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Riverside, IL 60546
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Friday Feature

March First Friday Feature

Posted Mar 6, 2015 | Category: Friday Feature

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

1st fridayWelcome to this month’s First Friday Feature, where we highlight an area of interest for Hauser parents.  Today, we thought we’d share some resources and information about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.  It’s one of those terms we hear about, but do we know what it means?

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

According to the US Department of Education website, “The United States has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Yet today, that position is threatened as comparatively few American students pursue expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”

Mr. Juracka, Hauser principal, is talking about the need for more STEM initiatives at Hauser.  We’ll keep you updated!  In the meantime, below are some worthwhile articles and activities.  Happy Friday!

Links to articles

What is STEM? www.livescience.com/43296-what-is-stem-education.html

STEM careersmashable.com/2013/02/05/10-awesome-stem-jobs/

STEM Activities on Pintrest: www.pinterest.com/workofchildhood/stem-activities/



First Friday Feature – February 6, 2015

Posted Feb 5, 2015 | Category: Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on February 5, 2015. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

1st fridayOn 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 Wednesday, February 25th at 7pm in the Hauser Auditorium.  This is a Q&A format meeting featuring Mr. Steve Juracka and Dr. Brian Ganan. Bring your questions, concerns, and other feedback as they relate to Hauser and our district as a whole!
  • Attend a Hauser PTO meeting (March 11, April 15, May 14).  Mr. Juracka 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!  The upcoming meetings are 2/17 and 3/17.
  • Write to the Board of Education:  You can also voice your concerns in an email to the entire Board of Education and Dr. Sharma-Lewis. Here is the email address that goes to the whole group:  BOEmembers@district96.org.  Here is a link gives you 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!



January First Friday Feature

Posted Jan 9, 2015 | Category: Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on January 9, 2015. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

1st fridayWelcome to PTO’s First Friday Feature!  OK, we know that last Friday was technically the first Friday of the month, but we’re moving a little slow in 2015!  It’s our goal to help parents, teachers and students work together to achieve success. This month, we thought we’d help you start the new year with some great tips to help your child succeed at Hauser!

10 Tips for Middle School Parents

(modified slightly from www.schoolfamily.com)

Middle school can be a confusing time, for parents as well as for their kids. Your child is becoming more independent yet still needs your support as much as ever. While you may decide to allow your child more autonomy in some areas, be sure to stay actively involved in your child’s school. Research shows that children whose parents are engaged in their education are more likely to achieve academic success. Here are some tips for getting involved in your child’s middle school learning experience.

  1. Get to know the teachers. It’s a good idea to meet each of your child’s teachers. Ask about their expectations. Find out how much time your child should spend on homework each night. Find out whether there will be regularly scheduled tests and if so, when. Ask about the best way to get in touch if you have questions. If the teachers use email, be sure to get their addresses (lastnamefirstinitial@district96.org).
  2. Find a niche for yourself at your child’s school. Unlike in the lower grades, middle school classrooms don’t need extra adults on hand. But you can volunteer in other ways. Mr. Mason always needs help with the theater program, sometimes chaperones are needed for field trips, just keep touch with your teachers to find out if there are ways to help out.
  3. Do behind-the-scenes work. If you can’t be in school during the day, ask teachers and other school personnel to pass along some work that you can do on your own. Serve on a parent committee through the Board of Education or volunteer through the PTO.
  4. Attend sporting events or volunteer for PTO events. You’ll meet other parents, school staff, and your child’s classmates.
  5. Go to school meetings and events. Attending concerts, plays, assemblies, meetings, and other activities is a good way to become familiar with your child’s school community.
  6. Find out about homework assignments and school tests. If your school has a website where teachers list homework assignments, get in the habit of checking it regularly. If not, contact your child’s teachers and ask them to alert you when there’s an important project or test coming up.
  7. Talk to your child about school. Ask specific questions to draw out your child. Ask “How do you think you did on the math test?” “Did Mr. Phipps say anything funny today?” “What games did you play in PE?”
  8. Give your child a quiet place to study and do homework. Find an area in your home that is free of distraction where your middle schooler can concentrate on homework. Be available to help if your child has a question.
  9. Check your child’s homework, but don’t do it for her. Offer to check math problems, proofread written papers, and look over spelling words. If you find a mistake, point it out to your child and help her figure out the correct answer.
  10. Post a family calendar in a central place. Write down important school dates, including parent meetings, due dates for projects, and tests. Encourage your middle schooler to add to the calendar and to check it daily.

 

Enjoy a great Friday!

 



December First Friday Feature

Posted Dec 5, 2014 | Category: Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on December 5, 2014. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

1st friday
December 5, 2014

Welcome to this month’s First Friday Feature, where PTO delves into a special topic of interest. It’s our goal to help parents, teachers and students work together to achieve success. This month, we want to familiarize you with the great resources our local libraries offer to help our students (and you, too!).

Your printer is on the fritz and your child’s report needs to be printed and turned in the next day. What to do?? Did you know that the public libraries in Riverside, Lyons, and Brookfield all offer wireless printing services – you can send a document from your home computer to the library for pick up. There is a small fee per page (more for color printing).

The Riverside and Brookfield libraries also have all the hard cover text books used at Hauser. If your child forgot his/her text book at school, they are available for use at the library (not for checking out). Just see the Youth Services librarians for access.

In addition, there are amazing online databases available with a library card at the Riverside, Brookfield, North Riverside, and Lyons libraries. For example, there is a science reference database, and a Chicago Tribune database. There is even a biography database, which is more reliable than Wikipedia and has links to actual online books! To access these and many more resources, go to the “Online Resources” section on the front page of the library websites.

All libraries also have computers available for students to use at the library – some even IPads and laptops that can be checked out. Depending on the library, you may need a library card to access these resources. Ask the librarian for details!



November Friday Feature

Posted Nov 6, 2014 | Category: Friday Feature

This information was originally posted on November 6, 2014. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

1st fridayNovember 7, 2014

The First Friday Feature comes out, well, on the first Friday of each month!  This month, PTO would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some great resources that our teachers make available to you!!

If you go to the District 96 website, click on Hauser Jr. High, then on directory, you’ll see a list of the teachers and staff at Hauser.  If you click on a teacher’s name, you’ll be taken to his/her website, which often has a wealth of information!  In addition to a list of homework assignments, there will often be a link to the online textbooks and outside resources that might be helpful for you and your student.

Here are some great examples:

bauerj.district96.org/Ms._Bauer/Welcome.html

kayasthak.district96.org/Mrs._Kayasthas_Class_Website/Welcome.html

betancourtc.district96.org/Ms._Betancourt/Welcome.html

Happy Friday!