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The Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony

The Algonquin promotion ceremony will begin at 6:00 PM on the evening of Tuesday, June 9th in the Maine West Auditorium.
Parents and Guardians Letter – English | Español

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

As a reminder - all District 62 schools will be in session Friday, May 22. The last day of school for 8th grade students is Monday, June 8, with promotion ceremonies occurring Tuesday, June 9. The last day of school for all K – 7 students is Wednesday, June 10.

Catherine Hanley and Dorothy Henson Algonquin Middle School: These two classroom teachers engaged the staff, students and community on a video project that resulted in a $60,000 technology grant for the school called “Tech Tech Baby.” >>Watch the video...

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 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, and Relentless intro

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

Classroom Instruction Hours
Mondays: 8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Tues – Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Mondays early dismissal 2:45 p.m.)

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 2015-16 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!

D62 Parent and Staff Notification System – District 62 uses Blackboard Connect 5 to notify parents, staff, vendors, and the Board of Education of emergency and weather related school closings, cancellations, late starts, and general announcements. Learn more...

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Algonquin Middle School
767 E. Algonquin Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847-824-1270 Fax

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