October 2021 Volume 22 Issue 3 HCHS Today Hononegah Community High School, 307 Salem Street, Rockton, Illinois 61072

MARK YOUR CALENDAR October 2 Homecoming Dance October 7

Inside This Issue Page 2 Message from School Board President David Kurlinkus Page 3 Important Information Page 4 Message from Principal Dougherty Page 5 & 6 Important Information Page 7 Junior information P age 8 School Numbers P age 9 School Calendar P age 10 Hope Foundation

Parent / Teacher Conference 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - No School

October 8

SIP Day - No Student Attendance

October 11

Columbus Day - No School

October 13

PSAT/NMSQT Testing (Juniors only)

October 15

End of First Nine Weeks

October 20

Late Start

October 27 - 28

Photo Retakes

November 1

Jostens Cap & Gown Presentation

November 15

Second Nine Weeks Mid - Term

November 17

Late Start

November 24 - 26

Thanksgiving - No School

December 15 - 17

Semester Exams

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

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES Conferences are scheduled for October 7 from noon - 8:00 pm. Go to Hononegah.org, go to parents, and click on the button for Pick A Time. After you have read the directions, you will click on the link and schedule your 10 minute appointments. You have the option of choosing in - person or virtual conferences. If you would like to meet with your student ’ s School Counselor, Social Worker, Psychologist, Interventionist or the nurse, contact the SSS Office at 815 - 624 - 5012 to schedule a time. Any questions, please contact Kelly Rosik in the Principal ’ s Office. . FALL PLAY

Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve

Save the date for this year ’ s play, Mark Twain ’ s The Diaries of Adam and Eve. The fall play runs November 5, 6 and 7, with performances at 7 PM on the 5th and 6th and at 2 PM on the 7th. Prices will again be $6 for students and $8 for adults.

November 5, 6 and 7

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.



The school year is continuing. Education is taking place. Sports and clubs are meeting. Those are the out- ward signs of life as usual at Hononegah. Beneath those signs, however, is another world at Hononegah - one which must adapt to the ever - changing world caused by the pandemic. Our students are doing a tremendous job adapting to the new world in which they find themselves. Many began their high school careers before the pandemic - when everything was normal. Ever since early 2020, school, along with most everything else in the world, has been anything but normal. Plotting a course for the future of the school, when you ’ re not sure what the future holds, is extremely chal- lenging, and the plan for Hononegah ’ s next five years will be taking shape next month. All decisions regarding education, facilities, communication, finances and more are laid out in a five - year strategic plan. The current plan is ending, and in early November the District ’ s Strategic Planning Team will meet to establish a strategic plan for the next five years. The Strategic Planning team consists of teachers, staff, administrators, community members, business representatives, board members and superintendents from the area elementary districts. Together this group will set goals and strategies that will guide Hononegah for the next half - decade. The strategic plan provides a blueprint for the District and is reviewed for progress at each monthly Board meeting. Once the strategic plan is accepted by the Board of Education, various school action teams will be formed to plan how to implement portions of the strategic plan throughout each school year. As can be seen, the strategic plan touches every area of the school. The time creating the strategic plan is well spent since the plan is used constantly in improving the school. Each year there is a review by the Strategic Plan Commit- tee to review progress and to make changes as necessary. Even in the challenging circumstances of the last year and a half, education must continue, and the imple- mentation of the educational program, and much more, is governed by the strategic plan. The plan is a living and adaptable document that has allowed Hononegah to become the outstanding school we all expect. With a strong, well thought - out strategic plan, we will continue to provide the best education for our students no matter what physical circumstances we face. 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 2021 - 2022 Budget - Please visit our website http://www.hononegah.org/district/finance to view the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.

Board of Education

District - Level Administration

Building - Level Administration

David Kurlinkus, President

Chad Dougherty, Principal

Michael Dugan, Superintendent

Mary Lewis, Vice - President

Kathleen Eckmann, Associate Principal

Justin Krueger, Director of Finance

Katie Littlefield - Secretary

Kendra Asbury, Director of Human Resources

Andrea Linder, Assistant Principal

Rob Conerton, Director of Technology

David Lombardo, Assistant Principal

Eric Flohr

Dave Berg , Director of Building & Grounds

Bob Geddeis

Cara Pirrie, Assistant Principal for Student Services

Maria Small , Director of Food Service

Nicole Nelson, Dean of Students

Fred Hasse

Steve Cofoid, Athletic/Activities Director

Jim Minard



LATE START DAYS It is important to note that there are five remaining late start days for the 2021 - 2022 school year. They are October 20, November 17, February 16, March 16 and April 20. On late start 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. Buses run 1 hour and 30 minutes later for the Early Bird routes. Buses run 1 hour and 15 minutes later for the regular routes. FOOD SERVICE NEWS The COVID - 19 pandemic continues to affect the nationwide supply chain. Disruptions are due to a lack of availability of raw ingredients and labor to produce, unload, and transfer food products. Some food and/or beverages on our menu may not be available or arrive as scheduled. Due to unforeseen circumstances, last - minute menu changes and product substitutions may occur. Be assured meals will remain balanced, healthy, and plentiful. Thank you for your patience and understanding. There have been a lot of inquiries regarding the purchase of a second meal or a second entrée. We appreciate your patience. Our goal is to begin to offer second entrees or second meals for purchase beginning October 4 th 2021. We are asking for funds to be placed on your student ’ s, food service account in skyward ahead of time. Checks or cash can be turned in to the Bursar in the Principals office. We will not be able to take cash on the lines at this time. See link below for debit or credit card payments online through e - funds.


There are several vending machines throughout the building that offer water and a variety of other beverages for purchase. We do have one smart snack vending machine in the main all purpose room/cafeteria that offers a variety of snacks for purchase. We do our best to keep this stocked amid the supply chain issues.

Please visit the Hononegah Community High School Website Food & Nutrition page to see the menus. Please email msmall@hononegah.org with any questions. Thank you.

HONONEGAH BUS ROUTES 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 are purchasing a parking pass you will not be assigned a bus route. If you have an emergency situation, it must be arranged through Kelly Rosik in the Principal ’ s Office at 815 - 624 - 5005. EARLY BIRD BUS ROUTE Do you need to arrive early at 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 Library, the DA Office, and the Principal ’ s Office. The routes are available to all students who take a 1st hour class. MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION DUE BY OCT. 15th Freshman - Freshman are required to have an up - to - date Child Health Examination form and immunizations turned into the nurse ’ s office no later than Oct. 15, 2021. Seniors - Are required to show proof of a 2nd Meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) that was given on or after their 16th birthday. Or 1 dose of MCV4 given on or after their 16th birthday. Proof of immunization will need to be submitted to the nurse ’ s office no later than Oct. 15, 2021.

Please submit all medical documentation to cklein@hononegah.org, fax to 815 - 957 - 4506 or have your student drop it off at the nurse ’ s office.



Greetings Hononegah Students and Families:

September has come to a close and Homecoming 2021 is here! Believe it or not, it feels pretty normal considering we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Students and staff have been busy planning a variety of events and students are energized to celebrate. The hallways and windows are decorated and the week is filled with dress - up days and activities for students. We hope the community will join us for the Powder Puff football games and the Home - coming Pep Assembly on Thursday night. The Homecoming Parade will be Friday at 4:15 pm in downtown Rockton. Please join us Friday night for the football game where your undefeated Hononegah Indians will take on the undefeated Belvidere North Blue Thunder. We cap off the week Saturday night with the Enchanted Forest Homecoming dance under the big top. We hope the rain stays away, but either way, it is truly a great time of year! The COVID numbers in our region are trending in the right direction as well. With the variety of activities and improved numbers, it will be easy for students to let their safety practices slip. We ask for your assistance to help

us continue the positive trend. Encourage students to be responsible in their actions outside of school and to sustain good practices while in school. This includes wearing masks securely over the mouth and nose, regular hand washing, and social distancing. Together we will ensure that we can continue to offer the positive experiences that students should get to enjoy all year. If you have questions about our operations during the pandemic, see the HCHS Return to School Plan posted at www.hononegah.org under the Return to School 21 - 22 link for details.

Your friend in education.

Chad Dougherty Principal Hononegah Community High School



ILLINOIS STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY 2021 Hononegah Community High School ’ s World Languages Department is proud to award the Seal of Biliteracy and Commendation towards Biliteracy to 19 students in the class of 2021! The Seal of Biliteracy is an award granted by the Illinois State Board of Education and given by Hononegah Community High School in recognition and celebration of students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English and one or more other languages as measured by performances on an AP Language exam or its equivalent. Hononegah Community High School had 9 students earn the Seal this year, which may be placed on their diplomas. The Commendation towards Biliteracy award is an award also granted by the Illinois State Board of Education and given by Hononegah Community High School to students who demonstrated intermediate proficiency in English and another language. Hononegah Community High school had 10 students earn Commendation towards Biliteracy and their seals may be placed on their diplomas. The Seal of Biliteracy builds upon the rich linguistic and cultural assets of the district and community, provid- ing students with the necessary skills to be successful in college, career, and life. The World Languages Department is honored to recognize the following qualified Hononegah seniors who demonstrated proficiency in more than one language:

STATE COMMENDATION Mehrem Beshiri - French Ephraim Boomer - Spanish Andrew Clayton - Spanish Jacob DePauw - Spanish Maximus Ehrlich - French Eva Eiss - Spanish Madison Gunderson - Spanish Reilly Guth - Spanish Malavika Menon - Spanish Ezequiel Ortega - Spanish

SEAL OF BILITERACY Jackson Bartscher - Spanish Braxton Brown - Spanish Josephine Finocchiaro - Spanish Lauren Johnston - Spanish Brandon Mcallister - Spanish Giada Negrini - Italian

Thomas Ptacin - Spanish Isabella Sanchez - Spanish Brendon Wang - Spanish

A NOTE FROM THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER As many of you know, on 01/01/2020, Illinois legalized small amounts of marijuana for recreational adult use. Anyone 21 or older can buy marijuana products from licensed sellers, with or without a medical marijuana card. Since that time, law enforcement has seen a rise in the number of persons under 21 (specifically minors under 18), using and possessing marijuana, whether it is in the natural form, edible form, or vape form. Because they are unable to “ legally ” purchase items, many minors have advised they purchase these items from “ plugs ” (the dealers). Minors I have spoken to have admitted that it is very easy for them to get “ any ” item they want in a moment ’ s notice. I ’ ve been told they make the arrangements “ very quickly ” via social media such as Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc.

I would like to encourage all Parents and Guardians to be aware of your child ’ s behaviors. Actively monitor their in - person behaviors, as well as their friend groups and on - line activities.

Please feel free to report any known HCHS activities via the anonymous Tip411. Text the key word ‘ HCHS ’ + your tip to 847411. Please note: Tip411 is not monitored 24/7, so contact your local law enforcement via 911 with immediate emergencies.



PHY ED PROFICIENCY TEST Current sophomore and junior students will be eligible to exempt out of their physical education classes for the 2022 - 2023 school year. While we understand the importance of daily physical activity and encourage the teaching and learning of a curriculum that leads to life - long healthy living, we will allow 11 th and 12 th grade students to opt out of PE in order to take a sixth academic course provided they pass the proficiency test. Under the following conditions provided by the Illinois School Code and the guidelines established by Hononegah Community High School District 207, students may exempt out of the PE requirement when their IHSA sport is in season or by passing a proficiency test or both. Athletes in a sport only one semester will want to take the proficiency test if they want to be exempt from PE the other semester. All 10 th and 11 th grade students are invited to take a proficiency test during the week of Monday, October 25 – Thursday, October 28 at 7:00 am (ideal for students with a 1 st hour) or at 7:45 am on the track at Kelsey Field. These are the only dates and times the test will be offered. Students must pass the test to be exempt from PE for 2022 - 2023. The proficiency guidelines are:

Mile Run – Males<8:30, Females<10:00

Pacer (60’ interval sprint test) – Males 61 lengths, Females 32 lengths

Both tests must be passed on the same day. Dress for the weather, as we will administer the test outside.

Please sign up for the test in the SSS Office by Friday, October 22, 2021 . We plan to test 60 students per test and sign - up is first come, first served. Students may sign up for any day during the testing window and students may retake the test an unlimited number of times within the test window as long as there is room on the day they wish to retest. A reminder will not be sent out so please place this important date on your calendar.


Test Time

Test Time

Monday, October 25

7:00 am

7:45 am

Tuesday, October 26

7:00 am

7:45 am

Wednesday, October 27

7:00 am

7:45 am

Thursday, October 28

7:00 am

7:45 am

If you have questions about the proficiency test, please contact Associate Principal Kathy Eckmann at keckma@hononegah.org or at 815 - 624 - 5058.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORMS PE Uniforms are not mandatory at this time. Wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for the weather. Shoes must be rubber - soled and lace up tight to avoid injury.

PINK OUT T - SHIRTS ARE BACK The PINK out t - shirts are back! The Stand Up To Cancer club is sponsoring a PINK out night on October 8th at the football game. You can place your order with Mrs. Stone or a club member. The cost is $10 and supplies are limited this year, so don't delay. Order yours today or grab one at the game.



JUNIORS TO TAKE THE PSAT/NMSQT ON OCTOBER 13, 2021 On October 13, 2021 all juniors will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The test will be given at Hononegah Community High School hours 2 - 5 (8:45 am– 12:30 pm). Juniors will be dismissed from school at 12:30 pm. Juniors will be excused from their 1 st hour class on the day of the test. They will start their day with the PSAT/NMSQT. All students are to report to their testing rooms by 8:45 a.m. The actual testing time for the PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours and 45 minutes, plus 10 minutes for breaks. Please note: Per College Board testing guidelines, students taking the PSAT/NMSQT with accommodations will have a different test day schedule and some students with accommodations will be required to test over two days. Transportation – Dismissal Juniors will be dismissed at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, October 13. We anticipate most juniors will have their own transportation home; however, we will run a small number of buses for juniors at the conclusion of testing. We ask that all juniors who need to take a bus home after testing on October 13 fill out the Google Form in their email titled October 13 – Bus Home & Lunch no later than September 24, 2021. Food Service: On October 13, the school will serve breakfast as normal (entrée, milk and juice) to students from 8:00 - 8:40 am in the AP Room. The PSAT/NMSQT has built - in breaks and students are allowed to eat dur- ing these times. We encourage all students to bring snacks and drinks from home. We ask that all juniors who need a To Go Lunch home after testing on October 13 fill out the Google Form in their email titled October 13 – Bus Home & Lunch no later than September 24, 2021. · Enter Scholarship and Recognition Programs – The PSAT/NMSQT provides entry into National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions as well as other scholarship and recognition programs, such as the National Hispanic Recognition Program. · Receive Information from Colleges – Through the Student Search Services (SSS) PSAT/NMSQT participants can receive free admission and financial aid information from colleges, universities and scholarship programs. The material students receive help them start thinking about and exploring higher education opportunities · Improve Their Skills – The PSAT/NMSQT Score Report Plus gives students comprehensive, personalized feedback on their test performance, allowing them to see which questions they answered incorrectly and which academic skills they should work to improve. · Plan for College and Careers – Student who take the PSAT/NMSQT receive free access to My College Quick Start, a personalized online college and career planning kit that helps students search for colleges, explore majors and careers, and get a personalized SAT study plan. · Prepare for the SAT – On average, students who take the PSAT/NMSQT score 120 points higher on the SAT than those who do not. The PSAT/NMSQT and SAT measure the same skills and have the same format, directions and question types. ATTENTION JUNIOR 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 6 th 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 2022 - 2023 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 documentation can be brought to the nurse ’ s office as soon as you receive it, faxed to 815 - 957 - 4506 or email to cklein@hononegah.org. The PSAT/NMSQT is a national assessment that measures critical reading, mathematics, and language and writ- ing skills. The PSAT/NMSQT helps students:



Athletic Office

815 - 624 - 5047


815 - 624 - 5001

Discipline & Attendance Office

815 - 624 - 5020

District Office

815 - 624 - 5010

Food Service Director

815 - 624 - 5024

Nurse ’ s Office

815 - 624 - 5002

Principal ’ s Office

815 - 624 - 5005

Records Office

815 - 624 - 5068

Student Support Services

815 - 624 - 5012

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Grab your friends and get a table and join us!

H.O.P.E Foundation Fundraiser supporting educational opportunities for Hononegah Community High School including scholarships and teacher grants.

Saturday, October 23rd American Center, Rockton IL. 221 Main St.

From 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

The Gem Shop Ring Raffle, and 45 cash drawings totaling $6,450.

TICKETS: $125 each (Includes admission and buffet dinner for 2) ONLY 168 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD


For tickets, sponsorship and ring raffle information please contact Kelly Rosik (815) 624 - 5005/ krosik@hononegah.org )

Event Coordinators: Kelly Rosik and Diane Eymann

Wear your favorite baseball gear or have your table dress as your favorite team!


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