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  • Even our hallways are a Class Act!

    Even our hallways are a Class Act!

  • Top Chef with Mrs. VanDyke

    Top Chef with Mrs. VanDyke

  • 7th Graders are ready to learn Social Studies

    7th Graders are ready to learn Social Studies

  • Badminton in Gym Class

    Badminton in Gym Class

  • Highland 8th Grade Soccer Players

    Highland 8th Grade Soccer Players

  • Walk for Water

    Walk for Water

    Students experienced what life would be like if they had to walk 3.5 miles to get their water

  • Youth & Family Counseling speaking with 6th

    Youth & Family Counseling speaking with 6th

  • NHJS makes lunches for PADS

    NHJS makes lunches for PADS

  • Students learn W. African Drumming

    Students learn W. African Drumming

    Helen Bond of the Benkadi Project teaching drumming on the djembe

  • Students compete in a Cross Country Meet

    Students compete in a Cross Country Meet

  • Drama Club puts on a Murder Mystery

    Drama Club puts on a Murder Mystery

  • Mr. Diaz teaches his class Salsa Dancing

    Mr. Diaz teaches his class Salsa Dancing

  • Students celebrate Day of the Dead

    Students celebrate Day of the Dead

  • Students Celebrate International Peace Day

    Students Celebrate International Peace Day

  • 6th Graders learn to sew

    6th Graders learn to sew

  • Students learn how to program Sphero

    Students learn how to program Sphero

  • Going for the win!

    Going for the win!

  • Students had visitors from Angers, France

    Students had visitors from Angers, France

  • Concert Choir performs for Peace Day

    Concert Choir performs for Peace Day

  • Mrs. Janossy instructs the morning orchestra

    Mrs. Janossy instructs the morning orchestra

  • Student Vs. Staff Volleyball Tournament

    Student Vs. Staff Volleyball Tournament

    Highland raised $700 for our school charity at this event!

  • Students having fun in Spanish Class

    Students having fun in Spanish Class

  • Controlling Garageband using Makey Makey

    Controlling Garageband using Makey Makey

Supt. Letter on Florida School Shooting
Guy Schumacher

Dear Families and D70 Staff: 

In light of the tragic shootings that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, I share with you our commitment to the safety of the children and our staff. 

With safety procedures and a crisis plan in place, we continue to encourage vigilance when it comes to securing all access doors, monitoring student release, and requiring visitor check in at all school offices.

While stories of this nature are incomprehensible and the connection to schools and the educational system bring the horror so deeply into the light, we share with you our ongoing commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment for our Libertyville learning community.

Our thoughts are with the families throughout Parkland, Florida, during this shockingly sad and extraordinarily complex time.

Guy Schumacher
Superintendent of Schools

Updated 2-15-2018 2:13 PM
Calendar for 2019-20 School Year Breaks
District 70

While we calculate trimesters, we'd like to share important dates with you for the 2019-20 school year calendar. 

For the 2019-20 School year: 
The first day of school for students will be Aug. 21, 2019.
Winter Break will run from Dec. 20, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020.
Spring Break will run from March 23, 2020, through March 29, 2020. 

Updated 1-11-2018 4:33 PM
Announcements 2-23-2018

As we near the end of Trimester 2 we want to recognize the teams that have had the highest number of Classy Cards this past month.  Congratulations to 7 Maroon and both of the 6th-grade teams for putting up big numbers!  Well Done! We encourage ALL students to drop their Classy Cards in their teams' bins because this weekend they will be counted to determine the Classy Breakfast winners! For now, we recognize some Classy Students.  When you hear your name called, please report to Student Services for your prize and to get your picture taken.  We're proud of those just named and ALL of our Highland students!

Next week, February 26 to March 2 is Readathon Week! Show your support for those who are participating by dressing up for the following Spirit Days:     Monday will be Stripes Day in honor of Dr. Seuss!  We can’t wait to see your spirit!

7th Grade students: don’t forget Gym Jam is tomorrow night from 7:30 to 10:00 at the “OTHER” Centre Club in Gurnee!  Even if you did not sign up in advance you came still come and join your friends for a night of basketball, swimming, wallyball, raquetball, zumba and of course the usual snacks!  Cost is $10.00 at the door and you will need a signed permission slip and student ID.  Bring your swim suit and towel to enjoy the two pools!

Thanks again for another great Box Tops collection drive in February. We earned over $510 for the HFA. The winning classroom is Mr. Romano's Studio One. Congrats! The competition was fierce and we'd like to acknowledge the following classes too: Ms. VanDyke, Ms. Kubala, Ms. Palic, Ms. Klemp, Mr. Friedman, Mr. Gasick, Mr. Crown, Ms. Varghese, and Ms. Rollefson. Thanks for helping make the contest a huge success. Keep saving those Box Tops. The HFA will hold our next collection drive in the fall.

Attention 8th graders:  please remind your parents that graduation forms need to be turned in as they are due March 2nd. The forms are available on the HFA website. The all school dance is coming up next Friday.  This dance is open to all HMS students.  It will be on March 2nd from 7 to 9 pm.  There will be a DJ, photo booth and snacks served.  Entry to the dance will be $5.00 but bring extra money for the photos and concession stand.  All money will go to the support our charity this year; “The Benkadi Project.”

Updated 2-23-2018 8:58 AM
Announcements 2-22-2018

Thank you to all who participated in Riddle Wednesday. The Riddle was..."When you have me, you feel like sharing me. But, if you do share me, you don't have me. What am I?" ….Answer: A SECRET!  A drawing took place, if your name is called please stop by Student Services on your way to 2nd period.

 Attention Peer Helpers: there will be a meeting today during your lunch/recess.  7th graders please meet in Mr. Smigielski’s room at the start of 5th period and 8th graders meet in Mrs. Dunlap’s room at the beginning of 7th.  We will begin planning for visits to the elementary schools at these meetings.

Also there will be a 7th grade Student Council meeting today the first half of lunch in Mrs. Grant’s room for all representatives and officers.

The all school dance is coming up next Friday.  This dance is open to all HMS students.  It will be on March 2nd from 7 to 9 pm.  There will be a DJ, photo booth and snacks served.  Entry to the dance will be $5.00 but bring extra money for the photos and concession stand.  All money will go to the support our charity this year; “The Benkadi Project.”

Updated 2-22-2018 8:58 AM
Announcements 2-21-2018

Thank you everyone for having such caring, warm hearts to support The Benkadi Project!  Highland Middle School Student Councils sold $545 worth of candy grams this year!

7th grade Speech Club will meet today during your lunch period in room 146.  Mrs. Smith will see you there.

Today's 8th grade Student Council meeting has been cancelled.  Please see Mrs. Rosen with any questions.

Updated 2-21-2018 9:02 AM
Announcements 2-20-2018

Recess will be indoors today due to inclement weather.

Updated 2-20-2018 9:11 AM
Schools To Watch Award
Announcement Photo

Recently, Judges from Association of Illinois Middle Schools visited Highland Middle School to determine our eligibility for the Illinois Horizon and National Schools to Watch Award.  The award is presented to schools where students and staff exhibit a commitment to academic excellence and a commitment to supporting the middle school philosophy for students. We are proud to announce that HMS has been selected for this prestigious honor!  Many staff members here at HMS worked hard in preparing our application and preparing for the visit from the judges.  A big thank you to all involved!  Also, a big thank you to all of the students here at HMS for being a Class Act every day!  Finally, thank you to all of our parents for supporting your students and our school! Congratulations Highland!

Updated 2-13-2018 12:20 PM
Announcements 2-15-2018
Desk - Student

Don’t forget if you recently lost something here at Highland such as a notebook, a lunch bag, or a sweatshirt; be sure to look for your lost possessions at the Lost & Found, located right outside of the North Gym today.

Updated 2-15-2018 8:59 AM
Early Release, No School
District 70

Early release will be held Wednesday, Feb. 14, at HIGHLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL only at 1:45 p.m.

Early release will be held Thursday, Feb. 15, for Adler Park, Butterfield, Copeland Manor and Rockland schools at 1:15 p.m. Early release will be held the same day for Highland Middle School at 1:45 p.m. 

Parent/teacher conferences will be held Feb. 14 & 15. 

NO SCHOOL Friday, Feb. 16. The Educational Resource Center will be open. 
NO SCHOOL Monday, Feb. 19 in honor of President's Day. 

Updated 2-14-2018 3:38 PM
Rockland Rd Bridge Closed for Repairs

For public safety, the Rockland Road Bridge over the Des Plaines River in Libertyville will be closed at 1 p.m. on Feb. 1st for emergency repairs.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recommended the bridge be closed until work to correct deterioration in the decorative steel truss system is complete, which may require removal of the truss and reconstruction of the bridge. 

For more information, contact the Village of Libertyville at  


Updated 2-1-2018 12:31 PM
2018-2019 Kinder and New Student Registration

The Kindergarten and New Student Registration Page is now open for the 2018-2019 school year. This is for NEW STUDENTS only. Parents of returning students will receive further instructions in April. Information can also be found through the NewStudents2018-2019 link under the HOME menu on the district or school web sites.

This page contains information parents will need in order to complete the registration process. It includes additional links to packets (PDF) of required forms, and medical and financial assistance information.


Updated 2-2-2018 3:55 PM
Introducing Drs. Bongle, Hallmark & Poelking
Announcement Photo

Dear District 70 Families,

It is with extraordinary pride I share with you, as of this afternoon, Adler Park School Principal Kerri Bongle, Highland Middle School Principal Jon Hallmark, and Copeland Manor School Principal Lori Poelking have successfully completed their respective dissertation defense with Concordia University, earning each of them the distinct honor as Doctor of Education.

As superintendent of schools, I grasp the depth of their specific roles as school leaders and the commitment of time, patience, struggle and endurance to achieve such success. Often times, they have sacrificed opportunities with family, friends, and colleagues to fulfill commitments related to such an endeavor. Never have they let such commitment interfere with their professional roles, responsibilities, and accountability, making their efforts that much more extraordinary. I greatly value and comprehend all for which they have yearned, all that they have earned, and all that they have learned. Needless to say, this honor does not come without great focus and profound determination. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bongle, Dr. Hallmark and Dr. Poelking for this wonderfully impressive honor.

Dr. Guy Schumacher
Superintendent of Schools

Updated 1-29-2018 4:34 PM
Summer School Registration

        As temperatures rise to the 30s this winter, planning is underway for the popular Libertyville Elementary District 70 summer school with registration set to open on March 4th.
       Summer school for this year will be held from June 11 through July 12, Monday through Thursday, for second through eighth grade at Highland Middle School and will return next door for pre-kindergarten and pre-first grade classes at Rockland School. An Open House will be held June 7.
       Adler Park physical education teacher and long-time summer school principal Gerry Carollo will continue as Summer School Director this year as Butterfield Assistant Principal Steve Feldman steps into the role as Summer School principal.
       Busing will be available for students to match school hours from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Busing information also will be posted on the summer school website.  Summer school classes will be posted online at the district website, as of Feb. 23. The link to register also will be located on the summer school website.
         While course offerings are being developed, some of the popular classes offered every year include building with Legos, ball games, cheerleading, and floor hockey.
        District residents may begin registering on March 4 until May 25.

Updated 2-14-2018 3:40 PM
Parents-Only Screenagers Movie Screening
Film Slate

Libertyville School District 70 social workers, in conjunction with Hawthorn District 73, Oak Grove District 68, and St. Joseph School, are holding a free parent-only viewing of the highly acclaimed documentary film, “Screenagers” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Copeland Manor School. This is a candid film about what it is like to grow up in the digital age. The film highlights for parents the impact of the digital age on children, their developing brain and how parents can help minimize harmful effects and find a healthy balance of screen time to non-screen time for children
An RSVP is required. 

Updated 2-14-2018 3:41 PM
Fees Increase to Cover Technology
District 70

Student textbook and technology fees for the 2018-2019 school year will increase to help pay for updated infrastructure, new software, and technology devices.     

Fees for the upcoming school year, including textbook rental fees, technology fees, and supply costs, will be $125 for students in kindergarten through fifth-grade and eighth grade, while sixth- and seventh-graders will pay $225 to help cover the costs of one-to-one Chromebooks. 

“We’ve worked hard to keep costs low as we consider the bottom line for our stakeholders,” Supt. Dr. Guy Schumacher said during a Monday night meeting before the Board of Education approved the increase. “Now we need to increase the fees just to try to keep up. Technology changes, we need to update the infrastructure, buy new devices so that our students can take their assessments online. Without charging for extracurricular activities, including athletic participation (or music), our fees are still inline when compared to neighboring school districts.” 

Updated 1-23-2018 3:22 PM
Calendar for the 2018-19 School Year

The calendar for the 2018-19 school year. 

Updated 1-11-2018 1:52 PM
Opt-In To Be Notified By Text Of School Closings
Snowflake 1

To be notified by D70 for schools closings by text you must OPT-IN for the service. 

Severe snowfall or extremely cold weather traditionally occur in January, February, and March in our area. Receive school closing information due to snowfall or cold weather via text by texting 67587 with either Y or YES as the message you send. For more information, contact Director of Technology Pam Imholz at 847-362-9695. 

 This text (SMS) service only will be used in the event of school closings or a school emergency. 

Updated 2-8-2018 12:17 PM
School Closings, Emergency Notifications
Snowflake 1 District 70 takes closing schools seriously. When the decision is made to close schools due to inclement weather, District 70 uses an emergency notification system to deliver phone calls and emails about school closings or safety emergencies.

 There also now is an option to opt-in to receive the information via text by texting 67587 with either Y or YES as the message you send. 

 This text (SMS) service only will be used in the event of school closings or a school emergency. For more information about school closings, please read the FAQ.
Updated 11-29-2017 6:02 PM
Absence Phone Number: 847-932-0060
Phone Highland Middle School has a new direct dial Attendance line!  With the implementation of a new phone system, parents and guardians can now report student absences by calling 847-932-0060.

Please leave the following information in your message when reporting a child's absence:  Child's name, child's Studio One (homeroom) teacher, your name, the date or dates, and the reason for the absence.
Updated 11-16-2017 7:54 AM
FAD70 Presentation on Homework, Assessment Data
Erik Youngman

The slide presentation on homework and recent assessment data shared during the Nov. 16 FAD70 meeting by Dr. Erik Youngman, director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. 

Updated 11-16-2017 4:01 PM
We Have an App for That - The D70 Mobile App
District 70 District 70 is on the go with a mobile app! Download us - it's free! Available on iTunes and Google Play (search Libertyville District 70
Updated 10-3-2017 11:05 AM
Let The Sun Shine - Making A Difference in D70
Sun Libertyville School District 70 is the largest solar-powered school district in the state of Illinois.

Or read about why we have solar panels on Butterfield and HMS schools.
Updated 10-3-2017 11:05 AM
2017-18 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Updates
Desk - Student

Engaging curriculum and instruction changes will create new learning opportunities in Libertyville District 70 schools this year for language arts, language skills, science, and health.

Updated 8-16-2017 10:41 AM