Superintendent's Message: Reconnect, relax, and recharge over Winter Break. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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Scott Rowe Huntley 158 families:

On behalf of the entire District, I want to personally wish each of you a holiday break that is happy, healthy, and restful.
Unfortunately in today’s society, it is becoming harder and harder to carve out time for family, friends, and relaxation. Our students certainly are not immune to this phenomenon, given their active academic, extracurricular, and social lives.
That’s why I urge our students and families to use some of this break as just that — a break from the active lives we all lead. It’s tempting to view time off from school as an opportunity to catch up on overdue duties, fill up on neglected activities, or work ahead on future projects. But I believe in the importance of using at least some of this time off to reconnect (offline) with loved ones, relax, and recharge. I’ve instructed our staff to do the same. After all, it might just prove to be the best way to prepare for a busy second semester.
A reminder that schools will be out of session from December 24 through January 4. Staff will return on January 3 and 4 for Institute Days. It’s our hope that these back-to-back days focused on professional development will be a springboard to helping our staff and students kick off a strong second semester. 
Our District Office will be open December 26-28 and January 2-4. However, I’ve encouraged staff to take time off to enjoy this break as well, and staff working these dates will be limited. 
Thank you for taking the time to hear from me, and I encourage you to explore the rest of this issue of Communicate 158 to get just a sample of the extraordinary things happening around the District. I also encourage you to pick up the copy of the Annual Report we mailed to all District residents a few weeks ago, or to check it out online at, to take a look back at our celebrations and successes from last school year. 
Happy holidays!
Dr. Scott Rowe
Innovative HHS Program Featured by WTTW -
PBS Chicago

Youth Resident in Lab

Huntley High School’s Youth Medical Residency Program in partnership with Northwestern Medicine (formerly Centegra Health System) recently was featured in a story by WTTW – Chicago PBS.

The program, which launched in 2016-17 as the only of its kind in the country, has proven to be a success for both students and the health system. It is now being replicated by other schools, including McHenry East and West High Schools in partnership with Northwestern Medicine.


Principal Belin Shares His Experiences with Anxiety

Huntley High School recently conducted school-wide education on coping with anxiety. In addition, staff members received training on how to assist students experiencing anxiety.

At this link we have compiled information and resources from this presentation, which can be helpful to raise awareness of this issue for all of our students and families.  

In the video above, HHS Principal Marcus Belin shares his personal experiences with anxiety as a way to help encourage conversations about mental health within our schools. 

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Huntley 158 Adding Resource Officers to Reed Road and Square Barn Campuses

Campus Resource Officers

The Huntley 158 Board of Education on December 20 approved agreements with the Lake in the Hills and Algonquin Police Departments to create campus resource officer positions at the District’s Reed Road and Square Barn Road Campuses, respectively.
The new positions are modeled on the school resource officer position that has been successfully housed at Huntley High School in partnership with the Huntley Police Department for nearly 20 years. One police officer will be housed at each of the District’s two middle schools, Marlowe and Heineman, but will be focused on serving the safety, security, educational, legal, and relationship-building needs of the entire campus, including elementary schools.
“We’ve seen nothing but positive benefits to having a full-time school resource officer at our Harmony Road Campus in the past two decades,” said Superintendent Scott Rowe. “Adding officers who will be assigned full-time to our other two campuses will help improve the overall safety, security, and well-being of students and staff there as well.”
Campus resource officers provide both proactive and reactive safety and security roles, leading safety assessments, acting as liaison between the law enforcement system and schools, and serving as a first responder in emergency situations. In addition, the officers will collaborate with schools to lead student and family education programming.
“We have long benefited from the close and positive relationships with the police departments that serve our schools,” Rowe said. “This is another step in keeping safety and security as our top priority.”
The Reed Road Campus includes Marlowe Middle School, the D158 Early Childhood Center, Chesak Elementary School, and Martin Elementary School. The Square Barn Road Campus includes Heineman Middle School, Mackeben Elementary School, and Conley Elementary School.
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Openings exist for bilingual elementary teachers, bus drivers, nurses, aides, school support staff, and more.

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League of Innovative Schools
Huntley 158 Selected to League of Innovative Schools

Huntley 158 has once again been selected for membership in the League of Innovative Schools, a group of 102 schools in the U.S. leading innovation to provide equitable and excellent education for all students.

Huntley 158 is among just three districts in Illinois accepted for membership. As a member, Huntley 158 will both learn from and share best practices with other leading districts from throughout the country.

Illinois Report Card
2018 Illinois School Report Cards Are Available Online

Data from the 2018 Illinois Report Card provides a partial but valuable look at the District's academic, operational, and financial achievements. Huntley 158 compares favorably to our peer districts.

All District schools were rated as "commendable" or "exceptional" using the State's new summative designations. In addition, Huntley 158 ranks as the #2 lowest spending district in McHenry and Kane Counties. 

Mr. Krivosik on WGN
Krivosik Named WGN Teacher of the Month

Huntley High School band teacher Kevin Krivosik was named Teacher of the Month for November by WGN-TV. Reporter Muriel Clair stopped by Mr. Krivosik’s class to present him with the honor, as well as a $1,000 check for the school.

Mr. Krivosik said the funds will go toward needed repair of band instruments. The story aired November 26 and 27.

Karen Naymola
Naymola Named Volleyball Coach of the Year

Huntley High School girls volleyball coach Karen Naymola has been named 2018 Volleyball Coach of the Year by the Northwest Herald. In addition, several players were named to the publication’s All-Area Team.

Junior Taylor Jakubowski and seniors Loren Alberts, Julia Johnson, and Sarah Zayas made First Team. Sophomore Emma Konie made Second Team.

Dr. John Burkey Drive
Academic Drive is Now Dr. John Burkey Drive
In January 2018, the Huntley 158 Board of Education voted to honor outgoing superintendent Dr. John Burkey with the lasting and symbolic gesture of re-naming Academic Drive (the main drive on our Square Barn Road Campus) to Dr. John Burkey Drive.

This decision was followed by many months of work by the Village of Algonquin to prepare for this change, and the District is now working with the shipping companies, local agencies, vendors, and others with whom the change needs to be registered.
New street signs were installed by the Village of Algonquin in Fall 2018.
Karen Beeman Presentation Video
Parent University Programming in Planning
In the fall the District held its first meetings with members the newly established Parent Advisory Council. These meetings were very productive, and effectively provided a channel for two-way, direct communication between parents and administrators.

Among other discussions was potential topics for Parent University programs. The District is currently planning programming for families about current issues in schools and student life.

The first program was held December 12, featuring nationally recognized bilingual education expert Karen Beeman.



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