Harvard CUSD 50 has lost a creative and loving fixture in our community. Harvard Junior High’s Holly Friday passed away on Monday, July 3rd, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. For 17 years Holly taught students in all manner of artistic endeavors. Thank you, Mrs. Friday, for your wonderful teaching and dedication to the arts.
From the Northwest Herald :
She was born August 11, 1960 in Deerfield, IL, daughter of the late, Marjorie and Frank Stieber. Holly attended Holy Cross grade school and Deerfield High School where she amassed lifelong friends. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Holly discovered her love of the arts and lived her love of creative expression by sharing this passion with hundreds of students throughout her teaching career, first at St. Mary's School in Buffalo Grove and then at Harvard Junior High School in Harvard, IL.
Those wishing to honor Holly may do so by sending gifts to US Bank, 2253 N. Richmond Rd, McHenry, IL 60050, Attention: Holly Friday Memorial Fund. All donations will go towards her memorial and breast cancer research.
Walk-in registration is available Monday, July 24th through Thursday, July 27th from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm at Harvard CUSD 50’s Central Administration Center located at 401 N. Division Street.
You may also register your student online using TeacherEase available on the home page of www.cusd50.org. If you need to establish a TeacherEase account, please call 815.943.4022 x2126 or email email@example.com.
In May, Harvard Community School District 50 was awarded two individual grants for 2017 and 2018 totaling $500,000. The funding is used to educate teachers from CUSD 50 as well as surrounding districts to expand teachers’ knowledge in math and science and improve student learning. The two $250,000 grant awards come through the Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships program, which is federally funded.
Partnering with Aurora University, McHenry County College, and the McHenry Regional Office of Education, Harvard CUSD 50 began offering graduate level courses this summer to area teachers to enhance their science, mathematics, and technology skills. The grant also provides instructional coaching and peer coaching throughout the school year to grow participants into teacher leaders within their districts.
Harvard’s District Curriculum, Assessment and Grant Coordinator, Margaret Segersten, stated that “participants have the opportunity to deepen their content knowledge and experience STEM-related field experiences to ensure a greater understanding of STEM-related opportunities for our students.”
At last night's school board meeting, Harvard High School's 2017 Accounting Bowl Winners were recognized. McHenry County College held its 15th Annual High School Accounting Bowl on Friday, April 21, 2017. The purpose of this contest is to reward, honor, and encourage outstanding high school accounting students in area high schools. Top accounting students from eight area high Schools competed including Alden-Hebron, Crystal Lake South, Harvard, Johnsburg, Marengo, Marian Central, McHenry, and Woodstock.
Accounting I team members were Catherine Austin, Jacob Cobb, Cristian Escobar, Nancy Hernandez, Alfredo Herrera, Isaiah Jimenez, Holly Kruckenberg, Brett Lehman, Andrea Luna, Lizette Martinez, Kayla McCloud, Luis Mercado, Cole Miller, Kelly Riley, Alexis Robles, Ramiro Sanchez, Rodrigo Silva, Dylan Stephens, Ryan Stephens, and Aileen Valdez.
Accounting II team members were Hannah Baird, Josh Fiegel, Samantha Gallegos, JD Gerhardt, Emily Hartje, Dylan Hildreth, Kailah Lewis, David Mercado, Diego Mercado, Nathan Mykytiuk, Alex Wiltshire, and Elizabeth Wright.
Harvard’s Accounting I team placed 1st in the team competition. Individual place winners were: Catherine Austin (1st), Kelly Riley (2nd), Cole Miller (3rd), Jacob Cobb (5th), and Cristian Escobar (7th). Harvard’s Accounting II team placed 2nd in the team competition. Individual place winners were: Elizabeth Wright (1st) and David Mercado (5th).
Additionally, each school had one student play Jeopardy. Harvard's representative, Josh Fiegel, won.
At Wednesday’s meeting, the school board moved to appoint Hugo Roldan to the 2-year unfilled position on the Harvard CUSD #50 Board of Education. Hugo has been a resident of Harvard for the past seven years and looks forward to serving the community. LaShawn Lomax was also approved for the position of Director of Special Services. Welcome, Hugo and LaShawn!
Director of Special Services LaShawn Lomax
with incoming Superintendent Dr. Corey Tafoya
The 8th Grade Boys Track Team was recognized for attaining a Conference Title win. Also recognized were members of the Girls Junior High Track Team who broke numerous school records. Congratulations to all our Hornet athletes!
Summer workers are needed to assist with district custodial/maintenance work! Harvard High School students 16 years of age and older are eligible to apply. 2017 graduates are also eligible for the three open positions. Students can earn money this summer and help maintain our schools! Download the application and return to the Central Administrative Office.
On Thursday, May 18th, through the generosity of the Harvard Community Education Foundation (HCEF), Crosby Elementary students will enter the Sky Dome Planetarium. The 36' dome will present Next Generation Science Standards in a visual way. K-3rd graders will see Greek constellations, the Milky Way Galaxy, the Sun and all the planets. The interactive experience is certain to bring a sense of awe and wonder for science, building interest and futures in STEM careers. May 18th also brings opportunities for family participation in the sciences. At 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm families may enter the dome for a 40-45 minute journey through the universe. With a maximum of 90 people in the dome at a time, families are encouraged to RSVP for this unique opportunity to experience "flights" toward each world in our solar system. By engaging our K-3rd students in STEM interactive activities with their families, Crosby children will grow their natural curiosity in science and become life-long learners.
Richard D. Crosby Elementary School
401 Hereley Drive
Harvard, IL 60033
Harvard CUSD 50 is accepting letters of interest from individuals interested in filling the open position on the D50 School Board. Interested individuals must be 18 years of age, a registered voter, and a resident of Hartland, Alden, Dunham or LeRoy Townships for at least 1 year.
Applicants cannot be employees of the school district, include an explanation of why you would be an asset to the D50 School Board and a statement verifying that you meet the requirements. Email letters to Harvard Community Unit School District 50 attention Board President at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 pm on May 9, 2017.
Candidates will be interviewed by the School Board on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Questions can be directed to Board Secretary MaryAnn Foster at 815-943-4022.
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Harvard Community School District 50 is pleased to announce the new school board: