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2nd Graders Explain Flexible Seating

At our whole school meeting on Monday, September 24, 2018, second grade students shared their thoughts about the flexible seating options in their classroom.  They shared that flexible seating helps them work faster, stay more focused, and feel comfortable in their classroom.  Take a look at their video in this post! The second grade teachers are part of a team of 10 staff members from Armstrong on the Innovate 54 Taskforce this year, which is part of District 54’s Strategic Focus Area 2: Cultivating Innovation in Learning Space and Instructional Design.  You can read more about Strategic Focus Area 2 here.

Adult ESL Classes

The Department of Language and Culture is excited to host Free Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Nerge, Armstrong, and Hanover Highlands this fall. These classes are designed for parents of District 54 students who are interested in learning or practicing their English. During these classes, participants will engage in communicative activities centered around a broad range of topics.  The classes will meet 8 times.  All classes will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Classes at Nerge School will be on Tuesday evenings beginning on October 9, 2018.  They will conclude on December 11, 2018.

Classes at Armstrong School will be on Wednesday evenings beginning on Oct. 10, 2018.  They will conclude on December 12, 2018.

Classes at Hanover Highlands School will be on Monday evenings beginning on September 24, 2018.  They will conclude on November 19, 2018.

The Adult ESL flyers and registration forms in English, Spanish and Polish can be found on the Language and Culture Website. Please return completed registration forms to your child’s school. We look forward to having you join us!

Universal Screener

As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.

Whole School Meetings

This year, we will have whole school meetings (assemblies) every 4-6 weeks.  These community meetings will be focused on the monthly SEL lessons and highlighting learning at specific grade levels.  We look forward to inviting parents to attend during the month where their child’s grade will be highlighted.  We will continue to recognize Students of the Month during morning announcements.  Our first group of Students of the Month for September will be recognized on October 12th.

Armstrong School is on Twitter

Many of our teachers are on Twitter sharing amazing pictures of learning happening at Armstrong each day.  You can find links on Armstrong School’s Website under “Classroom Connections”.  You can also go on Twitter and use the hashtag #D54Armstrong to check out the posts!

First Whole School Meeting

At our first whole school meeting last Friday, we celebrated the learning that has happened so far this year.  Many students shared examples of what they have learned in math, reading, social studies, and science.  What an amazing experience to see our whole school cheering for each other’s knowledge! We also introduced the motions that accompany our tagline that we recite each morning during announcements.  Check out this video of our students practicing for the first time here. Our tagline is one way we start each day on a positive note, build pride in our school, and foster unity across the grade levels.

Crisis Plan

Student safety is a top priority in District 54 and at Armstrong.  Each year, we practice safety drills for fire, severe weather, bus evacuation, and emergency response in coordination with our local police and fire departments.  Please see the Crisis Plan Letter and the Crisis Plan Letter – Spanish.

Check Out Armstrong’s New Tagline with Hand Movements

Academic Enrichment – Earn Free Books

Academic Enrichment is a PTA (Parent Teacher Association) sponsored program at Armstrong School.  To earn free books, your child just needs to read the required reading minutes for his/her grade level and complete the Academic Enrichment Program Reading Log.

To earn a free book, Kindergartners need to read for 100 minutes.  First grade students need to read for 200 minutes to earn a free book.  Second and third grade students need to read for 300 minutes to earn a free book.  Students in fourth grade and higher need to read for 400 minutes to earn a free book.  Reading logs must be signed by a parent in order to be valid.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Mielke at 847-357-6742 or at

Digital Learning at Armstrong


What is a Chromebook

This is our second year incorporating digital learning with Chromebooks for fifth and sixth grade students. Students have shared that they feel more ownership of their learning, and are able to collaborate more frequently to deepen their understanding. Here is a resource for parents who may be interested in learning more.