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Labor Day

District 62 schools are closed on Monday, Sept. 7th in observance of Labor Day. 1st-8th grade students will attend a half day of school on Tuesday, September 8th. Iroquois Community School dismisses at 11 a.m.; grades 6-8 dismiss at 11:15 a.m.; Grades 1-5 dismiss at 12, Kindergarten students do not attend school on Tuesday, Sept. 8th.


We hope you can join us for Open House on Wednesday, September 2nd at 6:00 pm!
The schedule is as follows:

  • 6:00 – 6:20 / Meet the teachers in your child’s grade level wing
  • 6:25 – 6:45 / Presentation from PE and Encore teachers
  • 6:50 – 7:10 / Grade level presentations
  • 7:15 – 7:30 / Meet the principal, assistant principal, and PTO president

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7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball season is almost here! Tryouts for the Girls Basketball Team will be on Wednesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 27th from 3pm- 5pm.

Students who have to leave early, the activity bus is available at 4pm to ride home. Otherwise participants are expected to be picked up by their parents at 5pm. In order to attend try outs for the team, interested girls must have a current physical on file in the nurses office and a permission slip turned into Ms. Karlos or Mr. Moser. If you have any questions, email Ms.Karlos at or Mr. Moser at Thank you and Go Chiefs!


We are gearing up for a great start to the school year! One of our opening activities is to celebrate summer reading! All students are required to read at least two book from the 2016 Rebecca Caudill Nominees!


Independent reading is a vital component of young adults’ development and academic success. Young adults who read regularly during the summer maintain and often increase their reading skills. Students are asked to complete the ‘Summer Reading Worksheet’ in advance of the first day of school. Enjoy the sunny days and a great novel!

For program information, please contact Cathy Sears, Reading Resource Teacher, Chippewa Middle School via email

2015 CMS Promotion

Eighth Graders Continue Believing As They Move to High School
Congratulations to the Chippewa Middle School Class of 2015! – CMS promoted 233 students to high school on June 9 in a student-filled celebration in the Maine West High School Auditorium.

Representatives of the Class of 2015 welcomed attendees in their native languages. The Eighth Grade Chippewa Chorus sang “Don’t Stop Believing,” and several students recited the poem, “I Am,” authored by Michelle Marek.

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 member James Poskozim spotlighted CMS 8th graders Vidhi Patel, Yesenia Santiago, and Karen Suarez.

Board member Ray Imig congratulated the eighth graders and encouraged to them to continue to stretch themselves. He listed the accomplishments of the Class of 2015. They are:

  • 30 students attended an engineering workshop sponsored by Honeywell.
  • 55 students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
  • 25 girls attended the Futures Unlimited Conference at Oakton Community College.
  • Three students participated in the Science Olympiad.
  • 24 students published Chippewa 411, the online newspaper.
  • 23 students participated in symphonic band; 13 students were involved in orchestra.
  • Students collected food during the spring food drive.
  • Students participated in the National Pay It Forward Day.
  • Many eighth graders displayed their artwork at Maine East High School, Prairie Lakes, Gallery 62 and the Des Plaines Public Library.

CMS Principal Dr. Leah Kimmelman advised eighth graders to celebrate the great things that have happened to them, the family member and teachers that support them, but more importantly to “celebrate you. The world is a better place to have you in it.”

Got 2 Run for Education

Got2Run for Education – Chippewa Middle School is becoming a school full of avid readers as students work to earn raffle tickets for premium prizes like an Xbox 360, GoPro cameras, a Kindle Fire and more. To earn a raffle ticket, students must read for 10 hours, fill out a reading contract, and turn it in with parent signatures. So far students have logged over 3,000 reading hours. Some students have read for more than 50 hours individually. The program was made possible with a $1,000 grant from the D62 Foundation. This is one of many programs the Foundation funds to enhance student learning in District 62 schools. Help support the foundation by participating in the upcoming Got2Run for Education on May 16!

Girls on the Run

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Chippewa Middle School was proud to have eight band students selected to participate in this fall's VanderCook College of Music HonorFest on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology. The event featured over 200 musicians from around Illinois and several surrounding states. The students had the opportunity to work with nationally known music educators in two bands along with students from many other schools. They presented a wonderful concert in the afternoon for families. Chippewa’s band director is Mr. Scott Duff.

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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) 824-1503

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


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Chippewa Middle School
123 N 8th Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60016
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