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2015 CMS Promotion

Eighth Graders Continue Believing As They Move to High School
Congratulations to the Chippewa Middle School Class of 2015! – CMS promoted 233 students to high school on June 9 in a student-filled celebration in the Maine West High School Auditorium.



Representatives of the Class of 2015 welcomed attendees in their native languages. The Eighth Grade Chippewa Chorus sang “Don’t Stop Believing,” and several students recited the poem, “I Am,” authored by Michelle Marek.

Part of School District 62’s promotion ceremonies is the tradition of returning Gallery 62 art work to the parents of the students that were featured in the exhibit. School board member James Poskozim spotlighted CMS 8th graders Vidhi Patel, Yesenia Santiago, and Karen Suarez.

Board member Ray Imig congratulated the eighth graders and encouraged to them to continue to stretch themselves. He listed the accomplishments of the Class of 2015. They are:

  • 30 students attended an engineering workshop sponsored by Honeywell.
  • 55 students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
  • 25 girls attended the Futures Unlimited Conference at Oakton Community College.
  • Three students participated in the Science Olympiad.
  • 24 students published Chippewa 411, the online newspaper.
  • 23 students participated in symphonic band; 13 students were involved in orchestra.
  • Students collected food during the spring food drive.
  • Students participated in the National Pay It Forward Day.
  • Many eighth graders displayed their artwork at Maine East High School, Prairie Lakes, Gallery 62 and the Des Plaines Public Library.

CMS Principal Dr. Leah Kimmelman advised eighth graders to celebrate the great things that have happened to them, the family member and teachers that support them, but more importantly to “celebrate you. The world is a better place to have you in it.”


ISBE Summer Learning

Governor Rauner, Secretary White and State Superintendent Smith encourage students to use free online reading and math resources during summer breakFind a Book Search Tool Aims to Fight Summer Learning Loss.
ISBE Letter | Read to the Rhythm! | Summer Math Challenge


Find a Book also offers a Spanish option that allows users to search all of the titles with Spanish Lexile measures. More information on Spanish Lexile measures is available at http://www.lexile.com/about-lexile/el-sistema-para-leer


Got 2 Run for Education

Got2Run for Education – Chippewa Middle School is becoming a school full of avid readers as students work to earn raffle tickets for premium prizes like an Xbox 360, GoPro cameras, a Kindle Fire and more. To earn a raffle ticket, students must read for 10 hours, fill out a reading contract, and turn it in with parent signatures. So far students have logged over 3,000 reading hours. Some students have read for more than 50 hours individually. The program was made possible with a $1,000 grant from the D62 Foundation. This is one of many programs the Foundation funds to enhance student learning in District 62 schools. Help support the foundation by participating in the upcoming Got2Run for Education on May 16! www.got2run.org/page8/SchoolPartners


Girls on the Run

Activity for a 5K | Permission Form



Chippewa Middle School was proud to have eight band students selected to participate in this fall's VanderCook College of Music HonorFest on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology. The event featured over 200 musicians from around Illinois and several surrounding states. The students had the opportunity to work with nationally known music educators in two bands along with students from many other schools. They presented a wonderful concert in the afternoon for families. Chippewa’s band director is Mr. Scott Duff.


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(Mondays early dismissal 2:45 p.m.)



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123 N 8th Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60016
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