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A Message from the Principal- 5/23/19

What a great few weeks we have had at Frost as we push ourselves to end the school year Frost Strong!  Our students showed incredible focus and effort during the just completed MAP reading and mathematics test.  Several of our Spanish Dual Language students took home medals at the District 54 Spanish Speech Contest and another group of Spartans showed off their expertise in STEM during the District 54 STEM Showcase.  During the Teacher Inservice, our staff devoted themselves to finding our Big Potential by fully embracing next year’s theme, “Stronger Together” through a series of activities.  Our Student Ambassadors joined Superintendent DuRoss and members of the Board of Education at the WE Day celebration in Chicago.  Two members for Frost’s Innovate 54 team, Mrs. Alcock and Ms. Feeney, presented about the “culture of innovation” that we are working hard to establish at Frost during a Discovery Education Superintendent’s Symposium.  Last week, our Spartan performers showed off their skills during our annual Spring Concert Series and our eighth grade students celebrated the end of their wonderful elementary school years with an eighth grade dance in our gymnasium.  The past few weeks and our next few weeks are a perfect example of our continual practice of accountability and celebration to ensure our students attain our stated achievement goals of High Achievement and Positive Culture.  Please read below for more information about our school-wide goals.

 

 

High Achievement

 

Eighth Grade Graduation: The Frost staff is pleased to share with you the details listed below related to our upcoming graduation event.

 

  • The graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. at Conant High School on Plum Grove Road in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 30.  Graduates should arrive by 5:30 p.m. and report to the cafeteria.  Designated seating is available on the gym floor for guests with special needs.  Graduates with last names A-M will be seated on the east side of the gym, while N-Z will be on the west side.  Use these guidelines when selecting your seat.  Mead Junior High School will be graduating at 8:45 p.m. so please be respectful of their entrance when you exit for our ceremony.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, please meet your graduate in the following locations:
    • Graduates with last names A-M will meet their parents down the hallway leading out to the east doors/east parking lot (please note, students will not be allowed re-entry to the cafeteria after the ceremony)
    • Graduates with last names N-Z will meet their parents down the hallway leading out to the south doors/south parking lot (please note, students will not be allowed re-entry to the cafeteria after the ceremony)

 

  • Students who have any missing assignments and students being promoted but did not meet district standards, will not be allowed to attend the ceremony.  All assignments are due Thursday, May 23, by 2:15 p.m.  Final grades for eighth grade students will be calculated on May 30.  As a result, the Presidential Achievement Awards (Gold and Silver) will not be determined until after the graduation ceremony.  Students will receive their certificates for those awards by mail after the ceremony

 

  • Tickets are not required for the ceremony.  However, we recommend that you limit your group to six family members.  The Conant gym is large and should accommodate the estimated 2,000 guests without any problem.  Please try to limit your guests to family members only.  Please note the temperature during the ceremony in the Conant gymnasium can be excessively hot.  Unfortunately, we have no control over the gymnasium temperature.  As a result, we recommend that you please dress accordingly, bring items to help keep you cool such as a hand fan and/or water, and make every effort to sit in the lower level near the floor where it is cooler.

 

  • Graduation gowns will be distributed on Tuesday, May 28 at the end of the school day.  We recommend that students wear dress clothes under the gown.

 

In closing, the graduation ceremony should be a meaningful, pleasant experience for you as well as your graduate.  For that to happen, we need your cooperation.  A professional photographer from Lifetouch will be taking photographs of every graduate while receiving their diploma.  A few days after the ceremony, you may view and order your graduation pictures online.  If you choose to take your own pictures, please do not stand in an area that will interfere with the students entering and leaving the ceremony.  Flowers or other gifts should be given to students after the ceremony.  Balloons should not be brought into the building.  Please remember that applause is the appropriate response at graduation, however it should occur at the conclusion of the ceremony to allow for every family to hear the name of their child being read.

 

District 54 Virtual Learning University: Are you searching for an innovative way to empower your children over the summer? Are you looking for a comprehensive approach to summer learning that combats boredom and keeps everyone engaged? Look no further! Visit the School District 54 Virtual Learning University to tackle challenges for literacy, math, science, social science, language and culture too!  Each content area has multiple challenges to keep your children’s minds focused and active throughout the summer weeks! Within each category you will find family activities, individual activities and places to visit in our community and surrounding areas.  We hope you’ll encourage your children to visit our Virtual Learning University often throughout the summer to challenge themselves and to keep your family learning together. Click here to access the Virtual Learning University or find the link under Popular Links on the District 54 website.

 

 

 

Positive Culture

 

2019 STC Elementary Scholarship Winners:  The STC Elementary Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the scholarships for summer enrichment camps and programs this year. The STC of PTAs extends its congratulations to the 105 recipients and its best wishes to ALL of the 134 students who applied.  Among the recipients were three students from our very own Frost Jr. High:  Cassandra S. will be attending VanBuren Youth Camp, Cristina Mary W. will be attending Hoffman Estates Park District –Track and Field and Carissa K. will be attending IRCA Summer Spirit Camp through SAA. Congratulations!

 

D54 Foundation:  Want to make a difference in the lives of District 54 students? Join the District 54 Education Foundation for its 22nd annual golf outing on Monday, June 10 at the Schaumburg Golf Club.  All proceeds from the golf outing support District 54 breakfast programs, STEM programs and grants for students from financially struggling households. Please consider supporting District 54 children by becoming an event sponsor or golfing. The Foundation is also looking for raffle items and gift cards to award as prizes.  Visit d54foundation.org/golf-outing to sponsor, register or for more information. The Foundation was honored to be named Schaumburg’s Volunteer Organization of the Year for 2019 and we are excited to continue our work with this organization on behalf of students.

 

Spartans Walking for a Cause:  This year Frost will host its second annual Walk-A-Thon to support the Almost Home Foundation for animals.  Students and staff will raise money and collect pet items to donate. Fundraising envelopes and more information about the Walk-A-Thon were sent home on April 22; please ask your student to see this information. We have a school goal of raising $5000, any support you can provide to your student in helping them raise money would be great! It is our hope that this end of the year event will provide a positive and purposeful experience for our students and our staff. A philanthropic event like this can truly allow our Frost Strong side to shine; the more collaboration and effort we can put in will result in a greater impact made as well as lasting memories and lessons of kindness learned.  On Wednesday, May 29, 2019 students and staff will participate in the Walk-A-Thon in the morning and celebrate all of their efforts in the afternoon. The Almost Home Foundation is a volunteer run organization that helps animals in our community find their “furever” homes. They foster animals that are abandoned or can no longer be cared for, until they can find them a permanent family. Because this organization is completely volunteer run and relies upon many people fostering animals in their homes and transporting the animals to and from adoption events, they definitely appreciate any support that they can be given.  All Fundraising envelopes need to be turned in to your student’s homeroom teachers by Friday, May 24 at 7:30am. Please see attached letter from me for important reminders about the Walk-A-Thon.

 

Career Day:  On Tuesday, June 4, we will be hosting our fourth annual “Career Day” here at Frost.  On this day, our 7th grade students will be hearing several presentations from various professionals talking about their careers including how their work as a junior high school student prepared them for their job.  We are looking for parents and community members who are willing to come to Frost on this day to speak with our students.  We are hosting two sessions.  The morning session is 8:30-10:30 am.  The afternoon session is from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.  A complimentary lunch will be provided for all of our presenters to thank them for taking the time to talk to our students about their professions.  If you are interested in presenting to our students at our Career Day, please contact Mrs. Czarnecki at joanczarnecki@nullsd54.org or 847-357-2136.

 

Reminder that Monday, May 27 is a non-attendance day due to Memorial Day holiday.

 

Important upcoming dates:

  • Friday, May 24:  Energy Summit
  • Monday, May 27:  No school
  • Wednesday, May 29:  2nd Annual Spartans Walking for a Cause
  • Thursday, May 30:  Eighth grade graduation ceremony; last day of attendance for eighth grade students
  • Tuesday, June 4:  Career Day
  • Wednesday, June 5:  Field Day
  • Thursday, June 6:  Last day of attendance for seventh grade students—this will be a half-day of attendance with dismissal at 10:45 am