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  • Even our hallways are a Class Act!

    Even our hallways are a Class Act!

  • Reflecting on their first week in 8th grade

    Reflecting on their first week in 8th grade

  • A good game of four square at recess time

    A good game of four square at recess time

  • Always providing a helpful hand to the staff

    Always providing a helpful hand to the staff

  • Making new friends in the lunchroom

    Making new friends in the lunchroom

  • Learning all about technology

    Learning all about technology

  • Hola from Spanish Class

    Hola from Spanish Class

  • Learning Center stations

    Learning Center stations

  • Which team can build the tallest tower?

    Which team can build the tallest tower?

  • Soccer season starts soon!

    Soccer season starts soon!

  • Beginning the school year with team building

    Beginning the school year with team building

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Curriculum Night
Please join us on Thursday, September 10th, at Highland Middle School for Curriculum Night. Curriculum Night will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program will provide parents with information relating to the curriculum the students will follow during the school year, give parents an opportunity to meet their child's teachers, and follow a shortened version of their child's daily schedule. Copies of your child's schedule will be issued to your student the day of the event in their Studio One class. We hope to see you there.
Updated 9-1-2015 7:23 AM
Handbook & Acceptable Use of Technology Forms
Please complete both the Handbook & AUPG forms and return to your Social Studies teacher by September 4, 2015. Click here for both forms.
Updated 9-1-2015 7:23 AM
Announcements 9-1-2015
Attention Jazzers: Jazz Band reviews and 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, bass and guitar. Please see Mr. Swartzloff if you have any questions.

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

Are you interested in being a leader in the 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 officer position, 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 contact Dr. Crown, Ms. Albrecht, Mrs. Grant or Mrs. Rosen.

Drama Club will have an informational meeting Thursday during all recess times in the drama room #108. If you are interested in learning about what Drama Club is all about drop by. Drama Club is open to all grades. See Mrs. Burton if you have questions.

Attention ALL students; the informational yearbook meeting will take place after school today in Ms. Hauman's room #120. You must attend the meeting to receive the application packet. Please see Ms. Hauman or Mrs. Raymond if you have any questions.

Attention all 6th grade students-today will be INDOOR recess. Please go to the North Gym during your recess. Gold students will eat first today.

The indoor options for recess will start tomorrow. Please sign up for indoor study hall at the Learning Center during your Studio One. Indoor study hall for 6th grade meets in Mrs. McCarthy's room #003. 7th grade meets in Mrs. Mitchell's room #141 and 8th grade meets in Mrs. Langlie's room #134.
Updated 9-1-2015 12:52 PM
Announcements 8-31-2015
If you are planning on trying out for a sport and brought in your physical today please, bring in to the nurse NOW.

Attention Jazzers: Jazz Band reviews and 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, bass and guitar. Please see Mr. Swartzloff if you have any questions.

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

Are you interested in being a leader in the 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 officer position, 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 contact Dr. Crown, Ms. Albrecht, Mrs. Grant or Mrs. Rosen.

Drama Club will have an informational meeting Thursday during all recess times in the drama room #108. If you are interested in learning about what Drama Club is all about drop by. Drama Club is open to all grades. See Mrs. Burton if you have questions.

There will be a Peer Helper meeting today during the first half of lunch/recess. 7th grade will meet in Mr. Smigielski's room #146 and 8th grade meets in Mrs. Dirst's room-140. Please bring your lunch.

Attention ALL students; the informational yearbook meeting will take place tomorrow after school in Ms. Hauman's room #120. You must attend the meeting to receive the application packet. Please see Ms. Hauman or Mrs. Raymond if you have any questions.

The Highland Cross Country Team welcomes all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! Any student interested in participating in Cross Country this fall should plan to attend the informational meeting after school Thursday in the cafeteria. The meeting will last until 4:15. Students should have an updated physical on file with the nurse in order to participate in practices and meets. Please see Mrs. McCarthy, Ms. Lejeune, or Mrs. Dunlap if you have any questions.

Attention singers in 7th/8th grade who are interested in joining Highland's Concert Choir! Our informational meeting and first rehearsal will be after school from 3:45-5pm in Mr. Spakowski's room, #130. Interested, but not certain you can commit?! Come try it out for a few rehearsals, no strings attached!


7th and 8th grade girls; the Highland Volleyball teams are holding tryouts today. We will meet in the North gym (8th grade) and South gym (7th grade) after school today. If you have any questions see Mr. Smigielski or Mrs. Langlie.

Hey 7th and 8th graders; the Highland soccer teams are holding tryouts today after school. We will meet in the Cafeteria after school. If you have any questions see Mr. Crown for the 7th grade team in room 109 or Mr. Lieding for the 8th grade team in room 201.

Today 6th GOLD students will eat lunch first. Maroon students will go to recess first.
Updated 8-31-2015 11:12 AM
STAR Assessments Begin Aug. 31
Kindergarten through eighth grade students will be tested via online 30-minute STAR assessments for reading and math in the fall, winter and spring.
Thanks to computer-adaptive technology, students complete STAR Enterprise assessments quickly, and teachers and administrators receive the results immediately.
STAR assessments are scheduled for the weeks of August 31st, December 7th and again in the Spring (Highland April 26th and 27th and elementary schools the week of May 9th).
STAR assessments provide students, teachers and parents with information that will guide teaching and learning. STAR results will be sent home with elementary students later in September and will be available online for parents of Highland students.
Updated 8-30-2015 3:51 PM
A Look into Our New Math, Writing Materials
Please view this 32-minute overview video to learn more about the new math, writing and grammar materials being used in Libertyville District 70 elementary schools. You also may download the presentation from the Libertyville District 70 website if you want to follow along during the presentation or if you only want to read the presentation slides. Additional information will be shared throughout the year.

Erik Youngman
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Updated 8-30-2015 3:16 PM
Announcements 8-28-2015
If you are planning on trying out for a sport next week and brought in your physical today please bring in to the nurse NOW.

Drama Club will have an informational meeting Thursday, September 3rd during all recess times in the drama room #108. If you are interested in learning about what Drama Club is all about drop by. Drama Club is open to all grades. See Mrs. Burton if you have questions.

There will be a Peer Helper meeting on Monday, August 31st during the first half of lunch/recess. 7th grade will meet in Mr. Smigielski's room #146 and 8th grade meets in Mrs. Dirst's room-140. Please bring your lunch.

Attention ALL students; the informational yearbook meeting will take place next Tuesday, September 1st after school in Ms. Hauman's room #120. You must attend the meeting to receive the application packet. Please see Ms. Hauman or Mrs. Raymond if you have any questions.

The Highland Cross Country Team welcomes all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! Any student interested in participating in Cross Country this fall should plan to attend the informational meeting after school on Thursday, September 3rd in the cafeteria. The meeting will last until 4:15. Students should have an updated physical on file with the nurse in order to participate in practices and meets. Please see Mrs. McCarthy, Ms. Lejeune, or Mrs. Dunlap if you have any questions.

Attention new Highland Middle school musicians. If you currently play a wind, percussion or string instrument be sure to see Mrs. Bollinger in room 157 or Mrs. Janossy in room 131 to join Highland Middle School's award winning Band or Orchestra. You will not only make new friends but make the world a peaceful place by sharing your musical talents.

Attention singers in 7th/8th grade who are interested in joining Highland's Concert Choir! Our informational meeting and first rehearsal will be this Monday, August 31st from 3:45-5pm in Mr. Spakowski's room, #130. Interested, but not certain you can commit?! Come try it out for a few rehearsals, no strings attached!


7th and 8th grade girls; the Highland Volleyball teams are holding tryouts NEXT WEEK after school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Make sure you have a sports physical on file with the nurse, Mrs. Patterson. We will meet in the North gym (8th grade) and South gym (7th grade) after school on Monday August 31st. If you have any questions see Mr. Smigielski or Mrs. Langlie.

Hey 7th and 8th graders; the Highland soccer teams are holding tryouts NEXT WEEK after school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Make sure you have a sports physical on file with the nurse, Mrs. Patterson. Bring your cleats and shin guards for tryouts. We will meet in the Cafeteria after school on Monday August 31st. If you have any questions see Mr. Crown for the 7th grade team in room 109 or Mr. Lieding for the 8th grade team in room 201.

Today 6th, 7th, and 8th grade GOLD students will eat lunch first. Maroon students will go to recess first.
Updated 8-28-2015 8:57 AM
Announcements 8-27-2015
There will be a Peer Helper meeting on Monday, August 31st during the first half of lunch/recess. 7th grade will meet in Mr. Smigielski's room #146 and 8th grade meets in Mrs. Dirst's room-140. Please bring your lunch.

Attention ALL students; the informational yearbook meeting will take place next Tuesday, September 1st after school in Ms. Hauman's room #120. You must attend the meeting to receive the application packet. Please see Ms. Hauman or Mrs. Raymond if you have any questions.

The Highland Cross Country Team welcomes all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! Any student interested in participating in Cross Country this fall should plan to attend the informational meeting after school on Thursday, September 3rd in the cafeteria. The meeting will last until 4:15. Students should have an updated physical on file with the nurse in order to participate in practices and meets. Please see Mrs. McCarthy, Ms. Lejeune, or Mrs. Dunlap if you have any question

Attention new Highland Middle school musicians. If you currently play a wind, percussion or string instrument be sure to see Mrs. Bollinger in room 157 or Mrs. Janossy in room 131 to join Highland Middle School's award winning Band or Orchestra. You will not only make new friends but make the world a peaceful place by sharing your musical talents.

Attention singers and all 7th/8th students interested in joining Highland's Concert Choir! Our informational meeting and first rehearsal will be this Monday, August 31st from 3:45-5pm in Mr. Spakowski's room, #130. Interested, but not certain you can commit?! Come try it out for a few rehearsals, no strings attached!


7th and 8th grade girls; the Highland Volleyball teams are holding tryouts NEXT WEEK after school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Make sure you have a sports physical on file with the nurse, Mrs. Patterson. We will meet in the North gym (8th grade) and South gym (7th grade) after school on Monday August 31st. If you have any questions see Mr. Smigielski or Mrs. Langlie.

Hey 7th and 8th graders; the Highland soccer teams are holding tryouts NEXT WEEK after school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Make sure you have a sports physical on file with the nurse, Mrs. Patterson. Bring your cleats and shin guards for tryouts. We will meet in the Cafeteria after school on Monday August 31st. If you have any questions see Mr. Crown for the 7th grade team in room 109 or Mr. Lieding for the 8th grade team in room 201.

Today and Friday 6th, 7th, and 8th grade GOLD students will eat lunch first. Maroon students will go to recess first.
Updated 8-28-2015 9:00 AM
Announcement 8-26-2015
Welcome back HMS String Orchestra members. Tomorrow Thursday, we will have our kick-off meetings at 8 am. No instruments needed, come with a spirit of musical adventure.

Attention new Highland Middle schools musicians. If you currently play a wind, percussion or string instrument be sure to see Mrs. Bollinger in room 157 or Mrs. Janossy in room 131 to join Highland Middle School's award winning Band or Orchestra. You will not only make new friends but make the world a peaceful place by sharing your musical talents.

Attention singers and all 7th/8th students interested in joining Highland's Concert Choir! Our informational meeting and first rehearsal will be this Monday, August 31st from 3:45-5pm in Mr. Spakowski's room, #130. Interested, but not certain you can commit?! Come try it out for a few rehearsals, no strings attached!

Hey 7th and 8th graders; the Highland soccer teams are holding tryouts NEXT WEEK after school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Make sure you have a sports physical on file with the nurse, Mrs. Patterson. Bring your cleats and shin guards for tryouts. We will meet in the Cafeteria after school on Monday August 31st. If you have any questions see Mr. Crown for the 7th grade team in room 109 or Mr. Lieding for the 8th grade team in room 201.



Today, tomorrow and Friday 6th, 7th, and 8th grade GOLD students will eat lunch first. Maroon students will go to recess first.
Updated 8-26-2015 9:42 AM
Announcements 8-25-2015
Welcome Hornets have a wonderful school year!
Updated 8-25-2015 9:05 AM
Preschool/Kindergarten Screening Dates for 2015-16
District 70's preschool and kindergarten screenings dates are now posted under the Virtual Backpack.

The dates include Sept. 18 and 25, Nov. 6, Jan. 15, 2016, Feb. 26, 2016, and April 1, 2016. Please call the Dept. of Special Services at 847-247-2694 at least three weeks before the screening date you would prefer.
Updated 8-31-2015 3:49 PM
Dr. Otto Joins D70 as Director of Special Services
Dr. Christian J. Otto joins District 70 this year as Director of Special Services, overseeing both the gifted program and special education.
Otto takes over for Marilyn Menuey, who retired. Before D70, Otto worked with Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 as Director of Student Services.
"Libertyville District 70 has a reputation for its positive culture--and a mindset of collaboration and innovation," Otto said. "I am honored to be part of the district and excited to partner with parents and staff to ensure that our students experience learning that prepares them to live and work in the 21st Century."
Updated 7-30-2015 1:09 PM