James Hart School Update

January 21, 2021


Can you believe that we are over half-way through the school year?

I know that this year has been anything but typical, but I remain proud of the way that teachers, staff, students, and families have responded. Thank you for all you are doing to support your child as well as our teachers and staff with remote learning. Your patience, grace, and flexibility are much appreciated

Midterm grades are available through the Parent and Student Portal starting today (1/20/21).

Our second trimester ends on March 5th.

This update includes:

  • STAR Assessment Information
  • Student Recognition
  • One Book-One School
  • Homewood PTA's-Cook's Night Out
  • HF's Virtual Open House

Please look for more information soon regarding our in-person Saturday School program for extra academic assistance as well as information about our Hybrid learning model (depending on the metrics).

Remind Text Messages

Do you want to receive text message updates from our school? Sign up for Remind! See below for the phone number and code to send a text message to sign up.

6th grade: Phone number: 81010 Message: @jhart6th

7th grade: Phone number: 81010 Message: @7thjhart

8th grade: Phone number: 81010 Message: @jhart8th


James Hart will be starting an in-person Saturday School to provide students with academic assistance and help with missing assignments. Interested in more information? Please email Ms. Johnson at kimberly.johnson@hsd153.org.


On Thursday, January 28th, all students will take the STAR Assessment. Students will take the assessment with their Advisory class.

Why do we take the STAR Assessment?

  • To see what students have already learned—and what they’re ready to learn next.
  • To gauge the effectiveness of instruction, so they can make adjustments when necessary.
  • To identify students who are struggling and may need extra support.
  • To see how students are performing against grade-level standards.

Schedule for Thursday, January 28th

7:45 am-8:00 am-Advisory

8:10 am-9:10 am -Math STAR Assessment (with Advisory)

9:10 am-9:40 am-Break

9:45 am-10:45 am -Reading STAR Assessment (with Advisory)

10:45 am-2:30 pm -Lunch, BCO, and Asynchronous day – Teachers may assign work or use it as a catch-up day for missing assignments/tests/quizzes. Students are to check TEAMS and EMAIL for assignments/work completion.

Parent's/Guardian's role:

  • Encourage your child to take their time and do their best.
  • Make sure students have a quiet space to take the STAR assessment.
  • Please remind your child to keep their camera on during the STAR assessment.
  • We ask that you avoid helping your child answer test questions: encourage them to select the best choice, to ensure we receive accurate results that can be used to support your child’s learning.

High Honor Roll and Honor Roll Students

The attachment below lists all of our First Trimester High Honor Roll and Honor Roll Students. Keep up the great work! We are so proud! Congratulations!


We had twenty-seven students nominated to be recognized for Student of the Month! Each student will receive a certificate of recognition and a $10 gift card. Congratulations!
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It’s a cold January in Chicago….doesn’t a warm sandwich and bowl of soup sound good?? Maybe a hot cup of coffee and a pastry? Macaroni and cheese and a side salad? Take the night off from cooking and enjoy a late lunch or dinner, at Panera!

The fundraiser will be Wednesday, January 27th, from 12-8pm at 820 W 175th St, in Homewood. Orders taken in the café, through the drive-thru, or online for rapid pick-up or delivery, all count. Just be sure to use the promo code on the flyer below!

Homewood PTA appreciates all of your support of these fundraisers. All money raised goes directly back to the schools, for our students.

8th Grade Families!

Welcome to H-F! You are invited to Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School's Virtual Voyage to Excellence Open House, set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28! Through this open house, families and incoming freshmen will be able to explore the academics, activities and athletics offered to our students during their high school career. The program will begin with a welcome video on our Viking Broadcasting website (www.vikingtelevision.com), then you can explore your interests by hearing directly from H-F department chairs, sponsors and coaches. These videos were individually recorded so families can select their specific areas of interest. A comprehensive Voyage to Excellence online book will also be provided for an overview of the school, departments and extracurriculars. Don't miss it!

Questions? Contact Director of Activities Ms. Smith at 708-335-5525.

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You Matter 2-Teen Center Survey

You Matter 2 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires and empowers youth to be world changers. You Matter 2 is conducting a community-wide survey to collect information about the need for a community teen center.


Students now have access to their grades through Infinite Campus.

The video below explains how to access the Student Portal:


There is a link on the James Hart website under "For Students" to access the Infinite Campus Student Portal website.


Parent Portal is a great way to stay informed about your child's grades. Do you need Parent Portal Information? The link is below:

Parent Portal Information


Attention James Hart Families!! Despite all the uncertainty of this year, there is one thing for certain...we will have a 2020-2021 James Hart yearbook. To take part in the early bird special, order your yearbook today for just $26. This early bird special will last until January 1st, 2021. After that the price will increase to $28. Hurry up and don't miss out on this opportunity!

James Hart Yearbook Link