Each week WHIW 101.3 FM Harvard Community Radio‘s Jay Schulz provides updates for your Harvard Hornets. Listen here for the latest news.
Last week Bernie’s Book Bank donated nearly 9,500 books to Harvard CUSD 50 students. Between Thursday and Tuesday, schools distributed the books to students.
On Thursday, drivers delivered pre-sorted bags of books to Washington School, Crosby Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, and Harvard Junior High. Bernie’s gives books to students from Pre-K through sixth grade.
Each bag contains six books leveled for readers based on their age. The organization’s mission is to increase book ownership among children.
After receiving their bags, students have time to trade with classmates and review the new books. Every student takes home six books for their reading collection.
Ensuring students read consistently at home is one of the top ways families can support learning.
“The Hive” is a video news show written, shot, edited, and produced by Harvard High School MMJ students.
In this episode, students share news about a recent scam, the First National Challenge, sports regionals, scholarships available to seniors, and interview new teachers.
Harvard High School has moved its Honors Breakfast from January 21 to Tuesday, January 28. The breakfast recognizes students who earned a place on the high school’s honor roll for the first semester.
Postcard invitations will be sent via U.S. Mail to families with students who qualified for the honor roll.
The breakfast will be at 7 a.m. on January 28 at Harvard High School, located at 1103 N. Jefferson Street, Harvard, IL 60033.
Please call the high school at 815-943-6461 with any questions.
In the event of severe weather, the superintendent may choose to cancel school.
School closings due to inclement weather or other unusual circumstances are announced through our automated phone calling system, on the district website, and on our social media channels. Our emergency notification system automatically imports phone numbers and email addresses from school records located in TeacherEase.
It is critical that families keep contact information current. Please make sure contact information listed in your student’s TeacherEase records is accurate and up-to-date.
Our district utilizes SchoolMessenger to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts, and more.
You can opt-in for the service by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our district’s short code number:
You can opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop.”
Early Dismissal & Delayed Start
For your child’s safety, make certain your child knows ahead of time where to go in case of an early dismissal. If school dismisses early for an emergency, all after-school functions are automatically cancelled.
On delayed start schedule days, district buses will arrive at the scheduled pick-up points two hours later than their regularly-scheduled time. Students who walk or drive to school should arrive at the times listed below. In the event a delayed start schedule is used, class periods will be shortened to accommodate a shorter day, but dismissal times will not change.
Delayed Start Schedule
- No morning session
- Afternoon 11:50 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
- Crosby Elementary: 10:10 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.
- Jefferson Elementary: 9:55 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.
- Harvard Jr. High: 10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
- Harvard High School: 10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Delayed Start Adjustments
- Students arrive at the bus stop two hours later than your normal scheduled time
- Parents dropping off students, students who walk, and students driving to school should arrive 2 hours after their regular arrival times.
- Morning Washington School session cancelled
- Before-school programs will be cancelled
- After-school athletic programs will maintain normal schedules unless otherwise notified
- The decision to close schools or to open with a delayed start will be communicated as early as possible.
- If the decision is made for a two-hour delayed start, but worsening weather requires the closure of schools, an announcement will be made.
- Families and employees will receive a phone call, and closing information will be shared with local radio/TV stations, posted on the district website, and district social media pages.
Update Your Contact Information
It is important for schools to have accurate contact information for all families and employees. If your phone number or email address changes, please update that information in TeacherEase.
Winter Storm Preparedness Guide – Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Snowstorms & Extreme Cold – U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The following stations will broadcast closing information:
- WZOKRadio 97.5 FM Rockford
- WZSR Radio 105.5 FM Crystal Lake
- WBBM Radio 780 AM Chicago
- WROK Radio 1440 AM Rockford
- WHIW 101.3 FM Harvard Community Radio
- WIFR TV Ch. 23 Rockford
- WREX TV Ch. 13 Rockford
- CBS TV Ch. 2 Chicago
- ABC TV Ch. 7 Chicago
- NBC TV Ch. 5 Chicago
- WGN TV Ch. 9 Chicago
- FOX TV Ch. 32 Chicago
Dr. Tafoya talked with Principal Kathleen Ferguson about Crosby Elementary’s upcoming kindergarten registration. Watch the video to learn what families can expect.
Crosby Elementary School hosts 2020 Kindergarten Registration in January.
- Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 4 to 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 28, 2020, from 4 to 8 p.m.
During the event, parents will receive information about physicals, immunizations, transportation, the district’s dual language program, and they will be able to apply for a library card from Harvard Diggins Library.
To be eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2020-21 school year:
- Children must be five years old on or before September 1.
- State law requires an original or certified copy of a child’s birth certificate at the time of registration.
- Families must provide three proofs of residency (such as a tax bill, utility bill, lease agreement, or a voter’s registration card).
A registration fee of $115 will be collected. If a family is unable to pay the full fee at registration, a payment plan can be set up with an initial down payment required at registration.
For students not currently enrolled in the Washington Preschool Program, an additional screening and orientation event will be held. Qualified families will be asked to sign up for a screening time during registration. The screenings last about 20 minutes and are a way to gauge each child’s current level of development. Information obtained from screenings is used as a guide to best plan for individual students as they enter Crosby.
All registrations and screenings will take place at Crosby Elementary School located at 401 Hereley Drive in Harvard.
For more information, contact Crosby Elementary at 815-943-6125.
Para ser elegible para el kinder durante el año escolar 2020-2021:
- Los niño/as deben tener cinco años antes o para el 1 de septiembre.
- La ley estatal requiere la acta de nacimiento original o una copia certificada al momento de inscripción.
- Familias deben proveer tres documentos de comprobante de residencia (como factura de impuestos, factura de servicios públicos, contrato de arrendamiento o tarjeta de registro de votante)
Se cobrará una cuota de inscripción de $115. Si una familia no puede pagar la cuota completa en la inscripción, se puede configurar un plan de pago de períodos con un pago inicial requerido al momento de inscripción.
Para los estudiantes que no están inscritos actualmente en el programa prekinder de Washington, un evento adicional de evaluación y orientación. A las familias que califican se les pedirá que se fijen una cita de evaluación durante la inscripción. Las evaluaciones duran aproximadamente 20 minutos y son una forma de medir el nivel de desarrollo actual de cada niño/a. La información obtenida de las evaluaciones se usa como una guía para tener el mejor plan para estudiantes individuales cuando ingresan a Crosby.
Toda inscripción para kinder sera en Crosby Elementary: 401 Hereley Drive, Harvard, IL 60098
Para mas información llame al: 815-943-6125.