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  • 6th Graders putting supplies away

  • Kids walking through the hallway

  • 6th Graders putting supplies away

  • 7th Graders working on a team building activity

  • Kids at lunch

  • Mrs.l Kubala welcoming her students

  • Math animals

  • Math Class

  • Math Class

  • Science class with Mrs. Oshinski

  • 8th Grade Science Teachers

  • Eating lunch

  • Our new superintendent greeting students

HMS Hybrid Schedule
Highland Use the link below to access information about reopening at Highland Middle School

Updated 11-16-2020 5:29 PM
Please Welcome New Board Member Angela Balanag
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Angela K. Balanag, a Libertyville resident and Copeland Manor parent, was sworn in as the new school board member during a Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Balanag was unanimously approved by the school board and was sworn in by School Board President Wendy Schilling during the meeting. Schilling replaced Tom Vickers as board president as he stepped down from the president position due to work obligations on Nov. 19th. Under board policy, the vice president, which was Schilling, moves to president. The board then voted 6-1 to have Marc Grote step into the role of vice president.  

Balanag, 47, will serve until the April 6 Consolidated Elections, completing the term of  Linda Lucke, who resigned after moving out of District 70 boundaries. An English teacher at Grant Community High School, Balanag noted in her application that, “I am an educator who is passionate about equity. I think all students, staff, faculty, administrators, parents, and community members deserve high-quality opportunities to grow.”

With a master’s degree in school leadership from Northeastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in English and teaching and learning from DePaul University, Balanag first majored in mass communications and history at Illinois State University. She worked as a professional broadcaster while working on her bachelor’s degree. 

“I have great respect for public service and the role of the community in public education,” Balanag said. “I recognize the high-quality decision-making process of the staff, faculty, administration, and board of education that District 70 engages in. It would be an honor to serve the community for a few months.” 

She began her education career as a substitute teacher in Community District 128 (LHS) and in Waukegan Community School District 60. She also has taught at Antioch Community High School and served two years as the head coach of the Boys Bowling Team at Grant Community High School. 

Balanag and her husband, Edgar, have a daughter, Vivian.

Updated 11-23-2020 7:32 PM
Tom Vickers Steps Down as Board President
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Tom Vickers is stepping down as board president of Libertyville School District 70, saying his work obligations have increased dramatically and can no longer give the school board and school district the attention they deserve. He will remain on the board and supportively serve out the remainder of his term.   

According to School Board Policy 2:110, board Vice President Wendy Schilling will step in to serve as board president beginning with the Nov. 23 school board meeting. 

Updated 11-19-2020 9:12 PM
Please Self-Certify Before 7:30 a.m. Every School Day
Announcement Photo Please self-certify your child(ren) before 7:30 a.m. before school.

For the first several weeks of hybrid, in-person school families will receive an email with a link to self-certify. You may bookmark that link after submitting the health form to return to self-certify again for the next day. A text also will be sent to families of students attending school in-person to remind them to self-certify.

By law, District 70 may only send text messages to families who opt-in to the service. Information on how to opt-in to text messages can be found on the announcement page of each school website, as well as the district website. 
Updated 11-19-2020 10:29 AM
Announcements 11-5-2020

Do you enjoy memorizing random facts about science? Building things like circuits or learning about crime-solving? Then Science Olympiad might be for you. We will be running a modified and virtual Science Olympiad club this year and would love to tell you more about it. Stop by this Thursday at 3:45 in Mrs. Oshinski's virtual room, toshinski, to find out more!

Updated 11-5-2020 8:15 AM
Announcements 11-2-2020

Congratulations to the HMS orchestra young musicians who  participated in the virtual audition for the Illinois Music Educator's District 7 Honor Orchestra Festival Day of Music. They have been accepted and will attend a virtual day of music November 14. Highland is very proud of their outstanding accomplishment.

Updated 11-2-2020 8:12 AM
Message from the HMS Dean of Students
Computer Use the link below to view a message from the HMS Dean of Students, Mrs. Miller, regarding Social Media Safety.

Updated 9-30-2020 8:29 AM
Link to Watch School Board Meetings Held Remotely During COVID-19
District 70

Videos of archived school board meetings during COVID-19.  


Updated 9-22-2020 10:28 AM
Helping your child cope with COVID-19
Video Use the link below to view a video on helping your child cope with COVID-19.

Updated 9-2-2020 4:01 PM
6th grade & New Families
New 2 Are you new to District 70?  Do you have a 6th grade student?  Use the following link for important information about Highland Middle School: LINK TO INFO FOR NEW & 6TH GR. 
Updated 8-29-2020 10:57 AM
20-21 Fall Plans
District 70

Information on eSchool and the first fall trimester can now be found under a new 20-21 Fall menu item found along the top of the district and the schools' websites. 

Updated 10-26-2020 10:31 PM
School Board Election April 6, 2021

Nominating petition forms for the April 6, 2021, school board election in Libertyville School District 70 will be available on Sept. 18 at the Lake County Clerk's Office, 18 N. County St., Waukegan, Il.

Petitions may begin to be circulated on Sept. 22. A school board candidate's petition must be filed in the Lake County Clerk's Office no earlier than 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 14, and no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 29. 

Four of the seven-member board of education seats are open in the April 6 election. Candidates elected will take office at an organizational meeting to be held within 28 days following the election and serve the four-year terms until April 2025. 

To be eligible to serve, a school board member must be, on the date of the election, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a resident of the State of Illinois and Libertyville School District 70 for at least one year immediately preceding the election, and a registered voter.

Elections are nonpartisan and board candidates do not indicate political party affiliation. Candidates should be aware of financial conflict-of-interest limitations set forth in the school code. 

Important information: 
April 6, 2021, Consolidated Election Calendar
2021 Candidate's Guide
2021 Election Campaign Finance Calendar  

Updated 9-17-2020 3:28 PM
HMS 2020-2021 Supply List
School Supplies Use this LINK to access the HMS 2020-2021 School Supply List. Please be aware that due to COVID-19, this list is subject to change.  While we do not anticipate many changes, we do want families to be aware of this possibility. If changes to this list do occur, an email will be sent to notify families. Supply kits, liked the ones used at the elementary level, are not available at Highland Middle School.
Updated 8-29-2020 10:56 AM
Registration for Kindergartners, New Students, Returning Students Now Open
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Registration for KINDERGARTNERS and NEW STUDENTS and RETURNING STUDENTS is now open on the D70 website.

For new kindergartners, as well as students who will be new to the district this fall for the 2020-21 school year:

  • On the d70schools.org website, go to HOME, then NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION and follow the directions.
  • You may also register on your home school website, under PARENTS. 
  • Please register as early as possible so we can make sure we have staff in place for all students.
  • We encourage you to pay online. 
  • You may pay by check by mailing the check to Libertyville School District 70, Educational Resource Office, 1381 W. Lake St., Libertyville, Il. 60048.  
  • Questions? Email District 70 registrar, Cristina, directly at cdistefano@d70schools.org

For returning students:
  • Go to your parent PowerSchool account at powerschool.d70schools.org.
  • Sign in with username and password.
  • If you forgot your password, select "Forgot Password" and create a new password.
  • Fill out the section called School Forms. You must fill out School Forms separately for each of your children you are enrolling.
  • We encourage you to pay online. 
  • You may pay by check by mailing the check to the Libertyville School District 70, Educational Resource Office, 1381 W. Lake St., Libertyville, Il. 60048.   
  • Questions? Email District 70 registrar, Cristina, directly at cdistefano@d70schools.org
Updated 8-21-2020 6:15 PM
Student Health Forms Required for Fall 2020

Student immunizations required for the 2020-21 school year are listed here by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Physicians are conducting well visit exams and giving immunizations throughout the pandemic. Neither the Illinois State Board of Education nor the IDPH has offered any changes for medical requirements during COVID-19. Please send in your child's appropriate grade level health forms upon the start date of school on Aug. 24. 

Details on health exams required according to grade level can be found on your school site under Resources under Health.  

Updated 8-21-2020 6:12 PM
20-21 Calendar for the School Year

The D70 Calendar for the 2020-21 school year (updated 11.10.20)

Updated 11-10-2020 4:58 PM
Opt in For Important Information Via Text

District 70 is pivoting quickly during the pandemic. Some very important information will be sent out via text because it will need your immediate attention. An email also will follow these important messages. 

By law, however, you must opt-in to receive the information via text by texting 67587 with either Y or YES as the message you send. (This will not be activated for 48-hours from when you opt-in.) This text (SMS) service only will be used in the event when very important information needs to be shared with you.  

Updated 11-9-2020 4:44 PM
D70's Proposed e-Learning Plan for Snow Days
District 70

District 70 has created an e-Learning Plan to replace Emergency Days through the next three school years, 2020-2023.  

The plan would allow District 70 to use e-Learning days, instead of Emergency Days (such as Snow Days), so that students can continue to learn remotely.

The state mandates that five emergency days are built into the school calendar to accommodate emergency school closures due to inclement weather or other events beyond our control (flooding, school power outages, etc.).  The emergency days are built into the school calendar at the end of every school year.

The e-Learning Plan, approved by the school board on Oct. 26 and pending approval before the Regional Office of education, will allow students to learn remotely when school has to be closed and also will allow the school year to end on a set date without being extended to accommodate the built-in emergency days. 
e-Learning Letter to Familiese-Learning Proposed Plan, eLearning Verification Form for ROEOct. 26 School Board PowerPoint Presentation 

Updated 10-27-2020 2:36 PM