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Tonight – It’s time again!

Posted October 24th, 2014 by evandesampel

PTA’s Annual Halloween Bash coming up on Friday, October 24th. This fun filled evening will include Trick or treating with the teachers & staff, DJ & Dance Contest, Carnival Games and Food for sale! The Halloween Bash on Friday, October 24th at 6:00 p.m. and will end at
8:00p.m.  Students may wear the Halloween costumes to this fun PTA event. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Students will not be allowed into the school for the Halloween Bash if they are unaccompanied by an adult. Fall Classroom Parties are also coming up on October 31st! A BIG THANKS to everyone who has submitted Classroom Party Money ($7 per student). Fall Party Volunteers have been contacted – THANK YOU for your help, we couldn’t do it without you!

Senate Bill 16 – It will affect you.

Posted October 20th, 2014 by evandesampel
A legislative proposal that would rewrite the way education dollars are distributed in Illinois threatens the financial stability of suburban schools, including District 54.
The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 this spring, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. This would represent the largest loss to any school district in Illinois, and a decline of 79.5 percent in the amount of funds we receive from the state of Illinois. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students.
When the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November, Senate Bill 16 is one of the bills expected to be discussed in the House. As taxpayers and parents, we want you to be informed and aware of the financial impact on our schools. To that end, I am attaching invitations to two upcoming forums regarding Senate Bill 16.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 30, Districts 54, 211 and 15 will hold a public forum at Schaumburg High School. At this forum, district representatives will share specific information about how Senate Bill 16 will impact our schools.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 21, State Sen. Matt Murphy and Reps. David Harris and Tom Morrison will host a legislative forum on Senate Bill 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights.
  • I would also like to thank our PTA for the information it shared about Senate Bill 16 at its general meeting on October 14th

Districts 54, 211 and 15 to host Senate Bill 16 Forum on Oct. 30

Posted October 20th, 2014 by evandesampel

Posted by Terri McHugh on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Parents, community members, staff and legislators are invited to attend a public forum hosted by Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54, High School District 211 and Community Consolidated School District 15 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Schaumburg High School, 1100 W. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

The purpose of the evening will be to share information about Senate Bill 16.

Senate Bill 16 dramatically reduces state funding to our three school districts by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities for a total estimated loss of $31.5 million annually. District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually; District 15 would lose $11 million annually and District 211 would lose $8 million annually.

Senate Bill 16 has already passed the Senate and is expected to be discussed in the House when the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose about $1,000 per student.

We believe that every student deserves the same opportunities to succeed regardless of location or economic status. However, that should be accomplished by giving additional resources to districts in need, not by redistributing money from other school districts. The best solution is for the state to fully fund education and stop imposing unfunded mandates.

In addition, on Oct. 21, State Sen. Matt Murphy and Reps. David Harris and Tom Morrison will host a legislative forum on Senate Bill 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights. Click here for more information on that forum.

Literacy Acceleration…

Posted October 19th, 2014 by evandesampel

Getting a little more practice in prior to the real take!

 

In Mr. V’s fourth grade Literacy Acceleration block, the students had spent several days reading, blogging and analyzing a play script version of Lois Lowery’s The Giver. After a solid discussion and good understanding of the various themes presented in the text, the students worked on the creation of a script of their own – one in which they were to set up an interview scenario in which they are talking with Jonas about how life is different back in his Community, to what he’s experienced in our own community. After the groups worked on their script, got some rehearsal time in, they took on the roles of the various characters – including the cameraman – and recorded! We spent one period viewing the interviews and reflecting on the activity as well.

A practice run to get the feel of being on camera...

A practice run to get the feel of being on camera…

Math Acceleration in Action

Posted October 19th, 2014 by evandesampel
Ahmed sharing his data and asking questions about the different graphs.

Ahmed sharing his data and asking questions about the different graphs.

The fourth grade students in Mr. V’s math acceleration group conducted a self-created survey of their peers. As a part of the data collection process, the students had learned how to organize data in four different forms: Bar Graphs, Frequency Tables, Picture Graphs and Line Plots. Students then took their data, graphed accordingly, and created questions that could be asked based on their data results. Finally, they spent a day having a “Walk and Talk,” within the classroom as they shared their data and quizzed each other walking about learning about data, data collection, analyzing data as well as the findings of each survey.

 

Data, data, data...

Data, data, data…

PTA

Posted October 19th, 2014 by evandesampel

The latest PTA newsletter [Spanish version] is hot off the press and there is a lot of important information about upcoming events within the PTA newsletter [Spanish version].  Our PTA hosts a Halloween Bash, where children can enjoy trick-or-treating, dancing and some fun carnival games.  Please note that parents must attend the event with their children.  We are very fortunate that our PTA provides these wonderful events please consider becoming a member of the PTA.

Halloween

Posted October 19th, 2014 by evandesampel

A letter has been sent home to parents to inform parents about the Halloween festivities that will take place on October 31st.  The morning of Halloween is a regular instructional day for our first through sixth grade students.   Students can bring their costumes to school and will be able to change into their costumes after lunch.  Our school parade will begin at 1:30 around the perimeter of the school.  Students will then enjoy their classroom parties hosted by our PTA.  We are asking parents to ensure that costumes are appropriate for the school setting.  Please see the attached letter for more information about Halloween. 

Wanna save the world?

Posted October 17th, 2014 by evandesampel

 

Capture

If so, [and you're in grades 4-6]  you maybe the right person to join Hanover’s Environmental Club. To do so – please print up Environmental Superheros application and fill it out. Once you’re completed – just drop by Mr. VanDeSampel’s room 130 and drop it off. Othewise, hand it into your teacher and they can get it in his mailbox. Do so soon, as the club will be starting!

Student Input!

Posted October 17th, 2014 by evandesampel

Hello Hanover Highlands,
Over the next few weeks, you may notice changes to our website as well as updates to some of our pictures. Refresh the window, and you may see some pictures that were upload as well as taken from student photographers! This week, Mariana from third grade helped out and uploaded a few pictures to our banner! She also spent sometime taking pictures during one of our acceleration classes. Keep your eyes open!

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted October 7th, 2014 by evandesampel

We had another wonderful week at Hanover Highlands.  Our students have been working on goal setting with their teachers and this information will be shared with you during parent conferences next week.  Our parents were able to participate in a Digital Safety night that was facilitated by the State’s Attorney Office.   Some of the handouts [CyberWorld_Tips for parents_Spanish and Creating a Positive Digital Culture in Your Home] that were shared with the parents that attended are as simply as click and download!  If you were unable to attend the presentation at Hanover the district is providing another presentation at Keller Junior High on October 7th at 6:30 p.m. .