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The AMS Summer Reading Program involves all AMS students and staff. Students choose to read one book off of the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Award Nominee List for 2017. Then, over the summer, students read the book and fill out a half sheet bookmark. If you have lost your bookmark, you can print out the appropriate bookmark attached to this post. Remember, students must bring their bookmark back to school when the return in August and hand it in to their homeroom teacher. During the first or second week of school, we will have a reading celebration day where the whole school breaks into small discussion groups and has book discussions about the book they read. It is a great event where students and teachers get to talk about wonderful books, get to know each other and enjoy a small snack.


Parents of 8th grade students please note: All 8th grade students will be taking the Illinois Youth Survey in their homerooms on January 4th. If you wish for your child not to participate, please request a denial form and have your child return it to the office by Friday, December 11th. For more information on the survey, you can visit Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Los padres de los estudiantes de 8º grado: Todos los estudiantes de octavo grado tomarán la Encuesta de Juventud de Illinois en su clase de asistencia el 4 de enero. Si usted desea que su hijo/a no participe, por favor solicite un formulario de negación y pídale a su hijo/a de regreso a la oficina por el viernes, el 11 de diciembre. Para obtener más información sobre la encuesta, se puede visitar Por favor, háganos saber si usted tiene alguna pregunta. Gracias.

Photos courtesy: Erin Wengerhoff, AMS LMC Specialist

Foundation Grant funds Author’s Visit to D62 Middle Schools

Author, Liesl Shurtliff, visited Algonquin and Chippewa Middle School on Friday, October 23rd. Shurtliff shared what her life was like growing up, how she struggled with reading, and how she eventually became an author because she enjoyed creating stories. She described the writing process and how important it is to revise your writing and ask others help you with the process. During two presentations, Shurtliff and some of the middle schoolers staged a Reader’s Theatre about the fairy tale “Rumpelstiltskin”:, which is the story her book “Rump” is based on. Erin Wengerhoff and Emily Conti, D62 LMC Specialists, worked together to plan these events and bring Shurtliff to Chippewa and Algonquin.

Thank you to Liesl Shurtliff for appearing at AMS & CMS. Thank you to the D62 Foundation for the generous grant to bring Shurtliff to District 62.

Algonquin Eighth Graders Celebrate "The Best Day Ever"
Congratulations to the Algonquin Middle School Class of 2015! – AMS promoted 214 students to high school on June 9 in a music-filled celebration in the Maine West High School Auditorium.

Representatives of the Class of 2015 welcomed attendees in their native languages, speeches and poems were recited, and the chorus and the eight grade band and orchestra performed.

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 members, Ronald Burton and Beth Morley, spotlighted AMS 8th graders, Nicholas Wojtan and Arline Vargas.

Stephanie Duckmann, Board of Education President, congratulated the eighth graders and thanked parents for partnering with District 62 to mold and prepare their children for high school and beyond. She listed many of the accomplishments of the Class of 2015. They are:

  • Two students participated in the Young Entrepreneurs Across America Program this year and promoted their businesses at the Young Entrepreneurs Across America Expo at Woodfield Mall on May 2, 2015.
  • 61 students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
  • One student advanced through three competitions and took second place in the National Hoop Shoot free throw contest sponsored by the Elk’s Club.
  • Five students were honored as “Middle School Students You Should Know” by the Board of Education.
  • Many students were involved in intramurals, park district sports, and Junior Warriors football and basketball.
  • 25 girls attended the Futures Unlimited Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conference at Oakton Community College.
  • Two students participated in the UOP “You Be the Chemist” Challenge. Two students competed at the regional level and one student participated at the state level.
  • Students participated in numerous fundraisers, including Relentless for Hope Kids and St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
  • AMS Principal John Swanson recalled conversations that he had with many of the eighth graders. He reminded the Class of 2015 that “Today is the best day, ever.”

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.

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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!

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
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