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Scott Rowe Huntley 158 families:

We are excited to announce two new initiatives coming to our elementary schools that will expand the horizons of our students in the music and STEM fields. 
Band and Orchestra to Be Offered in 5th Grade
Beginning in the 2019-20 school year we will offer band and orchestra to our 5th-grade students. Currently these programs begin in 6th grade, and we are pleased to make these excellent opportunities available to students beginning in elementary school. 
Not only will this move positively impact our elementary students, but it also will bring Huntley 158 in line with other districts that offer these programs. In addition, the move better supports the vibrant fine arts programming already in place at the secondary level.
New STEM-focused Elementary Specials Offering
In addition, we are pleased to introduce plans for a new STEM-based offering for our elementary students that will help prepare them for the careers of the future. Starting in 2019-20, in addition to the traditional specials of art, music, and PE, all K-5 students will also enjoy one hour a week in a new class we are calling Explore.
Explore will allow students to deeply engage with the concepts of science, technology, engineering, and math in a project-based setting that encourages collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
  • Students gain exposure to 21st-century concepts, skills, and hands-on learning experiences difficult to offer in the traditional classroom
  • Project-based learning aligns with Illinois Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • The District is leveraging efficiencies in its projected enrollment figures over the coming years to create and offer this new special class using existing staff, without additional cost for new staff hires.
  • There is a relatively small startup cost to purchase the curriculum and STEM supplies to outfit each elementary school for Explore.
The District currently is in the process of building the curriculum and making staffing adjustments to accommodate this program. 
Learn more about the program and see videos of the PLTW Launch curriculum in action at
We are excited to take these next steps in providing our elementary students with an outstanding educational experience and preparing them to take advantage of all the opportunities that lie ahead in middle school, high school, and beyond.
Scott Rowe, Ed.D
Huntley 158 Today
Returns with Episodes on SNAP Program,
Dual Language

Huntley 158 Today

Huntley 158 Today, the District's periodic online television program highlighting different aspects of life within Huntley 158 returned this winter with two new episodes.

The first episode takes viewers inside our SNAP Program, which serves families identified with autism. The second goes inside some of our Dual Language classrooms, which serve both English learners and native English speakers in a bilingual Spanish and English setting.

New episodes will be coming throughout the spring. Tune in on the District's YouTube or Facebook pages. 

Coming to HHS

INCubatoredu Coming to HHS

In fall 2019, Huntley High School will launch its INCubatoredu program to provide students with an unmatched learning opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service.
Entrepreneurs and business experts from the local community will serve as volunteer coaches and mentors guiding student teams through LEAN processes along with foundational business topics such as marketing and finance.
The program is seeking volunteers and financial support from the local community.

Learn more »

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Huntley 158 Education Foundation Recognizes Distinguished Teacher and Outstanding School Employee Honorees

Ed Foundation Celebration Squad

On February 11, 2019, the Huntley 158 Education Foundation Celebration Squad surprised recipients of the Foundation’s Distinguished Educator of the Year and Outstanding School Employee of the Year honors!
Honorees also will be recognized at the annual Employee Recognition Banquet March 14, 2019.
The honorees were as follows:
Chesak Elementary
Valerie Vandello, Physical Therapist
Bill Sundberg, Mobile Technician
Conley Elementary
Stacey Hassels, 5th Grade Teacher
Regina Szpak, Special Education Aide
Early Childhood Center
Marla Sterner, Preschool Teacher
Tim Porsche, Paraprofessional
Heineman Middle School
Wayne Blake, 6th Grade Literacy Teacher
Dena Jetel, Administrative Assistant
Huntley High School
Gerry Marchand, Science Teacher
Donna Kunz, Nurse
Leggee Elementary School
Jo Anne Heinz, Instructional Coach
Nancy Palmer, Nurse
Mackeben Elementary School
Shelly Montello, Special Education Teacher
George Shephard, Custodian
Marlowe Middle School
Karla Larson, 7th Grade Literacy
Jennifer Verdonck, Administrative Assistant
Martin Elementary School
Jennifer Boyd, Special Education Teacher
Beckie Ferguson, RTI Aide
District Office
Angelo Nardi, Operations and Maintenance Technician
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Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration to Be Held June 4, 5, 7 at Schools
Huntley Community School District 158 will hold registration for incoming kindergarten families for the 2019-20 school year at the District’s three kindergarten schools: Mackeben Elementary, Leggee Elementary, and Chesak Elementary.
Families should register at the school their kindergarten student will attend. Each school will hold its own registration event at its building:
Mackeben Elementary:
June 4, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Leggee Elementary:
June 5, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Chesak Elementary:
June 7, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
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.

In the first year of the event, 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. The 2nd annual Hootenanny will cap registration at 2,500.
Registration for the event is now open, and will be exclusively online. Learn more and sign up at
Cost is $5 for students and $20 for adults. Prices will increase by $5 after August 23.


Dual Language 2019-20
Dual Language Information Sessions March 20, May 8

Huntley 158 held its first Dual Language Information Night for families of incoming kindergarteners interested in the Dual Language Program on February 28.

Two additional information nights will be held March 20 at Mackeben Elementary and May 8 at Leggee Elementary.

For full information about the Dual Language Program, including program details and the enrollment process, visit

David Ferrante
Junior Ferrante Becomes Huntley’s First State Wrestling Champion

Huntley High School junior David Ferrante became the school’s first state champion in wrestling after claiming the Class 3A 170-pound state championship in Champaign on February 16.

Ferrante, who earlier this year announced his commitment to attend and wrestle for Northwestern University, added the individual championship to an already-impressive resume including a prior 4th-place finish at State. 

Student Art
HHS Students Selected for Rockford Art Museum Young Artist Show
Twelve Huntley High School students have been selected to exhibit their artwork at the Rockford Art Museum’s 78th annual Young Artist’s Show.
Students submitted their work in January to be judged, along with hundreds of students from schools within the 50-mile radius from the Rockford Art Museum.
These few students’ work beat out hundreds of other artworks to be part of the select few chosen by the jurors for the Young Artist’s Show. A total of 138 pieces from the 14 schools were chosen to go on display in this year’s show.
John Vincent
Cubs Singer John Vincent Challenges Students to “Be Kind or Be Nothing”

John Vincent, renowned resident anthem singer for the Chicago Cubs, visited Marlowe Middle School to share a message of kindness and acceptance with students during three assemblies January 25.

The visit was part of his ongoing anti-bullying campaign in Chicago-area schools, which he discussed on WGN earlier this year.

Vincent shared with students his own experiences being severely bullied as a child and suffering with obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety.



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