Student-led conferences and Book Fair – October 8th and 9th

Posted October 6th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Student-led conferences have been scheduled for Thursday, October 8 and the morning of Friday, October 9.  Most Thursday conferences have been scheduled between noon and 6:45 pm.  Friday conferences will be in the morning.

Please check with your child’s teacher if you need to confirm the time of your conference. Students will be leading the discussions.

The 2015 Muir book fair will also be taking place during conferences.  You will have a chance to purchase books for your children Thursday until 7:00 pm and also Friday morning.  Proceeds from the book fair will allow us to purchase additional materials for students at John Muir.


PTA Family Game Night was fun

Posted September 13th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Family Game Night was a success.  There were many comments about how much fun the games were, and families are already looking forward to Family Game Night next year.

A great big thank you to all the families that joined the John Muir PTA tonight.  The PTA funds many enjoyable activities throughout the year.  Take some time to get to know what they are all about.  The next PTA event will be Pumpkin Decorating Night.  Look for more details to follow.

Principal’s Message

Posted August 30th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Muir Community-

This first week of school was a huge success and a great indication for what lies ahead for this school year. Our students were hard at work reviewing expectations and procedures and diving right into core academics. We are so excited to welcome our kindergarteners to school tomorrow and look forward to having them with us all day! Please read the important information below regarding some upcoming events in the Muir Community.


Schaumburg Parent University District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided. Our first session will be Family Literacy Night on Sept. 14. Click on the attachments for more information about the rest of the fall classes or visit our website at Registration information is also found at this website.


Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 8:45 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a T-shirt in the size you requested if you register by Sept. 4. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register online, visit


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MAP Testing

Fall MAP testing begins this week on Tuesday, September 1st and runs through Friday, September 11th.  Makeup testing will continue the following week.  Each student will take one reading and one math session over the course of two days.  Your child’s teacher will let you know their individual testing schedule.


Upcoming Dates:

8/31-First Day of Kindergarten

9/1-9/11-MAP Testing

9/2-Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30

9/7-Labor Day (No School)

9/8-PTA Meeting @6:00



Have a wonderful week!


Carolyn Allar                                                                    Kelly Dvoracek

Principal                                                                            Assistant Principal

Arrival and Dismissal

Posted August 24th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

School for students in first through sixth grade begins at 8:40 and dismisses at 3:00 (2:30 on Wednesdays).

Students normally arrive at school between 8:25 and 8:35.

We look forward to seeing all of you at school today.

Principal’s Message

Posted May 18th, 2015 by Ms. Smolinski

Muir Community-

Please read below for important upcoming events in the Muir Community.

District 54 Foundation Event:

The District 54 Foundation is hosting a Family Night Out at the Schaumburg Boomers Game on May 29th . Please see the attached invitation for more information.  BoomersFlyer2015 

District 54 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council:

The final Bilingual Parent Advisory Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 19th. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.  Bilingual Parent Advisory Council – May 19


As a reminder, all junior high or high school students picking up siblings in grades 2-6 must wait at the fence near the entrance to the parking lot. If they are picking up K-1 students they may wait outside of Door 11. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

05/19-Talent Show at 6:00 p.m.

05/21-Science Fair

05/25-Memorial Day-No School

05/26-Art Open House from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  Art Open House Flyer

06/01-Student Non-Attendance Day-No School

06/12-Last Day of School



Carolyn (Smolinski) Allar


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

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