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There’s Never Enough Happening at Frost!

Posted January 29th, 2015 by Mr. Behrouzi

Students in Mr. Johnigk’s health class today created flip books over the 7 most common communicable diseases.

8th grade scientists spent time this week calculating thermal energy transfer between thermal conductors in a unit called “Feel the Heat.” Students used heated water and aluminum cylinders to observe and calculate thermal energy transferring between the two objects. Many students were surprised to feel how hot the aluminum can get in a short amount of time (1 min.) Ask your students to explain this process at home. How is thermal energy transferred? What are some examples of good conductors and insulators?

7th grade science classes are researching stem cells, a very relevant topic today! Students are learning facts about stem cells, developing an opinion and using evidence from their research to back up their thoughts. Students are also working on a ‘Mystery Slide Assessment’ which includes focusing, drawing and classifying 4 different slides using the compound light microscope.

The 930 Accelerated Algebra and 830 Geometry classes are working hard getting ready for their Trimester 2 Finals coming up at the end of next week!

The Cast of Crew of the Musical have been working very hard to put on a great show this year! Be on the lookout for Aladdin Jr. in early March!

In Math 710, students worked hard on solving equations. They are ready to celebrate their knowledge and hard work tomorrow with a test!

A Message from the Principal

Posted January 28th, 2015 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

  • PARCC: Third- through eighth-grade students throughout Illinois will be taking the PARCC assessment for the first time this spring. The PARCC assessment replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).Last week, District 54 requested and received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to move to a traditional paper and pencil administration of the PARCC assessment for this school year. While District 54 has fully aligned our technology infrastructure to ISBE’s specifications, results from field testing conducted in mid-January have left District 54 with strong concerns regarding the reliability of the PARCC online assessment. We witnessed multiple errors during field testing including answers to assessment items changing without being prompted, drop-down menus failing to function, and videos accompanying test items failing to load. These technology issues are not on District 54’s end. They can only remedied by PARCC. District 54’s staff has worked diligently to prepare our students with rigorous instruction to provide them with the skills needed for success. We feel strongly that assessment of our student’s knowledge and skills must be done in the most reliable format possible. The PARCC Performance Based Assessment (PBA) window will now be from March 9 to 20, 2015. As the testing window approaches, I will share more information regarding the logistics of the PARCC testing window. In the meantime, please contact me directly if you have any questions.
    PARCC letter en Espanol

 

  • School Improvement Plan:  Our language arts and mathematics department chairs joined Mr. Barbini and me for the winter review of our school improvement plan to Superintendent DuRoss and the Cabinet this past week.  Our school improvement plan is focused on three areas: reading, mathematics, and building culture and is the guiding document for our continual practice of accountability and celebration to ensure our students attain our stated achievement goals for this school year:
    • Reading—our students will meet or exceed their spring growth target at the 95% nationally as measured by the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)
    • Mathematics—our students will meet or exceed their spring growth target at the 95% nationally as measured by MAP

 

  • 5Essentials Parent Survey: we value your feedback!  As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.  If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.  If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.  As of this week, 5% of Frost parents have responded to the survey.  To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.

Positive Culture

  • PTA board nominations for the 2015-16 school year:  The following positions on the Frost PTA board need to be filled:
  • President - Presides at all PTA meetings with a prepared agenda, signs legal documents, appoints committee members, and other duties as assigned by the association.
  • Treasurer – Responsibilities include writing and collecting checks for PTAactivities and also maintaining and balancing the books for the PTA.
  • Recording Secretary - Responsible for taking minutes at each PTA meeting and typing them for approval at the next PTA meeting.
  • You may also nominate an individual for the PTA board positions of: 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and Corresponding Secretary.

 

If you would like to make a nomination, or nominate yourself for a position, please send an email to Stephanie Nallen (nallen305@comcast.net) or fill out the attached form and return to our Frost front office in an envelope labeled   “Nominating Committee”.  If you have any questions or would like more information regarding any of the above PTA Board positions, please contact Stephanie by email or at 847-534-0814.  All nominations are due by Friday, February 6th.

 

  • Please read the following announcements from our PTA:
    • PTA Hot Lunch—please send the hot lunch order form at the link below along with your payment by Friday February 6th if you want your child to participate in the PTA hot lunch for the remainder of the year. Frost Hot Lunch Order Form
    • PTA invites you to join us for our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, February 10th @ 7:00 pm in the Frost Lounge.  Please visit our Frost PTA website for more information about our PTA http://frost.sd54.org/pta/.

 

  • Schaumburg Parent University – February Classes:  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 three evening programs for parents only scheduled for February in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

 

If you are interested in attending these events, please click on the links above. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

  • Wrestling grapples on 1/29 vs. Keller, 2/3 @ Addams, 2/5 @ Mead, and 2/12 vs. Eisenhower.  Volleyball plays on 1/29 @ Keller, 2/2 8th grade tournament @ Eisenhower, 2/3 vs. Addams, 2/5 vs. Mead, 2/10 vs. Lincoln Prairie, and 2/12 @ Eisenhower.
  • Please encourage your child to get involved in our after-school Frost Club offerings:FUSE-STEM, Coding Academy, Theater Club, Animal Club, Art Club, and Yearbook Club.  Please visit our Frost Clubs and Activities page for more information about these clubs http://frost.sd54.org/clubs/.

 

 

  • Physical Exams for 8th Grade Students attending District 211 next school year:  If your eighth grade student will be going for a sports physical and you would like that physical to count as their 9th grade physical for District 211, the physical exam must be completed on the DHS State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam form revised 2/2013.  Incoming 9th grade physicals will not be accepted on IHSA forms or any other form DHS form revised prior to 2/2013.  Please make sure you also complete the answers in the parent portion and sign the form, this is required also in order for the physical to be accepted.

 

 

  • Calendar reminders:
  • The 8th grade dance/celebration has been rescheduled for Friday, June 5th, 2015.  The date, time, and location for the 8th grade graduation ceremony will be officially announced in March.  More information to come regarding these end-of year events.
  • Reminder that our students have a half-day on Wednesday, February 11th due to a building in-service that afternoon.

 

 

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 remainder of the week,

Scott

Frost Interact Club in The Daily Herald

Posted January 26th, 2015 by Mr. Behrouzi

Check out the article here: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150125/submitted/150129125/

 

A Message from the Principal

Posted January 20th, 2015 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

  • Student Goal-Setting Conferences:  It was great to see so many of our families at conferences last week.  We truly value this time to connect with our families and discuss recent successes as well as future goals.  Over the next few months, we will be having many conversations with your student related to their academic and behavioral goals.  We want to make sure they are following through with the action steps they created with their teachers so they are able to see academic success at the end of the school year.  If you were unable to visit with a teacher and/or attend, we will be sending the conference folders home with students on Tuesday.  Please call/email any of the teachers if you have any questions.  If you have any questions regarding your student’s instructional program, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Student goal-setting conferences are two critical parts of our continual practice of accountability and celebration to ensure our students attain our stated achievement goals for this school year:
    • MAP Goals:
      • Reading—our students will meet or exceed their Spring Growth Target at the 95% nationally
      • Mathematics—our students will meet or exceed their Spring Growth Target at the 95% nationally

 

  • 5Essentials Parent Survey: We need your feedback!  As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.  If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.  If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.  To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.  Please click here for more information.

 

  • For parents of 8th grade students, we realize that you may have questions regarding your child’s high school transition. Our guidance department, teaching staff, and administration are available and prepared to field your questions; please know that we may not be able to answer specific questions regarding high school class placement and/or EXPLORE assessment results. We encourage you to contact your child’s District 211 high school for more information.  Please see below for the contact names and numbers for the three high schools:
    • Schaumburg High School: Yassi Delgado 847-755-4630
    • Conant High School: Brigit Cain 847-755-3630
    • Hoffman Estates High School: Jennifer Beers 847-755-5630

     

    • For parents of future Conant High School students, Conant is looking to streamline the application process for incoming freshmen to enroll in Project Lead the Way coursework.  The link below will take you the application process/survey that will need to be completed by February 9th – please note that a M217 placement is required.  If you have specific questions about PLTW programming at a feeding high school, I encourage you to contact the Applied Tech Department of the appropriate building.  Please also feel free to contact me with any questions.
      Conant PLTW Application Letter

Positive Culture

  • PTA board nominations for the 2015-16 school year:  According to the Robert Frost PTA by-laws, a board member can only serve for two consecutive years in the same board position.  Due to this by-law, Frost PTA has three positions available for the 2015-16 school years. Please be advised that all PTA board positions are open and not just those on the board whose term has ended.  The positions on the board that need to be filled are:
  • President - Presides at all PTA meetings with a prepared agenda, signs legal documents, appoints committee members, and other duties as assigned by the association.
  • Treasurer – Responsibilities include writing and collecting checks for PTAactivities and also maintaining and balancing the books for the PTA.
  • Recording Secretary - Responsible for taking minutes at each PTA meeting and typing them for approval at the next PTA meeting.
  • You may also nominate an individual for the PTA board positions of… 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and Corresponding Secretary.

 

If you would like to make a nomination, or nominate yourself for a position, please send an email to Stephanie Nallen (nallen305@comcast.net) or fill out the attached form at the link below and return to our Frost front office in an envelope labeled   “Nominating Committee”.  If you have any questions or would like more information regarding any of the above PTA Board positions, please contact Stephanie by email or at 847-534-0814.  All nominations are due by Friday, February 6th.
Frost PTA Nominating Committee Letter 2015-16

 

  • Please read the following announcements from our PTA:
    • PTA Hot Lunch—please send the hot lunch order form along with your payment by Friday February 6th if you want your child to participate in the PTA hot lunch for the remainder of the year. Frost Hot Lunch Order Form
    • Please consider joining us for our annual PTA-STC auction to benefit the PTA-STC scholarship fund.  Please see the following flyer and contact the front office if you are interested in attending. STC Pot of Gold Auction Ticket Order Form 2015
    • Please support the Frost PTA while enjoying a great meal from both Rocco Vino and The Village Tavern.  Please click below for more information. village flyer
    • PTA invites you to join us for our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, February 10th @ 7:00 pm in the Frost Lounge.  Please visit our Frost PTA website for more information about our PTA http://frost.sd54.org/pta/.
    •  
    • Wrestling opens their season on 1/26 vs. Mead, 1/27 @ Eisenhower, 1/29 vs. Keller, 2/3 @ Addams, and 2/5 @ Mead.  Volleyball starts their season on 1/26 @ Mead, 1/27 vs. Eisenhower, 1/29 @ Keller, 2/2 8th grade tournament @ Eisenhower, 2/3 vs. Addams, and 2/5 vs. Mead.
  • Please encourage your child to get involved in these upcoming Frost Club offerings:  FUSE, Interact, Musical, Art Club, Coding Academy, GEMS, PBIS Ambassadors, Spanish Club, Animal Club, and Frost TV.  Please visit our Frost Clubs and Activities page for more information about these clubs http://frost.sd54.org/clubs/.

 

  • Calendar reminders:
  • The 8th grade dance/celebrationhas been rescheduled to Friday, June 5th, 2015.  More information to come regarding this end-of year event.  

 

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

 

Student Goal-Setting Conferences

Posted January 15th, 2015 by Mr. Behrouzi

We look forward to seeing everyone tonight or tomorrow for student goal-setting conferences! Tonight’s conferences run from 12:00-4:00 pm and 5:30-8:30 pm and Friday’s conferences run from 7:30-9:30 am. #FrostStrong

Illinois Offers 5Essentials Survey

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Mr. Behrouzi

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious Instruction.

All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high.

If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school.

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.

The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).

Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.

Teacher Survey All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.

The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

A Message from the Principal

Posted January 12th, 2015 by Mr. Behrouzi

Greetings Robert Frost Community,

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

High Achievement

  • Student Goal-Setting Conferences are coming up next week on January 15th and 16th.  Please click here for more information.  As a reminder, please feel open to come to your child’s student goal-setting conference during the following times and in the following locations:

 

  • 7th grade student goal-setting conferences will be held in the Gymnasium:
    • Thursday, January 15th from 12:00-4:00 pm and 5:30-8:30 pm
    • Friday, January 16th from 7:30-9:30 am.
  • 8th grade student goal-setting conferences will be held in the Cafeteria:
    • Thursday, January 15th from 12:00-4:00 pm and 5:30-8:30 pm
    • Friday, January 16th from 7:30-9:30 am.  Following your child’s student goal-setting conference, the teachers will be available to conduct individual conferences related to your child’s progress in a specific subject area.  The teachers will be located in the following areas:
  • 7th grade language arts, social studies, and science teachers: Gymnasium
  • 8th grade language arts, social studies, and science teachers: Cafeteria
  • Math teachers: Gymnasium and Cafeteria
  • PE/Health teachers: Main hallway
  • Elective teachers: Main hallway

 

  • Due to school cancellations, District 211 has adjusted the high school transition timeline for our 8th grade students attending District 211 schools.  Please note the following updates:
    • Schaumburg High School
      • Incoming Freshman Parent Night has been rescheduled to Monday, January 12th starting at 6:00 pm.
      • The due date for course selection sheets has been extended to Friday, January 16th.
    • Conant High School
      • Incoming Freshman Parent Night remains scheduled for Wednesday, January 14th starting at 6:00 pm.
    • Hoffman Estates High School
      • Incoming Freshman Parent Night has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 22nd with the activity/athletic/curriculum fair beginning at 6:00 pm and the formal presentation beginning at 7:00 pm.
      • The due date for course selection sheets has been extended to Thursday, January 22nd

 

  • For parents of 8th grade students, we realize that you may have questions regarding your child’s high school transition. Our guidance department, teaching staff, and administration are available and prepared to field your questions; please know that we may not be able to answer specific questions regarding high school class placement and/or EXPLORE assessment results. We encourage you to contact your child’s District 211 high school for more information.  Please see below for the contact names and numbers for the three high schools:
    • Schaumburg High School: Yassi Delgado 847-755-4630
    • Conant High School: Brigit Cain 847-755-3630
    • Hoffman Estates High School: Jennifer Beers 847-755-5630

Positive Culture

  • PTA:  PTA invites you to join us for our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, January 13th @ 7:00 pm in the Frost Lounge.  Please visit our Frost PTA website for more information about our PTA http://frost.sd54.org/pta/.
  • Interact Club Food Drive: The Interact Club will be sponsoring a food drive ending January 14th.  We will be competing against the other junior highs in District 54 to see who can collect the most items.  Our goal is to collect 3,500 items.  All of our items will be donated to District 54 Food Pantry.  Please remember to send in your non-perishable items, toiletries, or paper goods.  If we are the winning building, then Mr. Barbini and I will complete the ice bucket challenge.  Thanks for your support!

 

  • Schaumburg Parent University:  The next semester of classes has been released for District 54’s Schaumburg Parent University. Schaumburg Parent University was created to strengthen family relationships and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. Research is clear that parental involvement is critical for children’s academic success, as well as for developing strong internal values and sense of self that results in a healthy, well-adjusted citizen. Schaumburg Parent University offers Time Together classes, such as the Family Literacy and Family Math nights planned for January. These two classes both involve parents and children learning together. Both will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the District 554 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg:
  • Family Math Night on Jan. 13: The District 54 Math Team will lead parents and their children (early childhood through eighth grade) as they explore activities and games that support mathematical learning.
  • Family Literacy Night on Jan. 21: The District 54 Literacy Team and Schaumburg Township District Library are hosting this event for parents and students in early childhood through second grade. Families will engage in a variety of fun activities that revolve around reading and writing.

If you are interested in attending either event, please click below for more information. Childcare will be available. We also offer Practical Parenting classes, including a session on the new PARCC assessment and another on school-related anxiety. Please check out the complete list of classes by clicking on one of the attachments, or visiting us online at http://sd54.org/spu.

  • Wrestling opens their season on 1/20 vs. Mead, 1/27 @ Eisenhower, and 1/29 vs. Keller.  Volleyball starts their season on 1/20 @ Mead, 1/27 vs. Eisenhower, and 1/29 @ Keller.

 

  • Please encourage your child to get involved in these upcoming Frost Club offerings:  FUSE, Musical, Yearbook, Coding Academy, GEMS, Spanish Club, Animal Club, and Frost TV.  Please visit our Frost Clubs and Activities page for more information about these clubs http://frost.sd54.org/clubs/.

 

 

  • Calendar reminders:
  • The 8th grade dance/celebration has been scheduled for Friday, May 29th, 2015.  More information to come regarding this end-of year event.
  • Reminder that students have early dismissal at 10:45 AM on Thursday, January 15th and no school on Friday, January 16th due to student goal-setting conferences.  Also, there is no school on Monday, January 20th due to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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

 

Schools Closed on Friday, January 9

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Mr. Behrouzi

All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 9. The National Weather Service is calling for wind chill values as low as -21 in the morning, when children will be walking to school or waiting at bus stops.

We know that it’s frustrating to have three days off this week, especially after two weeks of winter break and especially for working parents. The District 54 staff wants students in the classrooms learning.

However, our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather.

The Hoffman Estates Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. We hope that this will help out some of our families. For more information, visit the websites below.

All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Schools Closed on Thursday, January 8

Posted January 7th, 2015 by Mr. Behrouzi

All District 54 schools will be closed again on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, because the forecast continues to call for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. will be held.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

School Closed Wednesday, January 7

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Mr. Behrouzi

All District 54 schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, because the forecast calls for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.