MISSION STATEMENT SCHOOL OFFICES
The faculty and staff of Nathan Hale School Please feel free to contact us for any problem or
envision the creation of a learning community concern. Listed below are phone numbers you
where all students, their families and staff are may need:
actively involved in the learning process.
Diversity and cultural differences are valued Ms. Iles, Principal 535-2265
here. All students including students with Mr. Yracheta, Asst Principal 535-2265
disabilities and English Language Learners are Mrs. Mazzia, Administrative Asst. 535-2265
educated in the least restrictive environment to Mrs. Spencer, Administrative Asst. 535-2266
their fullest potential and prepared to take their Mrs. Patrick, Nurse 535-2265
place in society as literate, compassionate, Mrs. Honkisz, Counselor 535-2314
productive and responsible citizens. Mrs. Harnedy, Case Manager 535-2360
The Nathan Hale Elementary School Community SCHOOL HOURS
welcomes you to the 2010-2011 school year.
Instruction at Hale School will take place in a School Office Hours: 6:45 A.M. to 1:45 P.M.
diverse student centered learning environment, Student Attendance: 8:00 A.M. to 1:45 P.M.
which will empower all students to reach their
fullest potential. Highly qualified teachers will
deliver instruction in a sequential, cohesive EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
manner in the least restrictive setting. Emphasis
will be placed on Literacy, Math and Science Listen to WGN (720) or WBBM (780) for the
instruction and student daily attendance. latest information.
Essential support will be given to English
Language Learners and Special Education VISITOR POLICY
Visitors are always welcome at Hale
School. For the protection and safety of the
students, we request the cooperation of all
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM visitors in following our visitor policy:
All visitors must enter through the south front
The educational program at Hale School door entrance, sign in at the office, and obtain
is in accordance with the Illinois State Standards a visitor’s pass.
designed to meet the educational needs of Teachers are available for conferences
Chicago’s children. between the hours of 7:30 A.M. and 7:53
The program spans pre-kindergarten A.M. Please make arrangements with the
through eighth grade. Grades 1-4th are self- teacher for a specific date. Conferences may
contained. Grades 5th-8th are departmentalized. In be held at other times by making
addition, there are Polish and Spanish bilingual arrangements with the office and the
programs. classroom teacher.
Our special education department consists The visitor policy above is posted throughout the
of 4 divisions, 3 resource programs, and other building.
special education services based on the needs of
CODE OF CONDUCT/DISCIPLINE The Student Code of Conduct requires lengthy
suspensions and police notification for violations
Effective discipline is an essential of the above. Make every effort to caution your
component of a good instructional program. child against participating in these violations.
Hale School adheres to the Chicago Public Please phone the school if you have any specific
School Student Code of Conduct. Each questions. (535-2265)
student receives a copy and the policy is
reviewed at an assembly in September. This EMERGENCY INFORMATION
process is intended to be instructional and
corrective, not punitive. Home and school The telephone is the main avenue of
cooperation is essential. Age, maturity, prior communication with parents. In order to contact a
conduct, attitude, cooperation of the parents, and student’s parent in the event of an emergency,
educational placement are mitigating state law states the school must have on file a
circumstances which are considered in current telephone number and any cell
disciplinary action. Participation in 8th grade number. Additional emergency numbers of
graduation events and ceremonies is a privilege. relatives and neighbors are needed in the
Teachers and administrators reserve the right to event that the parent cannot be reached.
withhold participation if serious violations occur. Please notify the teacher and main office if any
We have high expectations for your children in changes occur throughout the year.
academics and social behavior.
In addition to the Student Code of
Conduct, Hale School also has a supportive ABSENCE/TARDINESS PROCEDURE
discipline plan, called the Demerit System, in
grades 5-8. At the beginning of the school year, State Law requires a written excuse from
each teacher reviews the classroom behavior a parent or guardian when a child has been absent
system. In 5th grade, students who receive 10 or from school. The note should state the cause and
fewer demerits for Level 1and 2 acts of date(s) of absence. Absences totaling 20 days of
misconduct are invited to attend a positive the school year can lead to retention.
behavior incentive activity monthly. In grades 6- Tardiness disrupts the education of all
8, students who receive 5 or fewer demerits will students in the classroom. We encourage parents
be invited to participate in the positive behavior to see that their children arrive before 7:53. If a
incentive activity. Students who garner repeated student is late, a written excuse should
demerits will receive a phone call and a accompany the child stating the cause of the
misconduct form will be completed and filed. If tardiness.
the student receives 3 misconduct letters during a Absence from school means the student
semester, he/she must serve an after-school may not attend any after school extra curricular
detention. If a child receives more than 3 activities or be on the school campus. Exceptions
detentions in a semester he will then receive a to this include a dentist/doctor appointment with
suspension. Level 3, 4 and 5 acts of misconduct written note from the doctor or proof of attending
will be immediately referred to the office. Hale a funeral.
School has a ‘’zero tolerance” policy for: If the need for an emergency early
Gang activity dismissal arises, parents should notify the office,
Possession or delivery of alcohol, give the student’s name, homeroom number, and
illegal drugs, controlled substances. the time he/she will be picked up. A parent or
Sex violations guardian must come into the school to sign the
Possession of or concealing a weapon student out.
or look-alike We follow the Chicago Board of
Education attendance policy guidelines.
MAKE-UP WORK GYM DRESS CODE
Please notify the office by 9:00 A.M. if Grades K- 3 may wear regular school clothes and
you would like a homework packet. Homework gym shoes.
will be available for you to pick up after 1:45
P.M. that day. Grades 4- 8 must wear plain blue or Hale shorts.
Students may wear navy blue sweat pants over
DRESS CODE their shorts for the rest of the day, but they must
Hale students adhere to a Uniform Dress have shorts on. They should also wear a white
Code that includes: Hale t-shirt or a plain white t-shirt. They should
wear gym shoes with socks.
1. Plain navy blue uniform pants for boys
and girls in grades K-8. (No Stripes, No. 5 minutes before and after gym, students will be
logos). Rubber bands are not allowed on allowed to change in the gym area.
clothing. Skirts and shorts must be knee
length. Shorts and capris will be allowed
from May 1st to October 1st. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
2. White polo/dress shirt with a collar. No
oversized shirts allowed or they must be Activity Sponsor
tucked in. Belts must be worn if pants do Band/Music Mr. Stafford
not remain at the waist. No colored t- Basketball Mr. Dore
shirts may be worn under uniform shirts. Student Council Ms. Iles
3. Hale Navy or plain navy blue sweaters Volleyball Mr. Dore
and sweatshirts. No logos, designs, or
hoods on sweatshirts. Students must adhere to the school policy
4. Coats and/or jackets are not to be worn in in the areas of academics and discipline in order
the classroom. Students should wear navy to participate in these activities:
blue sweaters if they are cold.
5. Closed-toe shoes with backs. Gym shoes 1. Any student who does not comply with the
are acceptable. Shoes, socks, and laces Dress Code Policy cannot participate in
should be matching pairs. extracurricular activities.
6. No earrings for boys. One earring in each 2. If a student receives one suspension or one
ear for girls. Threads or sticks in newly detention, he/she cannot participate in any
pierced ears are not acceptable. No other extracurricular activities for the remainder of
body piercing is allowed. No excessive the quarter.
jewelry or large hoop earrings. One 3. A failing grade (F) in any subject causes
bracelet, wristwatch, ring and necklace immediate dismissal from any activity for the
allowed. remainder of the quarter.
7. No outlandish/distracting hair styles or 4. Absence from school means absence from
colors. (For example, mohawks, purple, extracurricular activities that day. Exceptions
green, pink hair, etc.) include a doctor/dentist appointment or
Failure to adhere to Dress Code rules is a attendance at a funeral, with proof for each.
violation of the CPS Student Code of Conduct,
Act of Misconduct, Group 1-3. Students will be
subjected to Disciplinary Action.
Each room has a section of lockers that
are assigned to students by the teacher. Two Each child must successfully complete
students share one locker. Coats, boots, extra the curriculum within a given grade and meet
books, and supplies may be stored in the lockers. specified standards in reading on the ISAT in
Locks are not permitted. No stickers, decals, order to be promoted. Excessive unexcused
mirrors, may be affixed to the lockers. absences will result in retention.
GRADING SYSTEM ACADEMIC REMEDIATION NOTICES
A……….93-100% These notices are an indication of
B……….86-92% possible failure. Progress reports shall be issued
C……….78-85% after the fifth week of every marking period.
F……….69 and below
HONOR ROLLS Hale provides a variety of special
education services to help students in the Least
Gold Honor Roll: Restrictive Environment. These include:
1. A’s in Reading and Math Early Childhood Special Education
2. All A’s and B’s in other areas Self Contained and Team Models
3. No checks Cross Categorical classes- serving students
with cognitive delays, learning disabilities,
Silver Honor Roll: and emotional/behavioral disabilities, other
1. B’s in Reading and Math health impairment.
2. All A’s and B’s in other academic Resource special education services
areas. Speech Language Therapy
3. No grade lower than a C in non- Social Work
4. No checks
Psychological Testing and Counseling
Citizenship Honor Roll:
1. No demerits
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEAM
2. No check marks
Case Manager: Lynne Harnedy
3. Good behavior in/on: hallway,
Psychologist: Michal Misiaszek
lunchroom, washroom, playground,
Social Worker: Sarah Wieland
and school bus.
Nurse: Kathleen Patrick
Speech Pathologist: Beth Quinn
Report Card Pick-up conferences occur
twice a year. Additional conferences may be
scheduled at either the parent or teacher’s
request. Conference times are from 7:30-7:53
A.M. or at a mutually agreed upon time.
HOMEWORK POLICY TRANSPORTATION
The Chicago Board of Education has set A.M. buses provide transportation for the
the following guidelines for homework: special education students. Each bus has a
Kindergarten - 15 minutes per day welfare attendant to assist the students. Buses
Grades 1,2,3 - 30 minutes per day leave the garages at 6:15 A.M. and arrive at the
Grades 4,5,6 - 45 minutes per day first student’s home by 6:30 A.M. Under normal
Grades 7, 8 - 90 minutes per day conditions, the bus should arrive at that student’s
home within 15 minutes of the routine schedule.
At Hale, homework is assigned daily A bus cannot wait longer than 2 minutes at
Monday through Friday. Friday’s homework any stop. A responsible adult must
minutes will be evenly divided and added to receive the student at the end of the day. If a
Monday through Thursday assignments. Any student has been absent, the school office should
incomplete assignments will be completed on the be contacted by 1:00 P. M. to request pickup for
weekend and must be signed by the parent. In the following day. (535-2265)
departmental programs, the daily homework Proper behavior is expected of Hale
minutes will be evenly divided between the five students who travel by bus. All problems should
major subject areas. Homework, listed in the be brought to the attention of the Hale School
teacher’s daily lesson plan, will be reasonable Office.
and meaningful and reflect the outcomes of the Students must take the bus home unless
instructional program. Homework assignments, they produce a written note from a parent or
which the teacher has reviewed, graded, and guardian stating a valid reason for not returning
returned to the student, will constitute a portion home on the school bus.
of the student’s graded work. Homework is not
used as a punishment nor is the removal of
homework used as a reward. BUS ATTENDANTS
TEACHERS Child Welfare Attendant: Mary Ann Darjean
Elizabeth Acosta Eileen Cahill Bus Assistants: Natalia Harris
Laureen Dawczak Paul Dore Georgia Moore
Angala Gaz Caitlin Graham
Laura Gray Sylvia Harlan
Michelle Havelka Iris Hicks SCHOOL ASSISTANTS
Rebecca Ilkanic Robbie Jackson
Kimberly Mancini Karyn Loaiza Susan Devivo Darlene Farinella
Michael McCarthy Karen Lynch Helen Gomez Jacquelyn Kalis
Nora Lynch Rosemary Mikos Sam Loconsole Constance Martin
Jeanine Muir John McCormick Carmen Rodriguez
Mary Beth Murphy Nancy Muhs
Aimee Navarro Patricia O’Connor
Candy O’Leary Lou Ann Pilas SCHOOL SECURITY
Janis Power Candance Radomski Carol Cozzi Sandra Soto
Maria Rhodes Kathleen Richards
REGISTRATION AND TRANSFERS
Mona Roche Yesenia Rodriguez
Beverly Shields Ellis Dennis Stafford
The school office personnel process
Caroline Scaccia Grazyna Staszel
registrations and transfers. In order to register for
Christine Sullivan Mary Ann Tracy
kindergarten you will need a birth certificate, two
Donna Urban Brian Yracheta
proofs of residence, a shot record, and a physical.
MEDICAL RECORDS LUNCHROOM STAFF
State law requires that every incoming Araceli Gardea Bonnie Heinisch
kindergarten, fifth grader, or new transfer Martha Nunez Frances Tamez - Manager
student have complete medical information in the
school office before the student can attend class.
Students entering from out of state need a
physical in Illinois prior to beginning school and PARENT INVOLVEMENT
a letter of good standing from the former school.
The medical information must include a Hale School has an active parent
recent physical, dental, vision exam and the dates committee that meets monthly. These dedicated
that the student received various immunizations. and active volunteers plan and organize many
Immunizations must be up-to-date in order to fund-raisers and student social activities. P.T.C.
start school. Physicians must indicate specific meetings are listed on the monthly calendar. We
problems, which may interfere with participation hope to see you at the next meeting.
in the school’s physical education program.
MEDICATION The school has only a few phone lines
that cannot be tied up with non-emergency phone
Students are not allowed to take calls made by students. Students are not allowed
prescription or over the counter medication at to use the phone to arrange after school visits
school without a written prescription from a with friends. Teachers may give a student a
doctor. The Chicago Public Schools requires that phone pass in an emergency.
a form be completed by the doctor and the
parents prior to taking medication during school
hours. All medication must be taken to the nurse CELL PHONES/IPODS and MP3 PLAYERS
or the office when the student arrives at school.
Medicine must be in its original container with CPS policy now allows cell phones to be
the name, dosage, and time of administration brought to school. They must be kept turned off
marked. throughout the school day. If your child activates
their phones it will be confiscated. Your child is
responsible for their cell phone. We discourage
METAL DETECTORS your child from bringing their Ipods and MP3
players to school. Please be aware that if your
To protect the health, welfare, safety, and child’s cell phone or music device is lost or
lives of students, faculty, staff, and visitors hand- stolen, the responsibility lies completely with the
held metal detectors may be used to scan and student. No investigation will be conducted on
screen for firearms, knives, and other metallic hearsay reports.
weapons. A CPS random number determines
which students are screened.
All students eat lunch in school, since
Nathan Hale is a closed campus. Lunches may be
purchased, or brought from home. The lunch
menu is sent home at the beginning of each