Jack Hille Middle School
Invention Convention kick off video for Jack Hille Middle School
I hope your summer has been enjoyable and full of opportunities to relax and have fun together as a family. The school year is fast approaching, and I want to start off by thanking the Jack Hille School Community for the warm reception that I have received as I start my tenure as your middle school principal.
Since I’m new to Jack Hille, I thought you might like to find out a little more about me. Professionally, I am beginning my 14th year in education, spending my entire career working with middle school level students. I have worked in District 41 for the past 4 years as an assistant principal at Hadley Jr. High School and while I’ll miss Hadley, I am very excited to be joining the Jack Hille family! Personally, I grew up in Lockport, where most of my 6 siblings and 15 nieces and nephews still reside. I now live in Westchester with my wife Rebecca and our dog Jenks (we are huge White Sox fans). In our free time, my wife and I enjoy traveling and hiking outdoors. I bring experience and enthusiasm to Hille, and am anxious to get to know you and your child.
Our school-wide theme this year is Hille Pride! We take pride in being part of Hille, a school with such a fine tradition. We accept the challenge each year to build on this tradition; to stretch ourselves to accomplish things we thought out of our reach. We also demonstrate our Hille Pride by being responsible, respectful, and safe. These themes are the basis of Forest Ridge School District 142’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program, and our Hille staff and I will use these expectations as the foundation for our work this year with your child. I think it will provide positive focus for us all.
Our academic school-wide goal this year will be to continue to implement the Common Core Standards across the curriculum. This means that we will be imbedding critical thinking, problem-solving, and speaking and listening objectives into every lesson activity that you child engages in. As a school, our student schedule is shifting to an eight period day. This allows us to maintain two encore periods for art/technology, music, and academic exploration, while providing students with additional learning time for Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. It also charges us with the task of integrating reading comprehension and writing skills in all content classes. Our ultimate goal is to provide our students with a high-quality education that will prepare them to be successful in college and the 21st Century workplace.
In addition, we will continue to provide every student with an adult advocate though our Connections Program. This advisory program allows our students and faculty with opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations centered on important life topics, including: respect, bullying, diversity, stress reduction, trust, fairness, communication, and friendship. The goals of “Connections” are to:
- Improve relationships between students and teachers
- Develop an increased sense of trust and belonging
- Increase communication among all members of our school community
- Create a strong atmosphere of equity
We understand that our students can only reach their full potential through the collaborative efforts of school and home, and therefore invite you to join our many avenues of communication. These avenues include the PowerSchool Parent Portal, grade level weebly sites, our school’s website, wikipages, phone calls, and Mr. Adelman’s parent e-mail list. (If you are currently not on Mr. Adelman’s parent e-mail list, please e-mail email@example.com to be included in the parent e-mail list for the 2013-14 school year.) We will also be including information for parent volunteer opportunities on Packet Pickup Day (August 12th this year), and invite you to become actively involved in our educational activities. Please also mark August 19th on your calendars for Hille’s Open House (6:30 – 9:00 p.m.).
I thank you for the trust you place in us by sending us your children each day. I along with the staff at Hille will work hard each day to provide a safe, caring, and stimulating learning environment for your child. I know you will join us in the commitment to stay informed and involved. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns, and I look forward to meeting you soon!
Matt Adelman, Principal