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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We strongly encourage parents and students to review the following information. These are the most common questions that are asked during the course of the school year.

Please note these are common general questions and are not meant to be all inclusive of the many guidelines and policies for our school and district. Please refer to the links below for a comprehensive list of school and district policies, guidelines and information.

Holmes Handbook

CCSD59 Family Reference Guide


Getting to and home from school

What are the school hours?

Please reference the below chart for daily school hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Schedule Start 7:45 AM
End 2:50 PM
Start 7:45 AM
End 2:50 PM
Start 7:45 AM
End 1:50 PM
Start 7:45 AM
End 2:50 PM
Start 7:45 AM
End 2:50 PM

What is the bell schedule for Holmes?

Please click here to see information on the bell schedule.

What do I need to know about absence, attendance and tardiness?

No pupils should be in the building before 7:45 A.M. except by special permission.

School begins at 8:00 A.M. Students who are not in their homeroom/first period class when the bell rings will be considered tardy and must obtain a tardy slip from the main office. Repeated tardiness will result in parent contact and/or student disciplinary action.

Parents must call in all absences to the school office (847-472-3890) by 8:30 AM each day a student is absent. A phone recorder will be available to accept short phone messages if a parent wishes to report a student absence before the school office opens.

If a call is not received, a parent will be contacted at home or at work. We greatly appreciate efforts made by parents to complete these calls as early as possible, and before 8:30 A.M.. If a parent cannot be reached and we suspect the possibility of truancy, the local police department may be contacted.

Excessive absences may prevent students from being included in student activities. On the day a student is absent, participation/attendance at after school/evening activities is not allowed without an administratorʼs permission.

If a student is going to be absent for an extended period of time, parents may call to request assignments be collected.

Please refer to the full parent and student handbook for complete information on these policies.

Where do I drop off my child and/or park?

Parents dropping off or picking up students from school should do so in the pick-up/drop off area in front of the school. Parents are not allowed to pull in the West Parking lot to drop off students, nor should parents pull into the circle drive directly in front of the school building while buses are present.

Parents that need to pick up a student during the school day must come into the building to sign their child out. Parents do not need to sign students in if they are arriving late; the student can sign themselves in.

Parents are not allowed to pick up students other than their own without written permission from that student’s parents.

What if my child bikes or walks to school?

With the heavy volume of traffic located around Holmes Junior High, we strongly suggest that students who walk or ride bikes should travel in groups of two and three if at all possible.

After any evening activity, or anytime after dark, we strongly suggest that parents pick up their children personally unless they live within sight of the school. Students who attend Holmes school activities at night are prohibited from walking to any of the local restaurants or snack shops after the activity, unless accompanied by a parent.

When students leave the building after the regular school day, they must go directly home and not plan to return to school to ride the activity bus, or watch a game. The closeness of snack shops in the area creates a very hazardous situation. We do not want students crossing Golf Road, except when directed by their parents – and then only at the traffic lights. Students who ignore these requests will be excluded from participation in activities.

Where can my child keep a backpack?

Backpacks are not to be used in classrooms. Students may use them only for transporting belongings to and from school and must be stored except for this purpose.

What do I do if my child needs an early dismissal?

If it should be necessary for a student to be dismissed from school early, a request must be written by the parent stating the time and reason for the early dismissal. All requests must be presented to the office when students enter the building in the morning. The office will issue an early dismissal pass for the student to present to teachers. Parents must come to the office to sign their children out of school before picking them up for departure.

Where can I find Announcements and Events?

Both the District website and the Holmes Junior High webpage provide both students and parents with a wealth of information. Important dates, events and the school calendar can be found on these webpages and parents and students are encouraged to become familiar with it and refer to it often.

Additionally, Holmes Junior High has a student News Crew that presents a Morning News Announcement program every morning. It is through these announcements that students will learn when tryouts for specific sports are scheduled, what activities are coming up, where and when specific clubs will meet and much more. Posters throughout the building will also provide information concerning upcoming events, dances, or other activities.

Last, but not least, Holmes provides additional announcements and reminders just prior to the dismissal bell each day. Students are encouraged to pay attention to these announcements so they can be informed about events and activities that are of interest to them.


Important School Policies

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL POLICY ON BULLYING?

Community Consolidated School District 59 does not tolerate acts of harassment, including acts of harassment based on race, color or national origin.  Any student who believes he or she has been subjected to harassment or a hostile environment based on race, color or national origin is encouraged to report the harassment or hostile environment to Holmes Junior High School teachers or the Principal or Assistant Principal.

Students found to have engaged in acts of harassment or other acts that create a hostile environment based on race, color or national origin will be promptly disciplined and such discipline may include, if circumstances warrant, out of school suspension or expulsion. Students, parents and Holmes Junior High School staff are encouraged to work together to prevent act of harassment of any kind.

Please view the district’s entire policy about bullying and student behavior by clicking here.

What do I need to know about the school dress code?

Studentsʼ dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching and learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency.

Specifically, the following is prohibited at school or at school-sponsored events:

  • Clothing which displays or implies, with words or graphics, any of the following:
    • The use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal substances
    • Sexual, vulgar, lewd, or indecent meanings or connotations
    • Identification with a gang or with any group whose purpose or effect is to interfere with the operation of the school or school activities or with the safety and security of students and staff
    • Depiction of violence in any form
  • Coats, jackets, caps, bandanas and hats- except when arriving at or departing from school, or attending after school activities
  • Clothing/accessories that may damage school property or be readily used as a weapon

In addition:

  • Students should be covered from shoulder to mid-thigh with solid material at all times
  • Undergarments should never be showing
  • Pants must be at waist level and tank tops must cover area above and below shoulder
  • Skirts and shorts must be worn at a reasonable length (no shorter than an arms length when arms and fingers are fully extended at sides of the body)

Students may be warned or asked to change objectionable clothing. Students who repeatedly do not comply with the student appearance policy are subject to further disciplinary action.

DOES MY CHILD NEED TO WEAR ANY IDENTIFICATION?

Students are expected to wear and have their school ID visible at all times. IDs should always be intact with all information visible. ID badges are necessary to board buses, purchase lunches with lunch accounts, use LRC computers, check out library books, and attend extra curricular activities.

Students must show their ID badges to any staff member if requested.

Students not possessing their ID badge must notify their homeroom teacher and receive a temporary ID. The temporary ID will be needed for lunch and to ride the bus. If a temporary ID is requested in the cafeteria during a lunch period, the student will serve a lunch detention after obtaining his or her food. If lost, new IDs are available in the office.

What is the policy on cell phones for students?

Cell phone use is not permitted in the school. Cell phones are allowed in school under the condition that the phone will be kept in the locker and turned OFF.

Phone use can occur before or after school hours outside the school building. If a phone is found with the student during the school day, or the student operates the phone during the school day, the phone will be confiscated and placed in the school safe until the end of the day. Repeated offenses will result in having a parent come to school to retrieve their student’s phone.

Loss of a cell phone usually occurs because the phone has not been securely locked in the student’s locker, as required. The school cannot be responsible for items lost due to student negligence.

Parents are asked to help us enforce this policy and are also asked to refrain from calling or texting their child during the school day while classes are in session.

If a student really needs to make a call during the school day, a teacher can give permission to use the classroom phone. Students can also use the office phone in some instances. Students may also use their own cell phone outside of the school after 3:00 P.M..

What is the school policy on lockers?

Each student is issued a hall locker and gym locker. It is important to remember:

      • Lockers remain the property of the school and can be inspected at any time by teachers or administrators
      • Students may only go to their locker before school, before and after their lunch/study period, and after school
      • Lockers are used only for storing books, clothing, and items necessary for school- money and other valuables should never be left in lockers
      • Lockers are to be kept clean and orderly, and students will be held responsible for any damage to locks or lockers
      • Students are required to keep their lockers locked at all times
      • No decorations are allowed on the outside of the locker
      • Students should never share their locker combination with others, nor are they allowed to switch lockers

What if I need to bring my child an item that was forgotten?

To keep classroom interruptions to a minimum, paging of students is done only during 5th, 6th, and 7th passing periods. If students forget something at home and are expecting it to be delivered to school, it is the student’s responsibility to check in the office to see if it has arrived. Anything left in the office at the end of the day will be put in lost and found.

Students who must leave school due to an appointment should bring a note to the office or have a parent call. Students will not be dismissed from class until a parent or guardian has arrived to pick up the student.

What if my child will need to take medications at school?

For medication to be administered during the school day, a written order from the physician, detailing medication, dosage, and time intervals to be given must be on file. The required form to be used for both the parent and physician is available at the school office and is called the Medication Authorization Form, available on this page.

Non-prescription drugs also require a written order from the physician. Documented permission from the parent or guardian must also be on file in the school health office to permit the child to receive medication during school hours.

With the exception of asthma medication to be self-administered by the student, all medications must be delivered personally by the parent to a school representative in a container, properly labeled by a pharmacy or a physician.

The district reserves the right to reject any request for the administration of medication in the school. Students in possession of prescription or non-prescription medications in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.

Important information about asthma medication:

A student may possess and self-administer asthma medication on school grounds, at school activities, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before and after normal school activities, when:

      • The medication has been prescribed by a physician, a physician’s assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse possessing the proper authority to prescribe medication
      • The student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) have provided the school nurse with written authorization for the self-administration of medication and a written statement from the student’s physician, physician assistant or advance practice registered nurse that states the following:
        1. The name and purpose of the medication
        2. The prescribed dosage
        3. The time or times at which or special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered
      • The student or guardian(s) have signed and submitted the district’s “Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement for the Self-Administration of Asthma Medication” form, available on this page.

How does the school utilize security cameras?

As part of the District’s ongoing efforts to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students and staff, the District has placed security cameras in public areas, both inside and outside the school. The following outlines the purpose of the security cameras:

      • Providing a deterrent for inappropriate behavior by students
      • Provide information to assist the investigation into student misconduct
      • Provide information for managing, preventing, and disciplining inappropriate student behavior
      • Provide information to assist in the prevention of student violence, bullying, and vandalism

WHEN CAN I EXPECT REPORT CARDS?

Student report cards are issued at the end of each quarter. Progress reports will be issued halfway through each quarter. Report cards for quarters 1, 2, and 3, as well as all progress reports, will be posted electronically to Skyward. Fourth quarter report cards will be mailed on the final day of school.

As these dates are subject to change depending on school closings for inclement weather, please refer to the school calendar for the most up to date information on end of grading periods and report card distribution.

Parents and students have the ability to access student grades anytime through Skyward Family Access. The link to access Skyward is available on Holmes’ homepage (http://holmes.ccsd59.org). Students and parents can sign in using the username and password given to them at the beginning of the school year.

How do I get information concerning the identification of registered sex offenders?

Visit the Illinois Sex Offender Information website.


Extracurricular Activities

What do the abbreviations on the school’s sports calendar mean?

Please see a list of commonly used abbreviations here.

What information does the school need for my child to be eligible to play sports?

Important Note: No student can try out or participate in any extra-curricular sport or activity without:

  • A current physical examination on file in the school nurse’s office. Click here to obtain a copy of the form.
  • The completed and current Interscholastic Athletics Participation Requirements, Parent and Student and Proof of Health Insurance form, available on this page.

These forms must be on file ONE WEEK PRIOR to any tryout date. No forms will be accepted on the day of the tryout.

What general information do I need to know about extracurricular activities?

Beginning approximately the second week of school and extending to the second to the last week of school, after school clubs and activities are held during the “Activity Period.” The Activity Period begins at 3:15 PM and ends at 4:15 PM, Monday through Friday.

Late buses are provided for students that participate in any after school activity, with the exception of games or meets, which often extend later than the Activity Period. The late buses usually leave Holmes between 4:30 and 4:40 PM.

Students participating in sports activities will receive a schedule from their coach. This schedule will contain all the information regarding game times and locations. Any questions regarding games should be directed to the individual coach as the school office often does not have detailed information about each game.

What clubs or activities are available, and how does my child join?

What sports are available, and how does my child join?

To view a list of athletic conference member schools, click here.


Parent Volunteering

CAN I VOLUNTEER AT SCHOOL?

Research in the area of parent involvement indicates that parent participation is one of the greatest indicators of student success!

Please consider volunteering for at least one activity at our school! We have many opportunities from joining committees to supervising events to organizing at home projects, as well as serving on our PTO BoardWe need your help!

Holmes Jr. High is a great place for our students to learn. However, it is through our numerous special activities that our students are afforded the opportunity to make great connections with other students and our staff. These special activities would not be possible without the support from our parent volunteers. It sends a great message to your student when you show an interest in their education through volunteering. Please consider joining our volunteer group today, and help us to improve the quality of your student’s educational experience at Holmes Junior High!

REMINDER:  Complete parent and student handbooks are available at the below links:

Holmes Handbook 

CCSD59 Family Reference Guide


We strongly encourage parents and students to review the following information. These are the most common questions that are asked during the course of the school year.

Please note these are common general questions and are not meant to be all inclusive of the many guidelines and policies for our school and district. Please refer to the links below for a comprehensive list of school and district policies, guidelines and information.

Holmes Handbook

CCSD59 Family Reference Guide


Getting to and home from school

What are the school hours?

Please reference the below chart for daily school hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Schedule Start 7:45 AM
End 2:50 PM
Start 7:45 AM
End 2:50 PM
Start 7:45 AM
End 1:50 PM
Start 7:45 AM
End 2:50 PM
Start 7:45 AM
End 2:50 PM

What is the bell schedule for Holmes?

Please click here to see information on the bell schedule.

What do I need to know about absence, attendance and tardiness?

No pupils should be in the building before 7:45 A.M. except by special permission.

School begins at 8:00 A.M. Students who are not in their homeroom/first period class when the bell rings will be considered tardy and must obtain a tardy slip from the main office. Repeated tardiness will result in parent contact and/or student disciplinary action.

Parents must call in all absences to the school office (847-472-3890) by 8:30 AM each day a student is absent. A phone recorder will be available to accept short phone messages if a parent wishes to report a student absence before the school office opens.

If a call is not received, a parent will be contacted at home or at work. We greatly appreciate efforts made by parents to complete these calls as early as possible, and before 8:30 A.M.. If a parent cannot be reached and we suspect the possibility of truancy, the local police department may be contacted.

Excessive absences may prevent students from being included in student activities. On the day a student is absent, participation/attendance at after school/evening activities is not allowed without an administratorʼs permission.

If a student is going to be absent for an extended period of time, parents may call to request assignments be collected.

Please refer to the full parent and student handbook for complete information on these policies.

Where do I drop off my child and/or park?

Parents dropping off or picking up students from school should do so in the pick-up/drop off area in front of the school. Parents are not allowed to pull in the West Parking lot to drop off students, nor should parents pull into the circle drive directly in front of the school building while buses are present.

Parents that need to pick up a student during the school day must come into the building to sign their child out. Parents do not need to sign students in if they are arriving late; the student can sign themselves in.

Parents are not allowed to pick up students other than their own without written permission from that student’s parents.

What if my child bikes or walks to school?

With the heavy volume of traffic located around Holmes Junior High, we strongly suggest that students who walk or ride bikes should travel in groups of two and three if at all possible.

After any evening activity, or anytime after dark, we strongly suggest that parents pick up their children personally unless they live within sight of the school. Students who attend Holmes school activities at night are prohibited from walking to any of the local restaurants or snack shops after the activity, unless accompanied by a parent.

When students leave the building after the regular school day, they must go directly home and not plan to return to school to ride the activity bus, or watch a game. The closeness of snack shops in the area creates a very hazardous situation. We do not want students crossing Golf Road, except when directed by their parents – and then only at the traffic lights. Students who ignore these requests will be excluded from participation in activities.

Where can my child keep a backpack?

Backpacks are not to be used in classrooms. Students may use them only for transporting belongings to and from school and must be stored except for this purpose.

What do I do if my child needs an early dismissal?

If it should be necessary for a student to be dismissed from school early, a request must be written by the parent stating the time and reason for the early dismissal. All requests must be presented to the office when students enter the building in the morning. The office will issue an early dismissal pass for the student to present to teachers. Parents must come to the office to sign their children out of school before picking them up for departure.

Where can I find Announcements and Events?

Both the District website and the Holmes Junior High webpage provide both students and parents with a wealth of information. Important dates, events and the school calendar can be found on these webpages and parents and students are encouraged to become familiar with it and refer to it often.

Additionally, Holmes Junior High has a student News Crew that presents a Morning News Announcement program every morning. It is through these announcements that students will learn when tryouts for specific sports are scheduled, what activities are coming up, where and when specific clubs will meet and much more. Posters throughout the building will also provide information concerning upcoming events, dances, or other activities.

Last, but not least, Holmes provides additional announcements and reminders just prior to the dismissal bell each day. Students are encouraged to pay attention to these announcements so they can be informed about events and activities that are of interest to them.


Important School Policies

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL POLICY ON BULLYING?

Community Consolidated School District 59 does not tolerate acts of harassment, including acts of harassment based on race, color or national origin.  Any student who believes he or she has been subjected to harassment or a hostile environment based on race, color or national origin is encouraged to report the harassment or hostile environment to Holmes Junior High School teachers or the Principal or Assistant Principal.

Students found to have engaged in acts of harassment or other acts that create a hostile environment based on race, color or national origin will be promptly disciplined and such discipline may include, if circumstances warrant, out of school suspension or expulsion. Students, parents and Holmes Junior High School staff are encouraged to work together to prevent act of harassment of any kind.

Please view the district’s entire policy about bullying and student behavior by clicking here.

What do I need to know about the school dress code?

Studentsʼ dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching and learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency.

Specifically, the following is prohibited at school or at school-sponsored events:

  • Clothing which displays or implies, with words or graphics, any of the following:
    • The use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal substances
    • Sexual, vulgar, lewd, or indecent meanings or connotations
    • Identification with a gang or with any group whose purpose or effect is to interfere with the operation of the school or school activities or with the safety and security of students and staff
    • Depiction of violence in any form
  • Coats, jackets, caps, bandanas and hats- except when arriving at or departing from school, or attending after school activities
  • Clothing/accessories that may damage school property or be readily used as a weapon

In addition:

  • Students should be covered from shoulder to mid-thigh with solid material at all times
  • Undergarments should never be showing
  • Pants must be at waist level and tank tops must cover area above and below shoulder
  • Skirts and shorts must be worn at a reasonable length (no shorter than an arms length when arms and fingers are fully extended at sides of the body)

Students may be warned or asked to change objectionable clothing. Students who repeatedly do not comply with the student appearance policy are subject to further disciplinary action.

DOES MY CHILD NEED TO WEAR ANY IDENTIFICATION?

Students are expected to wear and have their school ID visible at all times. IDs should always be intact with all information visible. ID badges are necessary to board buses, purchase lunches with lunch accounts, use LRC computers, check out library books, and attend extra curricular activities.

Students must show their ID badges to any staff member if requested.

Students not possessing their ID badge must notify their homeroom teacher and receive a temporary ID. The temporary ID will be needed for lunch and to ride the bus. If a temporary ID is requested in the cafeteria during a lunch period, the student will serve a lunch detention after obtaining his or her food. If lost, new IDs are available in the office.

What is the policy on cell phones for students?

Cell phone use is not permitted in the school. Cell phones are allowed in school under the condition that the phone will be kept in the locker and turned OFF.

Phone use can occur before or after school hours outside the school building. If a phone is found with the student during the school day, or the student operates the phone during the school day, the phone will be confiscated and placed in the school safe until the end of the day. Repeated offenses will result in having a parent come to school to retrieve their student’s phone.

Loss of a cell phone usually occurs because the phone has not been securely locked in the student’s locker, as required. The school cannot be responsible for items lost due to student negligence.

Parents are asked to help us enforce this policy and are also asked to refrain from calling or texting their child during the school day while classes are in session.

If a student really needs to make a call during the school day, a teacher can give permission to use the classroom phone. Students can also use the office phone in some instances. Students may also use their own cell phone outside of the school after 3:00 P.M..

What is the school policy on lockers?

Each student is issued a hall locker and gym locker. It is important to remember:

      • Lockers remain the property of the school and can be inspected at any time by teachers or administrators
      • Students may only go to their locker before school, before and after their lunch/study period, and after school
      • Lockers are used only for storing books, clothing, and items necessary for school- money and other valuables should never be left in lockers
      • Lockers are to be kept clean and orderly, and students will be held responsible for any damage to locks or lockers
      • Students are required to keep their lockers locked at all times
      • No decorations are allowed on the outside of the locker
      • Students should never share their locker combination with others, nor are they allowed to switch lockers

What if I need to bring my child an item that was forgotten?

To keep classroom interruptions to a minimum, paging of students is done only during 5th, 6th, and 7th passing periods. If students forget something at home and are expecting it to be delivered to school, it is the student’s responsibility to check in the office to see if it has arrived. Anything left in the office at the end of the day will be put in lost and found.

Students who must leave school due to an appointment should bring a note to the office or have a parent call. Students will not be dismissed from class until a parent or guardian has arrived to pick up the student.

What if my child will need to take medications at school?

For medication to be administered during the school day, a written order from the physician, detailing medication, dosage, and time intervals to be given must be on file. The required form to be used for both the parent and physician is available at the school office and is called the Medication Authorization Form, available on this page.

Non-prescription drugs also require a written order from the physician. Documented permission from the parent or guardian must also be on file in the school health office to permit the child to receive medication during school hours.

With the exception of asthma medication to be self-administered by the student, all medications must be delivered personally by the parent to a school representative in a container, properly labeled by a pharmacy or a physician.

The district reserves the right to reject any request for the administration of medication in the school. Students in possession of prescription or non-prescription medications in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.

Important information about asthma medication:

A student may possess and self-administer asthma medication on school grounds, at school activities, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before and after normal school activities, when:

      • The medication has been prescribed by a physician, a physician’s assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse possessing the proper authority to prescribe medication
      • The student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) have provided the school nurse with written authorization for the self-administration of medication and a written statement from the student’s physician, physician assistant or advance practice registered nurse that states the following:
        1. The name and purpose of the medication
        2. The prescribed dosage
        3. The time or times at which or special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered
      • The student or guardian(s) have signed and submitted the district’s “Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement for the Self-Administration of Asthma Medication” form, available on this page.

How does the school utilize security cameras?

As part of the District’s ongoing efforts to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students and staff, the District has placed security cameras in public areas, both inside and outside the school. The following outlines the purpose of the security cameras:

      • Providing a deterrent for inappropriate behavior by students
      • Provide information to assist the investigation into student misconduct
      • Provide information for managing, preventing, and disciplining inappropriate student behavior
      • Provide information to assist in the prevention of student violence, bullying, and vandalism

WHEN CAN I EXPECT REPORT CARDS?

Student report cards are issued at the end of each quarter. Progress reports will be issued halfway through each quarter. Report cards for quarters 1, 2, and 3, as well as all progress reports, will be posted electronically to Skyward. Fourth quarter report cards will be mailed on the final day of school.

As these dates are subject to change depending on school closings for inclement weather, please refer to the school calendar for the most up to date information on end of grading periods and report card distribution.

Parents and students have the ability to access student grades anytime through Skyward Family Access. The link to access Skyward is available on Holmes’ homepage (http://holmes.ccsd59.org). Students and parents can sign in using the username and password given to them at the beginning of the school year.

How do I get information concerning the identification of registered sex offenders?

Visit the Illinois Sex Offender Information website.


Extracurricular Activities

What do the abbreviations on the school’s sports calendar mean?

Please see a list of commonly used abbreviations here.

What information does the school need for my child to be eligible to play sports?

Important Note: No student can try out or participate in any extra-curricular sport or activity without:

  • A current physical examination on file in the school nurse’s office. Click here to obtain a copy of the form.
  • The completed and current Interscholastic Athletics Participation Requirements, Parent and Student and Proof of Health Insurance form, available on this page.

These forms must be on file ONE WEEK PRIOR to any tryout date. No forms will be accepted on the day of the tryout.

What general information do I need to know about extracurricular activities?

Beginning approximately the second week of school and extending to the second to the last week of school, after school clubs and activities are held during the “Activity Period.” The Activity Period begins at 3:15 PM and ends at 4:15 PM, Monday through Friday.

Late buses are provided for students that participate in any after school activity, with the exception of games or meets, which often extend later than the Activity Period. The late buses usually leave Holmes between 4:30 and 4:40 PM.

Students participating in sports activities will receive a schedule from their coach. This schedule will contain all the information regarding game times and locations. Any questions regarding games should be directed to the individual coach as the school office often does not have detailed information about each game.

What clubs or activities are available, and how does my child join?

What sports are available, and how does my child join?

To view a list of athletic conference member schools, click here.


Parent Volunteering

CAN I VOLUNTEER AT SCHOOL?

Research in the area of parent involvement indicates that parent participation is one of the greatest indicators of student success!

Please consider volunteering for at least one activity at our school! We have many opportunities from joining committees to supervising events to organizing at home projects, as well as serving on our PTO BoardWe need your help!

Holmes Jr. High is a great place for our students to learn. However, it is through our numerous special activities that our students are afforded the opportunity to make great connections with other students and our staff. These special activities would not be possible without the support from our parent volunteers. It sends a great message to your student when you show an interest in their education through volunteering. Please consider joining our volunteer group today, and help us to improve the quality of your student’s educational experience at Holmes Junior High!

REMINDER:  Complete parent and student handbooks are available at the below links:

Holmes Handbook 

CCSD59 Family Reference Guide


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    Brentwood's Mike Merritt Named 2019 Illinois Elementary Principal of the Year

    Brentwood's Mike Merritt Named 2019 Illinois Elementary Principal of the Year

    The Illinois Principal Association (IPA) announced on Friday that Brentwood Elementary School Principal Dr. Mike Merritt has been named the 2019 Illinois Elementary Principal of…

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    Salt Creek Science Fair Puts First Grade Experiments to the Test

    Salt Creek Science Fair Puts First Grade Experiments to the Test

    Projects or displays put together by dual language students across CCSD59 often go beyond the surface level. It is the result of multiple lessons and…

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    Low Students Continue Generous Ways with Pennies for Patients EffortLos estudiantes de Low continúan ser generosos con los esfuerzos de Pennies for Patients

    Low Students Continue Generous Ways with Pennies for Patients EffortLos estudiantes de Low continúan ser generosos con los esfuerzos de Pennies for Patients

    Students across CCSD59 are never shy about sharing their generosity with friends, family, and neighbors in need. Those at Juliette Low have been some of…Los estudiantes de todo el CCSD59 nunca tienen miedo de compartir su generosidad con amigos, familiares y vecinos necesitados. Los de Juliette Low han sido…

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    CCSD59 Curriculum Recognized by NCISC, ISBECurrículo de CCSD59 reconocido por ISBE, NCISC

    CCSD59 Curriculum Recognized by NCISC, ISBECurrículo de CCSD59 reconocido por ISBE, NCISC

    The focus of the CCSD59 curriculum is to equip students with the necessary skills and content knowledge to be successful in life. These include reading,…El enfoque del plan de estudios de CCSD59 es equipar a los estudiantes con las habilidades necesarias y el conocimiento del contenido para tener éxito…

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    Kindergarten and New Student Registration for the 19-20 School YearInscripción de estudiantes nuevos para el año escolar 19-20 en CCSD59

    Kindergarten and New Student Registration for the 19-20 School YearInscripción de estudiantes nuevos para el año escolar 19-20 en CCSD59

    Community Consolidated School District 59 will begin kindergarten and new student registration for the 2019-20 school year on Thursday, February 21, 2019, with a special…El Community Consolidated School District 59 comenzará la inscripción de los estudiantes de kindergarten y estudiantes nuevos para el año escolar 2019-20 el jueves, 21…

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    CCSD59 Students Take Pride in Mentoring Younger LearnersLos estudiantes de CCSD59 se enorgullecen de ser mentores de estudiantes más pequeños

    CCSD59 Students Take Pride in Mentoring Younger LearnersLos estudiantes de CCSD59 se enorgullecen de ser mentores de estudiantes más pequeños

    As we look back on our own education, particularly our elementary days, a whirlwind of new experiences may emerge in the memory. We learned new…Al mirar hacia atrás en nuestra propia educación, particularmente en nuestros días de escuela primaria, puede surgir un torbellino de nuevas experiencias en la memoria.…

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    Area Warming Centers Open to Local Families

    Area Warming Centers Open to Local Families

    With historically low temperatures expected throughout the area on Wednesday and Thursday, it is imperative to stay indoors and away from freezing conditions. In that…

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  • SCHOOL CLOSING THUMB
    School Cancelled - January 30 and 31, 2019

    School Cancelled - January 30 and 31, 2019

    Due to extreme weather conditions, all CCSD59 schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31, 2019. All CCSD59 activities at all schools are…

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    School Cancelled - January 28, 2019

    School Cancelled - January 28, 2019

    Due to extreme weather conditions, all CCSD59 schools will be closed on Monday, January 28, 2019. All CCSD59 activities at all schools are also canceled, including…

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    Activities Cancelled - January 22, 2019

    Activities Cancelled - January 22, 2019

    Due to weather conditions, all CCSD59-sponsored activities are cancelled for after school hours on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. This will not impact any elementary after-school child…

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    Activities Cancelled - January 18 & January 19, 2019Cancelación de actividades el viernes, 1/18 y sábado, 1/19

    Activities Cancelled - January 18 & January 19, 2019Cancelación de actividades el viernes, 1/18 y sábado, 1/19

    Due to weather conditions, all CCSD59-sponsored activities are cancelled for after school hours on Friday, January 18, 2019 and all day Saturday, January 19, 2019. This…Debido a las condiciones climáticas extremas, todas las actividades extracurriculares patrocinadas por CCSD59 se cancelan hoy, viernes 18 de enero y todas las actividades el…

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