Lake Zurich Middle School North

Administration: Todd Jakowitsch and Aubrey Allen

November 23rd, 2021

Important Dates for the End of Second Quarter

It’s hard to believe we are already preparing for the end of first semester! We are so proud of our students for all their accomplishments in returning to school full time. This semester is certainly one to celebrate! Please continue reading for important dates as we look to close out 2021.


  • Please remember the last day of second quarter is Wednesday, December 22nd

  • Final quarter two grades will become available when report cards are processed on January 14, 2022 (parents and students will receive an additional communication when final report cards are available). As a reminder, parents still can view current student grades through Canvas. Please note that teachers may be making adjustments through January 14th.

  • Report cards will be available at 3:00 pm on January 14th.



If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or the office at any time.



MSN Connect

Do you want to learn more about volunteering in our community? Please join our MSN Connect Canvas course to learn about volunteer opportunities here at MSN and throughout the community! Use this link to join the Canvas Course: https://lz95.instructure.com/enroll/R4N3XH

Coming up… our 1st After School Action to make no-tie fleece blankets for Penny’s Purpose. We will meet after school in the Cafetorium on Dec. 14th & Dec. 15th until 4pm! If you’re interested in donating supplies (fabric or gifts cards to JoAnn Fabrics) for this project please see this Sign-Up Genius!

Also coming up… Feed My Starving Children on January 11th and February 17th. More details to come soon! If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Marcia Day or Ms. Jill Kragseth.

Activity Night: “Winterfest”

The MSN PTO is activity planning our next activity night which will take place on Friday, December 10th. The event will run similarly to the Halloween Howl with staggered start times and a rotation of activities. Please look for a signup genius after the Thanksgiving break.

STUCO Food Drive

We want to thank all of our families for participating in our STUCO Food Drive to stock the shelves of the St. Vincent de Paul Lake Zurich Food Pantry. With your donations we were able to donate almost 3,000 items. Special shout out to Mr. Alvarado’s eighth grade class for collecting 1365 items, and Mr. Arneson’s eighth grade class for collecting 585 items!

Toys for Tots/Winter Food Drive

Lake Zurich Middle School North’s Annual Toys for Tots and Food Pantry Drive will start on November 29 and run until December 17.


Local Toys for Tots Campaigns are the heart and soul of the Marine Toys for Tots Program managed by dedicated United States Marines and local volunteers. Please donate a new, unwrapped toy (no stuffed animals) to a needy child this holiday season.

Toys for Tots has been delivering hope to families since 1947.


548 Million toys donated to date

251 Million children Supported to Date


Please consider being a part of this great cause and one of MSN’s oldest traditions.

We are also collecting food for ELA Food Pantry. Middle School North has a long tradition of providing food and meals to many families over the holidays. Please donate canned or nonperishable items.


Donation areas are in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade hallways. We will be donating until December 17 for Toys for Tots and Dec 22th for Ela Food Pantry.


Thank you for helping to provide hope to children and families during this holiday season.

MAP Testing

Each year we monitor student progress and make instructional decisions based upon feedback that we receive. One of the pieces of information that we utilize is MAP testing. MAP testing provides up to the minute information regarding student achievement and progress. We are then able to take that information and tailor our lessons based upon student needs. We are currently planning to conduct our second round of MAP testing in December. The dates we have set aside are December 8th & 9th. We will run testing in the morning, and then run a modified schedule for the remainder of the day. Students will check in with their first period teacher for attendance, and then move to their testing classroom.

Thanksgiving

In observance of Thanksgiving there will be no school on November 24th, 25th, and 26th. If you are interested in learning more about Thanksgiving and when it became a national holiday you can do so at: https://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving

Illinois School Report Card

Please be aware that the 2020-21 Illinois School Report Cards are now available on the Illinois School Report Card website. These can be accessed through our district website (under the District menu) or by clicking here.

National Honors Society Thank You

In the October 29th newsletter we advertised that LZHS National Honor Society (NHS) students would be collecting extra Halloween candy last week to be sent to troops and veterans in partnership with an organization called Soldier’s Angels. After collecting candy at all eight of our schools, NHS students packed 42 boxes of candy weighing close to 1,500 pounds, for Soldier’s Angels to distribute. Thank you to our students and to the entire community for contributing!
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LZ95 Central COVID Testing Location Information

In anticipation of increased symptoms as we enter cold and flu season, District 95 has re-established a central testing location for students and staff members who are experiencing symptoms at home; these tests will no longer be conducted at individual buildings. The testing site will be operated at the Administration Building (832 S Rand Road) from 8:30-10:30am Monday through Friday on school days while students are present in the buildings. Please continue to call your school’s attendance line to report your student’s absence, so that the school nurse can confirm testing availability. If you do not already have a consent form on file for this year, please complete the consent form linked HERE - and call 847-812-2342 upon arrival.


As a reminder, if your student is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, they must remain home for 48 hours since symptoms have subsided - even if they obtain a negative COVID test.

November 12th, 2021

Progress Reports

2nd quarter progress reports will be posted in Home Access on November 18th at 3:00 pm.

MSN Connect

MSN Connect is the PTO/staff organization that strives to provide students with opportunities to connect with the community and show kindness. The committee promotes acts of kindness as well as volunteer opportunities. Here is a quick video to show you what they are all about. If you are interested in joining the MSN Connect community and helping others, please sign up for their email newsletter to learn about upcoming service projects and ways you can get involved (please click here).

iPad iOS 15 on November 12th

Students will be able to update their iPads to the latest release of Apple’s iOS on November 12th. On that day iOS 15 will be available for installation in the settings app on all District iPads. For instructions on installing the update please see Apple’s support website. If your student needs assistance installing the update please email support@lz95.net.

MSN Student Council Food Drive

The MSN Student Council is hosting a food drive in honor of the Thanksgiving season. Students are encouraged to bring nonperishable food the week of November 15th. All items will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Lake Zurich food pantry. The class that collects the most food during the week, will receive coupons for a Culver’s custard scoop. Items the food pantry is looking for include: canned fruit, canned whole kernel corn, white or brown rice, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, canned chicken, peanut butter, cereal.

October 29th, 2021

PSAT

On Wednesday, November 10th our eighth grade students will have the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9 at school as a part of their normal school day. The PSAT 8/9 is the first of four tests in the SAT Suite of Assessment. Tightly aligned to the SAT, it establishes a baseline for college and career readiness.

In order to support our eighth grade students in taking the PSAT 8/9 on Wednesday, November 10th we will have to make some adjustments to our regular school schedule. Please see the schedule below. Our sixth grade students will have very little impact on their normal school day. Our seventh grade students, however, will find that their schedule is reversed for the day. They will start with their ninth period class and will follow their schedule from there. They will still end their day with their Homeroom/BOC tenth period class. For our eighth grade students they will test in the morning. For most students their testing will be completed by lunch. After lunch the students will complete their first three periods of the day going from period three, to period two, to period one. The eighth grade students will also finish their day with their homeroom/BOC tenth period class.

Please note for our test takers, they can only have their pencils and calculators by their desks. All other items must stay in their bags and away from their desks during the test. All electronic devices, including, but not limited to cell phones, smart watches, iPads, etc.. must be turned off and be located in students’ bags. Only approved calculators will be allowed on the test.


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iPad iOS 15 on November 12th

Students will be able to update their iPads to the latest release of Apple’s iOS on November 12th. On that day iOS 15 will be available for installation in the settings app on all District iPads. For instructions on installing the update please see Apple’s support website. If your student needs assistance installing the update please email support@lz95.net.

Treats for Troops

LZHS National Honor Society students have teamed up with @SoldiersAngelsOfficial to provide a sweet taste of home to our deployed service members this Halloween! They are shipping excess Halloween candy to the deployed and District 95 Schools are official Drop-Off sites!

Stop by the main office at any District 95 School from November 1st through November 5th, 2021 and drop off any extra Halloween candy!
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Therapy Dog

We are excited to announce that we will be bringing a certified therapy dog to MSN for our students. This support will allow students who wish to engage to practice self-awareness and self-management skills during the school day. As allergies, asthma, immune problems, and/or other health concerns may make animal contact inappropriate for some students, District guidelines require prior parent/guardian notification for times when animal(s) will be in school.


The therapy dog will be present on campus every other Monday from 1:00PM through 3:15PM, starting November 15th. The dog will be in a common area for students to access during transitions, homeroom, and/or after school (with parent/guardian permission). Should families wish for their student to access the therapy dog after dismissal, they will be responsible for transportation for their student. It is important to note that your student(s) will not be required to interact with the dog at any point during the school day.

We will ensure that the District’s Guidelines for Using Animals in School Facilities are followed. We will also ensure that school grounds are appropriately cleaned following the therapy dog visits, and that the dog’s handler understands all procedures for meeting the dog’s needs during visits. Please also note that no student will be made responsible for meeting any of the dog’s needs (i.e., access to water, bathrooming needs) at any point during the visits.


If you have a specific concern with your student interacting with the dog/if you do not wish for your student to interact with the dog, please contact Todd Jakowitsch directly - and please let us know if you have any other questions at this time.


Message from MSN PTO

A BIG thank you to our MSN families who have contributed to this year's NO STRESS FUNDRAISER! Together, we have over $6000 in pledged donations and $455 in corporate matching. We are excited to share that we have MET this year's fundraising goals. Because of your generous support, we are now able to FULLY FUND the following:


$2500 for the 8th Grade Celebration

$1,520 for student activities

$2,500 for Teacher Grants that support student learning and enhance instruction

$500 for MSN Connect

$3,400 for Teacher Meals & Appreciation


If you have completed the Donation Pledge Form, but still need to submit your donation, please please submit your donation using one of the following options:


1. Donate via paypal at: https://tinyurl.com/msndonation

2. Mail a check made out to the MSN PTO to Jessica Morton: 244 Whitney Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047.


If you have a corporate match, please be sure to contact your company. The LZ PTO EIN is 26-2900120.


Thanks again for your AMAZING support! Week 2 Raffle Winners will be announced at the end of the week.

12 Days of Giving

The LZHS Student Council is sponsoring the second year of 12 Days of Giving on November 1st-16th. They will be collecting items to help support multiple local charities. The entire D95 Family is encouraged to help support these charities as a community.


High School students will be at the LZHS Main Entrance weekdays from 4:00-6:00pm, with a Contactless Drop Off service where Student Council students will collect the items from each car.


Please see the flyer attached below for the Wish List for each organization.

Thank you in advance for your participation in 12 Days of Giving and helping teach our students the value of giving and our Forward 95 Values!

October 15th, 2021

Conferences

Middle School parent teacher conferences will be conducted online on Wednesday November 3rd from 4PM to 7PM and on Thursday November 11th from 1:00PM to 7PM. Similar to last year, we will conduct conferences online using Meet the Teacher. The virtual platform allowed us to reach and involve more parents than in prior years, and we received overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding the convenience and accessibility of virtual conferences.


Parents and Guardians are encouraged and welcome to schedule an in-person conference instead of virtual, if they would prefer to meet face to face. Please schedule with Meet The Teacher and then email the teacher to confirm in-person.


On Monday, October 18th each guardian will receive an invitation to sign up for a video conference with their student’s teachers, including a unique login code for Lake Zurich’s Meet the Teacher portal. Parent sign-up will open at 8AM on Wednesday, Oct. 20th and will be available through October 25th at 8AM.


On the day of the meeting, parents/guardians will return to the Meet the Teacher conference website to open the video window. Until that time we encourage everyone to review this informational page to ensure the technology needed for conferencing is in place.

Quarter #1 Report Cards

Quarter #1 ends on next Tuesday, October 19th. Report cards will be published at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, October 26th.

Procedures for Sick Children/Cell Phones

We have experienced several instances where students have texted home during the day saying they are not feeling well. Parents then have understandably come in and picked their child up. This, however, causes problems regarding our procedures regarding monitoring and tracking students that are not feeling well. In addition, students' cell phones should be off and out of sight during the day. Please remind your student(s) that if they are not feeling well they should ask for a pass to see the nurse. The nurse will then make sure all procedures are followed and that proper communication occurs.

Canvas Tip

The quickest way for students and parents to find the day’s assignments for classes (homework, week schedule, etc…) is to head to their teacher’s homepage. Students and parents can access their teachers’ homepages through the Dashboard.

IAR Reports

For students who took the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) last Spring, IAR reports from the 2020 - 2021 school year will be sent home with your students today. Please reference the Director of Assessment’s attached letter (Spanish) for further information on the purpose of the IAR, as well as the purpose of the IAR reports.

Earbuds

Students are expected to bring their earbuds/headphones each day to school in case they need them for a particular class. While we have some earbuds on hand, just like other resources they are limited. Similar to our policy with lanyards, each student is able to receive a replacement set of earbuds for free. After the first replacement pair, we will charge one dollar for each additional replacement.

After School Tutoring

Will begin the week of October 18th. Please look for information from your student’s teacher. Once students are enrolled in the tutoring program we will communicate the tutoring schedule with those families. If you have any questions please contact one of your student’s core teachers.

October 1st, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates

In the next few weeks we have several important dates that we would like to share.

  • Monday, October 11th - No School

  • Tuesday, October 12th - Institute

  • Tuesday, October 19th - Quarter One Ends

MAP Reports

The District Office will be sending MAP reports home for your students today. Please check your email for this report.

Tutoring

As a part of our ongoing efforts to help our students achieve their personal best, we will begin offering tutoring sessions for identified students in the coming weeks. Building staff will be in contact if your child has been identified for tutoring services.

Social Media Challenges

Recently, a destructive social media challenge has been trending with the nation’s youth, particularly at the high school and middle school levels. The initial trend was known as the TikTok Devious Licks challenge, which encourages students to damage or steal items from schools, then post videos showing the damage. In particular, school bathrooms have been targets (damaging or removing sinks, soap dispensers, toilets, etc.), but in other cases damage extends to technology and other items. District 95 is not immune to this trend, as we have already seen some property damage at the secondary level. There are many stories in the media about this trend, but here are links to two recent articles:


https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/09/21/tiktok-devious-licks-challenge-schools-police-students-arrests/5797455001/


https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/09/21/devious-licks-parenting-advice/


Although TikTok has denounced this challenge and removed it from their search engines, some students are continuing with it under other hashtags such as #dispicablelicks. Some additional monthly challenges have also been circulating - which include slapping and inappropriately grabbing other students and/or staff members. In general, social media challenges are not likely to disappear any time soon.


As parents, we ask that you monitor your student’s social media usage, be on the lookout for signs of these trends, and most importantly have a conversation with your children to help them understand the seriousness of such behaviors. We all have a role to play in supporting responsible decision-making for our students, and in helping to prevent poor choices that may result in negative consequences. We hope that you will join us in this effort to build responsible decision-making skills within our school community as it relates to this disruptive social media trend.

Lanyards

We ask students and staff to wear their lanyards around their necks throughout the school day. The purpose of the lanyards is to help us identify who should be in the building on a daily basis, and to keep track of students and staff in case of emergencies. Currently many students are having their lanyards in their bags, on their bags, in their pockets, etc.. Please remind your students that their lanyards need to be worn and visible throughout the day.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week - October 25-29th. Lots of fun activities and contests.

Lake Zurich Schools, in conjunction with Parent Teacher Organizations and community members, are actively participating in the 2021 observance of Red Ribbon Week, October 25 - 29th. The Red Ribbon is a symbol for Americans to show that ribbon by ribbon, neighbor by neighbor, we are united in our stand for a drug-free youth. With more than 100,000 schools and organizations taking part, Red Ribbon Week is the largest anti-drug awareness event in the United States.

For more information on Red Ribbon Week, click on the links below:

Outstanding Student Fee Balances

Please take a moment to ensure that all student fees have been paid to avoid late fees. As a convenience to our families, we have extended the date for assessing late fees until October 15th, 2021, but after that a late fee of $15.00 will be applied.


On September 10th a communication was sent to anyone with outstanding fees (to the email address listed in PushCoin) but please be aware that additional fees may have been billed since then. Please visit PushCoin to view any outstanding fees in your account. If you have questions about a fee, please contact your child’s school.


In accordance with Board policy, all fees owed to the school district must be paid in full in order to participate in fee-based extracurricular activities.


For your convenience, payments can be made in one of two ways:


  1. Via credit or debit card or e-check using PushCoin: https://www.pushcoin.com

  2. Or a check payable to CUSD95 can be dropped off at your student’s school. When paying with a check, please include your student’s ID number.


If your income has changed and you would like to apply for a waiver or reduction of school fees, please click here https://www.lz95.org/departments/business-operations and follow the instructions for completing a Fee Waiver Application. If you have paid your fees, but your payment does not show in your student’s account please contact the Business Office at businessoffice@lz95.org . If you have signed a Promissory Note with the district to pay your fees, please disregard this notice.

September 17th, 2021

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes are scheduled for Friday, October 1st. If you would like your child’s picture to be retaken they will need to return the pictures that were sent home. If your child was absent or you did not order the original pictures, but would like to order the retakes please go to inter-state.com/order and use code: 61192CB. If you would like a physical copy of the form to order picture retakes, please stop by the main office.

Indoor Sporting Events

IESA has provided the following information in regards to indoor sporting events. All spectators are required to wear masks while indoors. While not required, the IESA does encourage spectators to sit by those within the same household, and try to create a social distance of six feet from other groups. The IESA does require all athletes to wear a mask while competing, except for wrestlers and when cheerleaders are completing stunts.

Lunches

Please remind your students that when they take their hot lunch from the cafeteria they must also take either a fruit or vegetable. The USDA is currently funding the lunch program for elementary and middle school students. The funding is based on students taking their fruits and/or vegetables.

Principal Talks

Over the past month we have spoken with all sixth grade transitions classes and the majority of the seventh grade home rooms. During these conversations we have discussed the District’s mission and vision of helping every learner achieve their own personal excellence. In helping every learner, we encourage the students to be kind, use positive language, and be respectful of themselves, each other, our staff, and our facilities. Students were encouraged to ask questions and find out more about the school and us. We will continue over the next few weeks to finish meeting with the seventh grader and BOC students.

Middle School SEL Introduction

We are excited to be starting our Second Step lessons on a departmental rotation this month. Through this program, students will engage in units on the following topics:


  • Mindsets & Goals

  • Recognizing Bullying & Harassment

  • Thoughts, Emotions, & Decisions

  • Managing Relationships & Social Conflict


The following departments will be covering the first several lessons within the program:


  • 6th grade: Social Studies and Literature/Language Arts

  • 7th grade: Social Studies, Literature/Language Arts, and Math

  • 8th grade: Social Studies


Please feel free to reach out to request additional information regarding the program and the schedule for lesson delivery.



8th Grade Activity Night

Our 8th grade activity night is scheduled for Friday, September 24th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The cost of the event is $5. The cost is reduced to $4 if the student brings an item to donate to the local food pantry. At the event students will be able to play Bingo, kickball, and volleyball. Students will also be provided with a snack.


It is our hope that they will come out, meet some other students and enjoy themselves. If your student is interested in attending please fill out the MSN 8th Grade Activity Night as there are thirty spots per group.


D95 Foundation Cultural Event

Looking for something to do on Sunday? LOOK NO FURTHER! The D95 Educational Foundation’s Inaugural Cultural Diversity Celebration is THIS SUNDAY, 9/19, from 12-3PM in the PAC Parking Lot at LZHS. LOTS to see and do! 16 interactive booths to visit! Food vendors! Kung Fu performance! Indian, German & Ukrainian Dance Groups! Storytimes! Lithuanian Poem Reading! Bring the whole family out for this fun, FREE event! For a list of participating booths and performances, visit https://www.district95foundation.org/culturaldiversitycelebration.

COVID Information Update

We also want to share some updates as it relates to communicating our COVID-related information to our school communities. This year, we have updated our website to report weekly COVID information by school/District office (rather than cumulative COVID information). Families and staff members can see updated information HERE, which is updated weekly on Fridays.

Symptom Monitoring Reminders

We want to take this opportunity to provide a reminder that while the District is currently not requiring a daily health screener, all students, families, and staff members must remember that regular symptom monitoring is an important mitigation strategy to maintain the ability to continue in-person instruction. As such, please remember that students and staff who are not feeling well CANNOT attend school, and families MUST report their symptoms to their school health office. In addition, siblings or family members of ill or symptomatic students CANNOT attend school until the symptomatic student has been cleared by the school nurse, which may include a negative COVID test.



September 3rd, 2021

Symptom Monitoring Reminders

We want to take this opportunity to provide a reminder that while the District is currently not requiring a daily health screener, all students, families, and staff members must remember that regular symptom monitoring is an important mitigation strategy to maintain the ability to continue in-person instruction. As such, please remember that students and staff who are not feeling well CANNOT attend school, and families MUST report their symptoms to their school health office. In addition, siblings or family members of ill or symptomatic students CANNOT attend school until the symptomatic student has been cleared by the school nurse, which may include a negative COVID test.

7th Grade Activity Night

Our 7th grade activity night is scheduled for Friday, September 10th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The cost of the event is $5. The cost is reduced to $4 if the student brings an item to donate to the local food pantry. At the event students will be able to play Bingo, kickball, and volleyball. Students will also be provided with a snack.


It is our hope that they will come out, meet some other students and enjoy themselves.

If your student is interested in attending please fill out the Sign Up Genius as there are thirty spots per group.

PE Uniform and Athletic Fees

PE Uniform and Athletic Fees

PE Uniforms were distributed to students that needed them last week and have been billed to their Push Coin account. Please login to your student’s Push Coin account to pay for the PE uniform (if they received one). The cost of that uniform is $15.00:

https://www.pushcoin.com/

Additionally, the athletic fee for fall sports – Boys Soccer, Girls Softball and Cross Country -- has been billed to your student’s Push Coin account and can be paid there. If you do not have a Push Coin account, please find directions below to set up an account.

PushCoin Instructions



Items Being Dropped Off

At times it is necessary to drop off an item at school because your child will need it that day. We do ask, however, that you only do so when it is truly a necessity. When items are dropped off they need to be delivered to students and oftentimes to their classrooms. In order to preserve instructional time it is our goal to have as few disruptions as possible. Limiting the number of items that are being delivered will help in the goal of preserving instructional time.

Early Dismissal Procedures

In order to minimize disruption to the school learning environment, we ask parents to follow the following procedure if you need to pick up your student during the school day, prior to the 2:20 PM dismissal time:

  • Write a note indicating the time you need to pick up your student
  • Ask your student to bring the note to the front office, first thing in the morning
  • The office will issue your student an early dismissal pass, indicating the dismissal time
  • At the time of dismissal, your student will show the classroom teacher the pass
  • The teacher will allow your student to leave class
  • Your student will walk down to the main office to meet you for dismissal
  • You will sign-out your student

Water Bottles

Again, one of our goals is to preserve instructional time and eliminate disruptions in the classroom. Currently, students have access to water bottle filling stations throughout the day. Students bringing a water bottle and refilling it as needed helps to preserve instructional time. Students may refill their bottles during passing periods or lunch. They are then able to have a drink without leaving the classroom. Please encourage your child to bring a water bottle to use throughout the day.

Masks Reminder

As your students are preparing for their day, please make sure that they take a mask with them that fits appropriately. Students need to make sure their mask can stay up covering both their nose and mouth. Please discuss strategies with your student on what to do to wear their mask correctly throughout the day. If their mask should break at any point, or they forget their mask, we do have extra surgical masks on hand.

COVID Information Update

We also want to share some updates as it relates to communicating our COVID-related information to our school communities. This year, we have updated our website to report weekly COVID information by school/District office (rather than cumulative COVID information). Families and staff members can see updated information HERE, which is updated weekly on Fridays.

Summer Updates to the MSN Website



Based on feedback from parents, students, and staff, we have made some updates to the school and District webpages that makes helpful information more easily accessible.

Check out these icons under “Important Links” on the MSN homepage:


Schedule & Learning Mode - check here to see our current learning status (in-person) along with the regular school schedule, plus schedules for delayed start, early dismissal, and assemblies.

Recent School Communications – check here for recent School Messenger emails sent from the school to all MSN families.

Health & Wellness – visit this page for COVID health information and Social Emotional Wellness information.

Athletics & Activities– this is a quick link to the MSN Athletics & Activities page.

Staff Directory – this is a quick link to the MSN Staff Directory page.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please check the menus or click on the Search icon (magnifying glass) at the top of the page!

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August 20th, 2021

MAPS Testing

Each year we monitor student progress and make instructional decisions based upon feedback that we receive. One of the pieces of information that we utilize is MAPS testing. MAPS testing provides up to the minute information regarding student achievement and progress. We are then able to take that information and tailor our lessons based upon student needs. We are currently planning to conduct our first round of MAPS testing in August. The dates we have set aside are August 25th and 26th. We will run testing in the morning, and then run a modified schedule for the remainder of the day. Students will check in with their first period teacher for attendance, and then move to their testing classroom.

Canvas Observer Accounty

To offer greater access to student learning, all guardians are now provided a Canvas Observer account. For those who have not previously created a Canvas Observer account, an account has been created for you using the email address you have on file with the district.

This account will give you direct access to the learnings that your student is engaged in within Canvas, our digital learning hub. This includes assignment scores for students in grades 4 to 12. Previously created accounts will also continue to function.

With this change, you will notice that the Classwork view is no longer featured within Home Access. More timely and detailed information is available directly within Canvas. Official, final course grades will continue to be published and accessible via Home Access.

To get started using your Canvas account - (for new users)

  1. Go to our instance of Canvas at: lz95.instructure.com
  2. Click on the Forgot Password? link.
  3. Enter the email address that is on file with the school.
    Only email addresses on file with the school will have accounts.
  4. Check your email inbox to get a reset password link and directions.
    It may take a few minutes to arrive, if it doesn't, be sure to check your spam folder.

To learn more about using your Canvas Observer account, please visit: lz95.org/parents/canvas-for-parents


For any other questions related to Canvas observer accounts, please visit the D95 technology support page at lz95.org/tech.

Pictures

School pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Pictures will be taken during students’ P.E. classes. Information for ordering school pictures can be found on our school website under news items. Please used the following link: https://inter-state.com/order

and code 61110X to order online.

Lanyards

Teachers are distributing lanyards to all students. By next Wednesday all students will have received a lanyard. All students will be expected to wear their lanyard on a daily basis starting next Wednesday (August 25th). This step is important for the safety and security of the building. Any student that does not have a lanyard will be given a sticker for the day.

6th Grade Activity Night

Our 6th grade activity night is scheduled for Friday, August 27th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The cost of the event is $5. The cost is reduced to $4 if the student brings an item to donate to the local food pantry. At the event students will be able to play Bingo, kickball, and volleyball. Students will also be provided with a snack.

  • Bingo

  • Snacks

  • Kickball

  • Volleyball

It is our hope that they will come out, meet some other students and enjoy themselves.

If your student is interested in attending please fill out the Sign Up Genius as there are fifty-three spots per group.

D95 Foundation Cultural Diversity Celebration

This family friendly event will celebrate the diverse cultures in District 95, and include informational booths, cultural performances, and food trucks. Attached is a flyer with more info. For information on the event please click here.

Battle of the Books

It's Battle of the Books time!

What is Battle of the Books you ask? It's a competition similar in format to a Scholastic Bowl. Readers form teams of 4 students and read from a list of 19 selected Rebecca Caudill 2022 titles: http://www.rebeccacaudill.org/


Battle of the Books consist of team members answering trivia-style questions based on their reading. Each team will battle on Wednesday January 19th 3PM-4PM. The team with the highest score will then participate in the Cross-Town Battle between Middle School South. (TBA February 2022)


There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, September 9th in the LMC at 2:20-3:15 (late busses will be provided if needed)


Team name and member sheet will be due on October 7th.


We will have a Zoom check in with teams on Thursday, October 7th and Wednesday, December 8th at 3pm.


Teams will be sent Zoom invitations the day before.


Questions? or to sign up your student please contact Mrs. Taylor (MSN Librarian)

Laura.Dooley-Taylor@lz95.org

Fall Musical

Don’t miss out! Have your student come to our meeting Monday (8/23) after school to find out about auditions for our Fall Musical: Seussical! We will meet in room B106 (Drama Room). They will be done in time for the late bus at 3:15pm. Any questions? Please email Karen Jaffe (karen.jaffe@lz95.org)

Sports Sign-Up

Traditionally, to register for sports we have distributed packets that went home, were completed by parents, and then returned to the school. This was done for each athletic season. In order to simplify the paperwork, eliminate the use of paper, and align to the practices of the high school we will be using an automated registration for middle school activities. To register for activities, you should:

  1. Log in to Home Access.

  2. Click on “Registration.”

  3. Click on “Update Registration.”

  4. In the middle of this page, there is an “optional items” section.

  5. Click on the season that you would like to register for (Fall, Early Winter, Winter, or Spring).

  6. That should take you to the Activity Options.

  7. Fill out/verify the appropriate information.

Students will still need to have an up to date physical on file with the nurse and complete the Emergency Contact Form that will go to their coach. Physicals & Emergency Contact Forms can be found at the bottom of the Athletics’ website page.

August 10th, 2021

Schedules (availability)

Student schedules are now available in Home Access . Please check your bus number and bus route for both the regular bus schedule and the late bus schedule as they will differ. If a student does not have their schedule on the first day of school they should report to the office area where staff will assist them and provide them with a copy of their schedule.

Locker Access

Locker combinations are available in Home Access. During the first day of school staff will help students access their lockers and practice their locker combinations. Students will have access to their lockers three times per day (morning, lunch, and after school). Students will be able to carry their backpacks with them throughout the day.

First Day of School

  • On the first day of school students may arrive at school beginning at 7:10. When they arrive, they will report directly to their first period class. During students’ first period they will receive directions from their teacher.

  • The school day ends at 2:20. For students riding the bus, staff will direct them to the appropriate location. The circle drive will be used for students that are being picked-up. Please be aware that there is a lot of traffic during this time of the day. We kindly ask that parents do not block the entrance. It is important that our buses are able to enter the campus, pick-up our students, and begin their routes in a timely manner.

  • For lunch we will once again be using two locations. Students will eat at desks that are placed three feet apart. Students will be able to choose their seat. After choosing their seat, that will become their assigned seat. All middle school students are eligible for free lunch each school day.

Student ID's

Students will receive their school id the first few weeks of school. Sixth grade students will receive temporary ids without their pictures. All students will receive a new id after school pictures are taken. Students will be expected to wear their ids throughout the school day. Please see below regarding information that will be included on all student id’s.


There is anticipated state legislation that requires school districts to provide contact information for suicide prevention/hotline resources on the back of student identification cards for all students in grades 6 through 12. In addition to this new legal requirement, the social-emotional well-being of all students continues to be a top priority for the District; this is especially true as we prepare to welcome students back following a unique and challenging school year.

In collaboration with building administrative teams at Middle School North, Middle School South, and Lake Zurich High School, District administration is preparing to meet anticipated requirements associated with the new legislation. Student ID cards at the middle and high school levels will have all required suicide prevention information printed on the back, as well as a code that allows them to access the District 95 “See Something, Say Something” reporting site, for the 21-22 school year.

Please contact Dr. Lauren McArdle, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services (lauren.mcardle@lz95.org, 847.540.7060), if you have any additional questions regarding this change.


School Pictures

School pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Pictures will be taken during students’ P.E. classes. Information for ordering school pictures can be found on our school website under news items. Our school nurse will also conduct our hearing & vision screenings at the same time. The makeup date for pictures is Friday, October 1, 2021.

PE Uniforms

Information regarding purchasing PE uniforms will be forthcoming. Uniforms will be distributed through PE classes.

Keys to a Successful Year

We want to make sure that all of our students have a successful school year. Some key tips for making the most of your middle school year:

  1. Think positively

  2. Get involved

  3. Make goals

  4. Ask for help

  5. Stay organized

  6. Pay attention & complete your work

July 22nd, 2021

Introduction

We are extremely excited that your child will be joining Middle School North for the 2021-22 school-year. Throughout the year you will receive information and updates in a variety of ways. One of our communication methods is our MSN Newsletter, which you will receive every 2 weeks. Please take the time to look over the newsletter as there will be important updates and information contained in the newsletter.

Middle School Building Walks

All students will have the ability to walk their schedules on Wednesday, August 11th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Parents and students will be able to walk the building with their schedules to become familiar with the school. Students will also be able to access their lockers and place supplies/materials in them. Please note that due to ongoing maintenance of the building in preparation for these days, the building will not be accessible for students to walk around prior to August 11th.

School Supplies

A current grade-level list of school supplies can be found on the school website. You can also access the middle school supply lists by clicking here.

Summer Reading Assignment Reminder

We sincerely hope that students and families continue to read together over the summer. Most parents are aware of the importance of continuing to read over the summer. However, many are unaware of the negative effects not reading over the summer has on students. Parents may have heard of the term “summer slide.” This term is used to represent the lack of educational growth students experience over the summer. What parents might not realize is this lack of growth over the summer may account for as much as 2 school years worth of growth by the time a student reaches middle school. In order to encourage students and families to continue to read and grow over the summer, each grade level has a summer reading assignment. Please click here to access each grade level’s summer reading assignment.



First Day of School

The first day of student attendance is Tuesday, August 17th. As a reminder, the first day of school is a full day, from 7:30 am – 2:20 pm. Students will report to their first period class.



Schedules

Schedules are not currently available. Information will be provided when schedules become available.

Transportation

Transportation will be posting bus information on Home Access after August 2nd. You may check there for details regarding your bus stop as well as departure and arrival times.

Late Buses

During the 2021 – 2022 school year we will once again be offering two late buses for students. Students will have access to an academic/activities bus at 3:30 and an activities bus at 4:15. The 4:15 bus routes will start on Tuesday, August 17th, and the 3:30 bus routes will start on Monday, August 23rd.


For students who will be using the services of the late buses their teacher, coach, sponsors will provide the students with a pass. Students should be prepared to provide their teacher, coach, sponsor with their late bus route and bus number. You can find this information through Home Access closer to the start of school.



To help the students have a successful experience with the late bus we recommend that parents review the bus route and bus number that students will take. We also recommend that parents work with students on learning a route home from the bus stop as the late bus routes and stops will be different from their normal before and after school bus stops and routes.

Athletics

For students interested in trying out and participating in a sport, there are specific requirements that all students must complete to ensure a safe environment.


  • Registration: All students must be registered to participate. Please use the link below to access the registration portal.

  • Sports Physical: All students participating in try-outs and a sport must have a current sports physical on file. Sports physicals are good for one year from the date the physical was conducted. Please check to make sure your physical is current. The physical must be turned into the Nurse’s Office.

  • Emergency Information Form: Students must have a completed and signed Emergency Information Form for each activity they are trying out for/participating in. They will need to turn this form into the coach or sponsor at the time of try-outs. If try-outs are not required, then the first activity of the sport or activity.

  • Fees: Students must ensure that all fees are paid prior to try-outs and/or participation.

  • Parent Team Meeting: All parents are required to attend the pre-season team meeting. You will find the exact date and time for the parent meeting on the sport’s schedule. For specific questions on the parents’ team meeting please contact the appropriate coach.


All required medical forms and registration can be found on the Athletics & Activities website.


Students must ensure that all proper forms and fees are on file with the Main Office, and coach/sponsor, including the Emergency Information Form in order to try-out and/or participate. If you have any questions please contact the school office.


Early Fall Sports

Softball

Cross Country

Boys’ Soccer


Late Fall Sports

Girls’ Basketball

Pom Poms


Early Fall Sports Information:

Softball (Tryouts: August 11th & 12th)

Softball: Marcia Day (marcia.day@lz95.org) & Becky Wood (becky.wood@lz95.org)

Informational Flyer


Cross Country (Informational Meeting: August 23rd)

Girls Head Cross Country Coach: Jill Kragseth (jill.kragseth@lz95.org)

Boys Head Cross Country Coach: Kerry Conrad (kerry.conrad@lz95.org)

Informational Flyer


Boys Soccer (Tryouts: August 19th & 20th)

Soccer: Chris Knutson (chris.knutson@lz95.org) & Dan Kociszewski (dan.kociszewski@lz95.org)

Informational Flyer

Activities

We have many after school activities that will be starting in the first few weeks of school. More information about these activities can be found in the attached Activities Brochure. For specific information about the start of each activity, please either contact the sponsor and look for future announcements and information.


For students interested in trying out (if applicable) and participating in an activity, there are specific requirements that all students must complete to ensure a safe environment.


  • Registration: All students must be registered to participate. Please use the link below to access the registration portal.

  • Emergency Information Form: Students must have a completed and signed Emergency Information Form for each activity they are trying out for/participating in. They will need to turn this form into the coach or sponsor at the time of try-outs. If try-outs are not required, then the first activity of the activity.

  • Fees: Students must ensure that all fees are paid prior to try-outs and/or participation.


All required medical forms and registration can be found on the Athletics & Activities website.


Fall Musical

Come Shine on Stage! An informational meeting about Fall Musical Auditions will be held Monday, August 23rd for students at 2:30pm. Meet in the Drama Room (B106). Be on the lookout for more announcements and information on the show! Questions? Email karen.jaffe@lz95.org


In addition, stage crew will be offered once again this fall as we build the set and provide technical support for this year’s musical. Students will be taught the safe use of various hand and power tools as well as stagecraft and basic set construction. Stage crew students will also learn how to use sound and lighting equipment to support the production.


Informational Meeting: Monday, August 23rd at 2:30 pm in B106

Musical Director: Karen Jaffe (karen.jaffe@lz95.org)

Stagecraft: Jason Arneson (jason.arneson@lz95.org)

Informational Flyer

Open Houses

An early reminder to mark your calendar with the following dates:


Wednesday, September 1st: 6th Grade Open House – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, August 24th: 7th and 8th Grade Open House – 6:30 pm

LZMSN PTO

The PTO has a webpage on the MSN school page. Information that can be found includes the PTO Information Form, Buzz Book order form, and Spirit Wear order form.



Distinguished Member of the Wolf Pack

Middle School North students are encouraged to achieve personal excellence and to flourish as responsible, caring citizens in a global community. Each year at MSN, students work toward the requirements necessary to become a Distinguished Member of the Wolfpack. Students who meet all requirements of a Distinguished Member of the Wolf Pack will receive:

  • Special Recognition at 8th Grade Promotion – you will be honored with a gray cord and your name will be called

  • MSN Legacy Wall: A plaque with your name and graduation year

More information regarding the Distinguished Member of the Wolf Pack award can be found here.



Attendance Line

If, for any reason, a student must be absent from school, parents should call the attendance line, 847-719-3663, before 9:00 a.m. the day the student is absent. If the parent has not called the school by 9:00 am, the office will call to verify the absence.



Afternoon Pickup

Each year we experience congestion in the circle drive in the afternoon during dismissal. We recognize that it is often necessary for parents to pick their children up for obligations and appointments. We ask, however, for extreme caution to be used to help protect the students and staff of Middle School North.



Getting/Staying Informed

The school strives to keep students and parents informed about school events, opportunities, progress, policies, and procedures in a number of ways.


Students can find information about special events, informational meetings, sports tryouts, clubs, intramurals, charity activities, etc., through one of the following sources:


· Morning PA announcements

· Thumbnails and the Daily Announcements link at the MSN website

· Flyers posted around the building

· Lunchtime announcements


Students should be “tuned in” to any or all of these sources. Students can also find a lot of information, guidance, and support by referring to the Parent-Student Handbook for general information about District 95, by checking their teachers’ Canvas pages for information and reminders about their classes, and by regularly checking their Home Access account (the online grade book) to help them monitor their academic progress.


Parents receive information about school in a variety of ways:


  • Periodic email messages (like this one) sent home as updates and reminders, as well as for important and/or time sensitive matters.

  • Thumbnails and Daily Announcement link at the MSN website.

  • Monthly Principal Chats, which are open meetings that provide opportunities for parents to meet with the principals and to talk about Middle School North.

  • Classroom information is best found through Home Access (the online grade book), and Canvas sites remain a good source since teachers use them to provide day-to-day information about their classes.

  • The MSN Newsletter will be sent out on a bi-weekly basis with updates and information.


Parents can also find important information about District 95 policies and procedures in the Parent-Student Handbook (which can be located on the District website).


Our goal is to foster and maintain a close partnership between the school and home in order to help the students to the best of our ability.