8th Grade Information
Class of 2014
Graduates must cooperate with the school until the final day in matters of courtesy, regular schoolwork, and respect for adults. The Chicago Trip, Graduation Dance and participation in graduation exercises is a privilege and can be denied to pupils who cannot obey rules and regulations and have not shown a willingness to correct their inappropriate behavior. Please refer to the Graduation Policy in the Student Handbook. It can also be accessed on the school website.
**The Principal and the Assistant Principal determine eligibility. Eligibility will be determined in mid May, but students must maintain proper behavior and academic requirements up to the day of all graduation events. Students can be removed from participation in any graduation activity at any time.**
Graduation Commencement Exercise Participation Criteria
The Hille Middle School teachers and administration believe that participation in the commencement exercise should be a meaningful activity that is earned by the individual student. The following criteria have been developed for commencement exercise participation. Parents will be informed following the second and third quarters if their student is at-risk of not participating in the commencement exercise. Parents will again be notified if their student is being reviewed by the Hille Middle School administration related to the commencement exercise criteria.The criteria for commencement exercise participation is as follows: Students who demonstrate and establish a pattern of continuous positive behavior, or students who demonstrate significant behavior improvements are eligible to participate in the commencement exercise. Students are expected to meet and maintain a high standard of behavior for the entire school year.
Students meeting the first criteria and earning a final passing grade in all core subjects are eligible to participate in the commencement exercise.
Students not earning a cumulative grade point average of 1.0 in all subjects are not eligible to participate in the commencement exercise and will be retained in their current grade placement. These students will be reviewed utilizing a research-based instrument, which considers student intelligence, academic achievement, history of learning disabilities, parent involvement, and other relevant criteria. The results of the review will determine appropriate placement for the ensuing school year. This review and decision will be made by the Hille Middle School administration, including parent involvement.
Students serving out-of-school suspensions running concurrent with the commencement exercise are not eligible to participate in any school activity, including the commencement exercise.
Graduation Trip - Washington D.C.
Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing in order to attend the trip to Washington D.C. Students with ten behavioral incidents throughout the school year that result in detention will not attend the trip. Any student suspended (in or out of school) during the eighth grade school year, prior to the trip, will not be able to attend the trip.
Students may not arrive or leave in a limousine. Students arriving in a limousine will not be admitted to the dance. Any student who chooses to ride home from the dance in a limousine will lose end of the year privileges. Students attending the dance must adhere to the District 142 dress and discipline code.
Students must wear clothing that is indicative of the importance of the ceremony. Students must wear dress shoes with their clothing.
Graduation Plans for the Class of 2014.
Listed below is some important dates, times, and general information. Please note that dates may be subject to change.
November 1st - November 30th - Collection of graduation fees begin. We will accept a minimum first payment of $80.00 (1/2 of total fee due) OR total fees of $160.00. This covers all costs associated with the Chicago Trip, dance, diploma, cap & gown, graduation shirt, and other miscellaneous graduation fees. Late payments cannot be accepted. Additionally, there will be no adjustments/refunds of fees for any reason. Parents who anticipate a hardship associated with graduation fees are encouraged to contact the office as soon as possible to arrange payment options.
November 21st - Graduation pictures: 4 poses will be taken (2 in cap and gown, 2 in dress clothes - boys wear royal blue gowns and girls wear silver gowns). All graduates will receive a class composite picture.
December - Cap & Gown measurements.
March 1st - March 21st - Graduation Fees Collection of final installment of $80.00.
May 8th - 8th Grade Awards Night at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. INVITED 8th graders are to arrive by 6:45 p.m.
May 9th - Graduation Dance at Gaelic Park in The Tara Room from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. A permission form will be sent home to be signed and returned.
May 13th - 16th - Washington, D.C. Trip.
May 23rd - Chicago Trip
May 29th - Graduation Ceremony starting 6:00 PM at Trinity Christian College
We hope this early information will be helpful to your scheduling.
Graduation Practice: May 27th and May 28th, in school, during school hours. Tickets, caps and gowns will be distributed at this time. Each graduate will receive 5 tickets. Please hang gowns early to get wrinkles out. DO NOT PRESS WITH AN IRON! Ribbons and pins will also be distributed - ribbons are worn on the right side of the gown and pins on the left - for the ceremony. Please see that pins and ribbons are on the gown before leaving home. Handling 200 ribbons and pins at the last minute is a big task
Graduation Practice: May 29th, at Trinity College. Graduates will be bussed to Trinity for practice and will be bussed back to Hille. Dismissal will be approximately 11:00 a.m. from Hille. Students may walk or have parents provide transportation home. Students WILL NOT be allowed back into the building for any reason (they cannot go to lockers or come in to use the phone) after practice! Please make sure your student knows what their dismissal plans are. THERE WILL BE NO BUSSES FOR DISMISSAL OF GRADUATES!
Graduation Attire: Boys will wear royal blue caps and gowns and girls will wear silver caps and gowns. We suggest the following attire under graduation gowns:
BOYS: Dress or casual shirts, slacks & dress shoes.
GIRLS: Light colored summer dress or skirt and blouse - no collar preferable – and dress shoes suitable for walking in a processional.
Please be reminded that graduates should arrive to Trinity at 5:20 p.m. Graduates should arrive in their cap (with tassel), gown, and medallion. Graduation will begin PROMPTLY at 6:00pm.
Doors to the facility open at 5:00 p.m. Doors to the auditorium itself will open at 5:15 p.m.
Also, due to the large number of graduates, please remember that parents, family members, and guests MUST have graduation tickets in hand in order to be admitted at the door. Children two of age and under, do not need a ticket.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact 8th grade coordinator
Graduation: Thursday, May 29th, 2014 – 6:00 P.M.
Trinity Christian College – Ozinga Chapel
6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights
A permission form will be sent home to be signed and returned.
Graduates are not to be on our school grounds after graduation during school hours so as not to interfere with the regular scheduling of classes for 6th and 7th graders.
In the event a student will be enrolling in Bremen High School District 228, our standard procedure is to transfer the following records once the student has enrolled in that District. Information forwarded will include; attendance, report cards, and ISAT scores. Additional temporary records including special education files and assessments, Section 504 plans, and intervention data will be forwarded as necessary. If you would like an opportunity to inspect, copy, and challenge the information to be released, you have the opportunity to do so prior to the release of the information to District 228. Any parent wishing to review the records should schedule a conference between June 4th, and June 11th, 2014. Student records will be sent to Oak Forest High School on June 13th, 2014.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please feel free to contact the school.
Dr. Courtney Orzel
8th Grade Microcomputer Test
The microcomputer High School Proficiency Test will take place in the Spring for 8th grade students from Hille Middle School. Prior to taking the test, students are required to attend 5 after school review sessions.
The review will cover skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These sessions are mandatory. It would behoove students interested in taking the Microcomputer test to practice typing. Typing skills are an integral part of all facets of the test.