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Frost Super Partner

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Super Partner 2

 

 

 

 

 

 
Robert Frost Junior High would like to thank Hitachi Technologies America for their continued commitment to the Robert Frost Science Department. Over the past two years, Hitachi has been generous enough to lend an electron microscope to the department for use with the students. What makes an electron microscope unique and different is that it uses a vacuum sealed chamber and electrons to illuminate the sample. The result is an incredibly detailed image of the sample, which can lead to increased observation and better understanding. This opportunity has both enriched students’ understanding of science, as well as given them tangible experience with leading science technology. At Frost we pride ourselves in preparing our students to be successful in a global economy. This experience has been a valued component of that mission.

Students in both 7th and 8th grade used the microscope to gain new insights and increase the level of observations. This experience was tied back to concepts discussed in class. Samples included insects, swatches of clothing, paper currency, sandpaper, mirrors, and even baby teeth!

Hitachi HTA has also been a valued supporter of Frost’s First Lego League. Hitachi fully supported and funded our team to compete in local competitions. Teams of students were charged with the task of designing and building a Lego robot to perform specific tasks related to the competition. The theme of the competition was natural disasters. Students had to design a machine that would assist communities confronted with natural disasters ranging from hurricanes, to tornadoes, to floods.

Without the support of Hitachi HTA, these experiences would not be possible. Thank you again to all of those who have been involved in this partnership, and we look forward to our continued work for years to come.

A Message from the Principal

Posted November 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

  • District 211 Information Night: Thank you to those parents who attended our District 211 Information Night here at Frost.  If you were unable to attend and/or would like a copy of the presentation, please see click below.
    Frost LP Mead Junior High Presentation
  • 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.  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 click below for the Explore Sample test and visit http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/ and http://frost.sd54.org/languagearts/ for more information.
    Explore Sample Test

 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.
    • PTA hot lunch for next week is Jersey Mike’s and has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 25th due to Rally for Respect on November 24th.  Please note that due to hot lunch, pizza will not be served on Tuesday.

 

  • 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/.

  • Thank you to the following parents who volunteered their lunch hours to serve our students PTA Hot Lunch on 11/14: Chris Jez, Lettie Grunwald, Michelle Nielsen, Denise Lentz, Sue Clark, Beth Ilnyckyj, Elizabeth Paveza, and Tracey Holion.
  • Boys Basketball and Girls Cheer continue their seasons on 11/24 @ Eisenhower and 12/4 @ Addams.
  • Picture re-take day has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 11/25.

  • Reminder that report cards will be mailed home this coming Tuesday, 11/25 and Thanksgiving Break is next week 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 wonderful Thanksgiving holiday,

Scott

 

Sunday Night Rehearsal

Posted November 22nd, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Any SINGERS who are participating in Rally for Respect need to be at rehearsal SUNDAY evening 11/23 from 7:00-7:45. Please plan on arriving by 6:45 and enter through the MAIN ENTRANCE at Frost. Please make sure you are learning the music at home!

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.