Mid-Summer News

July 2017

A Quick Note from the Principal...

I hope this newsletter finds you in a place where you are thoroughly enjoying these beautiful summer days! I have been soaking up a lot of quality time with my family and taking a huge breath of fresh air before the hustle and bustle of fall begins. I trust that the Scullen students have been doing the same and will feel energized and refreshed when they return in August!

When we're not spending time with our families during these summer months, the Scullen admin team has been busy planning for 2017-2018. In this newsletter you will find important dates, communication about changes for next year, and most importantly an introductory message from our new assistant principal!

Mark Your Calendars!

New Administration Meet & Greet

Tuesday, Aug. 8th, 5:30-7:30pm

2815 Mistflower Lane

Naperville, IL

We are very excited about our new administrative team! Please join us and put some names to faces during this informal event. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

6th Grade S.W.I.M.

Thursday, Aug. 17th, 8am-12pm

2815 Mistflower Lane

Naperville, IL

We are excited to invite our 6th graders to join us for S.W.I.M. (Scullen Welcomes Incoming Middle-schoolers). This will be a great opportunity to welcome incoming 6th graders and introduce them to middle school life. The majority of the day will be led by our iLead students, a group of 7th and 8th graders who have been recognized by their teachers for their leadership qualities. During this day 6th graders will receive their schedules and locker assignments, take a tour of the building, practice opening their lockers, and learn about Google Chromebooks. In addition, students will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what Scullen Middle School has to offer. More details including a schedule of the day will be shared in early August.

Please note that this event is for students only! Parents should plan on dropping their child off in the front of the school. Don't worry! We will take very good care of them! There will be time between 11:00-12:00 for parents to return and help students set up their lockers and purchase spirit wear, P.E. t-shirts, and Chromebook cases.

7th and 8th Grade Schedule and School Kit Pick-Up

Thursday, Aug. 17th, 1-3pm

Scullen Cafeteria

  • This will be an open house forum where 7th and 8th grade students and parents will be able to pick up purchased school kits as well as their schedules and locker assignments.
  • Students will have access to their lockers in order to put away materials and decorate.
  • Spirit wear, P.E. t-shirts, and Chromebook cases will be available for purchase.

New Morning Entry Procedures

In an effort to enhance our supervision of students and keep the building more secure, we are making slight modifications to our morning entry procedures.

Bus Arrivals/Dismissals: Students arriving and leaving by bus may enter and exit through door 16 or 21.

Car Arrivals/Dismissals: Students who are dropped off and picked up by car should enter and exit through the main entrance (door 1) or door 23.

No students will be allowed to enter the building without a pass or supervision until 7:40 AM (M, T, Th, F) and 8:00 AM (W). Students who come prior to this time will wait outside unless there is inclement weather. If a student is arriving early in order to meet with a teacher, the student must have a pass from that teacher.

New Cell Phone Policy at Lunch

At the end of last school year, students were notified that a cell phone policy change would take place at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. Effective on the first day of school, students will no longer be able to use their cell phones during lunch periods. The Scullen administration believes that the allowance of cell phone use during lunch periods has been the source of many avoidable issues. In an effort to be proactive, as well as follow the same policy as the other six district middle schools, we would like to remove this temptation and distraction and allow kids more opportunities to engage in conversation and relationship building.

Scullen will continue to follow the handbook guidelines for use of personal technology devices throughout the school day. The use of these devices will be permitted in approved areas only and under the direct supervision of a staff member during school hours. The cafeteria, hallways during passing periods, restrooms, and locker rooms are not approved areas.

We ask that you kindly remind your child of this change so that we can have a positive start to the school year. We understand that this change will be an adjustment for some students, and we appreciate your support in this matter.

A Note from The New Assistant Principal, Joe Parratore

Dear Scullen Parents and Community Members,

I would like to introduce myself as the new assistant principal at Scullen Middle School. I am excited to be able to join such an amazing district and school, and I am looking forward to getting to know the parents, students and community members during this upcoming school year.

I am a proud graduate of the University of Illinois where I earned a degree in History with a minor in Secondary Education. I have since completed two Master’s degrees through Concordia University Chicago, one in Curriculum and Instruction and one in Principal Leadership. Previously I taught social studies at Glenbard North High School (Carol Stream) and Percy Julian Middle School (Oak Park). During my time at Julian I was able to gain valuable leadership experience as the social studies department chair, team leader and by serving as a member of the school improvement team. It was also during this time that I developed a passion for working in a middle school and began to see the benefits the middle school philosophy can have on the academic and social development of a child.

My wife and I live in Wheaton with our three children, Mason (3), Kennedy (2) and Jacob (4 months). As a parent myself I always want what’s best for my child and want to help them in any way possible as they grow. At Scullen we promise to create an environment that is both challenging and nurturing to your child during their middle school years. I am a strong believer that in order to help our students become successful in the classroom and grow as individuals, we must all work as a team. I look forward to working with the administrative team, the outstanding teachers and support staff, and Scullen parents to help our students grow academically and become positive influences in the community.

I hope I will have the opportunity to meet you at the New Administration Meet & Greet in August. I look forward to speaking with you personally and getting to know more about the Scullen community and students!


Joe Parratore