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Spartans on WGN Radio!

Posted September 17th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Frost’s very own Deming F. was part of an interview on WGN Radio with Steve Cochran about the upcoming “Plane Pull” Fundraiser for Special Olympics. Click below to listen to the interview! Way to be your best self and Frost strong, Deming!

http://wgnradio.com/2014/09/15/special-olympics-illinois-maybe-the-most-efficient-way-to-move-planes-around/

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Curriculum Night Success!

Posted September 11th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

A big thank you to all the families who attended our 2014 Curriculum Night. The building was filled with great energy as teachers presented their curriculum and classroom expectations. Below, you will find links to the presentations of our major areas of study. If you would like more information, please contact your child’s teachers.

Administrators Welcome

Guidance

7th grade LA

8th grade LA

Math 710 715 810 930

Math 940

7th grade Science

8th grade Science Christopoulos

8th grade Science Zuffante

7th grade SS

8th grade SS

Curriculum Night Tonight!

Posted September 10th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

We hope to see everyone tonight for Curriculum Night. Below is this evening’s program schedule. Please remember that Curriculum Night is a parents only event.

Time Event
5:30-6:30 Curriculum Night presentation in Spanish in the LRC
6:00-6:30 Discovery Program Parent Meeting in Café
6:30-7:00 Administrator/PTA Welcome in Gym
7:00-9:00 Teacher Presentations in Classrooms

 

A Message from the Principal

Posted September 9th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Greetings Robert Frost Community,

Our students had a successful first two weeks of school.  It was great to see students getting back in the swing of the school year as they moved from class to class trying to beat the tardy bell, enjoyed their first Pizza Day of the school year in the cafeteria, and got used to opening and using their lockers.  As a school, we have committed ourselves to two standards of success at Frost: High Achievement and Positive Culture.  This and every subsequent Focus on Frost letter will communicate to you how we are working to maintain these two standards of success at Frost.

High Achievement

  • Common Core State Standards at Frost:  The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) call for schools across America to increase rigor in reading and mathematics, emphasize science and social studies content and text, and realign our current curriculum to include high cognitive demand tasks.  The CCSS have required our school and district to change both the instruction and structure of our language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies classes in order to attain our goals for student learning.  These changes are evident at Frost this school year.  In language arts, social studies, and all levels of mathematics (excluding Geometry), students will receive instruction from our CCSS-aligned curriculums that embed high cognitive demand tasks directly into the curricular scope and sequence.  In science, students will receive instruction from our CCSS-aligned and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned curriculum that embeds the curricular model of engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, and evaluation directly into the curricular scope and sequence.  In all four content areas, the CCSS-aligned and NGSS-aligned curriculum is being taught within a balanced instructional framework.  All students receive 80 minutes of language arts instruction, 60 minutes of mathematics instruction, 40 minutes of social studies instruction, and 40 minutes of science instruction.  Any student needing more support in reading and/or mathematics will receive an additional 40 minutes of literacy and/or mathematics instruction in “Acceleration”.  During our Curriculum Night this coming Wednesday, September 10th, you will learn more about how these instructional changes are positively impacting how your child learns every day at Frost.
  • Curriculum Night Frost’s Curriculum Night will be held on Wednesday, September 10th.  The evening’s program schedule is as follows:
Time Event
5:30-6:30 Curriculum Night presentation in Spanish in the LRC
6:00-6:30 Discovery Program Parent Meeting in Café
6:30-7:00 Administrator/PTA Welcome in Gym
7:00-9:00 Teacher Presentations in Classrooms

 

  • Fall MAP Testing begins on Monday, September 8th.
  • Accelerated Math Parent Night: Thank you to all of the parents and students who joined us this past Wednesday for our Accelerated Math Parent Night.  If you have any questions about the presentation, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s mathematics teacher.  The parent-teacher partnership is crucial to ensure your child’s mathematics success at Frost.

Positive Culture

  • Thank you to our PTA for the wonderful treats last week for our 7th grade students at Frost Forward during their first attendance day.  Please visit our Frost PTA website for important PTA information http://frost.sd54.org/pta/.
  • Have lunch with the Frost staff:  You are invited to join us on Wednesday, September 24th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Frost cafeteria for a “Brown Bag Lunch” with the Frost staff.  The event is a chance to meet our staff in an informal setting over the lunch hour.  More information to come about this event later this week.
  • PBIS To reinforce positive behaviors, students displaying the “Spartan Standards” of respect, responsibility, and safety are given a “Gold Card” by staff members.  Students can put their “Gold Cards” into our “Gold Card Locker” in the main hallway where they can win prizes or use the “Gold Cards” to purchase items at the Spartan Shop starting September 29th in the café during their lunch periods on Mondays.  
  • The Frost 8th grade band performs on Tuesday, September 9th starting at 7:00 pm in the Frost gymnasium and again on Friday, September 19th at the Schaumburg Saxons football game.  Please come and support our musicians as they put on what are sure to be great performances by Mr. Hansen and his students.
  • Girls Basketball and Cross Country start their seasons next week.  Girls basketball plays on 9/8 vs. Barrington, 9/9 @ Mead, and 9/11 @ Winston.  Boys & Girls Cross Country run on 9/8 @ Keller, 9/9 vs. Cooper, and 9/11 @ Addams.  Good luck, Spartans.
  • The 10th Annual District 54 Run to Read is Sunday, September 28th at Dirksen School in Schaumburg. 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 http://sd54.org/runtoread/.  Finisher medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children.
  • Please see attached flyers for two upcoming Schaumburg Parent University classes: Erin’s Law and STEM.
  • Important upcoming dates: Tuesday, September 9th we will be running our annual bus evacuation drills, Wednesday, September 24th is a half-day of student attendance for a building in-service, and Monday, October 20th is Picture Day.

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 week,

Scott

 

Septemberfest Success

Posted September 5th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Congratulations to the Frost 8th band and orchestra for their stellar performances at September last weekend! Here are some pictures in case you missed it!

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LA Acceleration, Math 710, and Tug-of-War!

Posted September 3rd, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

What if every time you pushed a button you received $50,000… but someone you didn’t know would die? Would you still push the button? How many times? This is the introduction to a story Mrs. Kagan’s 8th grade Acceleration class will be reading this week as students analyze theme or the lesson learned within a story, as well as learn how to write an objective summary after reading the story. Want to know the student’s response to the above question? Ask them!

The 8th grade science classes experienced tug-of-war competitions today to demonstrate the difference between balanced and unbalanced forces. As predicted, the teams with the strongest forces won!

In Math 710 they are using number lines and integer chips to add integers. The 7th graders have done a great job jumping into math and are excited about the school year!

A Message from the Principal

Posted September 2nd, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Dear Robert Frost Community,

We had a great start to the school year!  It was great to meet our new Spartans on Tuesday and welcome back our 8th grade students on Wednesday.  This week featured the following back-to-school events:

  • Tuesday, August 26th was “Frost Forward”, a special day devoted to our 7th grade students.  Our students were greeted by the entire Frost faculty who lined the main hallway to the gym cheering each 7th grade student as they entered the school.  The day was filled with students traveling through their class schedules, practicing on their new lockers, and learning about life at Frost.  After “Frost Forward” on Tuesday, we feel confident that our 7th grade students are prepared for a positive transition to junior high school.
  • Wednesday, August 27th was our PBIS Boot Camp.  Students started the morning with a boot camp-themed assembly hosted by Mr. Barbini and me in the gym, where we briefed the students on the behavioral expectations for the year.  The students then went through their schedules learning what our expectations are of them throughout the school.
  • Thursday, August 28th and Friday, August 29th our students participated in the following Quantum Learning activities in each of their classrooms:  in PE, the students did an activity called, “All My Neighbors”, in Science, students participated in team trivia, in 8th grade LA, students brought a personal artifact to discuss their “Best Self”, in 7th grade LA, students discussed Frost as our “Home Court Advantage”, in Math, students got to know each other by sharing facts about themselves, and in Electives, student learned to work together in an activity called, “Unity”.   Please take some time this weekend to ask your child about these culture-building activities.

After this week’s opening events, our students are set up for a fantastic school year.  The remainder of this letter is to provide you with a few items of note as we get the school year going:

BUSING

If your child rides the bus to and from school, please note the following procedures:

  • All students riding a bus are required to show their bus pass upon boarding the bus.  If a student loses their bus pass, a replacement bus pass may be purchased in the main office for $2.00.
  • If your child is assigned a bus, please encourage them to take the bus home after school for safety reasons.
  • For students who choose to stay after school hours for sports and/or clubs, we do run an activity bus that will take your child home.  The bus begins loading students at 3:50 and departs Frost at 4:00.  Please encourage your child to take advantage of the activity bus and stay at Frost for our great extra-curricular offerings.
  • We will be running our Bus Evacuation Drills during PE classes on Monday, September 9th.

WATER BOTTLES AT SCHOOL

Students are allowed to bring water bottles to school for hydration.  We are asking students to please keep their water bottles in their lockers to drink between classes.  Students may only carry their water bottles with them to the cafeteria for lunch.  If your child needs to carry a water bottle with them for medical reasons from class to class, please contact our school nurse, Dianne Garces at 847-357-6772.

HOMEWORK LUNCH

Frost’s Homework Lunch program will begin on September 22nd.  Students who have 3 or more missing assignments will be issued a Homework Lunch invite on Monday mornings.  If your child does not complete their missing work, they will be required to attend Homework Lunch in one of our classrooms during their lunch period.  Please note that if your child is in Homework Lunch, they will not be allowed to purchase Pizza or other food items from the cafeteria on the days they are in Homework Lunch.  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.  Thank you in advance for encouraging your child to be responsible with the work completion!

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

School attendance is one of the most important factors in attaining each student’s full academic potential.  Because of the nature of the instructional process and the various curriculum components, it is important that students be in attendance to receive the greatest benefit.  There is no substitute for direct teacher instruction and class interaction regardless of homework availability.  We want every student to do their best and be successful.  Your cooperation to ensure school attendance is very important.  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.  If absences become excessive, we will contact you to work with you to improve your child’s school attendance.

UPCOMING EVENTS

There are a number of upcoming events that should be noted:

  • Sunday, August 31st The Frost 8th grade band performs at Septemberfest from 1:45-2:15 pm and the Frost 8th grade orchestra performs at 3:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, September 2nd During PE classes, our guidance department and School Resource Officer Zwirowski will be presenting a lesson to all students focused on responsible computer and cell phone usage.  The objective of this lesson is to teach students how to appropriately use social media and how to identify and handle cyber-bullying.
  • Wednesday, September 3rd For parents of students enrolled in Mathematics 715, 930, or Geometry, we will be hosting an “Accelerated Math Parent Night” starting at 6:00 pm in the Frost Gymnasium.  You should have received an invitation letter attached to your child’s schedule regarding this important informational evening.
  • Wednesday, September 10th Please click here for information about our upcoming Curriculum Night.
  • Sunday, September 28th District 54 will host its 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Dirksen School in Schaumburg. 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 http://sd54.org/runtoread/. 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.
  • Monday, October 20th is Picture Day.
  • 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) at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1767964/Schaumburg-Parent-University-Survey 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 at http://sd54.org/spu.

Lastly, the link below is a letter from State Superintendent Chris Koch welcoming students back to school.
State Superintendent Koch Letter to Parents 8-14

Please visit our Frost JHS website for the building calendar http://frost.sd54.org/events/.  Please visit our Frost PTA website for important information about our PTA at http://frost.sd54.org/pta/.  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 week,

Scott

 

Spartan Musicians at Septemberfest!

Posted August 29th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Come and support our Spartan musicians at Septemberfest this Sunday! 8th grade band will be playing at 1:45 PM then the Frost 8th grade orchestra will be playing with Eisenhower and Addams at 3:15 PM. Come and cheer them on!

Your Best Self

Posted August 27th, 2014 by Mr. Behrouzi

Spartans, great job today being your best self! Keep up the good work everyday!
Parents, take time to ask your kids, “When are you at your best self?”

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