HADLEY HERALD December 2017
Homer CCSD 33C
Hadley Middle School
Asset of the Month:
Oranization Principal’s Message
Encourage your middle school- This is the perfect opportunity to thank our students, parents and staff members for a
er to keep a daily list (weekly is successful start to the 2017-18 school year! During this first quarter our new students and re-
too much) with a few things on turning sixth graders have become acclimated with Hadley Middle School and have estab-
it to be done that day. It may be lished new routines on their road to academic success. During this short time period, several
necessary to assign a specific of our students have joined a multitude of clubs and athletic teams to further enhance their
time to each task. When the middle school experience, beyond their academic schedules.
task is completed, draw a line
through it to show accomplish- Parent attendance at our annual Curriculum Night on September 8th was a huge suc-
ment. cess! The Hadley School Faculty and Administration enjoyed meeting our students’ families
Don't hesitate to remind your and are looking forward to continuing parent-teacher communication throughout the entire
middle schooler about appoint- school year. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers with any questions or concerns that
ments and due dates. Try to may arise over the course of the school year. Please check out the Hadley website and teacher
think ahead about materials homework pages regularly and look for our virtual backpack that is emailed out each Thurs-
required for a project (unless day, for vital information. Many of you are currently using i-Parent (our online grade book),
you look forward to late- so that you can better monitor your son’s/daughter’s progress. Grade books are updated at
evening visits to K-Mart). This the end of each week by all teachers. If you need assistance with this online feature, please
will not last forever. When this contact Ms. Keppner at 708-226-7725.
same child was learning to
walk, we held his or her hands In addition to our amazing curricular plans and engaging lessons we have many sensa-
and made the path smooth. tional opportunities for students this month. We hope that students, and when appropriate,
Now he or she is learning to families take part in our special events. We have already had a record number of students at-
take on a tremendous assort- tend our Back to School Fun Fair, and it was so much fun. This month we look forward to the
ment of life-tasks and changes; Color Run, Family Reading Night, our Annual Book Fair, and our Monster Mash Dance. Our
hand-holding (but not the firm, teachers, staff and dedicated parents work diligently to provide a multitude of learning activi-
physical grip previously neces- ties and social events for all of our students.
sary) is needed for about a year
or so as your middle schooler Please remember if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 708-
gets started on the road to be- 226-7725. We look forward to continuing a great year and hope to see all of our Hadley Mid-
ing a responsible adult. dle School families at many of our functions throughout the year!
Helping your Middle 2 Kristen Schroeder
Schooler Succeed. Hadley Middle School
Kindness Matters/Texting 3
Lingo / Parking Lot Etiquette
Dean’s Corner News 4
Hadley Happenings 5
The Scoop 6
Did You Know? 7
Social Workers Message 8
Middle Years 9,10
Safety is a priority for all of our students and their families. Decisions regarding school closures will be based on
the overall conditions of the entire District. The Superintendent is responsible for the decision as to when school is
open or closed due to inclement weather or emergencies.
If the temperature reaches "double digit" (-10) degrees without wind chill factors, the District will strongly con-
sider closing school or delaying the start time by one hour due to increased risk of exposure for students at the
If the temperature with wind chill reaches -25 degrees or below, the District will strongly
consider closing school or delaying the start time by one hour due to the increased risk of exposure for students
at the bus stops.
The District Administration will generally make the decision to close by 5:30a.m.
If the District opts to delay the start of school, school buses will pick your child up one hour later
than usual. School will be in session as follows:
Students attending out-of-district programs: Bus pick-up times will be one hour later than usual.
Notifications will be issued as follows:
Phone calls to households
District Website (www.homerschools.org)
Emergency Closing Center Website (www.EmergencyClosing.com)
Radio Stations (WBBM 780 AM, & WGN 720 AM)
District Twitter Account and Facebook Page
If schools are closed, all school-related activities are canceled.
If schools are closed, OASIS is not in session.
School Closing Related to Utility Issues: Please be advised that if power outages occur around the 5:30a.m.
notification time, notification of school closings might be anywhere from 5:30-6:45 a.m.
Family Reading Night was a Wild West good time! We had about 300 attendees at the
night, and participants had fun at a variety of stations. Breakout EDU had our students thinking
hard to break codes and solve puzzles. Families also had the opportunity to listen to guest read-
ers and read scary stories around a “campfire”, play games, and make their own dreamcatch-
ers. There was even a s'mores trail mix to munch on, and balloon animals.
Student Council sold pizza and treats to raise money for the Ross School project, and Ms.
Pikus’s class presented on what life was like during the 1850’s when Ross School was operating.
Our very own Speech Squad performed to amazed audiences. Students learned about tall tales
and context clues in fun interactive ways, and families shopped the PTO sponsored book fair.
All in all a great time was had and families spent some quality time together having fun
and reading! 300 attendees, 120 Breakout EDU participants, and 34 fabulous Hadley Staff volun-
teers...what a great night!
COLOR RUN 2017
AFTER SCHOOL DRAWING CLASSES NOW FORMING! The Kindness Adventure assembly supports our initia-
If your child loves to draw or wants to learn to draw new things tives for developing a positive and caring school climate.
in a non competitive yet rewarding environment, ENROLL in Its proactive approach aims to prevent many forms of
Young Rembrandt’s award winning afterschool drawing pro- mistreatment, including bullying, by showcasing the
gram! Classes meet immediately afterschool at your child’s sense of satisfaction that takes place when a child chooses
school once a week for 1 hour! All supplies provided! to show kindness, respect and acceptance.
New Lessons EVERY week – every session – every year!
Choose how you would like to enroll your child today!
Register online at www.youngrembrandts.com/swsuburbs
Visit the school’s Virtual Backpack to download an enrollment
Stop by the school office to pick up an enrollment form.
Call YR at (844) DRAW-184 (that’s 844-372-9184)
HEART HEALTHY BODY IN P.E. S
Mark Rothstein “The Jump Rope Guy” E
has been visiting Mrs. Fojtik’s P.E. A
class for nearly 25 years. He brings M
his super sonic jump rope along with a
lesson about fitness and great charac- C
I Mr. Dole's students use the MaKey MaKey
O program to create a cardboard guitar.
N Students can invent projects that combine
the tactile materials of the classroom with
S the coding projects they're creating on the
computer to bring their creations to life.
Dean’s Corner News
Hadley News December 2017
By: Mr. Jason Skube
Mrs. Evan’s class was in the spirit on Red Day at Hadley.
Our S.T.E.A.M. lab continues to thrive. Students in fifth and sixth grade S.T.E.A.M. classes are utilizing our website to explore and
present their knowledge in the area of Science, Technology, Art, Engineering, and Mathematics. Some of our most popular pro-
jects include 3D printing, robotics, the CAD drawing programs like SketchUp and TinkerCad, and the movie making software like
MyCreate and DoInk Animation.
Our two labs allow students to push the limits of their imaginations. For many projects, students use consumable donated materi-
als like empty water bottles, paper tubes, boxes, bubble wrap, pipe cleaners, and Play-Doh. This link provides a few other details. If
you would like to help out the S.T.E.A.M. lab by donating any of these items, there is a box in the vestibule of our school. Thanks
for your help!
Some of the awesome projects that are created have been displayed on our S.T.E.A.M. board in the 5th grade wing of Hadley.
Celebrate the holiday season with Homer School District 33C.
Students, under the direction of choral director Diane Pullara and band directors Jason Thomp-
son and Kenton Brace, are planning a series of holiday concerts in late November and Decem-
Among those performing are the Hadley Middle School 5th and 6th grade choruses; the Homer
Junior High School Chorus; the Homer Junior High School Show Choir; the 6th grade Band; the
Homer Junior High School Concert Band; and the Homer Junior High School Symphonic Band.
Holiday performances begin November 30th
The performance schedule is as follows:
●6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 -- Homer Show Choir to perform at Homer Tree Lighting Ceremo-
ny at Village Hall, 14240 W. 151st Street
●7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 -- 5th Grade Chorus Holiday Concert, Hadley Middle School gymnasium
●7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 - 6th Grade Chorus Holiday Concert, Hadley Middle School gymnasium
●7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 -- 6th-grade Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert,
Homer Junior High School gymnasium
●7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18 -- Homer Junior High Chorus Holiday Concert, Hadley Middle School
Don't let the holidays pass you by without hearing at least one of these talented groups
9 of student musicians.
PRINCIPAL’s BREAKFAST HONOREES
Students are nominated by their homeroom teachers. They
are selected because they exemplify excellent character and
are invited to attend the quarterly Principal's Breakfast.
Months of training paid off for three Homer 6th grade boys basketball tryouts October 11th
School District 33C teachers who participated in and 12th!
the Chicago Marathon this past weekend.
Diane Blaskey, Colleen Parnitzke and Kelly
Klosak spent months training for the 26.2-mile
marathon on Oct. 8. They were among an esti-
mated 45,000 runners who participated in the
2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Blaskey finished the marathon in 5:26:30. Par-
nitzke crossed the finish line in 4:46:53 and
Klosak finished in 4:27:58.
Blaskey teaches math at Homer Junior High
School while Parnitzke teaches English at the
junior high. Klosak is a reading/English Lan-
guage Arts teacher at Hadley Middle School.
By: Lisa Haglund October 2017
School Social Worker