News

From the desk of Mrs. Wilson

Posted September 4th, 2015 by lkowalski

Dear Keller Community~

 

It has been another outstanding week here at Keller.  MAP testing is well underway and the students are working hard and showing us what they know.  We are so proud of them!  At Student Led Conferences, on October 8th and 9th, you will have an opportunity to hear directly from your student about how they are doing so far and what goals they have set for themselves for this year.

 

Now that our students have had two weeks to practice getting to their classrooms on time, we will begin counting tardies to class on September 8th.  Also, please make sure to get your child to school by 7:20 am.  If students accumulate several tardies to school and/or to the classroom, consequences will be issued.  It is important that we are ensuring that instructional time is not lost.  Thank you in advance for helping your child become a responsible student.

 

Parking Lot Safety

Please make sure to utilize the lane farthest from the building to drop off or pick up your child. Please drop off your child as close to the cross walk as possible.  It is extremely dangerous for students to walk in between the cars.  It is the responsibility of the crossing guard to make sure that students are safely being picked up and dropped off across the cross walk.

 

The lane closest to Bode Road should be used for passing ONLY. 

 

  • The lane closest to Bode Road will be two lanes during pick up and drop off times.  The lane closest to the school is for vehicles that are waiting for students.  The lane closest to the Bode Road is to allow vehicles to pass and allow room for other parents to pick up their child.

 

Important Information:

 

Missing Homework

It is essential for students to complete homework in order to be successful at the junior high level.

If a student does not turn in homework on time, parents will be notified directly by a teacher.  Parents can also utilize the parent portal to check on student grades and missing work at any time.  If a student is missing three or more assignments, they will be sent home a list of missing assignments on Thursday.  An email will be sent out to parents to notify them of this list.  The student will have the weekend to complete the assignments without serving a detention. Homework will need to be turned into the teacher by 7:40 am, Monday morning.  If the missing homework remains delinquent at this time, an email will be issued to parents to notify them that the student will need to serve a detention on Tuesday afternoon.  Homework and/or assignments are an integral part of the school curriculum.  It is an extension of classroom instruction, and provides an opportunity for students to practice skills and strategies that they have learned in the classroom while also developing responsibility.  Students learn responsibility by having the assignment completed on the designated date.  This responsibility is critical for your child’s academic success.

 

Erin’s Law

  • Keller students will begin to discuss child sexual abuse prevention during their PE and health classrooms.  This prevention program is the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law. This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.   Please see the attached letter for more information regarding this lesson at Keller.  A hard copy of the letter will be sent home on Sept. 9th.

 

Picture Day

  • School pictures is scheduled for Sept. 14th.  Forms will be sent home on September 9th.  Students should bring their order form and payment with them on Monday, Sept. 14th and give it to the LifeTouch representative at the time of the picture.  If you have questions, please call 847-357-6500.

 

Parent Conferences:

If you have not had the chance to sign up for student-led conferences on October 8th and 9th, please call our office at 847-357-6500 to set up an appointment.

 

MAP Testing:

 

LA:

Sept. 8th and 9th– 7th grade

Sept. 10th and 11th – 8th grade

 

Curriculum Night:  September 9th 

Curriculum Night is a great opportunity for parents to develop an awareness of what their child experiences at junior high.  An overview will be given of the supports we have in place for Keller wildcats, school behavior expectations, celebrations when expectations are followed, and extra-curricular activities. Please view the attachment for details.  Curriculum night is a parent’s only meeting. 

 

We will be hosting a food drive during Curriculum Night to help support families within our community that need assistance.  Please help support your community by bringing in items that are not expired.  Monetary donations will also be accepted. 

 

STOMP OUR HUNGER Walkathon: 

Keller students will be participating in a fundraising walkathon on September 16th.  Students can bring in food items beginning Sept. 2nd to their first period classrooms.  As a school, students will earn rewards based off of the number of food items collected.  The food drive will continue through Sept. 16th.  If they reach the ultimate goal of $1,500.00, administration has volunteered to take part in a student choice activity.  The food pantry helps support our local community.

 

Lunches

This is a reminder that pizza lunches are available for students to buy on Monday and Friday.  Prices are accordingly.  Pizza and water = $3.00   Pizza = $2.50

Parents can purchase PTA sponsored lunches on Tuesdays.  First trimester lunches have already been submitted.  The due date to hand in these forms for first trimester is August 31st.

Breakfast Club

Cereal bars are available for purchase (.50/each) every morning from 7:30 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. in Keller’s Cafeteria.   Student’s receiving free or reduced lunch will receive a breakfast card in the mail to use towards a cereal bar daily.

Su hijo/a puedo pasar por la cafeteria cada manana cada manana para comprar cereal (.50) entre la 7:30-7:40 de la manana.  Estudiantes que reciben almuerzo gratis van a recibir una tarjeta por correo para desayuno gratis.

 

Schaumburg Parent University – September Classes

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 September.

 

  • Family Literacy Night. Join the District 54 Literacy Team and the Schaumburg Township District Library for fun reading and writing activities. Parents will also learn strategies they can use at home to reinforce literacy skills. This program is for children in early childhood through second grade and their parents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Youth Suicide: A Community Conversation about Awareness and Prevention. The chairs of the District 54 Crisis Team will explore the warning signs, risk factors and steps individuals can take to prevent youth suicide in our community. This class for adults only will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

 

If you are interested in attending these events, please see the attached flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

 

 

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes 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. 4. 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 online, visit http://sd54.org/runtoread.

 

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL and BOYS & GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

 

Congratulations to both Keller’s 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball teams!  They both had outstanding wins against Barrington Station on Thursday evening.

 

Keller Wildcat Sports:

Cross county:

Sept 8th Keller @ IKE

Sept 10th Crusader Invite

Sept 21st Keller @ Mead with Addams

Sept 24th Keller vs. Mead

Sept. 29th Keller @ Frost with Addams

Oct. 5th Keller vs. Frost and 6th grade Invite

Oct 6th Keller vs. IKE

 

Oct. 13th Conference meet

 

Girls’ Basketball: 

  • September 9th–  Lincoln Prairie at Keller
  • September 11th–  Addams at Keller
  • September 15th–  Barrington B at Keller
  • September 16th–  Keller at Mead
  • September 18th–  Frost at Keller

 

Important Dates:

Aug. 30- -31 –  September Fest (Park at Collins lot for $5.00- to support the Schaumburg Foundation)

Sept. 7th–  No School

Sept. 9th–  Curriculum Night- 5:45- 8:30

Sept. 14th–  Picture Day

Sept. 16th–  No School PM

Sept. 27th–  Run to Read

Oct. 8th and 9th–  Student-Led conferences

 

 

Have a wonderful extended weekend.

Heather and Cory

 

 

Food Drive

Posted September 2nd, 2015 by lkowalski

Keller is hosting a food drive.  Bring in non-expired canned or boxed goods to your 1st  period classroom beginning on Wednesday, September 2nd through Wednesday, September 16th.

Keller News

Posted August 31st, 2015 by lkowalski

Dear Keller Community~

It was wonderful to see the excited faces of our 7th and 8th graders during this past week.  This week our students had the opportunity to get to know their teachers and classmates.  Students learned our “WildCat” PBIS expectations throughout each area of the school.  Please make sure to review these expectations in the blue PBIS handbook that was handed to your child.  Important information is listed about appropriate dress attire at school and technology usage.

 

7th grade students had an opportunity of August 27th to meet Keller’s SRO Officer Zwirowski.  Officer Z. discussed technology safety, cyberbullying, stalking, and bullying laws.  The 8th grade students will participate in a similar presentation after MAP testing.

 

Important Information:

 

Pick Up and Drop Off Safety Procedures: 

  • Please make sure to pull into the lane closest to Bode Road. The lane closest to the school is designated for buses.
  • The lane closest to Bode Road will be two lanes during pick up and drop off times.  The lane closest to the school is for vehicles that are waiting for students.  The lane closest to the Bode Road is to allow vehicles to pass and allow room for other parents to pick up their child.
  • Students are asked to only cross Bode Road where there is a cross walk.
  • Refrain from using your cell phone when driving in a school zone.
  • Doors open at the school at 7:30 am.  Please make sure students are not dropped off at school before 7:20 am.  There is not adult supervision outside until 7:20 am.  The exception is if a student will be working with a teacher in the morning or part of morning announcements.  Students who need to enter the building early will be issued a blue pass.

 

We appreciate your help and support, and thank you in advance for recognizing the importance of ensuring the safety of every student at Keller!

 

Parent Conferences:

If you have not had the chance to sign up for student-led conferences on October 8th and 9th, please call our office at 847-357-6500 to set up an appointment.

 

MAP Testing:

We will begin our fall MAP testing on August 31st.  It is important that all students are at school during the days that they are being assessed.  The MAP assessment data is used to help teachers design instruction that best fits your child’s needs.  Please view the schedule below for assessment dates.

 

Math:

August 31st and Sept. 1st  – Leiva, Tutaj, Walker, Parpet,

Sept. 2nd , 3rd,  4th  –  Heldt, Canfield

 

LA:

Sept. 8th and 9th– 7th grade

Sept. 10th and 11th – 8th grade

 

Curriculum Night:  September 9th 

Curriculum Night is a great opportunity for parents to develop an awareness of what their child experiences at junior high.  An overview will be given of the supports we have in place for Keller wildcats, school behavior expectations, celebrations when expectations are followed, and extra-curricular activities. Please view the attachment for details.  Curriculum night is a parent’s only meeting.  Please remember to bring a copy of your child’s schedule with you that night. Student’s will be filling out their schedules on the attachment on Sept. 2nd.

 

We will be hosting a food drive during Curriculum Night to help support families within our community that need assistance.  Please help support your community by bringing in items that are not expired. 

 

Lunches

This is a reminder that pizza lunches are available for students to buy on Monday and Friday.  Prices are accordingly.  Pizza and water = $3.00   Pizza = $2.50

 

Parents can purchase PTA sponsored lunches on Tuesdays.  First trimester lunches have already been submitted.  The due date to hand in these forms for first trimester is August 31st.

 

Breakfast Club

Cereal bars are available for purchase (.50/each) every morning from 7:30 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. in Keller’s Cafeteria.   Student’s receiving free or reduced lunch will receive a breakfast card in the mail to use towards a cereal bar daily.

Su hijo/a puedo pasar por la cafeteria cada manana cada manana para comprar cereal (.50) entre la 7:30-7:40 de la manana.  Estudiantes que reciben almuerzo gratis van a recibir una tarjeta por correo para desayuno gratis.

 

STOMP OUR HUNGER Walkathon: 

Keller students will be participating in a fundraising walkathon on September 16th.  Students can bring in food items beginning Sept. 2nd to their first period classrooms.  As a school, students will earn rewards based off of the number of food items collected.  The food drive will continue through Sept. 16th.  If they reach the ultimate goal of $1,500.00, administration has volunteered to take part in a student choice activity.  The food pantry helps support our local community.

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL and BOYS & GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Our Junior High School Fall Sports Season kicks off Friday with informational meetings after school for both Girls Basketball and Boys & Girls Cross Country.  We encourage your child to participate and represent Keller Junior High School as a Wildcat “student-athlete”.  If your child plans to participate, per School Board Policy, current physicals are required of all students to be on file prior to try-outs and/or participation in any inter-scholastic sport.  If you have any additional questions about your child’s physical, please contact our school nurse.

 

Keller Wildcat Sports:

Cross county:

o    September 8th–  Eisenhower and Frost at Keller

o   September 16th–  Mead and Addams at Keller

o   September 18th–  Keller at Frost

Girls’ Basketball: 

o   September 9th–  Lincoln Prairie at Keller

o   September 11th–  Addams at Keller

o   September 15th–  Barrington B at Keller

o   September 16th–  Keller at Mead

o   September 18th–  Frost at Keller

 

Schaumburg Parent University District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided. Our first session will be Family Literacy Night on Sept. 14. Click on the attachments for more information about the rest of the fall classes or visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu. Registration information is also found at this website.

 

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes 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. 4. 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 online, visit http://sd54.org/runtoread.

 

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Important Dates:

Sept. 7th–  No School

Sept. 9th–  Curriculum Night- 5:45- 8:30

Sept. 14th–  Picture Day

Sept. 16th–  No School PM

Sept. 27th–  Run to Read

Oct. 8th and 9th–  Student-Led conferences

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Heather Wilson and Cory Burke

Keller News

Posted August 25th, 2015 by lkowalski

Dear Keller Community~

The Keller staff is very excited to begin another successful school year!  Our teachers have been busy over the summer preparing to enhance students’ educational experiences through high levels of engagement and deep level thinking.  On behalf of the entire Keller staff, we wish everyone a safe and fun first day back to school!

 

Important Information:

 

August 24th is designated for 7th grade only.  The students can bring their school supplies to school to set up their lockers.  Please make sure to bring a lunch to school.  We will begin selling pizza on Friday, August 28th.  Students will begin their morning in the gym.

 

August 25th:  All students should be in attendance.  8th grade students can bring their school supplies to school.  8th grade students will begin their morning in the gym.  7th grade students will go to their Inspire classroom.

 

August 26th:  All students will begin their morning in their Inspire classrooms.

 

Schaumburg Parent University District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided. Our first session will be Family Literacy Night on Sept. 14. Click on the attachments for more information about the rest of the fall classes or visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu. Registration information is also found at this website.

 

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes 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. 4. 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 online, visit http://sd54.org/runtoread.

 

Visions Newsletter Interested in receiving news about District 54 schools and events? Subscribe to the District 54 Visions enewsletter at http://sd54.org/email-signup

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL and BOYS & GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Our Junior High School Fall Sports Season kicks off Thursday with informational meetings after school for both Girls Basketball and Boys & Girls Cross Country.  We encourage your child to participate and represent Keller Junior High School as a Wildcat “student-athlete”.  If your child plans to participate, per School Board Policy, current physicals are required of all students to be on file prior to try-outs and/or participation in any inter-scholastic sport.  If you have any additional questions about your child’s physical, please contact our school nurse.

 

PTA Hot Lunch:

Special lunches will be served every Tuesday.  Please view the attached form for lunch specials.

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Burke

Summer Math and Reading

Posted June 11th, 2015 by lkowalski

Math:

Summer Math Instructions

Incoming 7th grade Summer Math

Accelerated Algebra 930 students Summer Packet

930 accelerated answer sheet

Incoming 8th Grade Packet

Incoming 8th grade answer sheet

Geometry Summer Math Packet

Language Arts:

7th grade

Keller is WILD about Reading

8th grade

Summer Reading 

 

Fall Sports

Posted June 11th, 2015 by lkowalski

Girls Basketball begins Thursday August 27th.

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Cross Country begins Thursday August 27th.

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You must have a current physical on file in order to tryout.  CVS and Walgreens will do physicals. Please make sure all information is filled out prior to turning it in.

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Physical Information

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