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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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Parent teacher conferences are Monday, November 24 and Tuesday, November 25 for 10-month schools. Students do not attend classes from Monday, November 24 – Friday, November 28. Happy Thanksgiving! Classes resume on Monday, December 1.


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Algonquin and the online book fair is NOW OPEN!
Our Online Fair offers thousands of titles that aren’t available at our physical book fair and you can shop online for an extended time from November 15th to December 5th. All online orders will ship to our school and will be delivered to your child before winter break.

Be sure to visit the Book Fair online at – enter zip code 60016 to find our book fair and select Algonquin Middle School. We look forward to having you participate in our fair, and remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Book Fair Dates: November 19th through November 25th in the LMC

  • Shopping Hours, 11/19 - 11/21: 7:45 am – 3:15 pm
  • Monday, November 24th: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, during parent-teacher conferences!
  • Tuesday, November 25th: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, during parent-teacher conferences!

Vote AMS Video to the Winner’s Circle – Recently, Algonquin Middle School students and teachers, Dorothy Henson and Cathy Hanley, found out that a video that they created was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Compass Learning® Classroom Refresh Contest™. Their entry was selected from over 120 great videos as one of the nation’s top five submissions in the Grade 6-8 category!

Public voting began, November 3 at 9:00 am EST. Results of the public vote, coupled with the scoring of a guest panel of judges, will determine the Grand Prize winners.

The public vote is a crucial component of the final score. Please vote online at You will need to register first. Each person can vote once a day! Voting ends at 11:59:59 am EST on December 1, 2014. Compass Learning will announce the Grand Prize winners in each category on or around December 10. Also, please forward this email to your family, friends, & colleagues asking them to vote.

We need your help. Working together, we can vote the Algonquin team to the winner's circle.
Teachers: Dorothy Henson, and Cathy Hanley

> Watch on iPad    (Time 00:02:29)
Audiovisual: Daniel Chianelli, and Pablo Sands

2014 Algonquin Students NJHS

AMS Symbaloo

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.

School begins with book talks – All Algonquin middle schools students began the 2013-2014 school year, with book discussions and activities focused on titles that they selected from the 2014 Rebecca Caudill Book List to read this summer. Research shows that independent reading is a vital component to young adults’ development and academic success. Young adults who read regularly during the summer maintain and often increase their reading skills.

During the summer reading program, which is in its second year, students purchased or rented their own copy of the book, read it over the summer, and brought it with them on the first day of school.

Lanyard Fundraiser Supports Community

Algonquin sixth grade social studies teachers and students raised more that $572 by making and selling lanyards. Also, First Ward Alderman Patti Haugeberg helped by selling lanyards at a City Council meeting. The Des Plaines Self-Help Closet & Food Pantry and a family that was affected by recent flooding were the beneficiaries of this service learning project.

Gina Morgan’s students have been very busy this week, designing and creating holiday cards that will be delivered to area senior citizen homes. Morgan, a language arts teacher, included the card creation outreach project that utilizes writing, design, and reading skills. Eighth grade students, McKenna Soch, Julietta Davis, and Jackie Royal extend best wishes to local senior citizens during their language arts class.

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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!

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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