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The 2014-15 School Year Is Officially Here!

Posted August 22nd, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Dear Robert Frost Community,

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!  Over the past few weeks, the dedicated Frost staff has worked hard to prepare our school for the arrival of our students.   We are excited to meet our new Spartans on Tuesday and welcome back our 8th grade students on Wednesday.   We know that your child is prepared for what is sure to be a highly successful year at Robert Frost Junior High School.  This email is to provide you with a preview of next week’s back-to-school events:

FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL

    • Tuesday, August 26th is “Frost Forward”, a special day devoted toONLY the incoming 7th graders. We will be running a special bell schedule on this day where students will get to practice opening their lockers, travel through their class schedules, and learn about life at Frost.   Please ensure that your student brings the following on this day:
    • Lunch
    • Class schedule

  • School supplies (Please note that this is a change from previous information; students are welcome to bring their school supplies on this day—they will be able to put their supplies in to their hallway locker during Homeroom/1st period)

 

    • On Wednesday, August 27th the 8th Grade Students will join the 7th Grade Students as we host our annual Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Kick-Off Celebration.  Students will learn what our expectations are of them in different locations throughout the school.  Please ensure that your student brings the following on this day:
    • Lunch
    • Class schedule
    • Assignment Notebook

  • School supplies

During the first days of school, we will be reviewing with the students a number of school rules including our policies on dress code and the prohibition of cell phones and entertainment devices.  Please take a moment to talk with your child about these and other key points found in the Frost Parent-Student Handbook that you received on Information Day.

GIRLS BASKETBALL and BOYS/GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Our junior high school fall sports season kicks off next week.  Girls basketball holds try-outs after school on Thursday, August 28th from 2:15-4:00 pm.  Boys & Girls Cross Country hosts an informational meeting after school on Thursday, August 28th from 2:15-4:00 pm.  We encourage your child to participate in sports and represent Frost as a Spartan “student-athlete”.  If your child plans to participate, per School Board Policy, current physicals are required of all students to be on file prior to try-outs and/or participation in any inter-scholastic sport.  If you have any additional questions about your child’s physical, please contact our school nurse.

SCHOOL HOURS

Frost school hours are 7:38 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. with the first bell ringing at 7:30.  Please note:  Beginning Wednesday, August 27th, every Wednesday is designated for staff development.  Students are dismissed 30 minutes early on Wednesdays (1:45 p.m.).

OFFICE HOURS

Frost school office hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Remember that our student absence line (847-357-6802) is available 24 hours a day. Please call by 7:00 a.m. if your child will be absent from school.  In the event that you need to contact your child at school, please feel free to contact our main office (847-357-6800) between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM.  Also, students are able to use the student phone located in the main office to contact parents.  With staff permission, classroom phones are also available for students to use.

PICK UP PROCEDURES

To ensure the safety of our students, there will be no entry to our parking lot beginning at 2:15 (1:45 on Wednesdays) until ten minutes after the end of the day. When entering the east parking lot, please follow the yellow arrows marked on the pavement for safe traffic flow.  We appreciate your patience as we work to improve the flow of traffic to make it safer for our students.

Due to the rainy weather this afternoon, the Frost staff was unable to visit homes to personally welcome your child back to school and to provide information about next week.  Our goal was to make it to as many homes today as possible; unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate!  Instead, we look forward to welcoming your child back to school next week here at Frost.

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.  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.  We are looking forward to a wonderful school year with your child.

Have a nice weekend,

Scott

1 Week To Go!

Posted August 19th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Dear Parents/Guardians,

At last week’s information day, it was a pleasure meeting many of you for the first time and reconnecting with our returning parents.  As you review your child’s schedule, I wanted to explain the scheduling process.  During the past several months, the Frost staff has worked through the schedules for all of our 600 Frost Spartans.  This was a time-consuming, complex process that involved content specialists and student support staff.  We appreciate the trust you have given us in using our best professional judgment in placing students.  Our scheduling process is a team effort that is very complex and completed with great care.  Please know that we work to place each student in the best schedule possible. We do not take into consideration student friendships and/or teacher preferences when making scheduling decisions.  Our scheduling focus is to best accommodate each student’s academic and social needs.  During the scheduling process, we consider the following factors:

  • Teacher input
  • Math placements
  • Elective preferences
  • Distribution of students with special considerations such as IEP, ELL, Dual Language, and Discovery
  • Separation or placement of children into the most appropriate social groups
  • Balance of students’ achievement levels

Please know that our priority when scheduling is ensuring that your child is placed in the appropriate core content classes (language arts, mathematics, social, studies, science, and PE/health).  Once those classes are scheduled, every effort has been made to honor your child’s elective requests.  However, due to priority scheduling placed on core content class placement, we cannot guarantee that your child will get both electives they have requested.   With nearly 600 students in our school, the task of ensuring that all students are placed into their requested electives is challenging. 

I understand that your child’s schedule is very important to you and your student.  It would be wonderful if every student and parent were able to request/determine their student’s class schedule for the upcoming academic year.  Unfortunately, it is impossible to honor nearly 600 requests.  If you would like to discuss an appropriate schedule change request, please call or email Mr. Barbini (thomasbarbini@sd54.org ), our assistant principal, or me.  Thank you in advance for your support as we strive to create a positive learning environment for all of our students.   Again, we thank you for relying on and trusting our professional judgments on this important issue.

Please see below for answers to common questions regarding your child’s schedule:

  • When is my child’s homeroom?  Your child begins their school day in homeroom, indicated as “1” on your child’s schedule.  During homeroom, attendance is taken and morning announcements are show.  In addition, your child’s hallway locker will be located near their homeroom.

 

  • Why are certain class periods split A and B?  A and B are 20-minute “half periods” that allow your child to have a 60-minute math class that shares a full period with either lunch or an elective.

 

  • What is a “Trimester” class?  Art Trimester, Media Trimester, and Music Trimester classes are an elective offering that we call, “The Wheel”, which allows your child to experience a new elective each trimester.

 

  • What are Language Arts Acceleration and/or Math Acceleration?  These classes are for students who are performing below grade level in either Reading and/or Mathematics.  Placement in Acceleration classes is based on scoring below the 40th percentile on the MAP assessment.  It is a 40-minute class that takes the place of one of your child’s electives.  It is taught by literacy and mathematics specialists and intended to accelerate your child’s skills to get them performing at grade level.

 

  • What is Enrichment?  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we run a different bell schedule that allows us to have a 30-minute block of uninterrupted flexible instruction time at the conclusion of the school day.  Enrichment allows our teachers and specialists to work with students who need extra support and to extend the learning for students who are displaying skill mastery.  All students are assigned to an Enrichment study hall in the building.  During 9th period on Tuesdays and Thursdays, selected students are invited to join one of their content area teachers (Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science) for a re-teaching or enrichment.  For students not invited to spend the time with a teacher, they are provided a 30-minute study hall to complete homework.

Your child’s schedule is also available for view on the Student/Parent Portal.  If you are unable to access the Student/Parent Portal, please contact our Front Office. This includes if you need to create an account or change your password.

We hope everyone is excited for the upcoming school year. It is hard to believe that there are only two weeks left before school begins.  Until then, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great week,

Scott

 

A Message from the Principal

Posted August 13th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Greetings Robert Frost Community,

As the summer draws to a close and we prepare for Information Day tomorrow, I trust that your thoughts are beginning to center on the new school year and the engaging activities that your child will take part in throughout the year. It will be an exciting year of learning and growth for our students at Robert Frost Junior High. Frost is known for a tradition of excellence, and we will do whatever it takes to continue this tradition. The Frost staff looks forward to working with you as we fulfill our mission goals of High Achievement and Positive Culture. To meet our goals, it is our desire to provide quality programs for our students so that they continue to achieve the academic excellence that the community has come to expect from Frost. I would like to highlight a few key instructional programs that allow us to provide your child with a high quality educational experience at Frost:

· All of our students will have balanced instruction in language arts for 80 minutes a day and balanced instruction in mathematics for 60 minutes a day. We have found that this additional time is necessary to meet the needs of our students.

· All of our students will be receiving literacy and mathematics curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This past school year, we saw strong results in student achievement and growth that supported the use of these curricular materials.

· This year, all of our students will be receiving social studies curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards and science curriculum aligned to both the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

· All of our students will have an opportunity for Enrichment. This systematic and timely Enrichment period helps us continue to ensure the success of all of our students.

· All of our students will be socially and emotionally supported at Frost through Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). As educators, we acknowledge that students feel more comfortable and excel academically when they are taught and reminded how to best interact in academic and social situations at school. At Frost, we teach and remind students what it looks like to be respectful, responsible, and safe in all school-related settings.

Each new school year provides us with an opportunity to improve and continuously meet the needs of our students and families. Frost will continue to be successful because of the support of our families. This past school year, our students performed in the top 1% nationally in mathematics and top 2% nationally in reading as measured by MAP. With the continued commitment from students, staff, and community, we expect the same high levels of achievement and quality instruction this year as we focus on sustaining that standard of excellence at Frost.

I want to remind you of important upcoming dates:

· Thursday, August 14th Information Day

· Thursday, August 21st Frost staff will be in your neighborhoods doing a “welcome back walk” to say hello to our students and distribute information about the start of school.

· Tuesday, August 26th “Frost Forward” First day of attendance for 7th grade students only

· Wednesday, August 27th “PBIS Boot Camp” Second day of attendance for 7th grade students and first day of attendance for 8th grade students (please send your child with their school supplies on this day)

· Wednesday, September 3rd Accelerated math parent night in the Frost gymnasium (more information about this evening will be distributed during tomorrow’s Information Day)

· Wednesday, September 10th Curriculum Night

· Thursday, October 9th & 10th Student goal-setting conferences

Please remember that our staff is here to assist with your transition into the new school year. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to let us know. It will be my pleasure to serve you and your student this school year as the principal at Robert Frost. Do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance throughout the school year.

Sincerely,

M. Scott Ross,
Principal

Welcome Back!

Posted August 6th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Dear Frost Families,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Robert Frost Junior High!  We hope everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable summer break.  Each year, it seems that the summer flies by more quickly!  Once again, August is here, and it’s time to start thinking about “back to school”.  We are excited for another highly successful year.  This email is to inform you of some important upcoming events.  Included in this email is information that will be helpful to you and your child in preparing for the first day of school.

 

INFORMATION DAY

Information Day is Thursday, August 14th, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  On Information Day, Frost students will receive their schedules, PE uniforms and yearbooks may be purchased, consumable fees can be paid for, and school supplies can be bought.  The best time to arrive is typically between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. as lines may be shorter.  Parents must accompany their student to Information Day We encourage parents to check their registration and update all email addresses and phone numbers.  If you moved over the summer, please bring in proper documentation to serve as proof of residency (lease, closing documents, in lieu of lease).  If your lease expired over the summer, please bring the new lease in on Information Day or you will not be enrolled for the school year.  It is important that all students register so they will have a smooth start to the school year.  If you plan on being out of town on August 14th, you may register upon your return to Frost.

During this day, you will also have the opportunity to sign up for our PTA.  We have an absolutely amazing and dedicated PTA that works diligently to support our students.  Our PTA website will be updated frequently with information about how you can support Frost.  The Frost website, PTA website, and my bi-weekly emails serve as wonderful forms of communication.  Please make sure to look over the Frost Parent-Student Handbook included in the Information Day packet you will receive on August 14th.

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

7th grade studentsThe 2014-15 school year will start Tuesday, August 26th with a special day devoted toONLY the incoming 7th graders. The day is designed to provide positive experiences for our 7th graders that will ensure a smooth transition from the elementary to the jr. high level. We call the experience “Frost Forward”.  At “Frost Forward”, 7th grade students will have opportunities to familarize themselves with the building, meet the Frost staff and their teachers, practice opening their lockers, eat lunch in the cafeteria, meet new students from other elementary schools, hear a bullying presentation, and introduce them to activities and sports offered at Frost.  7th grade students are asked to just bring themselves dressed in comfortable, school appropriate attire along with a lunch.  School supplies and bags/backpacks on this day are not necessary.

 

8th grade students:  The 2014-2015 school year will start for 8th graders on Wednesday, August 27th due to a special day devoted to just the incoming 7th graders on August 26th.  On August 27th, 8th Grade Students will join the 7th grade students as we host our annual Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) day.  Once the day is complete, our objective is that every student knows what it means to be respectful, be responsible, and be safe at Frost.  Students will learn what our expectations are of them in different locations throughout the school.

 

SCHOOL HOURS

School hours are 7:38 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. with the entry bell ringing at 7:30.  Please note:  Beginning Wednesday, August 27th, every Wednesday is designated for staff development.  Students are dismissed 30 minutes early on Wednesdays.

 

OFFICE HOURS

School office hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Remember that our student absence line (847-357-6802) is available 24 hours a day. Please call by 7:00 a.m. if your child will be absent from school.

 

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS

If your child plans to try out for one of our athletic teams and/or participate in intramurals, per School Board Policy, current physicals are required of all students to be on file prior to try-outs and/or participation in any inter-scholastic or intramural sport.  All new students entering our district must present proof of immunizations and a health examination prior to the first day of attendance.  Please note that physical examinations are good for one year from the date of the exam.  On Information Day at Frost, Alexian Brothers Women’s & Children’s Hospital will be providing Sports Physical Exams for all students at a reduced price of $39.00 and for students enrolled in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program at a deeply discounted price of $5.00.  Please call 1-855-367-5439 to set up an appointment—space is limited.  Information about the Alexian Brothers sports physical exams is linked below.  If you have any additional questions about your child’s physical, please contact our school nurse.
D54 Play It Safe Physicals 2014
D54 Play It Safe Physicals spanish 2014

 

SUPPLY LISTS

Supply lists will be provided on Information Day for each grade level.  Teachers would like your student to bring all supplies on Wednesday, August 27th.  Remember to mark your student’s personal items with his/her name to avoid confusion if an item is misplaced.  The 2014-15 supply list is located here for your reference. Supply List 2014-2015

 

FROST STAFF

There have been some staff changes that should be noted:

  • Ms. Kristen Carney will be joining our Guidance Department as a school social worker.
  • Ms. Diana Duran will be joining our Language Arts Department as an 8th grade English Language Learners teacher.
  • Ms. Dana Feeney will be joining our Mathematics Department as a 7th and 8th grade mathematics teacher.
  • Mrs. Keri Gold will be joining our Child Study Team as a speech and language pathologist.
  • Mrs. Sue Gross will be joining our Child Study Team as an instructional assistant.
  • Ms. Ashley Jankiewicz will be joining our Guidance Department as a school psychologist.
  • Ms. Lisa Liesz will be joining our staff as the Special Olympics assistant coordinator
  • Mr. David Luzwick will be joining our staff as the Special Olympics coordinator

I hope you will join us in welcoming all of our new staff members to Frost.

This year promises to be a great one!  Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer and prepare yourself for what is sure to be an exciting school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the coming school year, please feel free to contact me at any time at (847) 357-6834.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Scott

Important Dates to Remember:

August 14th: Information Day:  9:00-12:00 & 6:00-8:00
August 26th: 1st Day of School for 7th grade students ONLY
August 27th: 1st Day of School for all students (7th and 8th)
September 10th: Curriculum Night

Have a Great Summer!

Posted June 5th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

We hope you have a nice, safe, and enjoyable summer! Below you will find some resources for our incoming 7th graders and new 8th graders.

Supply List 2014-2015

Reading -  For both 7th graders and 8th graders
Summer Reading Project
Reading Log – Summer

Math – For 8th graders
Incoming 810 Algebra Summer Review
Incoming 930 Algebra Summer Review
Incoming 940 Summer Algebra Review

Graduation Ceremony Tonight!

Posted June 4th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Please make sure 8th graders arrive at Conant High School no later than 8:00 PM. The ceremony will start promptly at 8:30 PM.

Please make sure you take all pictures before the ceremony. Once the ceremony concludes, parents will not be able to take pictures of students in their gowns and will not be allowed in the Conant cafeteria.

We look forward to seeing everyone tonight!

Graduation Gowns Distributed Today!

Posted June 3rd, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

8th graders will receive their graduation gowns today. Please make sure to take the gown out of the package as soon as possible and hang it up so the wrinkles come out. DO NOT IRON YOUR GOWN! If your gown is damaged when you take it out of the packaging, please inform the office right away.

Congratulations 8th Grade Dual Language Students!

Posted June 2nd, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

The school year is over, and the dual journey for the 8th grade dual students has also come to an end. The students have spent 9 years studying in both English and Spanish. They have become proficient in both languages. They have made friends, memories, and they have learned about other cultures.
Last Thursday, the 8th grade dual students had a dual ceremony, where they got their diplomas from the representative of the Spanish Ministry of Education, and from the Director of Language and Culture of SD54. It was an emotional ceremony and the students had a deserved celebration for their hard work and their achievements!

2014 Frost Energy Summit

Posted May 29th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Today, Frost held its Second Annual Energy Summit. 8th grade science students have spent the past several weeks researching alternative energies and how they can be applied and used in our local communities. These energies included geothermal, nuclear, wind, solar, hydrogen fuel cells, and biomass. Today, a selection of students had the opportunity to share their information with members of the village board, the school board, and the community. Special thank you to the following dignitaries who came to hear our students speak.

Rick King – Assistant Superintendent
Darlene Russo – Director of Business Services
Ben Loduha – STEM Coordinator
Ming Shelby – Quantum Learning Instructional Coach
Karen Strykowski – Board of Education
Jeff Palmer

Encore Nights Continue Tonight

Posted May 28th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Congratulations to the Orchestra and 7th Grade Band for a stellar performance last night! Also, a big thank you to all the families who visited our Art, Spanish and STEM showcase!

Encore Nights continue tonight at 6PM with Art, General Music, and Media showcasing projects and live performances! The Chorus and 8th Grade Band will perform at 7PM. We look forward to seeing everyone!