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  • Highland is a Class Act

    Highland is a Class Act

  • Getting all settled in!

    Getting all settled in!

  • Teachers eager to meet their students

    Teachers eager to meet their students

  • Building a Tower

    Building a Tower

    Beginning the school year with team building activities

  • Peer Helpers

    Peer Helpers

    Peer Helpers w/ Dean of Students, Mrs. Dwyer & Social Worker, Mrs. Battaglia

  • Fun in Science

    Fun in Science

  • Love playing LA games with our teacher

    Love playing LA games with our teacher

  • 6th Grade Student Council Meeting

    6th Grade Student Council Meeting

  • Making sculptures in Art Club

    Making sculptures in Art Club

  • Collecting books for Bernie's book bank

    Collecting books for Bernie's book bank

  • Camp I Am Me Assembly

    Camp I Am Me Assembly

  • Pinwheels for Peace

    Pinwheels for Peace

  • Learning about area in Math Class

    Learning about area in Math Class

  • Learning Photoshop in technology class

    Learning Photoshop in technology class

  • Working with others to problem solve

    Working with others to problem solve

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Upcoming Curriculum Nights
Upcoming Curriculum Nights (parents only)):

Copeland, Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
Rockland, Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
Adler Park, Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m.
Highland Middle, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.
Posted 8-26-2014 12:47 PM
Red Ribbon Kuz Classic 5k
Help support LHS and the Red Ribbon Kuz Classic 5K on Sunday, September 28th. Click here for more information.
Posted 8-29-2014 8:00 AM
Handbook & AUPG Forms
All students must have signed Handbook & AUPG forms to their Studio One Teachers by September 5, 2014.

Click here for a copy of the forms to print and sign.
Posted 8-12-2014 10:06 AM
Announcements 9-2-2014
This week starts Character Counts week. The theme this year is "Character is our Super Power!" While we all know the pillars of character, students who are a class act show academic responsibility, promote and support a safe school, demonstrate respect and exhibit strong character at all times. Hopefully your Studio One has begun to think about ideas for the door-decorating contest with the Super Power theme. The Studio One in each grade with the best door as judged by administration will win a breakfast! The deadline for entering the contest is Wednesday, September 10th. Tomorrow is "Silly Sock Day" so wear your own silly socks and bring new socks and underwear for women and children to donate to The Haven. Please bring any donations to your Studio One. At this time please bring any donations for today to the counseling center.

Calling all HMS students: join us at games Galore Club on Friday, September 5th from 3:35 until 4:45 in room #006. See Mr Friedman with questions.

Are you interested in being a leader in school, help make important decisions for Highland or help your community? Then Student Council officer positions are for you. All students interested in running for a Student Council office please attend a meeting during the first half of lunch this Thursday or Friday. 6th grade meet in Ms. Albrecht's room #205, 7th grade meet in Mrs. Grant's room #113 and 8th grade meet in Mrs. Rosen's room #121. Students need to attend one of the meetings to learn about the election process and pick up an election packet. If you have any questions please see Dr. Crown, Ms. Albrecht, Mrs. Grant or Mrs. Rosen.

There will be an organizational meeting for all 6th-8th graders interested in joining the Highland Cross Country team after school today in the cafeteria. Students must bring a permission slip and have a current physical on file in order to participate.

Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students interested in joining the yearbook staff. The information meeting, where application packets will be distributed is today after school in Ms. Hauman's room until 4pm. If you would like a packet but cannot attend the meeting please see Mrs. Raymond, room 129.

Are you interested in Technology? Do you want to make movies, websites and more? Then Tech Club is for you. There will be a brief informational meeting in room 121 during lunch/recess Thursday, September 4th and Friday, September 5th. You only need to attend one of those meetings during your recess. Please see Mrs. Rosen for more details.

The first Drama Club meeting for 7th and 8th graders is today after school lasting until 4:45pm and the first meeting for 6th graders will be Thursday during lunch/recess.
Posted 9-2-2014 9:24 AM
Announcements 8-29-2014
Next week is Character Counts Week across the district. The theme this year is: "Character is our Super Power." There will be district 70 Character Counts banners hanging along the streets of downtown Libertyville. Character Counts is not only a part of District 70 but is also a part of the community. In order to support our community we will be having four donation drives next week. Feel free to contribute to as many as you would like but don't feel obligated to participate in all of them. The first donation will be on Tuesday: "Brush up on Character Day." We will be collecting supplies for the Hope Food Pantry and Libertyville Township Food Pantry. Please bring toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, deodorant, dish soap, laundry detergent, paper towels and toilet paper to your Studio One. We look forward to using our super powers this year and "staying classy."

Reminder to all students: bikes must be walked when on school property both before and after school.

Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students interested in joining the yearbook staff. The information meeting, where application packets will be distributed is next Tuesday, September 2nd after school in Ms. Hauman's room until 4pm. If you would like a packet but cannot attend the meeting please see Mrs. Raymond, room 129.

Attention all HMS students join us at Chess Club after school today 3:35 to 4:45 in room #006. See Mr. Friedman if you have questions.

If you missed the Drama Club informational meeting yesterday and still want to join please see Mrs. Burton in the Drama room (#108) today during the first half of your recess. The first Drama Club meeting for 7th and 8th graders will be Tuesday after school and the first meeting for 6th graders will be Thursday during lunch/recess.
Posted 8-29-2014 8:10 AM
Announcements 8-28-2014
Tomorrow is Campus Colors Day! Students and staff will support their favorite college or university by wearing that school's colors.

Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students interested in joining the yearbook staff. The information meeting, where application packets will be distributed is next Tuesday, September 2nd after school in Ms. Hauman's room until 4pm. If you would like a packet but cannot attend the meeting please see Mrs. Raymond, room 129.

Attention all HMS students join us at Chess Club after school today 3:35 to 4:45 in room #006. See Mr. Friedman if you have questions.

Do you like to act or are you interested in what goes on behind the scenes? Then Drama Club is for you. Come to the Drama Club informational Meeting during your half of recess today in the Drama room #108. Drama Club is open to all grades. See Mrs. Burton if you have questions.
Posted 8-29-2014 8:24 AM
Announcements 8-27-2014
Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students interested in joining the yearbook staff. The information meeting, where application packets will be distributed is next Tuesday, September 2nd after school in Ms. Hauman's room until 4pm. If you would like a packet but cannot attend the meeting please see Mrs. Raymond, room 129.

Attention all HMS students: join us at chess club Friday, August 29th from 3:35 until 4:45 in room 006. See Mr. Friedman with any questions.

7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying out for volleyball tryouts will be held today though Friday.

All returning concert choir members and any 7th grade student interested in joining choir: you will need to attend the brief informational meeting after school today from 3:45 to 4:00 in room 130. Attendance is mandatory; if you have a conflict please see Mr. Spakowski.

Do you like to act or are you interested in what goes on behind the scenes? Then Drama Club is for you. Come to the Drama Club informational meeting during your half of recess tomorrow in the Drama room #108. Drama Club is open to all grades. See Mrs. Burton if you have questions.

7th and 8th grade soccer tryouts begin today and will last until Friday the 29th. Bring a signed permission slip, soccer cleats, shin guards and make sure you have a physical on file with the nurse. Come see Mr. Crown or Mr. Lieding if you have questions.

If you have a physical for the nurse please bring it to the nurse's office NOW.
Posted 8-27-2014 9:32 AM
Announcements 8-26-2014
Attention Jazzers! Jazz Band auditions will be starting soon. Information is posted outside the band room and on Mr. Swartzloff's web site. Auditions are open to any jazz band instrument including piano, string bass and guitar. Please contact Mr. Swartzloff if you have any questions.

Attention all HMS students: join us at chess club Friday, August 29th from 3:35 until 4:45 in room 006. See Mr. Friedman with any questions.

7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying out for volleyball will need a permission slip and physical on file for this week's tryouts. Tryouts will be held Wed though Friday-Aug 27th-29th.

All returning concert choir members and any 7th grade student interested in joining choir: you will need to attend the brief informational meeting tomorrow after school from 3:45 to 4:00 in room 130. Attendance is mandatory; if you have a conflict please see Mr. Spakowski.

Do you like to act or are you interested in what goes on behind the scenes? Then Drama Club is for you. Come to the Drama Club informational meeting during your half of recess this Thursday, the 28th in the Drama room #108. Drama Club is open to all grades. See Mrs. Burton if you have questions.

7th and 8th grade soccer tryouts begin tomorrow and will last until Friday the 29th. Bring a signed permission slip, soccer cleats, shin guards and make sure you have a physical on file with the nurse. Come see Mr. Crown or Mr. Lieding if you have questions.
Posted 8-26-2014 9:01 AM
Parent/Student Handbooks, Sign-Off Form
Please complete this sign-off form after reading the Parent/Student Handbook 2014-15 posted under "Resources" under the home page of your school's website.
Please return to your school front office no later than Sept. 5, 2014.
Posted 8-15-2014 4:00 PM
Meet Art Teacher Kathryn Bernard
Meet new art teacher Kathryn Bernard.

She teaches art at Oak Grove schools, and also will teach four Thursday morning classes at Adler Park School. Alicia Sather will continue to teacher all the other art classes at Adler Park and Butterfield schools. Cindi Sartain continues to teacher art at Copeland Manor and Rockland schools.

Bernard was hired through a working shared service agreement between District 70 and District 68.
Posted 8-25-2014 1:57 PM
Meet Katie Lenzi
A warm welcome to new HMS Learning Center Clerk Katie Lenzi.
Posted 8-25-2014 3:09 PM
Meet Amy Blank
Please welcome new Highland Middle School paraeducator Amy Blank.
Posted 8-25-2014 3:24 PM
Announcements 8-22-2014
Attention all Peer Helpers: there will be a meeting this coming Monday, August 25th during your lunch period. 7th graders will meet at the beginning of 5th period in room #146 and 8th graders will meet during 7th period in room #140. Please bring your lunch.

Orchestra musicians remember to bring your instruments Monday. Rehearsals start at 8:00 am presto (not largo.)

7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying out for volleyball will need a permission slip and physical on file for next week's tryouts. Tryouts will be held Wed though Friday-Aug 27th-29th.

Attention students new to District 70 and Highland Middle School: if you play a band or orchestra instrument and would like to continue your musical studies at Highland be sure to check in with Mrs. Bollinger for Band or Mrs. Janossy for Orchestra.

All returning concert choir members and any 7th grade student interested in joining choir: you will need to attend the brief informational meeting on Wednesday, August 27th from from 3:45 to 4:00 pm in room 130. Attendance is mandatory; if you have a conflict please see Mr. Spakowski.

Do you like to act or are you interested in what goes on behind the scenes? Then Drama Club is for you. Come to the Drama Club informational meeting during your half of recess next Thursday, the 28th in the Drama room #108. Drama Club is open to all grades. See Mrs. Burton if you have questions.

7th and 8th grade soccer tryouts begin Wednesday the 27th and will last until Friday the 29th. Bring a signed permission slip, soccer cleats, shin guards and make sure you have a physical on file with the nurse. Come see Mr. Crown or Mr. Lieding if you have questions.

Need a time and space to work on your homework? The Learning Center is available for morning and after school study hall starting Monday, August 25th. Morning study hall begins at 8:15. To enter students must arrive before 8:30 to enter. The library is open for students after school until 4:30 daily.
Posted 8-22-2014 9:17 AM
Announcements 8-21-2014
There is a new cell phone policy here at HMS. Cell phones need to remain off and in your lockers all day. This includes recess. If your phone is spotted, it will be taken and given to Mrs. Dwyer. Please let your parents know they will need to contact you through Student Services if important messages need to be given. You can also use the Student Services phone to call home if needed.

Attention students new to District 70 and Highland Middle School: if you play a band or orchestra instrument and would like to continue your musical studies at Highland be sure to check in with Mrs. Bollinger for Band or Mrs. Janossy for Orchestra.

All returning concert choir members and any 7th grade student interested in joining choir: you will need to attend the brief information meeting on Wednesday, August 27th from from 3:45 to 4:00 pm in room 130. Attendance is mandatory; if you have a conflict please see Mr. Spakowski.

Do you like to act or are you interested in what goes on behind the scenes? Then Drama Club is for you. Come to the Drama Club informational meeting during your half of recess next Thursday, the 28th in the Drama room #108. Drama Club is open to all grades. See Mrs. Burton if you have questions.

7th and 8th grade soccer tryouts begin Wednesday the 27th and will last until Friday the 29th. Bring a signed permission slip, soccer cleats, shin guards and make sure you have a physical on file with the nurse. Come see Mr. Crown or Mr. Lieding if you have questions.

Need a time and space to work on your homework? The Learning Center is available for morning and after school study hall starting Monday, August 25th. Morning study hall begins at 8:15. To enter students must arrive before 8:30 to enter. The library is open for students after school until 4:30 daily.

Lunch recess will be indoors today.
Posted 8-21-2014 9:32 AM
Welcome Miles Russell
Please welcome back to Copeland Manor and introducing to Highland Middle, Miles Russell, the new special education teacher.

Miles was hired near the end of last school year, working in special education and being a paraeducator at Copeland Manor and Rockland schools. Before that he was a teaching assistant in Highland Park schools.

Miles has a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University.
Posted 8-19-2014 3:18 PM
Meet Tracy Aleckson
Please give a warm welcome to D70's new hearing impaired teacher Tracy Aleckson. She will travel between schools to work with hearing impaired students.

Tracy has worked for SEDOL for the last 16 years as a hearing impaired itinerant teacher. Before that, she was a sign language interpreter for SEDOL.

She has a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University.
Posted 8-19-2014 2:34 PM
Meet Jennifer Croner
Please give a warm welcome to new Highland Middle School spanish teacher Jennifer Croner.

Jennifer recently received a master's degree from St. Ambrose University. She has a bachelor degree from Augustana College, and spent a summer at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

For the last seven years, Jennifer has been teaching spanish at Geneseo High School. There she worked with students in a leadership team, guided student trips abroad and coached girls volleyball.
Posted 8-19-2014 2:48 PM
Please Slow Down, Schools Are Open
We continue to ask all residents to please be careful when driving around the schools.
Many of our students are out and about on foot, walking to and from school. Please be aware of pedestrian traffic.
Please be alert around the schools as students are dropped off for class or early activities. Please review approved drop-off areas around the schools, especially at Highland Middle School where the drop-off procedure and a map can be found on the school website.
Please pay attention to signage at the schools related to parking, no cell phone use in a school zone, no U-turns and please have students exit the car on the curb side so they do not cross lanes of traffic.
We all need to work together to keep our children safe. (Photo from the Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Avenue in 1966.)
Posted 8-17-2012 4:30 PM
New Assessments Set for Students This School Year
Libertyville District 70 students will take new assessments in the 2014-15 school year.

STAR Enterprise Assessments will be administered to kindergarteners through eighth-graders and will replace IOWA assessments, while PARCC will be administered to third- through eighth-graders and replace ISAT testing. This change will help 1) assess student understanding of the new Illinois Learning Standards for math and language arts, 2) help monitor student growth, 3) provide information to guide instruction, 4) evaluate curriculum effectiveness, and 5) provide opportunities for students to have more experience with online testing.

More information is posted on the d70schools.org website under the Curriculum Department, under "Assessment."
Posted 8-6-2014 2:50 PM
Remember to Register for Parent Email
Please remember to register with your school/schools to receive all the important Parent Emails!

You can do this online by going to your school's website home page and clicking on the Parent Email bar on top. There you can register for all the schools your children attend so that you can receive important emails throughout the school year. You may also cancel your registration at the same location.
Register today. Stay informed.
Posted 8-8-2014 10:42 AM
Calendar for the 2014-15 School Year
The 2014-15 school year calendar is available for your information.

More detailed, day-by-day calendars are posted on the websites.

Classes begin Aug. 20. Enjoy the summer!
Posted 4-17-2014 1:18 PM
Shatter-Proof Door Glass, Windows Being Added For Safety
District 70 is coating doors and front widow glass with shatter-resistant film and installing video cameras to school entrances as part of a state safety grant.
An Illinois School and Campus Safety Grant of almost $60,000 is paying for the work. The grant is being issued by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The grants were created on the heels of the mass shooting of students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. District 70 is one of 448 schools being awarded grant monies.
Posted 7-29-2014 3:24 PM
Attention: New Residents
New residents planning on attending District 70 schools in the fall can pick up registration packets at the Educational Research Center. The ERC is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Please complete the packets and then drop by our offices to talk with Alisa Gilbert to complete the process. Her phone number is 847-362-9695, ex: 7112. The ERC is located at 1381 W. Lake St., across from Butterfield School.
Posted 6-12-2014 3:14 PM
Champions Programs Offered This Fall
Champions will once again offer before- and after-school programing at all of our elementary schools for the 2014-15 school year.

New this year will be a preschool program for 3-5 year olds at Butterfield School. More information is located on our Virtual Backpack flier page on this D70 website, listed under HOME.
Posted 7-1-2014 9:16 AM
Meet Luis Gonzalez
Please welcome Luis Gonzales as the new night custodian at Highland Middle School.

You may never meet Luis because of his hours, but he's the one getting classes ready for the next day! Welcome Luis.
Posted 7-29-2014 2:57 PM
HMS Gets a Fine Arts Mural
The Class of 2014's gift to Highland Middle School is a mural for the school's Fine Arts wing.

Students help create the design with art teacher Megan Russell and then everyone pitches in to get it done.

Looks fantastic!
Posted 7-9-2014 10:07 AM
Crossing Guards Needed
The Libertyville Police Dept. is looking for Crossing Guards for the upcoming school year.

Contact the daytime Watch Commander at 1-847-362-8310 for more information.

Posted 8-2-2013 4:19 PM
Meet New HMS Health Teacher Jessica Fenton
Meet Jessica Fenton, the new health teacher at Highland Middle School hired by the D70 Board of Education.
Jessica is an Indiana University graduate. She was a health teacher at Deer Path Middle School and has worked with the Lake County Health Dept. as a health specialist and outreach health educator.
Please give Jessica a warm welcome when you meet her!
Posted 7-2-2014 3:07 PM