Rusty the Railcat Comes to Nathan Hale to kick off PARCC
Today the students of Nathan Hale School got a special treat to help get them excited for the PARCC assessments starting tomorrow. Rusty the Gary Southshore Railcat's mascot came by to help lead a parade where the kindergarten, first, and second-grade students cheered on the third and fourth graders to "do their best, on the test". 

Starting tomorrow March 22nd students at both Nathan Hale and Heritage will begin PARCC testing. We encourage all students to follow these tips to help them do their best.
  • 1. making sure, if possible, that your child attends school on time on the days of testing;
  • 2. making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing;
  • 3. providing breakfast on the mornings of testing;
  • 4. reminding your child to ask the teacher questions if he or she does not understand the test
  • directions;
  • 5. letting your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best;
  • 6. advising your child not to worry about the test—just do the best he or she can.

Student Council Awarded Honor Council for the 16-17 School Year
Student Council is composed of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students along with advisors Mr. Justin Bronson, Mrs. Carmen Lowry, and Mr. Andris Sprudzs. We meet from 7:15-7:45 AM every Wednesday and Friday in the Heritage Library. We are a member of the IAJHSC (Illinois Association of Junior High Student Councils) and received an award for Honor Council for the 2016-2017 school year. This award acknowledges our Student Council for sending four students to summer leadership camp in Monticello, IL, attending two workshops and hosting one of them, attending State Convention down in Springfield on April 21 and 22, participating in the State Service Project “Let it Be Us” (we raised $500 at our Winter Dance), promoting school spirit (such as dances and pep rallies), and being involved in community service (recycling and food drives).

Welcome to the new look of Sunnybrook 171
From time to time, it is necessary to give our website a facelift. One of the goals of the District is to make sure that everyone is aware of what is happening. We want to make sure we are doing this as best we can and we just felt we outgrew our old site and needed to make some changes to make things easier for everyone. It might take a little getting use to but we feel in time you find this layout much easier to use.

Another step in keeping everyone more informed is our expansion into social media. You will be able to find us and get updates on Facebook and on Twitter, @SunnybrookSD171. So please become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get even more information as to what is happening in the District.

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We believe student achievement is maximized when:

1. The self-worth of each child is nurtured within a diverse and inclusive environment 
2. Students are engaged in a rigorous, culturally relevant and innovative learning experience
3. Educators apply result-driven instructional practices
4. Teachers and staff are engaged in continuous professional development
5. Parents, students, staff and community collaborate

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