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H-F FYI Aug. 9, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

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Greetings, Vikings! Welcome to the new school year and to your H-F FYI. You will receive this enewsletter weekly throughout the school year. It will include the latest news and announcements from H-F, in addition to student accomplishments, campus happenings and upcoming events. You may also read the latest news on the 2021-2022 Updates page of our website (click here).


We are eager to resume in-person learning this school year, beginning this week: Thursday, Aug. 12, for Grades 9 & 10 and transfer students; and Friday, Aug. 13, for all students. New families: if you missed our New Family Orientation Webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 3, you can view a recording via the link above, and see recaps of important information throughout this newsletter to get you confidently started on the school year. Should you have additional questions, please call us at 708-799-3000 or email us at HFInfo@hf233.org. Welcome back!

MONDAY, AUG. 9


Institute Day - No classes

TUESDAY, AUG.10


Professional Learning Day -No classes

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11


Teacher Work Day -

No classes

THURSDAY, AUG. 12


1st Day for Freshmen, Sophomores & Transfer Students

Periods 1-7

Click here to read more about this first day!

FRIDAY, AUG.13


Classes begin for all students

Periods 1-7

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Health Notes / Attendance


  • Please remember, as per state order: masks will be required inside the buildings for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status as the school year begins.
  • Another important step to keeping school on track this year is to be sure to stay home if you are not feeling well. Absences — as well as late arrivals and early dismissals — can be reported to our Attendance Lines: 708-335-5601 and 708-335-5602.
  • To help us monitor rates of COVID-19, we ask that you continue to use the District 233 COVID-19 Reporting Form to report cases and quarantines in your home. Click here to view the form...
  • Are you a freshman or senior? Please remember to submit your IDPH Physical Exam Form with Immunization Record (freshmen), or proof of your meningitis vaccine (seniors) to the Nurse's Office at medicalrecords@hf233.org asap! Questions? Please call 708-335-5536 or email lparker@h233.org.

Daily Academic Schedule with Viking Compass

New this school year at H-F every student will be given an advisory period — Viking Compass — as part of their schedule on Viking Days (regularly Mondays and Fridays). This non-credit, SEL-curriculum class will provide a small classroom environment with students all at the same grade level. Viking Compass aims to enhance the personal and academic progress of each student, while also fostering a sense of community within the school. Viking Compass sets aside time to intentionally build developmental relationships within the school to help students thrive in an expanding global society.


In addition to the advisory period, another change this school year is a slightly longer lunch period to allow students more time enjoy their food. To accommodate for social distancing, lunch has also been expanded to be offered in both gymnasiums, as well as both cafeterias.


A final change to the schedule this year is Late-Start Days (typically Wednesdays). Period 1 classes will not meet on Wednesdays to provide time for staff professional development. All students will begin the day at 8:44 a.m.; please allow yourself a bit more time getting to campus on these days. Click here for a list of Late-Start Days...


Questions about the new Viking Compass program? Contact MTSS Coordinator Jen Rudan at 708-335-5725, jrudan@hf233.org.

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Getting to School



  • Walkers / Bike Riders — Students, for your own safety, please be sure to use crosswalks when coming and going from campus. For bike riders, bike racks are available at both buildings on campus for your bike and lock.



  • Driving Your Student to School — If you are dropping your student off at school, students will enter at the atrium at North Building. When dropping off at the South Building, students will enter Door 1 (facing Kedzie Ave.) or Door 12 (facing the Ice Arena). Please note that the front drive entrance near Door 1 is the route that buses will use for drop off and may be congested. Also, on Late-Start Days morning traffic will be heavier than normal, as all students will start at 8:44 a.m. See the map below:
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Questions about bus service? Please call 708-335-5520 or email cgage@hf233.org.


Questions about parking?

Please call 708-335-5028 or email cmaniatis@hf233.org.

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PowerSchool: View Your Class Schedule & Grades


PARENTS/GUARDIANS: As a parent/guardian you can use a PowerSchool account to access information concerning your student. Grades, attendance and email notifications are just some of the features available to you on the PowerSchool website. The PowerSchool for Parents app is also now available for both iOS and AndroidVisit this web page for helpful videos and links...


STUDENTS: Basic information about PowerSchool access for you can be found by clicking here. You can also access your grades and attendance using the PowerSchool website or the mobile app. For the mobile app, use BTSK as the code. Your username and password combination for the app is the same as the website.

Questions? Contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@hf233.org.

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Do you have questions about your class schedule or need to make a change? Please contact our Guidance Office at 708-335-5612 or email your school counselor — click here to view our counselors' information...

Steps for Setting Up a Lunch Account


• Step 1: Email your request for your student’s unique verification code to: 

bmatthews@questfms.com


• Step 2: Set up your RevTrak account to connect students to your login and to add money to the account throughout the school year. Access RevTrak here.


• Step 3: Set up an account with MySchoolAccount to view foodservice menus, check account balances and see purchases made by your student with their ID throughout the year. Access MySchoolAccount here.

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Lunch account system updated


This school year pre-packaged breakfasts and lunches will be available to purchase via cash or student ID in both cafeterias. Our foodservice company, Quest, will be using new lunch account systems: RevTrak and MySchoolAccount. (Students who had funds remaining in the former MySchoolBucks system — and who did not request a refund — have had their remaining balances transferred into RevTrak.) To set up your new lunch account for this school year, please follow the steps shown to the right.


RevTrak will be used to add funds via credit card; funds can also be added via cash payments or checks (made payable to Quest Foodservice) brought to the H-F Business Office in the North Building. To learn more about foodservice at H-F, visit: https://www.hfhighschool.org/resources/lunch-menus-payment/

Fall Athletic Tryouts begin today!


Inspired by the Olympics? The fall IHSA athletic season will open on Monday, Aug. 9, with tryouts for the following sports at H-F:


Boys' Cross Country • Boys' Golf • Boys' Soccer

Co-Ed Cheer • Co-Ed Dance • Football

Girls' Cross Country • Girls' Field Hockey • Girls' Golf

Girls' Swimming & Diving • Girls' Tennis • Girls' Volleyball


Each student-athlete must submit an IHSA Physical Form and pre-register prior to the first day of tryouts/practice. Go, Vikings!


Click here for details & registration... 

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Just announced: Behind-the-Wheel Opportunity for Juniors & Seniors


The PE/Health/DE Department will be offering Behind-the-Wheel during Period 1 this school year for juniors & seniors. If you still need behind-the-wheel instruction in order to obtain your driver's license before you turn 18, please fill out the form below. We will use a random lottery system to choose students. You must upload a picture of your permit to the form when signing up. The $100 fee will be added to your account when you are chosen. Questions? Please call 708-335-5335 or email jgaham@hf233.org.


Junior/Senior Behind-the-Wheel Request Form

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Spiritwear Shop Closes Today (Aug. 9)


Get all of the spiritwear and gear you need for the upcoming school year at H-F's new online shop:


Viking Spiritwear Shop


H-F Parents, Join the HFPA!


Viking parents & guardians, the Homewood-Flossmoor Parent Association is looking to get you involved this school year. Please help them learn more about you by completing the Google Form below:


HFPA Interest Form

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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In July the Village of Homewood hosted an outdoor viewing of H-F Theatre's spring-musical-made-digital-film, Ranked, at Martin Square. Several of our performers and film students attended the screening, along with many members of our community. Thank you for your support of our talented students!

21/22 Staff Changes

Familiar Faces in New Places


Last week we introduced you to our new teachers; this week we'd like to let you know about some position changes and promotions this year.

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Jeanne Miller

English Department Chair


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Steve Richardson

Director of Information Technology

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Krystal Davis

IB Diploma Coordinator

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Catherine Ross-Cook

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator


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Dana Green

Study Hall Supervisor


VIKING VICTORIES

Class of 2021 Alumna receives poetry award


Congratulations to Charlotte McManus, Class of 2021 alumna, who is one of 26 winners of the 2021 Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards, an annual competition open to Grades K-12 poets. She will be honored for her poem, Stretch, during a live virtual ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 21. The poetry awards competition runs annually from October through May. This year's winners will receive a monetary prize, provided by Illinois Humanities, as well as a bundle of poetry books. Charlotte is heading off to the U. of Iowa this month to begin working on her bachelor's degree in English / Creative Writing. Congratulations, Charlotte!


For more information on the poetry awards, please click here...

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EVENTS CALENDAR

Note: Only home games & playoffs are shown below. For complete athletic schedules, click here...

MONDAY, AUG. 9

Institute Day — No classes

Fall athletic tryouts begin! click here for the schedule


7-9 a.m. — Grade 10-12 Athletic Physicals @ North Building ($30)

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TUESDAY, AUG. 10

Professional Learning Day — No classes


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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11

Teacher Work Day — No classes


9 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Late Residency Verification @ North Building
  • Late Material Pick Up @ South Building

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THURSDAY, AUG. 12 — Viking Day (Periods 1-7)

1st Day of Classes for Freshmen, Sophomores & Transfer Students


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FRIDAY, AUG. 13 — Viking Day (Periods 1-7)

All students attend classes


6 p.m. — Flossmoor D161 Back to School Fun & Movie in the Park @ Flossmoor Park, Flossmoor

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SATURDAY, AUG. 14


7 a.m. — Fall Athletic Photos @ North Turf Room

7:30 a.m. — H-F Invitational: Girls' Golf @ Lincoln Oaks

11 a.m. — Field Hockey Red vs. White @ North Field

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SUNDAY, AUG. 15

MONDAY, AUG. 16 - Viking Day (Periods 1-7)


7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. — Yearbook Photos during PE/Health/DE

3:15-4:15 p.m.

  • Audition Meeting: Children's Play @ Mall Auditorium
  • Audition Meeting: Fall Play @ Performing Arts Center

6 p.m. — Marching Band: Homewood 153 Back-to-School Parade @ Orchard Park, Homewood

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TUESDAY, AUG. 17 - Block 1 Day (Periods 1, 2, 3, 5 & 4)


7:30 a.m. — D233 Board of Education Finance Committee Meeting @ Superintendent's Conference Room

7:30 p.m. — D233 Board of Education Meeting @ H-F Library


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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18 - Late-Start Day/Block 2 Day (Periods 7, 6, 5 & 4)


4 p.m. — Boys' Golf Quad Invitational @ Ravisloe

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THURSDAY, AUG. 19 — Block 3 Day (Periods 1, 2, 3, 6 & 7)


3:15 p.m. — Auditions: Children's Play The Lion King, Jr. @ Mall Auditorium

6-9 p.m. — Virtual Back-to-School Night


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FRIDAY, AUG. 20 — Viking Day (Periods 1-7)


7 p.m.

  • H-F L.I.T.E. presents Peter/Wendy @ Performing Arts Center
  • Football Red vs. White @ H-F Stadium

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SATURDAY, AUG. 21


Noon — Boys' Golf Best Ball Invite @ Balmoral Woods

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. — H-F L.I.T.E. presents Peter/Wendy @ Performing Arts Center

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SUNDAY, AUG. 22

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Click here to view the 2021-2022 At-A-Glance Academic Calendar

VIKINGS IN THE NEWS

Village Of Flossmoor: Return Of The Hidden Gem Half Marathon | Homewood, IL Patch


James Mitchem will serve as H-F High’s interim principal | HF Chronicle


Homewood-Flossmoor High School Announced New Interim Principal | Homewood, IL Patch



Fifth Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards Celebrates Young Writers Across Illinois – IL Humanities (alumna)


Impressive Razorback signing class totals 21 additions for upcoming season (alumnus)


AROUND TOWN

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Flossmoor SD161

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Homewood SD153

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H-F Soccer Club

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Hidden Gem Half Marathon: Saturday, Sept. 11

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