Illinois 5 Essentials Survey

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is open for parents and Guardians.  Please follow the link and click on the blue box in the upper right hand corner to take the survey.  Parents are encouraged to complete the survey for each of their students enrolled in the district.  The survey provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools.  This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress and impact positive changes in District 161.  All District 161 parents and guardians can complete the survey on any device.  Thank you for your participation.  

Donations Accepted Now!

Heather Hill students need your help! We are currently collecting hats, scarves, mittens or gloves until December 21st. Our goal is to help local children stay warm this winter. So, items will be donated to Respond Now.

We are also collecting crayons for a recycling program through a local Girl Scout troop. If you have old or broken crayons, please send them to school for recycling. Thank you for partnering with us on our mission for donations! 

Upcoming Events

Parent's Cafe-Benchmark Assessment

Illinois Learning Standards

Click on the Illinois Learning Standards to download information on the content that your student(s) will be learning this year!   

Bridges in Mathematics

School District 161 is implementing a new K-5 math program: Bridges in Mathematics! Click on Bridges 2nd Edition Family Support to be directed to a site that details an overview of the math program, frequently asked questions and "Ways a Parent Can Help with Math." In addition, you can click on each grade level to find more information on overviews, a welcome letter, unit parent letters, games and additional resources. We hope you find these online resources helpful!  

Outdoor Education

Heather Hill's 5th grade classes were able to experience an amazing adventure during Outdoor Education! This experiential learning opportunity was held Monday, 10/16 through Wednesday, 10/18/17 at Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers, MI. Students had hands-on experiences in archery, survival skills, forest ecology, and animal adaptations. Students and staff also bonded through night hikes, camp songs, stories, rock climbing and horseback riding! It was a memorable trip for all! 

Kid Quotes

"My favorite activity was horseback riding because I never rode a horse before. We got to groom the horses and meet different horses. After we learned about how to clean, feed and respect them we got to ride them around the inside of the barn."    --5th grade student

Kid Quotes

I think it's important for fifth graders to go to Outdoor Ed because it's a nice camping experience. It helps with team bonding doing activities that you need to rely on each other for you to complete. It's important because in life you need to ask for help and sometimes you need to rely on someone else. It's also great because it helps kids get outdoors more. It's nice to get more exercise outside. If you just stay inside and play video games, it's not really that healthy for you." --5th grade student