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A Message from the Principal- 12/19/17

We have had a wonderful December at Frost allowing us to highlight our commitment to High Achievement and Positive Culture.  At the beginning of the month, we were visited by Superintendent DuRoss and two dignitaries from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Sport, and Culture who named Frost an International Spanish Academy for the many successes of our Spanish Dual Language and World Language programs!  Two weeks ago, we welcomed our incoming Spartans during the Sixth Grade Parent and Student Night where we highlighted all of the great things that your children are doing on a daily basis!  We just wrapped up our annual Adopt-a-Family where our students raised nearly $2000 to help Frost families in need!  Our eighth grade boys’ basketball team finished a fantastic turnaround after going winless in conference last year to finish tied for second this year and a march to the tournament championship game last week!  Our language arts and mathematics teachers sat down with Mr. Schmid and me this past week to talk about their students mid-year data and plans to individualize instruction for students including interventions for students not making expected progress and enrichment for students who are meeting or exceeding proficiency.  We look forward to having fun this week during spirit week, our winter music concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday, and our winter pep rally on Thursday!  Everything speaks at Frost and we work hard to align our actions to create our ideal school through an unwavering focus on High Achievement and Positive Culture.  Please read below for more information about these goals.

High Achievement

Mid-year student achievement data reviews: Our second round of MAP assessments are complete and our teachers will be spending time in the next few weeks individualizing each of their student’s reading and math goals.  These goals will be shared with you during our upcoming winter student goal-setting conferences.  We use this information as part of our continual practice of accountability and celebration to ensure our students attain our stated achievement goals for this school year.

5Essentials Parent Survey: All District 54 parents are encouraged to take the Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Survey by Jan. 31 at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois. The parent survey is only 26 questions will allow parents to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help us guide school improvement.

Standards-based gradebook: You will notice that assignments and assessments may show standards to show alignment to our Illinois Learning Standards.  Key points to be aware of as you look at the parent/student portal:

  • Sometimes, the standard is not recorded at the same time as the grade, which would result in a blank or missing mark for the standard.  This is common and does not mean that the student is missing the assignment; only that the standard score has not yet been assigned to the assignment.
  • If an assignment attached to one or more standard is missing, you will see the assignment missing for the score and every standard it is attached to.
  • If the student’s missing assignment report shows the same assignment more than once, it will only be counted as once. Our guidance department will cross-reference the homework missing and will ensure that students who are in homework lunch actually have three or more missing assignments.

If you have any questions about your child’s gradebook on portal, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me directly.

Positive Culture

PTA: A BIG thank you to the following PTA volunteers who gave up their lunch hour to come and serve our students hot lunches at Frost: Stephanie Tamburello (special mention for running the Hot Lunch Program one morning we were in need!), Emiliee An, Hyun Song, Mark Trinka, Yukako Barcomb, Rachit Siripromsombat, Donna Hall, Donna Porter, Tracy Olender, Hyun Song, Charlotte DeVito, Jan Peacock, Micki Carlucci, Iveta Keprdova, and Misty Kardaschow!  Hot lunch is looking for more volunteers!  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up to serve PTA Hot Lunch by simply visiting this site and submitting your desired time: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4AA9AB2DA4F85-volunteer.  Please join us for our next PTA meeting on January 16 at 7:00 PM in the Frost Lounge.  Please visit our Frost PTA website for other important PTA information Frost PTA.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan: In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

District 54 Windy City Bulls Night—December 20: The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation to provide breakfast to students from financially struggling families. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Schaumburg Parent University—December 19:  Bring the whole family together for an opportunity to sing holiday carols in the Stevenson School neighborhoods. After all is said and sung, we will be enjoying some good, old-fashioned hot chocolate back at Stevenson, 1414 Armstrong Lane in Elk Grove Village. Caroling starts at 5:30 p.m. Please remember to bring a flashlight (or one for each family member) as it will help you read all the lyrics you thought you knew but didn’t really. To register, contact Meg Kwak at (847) 357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org.  Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring childcare and the name of your child’s school.

Our Frost musicians have two upcoming winter concerts.  The chorus and orchestra perform on Tuesday, December 19 and the bands perform on Wednesday, December 20.  Both concerts are in the Frost gymnasium and begin at 7:00 pm.  Please come out to see our talented students as they put on their annual winter concerts!

Boys Basketball and Cheerleading completed their seasons on Thursday at the District 54 Boys Basketball Tournament.  Congratulations to our eighth grade boys who had a fantastic one-season turnaround by finishing their season playing for the conference championship!

Frost Clubs: Please visit our Frost Clubs and Activities page for more information about our upcoming clubs Frost Clubs .

Important upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday, December 19  Chorus and orchestra concert
  • Wednesday, December 20  Seventh and eighth grade bands concert
  • Thursday, December 21  Pep rally
  • Friday, December 22 through Sunday, January 7 Winter break
  • Monday, January 8  School resumes
  • Monday, January 15  No school

Please visit our Frost JHS website for the building calendar https://frost.sd54.org/ para información de la escuela en español, favor de precionar bajo https://frost.sd54.org/hispanoparlantes/.  Finally, don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/frostspartans and follow us on Twitter atwww.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.

Happy Holidays from our Frost family to yours!