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A Message from the Principal – 9/4/18

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 eating their lunch in the cafeteria, participated in a few “Awkward Chewy” dance parties, and hopefully were able to make a new friend and have a lot of fun!  What a great group of students we have at Frost this school year!  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

Illinois Learning Standards at Frost:  The Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) call for schools 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 ILS requires our teachers to continuously improve the instruction in our language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies classes in order to attain our goals for student learning.  This continuous improvement model is evident at Frost again this school year.  In language arts, social studies, and all levels of mathematics (excluding Geometry), students will receive instruction from our ILS-aligned curriculums that embed high cognitive demand tasks directly into the curricular scope and sequence.  In science, students will receive instruction from our ILS-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 ILS-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 on Wednesday, September 12, you will learn more about how these instructional priorities are positively impacting how your child learns every day at Frost.

 

Curriculum Night:  Frost’s Curriculum Night will be held on Wednesday, September 12.  Please see attached Curriculum Night Letter .  As a reminder, the evening’s program schedule is as follows:

 

Time Event
4:45-5:30 Chromebook Parent Meeting for 7th grade/new 8th grade parents ONLY
5:30-6:00 Discovery Program Parent Meeting in Café
6:00-6:30 Administrator/PTA Welcome in Gym
6:30-8:30 Teacher Presentations in Classrooms

 

 

District 211 Information Night:  Frost invites our eighth grade students and their parents to attend our upcoming District 211 Parent/Student Information Night on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at Mead Junior High School. The presentation in Spanish will begin at 5:30 pm and the presentation in English will begin at 6:30 pm all at Mead.  The presentations will be facilitated by District 211 student services directors from Conant High School, Schaumburg High School, and Hoffman Estates High Schools.  The purpose of this evening program will be to explain the high school enrollment and preliminary registration process. This orientation will include placement test topics and high school placement as well as program planning for student elective courses.  District 211 representatives will also entertain questions that parents may have pertaining to registration or the freshman high school curriculum. Please see attached flyer for more information: D211 Parent Info Night 2018.pdf .

 

Eighth Grade High School Placement Exam: District 211 will be administering a placement exam (PSAT) for incoming freshman (current eighth grade students) on Saturday, October 13, 2018.  District 211 has posted some basic information on their website at 211 Class of 2023 Information

 

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.

 

Chromebooks:  Your child went through an intensive week of training in preparation for their Chromebook use.  Last week, they spent two days learning what it means to be a good “digital citizen”.  This week, they learned how to use the Chromebook to manage their “work flow” at school.  Yesterday, our Spartans joined each teacher’s digital Google Classroom and learned how to organize their homework using Google Calendar.  Please remind your child to charge their Chromebook nightly and to bring their power cord with them to school every day.  For more information about Chromebooks, please click here: What is a Chromebook?

 

Fall MAP:  Starting next week, the students will be taking their fall MAP tests in their mathematics and language arts classrooms.  Please see the testing schedule below.  During our October student goal-setting conferences, we will share the results with you.

  • Mathematics: All students will test in their mathematics class Tuesday, 9/4 through Thursday, 9/6.
  • Reading: All students will test in their language arts class Monday, 9/10 and Tuesday, 9/11.

 

 

Positive Culture

PTA is offering a new tool to help stay more connected with you.  Please click on the following link https://frostpta.memberhub.com/join/p7na92  to join our MemberHub site.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Reck, Frost PTA President at lisa.reck@nullyahoo.com.  In your child’s green “Welcome to Frost Folder” that you picked up on either Information Day or when you registered your child in the office, there were several important PTA forms that they would like to bring your attention to:

  • The Frost PTA welcome letter with PTA meeting dates is for your reference and invitation—we would love to see some new faces at our meetings!
  • The Frost PTA 2018-2019 Membership Form.  The Frost PTA membership is just $8.00 so please consider joining our PTA to support our students!

If you are interested in joining the Frost PTA, please send cash or a check made payable to “Frost PTA”.  Please include all forms and cash or check in a sealed envelope and then simply have your child bring the envelope to Frost and give it to their Advocacy or Homeroom teachers. Please visit our Frost PTA website for important PTA information Frost PTA

School Leadership Team:  The mission of the School Leadership Team (SLT) of Robert Frost Junior High School is to uphold the mission of District 54.  Specifically, the SLT will play a significant role in creating a collaborative school culture in which staff, parents, and community members come together to form a positive school culture that ensures student success.  The Frost SLT is looking for a parent representative for the 2018-19 school year.  We meet once a month on third Wednesdays of the month starting at 3:15 here at Frost.  If you are interested in joining our team and would like to find out more, then please reply to this email or call me at 847-357-6834.

Social Emotional Learning:  At Frost this week during Advocacy, we have been talking about Fairness and Honesty and would like to share ways you can continue the learning at home.  The following questions/scenarios can be completed anytime.  Talking with your children will reinforce the social emotional life skills needed:

  • What are our family values?
  • How can we demonstrate our positive personal values in everything we say and do?
  • When we live in integrity we are sincere and true to ourselves—we don’t say or think one thing and do another. People trust and respect us.  How do you demonstrate this in school and at home?
  • Describe a role model you have who shows integrity.

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 soon in the café during their lunch periods.  This month’s “Gold Card Locker” drawing is for a chance to win a big locker!

Girls Basketball and Cross Country have started their seasons!  Girls basketball plays on 9/6 vs. Winston, 9/13 vs. Mead, 9/17 @ Keller, 9/20 vs. Ike, 9/24 @ Addams, 9/25 vs. LP, 9/27 @ Mead, 10/1 vs. Keller, 10/2 @ Ike, 10/9 vs. Addams, and 10/11, 15, and 16 @ D54 Conference Tournament.  Boys & Girls Cross Country run on 9/13 @ Mead, 9/17 vs. Keller/LP, 9/20 @ Eisenhower, 9/24 vs. Addams, 9/27 @ Crusader Invite, 9/28 vs. Mead, 10/1 @ Keller, 10/2 vs. Ike, 10/9 @ Addams, and 10/15 @ D54 Conference Championships.  Good luck, Spartans.

Interact Club Car Wash:  Please help our Interact Club raise money to purchase basketball court stands for a school in Belize by coming to our Frost Car Wash on Saturday, September 8 from 12:00-3:00 pm in the Frost parking lot!

Important upcoming dates:

  • 9/10: “Be Your Best Self” Assembly
  • 9/12: Curriculum Night.
  • 9/17: “Homework Lunch” begins
  • 9/19:
    • Students dismissed at 10:45 am due to a building in-service.
    • We will be facilitating our hard lockdown and relocation drills on this half-day.  Please see attached letter for more information about our crisis drills.
  • 9/21 is Picture Day.
  • 9/23: District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 8:45 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a Tshirt in the size you requested if you register by Sept. 1. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit http://sd54.org/runtoread.

 

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 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.