Superintendent Dr. Corey Tafoya reflects on the 2017-2018 school year and shares what to look forward to for next year.
Yesterday with the support of their families and staff, Harvard CUSD 50’s Class of 2022 received certificates of promotion to high school. The ceremony, held at Harvard High School, promoted 197 students. The students not only survived junior high, but they also flourished in their academic, athletic, and artistic achievements. Congratulations to the Class of 2022!
Harvard Junior High Promoted Students
David Aquino Mendoza
Alison Arizmendi Montes
Oger Bernal Ramirez
Evelyn Bustos Malvaez
Angel Cabrera Diaz
Brian Castro Lopez
Nicasio Cortez Arango
Manuel Cruz Mendoza
Rodrigo Cruz Navarro
Leslie Dominguez Mejia
Jovani Escobar Pichardo
Yesenia Escobar Sanchez
Roberto Esquivel Escobar
Eduardo Flores Acosta
Sofia Flores Cervantes
Andrea Flores Valdez
Princess Aaliyah Garza-Vela
Laura Gomez Esparza
Yair Gonzalez Aquino
Alexis Gonzalez Pichardo
Yadira Gonzalez Santos
Gulliver Gorostieta Hernandez
Jennifer Hernandez Desiderio
Oger Hernandez Escobar
Tanya Hernandez Hernandez
Oskar Hernandez Martinez
Mateo Hernandez Zarate
Aldo Jimenez Hernandez
Nikolas Jimenez Merida
Ashley Lara Garcia
Pablo Martinez Mercado
Jonathan Martinez Santiago
Carlos Maya Ortiz
Mayra Mercado Bernal
Christian Mercado Ortiz
Brayan Mercado Prado
Jennifer Mora Torres
Kevin Ocampo Figueroa
Erick Ortiz Martinez
Maria Pedroza Alcantara
Jose Pichardo Ramirez
Esmeralda Ramirez Ortiz
Noel Rodriguez Gonzalez
Yulissa Rojas Garcia
Nely Rojas Nava
Maria Sanchez Estrada
Belen Vazquez Mendoza
At Tuesday’s Family Night at Crosby Elementary, Principal Deb Holland and Assistant Principal Jorge Elvir presented exciting changes coming to the school for 2018-2019. Next year Crosby will have a new and improved schedule, increased instructional time, dedicated art classes, and new programs for students including AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and two specials per day for every student.
During the evening students shared their work showcased throughout the school’s discovery centers and families visited the book fair in the library to find summer reading options. Over 150 parents attended the event. Thank you to all the Crosby families for joining us.
Tuesday the Harvard Junior High 8th grade class participated in Reality Store. The eye-opening experience teaches students essential skills for navigating their future financial lives. Students are given a set income and then tasked with staying on budget while encountering all the challenges that adulthood can bring. Volunteers from the community and school district operate different stations covering areas of life such as housing, child care, groceries, leisure, furnishings, and of course elements of chance.
Thank you to our community volunteers!
Dan Barnett – Harvard Fire Protection District
Sonja Brook – Retired Harvard CUSD 50 teacher and Harvard Community Partnership Coalition member
Ken Claus – Harvard Fire Protection District
Tim Creighton – McHenry County Sheriffs Office
Mark Czerwiec – Harvard Fire Protection District
Renee Govea – McHenry County College/Upward Bound
Ina Hall – McHenry County College
Melissa Hamilton – Rosecrance
Leslie Ingersoll – Harvard Fire Protection District
Ed Kohn – Harvard Police Department
Shane Mackie – Harvard Fire Protection District
Sandra Rogers – McHenry County Sheriffs Department
Tina Magnetta – First National Bank
Raul Meza – First National Bank
Harvard High School students will have a new opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and develop business plans and connections through a new program at the school. Harvard’s Chamber of Commerce Director Crystal Musgrove will help lead the INCubatoredu program, along with teacher Erin Harris. Musgrove will help cultivate business connections for the program.
“I am excited to be the community champion for the incubator,” Musgrove said. “I look forward to representing the Chamber of Commerce as well as the business leaders in promoting a great program for our kids.”
The incubator program will offer students an entrepreneurship experience and allow them to develop business plans under the guidance of local business leaders. Curriculum will teach students the lean startup business model and help develop soft skills. The goal is to create a product that can be invested in and produced. Student teams will create prototypes and pitch their ideas to investors as part of the course.
“The students will be learning by doing,” Harris said. “I am excited to teach INCubatoredu at the high school.”
The program will launch in the upcoming school year. Private donors have helped fund the creation of an incubator classroom and new equipment. The Harvard Community Education Foundation recently awarded the district a $30,000 grant to help pay for the program.
The district is thrilled to be partnering with the Crystal Musgrove and the Harvard Chamber of Commerce.