All Harvard CUSD 50 schools will be CLOSED TOMORROW Friday, February 9. Due to forecasted weather and road conditions, no classes will be held. Please stay safe and warm Hornets!
Due to weather-related school closings, the paraprofessional job fair will now be February 23 and 24: http://www.cusd50.org/news/cusd-50-paraprofessional-job-fair-february-23-24
Harvard High School’s Chess Team heads to Peoria Thursday afternoon to compete in the Illinois High School Association’s State Tournament. First board player Chris Alvarado hopes to earn an individual medallion at the tournament. He will need to win six rounds throughout the tournament to achieve the honor.
Second board player Matthew Seisser had played chess casually before joining the team his freshman year, but it was through consistent practice and studying the “thought processes of grandmasters” that he saw real gains in his playing abilities.
Though the team lost 14 seniors from last season, three freshmen joined the team for the 2017-2018 school year. Freshmen Jacob Chupich, James Johnson, and Riley Oerkfitz had spent frequent lunch periods playing chess at Harvard Junior High School.
The team uses their practices to play quick five minute games as well as to learn strategy for opening, middlegame, and endgame scenarios. Coach Jason Gomez explains that successful play is “all about pattern recognition” and so Harvard’s players improve through repeated play. The team will put their practice to the test when the tournament begins on Friday.
Thanks to metals teacher Steve Glasder, Harvard High School now offers state-of-art Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines for students to learn and develop valuable career-skills. As Steve explains “We have the most comprehensive shop in McHenry County.” Through Harvard’s metals and manufacturing classes, students graduate with a skillset that can lead to immediate employment.
Seven years ago, when he received a call about the teaching job, Steve thought to himself, "I'll give it a shot." Since then Steve has dedicated his time in the classroom and through the writing of grants. With a combination of grant awards, including a local mega-grant from the Harvard Community Education Foundation, Harvard High School has acquired cutting-edge manufacturing technology.
Steve has continued to work for the district because of his commitment to bettering the community. He is currently working to open the metals and manufacturing department to the public. His passion for teaching comes from Harvard having “really good kids.”
In this year’s Winter Olympics, Steve’s son Michael will be competing with the US ski jump team. Steve says that his son was determined to achieve that goal from the second he graduated high school. While speaking about his son’s achievements, Steve offered this advice to students about their own aspirations: “Follow your dream, don’t give up. Never lose sight of it.”
In this video, the district shares second quarter data for the 2017-2018 school year from all five Harvard CUSD 50 schools.
Due to weather related school closings, the paraprofessional job fair will be February 23 and 24.
Are you currently looking for a job in elementary or secondary education? Join Harvard Community Unit School District 50! We have openings for paraprofessionals at the elementary and secondary level. We invite all individuals with a paraeducator license, as well as individuals interested in becoming paraprofessionals. If you are interested, please join us at Harvard High School on Friday, February 23 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. or Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
To improve the quality of our schools, we ask that all Harvard CUSD 50 students, staff, and families complete the 5Essentials Survey. As we implement our Strategic Plan, it is essential that we gather feedback from all members of the district.
For parents, the survey should not take more than ten minutes of your time. You will need a working email address to fill out the survey. The survey closes on January 31, 2018.
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The Harvard CUSD 50 Board of Education recognized five students for achievement at yesterday's meeting. Harvard High School's Catherine Austin, Gabrielle Crone, Avery Harvey, Holly Kruckenberg, and Shaila Ortiz were named 2018-19 State Scholars for outstanding academic achievement by the llinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) .
The Harvard CUSD 50 Board of Education recognized students and staff for notable achievements at this week's public meeting.
Third grader Noah Urbano and his teacher Yolanda Roldan received recognition for Noah's short story selection for the Woodstock Fine Arts Association's "Novel Ideas" program.
WHIW Harvard Community Radio's Athletes of the Month Keenan Brummett (wrestling) and Haily Hill (basketball) were recognized. Both athletes received a gift certificate for First Place Promotions.
Harvard High School's Girls Golf Sectional Qualifiers Emma Ackland, Jennah Brookner, and Joelle McMillan were recognized. Boys Golf Sectional Qualifier Austin Gratz was also recognized.
Girls Cross Country Sectional Qualifiers Catherine Austin, Kayla Austin, Cassandra Bruha, Leslie Castaneda, Julisa Catalan, Sarah Logan, and Maria Mercado-Juarez were recognized.
Harvard Junior High's Cross Country team was recognized with Coach Jeff Koza. The junior high's cross country team had their most successful year to date. The boys' team went undefeated in the conference and won first place in the Mid-Northern Conference Championship. The girls' team had their best runs at sectionals.
Finally, the board recognized Harvard Junior High's Co-Ed Soccer team along with Coach Jairo Alvarez. The team went undefeated in the regular season and were conference tournament champions.