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A Message from the Principal 10-1-18

We continued to “Find Our Strong” at Frost leading up to our conferences next week!  On Monday, a group of eighth grade students represented Frost at the District 54 Student Ambassadors training where they learned to be positive leaders who give their best selves to help and support everyone.  We look forward to seeing the positive impact this group of student leaders has at Frost this school year.  In eighth grade science, students prepared for their annual egg drop contest by engaging in an inquiry-based lesson designing car safety.  On Wednesday, our students took part in their most powerful Social-Emotional Learning lesson so far this year when they learned the power—both positive and negative—of our words.  Our girls’ basketball and cross country teams continued their seasons with several events as they march toward the conference championships in a few weeks.

Most importantly, our students took time in each of their classes this week reflecting on their “Peak Moments” so far this school year to share with you during conferences.  You child’s teachers have been capturing the “Peak Moments” happening every day here at Frost by using our new social media hashtag #TellYourStrong to go with our school-wide theme of “Find Your Strong”.  I encourage you to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at Twitter to stay updated with the latest news and information about the great things happening at Frost.  In addition, several of our teachers and staff members have Twitter and/or Instagram accounts that share our “Strong” at Frost every day.  Feel free to follow our accounts to see what your children are up to at Frost by clicking on this link to find embedded links to specific staff members’ accounts.  In addition, District 54 is also celebrating “Peak Moments” across the district this school year.  Please take some time to watch this video to see the many successes our District 54 students have celebrated so far this year.  Please read below for more information about our goals to raise student achievement and create a positive culture at Frost.

High Achievement

Fall Student Goal-Setting Conferences:  We look forward to seeing you at this week’s student goal-setting conferences on Thursday, October 4, and Friday, October 5.  This week, our students will finish setting their High Achievement and Positive Culture goals for the school year.  We are proud of our students for taking the time to commit themselves to setting their goals and then sharing them with you on October 4 and 5.  Please note that Frost runs a unique schedule for our student goal-setting conferences.  Our format is intended to encourage students to demonstrate personal ownership of their academic performance and social emotional development.  Please read below for information important for you to follow for your child’s student goal-setting conference:

Seventh grade student goal-setting conferences will be held in the Gymnasium on Thursday, October 4 from 12:00-4:00 pm and 5:30-8:30 pm and on Friday, October 5 from 7:30-9:30 am.  You are welcome to attend anytime during these times.  Different from elementary school, there are no scheduled times.  This allows families to attend conferences during a time that works for your schedule.  Please follow these steps to conduct your child’s student goal-setting conferences:

  1. Prior to your child’s student goal-setting conferences, please ensure they bring their Chromebook to conferences.  They will be using their Chromebook to share their fall MAP scores, personal academic and cultural goals, work samples from all classes, and 1st trimester mid-term grades on their student portal.
  2. When you arrive for your child’s student goal-setting conferences, please proceed to the gymnasium to find a seat at a table.
  3. After taking a seat, your child will then begin their student goal-setting conference serving as the facilitator.
  4. 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.  During the individual conference portion of the event, we ask that you please limit your individual conference to five minutes out of respect for other parents.  The seventh grade teachers will be located in the following areas:
    • Language arts, social studies, science, acceleration, EL, and special services teachers will be seated in the gymnasium at tables.
    • PE teachers will be seated in the main hallway at tables.
    • Elective teachers will be seated in the main hallway at tables.
    • Math teachers will be seated in the following locations at tables:
  • Corriveau—Cafeteria
  • Siwicki—Cafeteria
  • Davis—Cafeteria
  • McCaliano—Cafeteria
  • Morris—Cafeteria
  • Alcock—Gymnasium
  • Leong—Gymnasium
  • Felgenhauer—Gymnasium
  • Feeney—Gymnasium

Eighth grade student goal-setting conferences will be held in the Cafeteria on Thursday, October 4 from 12:00-4:00 pm and 5:30-8:30 pm and on Friday, October 5 from 7:30-9:30 am.  You are welcome to attend anytime during these times.  Please follow these steps to conduct your child’s student goal-setting conferences:

  1. Prior to your child’s student goal-setting conferences, please ensure they bring their Chromebook to conferences.  They will be using their Chromebook to share their fall MAP scores, personal academic and cultural goals, work samples from all classes, and 1st trimester mid-term grades on their student portal.
  2. When you arrive for your child’s student goal-setting conferences, please proceed to the cafeteria to find a seat at a table.
  3. After taking a seat, your child will then begin their student goal-setting conference serving as the facilitator.
  4. 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.  During the individual conference portion of the event, we ask that you please limit your individual conference to five minutes out of respect for other parents.  The teachers will be located in the following areas:
    • Language arts, social studies, science, acceleration, EL, and special services teachers will be seated in the cafeteria on the stage at tables.
    • PE teachers will be seated in the main hallway at tables.
    • Elective teachers will be seated in the main hallway at tables.
    • Math teachers will be seated at tables in the following locations:
  • Corriveau—Cafeteria
  • Siwicki—Cafeteria
  • Davis—Cafeteria
  • McCaliano—Cafeteria
  • Morris—Cafeteria
  • Alcock—Gymnasium
  • Leong—Gymnasium
  • Felgenhauer—Gymnasium
  • Feeney—Gymnasium

Please contact me if you have any questions about the student goal-setting conferences.  Thank you for supporting your student’s education and we look forward to seeing you at conferences this week!

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

Fall MAP results will be available the morning of Thursday, October 4 (before conferences).  During that time, a file will be sent to your email containing your child’s fall MAP report.  Additionally, we look forward to your child discussing their fall MAP scores and their progress across all areas including academics and social emotional success during conferences.

Positive Culture

PTA: A BIG thank you to our PTA volunteers who gave up their lunch hour to come and serve our students hot lunches the past few weeks: Dawn Dobner, Pilar Vences, Theresa Banks, Lili Jimenez, Charlotte DeVito, Pat Foley, Debbie Navarrete, Pauline Ramos, Maureen Brennan, Marisela Mancera, Zuzana Dreserova, Isaura Vega, and Colleen Carlo.  Please click on the following link Frost PTA MemberHub 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.  Please join us for our next PTA meeting on October 16 at 7:00 PM in the Frost Lounge.  Please visit our Frost PTA website for other important PTA information Frost PTA.

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 two evening programs scheduled for October. Please note that child care is always available.

  • How to Raise Resilient Children – October 11:  Jacqueline Rhew, the co-author of Successful Parenting, will talk about creating a custom plan for raising independent children into adulthood, with strategies for increasing motivation, healthy goal setting and active school engagement. This presentation is intended for adults only and is presented in cooperation with the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs . This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on October 11, 2018, in the District 54 Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, 2nd floor, Schaumburg. How to Raise Resilient Children Flyer
  • Math Night: Escape Room – October 24:  Parents, guardians and students in kindergarten through sixth grade will use math, collaboration and creative thinking to unlock clues and solve problems. This event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on October 24, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Math Night Flyer

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

Social Emotional LearningStand for the Silent Assembly:  On October 11, Kirk Smalley will speak to Frost students about the negative effects of bullying. He will talk about how his own son committed suicide after being bullied, and he often shares stories about other children as well. However, the main point of his presentation is to have the students promise to respect themselves and those around them, and to stand up to bullying and report what they see. After the assembly, our students will continue this discussion with their Advocacy teacher.  While the subject may be difficult, this is an important message for all youth. I believe that our students should hear this message. However, because we work cooperatively with our parents, I am sending a permission form home with all students today and attaching it to this email as well. Please select whether or not your child can participate in the assembly and return the permission form to the school office by October 10.  In addition, District 54 will host an evening assembly with Mr. Smalley at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at our Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Click here to access the flyer for the event.  This assembly is just one of many we have scheduled for this year based on themes that complement our social-emotional learning curriculum. For more information about these themes and this work, click here to read an article from District 54 Superintendent Andrew DuRoss. Thank you for working with us to care for the children in our community.

Girls Basketball and Cross Country are into their seasons!  Girls basketball plays on 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 10/1 @ Keller, 10/2 vs. Ike, 10/9 @ Addams, and 10/15 @ D54 Conference Championships.  Good luck, Spartans.

Please encourage your child to get involved in these upcoming Frost Club offerings: Spartan CrossFit, Art Club, Fuse, Coding Club, Game Club, Frost TV, Interact Club, Theater Club, Pep Club, Geography Bee, and Club Unify.  Please visit our Frost Clubs and Activities page for more information about these clubs Frost Clubs .

Important upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, 10/3-Friday, 10/5:  Book Fair in the LRC
  • Thursday, 10/4:  Half-day of school for students
  • Thursday, 10/4-Friday, 10/5:  Fall Student Goal-Setting Conferences.
  • Monday, 10/8: No school
  • Thursday, 10/11:  Stand for the Silent Assembly @ 8:00 am
  • Saturday, 10/13: District 211 Placement Exam
  • Tuesday, 10/16:  PTA meeting @ 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 10/24:  Picture re-take day
  • Friday, 10/26:  Pep rally @ 1:30 pm
  • Friday, 10/26:  Boo Bash @ 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 10/30:  Fall Orchestra concert @ 7:00 pm

Please visit our Frost JHS website for the building calendar para información de la escuela en español, favor de precionar bajo Hispanoparlantes .  Finally, don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at Facebook and follow us on Twitter at Twitter to stay updated with the latest news and information about the great things happening at Frost.  In addition, several of our teachers and staff members have Twitter and/or Instagram accounts that share our “Strong” at Frost every day—please follow our accounts to see what your children are up to at Frost by clicking on this link to find embedded links to specific staff members’ accounts! 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.