News from Carl Sandburg Junior High

November 4, 2021

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A Note from Mrs. Johansen

Dear Sandburg Families,

As you know, Parent-Teacher Conferences are a great way to connect with our Sandburg teachers to discuss your child's progress.

November 22nd and 23rd are the designated days for this year's conferences. Different from elementary school, junior high conferences include several members of your child's team of teachers. When you sign up for a conference, we make every effort to accomodate the meeting requests and have staff who work with your child present to meet with you.

Conferences will be either virtual or in-person. When you schedule your time, you can indicate your preference of conference. If you choose a virtual conference, a link will be sent to you the week before your scheduled conference. If you need a translator, please share this on the sign-up and indicate the language you need the translator in.

We are using a new online platform for conference sign-up this year. Please enter the following web address into your browser window:

If you do not have internet access, please contact us via phone at 847-963-7800.

We ask that your student attend and be an active participant at the conference. Please plan to have them available to join us.

You are always welcome to reach out to the Sandburg staff via email or phone to discuss your child's progress. If there is something you need to ask or relay to a specific teacher, please don't feel that you need to wait until conference time to do so.

We are happy to partner with you to support your child at any time.

Have a great day!

Erika Johansen

Sandburg Principal

Athletic Spectator Reminders

As our basketball games start next week, it's important to share these reminders for those planning to attend D15 indoor sporting events.

All adult spectators must wear a mask in the building at all times, per the governor's executive order.

If students stay after school, they must wear masks and follow our expectations that are listed in the image below. We have supervisory staff in the gym to supervise any students who are staying after school. Those students who leave the building must return with an adult to the game.

We welcome spectators at our athletic events! We are so pleased that our kids get to play! Go Wildcats!

You can find the basketball schedule on the calendar that is linked on this site:

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Clubs and Intramurals Starting Soon!

We have GREAT news! We are able to start student clubs and intramurals next week. We will be communicating with our students through the morning announcements about clubs.

Students who would like to stay after school for a club/intramural can stay from 2:30-4:10. We have activity buses available for students to ride home OR parents may pick up their student in the front circle drive at 4:10.

After School Clubs/Intramurals starting soon...

Soccer Intramurals- will run 11/8, 11/6, 11/30, 12/6, 12/7, 12/13, 12/14, 12/15, 12/16

sponsors: Mr. Schmidt and Ms. Martin

Spirit Squad (similar to cheer/dance)- practices start November 8th-December 9th

sponsors: Ms. Nemchock and Mrs. Pfeiffer

Table Top Games Club- starts November 10th (meets on Wednesdays until Spring Break)

sponsor: Mr. Stevenson

Anime Club- Will start after Thanksgiving and meet after school

sponsor: Ms. Hill

Lego Club- Will start on November 18th and meet on Thursdays until Spring Break

sponsor: Mr. Nathan

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Enroll in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and learn the skills you need to start your own real and successful business!

If you're a student who has drive, passion, and enthusiasm, you can begin learning the skills that will change your life. No business experience is required- only a drive to succeed.

Start as a student, finish as the CEO of your own real company! Visit us online at for more information!

Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

In-School Virtual Interviews: November 15-December 1

For More Information Contact: Steve Gaus 847-359-7200

Pilot Process for New Curriculum Materials

Starting this year and moving forward, all curriculum and program purchases will follow a new district Research, Design Implementation Model (RDIM). The RDIM is a cyclical review process that allows the district to research and pilot materials for district use on a regular basis. During an RDIM cycle pilot, volunteer teams of teachers, specialists and administrations review potential programs, participate in professional learning, implement assigned units and collaborate in discussion on what resources best serve our D15 students’ needs and align to our district’s instructional vision.

Currently District 15 is engaging in 3 different pilot projects and we are implementing a new 6th grade math curriculum. The current three pilot projects are occurring in K-5 Math, 6-8 Science, and 7-8 English Language Arts.

As we explore the differing features of programs and corresponding levels of student growth in learning, students in classes participating in pilots may have different materials, homework and grading practices during this time. For example, the number of graded assignments given may be different, and possibly less, as teachers are spending more time conferencing with students individually and in small groups to help guide students in their learning.

From the Sandburg PTSA

Please consider coming to our next PTSA meeting on November 9th. It'll be held on Google Meets. Just email Mrs. Johansen for the meeting link.

Please consider becoming a member of the Sandburg PTSA! You can sign up at the link below.

Update from Nutrition Services

Due to supply chain issues, we are unable to serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at our schools. We hope to have them back in stock soon, but in the meantime, we will be serving Protein Power Packs so students will have a vegetarian option.

We know many families print off their menus for the month. Please note that if we have to change an offering due to the shortage, we will update menus online each Friday so families will know if there are any changes for the following week. Please check regularly if your child has a favorite that may be in short supply

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Upcoming events

November 8- Mental Health Awareness Presentations at CSJH

November 9- 6:00 PTSA Meeting (Virtual)

Nobember 10- Mental Health Awareness Presentations at CSJH

November 10 - 7:00 Board of Education Meeting

November 11- Picture Retake Day

November 22-24 - Student Nonattendance Days

November 25-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess

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