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Activities on this calendar take place after school from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

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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.

Welcome to ChippewaTitle 1 Program, Positive Behavior, Chippewa PTO, Stay Connected

Physical EducationPE Program, Teachers, Curriculum, Grading, PE website

EncoreArt, Drama, FACS, Information Tech, Music, Orchestra, Spanish, and LMC

Open House: 8th Grade Parents: Parent Portal, MAP Testing, Teachers, Language Arts and Literacy, Social Studies, Math Accelerated, PTO, and more...

Open House: 7th Grade Parents: Parent Portal, Schedule, Teachers, Language Arts and Literacy, Social Studies, Math, Science, Special Education, PTO, and more...

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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.”

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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.

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