End of Trimester 2!

Posted February 24th, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

The end of second trimester was on February 20th and report cards will be sent home with our students on March 3rd. Please make sure to review the report card and send the front page back to school with a signature! Any questions can be directed to your child’s teacher.

District 54 schools closed February 19

Posted February 18th, 2015 by Ms. Bushman
All District 54 schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The National Weather Service has issue a wind chill advisory until noon Thursday, which calls for wind chill values as low as -26.
Our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather.
All after-school and evening activities at schools are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. will be held. Thank you for your understanding and support.
The District 54 Choral Festival scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, will still occur. The event is located at Frost Junior High School.

PTA newsletter

Posted February 17th, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

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PTA newsletter

Posted February 2nd, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

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Principal’s message

Posted February 2nd, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

I hope in addition to the enormous task of shoveling your driveway, you had a chance to play in the snow. Many children think snow forts, snow angels, snowmen, snowballs and sled riding are the best –especially when there is no school.

Many of our students love to play in the snow. Please be sure they have boots and snowpants in addition to hats, gloves, scarves and coats so they can play in the snow at recess. Students that do not have boots and snowpants will still go outside but will remain on the blacktop which is cleared of snow.

With the arrival of large amounts of snow, it does make drop off and pick up more difficult. Please allow extra time so we can work together for a safe a pleasant environment. The Elk Grove Village Police Department works collaboratively with our school to make arrival and dismissal as safe as possible. These reminders will contribute to greater safety and help you avoid a ticket:

-Do not stop in the middle of the street. It makes it impossible for our busses to get in and for traffic to keep moving.
-Please have your child cross the street with our crossing guard.
-Park in legal spots. It is not legal to block driveways or fire hydrants.

We appreciate your support.

Maria Clifford and Christi Sosin

District 54 schools closed February 2

Posted February 2nd, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

Good evening. All District 54 schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, due to the weather. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as today’s blizzard) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

Principal’s message

Posted January 28th, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

As we near the end of January, it just amazes me how quickly the year is moving.  We are grateful for the sunny days to keep us warm during these cold days.

Kindergarten Registration:

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held on February 12th .   Please feel free to come to Stevenson between 9 to 11, 1:00 – 2:30 pm or 6:00 -8:00 p.m. to register your child.  Please check the district website at for the types of documentation needed for registration. We will also be having an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00 pm for parents interested in knowing more about the structure of full day kindergarten. If you have friends and neighbors with preschool age children, please share with them these important dates.

PARCC Assessment:

Third- through eighth-grade students throughout Illinois will be taking the PARCC assessment for the first time this spring. The PARCC assessment replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).

Last week, District 54 requested and received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to move to a traditional paper and pencil administration of the PARCC assessment for this school year. While District 54 has fully aligned our technology infrastructure to ISBE’s specifications, results from field testing conducted in mid-January have left District 54 with strong concerns regarding the reliability of the PARCC online assessment. We witnessed multiple errors during field testing including answers to assessment items changing without being prompted, drop-down menus failing to function and videos accompanying test items failing to load. These technology issues are not on District 54’s end. They can only remedied by PARCC.

District 54’s staff has worked diligently to prepare our students with rigorous instruction to provide them with the skills needed for success. We feel strongly that assessment of our student’s knowledge and skills must be done in the most reliable format possible.

The PARCC Performance Based Assessment (PBA) window will now be from March 9 to 20, 2015. As the testing window approaches, I will share more information regarding the logistics of the PARCC testing window. In the meantime, please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Have a nice week!


Maria Clifford and Christi Sosin

Stevenson Spirit Week

Posted January 23rd, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

Next week, students are encouraged to participate in Stevenson Spirit Week!

Monday, January 26– Hat Day

Tuesday, January 27–  Stevenson Day—wear red and black for PBIS assembly

Wednesday, January 28- Pajama Day

Thursday, January 29– Sports Team Day—wear a sports team t-shirt or jersey

Friday, January 30– Mismatch Day


PTA newsletter

Posted January 21st, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

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Illinois offers 5Essentials Survey

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious Instruction.

All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high.

If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school.

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.

The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.

To take the parent survey, please visit before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).

Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade
The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.

Teacher Survey
All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.

The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at