Curriculum Night – September 17th

Posted September 14th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Curriculum Night at John Muir Literacy Academy will be held on Wednesday, September 17th.  Please join us to hear about how our Big Actions will show Big Results again this school year.  Activities will run from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

PTA Meeting – Tuesday, September 9th

Posted September 8th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

The next meeting of the John Muir PTA will take place tomorrow, September 9th, at 6 pm.  We hope to see you there.

Thank you in advance to all adults that assist with programs for our children.  It makes a difference.

Upcoming PTA meetings will be held as follows:

October 14th – 6 pm

November 11th – 8 am




Pizza lunches every Friday

Posted September 2nd, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Pizza will be sold during lunch for $2 a slice every Friday throughout the year.

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

Battle of the Books Results

Posted May 1st, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus
Congratulations to all of the Muir participants in Battle of the Books.  You worked really hard and read many great books.
Our fifth/sixth grade Battle of the Books team won the District Championship!  The girls worked so hard and showed all that they had done to prepare for the Battle.  We have another trophy to add to the case!  Congratulations to Maliha, Meagan, and Angelina!
Our third/fourth grade team came in second place in their competition.  Congratulations to Sarah, Rylee and Niko on working so hard to prepare!
The first/second grade team worked well together and were strong competitors in their battle with a third place finish.  Great job Stuti, Leilah and Sarah!

Parent Survey

Posted March 18th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

You  have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.  The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including increased attendance and larger test score gains.  Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve students learning.

If you do not have access to a computer, you can use one at a local library or call us to schedule a time to take the survey here.  The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 30 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey.

Please click on this link to view the Parent Survey letter 2-14 from Superintendent DuRoss for more information.

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