Talent Show tryouts are May 5th and 7th

Posted April 30th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Tryouts for the 2015 Muir Talent Show will be Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7.  You must have your permission slip and your music with you to try out.  Good luck to all of you.  We want you to show how talented you are.

Family Fun Night was a success!

Posted April 30th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Thank you to all of the parents, Boy Scouts and staff that volunteered to make this event a success.  We saw many smiling faces (pun intended) and took pictures of many of them.

We hope you enjoyed getting your face painted, watching the magician, and playing games.




Principal’s Message

Posted April 2nd, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Muir Community-

I hope all of you enjoyed Spring Break last week and took the opportunity to relax and spend time with family and friends. Our students were ready to come back this week and came in focused and ready to learn. As for myself, I had a wonderful Spring Break. Over break, I got married and was able to spend time celebrating with family and friends. As we move throughout the rest of the year, you may see my new name (Mrs. Allar) appear on communications from the school and email. I wanted to share my news as well as make you aware so there is not any confusion. Please see below for upcoming events at Muir.


MAP Testing: The next round of MAP testing begins Monday, April 13th.  We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year. We are confident that students will show what they have learned all year and we will see amazing gains for our students here at Muir.  We are excited to see the growth our students have made since the fall and winter MAP administration. Classroom teachers will notify parents of the testing dates for their classrooms.

Parent Night- The last of our parent nights this year will be a Community Resources Fair. At this event, we will have representatives from the community available to share their programs and resources for families. This will take place on Thursday, April 23rd at 6:00. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.  Community Resource Fair 

Upcoming Dates:

04/03-Nonattendance day

04/13- MAP testing begins for grades K-6

04/14-PTA Meeting-6:00pm

04/23-Parent Night-Community Resource Fair 6:00-7:00 pm 

04/27-End of Year PARCC testing begins for grades 3-6

04/30-Family Fun Night 6:00-8:00pm

05/06-Half-Day of School



Carolyn Smolinski


John Muir Literacy Academy


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.


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


Upcoming Dates:

03/10-PTA Meeting-8:00am

03/19-Community Celebration-8:00am



Carolyn Smolinski                                          Jim Schwartz

Principal                                                           Assistant Principal

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