Upcoming Events

School Improvement Day

Don't forget! Wednesday, September 20th is an early dismissal at 11:15am for a School Improvement Day. Please make sure to arrange for early dismissal on this day. 

Illinois Learning Standards

Click on the Illinois Learning Standards to download information on the content that your student(s) will be learning this year!   

Bridges in Mathematics

School District 161 is implementing a new K-5 math program: Bridges in Mathematics! Click on Bridges 2nd Edition Family Support to be directed to a site that details an overview of the math program, frequently asked questions and "Ways a Parent Can Help with Math." In addition, you can click on each grade level to find more information on overviews, a welcome letter, unit parent letters, games and additional resources. We hope you find these online resources helpful!  

Caring for Our Communities

Heather Hill's 4th grade classes are showing that they care about their communities! During the course of an inquiry lesson study with Mrs. Britten, both 4th grade classes discussed issues of social justice, stereotypes and equity. Students were eager to research social issues such as bullying, clean water and homelessness. Each small group of researchers were to develop an understanding of their topic, create an action plan on working towards solving their issue and present their ideas to the class. Each class then voted on a community service project that would make a powerful impact. Mrs. Fiore's class chose to study the consequences of the availability of clean water on a community. They then collected water bottle donations to be sent to residents in Flint, MI. They worked with New Faith Church in Matteson, IL, to transport the water to those in need. Mrs. McWhorter's class chose to study the causes and effects of homelessness. They partnered with Girls on the Run to educate the Heather Hill School community about their research through announcements and posters. They collected donations to provide needed supplies to a local shelter. Both groups of students learned a great deal in their research. More importantly, they learned that each and every person has the ability to make a difference in others' lives. Working together, we can accomplish even more! 

Kid Quotes

"Helping people not only makes you happy, but it makes others happy, too! They get what they need and we are happy because we know that we are helping others in an important way."    --4th grade student

Kid Quotes

"I learned that helping people is a good thing. I didn't know that there were that many people in the world that were homeless--most of them children. I also learned that even though we didn't get enough to help all homeless people, it still makes a big difference because they got help." --4th grade student