2013 Summer Reading List
2013-14 Literature and Language Arts reading materials letter
PowerSchool Parent Portal
Provides online access for parents and students to view attendance, grades, assignments, and to email teachers. Click here to sign in.
These sites provide a great one-stop site for everything you need to know about what is going on at each grade level. Each day teachers update homework by 3:00-4:00PM, post important dates, as well as helpful resources for your child to practice academic skills at home!
We are working hard to keep you informed and involved at Hille. If you haven't visited the sites yet, please take a moment to look them over and bookmark them on your computers for easy access.
Also, know that we welcome advice and feedback to improve the site or improve our communication with you. Thank you in advance for your support!
Please contact your respective team leaders with questions. (6th grade: Mrs. Gardner; 7th grade: Mrs. Trojan; 8th grade: Mrs. McCormick)
Mealtime - Low Balance Email Notification
MealTime has added an new feature to their online web payment system - Low Balance Notification
Any parent or guardian with an established profile on MealTime Online (www.mymealtime.com) can opt in to receive an email notification - automatically - whenever their student's account reaches a pre-determined "low balance" level set by the account holder. The notification will prompt them to login and update the specific account balance using their Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. Parents can, of course, send money in to school and they do not have to make a deposit online.
Year End Lunch Account Balances
Parents, as we approach the end of the school year, please monitor your students' lunch
Beginning Monday, May 13th, no purchases will be allowed if a student has a
negative balance in their account.
1. All negative balances must be cleared before Friday, May 24th.
2. No refunds will be given if your student will be returning to a District 142 school
next year (even if they will attend a different building than they attend this year.) This
money will stay in their account and will be available for them to spend next year.
3. Balances may be transferred from one family member to another (even if they
attend different buildings). This may be an option if one student has a large balance and
another student in your family needs to add to their account. Please notify your school
office or call Carol Goecking at the District office (687-3334) if you can't make a
4. If your student is graduating or transferring out of the district, please only keep an
amount in your student's account that you know they will spend by the last day lunches
are served. If your graduating student has money left in their account, we will transfer
the balance to a sibling who will be returning next year. If there is no sibling, or if your
students are transferring to another district, you will be required to come to the District
Office prior to June 21st to pick up your refund.
lunch or ala carte items beginning the first day lunch is served in August.
Parents can get ready for the first day of lunch in a number of different ways:
• Carry-over from the current school year's account
• Use your online account to make a deposit
• Drop off a deposit during Packet Pickup day
Thank you for your cooperation!
Operational Services Manager
Incoming 6th Grade Orientation Information
Schoolnotes.comschoolnotes.com is a great resource for students and parents. Teachers post information about classes and/or assignments to assist with student learning.
One of our main goals at the middle school level is to promote responsibility in our students. Students are encouraged to write down assignments each day in their assignment notebooks.
Did you know?
Some teachers also post assignments and information on their wiki pages and through PowerSchool!
In order to provide bus students more opportunities to participate in after school extra curricular activities at Hille Middle School, Forest Ridge School District 142 has an After-School Activity Bus in place to be utilized for students who receive bus transportation to and from school during the regular day. Walkers may not use the activity bus at any time.
This activity bus will start its regular runs on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Please note that these stops may not be as close to home for your child as the regular, daily bus stops to and from school. We have tried to locate stops in general areas of convenience while still being able to serve Kerkstra and Foster schools. These stops are limited in order to keep the bus ride at an acceptable length of time. Please inform your child of the stop he or she should get off at in order to inform the bus driver.
On the back of this letter is a listing of stops for the activity bus starting on August 23. The bus will leave Hille Middle School at approximately 4:05PM. As we begin this endeavor, if you have questions, please feel free to contact the office.
Dr. Courtney Orzel
Box Tops for Education
Dear JHMS Parent,
I am happy to announce that the Box Top Contest was a success for our school this year! We collected $604 in box tops! Additional money was also earned through various local programs offered by Jewel's "Growing Local Learning" and Dominick's "2 Ways 2 Earn", and by earning EBoxTops by doing simple interactive activities online at the Box Top for Education website. Our total earnings for the 2011-2012 school year is $849!
I also want to personally thank both Carol Spencer and Bonnie Bell for all their hard work and support in making the Box Top program a success at Hille.
This year through the help of donations from local businesses and individuals, we were able to provide a breakfast for the top 3 winning connections classes. The businesses and individual which made donations for the breakfast are as follows:
Walts Food Store
McDonalds on 159th Street, Oak Forest
Krispy Kreme Donuts
Subway on 159th Street, Oak Forest
Kingsberry Waffle House
I want to say a big "Thank You" to all those who participated in the Box Top program! Please continue saving those box tops throughout the summer months! Acollection box is always available in the main office. Also, consider registering at the Box Top website www.btfe.com to keep up to date with all the latest offers. And just for registering at the Jewel website www.growinglocallearning.com, our school will earn 5 bonus box tops!
Box Top Coordinator
If you would like to order Market Day you can now access the link online right here.
If you would still like a paper order form you can pick one up in the office and return it to the school by the specified date.
Thank you for your support!
Forest Ridge PTA
D142 Parent-Student Handbook 2012-2013
Join the Parent E-mail List!!
Parents- E-mail Dr. Orzel at: firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on her Parent E-mail List...Newsletters and other information will be e-mailed to you!
Mobile Dentist Information
Smile Illinois...the Mobile Dentist is coming to Hille.
The Smile Program's team will set up a mini-dental office in our building and can provide preventive services for all children who return completed forms. The program can provide these services to families who need financial assistance and it has subsidized fees for those who choose to pay for the preventive care. The Smile Program will complete dental exams and paperwork required by state mandated programs.
Signing up your children to see the Smile Programs mobile dentists team is an easy way to get necessary preventive dental care. If you want your child to see the dentist, call the office to get a permission slip, fill it out and return to the nurse.
If you would like more information about this program, please visit their website www.mobiledentists.com
Forest Ridge Elementary School District 142
Creating a Caring Community
The Board of Education of Forest Ridge Elementary School District 142 met in the summer and early fall of the 2010-2011 school year to review its mission, vision, and goals. Through multiple meetings, the mission was updated, a vision was developed and goals were written to ensure alignment and compliance with the mission and vision of the District. As an outgrowth of this process, administration, staff and parents met to develop a “Creating a Caring Community” Committee with a focus on developing pro-social behavior. In-depth discussions between participants occurred regarding respectful behavior and bullying. The open and positive relationship between the adults within the school community was highlighted as paramount to the District’s focus on creating a community that encourages healthy social and emotional development.
An action plan was developed that specifically outlines the next steps in developing a culture that supports respectful behavior and enhanced relationships between the various members of the Forest Ridge School Community. The Committee felt that researching and understanding bullying, conducting professional development, and establishing a community connection were critical to the process. As such, the plan is organized under those headings. The plan also identifies universal expectations (Tier 1) for all stakeholders and identifies (Tier 2 and Tier 3) interventions for students whose behaviors do not meet those expectations.
Researching and Understanding the Issue
To reach deeper levels of understanding, current legislation and policy relative to bullying must be studied. Developing an anti-bullying culture through curricular connections will be an important area of growth for the district. Policies and action plans of neighboring districts can assist in the refinement of our plan. Students and parents will be surveyed regarding their school experience and student focus groups will meet regularly to inform administration and teachers regarding progress, strengths and areas of need. Behavioral data will be collected, analyzed and added to the survey and focus group data to further develop the plan.
A series of educational opportunities will be developed in order to increase awareness, bolster involvement, and solidify the creation of a Caring Community. Topics will range from bullying (including power imbalances), social networking, Internet safety and developing coping mechanisms. The committee is interested in developing a network of adult neighborhood representatives to promote further supervision, information and guidance. The most important aspect of professional development is to provide the action plan to all stakeholders and make it readily available to the community. A copy of the action plan in its entirety is posted on the district website and we welcome your comments.
Establishing a Community Connection
This section of the action plan focuses on developing a parent network to increase communication and support the efforts of parents to ensure that all interactions between Forest Ridge School District community members are highly respectful and supportive. A “Community Summit” will be held to increase awareness and encourage participation. Resources will be made available to facilitate the consolidation of efforts to support children in our schools.
Please visit our website at www.d142.org to view the action plan in its entirety and contact Dr. Orzel to provide your input!
Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe
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Internet Safety, Cyberbullying, and Social Networks
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