Today is Mix It Up Day! Sitting near people you don’t know may feel uncomfortable but you can get past that be being confident, smiling and introducing yourself. Everyone has interests. Ask someone about their interests. Share some of your own. Maybe you haven’t talked to some of the people at your table since elementary school. Find out what they’ve been up to. If you need them use the conversation starters on the table. If you try to make a connection you will. All it takes is one person to make the first move. Be that person. You have the opportunity-do something with it! Let this be the first step toward making a difference. Highland can be a friendlier school and it starts with you. For Mix It Up Day over four million students in more than 10,000 schools are mixing it up. So “change your seat, change your mind, change you school and change the world.” Take a stand with the students across the country. Break down barriers that stand between us. Let finish off our inclusive Spirit Week by having Flannel Friday tomorrow. Wear your flannel and HMS fare…show your school spirit while dressing for the fall weather.
Students: today is your last chance to check out the lost and found table outside of the North Gym. If you have lost any items please stop by the table today.
This month’s 7th grade Student Council meeting will be tomorrow only due to Mix It Up Day today. Please come to room 113 the first half of lunch tomorrow for the meeting.
Attention students: Please remember that Halloween costumes, masks, make-up, and props are not permitted at Highland Middle School. The school dress code should be followed on Monday, October 31st. In fact, because it's Halloween we're continuing the Spirit Week for one more day and you should wear your best orange and black attire that Monday!
This afternoon Destination Imagination will be meeting in room 143 lasting until 4:00
There will be an informational wrestling meeting Friday in the multi-purpose room after school from 3:45 to 4:15.
Attention all 7th and 8th graders interested in trying out for cheerleading next: Tuesday and Wednesday there will be Cheer Clinics from 3:45 to 5:30 in the cafeteria. If you plan to try out for cheerleading you must attend one of the clinics. Cheerleading tryouts will take place on Thursday, November 3rd at 3:45 in the cafeteria. In order to attend a clinic and tryout you must turn in a signed permission slip as well as have a current physical on file with the nurse.
Attention all 7th and 8th grade girls interested in POMS - there will be an informational meeting Friday during the first half of lunch. 7th graders will meet in Ms. Croner's room, 154 and 8th graders will meet in Room 125 with Mrs. Engstrom. We cannot WAIT to get our season started!
Updated 10-27-2016 10:42 AM
Updated 10-26-2016 9:40 AM
There will be NO before school Study Hall except for test takers in the Learning Center tomorrow morning.
Updated 10-25-2016 9:04 AM
A majority of middle school students describe their school as segregated or full of cliques. Is that true for Highland? Next time you’re in the cafeteria take a look at the table next to yours. Do you know everyone that sits there: Have you ever had the opportunity to get to know them? Did you take it? If not, Mix It Up Day is your chance! Let’s break the clique barriers and learn to understand and respect one another rather than label and judge. Step out of your comfort zone and meet someone new. Mix It Up Day is coming October 27th. Get ready to make your difference at Highland. Don’t forget-tomorrow is Tie Dye Day! Be inclusive and wear all of the colors!
Updated 10-24-2016 8:58 AM
When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone, took a risk, dared to be different? Chances are that it’s been a while because people tend to stick with what they know and what makes them comfortable. What would happen if we mixed it up? Took a risk and did something unfamiliar? Well that’s exactly what thousands of schools across the country, including here at Highland; will encourage on Mix-It-Up-Day at Lunch Day on October 27th. Students often identify the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on Mix It Up Day we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It is a simple act with profound results. When students interact with those who are different from them social barriers can fall away. Let Mix It Up Day be the chance you take to try something new. This year we will also be incorporating an Inclusive Spirit Week with Mix It Up Day. The purpose is to build school spirit, encourage intergroup relationships and unity and to have fun! Look around the building for posters with more information and tune in to the announcements to learn more! To start off our Inclusive Spirit Week on Monday we will be “Sporting Good Character Day” Show your school spirit by wearing a jersey of your favorite sports team or player.
Science Olympiad will be having an introductory meeting in room 114 next Wednesday, the 26th from 3:45 to 4:00 with a session on bottle rockets to follow until 4:30. 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are invited to join.
Did you recently lose something here at Highland, maybe a notebook, lunch bag or a sweatshirt? Be sure to look for your lost possessions at the Lost & Found, located right outside of the North Gym.
Attention all runners. Come on out this Sunday, October 23rd at 10am for the Red Ribbon 5K-one mile fun run. For only $10.00 you can run around beautiful Butler Lake, enjoy fruit and granola bars and get a taste of what high school is really like. Register on the LHS website or see Mr. Gasick in #138 for details.
On September 19th, seven year old cousin of a Highland 8th grader was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare inoperable brain tumor that affects only 300 children in the US every year. There is a way you can help. Donations will be accepted this week during 8th grade lunch and in Student Services. Each donation lifts the financial burden from the Greene family so that they can spend as much quality time together as possible. Thank you for your support.
There will be a Destination Imagination after school next Thursday.
*Attention any 7th or 8th grader interested in trying out for the basketball teams. Next Monday and Tuesday will be the 8th grade tryouts for both boys and girls. 7th grade tryouts will be next Wednesday and Thursday. The tryouts will be from 3:45 to 5:30. In order to try out, you will need to turn in a signed permission slip as well as have a current physical on file with the nurse. PLEASE CHECK THE LIST OUTSIDE OF THE NURSE'S OFFICE TO ENSURE YOUR PHYSICAL IS CURRENT!
You can still support the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory fundraiser by placing your order for caramel apples online: http://www.d70schools.org/schoolsites/lib/files/documents/4/Ordersheet2016.pdf
Updated 10-24-2016 8:21 AM
|Robotics Classes Offered at All D70 Schools|
Robotics classes with NAO are being offered at Adler Park School on Mondays, from Nov. 28-Jan. 16, 2017; at Butterfield School on Thursdays, from Dec. 1-Jan. 19, 2017; at Copeland Manor School on Mondays, Oct. 24-Nov. 21, or on Tuesdays, from Nov. 29-Jan. 17, 2017; and at Highland Middle School with HMS and Rockland School students, on Mondays from Jan. 23, 2017-Feb. 20, 2017. Here, Supt. Schumacher talks to NAO about the robotics classes.
Updated 10-19-2016 3:52 PM
|A Discussion on College Funding|
It's never too early to start "A Discussion on College Funding" - to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 at Butterfield School, 1441 W. Lake St., Libertyville. District 70 business partner, D70 parent, and financial advisor Mike Marella, along with financial advisor Terry Horan, and Jerry Cebrzynski, vice president of financial aid at Lake Forest College, will discuss the rising costs of college, the statistics of student education debt, and some education saving and planning options. This will be an open discussion with questions and answers.
Updated 10-19-2016 4:10 PM
|A Letter from Supt. Schumacher|
A letter from Supt. Dr. Guy Schumacher on monitoring the area and national "creepy clown" threats. No such threats have been reported in Libertyville.
Updated 10-5-2016 3:20 PM
|Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)|
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved updated goals that focus on the readiness of Illinois kindergartners. Similar to all other Illinois school districts, Libertyville School District 70 will gather information via the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) and report information about 14 state readiness measures to ISBE each October for every kindergartner.
The purpose of KIDS is to 1) help teachers understand what children can do, 2) identify children's needs and 3) make learning goals clear between preschool and elementary school.
Updated 9-30-2016 10:28 AM
|School Board Candidate Packets Available|
School Board of Education candidate packets are available at District 70's Educational Resource Center (across from Butterfield School) for residents interested in running in the April 4, 2017, consolidated election.
Four, four-year term seats will be open for the election this spring.
Updated 9-19-2016 5:36 PM
|D70 Field-Testing in Science & Language Arts|
During the first few months of school, District 70 teachers & students will field test science and language arts materials. Field tests provide opportunities to enhance teaching and learning aligned with the New Illinois Science and Language Arts Standards as teachers and students interact with materials selected by our science and language arts committees.
Following the field testing, feedback gathered from teachers, parents and students will help guide future decisions.
For more information:
Science: STEMscopes (September-November)
Language Arts: Pearson ReadyGEN (3rd/4th/5th grades September & October); Zaner Bloser Superkids (K/1st/2nd grades September & October); Houghton Miflin Harcourt Journeys (K-5 November & December)
Updated 9-1-2016 11:57 AM
|Strategic Plan 2016-21|
From parents to community to staff focus groups, information has been gathered to support the two-day strategic planning process. A compilation of information gathered has been well integrated into a solid and formidable five-year plan. Approved by the Board of Education in June and introduced to teachers on their opening Institute Day, the energy and promise of District 70's future is at an all-time high.
The new Strategic Plan 2016-21 is now posted on the D70 website under DASHBOARD.
Updated 9-19-2016 5:40 PM
|Assessment Info for the 2016-17 School Year|
Libertyville District 70 students will be assessed in a variety of ways in the 2016-17 school year. Learn additional information about STAR, PARCC, Fountas and Pinnell, CogAT, Illinois Science Assessment, KIDS and Fitnessgram assessments on our website under Curriculum Department.
Updated 8-17-2016 11:31 AM
|2016-17 School Year Calendar|
Here is the calendar of all the parent-teacher conferences, early releases, and school holidays for the 2016-17 school year.
This calendar is posted year-round on the D70 website in the Superintendent's Department, under Resources, along with on every calendar posted in D70 websites.
Updated 7-12-2016 8:01 AM