and ourselves.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the day’s content.

      Thank you to the following parents who volunteered their lunch hours to serve our students PTA Fun Foods on 11/7: Michelle Mazurek and Leticia Grunwald,

 

  • PTA:  Please join us for our next PTA meeting on January 13th at 7:00 PM in the Frost Lounge.  Also, please consider volunteering for any of our PTA events here at Frost by contacting our Front Office staff who can assist you with volunteer sign-up.   Please visit our Frost PTA website for important PTA information http://frost.sd54.org/pta/.

  • To support our military servicemen and servicewomen this past Veteran’s Day, our students donated nearly 200 pounds of candy last week to send to our US troops overseas through an organization called Operation Shoebox.  In addition, our students wrote letters to veterans that were delivered to the local VFW.  Finally, our students were honored to hear from Staff Sargent Derrick Waters during PE classes about his tour as a military police in Afghanistan.
  • Boys Basketball and Girls Cheer continue their seasons on 11/18 v. Mead, 11/20 vs. Lincoln Prairie, 11/21 vs. Sundling, and 11/24 @ Eisenhower.  Frost is home to the District 54 Special Olympics program and will host home basketball games on 11/18 and 11/20 in the Frost gymnasium.
  • Pack the Gym, Fill the Pantry will be held on 11/21 during our home basketball game vs. Sundling.  Support our District 54 Food Pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item.  In addition, our Spartan Pep Band will provide in-game entertainment.  7th grade tip-off is at 6:30 pm and the 8th grade tip-off will be at 7:45 pm.  Please see the link belowe for more information.
    Basketball pantry pack the gym (3)
  • Please encourage your child to get involved in these upcoming Frost Club offerings:PBIS Ambassadors, Interact Club, Spanish Club, Animal Club, Theater Club, Robotics Club, and FUSE.  Please visit our Frost Clubs and Activities page for more information about these clubs http://frost.sd54.org/clubs/.
  • Reminder that Picture re-take day is 11/20 and Thanksgiving Break is 11/26-11/28.

Please visit our Frost JHS website for the building calendar http://frost.sd54.org/events/ .  Finally, don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/frostspartans and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/frostspartans to stay updated with the latest news and information about the great things happening at Frost.  As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for your continued support and commitment to ensuring your child’s educational success.

Have a great weekend,

Scott

 

 

Homemade Science Projects

Posted November 11th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Discovery Science students completed their second Homemade Science project of the trimester.

Check out all the action on Mr. Christopoulos’s Twitter @frostSCImrc

 

Day of the Dead Faces!

Posted November 6th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Spanish Club and Art Club got together to re-create iconic Day of the Dead face painting designs last week! Look at all these artistic faces!

Donate Your Extra Halloween Candy

Posted November 5th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Are you looking for a good use for all that extra Halloween candy? The Frost Interact Club is collecting extra and unwanted Halloween candy this week through Friday. The candy collected will be sent to our soldiers overseas as part of Operation Shoebox. Last year, we collected over 200 pounds of delicious candy for our troops. Give us your candy this week! Candy will be collected in homeroom classes or in the main office.

Feeding the Homeless

Posted October 30th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

On Thursday, November 20, Mentors Club will be traveling to a local food shelter to feed the homeless. If you’re interested in giving back to the community and volunteering your time, please see Ms. Czarnecki.

A Spartan Inspires Greatness

Posted October 29th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Watch how our very own Deming inspires greatness.

Special Olympics Athlete of the Year

Posted October 28th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Congratulations to Deming F. for earning the Illinois Special Olympics Athlete of the Year award.  He is not only an athlete but also a Global Messenger and member of the Project UNIFY Youth Activation Committee. You can read his story at the link below. Deming is a Spartan who knows what it means to be Frost Strong!

http://www.soill.org/inspire-greatness-gala-to-feature-junior-high-students-story/

 

A Message from the Principal

Posted October 24th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Greetings Robert Frost Community,

Please read below for information about our goals to raise student achievement and create a positive culture at Frost.

High Achievement

  • End of 1st trimester: As we approach the end of the first trimester, we are adding layers of support at Frost to help students with homework completion.  Students who have 3 or more missing assignments will continue to be issued a homework lunch invite on Monday mornings.  For students who do not complete their missing assignments by the end of their homework lunch period on Thursday, they will be required to stay after school for a mandatory homework club supervised by Frost teachers.  For students who do not complete their missing assignments by the end of after school homework club, they will be required to attend homework lunch on Friday.  If a student is in homework lunch for the entire trimester, they may be placed in to a mandatory study hall during the school day in lieu of an elective class. Please contact your student’s teachers if your child is having difficulty keeping up with the homework requirements.  Finally, please make an effort to be at home and available during homework time and remember to praise your student and comment on improvements, while encouraging your student to work hard and always do their best.

Positive Culture

  • Frost PTA Updates
    • Spirit Cup Fundraiser orders are due this Friday, October 24th.  Turn order forms and payment in to the school office.
    • Dairy Queen Blizzards will be sold during lunch hours this Friday, October 24th.
      • Flavors:  Cookie Dough, OREO, And Chocolate Extreme
      • Cost:  $3.00 each
    • The PTA will be holding a special General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, November 11th at 7:00pm.  Information about Senate Bill 16 will be shared at the meeting followed by a vote regarding the PTA’s intention to take a position to oppose the bill.  This meeting will replace the previously scheduled meeting on November 18th.
    • The second installment of Hot Lunch orders and money is due Friday, November 7th.  Please be sure to turn in the form and money to avoid any missed lunches.
    • We would like to thank all who have become members of the PTA so far this year.  Please join if you have not yet.  Your membership support is appreciated.  Becoming a member does not obligate you for any time commitment.
    • A huge thanks to all who joined the PTA last year.  On Monday, the Frost PTA was honored with a “Double Platinum Record” Hall of Fame award for our 2013-2014 membership total with the highest one-year increase in District 54!  Let’s see if we can earn another for this year.
    • The next “Fun Food” Friday is November 7th.  It will be Culver’s.
      • Flavors:  Vanilla Oreo, Chocolate w/ brownie, Vanilla M&M
      • Cost:  $2.00 each
    • Food 4 Less will be closing on Nov. 8th.  Thank you to all who supported the PTA by using your Community Rewards cards.  It is appreciated
  • 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 November:
  • Next Friday, October 31st, you are invited to join us for our first Frost Pep Rally of the school year.  The event will be held in our gymnasium starting at 1:30 pm.  We will be recognizing students on the boys and girls cross country teams, girls basketball teams, and members of the National Fluid Power Challenge team.  The entertainment will be provided by our Spartan Pep Band and several of our students will be selected from our “Gold Card Locker” drawing to participate in “Minute to Win It” competition for the chance to put a pie in the face of Mr. Barbini and me at the Pep Rally.  Our community is welcome to attend, so please consider joining us for this fun event.
  • Please click below regarding emergency school closings.
    School closing sources of info in English1-Page 1 2014- Revised
    School closing sources of info in Spanish-Page 2 1 -2014- Revised

Please visit our Frost JHS website for the building calendar http://frost.sd54.org/events/ .  Finally, don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/frostspartans and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/frostspartans to stay updated with the latest news and information about the great things happening at Frost.  As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for your continued support and commitment to ensuring your child’s educational success.

Have a great weekend,

Scott