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A Message from the Principal- 1/22/19

It was great to welcome back our Spartans after two weeks away!  The beginning of every calendar year is a great time to reflect on the first half of the school year and refocus on the second half of the year.  Our students will spend the next few weeks going through their mid-year student goal-setting process with their language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and advocacy teachers.   During this goal-setting, each student will recommit themselves to the High Achievement and Positive Culture goals that they wrote back at the beginning of the school year.  We always love the mid-year student goal-setting conferences because it gives us the opportunity to have open dialogue with each student about their areas of strength and growth.  As a staff, we use January as a chance to do the same.  We have spent the new year, thus far, looking at Frost’s School Improvement Plan, our Illinois School Report Card, and our mid-year data points to determine our areas of strength and growth.  Critical in our reflection is the health of our school culture.  This year, School District 54 has continued to focus on creating a school community that recognizes the importance of positive psychology to strengthen our core mission of Ensuring Student Success. The goals of our work with the Happiness Advantage are to:

  • Create a happy, healthy and engaged learning community;
  • Deepen student, family and community development; and
  • Improve performance and fuel student success.

Shawn Achor, the author of both Happiness Advantage: Positive Psychology at Work and Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being explains when we help others become better, we reach new levels of potential by creating a “Virtuous Cycle”:

  • Happiness is an interconnected choice
  • Making others successful increases your own success
  • Happiness is sustained through investment and celebration

Frost staff members will continue to explore positive psychology throughout the school year as we teach our students the principles of positive psychology through our new social-emotional learning curriculum taught during Wednesday’s Advocacy time.  The Happiness Advantage at Frost is a key piece of our core purposes of High Achievement and Positive Culture that we work to create every day at Frost.  Please read below for more information about these goals.

High Achievement

Winter student goal-setting conferences: We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming student goal-setting conferences on Thursday, February 14, and Friday, February 15.  Over the course of the next few weeks, our students will meet with their teachers to reflect on 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 reflecting and refocusing on their goals and then sharing their reflections with you on February 14 and 15.  Through the facilitation of student goal-setting conferences, our goals are to encourage students to accept personal responsibility for their academic performance and social conduct, teach students the process of goal-setting, and to improve students’ organizational and oral communication skills and self-confidence.  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 and eighth grade student goal-setting conferences will be held in the Cafeteria on Thursday, February 14 from 12:00-4:30 pm and 5:30-8:00 pm (PLEASE NOTE: these Thursday times are different than the fall conferences) and on Friday, February 15 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 winter MAP scores, personal academic and cultural goals, work samples from all classes, and 2nd 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/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 gymnasium/cafeteria at tables.
      • PE teachers: Main hallway
      • Elective teachers: Main hallway
      • Math teachers (please note that the math teachers will not be moving from these locations during the conference windows):
  • Corriveau—Cafeteria
  • Siwicki—Cafeteria
  • Davis—Cafeteria
  • McCaliano—Cafeteria
  • Morris—Cafeteria
  • Alcock—Gymnasium
  • Leong—Gymnasium
  • Felgenhauer—Gymnasium
  • Feeney—Gymnasium

5Essentials Survey:  We value your feedback!  Please consider taking the 5Essentials Parent Survey available online through Feb. 15 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

Frost Spanish-Speaking Family Night:  On February 27 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Frost LRC, Ms. Juanita Perez Basler, an admissions specialist from Harper College, will be coming to speak to our Spanish-speaking parents and students about the importance of education and attending a college.  Topics covered will be different programs that are offered at Harper College and understanding the differences between a community college versus a university.

Eighth grade graduation:  The date, time, and location of our 2019 Eighth Grade Graduation Ceremony will be set by the Board of Education shortly after spring break.  We will inform you as soon as the Board sets the ceremony details.  To prepare for the graduation ceremony, your student will be measured for their graduation gown on Wednesday, January 30 during their PE/Health class.  Please look out for an order form/envelope that will be coming home with your child on that day!

Positive Culture

PTA: Please read below for important information from our wonderful PTA:

  • Reminder that the PTA Hot Lunch order forms for the third trimester our due Friday, 2/1. Thank you to following volunteers who gave up their lunch hours to come and serve our students hot lunch over the past weeks: Theresa Banks, Pilar Vences, Dawn Dobner, Cheryl Jancaric, Maureen Brennan, Marisela Mancera, Tracy Olender, Isaura Vega, Pauline Ramos, Lili Jimenez, Shila Khan, Zuzana Dreserova, Pat Foley, and Colleen Carlo.
  • Please join us for our next PTA meeting on February 12 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 Problem Solving 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!

  • Explain how the problem solving cycle can help you in a difficult situation.
  • Make a list of situations in our family that come up. How could we apply the problem solving cycle?
  • The garbage bag is always overflowing in the house.  How can we resolve this issue?

Note for the Nurse:  With flu season here, the Department of Public Health wants us to remind our families about the suggested guidelines when to keep their children home.  Please see the attached letter in both English  and Spanish.

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 January. Please note that child care is always available.

  • Literacy Night – 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23:  Come join us for a night of interactive writing where your family’s creativity is in control of the story line. Clues will lead you to special treats as well as a keepsake. Parents and students, aged preschool – eighth grade, are welcome.

This event will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org

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.

Girls Volleyball plays on 1/22 vs. LP, 1/24 vs. Mead, 1/29 @ Keller, 1/31 vs. Ike, 2/4 @ Addams, 2/7 @ Mead, 2/11 vs. Keller, 2/12 @ Ike, 2/21 vs. Addams, 2/25-2/28 @ D54 Conference Tournament.  Wrestling grapples on 1/24 @ Mead, 1/29 vs. Keller, 1/31 @ Ike, 2/4 vs. Addams, 2/7 vs. Mead, 2/11 @ Keller, 2/12 vs. Ike, 2/21 @ Addams, 2/25-2/26 @ D54 Conference Tournament.

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

Important upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, 1/30:  Half day of school
  • Tuesday, 2/12:  PTA meeting @ 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, 2/14-Friday 2/15:  Winter conferences
  • Monday, 2/18:  No school
  • Friday, 3/8:  PTA Auction
  • 3/23-3/31:  Spring Break
  • Tuesday, 4/2:  No school

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.