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    Love playing LA games with our teacher

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    Making sculptures in Art Club

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    Collecting books for Bernie's book bank

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    Camp I Am Me Assembly

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Principal Appreciation Week
This week, I recognize the extraordinary efforts of our principals, assistant principals and dean of students during the state's Principal Appreciation Week.
A proclamation signed by Governor Quinn in July, highlights the important role of these administrators in education and their support toward growth of children in elementary, middle and secondary schools across the state of Illinois. As we celebrate our District 70 leaders during Principal Appreciation Week, October 20-24, and Principal Appreciation Day on October 24, I am proud of all that they do for the children, parents and staff throughout our learning community and am grateful for the many hats they wear, talents they possess and commitments they offer.
Please join me in thanking them during this week/day of recognition.

Dr. Guy Schumacher
Posted 10-15-2014 12:35 PM
Author Visit
Author Jordan Sonnenblick will be visiting Highland Middle School on Friday, November 14th, 2014. Click here to learn more!
Posted 10-10-2014 11:44 AM
Announcements 10-21-2014
There will be NO morning Symphonic Band on Wednesday.

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 us at Highland will encourage on Mix It Up at Lunch Day next Tuesday, October 28th. 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's 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 along 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!

With Mix It Up Day coming there will be a raffle to support Orphans of the Storm. One ticket is two dollars or three tickets are five dollars. Buy some for the chance to win gift cards. They will be available all week during all lunch periods.

All Peer Helpers, remember to visit your assigned Studio One this week.

7th grade boys and girls basketball tryouts will be held next Monday and Tuesday, October 27thand 28th 3:45 to 5:30. Anyone interested must have an updated sports physical on file with Mrs. Patterson and a signed permission slip which can be found on the Highland website. Boys please see Mr. Gasick or Mr. Mitchell if you have any questions girls see Mrs. Langlie.

Do you have spirit? If so try out for Highland cheerleading! Clinics will be held Monday and Tuesday of next week with tryouts on Wednesday October 29th. You must attend one of these clinics and you also must have a physical on file with the school nurse and a signed permission slip which is available on the Highland Athletic website. See Mrs. Cassalina or Mrs. Palic for more information.

Are you interested in showing your Highland spirit? Tryouts for girls Poms are Monday, November 3rd. In order to tryout you must attend one of the two clinic days which will be next Thursday, the 30th or Friday the 31st. You must have a current physical on file with the nurse and a signed permission slip in order to participate in the clinic. See Mrs. Davison or Mrs. Curley with any questions.
Posted 10-21-2014 9:03 AM
Announcements 10-20-2014
Attention all 8th graders! Mix It Up Day is coming very soon and there will be a raffle to support Ophans of the Storm. One ticket is two dollars or three tickets $5.00. Buy some for a chance to win a gift card. They will be available all of week during the entire lunch period.

Attention all 7th and 8th grade students: Show Choir auditions are here! If you love theater, singing, dancing or all of the above don't miss the informational meeting after school today from 3:45 to 4:15 in room #130. See Mr. Spakowski or Ms. Rollefson with any questions.

Attention all 8th grade boys AND girls interested in trying out for basketball. 8th grade tryouts will be held after school today and tomorrow. Anyone trying out must attend both days of tryouts, have with them a signed permission slip and have a current physical on file with the school nurse. If you brought a current a physical to school with you please bring it to the nurse office NOW.
Posted 10-20-2014 9:05 AM
Announcements 10-17-2014
Congratulations to the following students who were caught being a class act this week.

Today is the last day to order a yearbook. Please visit the Highland website for directions to order a yearbook.

Attention all Destination Imagination Team members! Challenge Program materials have arrived. Please send one team member to room 116 by the end of the day to pick up your packet.

Attention all 7th and 8th grade students: Show Choir auditions are just around the corner! If you love theater, singing, dancing or all of the above don't miss the informational meeting Monday, October 20th from 3:45 to 4:15 in room #130. See Mr. Spakowski or Ms. Rollefson with any questions.

Please join the Yarn, Hook and Needle Club after school today and make beautiful accessories for yourself and your friends. We meet every Friday from 3:45 to 5:00 in Ms. Shea's room-#115.

Games Galore will be meeting after school today 3:35 to 4:45 in room #006.

Congratulations to the 7th grade girls' Volleyball Team for a great season! They finished the season with a fourth place finish. Nice job Hornets!

Congratulations to all members of Concert Choir on a fantastic performance last night at LHS! It was a wonderful start to the choral year. There will be no Concert Choir next week.

Attention all 8th grade boys AND girls interested in trying out for basketball. 8th grade tryouts will be held after school on Monday, October 20th and Tuesday, October 21st. Anyone trying out must attend both days of tryouts, have with them a signed permission slip (which can be found on the Highland Athletics website) and have a current physical on file with the school nurse. If you are unsure if your physical is current, please refer to the wall outside of the nurse's office prior to tryouts. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Gasick, Mr. Mitchell, or Mrs. Langlie. Go Hornets!!!
Posted 10-17-2014 9:12 AM
Announcements 10-16-2014
8th grade Art Club will meet tomorrow morning in room #116 at 8:15.

This months NJHS meetings are today from 3:45-4:00 or tomorrow from 8:00-8:15. Please make sure to attend one of the meetings in room 113.

Tomorrow, October 17th is the last day to order a yearbook. Please visit the Highland website for directions to order a yearbook.

Attention all 7th and 8th grade students: Show Choir auditions are just around the corner! If you love theater, singing, dancing or all of the above don't miss the informational meeting Monday, October 20th from 3:45 to 4:15 in room #130. See Mr. Spakowski or Ms. Rollefson with any questions.

Picture retakes are tomorrow morning for both those who missed the original picture day and those needing a retake. If you wish to have pictures retaken you will need to return the original packet at the time of your retake. For those who missed the original day, payment will be due when pictures are taken.

This school year's charity has been selected. Our students and staff have voted and the organization that Highland will be assisting this school year is Orphans of the Storm. Keep listening for future announcements to learn about how you can help all of the animals in need at Orphans of the Storm. A big thanks to all of the Class Act students and staff who voted!

Please join the Yarn, Hook and Needle Club and make beautiful accessories for yourself and your friends. We meet every Friday from 3:45 to 5:00 in Ms. Shea's room-#115.

Attention all 8th grade boys AND girls interested in trying out for basketball. 8th grade tryouts will be held after school on Monday, October 20th and Tuesday, October 21st. Anyone trying out must attend both days of tryouts, have with them a signed permission slip (which can be found on the Highland Athletics website) and have a current physical on file with the school nurse. If you are unsure if your physical is current, please refer to the wall outside of the nurse's office prior to tryouts. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Gasick, Mr. Mitchell, or Mrs. Langlie. Go Hornets!!!
Posted 10-16-2014 9:02 AM
Announcements 10-15-2014
Attention all 7th and 8th grade students: Show Choir auditions are just around the corner! If you love theater, singing, dancing or all of the above don't miss the informational meeting Monday, October 20th from 3:45 to 4:15 in room #130. See Mr. Spakowski or Ms. Rollefson with any questions.

Picture retakes are this coming Friday morning for both those who missed the original picture day and those needing a retake. If you wish to have pictures retaken you will need to return the original packet at the time of your retake. For those who missed the original day, payment will be due when pictures are taken.

This school year's charity has been selected. Our students and staff have voted and the organization that Highland will be assisting this school year is Orphans of the Storm. Keep listening for future announcements to learn about how you can help all of the animals in need at Orphans of the Storm. A big thanks to all of the Class Act students and staff who voted!

8th grade Art Club will meet today after school 3:45-4:25.

Please join the Yarn, Hook and Needle Club and make beautiful accessories for yourself and your friends. We meet every Friday from 3:45 to 5:00 in Ms. Shea's room-#115.

Attention all 8th grade boys interested in trying out for basketball. 8th grade tryouts will be held after school on Monday, October 20th and Tuesday, October 21st. Anyone trying out must attend both days of tryouts, have with them a signed permission slip (which can be found on the Highland Athletics website) and have a current physical on file with the school nurse. If you are unsure if your physical is current, please refer to the wall outside of the nurse's office prior to tryouts. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Gasick, Mr. Mitchell, or Mrs. Langlie. Go Hornets!!!
Posted 10-15-2014 9:06 AM
Lake County Attendance Award Winners
Congrats to students and parents of Butterfield, Copeland Manor and Highland Middle schools for their outstanding work during the 26th Annual Lake County Attendance Week which was help at the beginning of September.

Butterfield ranks number one for attendance of medium size elementary schools with 98.37 percent of the student enrollment!

Coming in at second place for attendance of small size elementary schools was Copeland Manor with 99.08 percent of the student enrollment.

In the large elementary school category, Highland Middle School ranked eighth with a 97.03 percent attendance rate for student enrollment. The school nabbed the number one spot just a year ago.

Excellent work!
Posted 10-3-2014 12:41 PM
Champions Fun Fest
Champions, the after- and before-school child care agency that also runs a preschool in D70, is hosting a free fun fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Butterfield School.
Breast Cancer awareness cookies will be offered for a donation to help Copeland Manor custodian Maria Jimenez in her battle against cancer.
Posted 10-3-2014 8:10 AM
Solar Panels Arrive At Highland Middle School
The solar panels are arriving at Highland Middle School and being installed!

Highland and Butterfield schools are being fitted for solar panels with the help of $1.8 million in state grants - making District 70 the largest solar school district in the state to be solar-run.

"We are committed to going green and this is another path," Supt. Dr. Guy Schumacher said. "This is very progressive and will add additional curricular opportunities as well as overall support of our eco system."
Posted 10-2-2014 9:41 AM
Crossing Guards Needed
The Libertyville Police Dept. is looking for school crossing guards.

For more information, please contact Lt. Hein at 847-362-4408.
Posted 8-2-2013 4:19 PM
Rockland Named Blue Ribbon School for Second Time
Rockland School has been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U. S. Department of Education.

Here is the announcement from Supt. Dr. Guy Schumacher.
Posted 9-30-2014 10:48 AM
Parent Teacher Conference Information
For Information about Highland Middle School's 2014 Parent Teacher Conferences, please click here.
Posted 9-11-2014 11:12 AM
2015 School Board Election
Libertyville School District 70 will have three, four-year term Board of Education seats up for the April 7, 2015 Consolidated Election.

School board candidates can circulate nominating petitions for signatures from Sept. 23-Dec. 22. Election packets are available at the District 70 Educational Resource Center, 1381 W. Lake St., Libertyville, the Lake County Clerk's office or through the Lake County Clerk's website. Nominating papers may be filed from Dec. 15-22 with the Lake County Clerk's office. A new state law prohibits candidates from filing nominating packets through their local school district.

The "2015 Candidate's Guide" can be downloaded from the State Board of Elections website or the Lake County Clerk's website. Information about being a school board member can be found at the Illinois Association of School Boards website.

Candidates are invited to learn more about District 70 by perusing this D70 website.
Posted 9-19-2014 12:46 PM
Stay Informed
Keep up with the news throughout District 70 by reading the media releases posted in the Supt.'s Dept., under Press Releases.
Posted 9-18-2014 3:27 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.
Posted 9-12-2014 2:15 PM
Board of Education Wins Prestigious State Award
The Libertyville School District 70 Board of Education is one of only 18 boards to earn an Illinois Association of School Boards 2014 School Board Governance Recognition designation.
The prestigious School Board Governance Recognition award is designed "to acknowledge school boards that have engaged in activities and modeled behaviors that lead to excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education," according to Roger Eddy, executive director of the IASB. "The Libertyville School District 70 Board of Education has worked hard to do that," Eddy noted in a letter to District 70.
Posted 9-11-2014 11:53 AM
Supt. Schumacher's Welcome Back
District 70 Supt. Dr. Guy Schumacher welcomes families back to school for the new 2014-15 school year.
Posted 9-8-2014 4:24 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
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