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

For student safety purposes, bus routes are no longer published on the District 62 website. Please contact your home school for information related to bus routes, bus stop locations and stop times.

Student schedule pick-up will take place on Friday, August 15, 2014 in the Chippewa Middle School main office between the hours of 8am and 3pm. If you are unable to pick your student's schedule up on this date, your student will receive their schedule on Monday, August 25th, the first day of school. Please note that schedules will be available ONLY on the August 15th pick-up date. Thank you, and enjoy the rest of your summer! -- Mrs. Fernandez Assistant Principal, Chippewa Middle School


This summer, Chippewa Middle School is continuing its summer reading program. All incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be expected to read one book off the 2015 Rebecca Caudill book list. The 2014-2015 school year will begin with the expectation that all Chippewa students read a Rebecca Caudill book and complete a bookmark. Book discussions and follow-up activities will take place on August 25th. 2015 Rebecca Caudill Student Notes


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. Please help support our summer reading program by making sure your student is ready with their Caudill book and completed bookmark on Monday, August 25th.

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

2014 Chippewa Students NJHS

58 Chippewa Students Inducted into NJHS
On May 27, 2014, 58 Chippewa Middle School (CMS) students were inducted in the James A. Roy chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). New members, family, faculty, administrators and school board members, attended the evening candle-lighting ceremony.

Following welcoming remarks by NJHS advisor Matthew Mylinksi, and introductions by Dr. Leah Kimmelman, CMS principal, five students spoke about the standards of the National Junior Honor Society. Ali Chaus, Elanor Kurutz, Zayna Hai, Ahtziri Alviso and Jennifer MacDonald spoke about scholarship, character, leadership, service, and citizenship, respectively. Tianna Lavelle presented a tribute to the parents of the inductees. In addition to the students mentioned previously, the following were inducted into the NJHS: Jessica Martin-Ranft, Olena Andrushko, Treshur McDonald, Katelyn Aragon, Jordan Meo, Julie Brizzolara, Emily Modloff, Victoria Capasso, Matthew Montanile, Sara Centineo, Michael Montanile, Caitlin Chan, Daniel Nach, Varun Nair, Alecia Corey, Nicole Palarz, Tatsu Cornegan, Meghan Paluch, Lianntzeitel David, Alec Paschos, Julio Diez, Juhi Patel, Allison Eby, Maggie Pegoraro, Dennis Gaitan, Anthony Ponce-Sidlo, Almond Gamwo, Darelys Rivera, Henry Grant, Charles Rodd, Daniela Grimaldi, Connor Ryan, Mary Schafer, Catherine Hickey, Cory Scholler, Darius Hong, Tina Shah, Katlyn Johnson, Elizabeth Sofinet, Catherine Johnson, Greta Sorensen, Samantha Kedziora, Emily Sprague, Casandra Kopec, Sandra Stasiak, Emily Tao, Sabrina Larbi, Jenna Temple, Anjaly Thomas, Natalie Trytko, Bianca Manda, and Natalia Wolny.

Board of Education President Brenda Murphy and Dr. Kimmelman, presented certificates, pins, and stoles to inductees. The ceremony concluded with students presenting carnations to their parents.

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.”

Chippewa Students Compete at Science Olympiad – This past weekend, Chippewa Middle School students participated in the Regional Science Olympiad Meet at Oakton Community College. Fifteen students participated in events such as Meteorology, Anatomy, Rocks and Minerals, Heredity, Helicopter, Boomilever, Disease Detectives, Experimental Design, Shock Value and Write It/Do It. Some of the events were written tests that students completed with a partner. Other events involved moving between stations completing tasks, and other events involved building something prior to the meet. The students earned several medals taking 3rd in Meteorology and 4th place in Anatomy.

6th Grade Orientation for Parent


Student Pick-up and Drop-off

Cumberland and Chippewa Families – We would like to inform you of some additional measures we are putting in to place in order to ensure the safety of our buses, staff, and students.

Beginning Tuesday, January 21st, the entry to the lot between Cumberland and Chippewa will be blocked off with cones from 2:50 pm until 3:15 pm on Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 2:40 pm until 3:00 pm on Mondays. During these times, this area will be for Chippewa buses and exiting staff only. As was communicated in the Chippewa handbook, this area has not been designated as a parent pick-up for Chippewa students, and parents are asked to utilize 8th Avenue or the pool parking lot.

Cumberland families may continue to use this area for pickup, but will not have access before 3:15 pm on Tuesdays through Fridays and before 3:00 pm on Mondays. Cumberland families should not arrive prior to these times, since there will be no space for waiting vehicles and the front west side of the school is designated for Cumberland buses.

We recognize that this may cause an alteration to your current practices of picking up students. This decision was made with our number one priority of safety and is for our entire school community. We thank you in advance for cooperating with the new procedures.

Kindest Regards,

Colleen White, Cumberland Principal
Denise Fernandez, Chippewa Assistant Principal
Leah Kimmelman, Chippewa Principal

Anti-Bullying Expert to Return to D62

Three years ago, anti-bullying expert John Halligan shared Ryan’s Story, the tragic story of his 13-year old son Ryan’s struggle with cyber-bullying and suicide, with District 62 school middle school students. Friday, January 17, 2014, Halligan returns to talk to student about the effects of bullying on its victims and bystanders especially cyber bullying and what he has learned since his last visit. Learn more...

The assemblies, which are funded by the District 62 Foundation, will take place from 8:05 – 9:30 AM at Algonquin Middle School, 767 E. Algonquin Rd; 10 – 11:30 AM at Iroquois Community School, 1836 Touhy; and 1:15 – 2:45 PM at Chippewa Middle School, 123 N. Eighth Avenue.

7th/8th Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts /CMS Gym

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Photos courtesy of Rochelle Carman, Chippewa Middle School

Chippewa Students Pitch In to Feed Children – Chippewa Middle Schoolers packed food for hungry children in Africa at Schaumburg's "Feed My Starving Children." They learned about the importance of good nutrition and the serious of world hunger. As a group, they packed more than 160 boxes of dried meals that will feed 96 children for one year.

Coin Wars Fill Pantry Shelves

Chippewa Middle School student council officers presented a check for $2915.94 to Debra Walusiak, Executive Director of the Des Plaines Self-Help Closet and Food Pantry, that will go a long way in replenishing Food Pantry stock. Last spring, administrative interns Ken Hommowun and Amy Cengel challenged Chippewa students and staff to dig deep into their pockets to help the community, which at that time was reeling from spring floods. Students deposited loose change in homeroom jars for two weeks. Points were counted and reported daily. If paper money was deposited, points were removed. Some donors discreetly deposited paper money, which challenged the Chippewa family to increase their coin donations. The spirited competition was so successful, that student council will launch another Coin Wars soon.

Garnett Places Third at MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition

Maren Garnett, Chippewa Middle School seventh grader, was honored by the District 62 Board of Education for winning third place in her age group of the Team Championship of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit, and Run at Wrigley Field on June 23.

Chippewa had ten students compete in the Science Olympiad Regional at Oakton Community College. The students competed in nine of the events.

Darius Hong (7th) and Carolina Laureano (6th) earned 6th place medals in Anatomy. Dana Meskan (8th) and Emily Tracy (6th) earned also earned 6th place medals in Rock and Minerals.

The Chippewa Middle School Jazz Band kept everyone’s toes tapping at the Jazz Band Concert & Dessert Social on February 28th. Songs performed included music by American jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glen Miller, and Woody Herman, Latin music by Tito Puente/Santana, and other popular tunes. Eighth grader Steffan Argus sang “Fly Me To The Moon” accompanying himself on guitar, and the Percussion Ensemble entertained with “I Am Still The King!”. A delicious dessert buffet was provided by the parents and enjoyed by all!

The Augustana College Symphonic Band performed at Maine West HS on February 16th as part of their Midwest Tour. The concert included trombonist Kyle Amati. Kyle is a senior in music education and also performs as soloist with the Augustana Jazz Band. Present with Kyle were band directors from elementary school through college: Mr. Scott Duff Chippewa/Cumberland, Mr. Bernie Gerstmayr Maine West HS, and Dr. James Lambrecht Augustana College.

Do you love science experiments? – If so, this is the perfect event for you and your family! Chippewa will be hosting its first ever Family Science Night on Tuesday, March 19th from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Come hang out with your awesome Chippewa science teachers and check out some amazing science experiments! You and your family will be able to participate in hands-on science experiments. There will be many activities from which to choose! Parents must accompany all students. See you there!

Current and Former Chippewa Students Win Essay Contests – District 62 was well represented in the 2012 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Des Plaines Post 2992 and its Ladies Auxiliary Youth Program Awards. Ten Chippewa students entered the contest under the direction of Rochelle Carman, Chippewa Language Arts teacher. Melanie Aguada, Lynn Anama, Samantha Dolatowski, Almond Gamwo, Sara Kamal, Jennifer MacDonald, Varun Nair, and Anthony Ortigoza, and Divya Patel participated in Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition. The first, second, and third place winners were Jennifer MacDonald, Divya Patel, and Anthony Ortigoza. Former Chippewa students Pariyamon Tarawa, Elisabeth Lamely, and Giada Morresi won first, second and third in the Voice of Democracy Oral Essay Competition. The top three Patriot’s Pen winners will be invited to the District 62 Board of Education meeting that is scheduled at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, January 22, 2013.


Chippewa Students Inducted into National Junior Honor Society On May 15, 56 Chippewa Middle School students were inducted into the James A. Roy chapter of National Junior Honor Society. The James A. Roy chapter of the National Junior Honor Society has been in existence and active since 1982-82. NJHS ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for students. Members are selected based on meeting the high standards of scholarship, service to the school and community, leadership, character and citizenship. Membership is more than an honor. It carries with it the responsibility and an obligation to demonstrate these outstanding qualities that result in their selection.


Chippewa Discovers The Importance of Home – Last Thursday and Friday, Chippewa 6th, 7th, and 8th graders discovered that "there's no place like home" when they performed The Wizard of Oz. The musical was directed by Amy Keipert (Music and Chorus teacher) and David Lello (Drama teacher). Remember, click your heels three times for easy transport.

Open House Showcases Chippewa Additions and Renovations – Retirees, community members, and former students enjoyed the Chippewa Open House hosted by the District 62 Board of Education.  One former student, Paul Gruner, was a member of the first class of students when Chippewa opened. Several Chippewa students served as tour guides. The open house preceded the annual Chippewa Jazz Concert and Dessert Café.

Chippewa Student Pens Winning Essay - Chippewa Middle School seventh grader, Anna Remus, won the 2011 Patriot Pen Contest sponsored by the Des Plaines VFW Post 2992.  Recently, Anna read her essay to the District 62 Board of Education. President Murphy presented a Certificate of Achievement to Anna. Anna is the daughter of Ken and Rosemary Remus.

The Chippewa Yearbook Club is having a contest for students to design the cover of the 2011/2012 yearbook. The final three submissions are now being voted on by the students at Chippewa. The winning design will be used as the cover for the yearbook, and the other two designs will be included within the yearbook.
l–r: Alecia Corey, Spencer Pond, and Asianna Wicker

Kaotic Drumliner

This group of talented youth from the Chicago area has been 'drumming' their way into the hearts of audiences from the WNBA to schools, corporate events, and festivals nationwide. Jamie Poindexter, the group leader, began the project as a message to Chicagoland youth. He teaches the benefits of staying in school, away from gangs, drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and using your talent to uplift yourself and others in a positive direction. Now professionally touring, the message is heard laod and clear.


Conference Letter – The Chippewa staff is looking forward to Fall student-led conferences. These conferences offer our families the opportunity to discuss student learning in a collaborative and productive manner. Learn more...

Congratulations to Deana Matni and Patryk Jarosz for winning the Chippewa Twitter Profile picture contest. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @Chippewa62!
We are beyond excited about our online newspaper.

Ms. T's Art Page

There is so much Art, so little time! This blog will display student work, highlight lessons being taught at Chippewa and Cumberland, and offer communication with families. It will also offer student resources and tutorials for some independent learning. Check back often, as the blog is constantly being updated!

As the weather gets warmer, we ask that all families review the CMS student Dress Code.

Students are expected to come to school clean, well groomed, and dressed in a manner appropriate for a school environment. Students shall have the right to dress and groom themselves according to their personal taste as long as such dress and grooming do not present health or safety hazards, disrupt the educational process, or negatively affect discipline.

Parents are expected to assume responsibility for their children's attire. This support and cooperation is vital in order to enhance the learning environment.

  • Students shall not be permitted to wear or display items of clothing, jewelry, or other symbols associated with or related to gangs or gang activities in school buildings.
  • No tank, halter, or midriff tops are allowed.
  • No T-shirts with inappropriate or offensive sayings or pictures.
  • Hats or caps are not allowed to be worn inside the school building.
  • A student’s undergarments should not be visible.
  • PE uniforms are required for physical education classes.

During cold weather, students must come prepared to be outside for recess.


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

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


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