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JUNE 2019
VOL 2, ISSUE 6
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Scott Rowe Huntley 158 families:

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:
 
HHS Class of 2019 By the Numbers
 
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. 
 
Find the date for your school as well as a list of required documents at www.district158.org/kindergarten-registration
 
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. 
 
 
 
Dual Language Summer ActivitiesSummer 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. 
 
Check out the flyer for information on these fun family outings. Download the flyer »
 
 
If I don't see you in person, please enjoy the summer. We'll look forward to seeing you back here in the fall!
 
 
Sincerely,
Scott Rowe, Ed.D
Superintendent
 
 
 
 
HHS's Brown Named Top Law Teacher in U.S.  

Dennis Brown

Huntley High School Teacher Dennis Brown has been named one of three Teachers of the Year by the American Lawyers Alliance, a nationwide organization that works to promote law-related education in elementary, middle, and high schools.

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Gullifor Named Braille Institute Teacher of the Year

Kateri Gullifor

Huntley 158’s Kateri Gullifor has been named 2019 Teacher of the Year by the Braille Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss.

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What's New?
 

Welcome Our New Campus Resource Officers

We are pleased to introduce the new Campus Resource Officers who will be serving our schools on the Reed Road and Square Barn Road Campuses beginning in fall 2019!
 
Officer BarhamSarah Barham, Lake in the Hills Police Department (Reed Road Campus)
 
Sarah Barham has been a patrol officer for 5 ½ years. She started her career in Law Enforcement in September of 2013 with the Village of Cary. Officer Barham was hired by the Village of Lake in the Hills in June of 2017. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Spanish from Western Illinois University.
 
She has dedicated a significant portion of her career to educating the community. Some examples of this include serving as an advisor to the Lake in the Hills Explorer’s Post, teaching the Teen Safety Series, and being a member of Peer Jury. Sarah is looking forward to being a member of the District 158 team.
 
Officer DykstraAndrew Dykstra, Algonquin Police Department (Square Barn Road Campus)
Andrew Dykstra has served as a Police Officer for the Algonquin Police Department since March 2006. Andrew is a graduate of Western Illinois University and served in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant. He has worked in the Patrol and the Traffic Unit and has dedicated time to improve the Department’s Liquor, Tobacco and Gaming Unit, and is a Field Training Officer, Acting Officer in Charge and member of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team.
 
Officer Dykstra has distinguished himself during his career and has been nominated for Kane County Officer of the Year in 2007 and McHenry County Officer of the Year in 2016. Outside of work Officer Dykstra is a resident within the District and spends as much time as he can outdoors with his school-age children, landscaping, working out, or working on cars.
 
About Our Campus Resource Officers
The District announced in December 2018 our plans to add CROs to serve the Reed Road and Square Barn Road Campuses. Since that time the District has worked with our law enforcement partners to finalize arrangements and work through the process of identifying officers to fill these important, specialized positions.
 
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.
 
Officer Ryan Gregorio has become a familiar face at Huntley High School, where he serves as School Resource Officer. In addition to HHS, Gregorio supports neighboring Leggee Elementary School with safety and security matters, education, and support.
 
 
 
 
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District 158
 
 
We're Hiring!
 
Openings exist for teachers, administrators, food service, transportation, O&M staff, summer staff and more.

Work for a Destination School DistrictTM!
 
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HHS
 
 
HHS Ranked Among the Country's Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report 
 
Huntley High School was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country's best high schools.
 
While Huntley 158 doesn't place a great deal of importance to rankings such as this, it is a marker of the high-quality education we strive to provide for all students.
 
The rankings are largely based on achievement data, graduation rates, and performance of historically underserved student populations.
 
Read more about the ranking and the publication's formula at usnews.com.
 
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2nd Annual Huntley Hootenanny
 
 
Registration Open for 2nd Annual Huntley Hootenanny 5K Glow Run/Walk
 

The Huntley 158 Education Foundation will hold its 2nd Annual Huntley Hootenanny Glow 5K Fun Run/Walk on September 7, 2019 in Downtown Huntley.

Last year more than 1,800 participants from the local area took to the Huntley Square for a night of fluorescent fun, including a glow run/walk, dance party, children’s activities, and great food from local vendors. This year registration will cap at 2,500.
 
Registration for the event is now open, and will be exclusively online. Learn more and sign up at http://www.district158.org/5k
 
Cost: Students $5, Adults $20 
Prices increase $5 after August 23
 
SIGN UP
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Day in the Life of a Middle Schooler
 
 
Huntley 158 Today:
A Day in the Life of a Middle School Student
 

We’ve seen a lot of change in what middle schoolers experience in their daily lives, both in and out of school.

On this episode of Huntley 158 Today we go inside a day in the life of middle school students here in Huntley 158, speaking with Marlowe Middle School Principal Tony Venetico.

 
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A Day in the Life of an Elementary Student
 
 
Huntley 158 Today: 
A Day in the Life of an Elementary School Student
 

On this episode of Huntley 158 Today we go inside what a "typical" day in the life of elementary school student in Huntley 158 looks like.

We discuss classes, social lives, personal development, and technology with Leggee's Scott Iddings and third-grade teacher Tammy Van Hiel.

 
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HHS Graduation Ceremony
 
 

HHS Class of 2019 Graduation Video and Photos Available Online

Those who were unable to attend or watch the livestream of the graduation ceremony for the Huntley High School Class of 2019 can experience the moment through photos and/or video. 
SEE THEM
 
 
 
Senior Walk
 
 

VIDEO: Watch the
HHS Class of 2019 Senior Walk Through Former Schools

Members of the HHS Class of 2019 participated in the treasured annual tradition of the senior walk, stopping by their former elementary and middle schools to fanfare from staff and students.
WATCH THE VIDEO
 
 
 
 
 
 
LIGHT Program Celebrates Five Graduates
 
 

LIGHT Program Celebrates Five Graduates

Huntley 158’s LIGHT Program (Life Instruction Guiding Huntley Transition) celebrated five graduates from the program on May 9, 2019 in a ceremony at the Huntley High School Performing Arts Center.
 
The graduates were: Lawrence Onu, Anthony Silvestri, Reno Pecucci, Omar Segura, and Trent Kibort.
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ISBE Case Study
 
 

State Highlights Huntley 158 as Model for Others

Huntley 158’s innovative programs are being shared by the Illinois State Board of Education as a model for other school districts throughout the state through ISBE’s “Illinois Sparks” initiative.
 
The State's case study focuses on the HHS Blended Learning Program and career-focused academies.
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