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MAY 2019
VOL 2, ISSUE 5
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Scott Rowe Huntley 158 families:

It's hard to believe that the end of the school year is not only in sight, but rapidly approaching. It's a good time for us to share some reminders and information with you:
 
Graduation for the Class of 2019
 
We will celebrate graduation for members of the Huntley High School Class of 2019 on May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the NIU Convocation Center. Full information about the ceremony, other days of celebration, and other information for graduating seniors and their families has been centralized at www.district158.org/hhs/graduation
 
Promotion ceremonies for current 8th graders will be held May 29 (Heineman) and May 30 (Marlowe). Both ceremonies will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Huntley High School.
 
The high school and middle school ceremonies will be livestreamed. Please check our website closer to those dates for more details on viewing the ceremony remotely.
 
May 30 Last Day of School for 2018-19 School Year
 
Because the District has had four school cancellations due to severe weather, May 30 is the tentative last day of school for the 2018-19 school year. Please note that we are closed May 27 for Memorial Day.
 
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
 
Seniors' Lunch Account Balances
 
Families of graduating seniors: Please see the below procedures for money left on a graduating seniors’ lunch accounts.
  • If the balance is under $5.00 the student will need to pick up the balance from the cafeteria prior to their last day of school. (This year it will be May 6, 7, & 8th)
  • If the balance is over $5.00 and the senior has a sibling/s in the district, the money is transferred to the oldest sibling’s account after the last day of school.
  • If the balance is over $5.00 and the senior has no sibling in the district, the money is refunded to the parent on student account records, after the last day of school. (This can take up to 6 weeks)​
  • Please note: If you have auto replenish set for MySchoolBucks, please disable this function or your account will continue to replenish below the level you requested.
Summer Offerings
 
Please visit www.district158.org/summer-school for information about Summer School, Jump Start to Middle School, and Inquiry Quest Programs running over the summer. 
 
Let's finish this year safe and strong!
 
Sincerely,
Scott Rowe, Ed.D
Superintendent
 
 
 
 
HHS's Brown Named Top Journalism Teacher in IL  

Dennis Brown

Huntley High School teacher Dennis Brown has been named the winner of the Illinois Journalism Education Association’s Tidwell Award, which recognizes the top high school media educator in the state.
 
He is adviser to HHS newsmagazine The Voice, which recently picked up its third consecutive Silver Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

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Parent University May 6: Vaping Presentation
 

Parent University: Vaping

Huntley 158 will host a Parent University presentation on vaping, led by staff from the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition, on May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Marlowe Middle School.
 
The event is recommended for parents of middle school and high school students. Please note: to encourage open and frank dialogue, we ask that students not attend.

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What's New?
 

Huntley Named #1 Blended Learning
High School in the U.S.

Huntley High School

Huntley High School has been ranked as the #1 blended learning high school in the United States by Study.com. The ranking is continued recognition of the school’s blended learning program, which has been frequently cited as a national leader in redefining the traditional public school day.
 
“This is a tremendous honor and a true reflection of both the outstanding work our staff has put in over the past several years and the caliber of our students,” said Dr. Scott Rowe, superintendent of Huntley Community School District 158. “Our successes have shown that it’s not only possible but imperative for schools to evolve in how we educate students.”
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.
 
 
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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.

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 http://www.district158.org/5k
 
Cost is $5 for students and $20 for adults. Prices will increase by $5 after August 23.

 

 
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Dear Celiac
 
 
Martin Student and Teacher Team Up to Create Book “Dear Celiac”
 

Martin Elementary School student Kristen Adam and teacher Tiffany Van Yzendoorn teamed to create a book, Dear Celiac, for children afflicted with Celiac Disease. 

Adam, a 5th grader, has Celiac and was inspired to write the book to share the message to other children with the disease that they are not alone.

 
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Dr. Rocio Del Castillo
 
 
Huntley 158 Taking Steps to Bolster Equity and Excellence for All Students
 

The District has hired Dr. Rocio Del Castillo as assistant superintendent, focused on equity and special populations, beginning July 1.

In addition, the District is launching an in-depth opportunity review of its current regular and special education services, programs, procedures, and staffing for serving all struggling students.

 
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Picasso at the Lapin Agile
 
 

HHS Thespian Troupe Presents “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” and “The Grand Design”

 
Huntley High School’s Thespian Troupe 6147 will present two productions, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Grand Design, at the District 158 Performing Arts Center on May 1-4 at 7:00 p.m. 

Tickets are $5 each, general seating, and can be purchased online at d158.ticketleap.com or at the door one hour prior to show time.

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Suzie the Therapy Dog at Chesak
 
 

VIDEO:
Suzie the Therapy Dog Visits Chesak Elementary

 
Suzie is a celebrity at Chesak Elementary. From front-office staff to classrooms to students passing by in the hallway, all light up when Suzie walks by.
 
The nine-year-old coon hound has been making regular visits to the school this year to provide therapeutic services to students with special needs as well as serving as a reward for positive classroom behaviors.
 
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