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H-F FYI - March 14, 2018

A Message from the Superintendent

Earlier today, hundreds of our students participated in a National School Walkout, some wrote letters to representatives and administrators about safety, and our school as whole dedicated a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of violence, including the 17 who lost their lives at Stoneman Douglas High School a month ago today in Parkland, Fla. Our students were thoughtful, respectful and mature during the demonstrations, held inside and outside of both buildings. We are very proud of our students, and we thank them - especially the members of our Principal's Advisory Committee and others - who organized the morning. We'd also like to thank our parents and guardians who spoke with their students about the importance of this moment.

Please know that at H-F safety and security are top priorities, along with academic growth and social-emotional support. Our social workers, school counselors, teachers, staff and administrators are all dedicated to creating a secure, welcoming and nurturing environment for all of our students. Should you or your student need extra support, please reach out to any administrator or call our Guidance & Counseling Office at 708-335-5612. This website link from the National Association of School Psychologists also offers tips for speaking to your student about these issues. As always, thank you for your continued support of our school and our students. 

H-F Ice Hockey: Champions!
Congratulations to our H-F Viking Ice Hockey team for topping its amazing season by becoming the 2017-18 Hayes-Suburban Hockey League champions this past weekend! The team defeated Lake Central H.S. in a best of three series with consecutive 3-2 victories. Game 1 was held at the H-F Ice Arena with the winning goal scored by junior Michael Grupp; Game 2 was held at Lake Central with the winning goal scored by junior Nick Hardison. This year's team was coached by Mr. Perry, Mr. Larson and Mr. Galich, H-F Science teacher.
Contest Play & Group Interpretation Performances: Tonight!
Tonight (March 14) at 7 p.m. in the Mall Auditorium you are invited to see this year's competitive drama programs: Contest Play ( Ernest & the Pale Moon, directed by Mr. Rose, English teacher) and Group Interpretation ( A Mind Full of Dreams: The Life of John Merrick, directed by Ms. Stroemer, English teacher). Both casts received Superior ratings at last weekend's IHSA Regional event; both are now headed to IHSA Sectionals, set for this Saturday at Thornton H.S. Congratulations, also, to our Technical Crew for receiving the Techcellence Award last weekend! They were judged on working together with both speed and safety. All-Conference performers are: Barbara Burns, Joey Cipriano,  Adeera Harris, Ava Jones, Nate Jones, Michael Kennedy, Jonathan Kriarakis, Laila Malak, Andronicus Marati, Madeline Moxley, Jacob Rodriguez, Sarah Skorupa, Sheri Tarrer, Kevin Thompson & Joy Woods

Summer Driver Education Registration: Continues today!
Registration for Driver Education Behind-the-Wheel & Classroom will be held after school today (Wednesday, March 14) from 3:30-5 p.m. in the South Building Cafeteria. This registration is for students who need both classroom Driver Education and Behind-the-Wheel training this summer. Behind-the-wheel fee is $100; classroom fee is $75. Students must be age 16 before Nov. 1, 2018, and must be residents of District 233. Driving time slots are limited, so participants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment is due in full at the time of registration and can be made by cash, check, credit card or money order made out to "HFHS." For more information, please contact Mrs. Gaham at 708-335-5335.

HFU Workshop: Senioritis 101 - March 21 at 7 p.m.
The final weeks of high school can be extremely stressful for both seniors and their parents. Keeping students motivated and having a clear understanding of expectations can help make the end of your senior's high school career leading up to graduation day an enjoyable, memorable experience for the whole family. At the  HFU Workshop: Senioritis 101 - set for Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in South Building Room E1 you can learn about expectations for the end of the year and about important events ahead. Also Attorney James P. Bartley from Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., will discuss student safety issues and parental liabilities. Seniors are encouraged to attend with their parents. Please join us!  

H-F apologizes to those parents/guardians who planned on attending last week's workshop, College Connections. The workshop had been previously canceled and there was a communications error. Organizers have been made aware of your interest, but the workshop has not yet been rescheduled.

Spring Concerts: Sunday & Tuesday
Spring is just around the corner, and that means spring concerts in the Mall Auditorium! Please join us for the following events:

Sunday, March 18
Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble 2 p.m.
Chamber Orchestra & Viking Orchestra 4 p.m.  - See these talented students perform Brahms, Bach, Tchaikovsky & more before they go on tour in Germany!

Tuesday, March 20
Viking Choir at 7:30 p.m. - Song selections include everything from Vivaldi & Sondheim to Stevie Wonder & Adele!

Around the Community
Flossmoor School District 161 Kindergarten Registration: March 21

Homewood Public Library Thinking Money Series for Students


On Monday, students explored their futures at the 16th Annual Career Fair, held in the Fieldhouse. Thank you to our exhibitors - including this crew from BP (above) - who shared their time and talents with our students!

Also on Monday across campus, Science students gathered in the South Gym to see a cryogenics presentation by Jerry Zimmerman from Fermilab. His amazing presentation showcased a variety of interesting and entertaining liquid nitrogen experiments.

Class of 2018 Scholarship News  - Congratulations to the following seniors:

Otis A. Singletary Full Tuition+ Scholarship
Meridian Full Scholarship
Provost Full Tuition Scholarship
Please remember to share your scholarship news with our College Consultants: Kevin Coy at 708-335-5614 and Brad Kain at 708-335-5615.


Vikings use the force at this year's Special Games
On Thursday, March 8, H-F's Unified PE class, Life Skills and VAST students participated in the annual  Special Games , held this year at L-Way Central. H.S. This is a day of fun and inclusion where students participate and compete in a variety of activities. The Viking Relay Team finished in 2nd Place; the Viking Spirit Wall and Star Wars-themed banner took 3rd. Congratulations to  Alphonso Kizer for being named the 2018 H-F Tommy Schuman Outstanding Peer Leader!
H-F Unified Basketball: Heading to IHSA State!
Congratulations and good luck to the H-F Unified Basketball Team, which is heading off to the IHSA State Championship Series in Peoria this Friday. H-F is offering a fan bus for students for the final games of the series on Saturday, March 17. The bus will depart from the North Building Parking Lot at 8 a.m. and the fee (which includes your game admission) is only $5. Hurry! Fee and permission slips are due by 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, to the Campus Store. Go, Vikings! 

Alumni Note 
Congratulations to Dymond Valentin (at right), Class of 2017, for completing her Marine Corps Recruit training last week!

H-F Scholastic Bowl: 2nd Place at Sectionals
Congratulations to the Varsity Scholastic Bowl for finishing its IHSA season with 2nd Place at IHSA Sectionals last Saturday at Sandburg H.S. The team topped Marist H.S. and Providence Catholic H.S., before falling to Sandburg in the final match. The team will continue its post-IHSA season on April 21 at the Midwest Championship at the U. of Illinois, and on May 26 at the NAQT High School National Championship in Atlanta, Ga .
Voyager article wins award
Congratulatio ns to sophomore Adekemi Kasali, whose Voyager story on Winter Olympian  Seun Adigun, H-F '05, was chosen by Student Newspapers Online for its "best of" collection, which highlights the top scholastic journalism stories. You can read her feature article here...


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 - Block 2 Day
  • Community Open Track, 6-7 a.m. @ Fieldhouse
  • Community Coffee, 8-9 a.m. @ South District Conference Room
  • Open Gym, 3:15-5:30 p.m. @ North & South Weight Rooms
  • Summer Driver Education & Behind-the-Wheel Registration, 3:30-5 p.m. @ South Cafeteria
  • Contest Play: Ernest & the Pale Moon & Group Interpretation: A Mind Full of Dreams: The Life of John Merrick Public Performances, 7 p.m. @ Mall Auditorium

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 - Block 3 Day
  • Community Open Track, 6-7 a.m. @ Fieldhouse
  • Visit with the U. of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 8:30 a.m. @ College Room
  • National Spanish Language Exam, 8:30-11:30 a.m. @ North Language Lab
  • Visit with the U. of Akron, 10 a.m. @ College Room
  • Visit with Eureka College, 11:30 a.m. @ College Room
  • Visit with Quincy U., 1:40 p.m. @ College Room
  • Open Gym, 3:15-5:30 p.m. @ North & South Weight Rooms
  • Book Reading & Signing: Mr. Roberts, 3:15-4 p.m. @ H-F Library
  • Girls Soccer (V) Reavis Invitational, 4:30 p.m. @ H-F Stadium

No classes

  • Boys Volleyball Red vs. White, 8:30 a.m. @ North Gym
  • Math & Science Tutoring, 9 a.m.-Noon, @ TLC
  • Bus to IHSA Unified Basketball State Finals, 8 a.m. departs from North Parking Lot (Sign up by 3/15!)
  • IHSA Unified Basketball State Finals, 11 a.m./12:30 p.m. @ Peoria Civics Center

  • Math & Science Tutoring, 2-5 p.m. @ TLC
  • Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble Concert, 2 p.m. @ Mall Auditorium
  • Open Swim, 3-4:15 p.m. @ Natatorium
  • Viking Orchestra Spring Concert, 4 p.m. @ Mall Auditorium


MONDAY, MARCH 19 - 50-min. classes
  • Community Open Track, 6-7 a.m. @ Fieldhouse
  • Visit with Texas A&M U., 9:30 a.m. @ College Room
  • Visit with Iowa State U., 11:30 a.m. @ College Room
  • Open Gym, 3:15-5:30 p.m. @ North & South Weight Rooms
  • Boys Water Polo (V & JV) vs. L-Way West, 5 p.m. @ Natatorium

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 - Election Day - 
Block 1 Day
  • Community Open Track, 6-7 a.m. @ Fieldhouse
  • Student of the Quarter Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. @ TLC
  • Visit with Eastern Illinois U., 10 a.m. @ College Room
  • Visit with Arizona State U., 1:40 p.m. @ College Room
  • Open Gym, 3:15-5:30 p.m. @ North & South Weight Rooms
  • Lacrosse (V & JV) vs. L-W Central, 4:30 p.m. @ North & Ice Arena Fields
  • Badminton (JV) Round Robin Tournament, 4:30 p.m. @ Fieldhouse
  • District Board of Education Planning Committee Meeting, 6 p.m. @ South District Conference Room
  • District 233 Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 p.m. @ H-F Library 
  • Viking Choir Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. @ Mall Auditorium

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 - Block 2 Day
  • Community Open Track, 6-7 a.m. @ Fieldhouse
  • Visit with Illinois State U., 10 a.m. @ College Room
  • Open Gym, 3:15-5:30 p.m. @ North & South Weight Rooms
  • HFU Workshop: Senioritis 101, 7 p.m. @ South Building E1
THURSDAY, MARCH 22 - Block 3 Day
  • Community Open Track, 6-7 a.m. @ Fieldhouse
  • Visit with Temple U., 8:30 a.m. @ College Room
  • Visit with Indiana U.-Purdue U. - Indianapolis, 11:30 a.m. @ College Room
  • Open Gym, 3:15-5:30 p.m. @ North & South Weight Rooms
  • Baseball (V) vs. Joliet Catholic, 4:30 p.m. @ Varsity Field
  • Badminton (F) vs. Bradley-Bourbonnais, 4:30 p.m. @ Fieldhouse
  • Prairie State College High School Art Exhibition Awards Reception, 5-7 p.m. @ Christopher Art Gallery, PSC

 - 50-min. classes  
  • Community Open Track, 6-7 a.m. @ Fieldhouse
  • Visit with the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 11:30 a.m. @ College Room
  • Open Gym, 3:15-5:30 p.m. @ North & South Weight Rooms
  • Baseball (F & S) vs. Oak Forest, 4:30 p.m. @ Varsity Field
  • Boys Volleyball (V) Tournament, 5 p.m. @ Fieldhouse



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