Beardsley News

November 13, 2021

Trimester 2 Begins Monday November 15th!!

Help your students set goals and take action toward their goals. Some ideas to help are:
  • 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

Lost and Found!

Our Lost and Found will be cleaned out on Friday November 19th, 2021 at the end of the day. Items will be donated or discarded at that time if they are not claimed.

Student Led Conference Dates and Thanksgiving Break

11/3/21- 11/17/21 - Sign up for Student Led Conferences through Sign Up Genius.

11/22/21 - Conferences 8AM - 8PM - NON attendance Day for students

11/23/21 - Conferences 8AM - 11AM NON attendance Day for students

11/24/21 - 11/26/21 - NO SCHOOL

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!

Dining for Dollars

Dining for Dollars!

Mark your calendars! The next Dining for Dollars event will be hosted by Culver’s in Crystal Lake on November 18th! Be on the look for the flyer coming soon!

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!


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


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


Dave Jenkins

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.

Tardy Policy

As a reminder:

  • Students need to be in their CORE ONE seat at 7:40
  • Repeated tardies will incur consequences that may include the loss of lunch recess, after school detentions and Saturday School

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

February: Cancelled

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. (

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

Last week you received the following letter describing the upcoming presentations regarding Suicide Prevention (SOS) and Depression Awareness (Erika's Lighthouse).

See letter here

Upcoming Events


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

Contact Information

Attendance Line (English and Spanish) (815)788-5758

Main School Line (815)788-5750

Fax number (815)479-5119

Laurie Kaiser - Nurse (

Tina Gonzalez - Admin Assistant (

Kathleen Gluck - Admin Assistant (

Deedee Freemire - Admin Assistant (

Cathy Alberth, Principal (

Shannon Heckman, Assistant Principal (

Josh Gschwend, Assistant Principal (

Todd Skarr, Dean of Students (

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