HCHS Today November 2019

Volume 20 Issue 4 November 2019 HCHS Today Hononegah Community High School, 307 Salem Street, Rockton, Illinois 61072


Inside This Issue 2 Message from the School Board President Kurlinkus Page

November 4

Josten’s Senior Presentation

November 6

Underclass Photo Retake 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Room 1102)

November 14-15

Josten’s Collecting Cap & Gown Orders (PAC Lobby)

November 19

Second Nine Weeks Mid-Term

Page 3 Important Information 4 SSS Office Information 6 Class & Club Information Page Page

November 20

Late Start Day

November 25

Winter Sports Picture Day

November 27-29

Thanksgiving Break - No School

December 2

Boys Swimming Picture Day at North Pointe

December 18-20

Final Exams

December 20

End of 1st Semester

Page 7 Phone Numbers & Social Media Information

January 6

Classes Resume

January 17

Teacher Institute Day - No School

Page 8 School Calendar

January 20

Martin Luther King Day - No School

Page 9 Booster Club Application


This year’s fall play at Hononegah Community High School is And Flights of Angels . This play is an edited version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Shakespeare’s words and characters, just not all of them, making it a more

Page 10 HOPE Foundation

manageable length for today’s theater goers and a more easily under- stood play by today’s youth. Our performances will be on November 1st and 2nd at 7:00 pm and on November 3rd at 2:00 pm. We believe that all theater goers interested in The Bard’s most well-known tragedy after (Romeo and Juliet) will want to take advantage of seeing this amazing production. Tickets will be available at the box office for purchase on Monday, October 28th and Tuesday October 29th from 4:15 – 6:00 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. Tickets may also be purchased at www.hononegah.org . Price of tickets are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for students. Please contact the HCHS Theater Box Office at 815.624.5006 or Diane Eymann at deyman@hononegah.org if you have any questions.

Mission Statement Hononegah strives to create a safe and inspiring atmosphere where students become thoughtful scholars, responsible citizens, and effective leaders through quality educational experiences that promote reflective critical thinking, civic engagement, and personal development.


Last month I had the privilege of attending the Those Who Excel annual dinner meeting in Bloomington with Teacher of the Year nominee Maggie Moore and members of her family along with Superintendent Michael Dugan and Principal Chad Dougherty. Many educational personnel and support groups were honored that night. The highlight of the evening was the announcement and recognition of the ten teachers of the year finalists of which Mrs. Moore was one. It was truly an honor to be present to see our Hononegah representa- tive honored as one of the state’s top educators. She is truly our teacher of the year. The work of dedicated teachers and staff is often not recognized outside the school. It takes a coordinated effort among many people to provide a safe and nourishing educational atmosphere where students are able to flourish and grow. The cooperation of everyone on the staff at Hononegah, from the superintendent on down, is essential in presenting educational opportunities for students, the primary goal of the school. We get good raw material from our elementary districts, and our mission is to build on that material to prepare them to excel in what comes after they leave us, whatever and wherever that may be. As winter closes in, some of the exterior projects on campus are finishing up. Weather permitting, we may have the striping on the resurfaced track. If not, that will have to be done in the spring. The new maintenance building is almost totally enclosed and will provide a much improved storage space for our equipment. Even- tually, the old maintenance building, on the northwest corner of the building, will be demolished and the site will be repurposed. Somewhere down the line, when we can expand the cafeteria space, the construction will move the walls out into that area. By the time you read this, results of state test scores will be released. There have already been stories in local newspapers summarizing the last few years of scores and projecting what this year’s scores will bring. Test scores are only on indicator of a successful school. There are many others such as student service to community, participation in co-curricular activities, success of graduates and more. Performance on state mandated tests is a success indicator that receives much publicity, however, because it presents a quick and easy way to com- pare one school to another. Hononegah students have performed extremely well on these tests leading to its being publicized, rightfully so, perennially as one of the top high schools in the area and the state. The truth is that Hononegah really is a great school. It’s not just the test scores, but the totality of the educa- tional atmosphere present. Like any school, there are problems present and potential, and there is always room for improvement. No matter how good you are, the status quo is unacceptable. The ultimate aim is to always get better. Our regular Board meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the school library. If you are interested in being placed on the agenda to speak or would like to attend a committee meeting where most of our planning is done, please call the district office at 624-5010. You can always contact me at 389-1382 or e-mail me at dkurli@ hononegah.org .

Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Please visit our website http://www.hononegah.org/district/finance to view the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.

Board of Education

District-Level Administration

Building-Level Administration

David Kurlinkus, President

Michael Dugan, Superintendent

Chad Dougherty, Principal

Mary Lewis, Vice-President

Justin Krueger, Director of Finance

Kathleen Eckmann, Associate Principal

Sandy Fordell, Secretary

Kendra Asbury, Director of Human Resources

Nichole Erickson, Assistant Principal

Bob Geddeis

Rob Conerton, Director of Technology

David Lombardo, Assistant Principal

Fred Hasse

David Laben, Assistant Principal for Student Services

Diane LaForge

Nicole Nelson, Dean of Students

Scott Wallace

Steve Cofoid, Athletic/Activities Director



LATE START DAYS It is important to note that there are five remaining late start days for the 2019-2020 year: November 20, January 29, February 26, March 18 and April 22. On late star t days, first hour begins at 9:20 a.m . and second hour begins at 10:05 a.m . Students are released from school at 3:15 p.m. CAP & GOWN PRESENTATION On November 4, Jostens will be in the PAC for the Cap and Gown Presentation to the seniors. Seniors should report to their 3rd period class for attendance before being released to go to the PAC. On November 14 and 15, Jostens will be in the PAC lobby from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and from 7:30-9:00 p.m. collecting cap and gown order forms. BUS TRANSPORTATION Hononegah Community High School, along with First Student, provides transportation to one address for each student who qualifies for busing. We do not allow students to ride any bus other than their assigned one. We do not sign notes to allow a student to ride a different bus route other than their own. If you have an emergency situation it must be arranged through Kelly Rosik in the Principal’s Office at 815-624-5005. DO YOU KNOW HONONEGAH HAS EARLY BIRD BUS ROUTES? Do you need to arrive early to school? All Hononegah students have access to Early Bird Bus routes. These routes are designed like city routes with established stops. There are five routes, and the routes and a map are posted on the school's website. They are also displayed at the student entrances, in the principal's office, the SSSOffice, Library and DAOffice. The routes run Monday through Friday each week. The routes are available to all students who want to arrive early to school to receive help from their teachers, take a 1st hour class, eat breakfast, serve detention, study in the Library or attend referred study hall. PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORM Physical Education students are required to have their PE uniform (shirt, shorts, athletic shoes) daily. Shirt and shorts must be the HCHS approved. Options include grey or dri-fit shirt and purple shorts with Hononegah Physical Education logo or leggings with approved Hononegah H on the calf purchased from American Bell. Shoes must be rubber-soled athletic shoes that must be laced tight in order to prevent injury. Shirt and short rentals are available on a limited basis if a student forgets her/his PE shirt or shorts; athletic shoes are not available for rent. ATTENTION JUNIOR (2021)PARENTS The Illinois Department of Public Health requires students, upon entering the sixth and the twelfth grade of any public, private, or parochial school, to receive an immunization containing meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The immunization requirement consists of one dose of the MCV4 vaccine for 6th grade entrance and 2nd dose for 12 grade entrance. This can be given anytime on or after the 16th birthday. Hononegah Community High School participates in first day exclusion so this immunization will be required for 2019-2020 Senior students. The meningococcal vaccine may be given anytime during junior year. Please call the Nurse’s Office with any questions 815-624-5002. This documenta- tion can be brought to the nurse’s office as soon as you receive it.

DELIVERIES Parents are reminded that NO flowers, balloons, or other gifts may be delivered to students at Hononegah Community High School.



SCHOLARSHIP SUGGESTIONS Senior students are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help pay for their post-secondary education. Scholarship criteria will vary depending on the scholarship that the student is applying for. The scholarship may be awarded to a student based on any of the following criteria: community service, club involvement, part-time employment, specific major, academic grades or financial need. The following tips are to help seniors complete as any scholarship applications as possible. 1. Know where to find scholarships at Hononegah: check the Financial Aid/Scholarships tab on http:// www.hononegah.org/departments/student_support_services and check out the Scholarship Bulletin Board across from the Student Support Services Office. 2. All students (freshmen through seniors) are encouraged to create a profile on an online scholarship search site such as www.fastweb.com . The search site will email you when you qualify for a scholarship in their data base.

3. If the application allows for typed applications/essays, take advantage of that. If it must be handwritten, print carefully, take your time.

4. Write the due date of the scholarship on your planning calendar and start to complete the application at least one month before it is due. That gives you time to request documentation (transcripts, letter of recommendation, etc.) and write an essay if required.

5. If the application requires an essay, have someone proofread it for grammar and spelling errors before submitting it.

6. If you need a copy of your transcript, print it off or submit it electronically from www.parchment.com.

7. If you need a scholarship application verified/signed or a Letter of Recommendation from your School Counselor complete the 10-Day Counselor Request form. Pick the letter or form up in the SSS Office ten school days later . 8. When asking a teacher or community member to write a letter of recommendation for you, provide the person with a copy of your Senior Information Sheet or Senior Resume and allow two weeks for the letter to be written. 9. Submit a completed application electronically or by mail in time to meet the scholarship deadline. In most cases, incomplete applications will not be considered or if some of the material is received after the due date, it will void your application.

FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS : There are some scholarships on the HCHS Scholarship List that you can apply for this year. Check them out and start receiving money for your post-secondary education.




On April 14 , all Juniors will take the SAT. The SAT consists of 4 sections plus the essay (Reading, Writing & Language, Math and Essay). The Reading test is 65 minutes. The Writing and Language test is 35 minutes. The Math section has a no-calculator test (25 minutes) and a calculator test (55 minutes) and the SAT concludes with an essay (50 minutes).

The SAT exam will provide a score students may use if they wish to pursue a junior college or college edu- cation (now or in the future).

Freshmen and sophomores will also test on April 14 . Freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9 test plus a local writing assessment and sophomores will take the PSAT 10 plus a local writing assessment. Testing will begin at 8:45 am on April 14 and freshmen, sophomores and juniors will attend school until approximately 1:15 pm. There will be no 1 st hour and no lunch on April 14 . Bus transportation will be available to take students home directly after testing. SAT PREP CLASS REGISTRATION Registration for Hononegah Community High School’s SAT Prep Class for students in the class of 2021 will run November 4 – November 22 in the SSS Office. Hononegah Community High School faculty members teach these classes. A mandatory pre-test will be given in December, as well as a post-test in February. The cost of both required exams is included in the course fee. Class will begin in January. Specific dates and times will be available in the SSS Office and on the Student Support Services page of Hononegah Community High School’s website. Reading, writing & language and math along with test-taking strategies will be reviewed during these classes. The cost for 20-hour prep class will be $120.00 which includes all materials. Payment must be made with registration. Class size will be limited to 35 students each session. Please be aware that the classes fill up quickly and are on a first come first serve basis. Registration will end November 22 or when classes are full.

HONONEGAH PRIDE Staff members may recognize students for Participation, Respect, Improvement, Dependability & Excellence

Arielle Aarvig Jared Bennet Andi Berg Olivia Bergeron Ethan Berth Anthony Carmack Jack Carratt Varson Clayburg Garrett Clayton Colin Daily Nathan Dutton

Jack Eck Valerie Gabbard Lydia Gleasman Cheyanne Gratz Kayla He Aidan Herriott Emerson Honkamp

Paige Larson Katelyn Link

Jaycen Saunders Macie Schroeder Makayla Smith Reid Soderberg Cecilia Soriano Jadyn Stien Olivia Swanson Evan Vinson Abigayle Walker Bradley Writz Kaitlyn Zowaski

Wyatt Martinez Klye Middleton Lydia Nation Katie Nelson Ashton Noordwal Xochitl Ortega Audrey Ortiz Ava Porter Brady Rosen

Zahara Inman Kyele Journy Erin Kent Carter Kovarik

Thank you to the staff members who recognized these students!



NOTES FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT Congratulations to the following students chosen for the ILMEA festivals in November! These students prepared rigorous auditions in October which included vocal and instrument skills, scales, sight reading and performances of challenging repertoire and etudes. They will be performing with the top music students in northern Illinois at the district festivals. The vocal and instrumental jazz festival is on November 16 with a concert at 4:00 pm at Belvidere High School; the junior vocal and instrumental festival is held at 4:00 p.m. on November 23 at Dekalb High School; and, the senior vocal and instrumental festival is also held at Dekalb High School with a concert at 7:00 on November 23rd. All 10th, 11th and 12th grade students are eligible for the ILMEA All State Festival in January based on their audition scores and district festival participation and performance.

ILMEA VOCAl JAZZ ENSEMBLE Brie Galluzzo (12) Magnolia Maurer (12) Airianna Lee (11) Kylee Eldridge (11) Gwen Anderson-Carratt (11) Casey Bohn (9)

ILMEA BAND Ethan Branch (12) Maddi Bronnimann (12) Vyen Hayag (12) Kaitlyn Niedfeldt(11) Michael Pasetka (11) Justin Pasetka (11) Hannah Pickard (12) Sydney Singer (12) Haley Hamilton (11)

ILMEA INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE Michael Anderson (11) Noah Brockway (10)

Colton Davies (12) Haley Hamilton (11) Peter Nitiss (11) Apollo Picot (11) ILMEA JR CHOIR Olivia Gelander (9) Grace Stuckey (9) Cheyanne Gratz (9) Amiah Jackson (9) ILMEA SR CHOIR Brie Galluzzo (12) Magnolia Maurer (12) Emily Ross (12) Annika Samuel (12) Abraham Ramirez (12) Leila Lischalk (10) Samuel Ross (10) Olivia Coleman (10) Kylee Eldridge (11) Kayleigh Baker (10) Casey Bohn (9) Jenny Beck (9) Natalie Zeiter (9)



Athletic Office


Bookkeeper/Fees/Lunch Money


Discipline & Attendance Office


District Office


Food Service Director


Nurse’s Office


Principal’s Office


Records Office


Student Support Services


Hononegah App...this can be downloaded from Google Play or Itunes


Facebook...Hononegah Community High School

Our Website... www.hononegah.org





Membership Application

The purpose of the Booster Club is to promote community interest in Hononegah Community High School and to raise supplemental funds for its extra curricular student organizations, as well as promote the academic achievements of students and staff. A senior student of any Booster Club member may apply for the two $500 (1 male & 1 female) Booster Club Scholarships or the Rosik Family Scholarship. We encourage you to join and become an involved member. Membership is based on the current school year (July thru June).

Booster Club meetings: 1st Monday of each month @ 7 PM, Hononegah Community High School, Room 1203

Please return with your check made payable to: Hononegah Booster Club POBox 24, Rockton, IL 61072

Member (s) Name________________________________________________________________________________

Student’s Name (s) Grade__________________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________City/State ________________________Zip_____

E-mail Phone _______________________________________________________________

[ ] $10 Associate Membership*

[ ] $35 Purple Membership

[ ] $15 General Membership**

[ ] $60 Gold Membership Year long 10% discount at Spirit Shack)

[ ] $25 Family Membership

[ ] Other

Sport / Organization (s) Boys / Girls___________________________ Please Circle

$15 goes to the Booster Club and the balance will go directly to the specified sport/organization.

* Associate Memberships are for grade school & middle school families that are associated with “Sports Clubs” at Hononegah Community High School – No Voting Rights apply.

** General Memberships are for Families, Teachers and Alumni with no athletic affiliation.


Hononegah HOPE Foundation

HOPE Foundation hosted the first-annual Homecoming Tailgate Fundraiser Before the Hononegah Homecoming varsity football game on Friday, September 20th, the HOPE Foundation hosted its First Annual Homecoming Tailgate Fundraiser behind the visitor’s bleachers. Despite the downpour of rain that started at exactly 5:01 and ended at 5:06, dozens of alumni and staff enjoyed a catered meal from Franchesco’s Ristorante and some throw-back tunes from DJ Joe Locke—all the while catching up with old friends and meeting new alumni. We hope to make the Tailgate Fundraiser bigger and better every year.

2018-19 Grant Recipient Spotlight HOPE grant recipients Jenny Simpson (Math department) and Ariel Bennett (Special Education Math / Integration program) each received 10 scientific calculators for their classrooms. They are devoted to teaching their instructional lessons to maximize students’ growth with the use of the calculators. Everyone in the classroom benefits from the efficient, consistent learning environment when the entire class has access to the same tech- nology.

A Touch of TV Land Benefit Dinner & Dance New date: April 4, 2020 (5:30-11:00 pm) American Center, American Legion (Rockton)

Every Spring, the HOPE Foundation hosts a benefit dinner and dance as the primary fundraiser to raise endow- ment money for Hononegah Community High School student scholarships, school projects and teacher grants. In 2019, the fundraiser raised more money than ever before and was used to fund thirteen unique teacher grant requests. The goal this year is to raise at least one more dollar than last year. The 2020 theme is A Touch of TV Land. Only 168 tickets are available; $125 ticket includes dinner for two (beef, chicken and vegetarian), live silent auction and chances to win cash prizes. Wear a costume depicting a TV character or business casual attire and dance the night away. Thank you to Cathy Bellich, State Farm Insurance for donating the evening’s music entertainment (Joe Locke-Hits DJ Service).


Hononegah HOPE Foundation continued

For ticket information, please contact Kelly Rosik 815/624-5005 or Diane Eymann 815/624-5069.

2019-2020 HOPE Foundation Grant Applications are now available Calling all teachers and administrators! The end of the year is near and the applications for HOPE Foundation grants are due on Friday, January 24. The application is easy to complete and eligibility is based on:

 You must be a HCHS faculty member to apply  Grants must involve the students at HCHS  All grant monies must be used within the confines of the school curriculum  No professional training will be accepted

Are you missing something from your classroom? Let the HOPE Foundation help! Individual grants range from $100-$2,500 each school year.

The HOPE Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 1997, that has established an endowment for student scholarships, school projects and teacher grants. It is the foundation’s mission is to provide means to enhance educational opportunities for the Hononegah district. Along with the annual fundraiser dinner/dance, the HOPE Foundation relies on community and business support to fund this endowment.

HOPE Foundation Officers: Bob Anderson—President, rwaksa@icloud.com

Tom Polaski—Vice President, tpolas@hononegah.org

Nikki Weldon—Secretary, nicolaweldon@icloud.com

Brian Barnhardt—Treasurer, bbarnhardt@siepert.com

“Mark” Your Calendars

Hononegah's environmental science club, Gaia, is hosting a Marker Drive again this year. We are joining schools across America by collecting markers to be recycled through the Crayola Colorcycle program. Clean out your drawers and help save the planet! Please consider donating old markers (any brand, dry erase or regular). Boxes can be dropped off at the visitor's desk or in room 2006 anytime throughout the school year.


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