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Happy Holidays!

Hickory Point Happenings

Week 18 - December 24, 2018

In this edition:

  • Happy Holidays
  • Looking ahead
  • Star testing
  • Kindergarten registration for 2019
  • 2019-2020 calendar is available

Happy Holidays

Dear Hickory Point Families,

As we reflect on the many memories we've made this year at Hickory Point, we are grateful to be entrusted with the well-being and education of our truly remarkable students. Wishing you a happy and healthy winter break with family and friends. On behalf of the Hickory Point Staff, Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year.


Mrs. Deely                               Mrs. Buchanan

Important dates

January 7                                School resumes

January 9                                Aimsweb testing (K-1) and Star testing (2nd grade) begins 

January 18                              Save the Date: Family Fun Night                   


Star Testing

Dear Second Grade Parents,

STAR testing will be administered beginning January 9. Star assessments by Renaissance Learning are a series of tests that measure a student’s general knowledge in reading and mathematics. The tests are computer-adaptive. Computer-adaptive tests (CATs) continually adjust the difficulty of each child’s test by choosing each test question based on the child’s previous response. If the child answers a question correctly, the difficulty level of the next item is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is decreased. CATs save testing time and spare students the frustration of answering items that are too difficult or easy. Students typically complete the assessments in 20 to 30 minutes.

The assessments will be administered to students in grades 2-8 (except students in algebra and geometry will not take the math assessments). Students will take the assessments in the fall, winter, and spring.

STAR Reading

STAR Reading is an assessment of reading comprehension and skills for independent readers through grade 12. The assessment tracks development in five domains:

·       Word Knowledge and Skills.

·       Comprehension Strategies and Constructing Meaning.

·       Analyzing Literary Text.

·       Understanding Author’s Craft.

·       Analyzing Argument and Evaluating Text.


STAR Math is an assessment of math achievement for students in grades 1–12. The assessment tracks development in four domains:

·       Numbers and Operations.

·       Algebra.

·       Geometry and Measurement.

·       Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability.

Score Reports to Parents

Score reports will be sent home to parents at the end of the school year and will contain scores from the fall, winter, and spring test administrations.

Kindergarten Registration for 2019-2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Just for your information, Online Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is open. If you have a new Kindergarten student to register, you can sign into Parent Portal and click on the link on the left of the webpage called "Online Registration". If you register using this method you will be able to complete your online registration for all of your children at the same time.  f you know of a family that is new to the district, they can register their children by visiting and clicking the link "Kindergarten Registration Parents".

After you complete Kindergarten Online Registration, you will receive an email from Mr. Phillips that contains two PDFs. These PDFs packet will contain forms that you will need to complete and bring with you to Kindergarten Registration on January 28th at Hickory Point.

If you have any questions regarding Kindergarten Online Registration please call Mr. Phillips at 847-205-4843, or email

Thank you,  

Mr. Phillips

2019-2020 Calendar Approved (Second posting)

The Board of Education approved the 2019-2020 calendar.

The first day of school for students will be August 21, 2019 and the last day (with no emergency days) will be June 4, 2020.

Winter break will begin December 21, 2019. School resumes on January 6, 2020. Spring break will begin on March 21, 2020. Students return to class on March 30, 2020.

2019-2020 Calendar