L. J. Hauser Jr. High
65 Woodside Road
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 447-3896

Friday Feature

First Friday Feature – April 2016

Posted Apr 8, 2016 | Category: Friday Feature, News

This information was originally posted on April 8, 2016. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

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April 2016

On the first Friday of each month, PTO features a topic of interest to parents. Since we weren’t in school last Friday, it’s coming today!  This month we’re featuring a quick tip.  Did you know that there’s a Power School app for your phone?  You can now have access to your child’s grades, test and homework scores, school announcements and more…at your fingertips!

First, you need to go the App Store on your phone, search for PowerSchool and install it.  You’ll need to set up an I-Tunes account if you don’t have one, then log into it.  You’ll be prompted to enter our school code: DLHM and your PowerSchool username and password.  Off you go!

Happy Friday!



First Friday Feature – March 2016

Posted Mar 3, 2016 | Category: Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on March 3, 2016. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

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On the first Friday of each month, PTO features a topic of interest to parents. Have any of you been wondering, “What the heck are Paw Points?” If you have, you’re not alone!

Instituted late last year, Paw Points are handed out to students by teachers and staff as a reward for behavior that reflects The Hauser Way: Act Respectfully, Be Responsible, and Choose to be Positive!

Students can then enter their Paw Point ticket(s) into drawings for fun prizes like Aunt Diana’s gift certificates, first in line in the cafeteria, a chance to create the playlist for music played during the passing periods, and other cool things.

We have great students and we hope they get “caught” doing great things all the time.  Please encourage your students to turn in their Paw Points and not hold on to them! Drop off locations are in the school office or in the cafeteria.  Any questions about this, please contact Mr. Smit, our Assistant Principal.



First Friday Feature – February 2016

Posted Feb 5, 2016 | Category: Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on February 5, 2016. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

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On the first Friday of each month, PTO features a new topic that we think will help you. Today, we’re going to highlight some vehicles for communicating any concerns you have about what’s going on at Hauser or in District 96.

At some point, we all have questions about the way things are done, are unclear about certain procedures, or don’t agree with decisions made that affect our child’s education. How do you get answers?  How can your voice be heard?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Come to Hauser PTO’s next Town Hall meeting on Monday, February 22nd at 6:30pm in the Hauser Auditorium.  This is a Q&A format meeting featuring PTO members and Mrs. Mahy, our principal. Bring your questions, concerns, and other feedback as they relate to Hauser and our district as a whole!
  • Attend a Hauser PTO meeting(March 10, April 11, May 18).  Mrs. Mahy always gives the Principal’s Report and is available to answer questions.
  • Attend a Board of Education meeting.At the beginning of each meeting, the public is invited to make comments and be heard!
  • Write to the Board of Education:  You can also voice your concerns in an email to the entire Board of Education. Here is the email address that goes to the whole group:  BOEmembers@district96.org.  Follow the next link to get a list of individual email addresses: www.district96.org/school-board/, if you prefer to write to specific BOE members.

If you have questions about a certain issue, chances are that others do, too. If no one speaks up, nothing will change!

Finally, if you have any questions, concerns or ideas for our PTO, please email us at hauserpto@gmail.com.

Have a great Friday!



First Friday Feature – January 2016

Posted Jan 7, 2016 | Category: Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on January 7, 2016. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

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January 2016

On the first Friday of each month, PTO features a topic of interest to parents. Since our PTO Honor Roll Ice Cream Social is coming up later this month, we’re featuring some “scoop” on how the honor rolls work at Hauser. Mr. Smit, our Assistant Principal, gave us the official word on this.

For those of you who are new to Hauser or just have always wondered, there are three distinct levels of honor rolls:

“A” Honor Roll

For the student earning all As for a final grade on his/her report card.

High Honor Roll

For the student earning a minimum of five As for a final grade and no grades below a B on his/her report card.

Honor Roll

For the student earning a B average without a final grade below a C on his/her report card.

It’s been a longstanding tradition that the PTO honors all the honor roll students to congratulate them for their hard work! Students who make any of the three honor rolls will receive an invitation to the ice cream social, which will be held on Thursday, January 31st right after school in the cafeteria. The event is free!

Have a great Friday!



November First Friday Feature

Posted Nov 6, 2015 | Category: Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on November 6, 2015. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

1st fridayNovember 2015

On the first Friday of each month, PTO features a topic of interest to parents. Today, we’re going to highlight the process through which students get teacher help before, after, or during school! Mr. Smit, Assistant Principal, gave us the official word on this, as there have been some changes since last year.

So, what do you do if your child is not understanding the math he’s doing in school or doesn’t “get” the science homework? There is confusion in the parent community about this, so we are using this First Friday Feature to lay out the facts.

Here are the choices for getting help:

  • Your child can make arrangements with his teacher to stay after school that day or a different day for additional help (no entry pass required).
  • Your child can can get a morning pass (aka a “purple pass”) from her teacher, which allows students to enter school at 7:30 am.
  • Your child can also email his teacher (or you can) in the evening to let him/her know that he doesn’t understand the assignment. E-mail is a great tool for communicationwith teachers, but it is not guaranteed that a teacher will respond or view the e-mail the night/afternoon it is sent. It is possible you will receive a response from the teacher that night/afternoon, however teachers will touch base with the student the following day to clear up any confusion or provide extra assistance. 
  • Your child can also obtain a pass from her teacher to come in during advisory for help.

So, in other words, help is available – you just need a pass to get it! Hauser teachers and administrators encourage students to take the initiative on their own to seek help, but, of course, parents are always welcome to communicate with teachers (email is usually the fastest).

Any questions about this should be directed to Mr. Smit in the school office.

Have a great weekend!

 



October First Friday Feature

Posted Oct 2, 2015 | Category: Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on October 2, 2015. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

1st fridayHappy October everyone… This month’s First Friday Feature focuses on a longstanding Hauser tradition that turns 45 this year – our annual canned food drive. The mission of this effort is two-fold: feed those who are hungry and give our students the opportunity to help people in need.  Last year we collected over 25,000 non-perishable items – wow!

For those of you who are new to Hauser, last year was the first time our PTO ran the drive (previously run by Hauser staff), and it really takes a village to pull it off.  The drive will be held in April again, but our planning process is going to start well before then. In fact, our Canned Food Drive committee recently met with the PTO Executive Board and a few interested parents to talk about what we can do to make this event even more meaningful moving forward.

The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Food Pantry in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood has historically distributed the food our students have collected. New this year, we’re planning to contribute a portion of the collected food to a local food pantry, as there is great need right here in our own backyard.  The committee also plans to look for ways to get our students more involved in the delivery of the food, in hopes of deepening the meaning of this philanthropic experience.

If you’d like to be a part of moving this great tradition forward, please join the committee.  There are small tasks and large ones, and we need your help.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Lisa Gaynor (ltgaynor@aol.com) or Lisa Freel (freel@prodigy.net).

Thanks, and have a great weekend!



September 1st Friday Feature – Intramurals

Posted Sep 4, 2015 | Category: Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on September 4, 2015. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

1st fridaySeptember 2015

Welcome to Hauser PTO’s first 1st Friday Feature of the 2015-2016 school year. On the first Friday of each month we feature a topic of interest/confusion/mystery to Hauser parents and we send it to you via our Feedblitz. Today we’re featuring Hauser intramurals (IMs).

What are they? When do they happen? Do I need to sign up my child? These are just some of the questions we’ve heard from parents about IMs. We got the skinny from Mr. Burke, who is Hauser’s Athletic Director.

First, IMs are a fun, non-competitive way for students to play a sport and meet new people. IMs are grade-specific, so on days that 7th graders have intramurals, only 7th graders can attend. For the most part, each grade will have intramurals once a week throughout the year (there will be weeks when there are no intramurals based on school breaks, holidays, etc.).

During IMs, students will play whatever sport they are learning in their PE classes, so it will change throughout the year. There is no need to sign up ahead of time – any well-behaved student is welcome. IMs are held right after school until 4:15pm, and the teachers will meet them in the LARGE GYM and either keep them there or take them outside depending on the sport and weather.

Athletic attire is recommended, and wearing a gym uniform is an option. Students must wear athletic shoe only, no open toed footwear will be allowed.

** New this year: students who are on a Hauser sports team will have a study hall with their coaches for the hour while the intramurals are going on, unless the student wants to participate in intramurals for that day. **

The schedule, as of today, is posted below. Students will also hear about IMs during their PE classes, during the daily announcements, and via the white board outside of the locker rooms. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Burke at burket@district96.org.

Have a great Friday everyone!

Intramurals Schedule
6th Grade
September 17 and 28
October 6, 15, and 21
November 12
December 3
January 29
February 4, 8, and 17
March 14 and 21
April 6 and 11

7th Grade
September 14 and 23
October 6, 15, and 21
November 16
December 1
January 26
February 1, 9, and19
March 15, 22
April 5, 13

8th Grade
September 18, 24, 30
October 13 and 19
November 19 and 30
January 25
February 3 and 16
March 18 and 24
April 7 and12



First Friday Feature – May

Posted May 1, 2015 | Category: Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on May 1, 2015. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

1st fridayWow – we can’t believe another school year is coming to a close! This is the last “First Friday Feature” of the school year, and we know that many parents are already making summer plans for their Hauser students. So, for this month’s feature, we thought to share with you some summer opportunities that might be fun for your children.

  • A fun camp we recently learned about is the Shenanigans Improv Camp, started by Hauser and RB graduate Jacob Palka. During this month-long camp, students will learn and perfect the basic skills of improvisation, and will perform their original improv and sketch-comedy show for an audience of friends, family and the community at the end. Improv Camp Registration 2015
  • If your student is interested in trying a new sport, Riverside Brookfield High School offers a plethora of two-week camps – basketball, softball, volleyball, to name a few. Go to their website for details and registration information.
  • Does your student love to read? The local libraries are always looking for summer volunteers. Stop in the youth services department of your town’s library to get more information.
  • The Rec Departments in Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield all have awesome camps and programming – below are the links to their websites for more details!!

Riverside
Brookfield
North Riverside

Happy Friday!



April 2015 First Friday Feature – Canned Food Drive

Posted Apr 10, 2015 | Category: Food Drive, Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on April 10, 2015. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

1st fridayThis month’s First Friday Feature focuses on a longstanding Hauser tradition that’s been 43 years in the making – our annual canned food drive, benefitting the Salvation Army.

Hauser has earned a tremendous reputation for generosity over the last 43 years, serving as the number one collector of food in Illinois.  Our school community has collected and donated over 1,600,000 non-perishable items to the food pantry to date, with over 70,000 food items donated last year!

The Salvation Army’s Red Shield food pantry located in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood is the recipient of our collection, and Hauser’s efforts sustain hundreds of families for six months.

The Salvation Army is counting on Hauser to fill the shelves again this year.  They will be dropping PODS in the Hauser parking lot for us to fill.  Please help Hauser “Pack the PODS” to capacity!

Food collection will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, April 10th from 7:15am-8:45am
  • Monday – Friday, April 13-17th from 7:15am-8:45am
  • Saturday, April 18th from 9am- noon
  • Two drop off locations. Tables located by front entrance on school days (small quantities) and PODs located behind Hauser.  Please use band drop off lane.

This year, the three grades will compete to bring in the most donations, with a celebration for the winning grade in early May.  We thank you, the families of Riverside, North Riverside, Brookfield and Lyons in advance for your continued support of one of Hauser’s oldest traditions.

If you prefer to make a monetary donation, you can either send a check or cash to the Hauser office (checks made payable to Hauser PTO) or click on the link below and use cheddar to make a payment with a credit card or PayPal account.

Have a great Friday.

Suggested Non Perishable Items

  1. Canned meats
  2. Canned fruits
  3. Canned vegetables
  4. Canned soups/cup of soups
  5. Dried beans/lentils
  6. Pasta
  7. Pasta sauce
  8. Peanut Butter and Jelly
  9. Boxed Rice/Noodles
  10. Boxed Meals