School will be in session Friday, February 20

Posted February 19th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

District 54 plans to have all schools open Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, as temperatures are expected to climb into the double-digits.

We realize it will still be cold in the morning and encourage all parents to make sure their children are dressed appropriately.

We will continue to monitor the weather throughout the evening. In the event of any change, all parents/guardians and staff will receive a phone call and an email.

Principal’s Message

Posted February 6th, 2015 by Ms. Smolinski

Muir Community-

We hope you had a terrific week. Please read the important information below regarding some upcoming events in the Muir Community.


Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration will be held on February 12th from 9:00-11:00a.m., 1-2:30p.m., and 6-8:00p.m. If you have neighbors with kindergartners who may not be aware that registration is coming up soon, please let them know! We will also hold an informational evening for incoming kindergarten parents on February 17th at 6:30. Please see the attached flyer for additional details.     Kindergarten Information Night


Health Update

In light of the recent news regarding measles at a Palatine child care facility, District 54 is sharing with all families this Measles Fact Sheet from the Cook County Department of Public Health. At this time there have been no reported cases of measles in District 54. Should there be a case of measles at your child’s school; parents/guardians would be notified.

Measles is a highly contagious disease. However, more than 99% of our students are vaccinated against this disease and the measles vaccine is highly effective.

If your child is exhibiting symptoms of measles, has been exposed to measles, or has been diagnosed with measles, please notify us. In addition, all students should remain at home anytime they have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater). If you have specific questions about your child’s health, please contact your personal physician.      CCDPH Measles Fact Sheet


Parent Education Night

Our next Parent Education Night is coming up on February 24th at 6:00. We will be covering Behavior Strategies That Work! Please see the attached flyer for additional information.     Parent Workshop


Upcoming Dates:

02/10-PTA Meeting-6:00

02/11-Half-day Teacher In-service-Dismissal at 11:40

02/12-Kindergarten registration

02/17-Incoming Kindergarten Parent Night-6:30

02/24-Parent Education Night- Behavior Strategies That Work!-6:00



Carolyn Smolinski                                          Jim Schwartz

Principal                                                           Assistant Principal

John Muir Literacy Academy


Principal’s Message

Posted December 4th, 2014 by Ms. Smolinski

#1 Muir Community-

It’s hard to believe we  are fast approaching winter break. MAP testing will be concluding in the next couple days and results will be shared out at our next set of conferences. Please read the important information below regarding some upcoming events in the Muir Community.

Muir Parent Workshops

This year we will be offering a series of Parent Workshops in partnership with the Hoffman Estates Health and Human Services department. These nights are designed to support the Muir parent community. They will cover a variety of topics and will focus on ways parents can support their children at home. Each night will consist of an hour long presentation with a freebie for each family. In addition, light refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided for children ages 3-10. Each of these nights require parents to RSVP. Please see the attached flyer Parent Workshop for more information about our second workshop.

Cold Weather/Recess:

Please remember to send your child to school with coats, gloves or mittens, scarves, and hats. We try to get the children out every day for about 20 minutes when the weather allows us to do so.

Upcoming Dates:

12/11-Parent Workshop-How to Help Your Child Through a Loss-6:00-7:00

12/16-2nd and 4th Grade Music Show-6:00

12/20-1/4-Winter Break

1/5-Classes Resume


Carolyn Smolinski


John Muir Literacy Academy


Principal’s Message

Posted November 3rd, 2014 by Ms. Smolinski

#1 Muir Community-

Thank you for the parent volunteers who helped with the Halloween parties on Friday. Also, thank you to the PTA for a successful Pumpkin Decorating Night last Thursday. It was great to see families decorate their pumpkins and participate in many fun Halloween activities.

Institute Day

There will be no school for students tomorrow, November 4th.

Turkey Trot

On Saturday, November 15th our Turkey Trot will take place at Eisenhower Junior High. Information about registration will be sent home soon.

Illinois School Report Cards

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. The report card is available in two formats. The At-a-Glance version is posted on the District 54 website at An interactive report card is available online at

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 847-357-6444. 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.

Vision and Hearing Screening

Vision and hearing screening will be taking place on November 20th.  Students in pre-school, K, 2, 4, 6, 8, and special education will have vision screening and students in pre-school, K, 1, 2, 3, and special education will have hearing screening.  It is important to note that vision screening at school is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor.  Children who wear glasses and/or are under the care of an eye doctor do not receive vision screening at school. 


Upcoming Dates:

11/4-No School

11/17-12/18-Winter MAP Testing

11/18-PTA Meeting-8:00 a.m. **new date

11/26-Nonattendance Day

11/27-11/28-No School-Thanksgiving Break



Carolyn Smolinski


John Muir Literacy Academy


Senate Bill 16

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Dear Muir Community,

A legislative proposal that would rewrite the way education dollars are distributed in Illinois threatens the financial stability of suburban schools, including District 54.

The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 this spring, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. This would represent the largest loss to any school district in Illinois, and a decline of 79.5 percent in the amount of funds we receive from the state of Illinois. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students.

When the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November, Senate Bill 16 is one of the bills expected to be discussed in the House. As taxpayers and parents, we want you to be informed and aware of the financial impact on our schools. To that end, I am attaching invitations to two upcoming forums regarding Senate Bill 16.

  • On Thursday, Oct. 30, Districts 54, 211 and 15 will hold a public forum at Schaumburg High School. At this forum, district representatives will share specific information about how Senate Bill 16 will impact our schools.  Presentation – Oct 30
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 21, State Sen. Matt Murphy and Reps. David Harris and Tom Morrison will host a legislative forum on Senate Bill 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights.  Legislative Forum – Oct 21



Carolyn Smolinski                                                        James Schwartz

Principal                                                                         Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted August 10th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

#1 Muir Community,

It is with great excitement that I welcome you back to this upcoming school year. I hope your summer was filled with time spent with family and friends. The dedicated Muir staff have been busy preparing their classrooms and planning lessons in anticipation for the students to arrive on August 26th. We are all eager to get the year started!

I am also pleased to announce that Mr. James Schwartz will be joining the Muir community as assistant principal for this upcoming school year. Mr. Schwartz joins us from Keller Junior High and will make a great addition to our school. I have worked closely with Mr. Schwartz the past several months and he looks forward to meeting everyone in the Muir community.

Please see below for some important upcoming dates:


Thursday, August 14th-Information Day

On this day from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM, you may drop off any registration information, physical paperwork, pick up school supply lists and pay consumable fees.


Monday, August 25th-Welcome Back Picnic

From 4:30-6:30 we will have an open house at Muir where students can drop off their school supplies, meet their teacher and enjoy a light snack from our PTA. We will also be selling Muir spirit wear and you will have the opportunity to join our Muir PTA. We hope to see all of you there!


Tuesday, August 26th-First Day of School 1-6

Students should arrive between 8:25-8:30 each day and lineup with their teachers. Instruction begins at 8:40 so it is very important that students arrive on time.


Thursday, August 28th-Meet and Greet with the Principal

From 8:00 AM-9:00 AM I will hold a meet and greet for all parents. As I serve in my first year as Principal of Muir, I look forward to meeting all Muir families and building a strong relationship between school and home. Come and join me for a cup of coffee and light refreshments on the 28th!


Tuesday, September 2nd-First Day of School for Kindergarten



Ms. Smolinski and Mr. Schwartz

Summer Reading Video

Posted June 9th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Congratulations from Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth

Posted August 22nd, 2013 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Please read the attached letter acknowledging the academic gains made by the students at John Muir Literacy Academy.  Duckworth

Chicago Tribune article about Muir

Posted June 19th, 2013 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

An article about Muir was recently published in the local section of the Chicago Tribune.  Here is a link to the article,0,1169787.story