Wildcat Weekly!

Springman Middle School 2023 - 2024 - September 15th

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Happy Friday!

Happy Sunny Friday #WildcatWayD34 families + students!

Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th! This month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The 15th not only marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month but also the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua from Spain in 1821.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to a month filled with cultural appreciation, learning, and community involvement.

Wishing you a restful weekend and a meaningful Hispanic Heritage Month ahead.


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Curriculum Night 2023

Thank you to all who visited Springman last night for our 2023 Curriculum Night. Click on the link below to access the presentation shared during the administrative meet and greet at end of the evening.

SOS Information 2023

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for students, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression—which is treatable—is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth.

To proactively address these issues, Springman is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. The program aims to increase help seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend. SOS is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices and in a randomized control study, the SOS High School Program showed a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40% (BMC Public Health, July 2007).

Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness

  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression

  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend

  • To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns

  • To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it

This program will be presented during the months of September and October. 7th Grade will participate on September 13th, 8th grade on Sept 20th for 8th, and 6th grade on October 4th. Click on the link below for more information.

Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.

This year is the last year of the District 34 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. That plan has been foundational in guiding us through so many positive changes, from a successful referendum to the subsequent launch of full-day kindergarten and our new learning spaces, from processes and programs that improve transitions for our students to enhanced parent programming.

We've heard our mission, and we've lived it: Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.

This year, we are asking for input from all families to maintain that solid foundation, ensuring a strategic plan for District 34 that continues to reflect the wishes of our community.

Please take a few minutes (before the October 1 deadline) to take this first family survey.

You can choose to participate in your native language - select that option on the first screen. It's a traditional survey - not an "exchange." We will look at the results of this survey (and similar surveys for D34 staff, the community and our 3rd-8th grade students) to determine the ideas and topics where we need to dig deeper in future exchanges.

There will be additional opportunities to provide input throughout the year; the Board will adopt the District 34 2024-2027 Strategic Plan in June, and will launch with the 2024-2025 school year.

If you have friends and neighbors who don’t have children in District 34 schools, please share the link to the survey just for them: https://tejoin.com/scroll/447452529

Thank you for helping us focus forward together!

Contest Opportunity

"Celia C. Perez, the author of awesome books like The First Rule of Punk, Strange Birds, and Tumble is coming to the Glenview Public Library!

Anyone can go see Celia Perez speak at the public library on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00pm.

However, Springman and Attea students have a special a chance to win a pizza dinner with the author on the same day at 5:30 pm!

Interested? Enter the contest by filling out the form below!

Winners will be drawn on September 21st. There will be up to 3 winners selected from each school. Winners (and their families) will be notified by email.

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#BeWell34 News From Our Health Office

As we get closer to flu season, we want to remind families about our health and safety protocols. It is difficult for a child who is not feeling well to learn. It's best for them to stay home until they are well enough to have a positive, productive and healthy school experience. Please keep your child at home if they have:

  • Fever (temperature of 100.4°F or greater)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Communicable diseases
  • Pink eye
  • Head lice infestation (live head lice)

There are many reasons your child could be sick, from cold and flu to COVID-19, strep throat to RSV, and oh, so much more.We encourage you to have your child evaluated by a healthcare provider to determine the cause of and best treatment for their illness.

Before a student may return to school, he/she must be free of fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea (without fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours. If a student has been prescribed antibiotic medication for a rash, communicable diseases and/or pink eye they may return to school after completing 24 hours of prescribed medication.

You can find the full attendance policies and absence reporting information on the District 34 website.

Dental Exam due for all 6th graders

In the first two-weeks of October, District 34 is bringing Orland Park Dental Services (OPDS) to our schools to provide dental exams to any of our students who need it. The State of Illinois requires students in 6th grade to submit proof of a dental exam. OPDS provide dental services to children on public aid as well as those with private dental insurance.

Click here to sign up.

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Happenings Around SP - Grade Level/Department News


What to expect in the future Wildcat Weekly communications are below:

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Panorama Survey
  • Fall Activities

Important Dates

  • September 22nd: No School
  • September 25th: No School
  • October 13th: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 22nd: 24th: No School

Helpful Links

Peachjar is the system that hosts our district's "digital backpack." You'll see the icon on the home page of the District and school websites. Check it out for upcoming offerings and events hosted by community groups and organizations that provide educational, recreational and enrichment opportunities for students and families.



Megan Russell - Principal

Lisa Engel - Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning

Megan Chin - Assistant Principal for Student Services

Abbey Cullen - Student Success Coordinator