Happy New Year HIAT!!!

January 2023

Happy New Year from the Higher Institute of Arts and Technology Faculty and Staff! We wish you all the best for 2023!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a great holiday and break. Prior to winter break, you should have received your scholar's second quarter report card. Report cards were sent home on December 16 and are also available on the PowerSchool Portal. In the event you did not receive your scholar's report card, please do not hesitate to contact your scholar's teacher. If you have any questions, please reach out. Although we do not schedule mid-year conferences with all families, teachers are always available to meet in person or by phone.


As we return back for the second half of the school year, I want you to know that we are truly excited about all the positive things happening at HIAT. Stay tuned for all the exciting news with our new sport teams, cheer and dance teams, our PTA Committee, and so much more.


As our scholars return, we must hit the ground running as we prepare for our winter assessments. Scholars will complete both BAS and NWEA Assessments in the month of January. To help prepare your scholar, please review their fall scores and set growth goals with them. A great way to help in improving reading scores is to read for 20 - 30 minutes daily outside of school. A great way to improve math skills is to be able to fluently recall math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). Once assessments have been completed, please know that you will receive a copy of the NWEA scores where you will be able to celebrate your scholar's growth and success.

💡 Reminders 💭

Attendance Reminder: Every year, school absences spike during the winter month, especially before and after winter break as families squeeze a few extra days of vacation in. The best gift you can provide for your scholar is to ensure that they are in school daily. Just a few missed days here and there, can add up to too much lost learning time. So make sure that your scholar is in school every day. Our teachers will be teaching, and scholars will be learning.


Cold Weather Procedures: The cold weather has already arrived. We ask that parents be sure to send their scholar to school properly dressed, especially on days when scholars will have outdoor recess. We will have outdoor recess on days when the temperature is 40 degrees or higher. Hazardous walking and driving conditions may happen occasionally which will require the school to have a late start or not open. Late start for school will be a two-hour delay (school will begin at 10:30 a.m.). We urge you to visit the HIAT's Website, listen to your local radio station, and/or the local news for information regarding late openings and or school cancellations. Robo-calls and emails will go out to all parents regarding any emergency closings that may occur.


Scholar Arrival/Dismissal Process: Scholars should not arrive on campus prior to 8:00 a.m. Scholars who wish to eat breakfast may enter at 8:00 a.m. with bus riders. All other scholars should arrive no later than 8:25 a.m. Scholars are dismissed at 3:30 p.m. In the interest of scholar safety and in order to maintain an effective learning environment, we would appreciate your help keeping dismissal plans as consistent as possible. The number of calls for dismissal changes are rapidly increasing. This tends to confuse scholars and interrupt classroom instruction. Any parent wishing to pick up their child must send a note or email to the classroom teacher by 10:00 a.m. For the safety of all scholars, all dismissal changes are now required to be in writing from the parent. Phone calls will no longer be accepted. If you wish to pick your scholar up early, you need to arrive to the school prior to 3:00 p.m. Parents will not be allowed in the building to pick up scholars after 3:00 p.m. After 3:50, any remaining scholars will be dismissed through the main office only. PLEASE BE SURE TO HAVE A PHOTO ID AT ALL TIMES WHEN VISITING THE CAMPUS. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.


Nurse's Notes: Please keep the nurse's office updated on any changes in your scholar's health, such as COVID symptoms, allergies, illnesses, surgeries, etc. The school health records we maintain are vital and will follow your scholar to their next school. It is very important to keep these records current. Please make sure that you are screening for COVID symptoms prior to sending your scholar to school. If your scholar is experiencing symptoms, please keep your scholar home and please wait to receive a negative test result before sending them to school.


Dress Code: HIAT's dress code is strictly enforced. Please ensure your scholar is wearing the proper uniform daily. Scholars should not wear crocs at anytime to HIAT as they pose a high safety risk. Failure to comply will result in a detention. If your scholar wishes to wear a sweater over their uniform shirt, it must be solid black, navy blue, gold, or white (no pattern, no writing). Hoodies are not allowed under any condition.

📆 Important Dates to Remember 📆

January

9 - HIAT Classes Resume

9 - BAS Testing Window Opens

9 - WIDA Testing Window Opens

13 - Out of Uniform Day ($2.00 participation fee)

16 - No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Day

17 - Girls Basketball Game @ Griffith

19 - Boys Basketball Game @ Aspire

20 - PBIS School Store Open

21 - Boys Basketball Game @ De Le Salle, IL

24 - Boys/Girls Basketball Game @ Lighthouse

27 - Out of Uniform Day ($2.00 participation fee)

27 - PTA Nominations Due

30 - NWEA Assessment Window Opens


February

3 - No School - Staff Professional Development

7 - Girls Basketball Game @ Aspire

9 - Girls Basketball Game @ Dunes Charter

10 - PBIS School Store Open

10 - 3rd Quarter Progress Reports

10 - NWEA Assessment Window Closes

13 - Girls Basketball Game @ Lighthouse

17 - Out of Uniform Day ($2.00 participation fee)

20 - No School - Presidents Day

21 - Girls Basketball @ Dunes Charter

24 - PBIS School Store Open

🥞🥓 January's Breakfast & Lunch Menu 🥪🥗

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Thank You for Your Support!

Hello Parents,


I want to personally thank all the families who have already participated in our SchoolStore fundraiser! We are on our way to reaching our goal, but we need everyone's help to make sure our teachers get the essential tools they need to help our students succeed.


If your family has not participated, there's still time!


This safe and easy fundraiser is 100% online so there is no face-to-face selling, collecting money, or delivering products. Your child will receive a prize just for participating, and more prizes will be awarded when goals are reached.


Please help now. It really will make a difference.


Go to https://www.schoolstore.net/sid.t?0000371722 to show our valued teachers your support.


Thanks

Higher Institute of Arts and Technology


P.S. Family participation is the key to our success, and we are counting on you!