Herget Happenings

March 2022


"Don't mistake politeness for lack of strength."

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonya Sotomayor

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We celebrate Women's History Month to remind ourselves of the accomplishments of women throughout the years to our culture and society.

The Principal's Notes

Hello Husky Families!

Welcome March…we are looking forward to spring! It’s hard to believe the third quarter will be ending Friday and soon we will begin the fourth quarter. As we continue our work, it is important that we have students on time to class, engaged, and completing assignments; we want our students to finish the year strong. Please continue to check students' assignments, check Schoology, and reach out to their teacher(s) if you have questions, comments, or concerns.

Working together, we can ensure the success of our students. I also wanted to take a moment to thank our parents for your support of our hard-working teachers. We know that many are giving all they have in some of the most challenging of times. We are fortunate to have amazing students and parents here at Herget, matched only by our committed staff.

Lastly, thank you, PTA, for assisting with dinner for staff during evening parent-teacher conferences; we remain touched by your kindness. Thank you for supporting and partnering with us; it is our privilege to partner with you!

Ms. Larry, Principal

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FREE VIRTUAL TUTORING sessions in ELA or Math?

SD129 is pleased to announce the start of a district-wide English and Mathematics tutoring opportunity for our 6th through 12th-grade students.



Welcome to the student guide for Littera. Using the links below, you will find instructions for navigating the program and scheduling tutoring sessions with our West Aurora tutors.

To begin, your student will need to use their District-provided Chromebook to log onto the following link. (Personal devices will not be able to readily access this link.)


Once you have typed this link into the search bar you will have access to the tutoring site. On their site, your student can “sign in with Google” by using their SD129 email and password.

To learn how to schedule a session, you can click on the link below. From this page, there will be instructions for how to “Request a Session.”


When requesting a session, you will be able to select from the following courses.

Algebra and Geometry

6th - 8th Grade Math

Other High School Math

6th - 8th ELA

High School English

Could your child benefit from free, local tutoring?

Merry Tutors are current West Aurora High School National Honor Society members, and they are available to tutor elementary, middle, and high school students!

Tutoring is located at the Aurora Public Library West Branch at 233 S. Constitution Drive on Thursdays, starting March 3 from 3:45-5:30 PM. Please show up with your materials and questions!

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Teaching & Learning

March - Women’s History Month and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This month, we continue our focus to make a Commitment to Dialogue. But, as we look at the indicators in the district commitment, we, as a building, will really focus on the highlighted indicator and think about what our instructional intention is for the lesson, unit, activity and how we can best plan out “deliberate opportunities of planned dialogue.” To do that, Teaching and Learning will focus on how we plan and initiate questions and responses to further our student understanding. We will also reflect as a building on the dialogue techniques, strategies, and activities we are trying and using in our classrooms

Commitment to Dialogue (Exploratory Talk)

  • Exploratory dialogue underpins collaboration between all learners. Talk is exploratory rather than cumulative or disputational

  • High-quality dialogue enables students to generate ideas and think more deeply

  • Everyone experiences deliberate opportunities of planned dialogue leading to meaningful learning

  • The learning environment and culture of each classroom enables students to take risks in their thinking and dialogue.

This month, Herget Celebrates Women’s History! During this month, we will celebrate, acknowledge and highlight the achievements, works, and contributions of women. Students will see and hear about individuals and events through announcements, posters throughout the building, in conversations they may have in class, and through Schoology posts.

Dates, Events, and Information to put on your radar…

  • March 11 End of 3rd Quarter

  • March 15 -17 IAR Testing (parent information has been emailed)

  • March 17 St. Patrick’s Day

  • March 18 3rd Quarter Grades Available in Home Access

  • March 23 - April 1 SPRING BREAK

Mrs. Nicholson-Rigaud

Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning


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As we prepare for Spring, students focus on the beginning of the 4th quarter by participating in a variety of classroom activities and engaging in questioning and dialogue as we prepare for the final stretch of the school year. Regular student attendance and being prepared and on time for class is still an essential step in the academic success of each student here at Herget MS. There may be times when a student is not attending school because they are ill or for some other reason. Even as we near the end of the year, please call in the attendance using the attendance line below or if a student is going to miss part of the day.

Please remember to call the safe phone at 630-301-5230 when a student is absent and call 630-301-5224 to confirm any absences or questions about attendance as soon as possible.

As a reminder, do not forget to log-in to Schoology to access student grades and homework. Please call student services at 630-301-5235 with any questions.

Thank you for your support and having students continue to show their Herget Husky “B.A.R.K.”

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Herget Families,

It is hard to believe we are already discussing items for the next school year, but it will be here before we know it. Registration for the next school year is now open. The registration information has been sent via email, Facebook, Twitter, and is located on the district website. At this time it is important to share any changes to your student’s contact information that include: address, phone numbers, and email. The changes can be completed via Home Access Center or by working with one of our office professionals.

Registration Process in Brief

Returning Students

Log in to the Home Access Center via (Parent Portals) Update/verify your student’s information.

*Follow the directions on the screen if you do not remember your username or password. If you require additional help with the login process, please contact the parent help desk at 630.301.5067 or email Pam Abdullah at pabdullah@sd129.org

*No internet connection or need assistance with the registration process you can stop by Herget Middle School between the hours of 8:30am-4:00pm –or-

Central Registration Office 1877 W. Downer from 8:00am-4:00pm

New Students/Kindergarten

New Students and students who reside in West Aurora School District 129 that will be

age 5 on or before September 1, 2022, are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten click the link

to begin registration (New Student Link).

*Follow the directions on the screen and if you require assistance with the process, please contact parent help desk at 630.301.5067 or email Pam Abdullah at pabdullah@sd129.org

Any questions please feel free to contact our main line at 630.301.5006. We would be happy to help!

Central Registration Office

1877 W. Downer Place

Aurora, IL 60506

Joseph Neukirch

Assistant Principal Operations, Herget Middle School




Thank you for joining us at the District 129 Fine Arts Festival this past Saturday! This Festival was a day that allowed us to celebrate the talents of our West Aurora students in grades K through 12. There were jazz bands and drumming groups, singers and dancers, as well as artwork and pop-up theater performances. We are proud of all of our students that showcased/performed and we encourage them to keep up the great work!

14th Annual West Aurora Fine Arts Festival 3/5/22. Herget Harmonix perform the Climb, Royals, I Lived, You Are the New Day, Don't Start Now, Roar, and Best Day of My Life.

Herget Harmonix 3/5/22 West Aurora Fine Arts Festival

Celebrating World Languages

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Morning announcements ...


March 7-11, 2022. Once again, the World Language Department will be celebrating National World Language Week. This year's theme is "Celebrate Humanity Through Language." The whole building gets involved in celebrating. The Herget community is very diverse, and this is an opportunity to learn more about each other.

Tuesday, March 1 was Mardi Gras. French classes at both levels will be learning about how the Francophone world celebrates this holiday. This day is also known as Pancake day, Shrove Tuesday, Paczki Day. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Level A classes are finishing their novel study. For the final writing project, students are writing a chapter of their own about the adventures of Jean-Paul/Berto.

Level B classes are finishing Unit 3, weather and clothing by creating a story about someone who has a problem on vacation. Students chose a problem(lost luggage or switched luggage). Students used clothing vocabulary, colors, and sizes.


Hi there Herget Huskies! Wow is this school year flying by. We all want to make the

last few months the best of the year and finish strong. It’s key that we continue to have:

● Good time management skills

● Prioritize the things we need to do

● Set milestones so we know when we need to have each task completed by

What are some pathways we can take to reach our goals in the second half of the

school year? Here are a few recommendations that may help guide your student in the

right direction.

Your student could:

● Reach out to his/her teacher if they have any questions or concerns about an

assignment or assessment. This can be done in class or through Schoology.

Communication is key!

● Try out Kahn Academy for Math. If you are struggling with math, this is an

excellent resource to use to watch videos for step-by-step details on how to solve

problems on so many different math topics. Try it out, you won’t be disappointed.

● Attend Homework Club. This is a fantastic opportunity to get some extra help

on an assignment or just have a structured environment to complete their

homework or project. Homework club is every Tuesday and Thursday from


We got this Huskies! We are almost there. Fourth-quarter will be the best one yet!

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Though I currently teach 6th-grade math, I am well versed in high school math; I've taught both Algebra 1 to freshmen and Algebra 2 to sophomores.

Time and time again, I found myself reteaching math concepts students should have been proficient in before entering high school. The middle school transition to high school is going to be hard, but it shouldn’t be because of math. I’ve compiled a list of middle school math skills students master to thrive in high school. In addition to that, I taught ACT preparation as part of Algebra 2, and I found many of the problems I encountered to be skills that students learned in middle school but more rigorous. In fact, I looked at three ACT practice tests and found that around 40% of problems are covered or introduced in grades 6, 7, and 8.

  1. Order of Operations – introduced in Grade 5. Any substitution problem most likely will involve order of operations. The quadratic formula is one giant order of operations problem.

  2. Proportions – introduced in Grade 6. Considering that many linear equations represent proportions, proportions are foundational for high school algebra.

  3. Integer Operations – This is introduced in 6th grade, but students still struggle up through high school. Though access to a calculator should help with this skill, I would still see students distribute a negative number incorrectly.

  4. Solving Equations – introduced in the elementary grades. If students have a firm grasp on how to isolate the variable using inverse operations, then they will be more successful when the variable is on both sides or when they are solving systems of equations.

  5. Measures of Central Tendency and Variability – introduced in Grade 6. Mean, median, mode, and range will follow students from Grade 6 to the ACT. On the practice ACT I took, I saw at least two questions regarding this skill. Armed with a calculator, there is nothing challenging about this skill — except remembering what each word means.

  6. Percents – introduced in Grade 6. The mistake I saw most often when solving problems involving percents was that students struggled to move the decimal in the correct direction the correct number of times. Though I don’t think percents are explicitly expounded on more in high school, it is one of the most applicable real-world skills.

  7. Substitution – introduced in Grade 6. Substitution is foundational for success not only in high school math but in high school science as well. Students who can substitute values can be highly successful in checking their work in Algebra and using formulas in Geometry.

If we can ensure that students are stronger with these math concepts, then we can feel relief knowing that we have made the middle school transition to high school easier for our students.

This article is written by Noelle, a teacher that writes a blog and posts on maneuvering the middle. It was published on August 20, 2018. It can be found at the following address: https://www.maneuveringthemiddle.com/middle-school-math-skills-students-must-master/

Mrs. Masus, Math Intervention & Support


The Social Studies teachers at Herget are excited about our recent professional development opportunity. At the beginning of March, the social studies teachers at Herget Middle school will attend the Dupage County Social Studies conference. These professional learning days always give us an opportunity to learn new engagement strategies for our students. Teachers are students also and we are thankful to have professional development opportunities to help make us even better teachers! We also love the opportunity to work together with other teachers from our surrounding districts.

During our PLC Mondays, we continue to work on our curriculum alignment within our district. Our focus is to align our curriculum and develop assessments that directly relate to the standards. Teachers are also working to integrate more critical thinking questions and dialogue into the Social Studies curriculum. The Social Studies department views these skills as essential for our students in this fast-paced technological world.


Students in PLTW: Computer Science is continuing to develop their coding skills as they learn to design and build apps. By working through conditional statements, these students think through possible scenarios that the user might encounter in using the app. Students build code that addresses these scenarios and makes decisions based on the conditions. This process is how we develop artificial intelligence... but these students know that there is nothing artificial about it.... they are the intelligence that makes these app systems "smart".

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The Project Lead the Way Robotics class has been busy learning about gears and mechanisms. Understanding how parts can be joined to create the working mechanics of objects has been a great way to learn in a hands-on environment. Teamwork is essential for great communication in the learning process.

Congratulations to our "Kindness" Poster Contest Winners!!!


6th-grade students are just completing their study of the Structure and Function of Organisms with a project where they choose an everyday activity and describe all of the parts and processes that go into that one small moment in time! 6th graders will then be learning about the History of Planet Earth. They will explore how Earth’s surface has changed over time. Students will investigate how fossils are formed and be able to compare how old fossils are compared to each other.

7th grade will continue their unit on sound and light waves. Students will discuss how waves travel and the differences between mechanical and electromagnetic waves. Students will research how waves are used in their everyday life with devices such as cell phones, televisions, and microwaves and will create a poster to show all the waves in the electromagnetic spectrum. Students will get to experience the law of reflection when they become engineers and design a security system using only mini flashlights and mirrors.

8th graders are wrapping up our unit on Genetics and getting ready to jump into our unit on natural selection and animal adaptations. During this unit, they will be creating an animal that is strong and resilient enough to survive in their assigned environment. Students will consider how this animal is going to stay warm, what it is going to eat, and how it is going to get food and water. Students will also be battling it out in March Mammal Madness!

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This quarter in 8th Grade Language Arts we are focusing on reading the memoir, Night and studying the idea of an Upstander. This powerful and moving story is written by Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor. Students have learned important information relating to World War II and the Holocaust in order to help them understand this memoir and the history behind it.

Throughout reading the memoir, students will reflect on certain parts of the story, analyze how Elie Wiesel’s character changes throughout his experiences, and show their understanding through a variety of activities. One such activity is a journal written from the perspective of a victim of the Holocaust. Students will take on the identity of the person they have chosen and write about some of the experiences that Elie Wiesel himself had during the memoir.

Another focus of this unit is the idea of what an Upstander is. After his experiences in the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel becomes an Upstander.

"I swore never to be silent whenever or wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere." - Elie Wiesel

Students will be able to research and learn about other Upstanders throughout history and how they can become Upstanders themselves.

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Blind Date with a Book was a huge success! A Blind Date with a Book is a hand wrapped book, carefully chosen from a wide range of popular genres that is tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book inside. This collection includes everything from mystery, romance, classics, horror, adventure, science fiction to young adult. We pick books that readers may have missed by great authors or other great books that perhaps did not receive the publicity that they deserved. Once the book is chosen, the student is to read that book and then fill out the Rate Your Date slip when finished. Our students had a ton of fun with this and more than 100 students participated!

It's finally here!!! The Rebecca Caudill 2023 list is out! Find it here: https://www.rebeccacaudill.org/images/2023/2023CaudillAuthorList.pdf

Battle of the Books battling will begin the second week in April! All participants must have their books read by then! Remember, there is an Amazon gift card on the line for the winning staff and student team!

Our Spring Book Fair is here!! The fair will run from March 7th- March 18th! Students will be able to browse and shop during their language arts class, or if they have a pass from a teacher. The book fair is a huge fundraiser for our library, it enables us to add hundreds of books to our collection. Thank you so much to the families that have supported the book fair in the past!

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Happy Almost Spring!

PE is finishing up with Fitness Testing and hoping the weather will cooperate so we can enjoy some fresh air! Health classes are finishing up with a Disease Research Project in 8th grade, a Personalized Meal Plan in 7th grade, and 6th graders are learning about the Body Systems! Health Classes will return to PE on March 14th!

A few reminders from the PE Department: 1) Cell phones are NOT to be used inside of the locker rooms or during PE class. We are unfortunately seeing increased use of these devices in the PE areas. Please remind your student that the locker room is considered a bathroom area therefore it is violating someone's privacy when cell phones are out and being used. The student may not intentionally be taking a picture of other people but they are in the background and can be photographed in the selfie.

Ear bus/air pods should be put away; they should not be in the student's ear during PE class. 2) PE dressing consists of the following: RED PE shirt, can be purchased for $6 from your student's PE teacher, pants/shorts that are not being worn to school, and TENNIS SHOES, NO CROCS or SLIDES. Crocs and slides are a safety concern and we do not want the students to be injured during a PE activity. We are seeing an increase in students not dressing and this is directly affecting their grades. Please also understand, the high school requires students to change for PE, this is not just a middle school requirement. Please contact your student's PE teacher if you have any questions.


Spring sports registration is now open. Spring sports include 7th/8th girls soccer, 7th/8th boys volleyball, and 6th/7th/8th track and field. Spring sports start on Monday, March 14th. More information will be sent out as we get closer to that date about practice schedules. You must have an up-to-date sports physical on file and be registered online at https://il.8to18.com/herget/home in order to participate. If you have questions about registration or physicals please email (awhite@sd129.org).

Girls Soccer Coach – Coach Vernon (rvernon@sd129.org)

Boys Volleyball Coach – Coach Banks (lbanks@sd129.org)

Track Coach – Coach Stancati (astancati@sd129.org)

Morning Announcements...

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February 2022 has offered us a change in Herget practices in regards to COVID precautions and protections. Masks are optional in school. Close contacts are notified but not restricted from attending school unless symptoms arise. Many Herget Huskies have submitted proof of C-19 vaccination. We continue to learn how to live through and with the pandemic. Although changes have been continuous, some things never change because healthy habits are tools for life.

Habits to Stay Healthy:

  • Monitor your symptoms and stay home when you feel sick.

  • Wash your hands frequently

  • Cover your cough and sneeze

  • Consult your doctor for individualized healthcare guidance by being ready to discuss what you feel and what you need

Reminder: The State of Illinois requires a complete dental examination for all students in Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th, and 9th grades. Please submit your child’s sixth-grade dental exam prior to May 15, 2022. For the 2021-22 school year the exam must have been completed after 11-15-2020.

Thank you for your cooperation this school year as we grow through change. Both Nurse Capp and Nurse Silva were recognized at the school board meeting on 2-22-2022 as part of the District 129 Health Services Team for their services during the pandemic. Keeping Herget Huskies Healthy is our priority. A healthy mind and body are needed for productive learning.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Silva RN-CSN

A geography lesson with a bonus: learn why we wear green!

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