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Illinois School Report Card - 2012
District 62 students consistently perform at or above the state minimum target for attendance, reading, mathematics, and graduation. Reading score 83.1% is close to meeting the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) target of 85.0% meeting or exceeding standards. Students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 8 made gains from 2011 to 2012. Scores in grades 4 and 7 remained consistent.
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PARCC Test Begins Monday, March 2

In March and May 2015, District 62 will administer the new required Illinois State achievement tests called PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of College & Careers). PARCC, an online test, has been designed and adopted by the State to assess student knowledge and understanding of the New Illinois Learning Standards, also known as the Common Core State Standards.

Your child will take the state-required achievement tests between Monday, March 9 and Friday, March 27 – for ICS students, Monday, March 2 and Friday, March 20. Students in grades 3 through 8 will be tested in reading and mathematics. Your child’s teacher/school will communicate a more specific testing schedule.

Parents can help their child do his or her best on the test by:

  1. making sure, if possible, that children attend full days on the days of testing
  2. making sure children get a good night’s sleep the night before each testing day
  3. providing a healthy breakfast the morning of each testing day
  4. being certain your child has a healthy snack and lunch
  5. reminding children to ask teachers if they do not understand test directions
  6. letting children know that parents have confidence in their ability to do their best, and
  7. advising your child not to worry about the test, but to do the best that they can

Please feel free to call the school or your child’s teacher if you have further questions about these tests. More information may be found by visiting www.isbe.state.il.us/assessment/htmls/parcc-primer.htm



Voluntary Student Accident Insurance
The Des Plaines School District 62 now provides you with the opportunity to purchase student accident insurance. Learn more...

Students entering sixth grade must have a current physical and immunizations before the start of school. Learn more...




Algonquin Wins! Congratulations to Algonquin Middle School for winning the Grand Prize for grades 6 – 8 in the 2014 Compass Learning Classroom Refresh Contest for their video Tech Tech Baby. Thank you to everyone who voted for the AMS team. Check out the Compass Learning website classroomrefresh.shycast.com for more information.


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Audiovisual: Daniel Chianelli, and Pablo Sands


2014 Algonquin Students NJHS

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2014 Algonquin Students NJHS

Thirty-six Algonquin Students Inducted into NJHS
On April 30, 2014, thirty-six Algonquin Middle School students were inducted in the Henry C. Lashway chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at an induction ceremony. New members, friends, family, faculty, administrators and school board members, attended the evening candle-lighting ceremony.

Following welcoming remarks by Algonquin Middle School principal John Swanson, and a speech by school board member Ronald Burton, five students spoke about the importance of the standards of the National Junior Honor Society. Romar Paul Harayo, Josselyn Cruz, Catherine Buchaniec, Joshua Wastyn, and Grasiela Victor spoke about scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Jelena Pejovic served as the mistress of ceremonies. Swanson and Burton presented certificates and medallions to the inductees. Each student presented a carnation to his/her family.

The National Junior Honor Society is a national service organization, designed to “create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.”



STEM Club + GE = Ignited Minds – For the next four weeks, General Electric (GE) engineers and project managers will meet with the Algonquin Middle School STEM Club on Tuesdays from 3-4 PM. This particular visit focused on retail math and discounts. Igniting Minds, which is a ten-week program, features GE professionals working with AMS students in activities such as Roller Coasting Through Functions, Math Bingo, Invest in Your Education and Supreme Court Handshakes. Algonquin is the first middle school in the northwest suburbs to participate in this program.



Over 300 students, over half of Algonquin students donated to fundraiser and raised $930. Our teacher Kristin Vaziri organized the fundraiser for HopeKids (kids with cancer). The HopeKids powerlifting event takes place on Saturday, March 29th. Links about the fundraiser and HopeKids: Emily video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnaR647ssM8, and Relentless intro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdE7k6fteYM.



The Stars Shine at Algonquin – Students, families, and members of the Northwest Suburban Astronomy Club joined Algonquin Middle School teachers at the second annual Astronomy Night. Beam me up, Scotty!



Former Algonquin Student Wins Big at Karate Nationals

Bailey Radnitzer, Maine West High School, won first place in the 14-year old category of the USA Karate Nationals in Greenville, SC. Radnitzer attended Algonquin Middle and Forest Elementary Schools.


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Mon and Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tues – Thurs: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Absentee calls (847) 824-1205


The mission of the Des Plaines Community Education System is to equip our students with the skills necessary for their success as responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners by providing the best possible educational climate, curriculum, resources, and staff.


For 2014-15 School Year



Algonquin is proud to announce

Plus One

The purpose of our Saturday School program include:

  • Addressing academic needs of 6th, 7th and 8th graders who have received a U in any class.
  • Providing a constructive alternative for students who struggle to complete class and homework and are not motivated by consequences that are already in place.
  • Providing a “walk-in” environment for students who:
    • would like to work on group projects,
    • would like to get help from a teacher or peer,
    • would like an alternative to working at home,
    • need computer/internet access to complete school work.
  • Providing a positive alternative to school suspensions.
  • Provide small group instructional opportunities.
  • Provide enrichment opportunities for advanced students.

Times: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., Students should arrive on time and stay for the entire session unless previous arrangements have been made.
Students should bring snack, materials such as pens/pencils, paper, calculator, notebooks and school books as necessary, a book for independent silent reading, and a good attitude is recommended!



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Algonquin Middle School
767 E. Algonquin Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847-824-1205
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