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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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Early Dismissal Friday 27 - 2:45 p.m. grades 6 – 8; grades 1 – 5 and afternoon kindergarten 3:15 p.m.


Spring Recess - All District 62 schools will remain closed Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3. Classes will not meet on Monday, April 6 Non-Attendance Day. Classes resume Tuesday, April 7.



Wednesdays, April 4 – May 12

Presenter: Peter Martin Social Worker – Chippewa Middle School
You are invited to join us for a Free Parent Education Group

Parenting the
Love§Logic Way

This 6-week course will teach you a fun and practical approach to raising wonderful kids. During the course, you will learn about the Two rules of Love and Logic, the Anticipatory Consequence, ways to neutralize arguing and much more.

SPRING SESSIONS: You will walk out with information and ideas that you can use right away! The group will meet in the Chippewa Library, on Wednesdays from 6 – 7:30 pm on these dates, Session 1 - April 7 | Session 2April 14 | Session 3April 21 | Session 4April 28 | Session 5May 05 | Session 6May 12.


For more information, please contact Peter Martin, Chippewa Middle School Social Worker, martinpe@d62.org, (847) 824-1532.


Love§Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents and care givers have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids.



6th-grade student ready to go “Bald for Baldricks” – Cancer had taken away Samantha Poplawski’s father before she knew him. Now as a 6th-grader at Algonquin Middle School, she is going to go “Bald for Baldricks” and shave her head in his memory to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation started after three friends made a bet to shave their heads for childhood cancer research and raised over $100,000, according to the foundation’s website. Now it’s Sam’s turn to “Brave the Shave” in an all-school assembly at 2 p.m. March 27 in the school gymnasium.

Sam’s goal is to raise $1,000 this year and to start a new tradition at Algonquin Middle School.

“I want to make Dad proud even if he’s not here,” Sam said.

She’ll have two more years to build the event into a school-wide campaign with many more boys, girls and adults willing to go “Bald for Baldricks.”

For more information on Sam’s campaign visit her web page.


YBTCC-Veronica Kleinschmidt

When Veronica Kleinschmidt competed last year in the “You Be The Chemist Challenge,” she lost in the fifth round. This year as an 8th grader she took that loss to heart and studied again. Harder. That extra work paid off March 3 when she beat out 39 competitors from 14 schools to win the area You Be The Chemist competition. She will be representing Algonquin Middle School and District 62 in the state championship April 25, 2015 at Benedictine College. Read 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

AMS Symbaloohttp://d62al.symbaloo.com/


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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Office Hours
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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