• School Information

    Helen Keller Junior High School
    820 Bode Road
    Schaumburg, Ill. 60194

    Principal: Tom Barbini
    Assistant Principal: Shaun Conway

    Phone: (847) 357-6500
    Fax: (847) 357-6501

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    July 2017

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  • Summer Math Incentive

    Students interested in completing the Summer Math Incentive should first read the Summer Math instructions. This will show you which packet you should complete for math.
    Students who complete the Summer Math packet to keep their math skills up over the summer will receive an incentive for their effort  Should you have any questions, you may email Mrs. Heldt at

    Summer Reading List and Incentives

    Help Your Child Avoid the Summer Slide   |   Junior High Summer Reading List

    What is the “summer slide”?  To students with vacation on the brain, it may sound like an attraction at the playground.  In reality, it’s far less cheerful.
    The summer slide is what happens when students don’t read over the summer. Often, these students begin the next school year reading at a lower level than they achieved the year before.  Not only is this discouraging, it results in lost time in their education.  Next year, we will be setting spring to spring NWEA targets.  We want to ensure students are ready to begin the year achieving at a volcanic level of achievement.
    Thankfully, the summer slide is not inevitable. We’ve worked with your child to make great progress in reading this year, and you can keep that momentum going.  This summer, make a commitment to help your child climb up instead of slide down.
    To accelerate reading achievement, your child needs a system that makes him or her want to read. This summer we are offering the program “Read for Burritos.” Students who want to spice up their summer and earn gift cards to Chipotle need to complete the three easy steps. 

    Students need to read three books of their choice (reading level appropriate), complete one Prove It  form for each book and then return them to the Keller office during the first two weeks of the school year.  Once the Prove it sheets have been reviewed, the gift certificates will be rewarded to students.

    School of Information Day

    August 10th

    9-11 am

    5-8 pm


    School Supply List


    First Day of School

    First day of school for 7th graders only is Monday August 21st.  School begins at 7:40, doors open at 7:30.

    8th graders begin school on Tuesday August 22nd.

    Coming this Summer to Keller!

    What:  Schaumburg Township District Library Pop Up Truc

    Books are borrowed, not checked out.  You do not have to have a library card.  It is on your honor.

                  Rain or shine the truck sets up.  Whoever comes is welcome to borrow books.


    9am – 10am


    June 22   

    July 6

    July 20

    August 3

    Look for it in Keller’s parking lot this summer!!!


    Tom Barbini – Keller Principal

    Tom Barbini will become the new principal at Keller Junior High School in Schaumburg, replacing

    Headshot of New Keller Principal Tom BarbiniHeather Wilson who will be the principal at Eisenhower Junior High School. Current Eisenhower principal Steve Kern will move to the principal position at Churchill Elementary School, replacing Lisa Hopkins who is taking a new role as a special education director for District 54.

    Barbini is currently the assistant principal at Addams Junior High in District 54. Previously he was the assistant principal at Frost Junior High School. He was originally hired by District 54 in 2005 as a mathematics teacher at Mead Junior High School, where he also served as Mathematics Department Chair.

    “I am extremely grateful for all of the support and opportunities that District 54 has provided me throughout my career,” Barbini said. “I am looking forward to being a part of the Keller community, and excited to work with and learn from the staff and students.”

    Barbini has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in school leadership from Concordia University.

    Run to Read

    District 54 is hosting its 12th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 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 T-shirt and goody bag if you register by Sept. 1. 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,  Run to Read

    Chrome Book Protection Plan

    Chromebook Protection Plan: Optional Chromebook Protection Insurance is now available through Revtrak, our online payment system. You can select this fee just like the yearly consumable fee for each student by visiting the site:

    Fall Sports

    Cross Country and girls basketball start the first week of school.  Physicals must be up to date in order to try out and participate.