Half day of School Wednesday – 11:40 Dismissal

Posted February 9th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Today is a half-day inservice day – no school in afternoon for students.  Students will be dismissed at 11:40.

Principal’s Message

Posted January 25th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Kindergarten Registration
Registration for the 2016-17 school year will be on February 11, 2016 at Muir from 9:00-11:00 am; 1:00-2:30 pm; and 6:00-8:00pm. We are always excited to welcome new families to our school.  Feel free to spread the word to new neighbors so we can get them set for the upcoming year.

Schaumburg Parent University Classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are three upcoming evening programs.

  • Staying Connected to Your Children. Social Worker Susan DeLuca will share ways to increase communication and connections between parent and their children. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Planning a Safe and Fulfilling Future for People with Disabilities. Mary Anne Ehlert, president of Protected Tomorrows, will discuss how families with members who have special needs can prepare for the future. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Family Engineering Night. Using everyday materials, you will become a family of engineers who problem-solve together through various challenges, including building a tower and designing a dancing robot. This workshop for children and parents will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

If you are interested in attending these events, click on the flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at

5-Essentials Survey

Thank you to all the families who have already completed the 5-Essentials Survey.  The window to take the survey goes through March 11th.  If you have yet to have a chance to complete it, you can click here for the survey.  Enter and search for John Muir Literacy Academy which is located in Cook County. Thank you in advance for your feedback.


Important Dates

02/09-PTA Meeting-6:00p.m.

02/10-Half Day Teacher In-Service-Dismissal at 11:40

02/11-Kindergarten Registration (see times above)

02/15-No School-President’s Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday – Schools Closed January 18

Posted January 17th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

District 54 schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 18.

Book Fair – online and in school

Posted January 14th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

The book fair will be open Friday morning from approximately 8-11.  Please stop in and see us if you have a Friday conference.

If you missed us during conferences you can still shop our online fair at .

Online orders will ship to the school for free when the online fair closes on January 21.


Student-Led Conferences on January 14 and 15

Posted January 11th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Student-Led conferences are taking place at Muir on January 14 and 15.  Students will be dismissed on January 14 at 11:40 pm.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 19 at their normal time.

We hope that all of you get a chance to hear what your children are achieving.

Reading Programs

Posted January 4th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Make sure you are keeping track of how much you read.  We currently have two programs going on to celebrate reading.

Booking with the Hawks – the award for completing this program includes a ticket to a Hoffman Estates basketball game

Read to Succeed – the award for completing this program is a free ticket to Six Flags Great America

Please read and keep records.  Let you teacher know as soon as you have completed one or both of these programs.

Muir 6th Grade Music Concert – Wednesday, December 16

Posted December 14th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

The sixth graders at Muir will be performing a music concert on December 16.

Students in Mrs. Siemieniec’s class perform from 6:00-6:20 pm.

Students in Mrs. Mich’s class perform from 6:30-6:50 pm.

Students in Mr. Loredo’s class perform from 7:00-7:20 pm.

The students have been working hard to get ready for the performance.  We hope to see you there.

Muir 4th Grade Music Concert – Tuesday, December 15

Posted December 14th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

The fourth graders at Muir will be performing a music concert on December 15.

Students in Ms. Reiner’s and Mrs. Williams’s class perform from 6:00-6:20 pm.

Students in Ms. Stablein’s and Mrs. McGuire’s class perform from 6:30-6:50 pm.

The students have been working hard to get ready for the performance.  We hope to see you there.

Principal’s Message

Posted December 10th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

I hope you are doing well.  Below are two district-wide updates concerning an online reporting tool and recently released 2015 PARCC assessment results.

Report Bullying/Safety Concerns – new online tool

District 54 is dedicated to the social-emotional development and safety of all students. This includes doing all we can to prevent the bullying of students in our schools. To that end, District 54 has developed an online method to report harassment, bullying and any other safety concerns. Although it is always best to speak directly to an administrator or teacher, we recognize that some people may be uncomfortable doing so. The main page of the district website and each school website will now have a link called Report Bullying/Safety Concerns for parents, students or community members to report concerns. This may be done anonymously. Our goal is to provide one more way to enhance communication and ensure the safety of our school community. Click here to access the site. 

PARCC Assessment Results

Last night the Daily Herald published results from the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. I apologize that we didn’t share that information with you first, but the Illinois State Board of Education had said that information was embargoed until Friday. The results are not even published on the state website yet. They should be posted by tomorrow at On this site, you will be able to look up scores for schools and districts. This week, we are mailing home individual results to the parents/guardians of students who took the test in the spring. The PARCC score reports are different from previous state tests. We are including a letter with each student report explaining the score reports. You can also find more information at Student scores, as well as the school and district averages, may appear lower than what you typically saw on previous state assessments. This difference does not mean our students know less or are less capable. Rather, the PARCC exam set higher expectations for what it means for students to truly master content and grade-level standards.

The results in District 54 are almost double the state average. This demonstrates the great work our staff is doing to prepare our students for the demands of college and careers. However, we also know that there is room for growth. The PARCC results are one of many tools our staff will use to measure progress and improve teaching and learning. Our ultimate goal is to provide a balanced learning environment rich with academic and social-emotional experiences for our students in order to ensure student success. As always, feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher should you have any specific questions.

Important Dates

12/07-12/16-MAP Testing

12/15-4th Grade Music Concert-6:00

12/16-6th Grade Music Concert

6:00-Mrs. Siemieniec’s class

6:30-Mrs. Mich’s class

7:10-Mr. Loredo’s class

12/21-01/01-Winter Break

01/04-School Resumes


Muir Food Drive ends Friday, December 11

Posted December 9th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

We will continue to collect non-perishable food items until Friday.  It is great to see support for the under-resourced from all of our classrooms.

All of the food will be donated to the District 54 Food Pantry.  Thank you for your generosity.