HMS Headlines

May 20, 2022

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A Message from the Administrative Team

Dear HMS Families,

How to be a good digital citizen is an important conversation that goes on across the 5-8 campus every year. Students learn from teachers, administrators, representatives from the Wilmette Police Department as they discuss how to remain safe with technology, and how to make sure they are using their devices in a responsible way.

While we have seen the majority of our students keep their school devices strictly for school, we have unfortunately seen a rise in misuse of personal technological devices by our students. This misuse has included using derogatory and harmful language toward others, sharing of personal information, and posting inappropriate pictures. Many of the apps students are using to post such items include Discord, TikTok, and SnapChat. Group texts are also frequently used with this type of behavior.

At school we are unable to monitor personal device use, so we highly recommend parents have conversations with their child about their social media use, discuss ways to support your child with making positive choices when using social media, and review their child’s social media accounts regularly. It is important to research which apps your child is using for social media to ensure you can put the appropriate safeguards in place for your child.


Parenting in the Digital Age

Dear Parents, This is What You Should Know About Social Media

App Tasting: Quick Demonstrations of Apps Kids are Using


Worried about your Teen on Social Media? Here’s How to Help

How Parents and Educators Can Support Healthy Teen Use of Social Media

Parenting Teens in the Age of Social Media

Have a good weekend,

Kelly, Linda, and Susie


During Variety Show season, we love getting our staff and students involved in projects at HMS to celebrate spring, and to show off all of the talent we have walking around our hallways!

The first video below showcases our STUDENTS in our FIRST EVER Highcrest Student Video. All HMS 5th and 6th graders were invited to participate, and we had over 70 students dance, sing, and move to an original song with a familiar tune... all about HMS.

The second video below showcases the STAFF as we have a little fun around the school. Yo HMS....let's get outta here. It's time for the summer....

Incoming 7th Grade Parent Transition Webinar

The WJHS Administration will be hosting a Zoom webinar on Thursday May 26th at 7:30pm on the transition from Highcrest to 7th grade at Wilmette Junior High School. The webinar will address the structure and daily routines of life for a 7th grader at WJHS, and there will be a platform for parent questions during the presentation. You can access the webinar at this link:

There is no advanced sign-up required, simply log on around 7:30pm for the session. If you cannot make the time, a recording of the webinar will be posted on the district YouTube page soon after.

We look forward to seeing you at the webinar and welcoming our newest class of 7th graders to WJHS!


Next Friday, May 27, is our Annual Outdoor Band, Orchestra, and Choir spring concert on the lawn! The festivities will begin at 1:45 PM behind the school. Students will sit in an assigned area, and behind the students, families are welcome to bring a lawn chair and come enjoy the spring music Ravinia-style.


That mid-week warm-up has us all ready for D39’s Summer Enrichment Programs 2022! This year we are very excited to welcome back some of our summer camp options for our kindergarten through seventh grade students. We intend to open our online registration process on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Be sure to browse our Summer Enrichment Programs website for our new online Summer Enrichment Programs 2022 brochure. We hope to see you with us for some summer fun!



Registration remains open for the 2022-23 academic year. For returning students, visit the PowerSchool parent portal, click on the registration link and follow the instructions. For new students to D39, visit for instructions on the four-part registration process. We encourage parents with new kindergarten students to enroll as quickly as possible. Additionally, D39 is offering its KEEP39 afternoon enrichment program for kindergarten students. Click here for more information. You can register your child for KEEP39 at the same time that you register for kindergarten.


District 39 Message Regarding Recent Hate Crimes

Like all of us, District 39 was saddened and disheartened by the terrible hate crimes that occurred last week in Buffalo, N.Y. and Orange County, Calif.

Our D39 inclusion statement reads, in part:

“District 39 believes inclusion plays a vital role in student growth. We are committed to providing

a safe and equitable learning environment that fosters a mindset of empathy, respect, and

belonging for all District 39 students and staff. By respecting each person’s unique identity,

perspective, and learning style, we create a stronger community. We honor differences including

races and cultures, genders and sexualities, abilities and aspirations, identities and affiliations,

socioeconomics and worldviews. Embracing diversity prepares our students to thrive in an

increasingly complex global community.”

Below is a list of resources that you might find helpful as we all grapple with the effects of gun violence and hate in our society. D39 remains committed to fostering an inclusive learning community that respects and celebrates the differences between all of our members – students and staff alike.

COVID-19 Metrics Review

During this week’s review of our COVID metrics, it was decided that District 39 will maintain its current COVID mitigations through the end of this school year. Based on CDC metrics, the Cook County COVID community level is currently at “medium” and we are continuing to see cases reported across our schools. Based on this review, it is prudent to maintain our current D39 Off Ramp mitigation measures in place for the final three weeks of the year.

Parent Education

District 39 hosted its final Parent Education event of the year earlier this week, “Coping with Stress, Anxiety, and Uncertainty.” A recording of the presentation can be found here. We ask that those who watched this presentation, either live or recorded, please fill out a very quick two-question survey. Additionally, the Family Service Center, one of our partners for parent education events, has asked for feedback. Click the link for their survey.

Board of Education Meeting

On Monday evening, the Board of Education will be hosting its regular monthly meeting. In addition to liaison reports and administrative updates, the Board will hear a presentation of key performance indicators used to chart our progress towards implementation of our strategic plan as well as review the Community Review Committee Report: Building Responsive Social-Emotional Learning through Strengthening Parent-Teacher Communication and Increasing Parent Understanding of and Engagement in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Instruction. Additionally, the Board will hear presentations on the District 39 Fiscal Year 2023 Draft Budget and lunch fees for the 2022-23 school year. Click here for access to the complete meeting agenda and materials.



Join the Saint Joseph and Saint Francis Xavier Jubilee Jog. Race will be held onMonday, May 30th with an 8:00 am start at St. Joseph School All ages are welcome.

The 2022 Summer Debate Institute at Northwestern’s University Evanston Campus is open to all rising 6-9 graders August 1-5. Enroll prior to June 8 using this form. Additional information on the website or contact Camp Director Camila Vincens

Wilmette Theatre welcomes WJHS students for a community building event. Flashback Fridays presents GOONIES on May 27 at 5:00 pm. Tickets & Information at

New Trier Township offers a Food Pantry 10am - 4pm weekdays for families that live/work in the township. NT Township also offers Emergency Financial Assistance, Legal Aid Clinic, property tax assistance, social service referrals and other available resources. Go to for more information. The Township is also sponsoring a paper shredding event tomorrow, May 7th 8:30-11:30 am at Regina Dominican High School.

New Trier Dance Division hosts Summer Dance Camps for children age 4 through the 9th grade June 20-24.

Buddy Baseball Registration is open to special needs children 7 - 22 years old throughout New Trier Township at no cost. Buddy Players are paired with Buddy Volunteers and games last approximately 75 minutes. Register at

The Village of Wilmette’s Sesquicentennial Celebration includes many fun activities and projects. Donations of $25 and up will receive recognition in the Commemorative 150th Edition of the Wilmette Communicator. See flyer for details or go to

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) is hosting Campyardigan Summer Camp options for students ages 5-13 with disabilities. The Spring Guide lists summer recreation programs.

The Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding 8-10 year olds to their spring and summer teams. Contact Kelsey Farmer for more information.

Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.

"Best Step Tutoring” offers free online tutoring for PreK-12 grades.

Loyola Academy offers Junior High Enrichment Summer Programs. For more information contact or

All McKenzie students are welcome to join McKenzie Pack One. Email for more information.

Cub Scout Pack 8 is welcoming Harper and Highcrest students (K-5 graders) to join the pack. Contact for more information.

BSA Troops 5G (girls) & 5B (boys) are looking for interested kids in grades 5-12 to join. Contact for more information.

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The HMS PTO Needs YOU!

The HMS PTO is looking for volunteers for next year - there are so many great ways to get involved at the school to fit your schedule. We are looking for people for the following roles: several executive board positions, book fair, environmental awareness, parent connections, yearbook, hospitality, teacher appreciation - incoming 5th grade volunteer, civics & safety, school store & after school clubs liaison. Please reach out to Megan Gemp at to learn more - we would love to have you.

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Purchase your EduKit School Supplies for the 2022/23 school year NOW!
Highcrest Middle School offers the EduKit program as a convenient option for busy families to order school supplies for the 2022-23 school year. EduKits include the supplies approved by our school. Order your EduKit now! Everything your student needs for the school year comes packaged in one convenient box, customized to your teacher’s requests!

Go to to order today. Regular sales end June 3rd! Last Chance Orders will be available from June 4 - July 25 for an additional fee. Highcrest PTO receives a $5 donation for each kit sold to support our school.

Appreciation Certificates Available

Looking for a way to say thank you to a special teacher, staff member or administrator? For your $39 donation, the staff member(s) of your choice will be honored with a personalized certificate sent via email and their name posted on our website's virtual Wall of Honor. All donations will benefit our schools by funding the D39 Educational Foundation's Gripp Grant program. Purchase your Appreciation Certificate here.

Wilmette Baseball Association Buddy Baseball

Wilmette Baseball Association Buddy Baseball is seeking players ages 7-22 with special needs to play baseball! The program is open to all residents throughout New Trier Township (non-residents based on 45 total). Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10 & 17 (Fall season Sept 11, 18, 25 & Oct 2). Time: 1:00 First Pitch. Games @ West Park in Wilmette, all turf field. Must register @ Yes Fee. More info about game play at Questions: email: Jeff Kost@

The D39 Educational Foundation is seeking General Board candidates for the 2022-23 year and beyond (3 year commitment required)

Interested in volunteering to support the entire District, working with a smart, creative, passionate group of D39 parents and teachers, and have expertise in marketing, event planning, enrichment, finance? We’d love to hear from you! Monthly evening meetings (a good fit for working parents). Contact Rebecca Lieber

Spirit wear is now online and ordering is super easy!

Show your Hawks pride with a variety of spiritwear options!

CLICK HERE to get your orders in! Please contact Jen at with questions!

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