• Highland is a Class Act

    Highland is a Class Act

  • Peer Helpers

    Peer Helpers

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

  • 7th Graders Perform their country dances!

    7th Graders Perform their country dances!

  • Conference Track Meet

    Conference Track Meet

  • 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

  • Author Patrick Ness comes to visit Highland

    Author Patrick Ness comes to visit Highland

  • Learning Photoshop in technology class

    Learning Photoshop in technology class

  • Working with others to problem solve

    Working with others to problem solve

  • Destination Imagination Competition

    Destination Imagination Competition

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
Highland 2014-2015 School Supply List
The Highland 2014-2015 school supply list is now available. Click here to view the list.
Posted 6-23-2014 4:09 PM
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 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
Announcements 8-20-2014
All 6th, 7th and 8th Orchestra members, the kick-off meetings will be tomorrow, the 21st at 8 am sharp (not flat.) You will NOT need your instrument.

All 1st trimester Physical education students please bring your P.E. lock and uniform to your P.E. class today. Girls report to the south gym and boys report to the north gym.

Today ALL gold students will eat the first half of lunch and maroon student will eat second half.
Posted 8-20-2014 10:48 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
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
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
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 Charity Parrish
Please join us in welcoming Charity Parrish to D70 as a technology support assistant.

Charity has a Master of Arts degree in business management and a Bachelor of Science degree in music from Liberty University in Virginia.
Before coming to D70, Charity was on the creative team at an Apple store in Northbrook.

Charity will be working behind the scenes, for the most part, keeping our complicated and extensive hardware and software systems working.
Welcome Charity!
Posted 7-30-2014 11:53 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
Strategic Plan Committee Reconvenes
The D70 Strategic Planning Committee reconvened June 18 to review progress and share insight toward current plans and district development. Supt. Guy Schumacher began the process, letting members move into committee for detailed work.

Check the D70 dashboard online to see the updates on the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan.
Posted 6-18-2014 4:12 PM
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