Harvard Jr. High students and staff raised over $1400 for Toys for Tots through a Takraw Tournament and a partnership with Huntley Barbell.
Takraw is a combination of kickball and volley ball, and the tournament was held round robin style in which teams from each grade got to play each other. The final two teams squared off today in a best out of three match. Wonder Pets ended up winning 2-1.
The teams that participated donated money to the fundraiser, as did all of the spectators. Huntley Barbell also helped in the fundraising process by collecting money at their gym.
Great job on everyone’s part. Best of all the money stays in the community and helps Harvard, not some place you’ve never heard of.
Harvard High School senior wrestler Justin Wilcox signed his letter of intent to attend Ashland University next fall. He was honored today by the wrestling team, Coach David Schultz, Matt Rife, Athletic Director, Robert Zielinski, Harvard High School Principal, and his classmates.
Laura Wilcox, Justin’s mother, attributed his success to his hard work in both wrestling and academics.
“We’re really proud of him,” said Wilcox.
Justin plans to major in the social sciences with a background in education and possibly become a history teacher.
Are you cleaning out your closets? The Crosby Elementary PTO is sponsoring a clothing drive through December 7th. Drop off your clean, gently used clothing at the school office near the intersection of Hereley Dr. and Marengo Rd.
Even better, the PTO will be holding their Clothing the Community Family Night on December 8th from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Crosby Elementary. Kids can get a picture with Santa, get their faces painted and enjoy some snacks. Those in need can pick up clothes for themselves and/or their family. The only thing you need to bring is a bag to carry your clothes.
Harvard Jr. High School welcomes the Robotics Club, started with the help of the University of Illinois Extension Office and the 4-H Club. Students in the club will learn to build and program Lego Mindstorm robots. The club will also teach students troubleshooting, and working with each other in a group setting. The students are looking forward to a robotics showcase in April with other schools from McHenry and Lake Counties.
Harvard School District achieved a perfect score today as the Regional Office of Education inspected the five school buildings within District 50. This is the fourth year in a row that the Harvard School District has achieved a perfect score with NO VIOLATIONS.
The inspection is an annual health and life safety building inspection, with the goal of creating and maintaining an environment of safety for all students and staff.
The Facilities Department works hard all year to keep our schools safe and this is proof that they're doing a great job. Thanks to everyone who made this possible!
Harvard High School students from the various foods classes prepare an early Thanksgiving feast. Each of the classes had a specific task or dish to prepare for the feast and as demonstrated in the photos, they had a great time with this activity. The classes starts getting ready for this culminating event of the semester on the first day of class, and teachers even worked with the students to make turkey tetrazzini with the leftovers. Students and staff enjoy the great food once the work is done. Looks incredible!
The Harvard High School Madrigal Choir debuts in their first public performance as they sing at Harvard Jr. High School last night.
The choir is made up of high school student who audition for the group and is almost entirely student lead. They sing the National Anthem at school assemblies and will perform at several public events this year, including the Christmas in Harvard parade. If you’re interested in seeing them in a more intimate setting, they’ll be hosting the Madrigal Dinner this year on Sunday December 11th. Stay tuned for more information on that event.
Congratulations to Korey Coffer who just received his certification as a National Board Certified Teacher. Korey spent his time voluntarily pursuing this certification in order to become a better teacher. It involved measuring content knowledge, reviewing student work samples, analysis of teaching practices, and documenting the impact of assessment and collaboration on student learning.
The process took him several years and multiple tests to achieve this incredible goal. In the end it makes Korey a better teacher and helps him continue to improve his teaching methods which benefits his students in the end.
We’re fortunate to have Korey around as well as the administration for their support of Korey’s efforts!
Join us for a bilingual celebration at Diggins Library on Monday November 21st from 6-7 p.m.
There will be refreshments and activities for the whole family.
Please see the attached flyer for more information.