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A Message from the Principal- 11/12/18

At Frost, we talk a lot about being “Frost Strong”.  “Frost Strong” simply means being your best self in everything that you do.  This past week, being “Frost Strong” was on full display at Robert Frost Junior High School.

On Thursday, we held our annual “Thank a Veteran” night.  During the “Thank a Veteran” night, our students interacted with true American heroes who embody what it means when we say, “Frost Strong”.  To honor their strength, the Veterans were recognized between the boys basketball games.  After their name was announced, they were presented with a certificate, pin, U.S. Flag, gift bag, Frost Veteran’s Day t-shirt, and patriotic flowers and then were escorted to the cafeteria by one of our boys basketball players.  During their walk to the gym, the Veterans were further honored as they walked past displayed notes written by our students that were hung in our main hallway thanking them for their service.  While in the cafeteria, the Veterans enjoyed a complimentary dinner with musical accompaniment.  The event was powerful and reminded all of us what it means to be “Frost Strong”.

On Friday, our students and staff ended a highly successful first trimester.  Back in August, we asked our Spartans to display their “best self” in three critical areas this school year: academics, character, and behavior.  As a staff, we are proud of how your children have answered the call and have exceeded expectations in these areas.  We have a fantastic group of students this school year who make it an absolute joy to educate on a daily basis. Thank you to our parents for working as partners with us to ensure your child’s success at Frost.  Together as students, staff, and parents, we can continue this “Frost Strong” momentum moving forward for the rest of the year!

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

High Achievement

Report cards:  Our first trimester ended on Friday, November 9.  District 54 launched an online report card last school year.  Everyone who has a parent portal account will be able to see their children’s report cards online.  All parents and guardians who have not previously created a portal account, then please contact our front office who can assist you with sign up. If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office.

Winter MAP test begins on November 26, 2018.  The students will be taking their tests in their mathematics and language arts classrooms.  Please see the testing schedule below.  We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals our students set for themselves at the beginning of the school year.  During our February student goal-setting conferences, we will share the results with you.

  • Reading: All students will test in their language arts class Monday, 11/26 and Tuesday, 11/27.
  • Mathematics: All students will test in their mathematics class Monday, 12/3 through Wednesday, 12/5.
  • All students in instructional classes will take their reading and mathematics tests Thursday, 11/29 and Friday, 12/7.

5Essentials Survey:  once again, we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Jan. 18, 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.  The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish. Note: the survey will time out and you will need to start over if you do not finish in one sitting.  If you have more than one child, you may complete the survey for each child. You will be asked to select your county and then your child’s school. Be aware that there are often schools with the same or similar names in the state of Illinois.  The state is not providing hard copies of this survey. If you do not have access to a computer, you can visit the Schaumburg Township District Library or call your child’s school and we will let you use a computer at the school to take the survey.  The survey is administered by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. If at least 20 percent of parents at a school complete the survey, a supplemental parent report will be generated and shared with schools. We are hoping to meet the target this year in our schools.  A similar survey will also be administered to our teachers and students.  District 54 students will take the survey at school during the week of Nov. 27. You can review the questions asked of students by visiting http://Illinois.5-essentials.org. If you do not want your child to participate, please contact me by Nov. 19. If you have children at more than one school, you must contact the principal at each school.  Students will log in to the survey with their student ID and birth date. Student identities will be confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.  If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at (866) 440-1874 or 5essentials@nulluchicago.edu.

Positive Culture

PTA: 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 November 13 at 7:00 PM in the Frost Lounge.  Please visit our Frost PTA website for other important PTA information Frost PTA.

Social Emotional Learning:  At school, we have been talking about Culture and Perspectives and would like to share ways you can continue the learning at home.  The following questions/scenarios can be completed any time.  Talking with your children will reinforce the social emotional life skills needed. We hope you enjoy the valuable discussions with your children!

  • Have a family discussion: What if everyone in the world looked the same and shared the same beliefs? Would you want to live in this world? Why or why not?
  • Discuss stereotyping and its negative effects for both the victim and perpetrator. How can you overcome your bias?
  • Think of a time that someone upset you (hurt your feelings, made you angry, or disappointed you). How can viewing the same situation from a different perspective help?
  • Tim Burton said, “One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.”  How does this quote support understanding perspective?

Yearbook:  One great way to preserve this year’s school memories is with a 2018-19 Robert Frost Junior High School yearbook! You can order your yearbook today at ybpay.lifetouch.com using our school yearbook ID code 13216219.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan:  In order to help you 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.

Boys Basketball, Cheer, and Poms play/perform on 11/12, 11/13, 11/15, 11/19, 11/26, 11/27, 11/29, 12/4, and 12/6, 10, and 11 @ D54 Conference Tournament.  Good luck, Spartans.

Attention Aldrin Alumni:  Come have fun, catch up on what your prior classmates are doing, and help support the monthly PTA Fundraiser at the Buzz Aldrin Family Fun Night.  It will be an enjoyable evening for the entire family and what a great place for Buzz Aldrin Alumni to meet with other classmates and members of the school community.  Come in to the Chipotle at 2558 W. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg, IL on Tuesday, November 13 between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Bring in this flyer , show the flyer on your cell phone, or tell the casher you’re supporting the fundraiser event. By purchasing food or drink at CHIPOTLE, the Buzz Aldrin PTA will make money.

All you have to do is eat, and the restaurant will automatically donate a percentage of what you spend to the school. Family Fun Night helps raise money for Buzz Aldrin PTA.

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

Important upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday, 11/13:  PTA meeting @ 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 11/21-23:  Thanksgiving break
  • Monday, 11/26:  Winter MAP begins
  • Wednesday, 12/12:  Sixth grade parent night
  • Tuesday, 12/18-19:  Winter music concerts
  • Friday, 12/21:  Winter Pep Rally
  • Friday, 12/21:  Winter break begins at the end of the school day
  • Monday, 1/7:  School resumes
  • Monday, 1/21:  No school
  • Wednesday, 1/30:  Half day of school
  • Thursday, 2/14-Friday 2/15:  Winter conferences

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.