News Broadcast 11.21.14

Posted November 22nd, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Nerge Knightly News 11.21.14

Posted November 20th, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Good morning Amazing Nerge Community!

Please follow the link below for the latest edition of the “Knightly News”

Nerge Knightly News 11-21-14 Final

Sixth Grade Parents

Recently your children had the opportunity to meet with the assistant principal of the junior high they will attend next year. During that meeting the policies and procedures along with what a typical day is like at the junior high was reviewed. Soon your child will bring home a student request form that will allow them to select their electives for their 7th grade year. Parents will receive more information regarding this form at the 6th grade Parent Night which takes place on Dec. 3rd from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at your prospective junior high. We would like completed student request forms returned to the classroom teachers by Dec. 5th.

Cold Weather/Recess

Please remember to send your child to school with coats, gloves or mittens, hats and boots(when it snows).  We do try to get the children out every day for about 20 minutes.  Having proper cold weather gear will help your child enjoy the winter wonderland we often experience.

Virtual Backpack

Please remember that the District 54 Virtual Backpack contains a lot of information and activities available to students and families from various agencies and clubs in the area. Check it out on the District webpage!

Please note that next week we are off Wednesday, November 26th through the Friday the 28th for Thanksgiving.

Have a great weekend with your families and thank you as always for all the support you provide at home!

Brian Lawson                                      Joseph McCauley

Principal                                              Assistant Principal

MAP Testing Schedule

Posted November 18th, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Good morning fantastic Nerge community!

In District 54 we assess student learning in a variety of ways, including grade-level common assessments and MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Testing.  MAP testing occurs in fall, winter and spring, and helps us understand current levels of student achievement, which allows us to plan more strategically to best meet the needs of all students.  It also allows us to measure student growth over periods of time.

For all administrations of MAP testing, we ask that parents do as they always do: ensure a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast.  We also encourage students to take the tests seriously and give us their best efforts, but at the same time not to be anxious about the tests.

Teachers will have students indicate the dates of MAP testing, but for your reference the schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten Reading:  Friday, November 21st (Jerzyk AM and PM, and Staron AM)

Kindergarten Math: Wednesday, December 3rd (Jerzyk PM)

Friday, December 5th (Jerzyk AM and Staron AM)

1st Grade Reading:  Tuesday, November 18th (Chapman and Sheahan)

Wednesday, November 19th (Kearns and Lewinson)

1st Grade Math:  Tuesday, December 2nd (Chapman and Sheahan)

Thursday, December 4th (Kearns and Lewinson)

2nd Grade Reading:  Tuesday, November 18th (Walker and Hannah)

Wednesday, November 19th (Miazga and Scardina)

2nd Grade Math:  Tuesday, December 2nd  (Walker and Hannah)

Thursday, December 4th (Miazga and Scardina)

3rd Grade Reading:  Tuesday, December 2nd (Zabawski)

Wednesday, December 3rd (Kleczynski and Jacobs)

3rd Grade Math:  Tuesday, December 9th (Zabawski MATH class)

Wednesday, December 10th (Kleczynski and Jacobs MATH classes)

4th Grade Reading:  Monday, November 17th (Bullon and Considine)

Tuesday, November 18th (Scafidi)

4th Grade Math:  Monday, December 8th (Considine and Scafidi MATH classes)

Tuesday, December 9th (Bullon MATH class)

5th Grade Reading:  Monday, November 17th (Quinnert and Linne)

Friday, November 21st (Kanoon and Stinger)

5th Grade Math:  Thursday, December 11th (Kanoon and Stinger MATH classes)

Friday, December 12th (Quinnert and Linne MATH classes)

6th Grade Reading:  Tuesday December 2nd (Maltz and Petricca)

Wednesday, December 3rd (Waldau)

6th Grade Math:  Tuesday, December 9th (Maltz and Petricca MATH classes)

Wednesday, December 10th (Waldau MATH class)


Thank you for all of your support!

Brian Lawson                     Joe McCauley

Principal                               Assistant Principal

News Broadcast 11.14.14

Posted November 14th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Nerge’s Broadcasting Club is underway.  The sixth graders are already hard at work, and are doing everything from controlling the cameras, teleprompters, and mics, to switching between segments and serving as the on air talent.  Click below to watch our first edition.  You may need to adjust your sound throughout the broadcast.

Nerge Knightly News 11.07.14

Posted November 6th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good afternoon Wonderful Families of Nerge!

It has been another great week of focused learning at Nerge.  We are so proud of the consistently strong efforts of our students and know that the combined work of students, teachers, and families will produce great results.

Please follow the link below for the latest edition of the Knightly News:

Nerge Knightly News 11-7-14

MAP Testing

The next round of MAP testing begins November 17, 2014.  We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year.  Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you.

Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser.  This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.

We are excited to see the growth our students have made since the fall MAP administration.  A detailed schedule of testing times will be sent out next week. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

90/90 Celebration

Speaking of MAP testing, Nerge School is being recognized by the District 54 Board of Education as a 90/90 school. During the 2013-14 school year, our students performed above the 90th percentile (top 10% nationally) in meeting individual student growth targets in reading and math as measured by Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests.  Thank you again for all of the support you provide at home, as it truly makes a difference in our students’ ultimate success!

Breakfast with Santa

Please see the attached documents for more information on Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 6th.  This information was sent home with students this week.

Nerge BWS 2014 Flyer      Nerge BWS Reservation Form 2014

Please note these important dates:

  • November 13 – 4th Grade Musical, 6:30 PM
  • November 14 – End of first trimester
  • November 18 – PTA meeting 7:00 PM
  • November 26-28—Thanksgiving Holiday

Have a fantastic weekend with your families!

Brian Lawson                          Joe McCauley

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

Nerge Updates 11.3.14

Posted November 3rd, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good morning outstanding Nerge Community,

Institute Day tomorrow– Please note that there is no school tomorrow, November 4th due to the general election.

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) 357-5777. 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.

Thank you to our PTA and all parents that volunteered to help last Friday to help us celebrate Halloween.  The kids had a great afternoon!

Have a wonderful rest of the week,

Brian Lawson

Nerge Updates 10.24.14

Posted October 24th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good morning Fantastic Nerge Families!

Please follow the link below for the latest edition of the Knightly News.

Nerge Knightly News 10-24-14

Schaumburg Parent University – November 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 two classes scheduled for November.

  • Family Fitness Night on Nov. 13 at Stevenson Elementary School:  While the music is pumping, families will choose different stations to work their muscles and learn about at-home fitness opportunities.
  • How to Build a Better Plate on Nov. 19 at the District Office: Alexian Brothers Lead Clinical Dietician Kirsten Johnson will talk to parents and guardians about how to eat right, plan right and shop right.

If you are interested in attending either event, please see the attached flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at


Please see the attached letter regarding Halloween procedures.  For the parade at 12:45, parents remain outside to view their children and take pictures.  There will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures, as the students will parade around the entire building.  Please note that only Kindergarten through 3rd graders dress-up and participate in the parade.

Halloween Letter – 2014

Tuesday, October 28:  Picture Retakes 

Forms were available for retakes as of last week.  If you have not yet received a form and would like to have your child’s picture retaken, please come into the office or contact us and we will send one home with your child tomorrow afternoon.

Tuesday, November 4:  Institute Day—No School

Thank you for your continued support of your children at home—it is such an important factor to our success with them at school!

Brian Lawson

Nerge Updates 10.20.14

Posted October 20th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good morning Fantastic Nerge Families!


Halloween is just around the corner.  Please read the attached letter detailing our Halloween procedures this year:

Halloween Letter – 2014

Senate Bill 16

Last Friday, I sent an email regarding Senate Bill 16.  Please note that this issue will also be discussed at our PTA meeting tomorrow night.  The meeting is at 7:00 PM in the teachers’ lounge.  Please consider joining us!

Night Hike

The Nerge Night Hike has been rescheduled to this Wednesday, October 22nd, at 7:00.  Last time, we cancelled it due to cloudy weather.  The weather report this Wednesday looks clear, but in the event of uncooperative weather, we will still hold the event and have some indoor options to make an interesting and engaging experience for the students.

PARCC Practice Websites:

This spring, students in grades three through six will be taking the PARCC Assessment.   At Nerge, we are providing purposeful learning opportunities that will prepare students to demonstrate their abilities on the PARCC Assessment.  If you are interested in finding out more about PARCC or looking for opportunities to practice, here are two websites to get you started:

PTA Blood Drive

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTA’s is helping Heartland sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 23. It will be held from 2:30-7 p.m. in the board room at the School District 54 Rafferty Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

Anyone between the ages of 17 and 75 who weighs at least 110 pounds can participate.

A minimum of 500 pints of blood is needed every day for patients in area hospitals, according to Heartland. The Council of PTA’s hosts blood drives each year to help meet these needs.

To make an appointment, visit and click on Schedule an Appointment. Walk-ins are also acceptable.

For more information about this blood drive or to sign up to be a donor, please contact Laurie Fetterman, Health and Safety Chairperson of the PTA Council, (630) 806-1347 or by email

Important upcoming dates:

October 21—PTA meeting 7:00

October 22—Night Hike at 7:00 until 8:30

October 28– Picture retakes

Nov 2– Daylight Saving Time ends – turn your clock back one hour

November 4—Full Day Institute-No School for all students

Nov 26-28– No School–Thanksgiving break

Have a wonderful week!

Brian Lawson                          Joe McCauley

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

Nerge Clubs

Posted October 16th, 2014 by Steve Schneider

In order to encourage students to excel in a multitude of areas, a variety of clubs are offered at Nerge School.  Students should pay attention to morning announcements and flyers in order to learn more about the clubs available for the 2014-2015 school year.

Nerge Clubs: 2014-2015

Nerge – 2014-15 Club Flyer

Battle of the Books

Broadcasting Club

Cheerleading Club

Coding Club


Knights on the Run

Lego League

Math Olympiad

Rocket Club

Safety Patrols

School Musical

Student Ambassadors

Tech Club

Nerge Knightly News 10.10.14

Posted October 9th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Nerge Knightly News 10-10-14