Grandparents and ‘Grand friends’

Posted November 14th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
It was so wonderful to see so many grandparents and “grand friends” this morning. We are so grateful to our PTA volunteers led by Mrs. Pearson, the hospitality chair, who work so hard to plan such great family events. Every time you support our PTA through membership or a fundraiser, you are supporting these activities at MacArthur.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow morning at the Turkey Trot at Eisenhower Junior High. Don’t forget your canned or packaged good that helps support our District 54 food pantries.
Please be sure to open this issue of the MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information about upcoming events including the Pancake Breakfast on December 6th and updates from our specials teachers and PBIS team.
Have a great weekend!

Danette and Michelle

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Posted November 14th, 2014 by dmeyer

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Veterans Celebrated at Mac

Posted November 11th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Veterans connected to the MacArthur community were invited to visit classrooms and were interviewed by the production lab team. These interviews were included in a school newscast along with a pre-recorded reading of the book The White Table. MacArthur has its own white table at the school entrance. Thank you to the veterans who attended MacArthur’s special celebration.

A Busy Week at MacArthur

Posted November 11th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

We are grateful to the veterans from our MacArthur community who came out to meet with our students today. Be sure to watch the ‘Toro TV broadcast’ filmed by our production team that was shown this morning. It includes a reading of America’s White Table followed by interviews with our veteran visitors. Many thanks to our staff members who planned the events and to the students for making cards to honor our veterans.

We are also looking forward to seeing many of our MacArthur grandparents or “grandfriends” this Friday, November 14 at Goodies for Grandparents. This is a great way for our students to share a little snapshot of their school day with their families and also to kick off American Education Week beginning on Monday, November 17.

As part of American Education Week, MacArthur is being recognized by the District 54 Board of Education as a 90/90 school. During the 2013-14 school year, our students performed above the 90th percentile (top 10% nationally) in meeting individual student growth targets in reading and math as measured by Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). We are so excited to share this recognition with you as we continue to ensure our students are meeting their growth targets this year.

The next round of MAP testing begins November 17, 2014. We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year. Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you.

Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser. This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Take care,


Wear Mac shirts on Monday

Posted November 2nd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

Tomorrow is our monthly student celebration assembly! Please be sure to have your kids wear their Mac shirts to show their school spirit.

Also, a reminder that we will not have classes on Tuesday, November 4, due to Institute Day. Please be sure to vote!

Enjoy the sunny day!


Calling all Veterans…Calling all Grandparents!

Posted November 2nd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

It’s time to honor our MacArthur veterans on November 11th and our MacArthur grandparents on November 14th. Applications to attend these special events are included in the most recent editions of MacNews and las noticias de Mac. We hope you can attend.

Spooktacular Halloween

Posted October 31st, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

We had a Spooktacular Halloween today thanks to all the help of our PTA volunteers. Thank you so much for your efforts to create fun games and activities for the students as well as healthy and delicious treats. We had a great time seeing all the fun costumes on our abbreviated parade. Also, a big thanks to Mrs. McGrath and all her PTA volunteers for making our first Pumpkin Painting night on Tuesday a huge success. It was wonderful to see so many families attend and demonstrate such creativity. It is no wonder that our amazing PTA was recently recognized with the District 57 Honor Unit Award and Double Platinum Record for last year’s increased membership at the regional dinner. If you are not a member yet, please show your support by joining our PTA.

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals, and also shares other information related to staff and student demographics, the school environment and more. Click here to see the results for MacArthur. We are so proud of our students for their high levels of growth that have led to a seven point increase in our ISAT scores as well as the results that indicate we have a positive school environment that promotes success.

The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are used to measure individual student achievement. The state of Illinois uses the results to report student achievement to the public. Please note that the tests are only one measure of student learning at a particular point in time. The results, combined with other tests (including Measures of Academic Progress – MAP), classroom assessments and teacher observations, help shape the district’s instructional program.

If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-6650. If you want copies of the report cards from more than one of District 54’s schools, please call the District 54 Community Relations Department at (847) 357-5027.

Please open the attached flyers for more information about upcoming Schaumburg Parent University activities that promote fitness and nutrition. Also, be sure to open this week’s issue of MacNews or las noticias de Mac for details on upcoming MacArthur events such as Goodies for Grandparents on November 14th.

We hope you all enjoy a fun and safe Halloween evening. Stay warm!
Danette and Michelle


MacNews – las noticias de Mac

Posted October 31st, 2014 by dmeyer

Here’s our most recent editions of MacNews and las noticias de Mac:

10-31 Newsletter in English

10-31 Newsletter in Spanish

The Staff Wears Pink

Posted October 30th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

To show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the MacArthur staff wore their pink attire on Friday, October 24th.  Go pink!

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Winter Club Application

Posted October 27th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

An Application for Winter Clubs was sent home with the students. Please look over the application and return by Monday, November 3rd. Winter clubs will begin the week of November 17th. Students will be sent a confirmation letter from the club(s) in which they were accepted. If your child joins an afterschool club, you will need to provide your own transportation. The afterschool club teachers will contact you with more specific information.