Two weeks after putting caps on the heads of a record 744 graduates at Huntley High School's Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony, we've now put a cap on the 2018-19 school year for all of our students. For me personally, at the end of my first year of service as superintendent, this is a time to reflect on the past year and give thanks for the outstanding students, staff, and community members and organizations that make us a Destination School DistrictTM.
Among other highlights you can read more about below are substantial recognitions, both for the whole District and individual members of our community. Notably, Huntley 158 was recently recognized as one of U.S. News & World Report's Top U.S. High Schools, and the State of Illinois published a case study on our successes, sharing them as models for other districts to learn from. We also had not one, but two staff members recognized as national teacher of the year in their respective fields. It's truly been a remarkable year, but we're still looking forward to new challenges and opportunities for improvement.
In that spirit, I'd like to share with you some exciting accomplishments and updates, as well as an opportunity for you to give us direct feedback on an important topic currently under consideration.
We Need Your Feedback: Delayed Start Proposal for Severe Weather
We want to hear from our community as we consider the development of a delayed start option for inclement weather days. Many of our neighboring districts utilize a delayed start schedule when appropriate as an alternative to canceling school.
The option currently under consideration would entail delaying the start time for all schools by two hours. Services such as bus pickup times would shift two hours later as well, while students would still receive lunch on a modified schedule. Dismissal times would remain as usual, and class periods would be shortened to accommodate the two-hour delay. We estimate such a schedule would have been an option for 2 of the 4 days cancelled in 2018-19 due to inclement weather.
The conceptual proposal has been discussed by the Superintendent's Parent Advisory Committee and by the Board of Education. However, a decision on adoption of the proposal will be made only after considering feedback from our entire community. We need to hear from YOU!
Goodbye Seniors, Please Keep in Touch!
Earlier this month we said farewell to our largest-ever graduating class from Huntley High School. The Class of 2019 was remarkable in many other ways as well, and we don't want to lose touch with them!
We encourage all of our graduates, from both this year and past, to send us your current contact info and any exciting updates from your post-HHS lives! Find the forms to do so at http://www.district158.org/about/alumni/
Check out just some of the incredible stats from this incredible class:
Kindergarten Registration Events
Families with children slated to enter Kindergarten in 2019-20 are strongly encouraged to register during our Kindergarten Registration events scheduled for June 4, 5, and 7. Families should attend the event at their school to enjoy the opportunity to tour, meet staff and PTA members, practice getting on and off the bus, and more. Those who cannot attend may complete registration at the District Office during normal business hours over summer.
2019-20 School Supply Lists
It's time to start thinking about school supplies for next year! For the 2018-19 school year, the District made an effort to lower the financial cost of school supplies for families through strategic bulk purchasing and reduction of lists. The results were average savings beteen 23% and 58% from the previous year. The District will continue to refine its school supply lists and purchases to keep the cost to families as low as possible.
Wrap packs (school supply packs) are available to order online through June 15 through school/campus Parent-Teacher groups.
Summer Dual Language Activities
Our bilingual education team will host a number of activities this summer for families in or interested in the Dual Language program. These activities are valuable for students and families to maintain bilingual proficiency and to engage with other bilingual families.
If I don't see you in person, please enjoy the summer. We'll look forward to seeing you back here in the fall!
Scott Rowe, Ed.D