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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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School Supply List
Lista de Útiles para la Escuela

Middle School Supply List Algonquin | Chippewa
Elementary School Supply List Central | Cumberland | Forest | North | Orchard Place | Plainfield | South | Terrace



Plan Ahead – Save the date!
Walk-in Registration
Monday August 18, 2014 – 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • Translators will be avaiable to assist families
  • Student/Parent handbook and student contracts will be avaiable
  • Schedules including homerooms and teachers names
  • Registration fees will be due at time of registration
    (minimum fee approximately $127.00 per child)
  • Yearbook/ID pictures will be taken

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.”


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PHOTOS COURTESY: ERIN WENGERHOFF

Paralympic Athlete Shares Sochi Experience with Algonquin Students and Staff – Tuesday, April 15, Kevin McKee visited Algonquin Middle School, where approximately 70 students and staff members attended the event. Kevin is 24 years old and originally from Davenport, IA. He has lived in Chicago for the past five years. Kevin told attendees that he began playing sled hockey when he was 10 and that he has played for 14 years now. Kevin has played on the USA National Sled Hockey team for three years and was on the USA Paralympic Sled Hockey team this year.

Kevin competed in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games, held in Sochi, Russia, from March 7 – 16. Team USA beat Russia 1-0 to win the gold medal. Team USA was the first sled hockey team to win back-to-back Paralympic gold medals.

Kevin also spoke about how hard he works to keep in shape and eat right; the importance of students setting goals and working hard to achieve them; how to stay strong if you are being bullied and to report bullying if it happens to you. He encouraged students to not give up when facing adversity and answered various questions from students.



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.




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.



Math with Mrs. Swakow – Please visit web.d62.org/swakowv/


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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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