News from Carl Sandburg Junior High

January 7, 2022

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A Note from Mrs. Johansen

Dear Sandburg Families,

Happy New Year! We look forward to welcoming the students back after a long break..

Please remind your child, upon returning to the building on Monday the 10th, that 3rd quarter classes and schedules may be different. Logging into Infinite Campus prior to Monday and reviewing their schedules will help students feel prepared. Quarter 2 grades will be viewable on Friday, January 14.

This week, all junior highs will be participating in a school wide reboot of school expectations and procedures. This will support students as they start a new quarter.

Our school district sent out a newsletter on January 4th. Please be sure you've read it and are up to date on our COVID protocols. One change is that we no longer will be requiring the self-certification lanyards that are reviewed as students enter the building each day. Shield Testing resumes on Tuesday for those families who opted in on this consent form and email it to

District 15 has partnered with IDPH for a vaccination clinic on Saturday, January 8 from 10 am - 3 pm at Conyers Learning Academy. The clinic has 5-11 vaccinations, adult vaccinations, and booster appointments available at this link. If you attended the December 18 clinic and need a second vaccine, you MUST register again for the January 8 clinic.

As much as the new year brings new excitement to the building, now more than ever, it's important that we keep our school safe and healthy. If your child is not feeling well, we understand and look forward to their return when they are healthy and ready to learn.

Enjoy your weekend!

Erika Johansen

Are your Chromebooks Ready?

Please make sure your Chromebooks are ready to return to school on Monday!

They should be CHARGED and in their CASES.

Mr. Arnieri, our Library Innovation Teacher, has reported an increase in damaged screens on student chromebooks. Most of the devices come in without their provided case. It's a district expectation that all students have their chromebook in it's case.

A condition of students having a school district chromebook is that they keep it in their provided Chromebook case. Please check in with your child if their Chromebook isn't in the case.

There may be a fee for lost cases, so please look for it at home and put it on the Chromebook by Monday.

On-Time Expectations

We continue our work with students about the expectation that students arrive on-time to class and school. During second quarter, students who consistently arrived late to class have earned lunch detentions.

Starting this month, we will begin assigning after school detentions for tardiness, as well as student behavior. You will be contacted by an administrator if your child has earned an after school detention. After school detentions will be held from 2:30-4.

If you've been contacted by any of your child's teachers regarding concerns about tardiness to class, please review this expectation with your student. Thank you for your support!

Wildcat Girls Volleyball- 2022

Wildcat Girls Volleyball- 2022

GVB Parent Letter

GVB Information

Tryout Registration Form **Registration Opened 12/3/2021

2021-22 Important Dates

Registration Opens: December 3rd

Registration Closes: January 9th

Tryouts Date: January 10th - 13th

Season Starts:January 19th

District Championship: February 1-2

Wildcat Wrestling 2022

On December 3, 2021, you received notice that the CCSD15 Wrestling Season was going to be postponed. The decision was made in the midst of climbing transmission rates and in relation to wrestling which is classified as a HIGH RISK Sport by the IDPH. At this time, we are developing a plan to move forward with the Wrestling season with an adjusted schedule. In order to maximize student safety and keep our in person learning our highest priority, there will be additional Covid mitigation procedures for our wrestlers. The Registration form is in the process of being adapted to include additional, wrestling-specific, information and mitigation acknowledgements/agreements. The schedule has been adjusted to allow for the delayed registration and for the likely surge of cases after the winter break, while still allowing for the full season of events - see below.

We thank you for your understanding and support and look forward to getting our athletes back out on the mat!

2021-22 Important Dates


Registration Opens & Coaches Meeting: January 12, 2022

Registration Closes: January 24, 2022

Season Practice Starts: January 24, 2022

Season Meets Start: January 31, 2022

District Championship: March 3, 2022

Submitting Your Student's Vaccination Card

Once your child has received both doses of the vaccine, you can submit a copy of it to our school nurse. Fully vaccinated individuals are not identified as close contacts, and therefore, not excluded from school if there is a positive COVID case (as long as they remain asymptomatic).

This documentation is very important during our contact tracing efforts. Families will continue to be notified if a student is identified as a close contact so they are aware to monitor for potential symptoms.

From Sandburg Student Services Team

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are increasing their focus on mental health and well-being. Many schools are working to create a positive social and emotional climate to support students’ social and emotional learning. Starting January of 2022, a child in Illinois between the ages of 7-17 can take up to 5 mental health day's each school year without a doctor’s note.

A parent will still need to call in to report their student absent for the day. On the second mental health day, a Sandburg clinician will be reaching out to the parent to discuss if any support at school is needed. If you have any questions or if your student needs mental health support, please reach out to a Sandburg clinician.

To help with the transition back to school, take a look at our website and list of community resources. You can also contact us at the following information below:

Deyanira Munoz, Social Worker,, 847-963-7851 (bilingual)

Deanna Nemchock, School Counselor,, 847-963-7850

Lost and Found

Is your child missing a jacket or a water bottle?

We still have the items at Sandburg if students are missing anything from before Winter Break. Please ask your child to come by the office and we'll let them look through the items.

All items will be donated/disposed of on January 14th.

From the Sandburg PTSA

Please consider coming to our next PTSA meeting. Our group meets again on January 11th. 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.

Upcoming D15 Job Fairs

Job Fair

Please share with your staff and families that District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates: Come apply onsite!


Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday, March 7, 2022


Palatine Library

700 N. North Court

Palatine, IL 60067



We are looking for the following positions:

Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at with any questions

Upcoming events

January 10- School Resumes/3rd quarter begins

January 11- PTSA Meeting Virtual 6:00

January 12- D15 Board of Education Meeting 7:00

January 14- Quarter 2 Report Cards available on Infinite Campus

January 17- No School- MLK Jr Day

January 18- No Student attendance- Teacher Institute Day

February 8- PTSA Meeting- In Person in Sandburg Library 6:00 pm

February 8- D15 Forum- Moving 15 Forward in Sandburg Cafeteria 6:30 pm

February 9- D15 Board of Education Meeting 7:00

February 21- No School- President's Day

February 22- No Student Attendance- Teacher Plan Day

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