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Hickory Point Happenings September 10, 2021



Student support

Dear Parents,

We would like to inform you of an academic initiative. Hickory Point has scheduled a supplemental, thirty-minute academic student support period built into the school day. This time allows teachers to offer additional instruction to students based on their reading, math, or social skill levels. Entry into the groups is based on Curriculum-Based Measurements (CBM)  and teacher input. During this support time, a Hickory Point staff member will instruct your child. As with all flexible instruction groups, students may move from one group to another depending upon periodic, teacher-administered assessments of their academic skills. Typically, student progress is assessed weekly and reviewed every six weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or us.


Maureen Deely     Meggan Buchanan 

Principal               Assistant Principal

Supporting PBIS-Donations needed (last posting)

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and are needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Last week, students participated in fun and interactive booster lessons to review expected behavior in the hallway/cubbies, playground, and bus. Students also learned how to resolve conflicts with Stop, Walk and Talk. How can you help? You can help by donating small and large prize items to use as acknowledgments for the children. We would greatly appreciate any small leftover treat bag items or similar items would be greatly appreciated. In addition, we plan to open a PBIS School Store for students to spend their Bulldog Bucks sometime in the next few months. Please send any donations to Mrs. Deely. We appreciate your continued support. Thanks


Mrs. Deely                             Mrs. Buchanan

Principal                                Assistant Principal

Walk-up door guidelines

Parents that pick up at the Walk-up door wait in a single file line until a staff member releases their child to them. Additionally, we respectfully ask that you wait in line and be respectful of the parents who are waiting in line. Please do not cut in line.  The process takes about 10 minutes, so we ask for your patience and cooperation.  Thank you.

Notification of lockdown drill

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

On Wednesday, September 22 Hickory Point will be conducting a lockdown drill with both students and staff in attendance.  The lockdown drill we will be running on this date is no different than the lockdown drills Hickory Point has run in the past.  

  • Northbrook School District 27 will never conduct an unannounced lockdown drill at any school.   

A police officer(s) from the Northbrook Police Department has always been and will continue to be on-site to observe and assist in evaluating the effectiveness of this drill.

  • Students are always briefed in an age-appropriate manner prior to any lockdown drill as to what to do in the event of a lockdown situation being called.

  • All building occupants participate in the lockdown drills, students, and staff, including any visitors who may be in the building at that time.

  • School administrators and school personnel may, at their discretion, exempt a student(s) from participating in a lockdown drill.

  • In the past fifteen years, no simulations have ever been used to simulate gunfire during a student lockdown drill.  This will of course continue to be our practice in the future.

  • Northbrook School District 27 has always had and continues to maintain a very strong working partnership with both the Northbrook Fire Department and the Northbrook Police Department.

  • Our number one priority is always the safety of the students and staff, followed by accurate communication to families.

This past summer, several items were amended to the Illinois School Safety Drill Act, Public Act 102-0395 which includes:

  • A parent or guardian may exempt their child for any reason from participating in a lockdown drill.  Please provide written notification of this choice to the school office at least 24 hours prior to the drill.

  • Schools must provide important safety education and instruction related to a lockdown event to students who do not participate in the lockdown drill, employing a less sensorial training approach.

  • Students are allowed to ask questions during the drill.

Should you have any questions regarding the District 27 lockdown drills, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal or me.


Douglas Heurich, CFM

Important Dates:

  • Sept. 16 -School is not in session

  • Sept. 17- Hickory Point Spirit wear day

  • Sept. 17- 5:30 pm- HP Family Night 

  • Sept. 29 -Picture Day