November 13, 2021
Dismissal Under the clear skies
Boys Basketball - Go Bears!
Community Harvest- Abundant Giving!
November 15th our PE classes will be delivering our contributions to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry
Trimester 2 Begins Monday November 15th!!
- Assist students to come to school prepared (i.e. with their Chromebooks charged)
- Encourage students to ask questions when they don't understand
- Help your students to join clubs or athletics to get involved
Student Led Conferences- Important information!
Please check your email for communication from your student's Team of Teachers. In that email you will find a link to sign up for a conference with them.
As your child’s school year continues to progress we would like to invite you to our 2021-2022 Fall Student-Led Portfolio Conferences. All 6th through 8th grade students are being asked to attend. We would like to give all parents the opportunity to come and share your child’s learning and hear the amazing things they have been doing here at Hannah Beardsley Middle School.
You will need to schedule a time for an in-person conference.
Your student’s team will be sending an email with the Sign-Up Genius link for you to choose a 30 minute time slot for your family to participate.
The Sign-Up is open from November 3 - November 17th.
Parents should only choose ONE time slot for each student and if you have multiple children, parents must sign up for each child with their assigned grade level team using the email(s) sent by SignUp Genius.
When you sign up, enter your child(s) name, but with your email address.
November 22: 8AM - 12PM
November 22: 1PM - 4PM
November 22: 5PM - 8 PM
November 23: 8AM - 11AM
Please be sure your student brings his/her Chromebook. A lot of the work contained in the portfolio will be found in Google Drive, accessed through their Chromebook.
We would like to meet with ALL 6th-8th grade students and their parents
All current mitigation guidelines will be adhered to, including masking and social distancing.
We look forward to seeing you!
Staff Appreciation – November Student-Led Conferences
On November 22nd during Student-Led Conferences, the Staff Appreciation Committee is planning to have dinner served for our HBMS faculty, courtesy of Café Olympic! To make it successful, the Committee needs your help with helping to fund the tasty dinner! The SignUp Genius link below outlines our needs. We so appreciate the generosity of our HBMS families!
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Large Bulletin Boards
We have some big spaces in our school that our dedicated PTO officers, Margie Palmer and Natalie Butler, have decorated to make our hallways feel more welcoming and vibrant with terrific messages! If you would like to help decorate bulletin boards or help beautify our school, please let Margie know firstname.lastname@example.org.
Large Bulletin Boards
NEW: “ELEVATE” STAFF RECOGNITION PROGRAM
District 47 is launching a new district wide staff recognition program called Elevate during the 2021-22 school year. The goal of the program is to identify and recognize District 47 employees who, in their contributions and service to the district, uphold and exemplify the district’s mission, vision and core values and who are making a difference in the lives of our students, schools and community.
Anyone (students, staff, parents or community members) can submit a nomination and any District 47 staff member is eligible for recognition. Click here to nominate someone you know! Nominations will be reviewed by the district’s recognition committee. Elevate nominees and winners selected by the committee will be recognized three times a year at District 47 board meetings (November, February and April) and on social media.
Thank you for helping us “raise the bar” for educational excellence! Questions about the program can be directed to Denise Barr, director of communications and public engagement, at email@example.com.
PROJECT B3 DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM
SUBJECT: Project B3 Digital Citizenship Program
Dear Parent or Guardian:
District 47 will once again host the digital citizenship program Project B3: Be Safe. Be Smart. Be Kind. for 6th, 7th and 8th graders the week of November 15-19, 2021.
All middle schoolers will be provided presentations and discussions led by our 8th grade Project B3 student leaders that cover the topics of online safety, a digital footprint, and cyberbullying, and will address the program’s three Bs (Be Safe, Be Smart, and Be Kind) of digital citizenship.
Besides the Project B3 curriculum, digital citizenship lessons from Common Sense Media will be taught by our library media specialists throughout the school year.
While we can teach students how to be safe, respectful and responsible when engaging with others online, we ask for your help in reinforcing these messages. We invite you to engage in a discussion about social media and technology with your middle school student. It’s important to know how and where (on what platforms) your child spends time online. For tips, check out Project B3’s parent blog or visit the technology section of the District 47 website.
Thank you in advance for your partnership
Assistant Superintendent of Technology
At Hannah Beardsley, we will complete our second Fastbridge screening round on December 7th and 8th. We will assess ELA on Tuesday the 7th and Math on Wednesday 8th. Students need to have updated their Chromebooks and bring their headphones.
These assessments are used by the district and your student's teacher team to see academic growth and assist with intervention placements during XLT. District 155 will also use these scores as a reference for high school placements for our 8th-grade students.
PTO Meeting Schedule for 2021-2022
PTO Meeting Schedule Change
The HBMS PTO has made a significant change in our meeting schedule. With so many demands on our family calendars and more and more committee business being conducted electronically, we have made the decision to reduce the number of meetings. We looked at other area PTO group calendars and discovered many have reverted to quarterly meetings, so we are hopping onboard. Please note the revised meeting schedule:
November & December: Cancelled
January 11, 2022 As Scheduled
March 8, 2022 As Scheduled
April 12: Cancelled
May 10, 2022 As Scheduled
Also, we will need some new PTO officers next year. If this is something you are contemplating and want more information about how you can serve and support your school, please contact Margie Palmer. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Social Media and our Kids
UPDATE: An article for parents: TikTok Challenges: what parents need to know.
We are beginning to start our B3 Program (Digital Citizenship Awareness) next week which focuses on Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Kind on social media and the internet. Partner with us in these efforts and check your students' accounts and talk with them about the importance of using their devices safely and respectfully.
Suicide Prevention and Depression Awareness
Now through Nov. 15 Community Harvest Food Drive (class competition)
22 and 23- Student-Led Conferences (sign up in Sign Up Genius for your timeslot)
20 --- 28- Thanksgiving Break
22 - 23 Student-Led Conferences (no classes for students)
29 - Classes resume
29 - 8th Grade SOS presentations in Health Class
2- 7th Grade SOS presentations
Main School Line (815)788-5750
Fax number (815)479-5119
Laurie Kaiser - Nurse (email@example.com)
Tina Gonzalez - Admin Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kathleen Gluck - Admin Assistant (email@example.com)
Deedee Freemire - Admin Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cathy Alberth, Principal (email@example.com)
Shannon Heckman, Assistant Principal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Josh Gschwend, Assistant Principal (email@example.com)
Todd Skarr, Dean of Students (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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