April 24, 2014


Greetings Families & Friends of Medinah District #11, 

In this record setting winter we can add one more record to the list:  four snow days!  Since we have used four snow days, we will be using the emergency days that are required to be built into the calendar at the end of the school term to make up those days.  Therefore, the last day of school will be June 9, which is a full attendance day for students. Middle School Graduation will be Thursday, June 5, 7pm, at the Lake Park West auditorium.

A big thank you to all the families and volunteers who made The Mad Science event a success.  A special thanks to Mrs. Karen Layne for organizing all of the volunteers. 

Please review the following for additional information regarding Medinah school activities:

PARCC Testing

The state will be requiring school districts to take The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment for all students in grades 3-8 next school year.  As you may recall, the district has been chosen to administer pilots for PARCC, the testing will begin March 24 in select classrooms, one in grade 5, two in grade 7 and one in grade 8.  For more information about ISAT and PARCC, please visit ISBE at http://parcconline.org/.   We strongly encourage families to try some of the new interactive PARCC samples with their students by visiting http://www.parcconline.org/computer-based-samples.

5 Essentials Survey

The Illinois State Board of Education will once again be hosting the 5 Essentials Survey.  The survey window opens March 17 and will give the opportunity for staff, parents and some students to assess the climate and culture of Medinah School District #11.  Please look for more information on this online survey to be coming to you in the near future.

2014-15 Student Registration

Registration for next year’s Kindergarten students will be held on Thursday, April 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Medinah Primary School.  Please feel free to call Melissa Langietti, Principal of MPS, with any questions you may have.

Registration for students entering first through eighth grade will be held on Wednesday, May 21 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Medinah Middle School.  Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions.

First Lego League

I am proud to report that Medinah Middle School is working collaboratively with Lake Park High School to host a First Lego League Demonstration Night on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.  To further increase opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, Medinah Middle School will be providing a First Lego League after-school program and, hopefully, a summer academy.  Please be looking for information to register your MMS student for these great opportunities.


Dr. John K. Butts, Superintendent

Mark Your Calendars


April 23 - Early Dismissal 2:25 p.m.

April 24 - Gr. K-5 Art Show - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Intermediate School

April 24 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:30 p.m. Middle School

May 1 - Gr. 1-2 Musical - 7:00 p.m. - Primary School

May 21 - Grades 1-7 Student Registration for 2014-15 Middle School 4:00-8:00 p.m. 

May 26 - Memorial Day - No School

June 5 - 8th Grade Graduation - Lake Park High School West Campus

June 9 - Last FULL day of school - Grades 1-7

June 12 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:30 p.m. - Middle School