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  • Highland is a Class Act

    Highland is a Class Act

  • Building a Tower

    Building a Tower

    Beginning the school year with team building activities

  • Fun in Science

    Fun in Science

  • Making sculptures in Art Club

    Making sculptures in Art Club

  • Collecting books for Bernie's book bank

    Collecting books for Bernie's book bank

  • Learning Photoshop in technology class

    Learning Photoshop in technology class

  • Highland Celebrates International Peace Day

    Highland Celebrates International Peace Day

  • Jordan Sonnenblick Visits Highland

    Jordan Sonnenblick Visits Highland

  • Even our hallways are a Class Act!

    Even our hallways are a Class Act!

  • Student VS Staff Volleyball Tournament

    Student VS Staff Volleyball Tournament

    The students volleyball team, The Dream Team, won against Highland Teachers.

  • Election Day

    Election Day

    Highland students participate in the mock election

  • Highland holds a food drive

    Highland holds a food drive

    Students and staff brought in canned goods for the local food pantry

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Congrats to Dr. Candice Kehoe!
A very special congratulations to Butterfield Principal Dr. Candice Kehoe for successfully defending her doctoral dissertation this morning at Concordia University Chicago.

Dr. Kehoe received her Doctor of Education in the Educational Leadership Practitioner Doctoral Program.

Please share your sincere congratulations to Dr. Kehoe when you see her!
Updated 3-25-2015 12:11 PM
Announcements 3-27-2015
Congratulations to those students who were caught being class this week.

There will be NO Chess Club after school today.

Are you looking for a way to change the community for the better? Introducing Hornets in Action; middle school students searching for way to help! HIA is determined to help various causes. If you would like to get involved come to an informational meeting April 8th in room #139, 3:45 to 4:15pm. All grades welcome.

"Magic the Gathering Club" will be starting after spring break on Tuesday April 7th. If you play Magic the Gathering or are interested in learning, come join the club after school from 3:45 to 5:15 in room 110. Anyone can join! If you have any questions please see Mr. Crown.

Have a safe and enjoyable spring break.
Updated 3-27-2015 12:30 PM
Announcements 3-26-2015
The Friday before spring break is almost here! To prepare for your break plans, celebrate our final day of Spirit Week by wearing something that shows what you will be doing or wearing on break. Please remember all of your choices need to follow the school dress code.

Attention all Art Crew members we will meet after school today. Please remember to pick up your crew shirt on tomorrow.

Are you looking for a way to change the community for the better? Introducing Hornets in Action; middle school students searching for way to help! HIA is determined to help various causes. If you would like to get involved come to an informational meeting April 8th in room #139, 3:45 to 4:15pm. All grades welcome.

"Magic the Gathering Club" will be starting after spring break on Tuesday April 7th. If you play Magic the Gathering or are interested in learning, come join the club after school from 3:45 to 5:15 in room 110. Anyone can join! If you have any questions please see Mr. Crown.
Updated 3-26-2015 8:58 AM
Announcements 3-25-2015
Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for Orphans of the Storm Day! Tomorrow wear animal print to support our school charity, Orphans of the Storm! Don't own any animal print? That's OK! You can also support your favorite organization by wearing a race shirt, volunteer shirt, etc. Please remember all of your choices need to follow school dress code.

Attention all Art Crew members; there will be NO meeting after school today due to the field trip. We will meet after school tomorrow. Please pick up your crew shirt on Friday.

Are you looking for a way to change the community for the better? Introducing Hornets in Action; middle school students searching for way to help! HIA is determined to help various causes. If you would like to get involved come to an informational meeting April 8th in room #139, 3:45 to 4:15pm. All grades welcome.

"Magic the Gathering Club" will be starting after spring break on Tuesday April 7th. If you play Magic the Gathering or are interested in learning, come join the club after school from 3:45 to 5:15 in room 110. Anyone can join! If you have any questions please see Mr. Crown.
Updated 3-25-2015 8:59 AM
Let The Sun Shine - Making A Difference in D70
Supt. Guy Schumacher introduces the community to the rooftop solar projects at Butterfield and Highland Middle schools, explaining what it all means to today's students and tomorrow's leaders.
A full-screen video is available.

Updated 3-24-2015 12:28 PM
Announcements 3-24-2015
There will be no AM Study Hall tomorrow morning except for test takers.

On Wednesday we will continue Spirit Week with March Madness Day! Wear clothes that cheer on your favorite March Madness team or any college you support.

"Magic the Gathering Club" will be starting after spring break on Tuesday April 7th. If you play Magic the Gathering or are interested in learning, come join the club after school from 3:45 to 5:15 in room 110. Anyone can join! If you have any questions please see Mr. Crown.

Attention all Art Crew members; there will be NO meeting after school tomorrow due to the field trip. We will meet after school Thursday. Please pick up your crew shirt on Friday.
Updated 3-24-2015 2:03 PM
Announcements 3-23-2015
This week we are focusing on the behavior of respect toward others. How do we show respect to others at school? Some examples but are not limited to include; listen to others when they speak, leave things as you found them, apologize when you make a mistake, call people by their names, follow directions from adults, use kind words and good manners, listen to what others have to say, follow the rules, appreciate differences among people, help others, take care of other people's property at school, home and in the community. Think about how you show respect to others and try to make an extra effort this week. Stay classy!

The second day of our school Spirit Week will be HMS spirit gear. Don't forget to wear you club, sports or other Highland Middle School apparel!

Recess will be indoors today.
Updated 3-23-2015 11:24 AM
Bravo! We Reached Our 5Essentials Survey Goal for Parents
Many thanks to all our D70 parents as we reached our goal of having at least 20 percent of our parents/guardians at each of the five schools take the 5Essentials Survey!

Your voice will be heard and summaries of what you're thinking will appear on the next School Report Card.

Thank you!
Updated 3-20-2015 3:06 PM
Nine DI Teams Head on to State, Win All 4 Special Awards
Nine of the 24 teams competing in the 2015 regional Destination Imagination competition will head onto the state competition.
Find out how the teams did in the regional competition and learn that four of the teams were each presented with a very special award for going above and beyond.
Updated 3-5-2015 3:21 PM
Communication Updates to Calendar, YouTube
We're improving some of our communication tools and wanted to let you know what this means to parents and D70 stakeholders.

We're adding a "Music & Fine Arts" topic to our D70 calendar, allowing unlisted and/or private videos to be posted to YouTube for parent viewing outside of the district, and have pumped up our Emergency Notification System with a new vendor.

Learn all about our improvements and how we can communicate better with more powerful tools.
Updated 2-23-2015 7:31 PM
Kindergarten and New Student Registration
It's time to register children who will be new to District 70 in the 2015-2016 school year. (This includes Kindergarten and Grades 1-8) From the HOME menu on the school webpage, click the New Student Registration link to get to the New Student Registration web page. The page hosts the information parents need in order to complete the process. Please start with the "Pre-Registration Form."
Updated 2-6-2015 11:20 AM
New Writing and Grammar Program for Students
Students are being asked to write more now than ever before - in all grade levels and in all content areas. To best prepare D70 students for future writing tasks, D70 has adopted Strategies for Writers K-5 by Zaner-Bloser as our new writing program. Strategies for Writers is a comprehensive writing and grammar solution introducing the six traits of writing at every step of the writing process to compose opinions, informative/ explanatory essays, and narrative compositions.

Students will write routinely for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences, learn to analyze writing models by reading closely, write to multiple sources using technology, and master grammar and conventions of standard written English. Pre- and post-tests ensure growth and inform differentiated instruction. Students will be engaged in online grammar games, proofreading activities, and composition writing both in the classroom and at home.

This is an exciting time for writing in D70 and we encourage all parents to talk with your child's classroom teacher to learn more about Strategies for Writers.
Updated 2-6-2015 5:19 PM
Changed Dates Due To Snow Days
Please note the following date changes due to Snow Days:

All schools will be open April 24 with students expected to attend. Changed from a Teachers Institute Day, which will now be June 4.

HMS graduation is at 7:30 p.m. on June 2 at LHS.

The last day of school is set tentatively for June 3.

Summer School Open House is from 8-10 a.m. on June 9 at HMS and Rockland schools.

Summer School runs from June 10 - July 9 at HMS and Rockland schools.
Updated 2-18-2015 10:34 AM
New Sign from the HFA
A big THANK YOU to the Highland Family Association for purchasing the new sign in front of the building. Thank you HFA for all you do!
Updated 1-14-2015 1:12 PM
2015-16 Calendar At-A-Glance
The calendar for the 2015-16 school year at-a-glance.

Our calendar for next year has been taken down from the website so administrators can plan for events for 2015-16.
Updated 3-11-2015 10:32 AM
School Closing Procedures for Winter Weather
Please take a few moments to review our school closing procedures.

There are several ways that the information will be delivered to you, as well as several methods for you to use to search for the information.
Updated 1-7-2015 11:52 AM
The D70 Views Fall/Winter Newsletter for 2014-15
The D70 Views community newsletter for the Fall/Winter 2014-15 sessions is now posted on our website.
Updated 12-29-2014 12:21 PM
Solar Project Now Complete
Highland Middle School and Butterfield Elementary School are now being powered, in part, by solar energy. (Butterfield School pictured here.)

The $3.2 million solar panel installation project was completed this month, thanks to a private grant of $1.8 million from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. The project makes Libertyville School District 70 the largest solar-run school districts in the state, possibly the midwest.

Both schools can tap into the solar readings of the panels, with plans to use them in the near future for classes when students study energy and for science projects. To see how the Highland Middle School panels are working, click here. To see how Butterfield School solar panels are working, click here.
Updated 11-24-2014 5:36 PM
A Letter From Supt. Schumacher on the Enterovirus D68
Here is a letter to parents and guardians on precautionary measures to take to help prevent the latest respiratory illness hitting children, called Enterovirus D68.
Updated 9-12-2014 2:15 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."
Updated 8-14-2014 12:23 PM