HMS Headlines

April 22, 2022

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A Message from the Administrative Team

Dear HMS Families,

Our day "off" today was spent learning and growing in our understanding of social-emotional learning, specifically the competencies of social awareness and responsible decision making. Time was also spent during the afternoon discussing diversity, equity and inclusion and ways that we can ensure our classrooms and school communities are safe places where students feel they belong and are ready to learn. All of this learning directly ties into our Strategic Plan work of creating a supportive environment for all of our students.

While we certainly missed seeing your children today, we feel so fortunate to have this time set aside for us to learn and grow in our practices and how we support the needs of all of our students at Highcrest.

Have a great weekend!

Kelly, Linda, and Susie

6th Grade Dental forms DUE

Please be sure to turn in your 6th grade dental exam forms to the health office by May 15. Here is a copy of the form in case you need it.

RISING SIXTH GRADERS - Message from Mrs. Carlson

We invite you to fill out this optional input form to help the administrative team prepare to place your child for the 2022-23 school year. We value the information that you share with us, and would like to create the best placement possible for your child's academic and social development.

6th Grade FAQs including Accelerated Math information

RISING SEVENTH GRADERS - Message from Mr. Dees

We invite you to fill out this optional input form to help the administrative team prepare to place your child for the 2022-23 school year. We value the information that you share with us, and would like to create the best placement possible for your child's academic and social development.

If you have questions about the 7th Grade Placement process, please reach out to Mr. Dees at .


We have had a lot of students wearing slippers to school for their school day. Please make sure your child comes to school with hard soled shoes, appropriate for outdoor recess as well as PE classes. This is important as we have more outdoor time in the spring, and there is a lot of mud around our school building. Thanks for your help!


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.

Solar Panel Grants Awarded!

District 39 is proud to announce that we have received a grant from the Clean Energy Community Foundation's K-12 Solar Schools Program! The grant calls for the installation and monitoring of 3-6 solar panels for our four elementary schools and Wilmette Junior High (Highcrest had previously received this grant). The Solar Schools Program fosters the teaching of science, math, technology, and the environment through the use of solar panels to create energy. We are grateful and look forward to continuing our commitment to renewable energy.


Read for Refugees in Support of Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid

Thank you to everyone for their teaching and support of our Read for Refugees initiative this week. The event was a success, with over $5,185 raised from our community in support of Ukraine humanitarian relief. We should all be proud to be a part of such a generous and conscientious community! Donations are still being accepted should you wish to still contribute. You can do so by visiting our fundraising page.

Board Meeting

On Monday evening, the Board of Education will host its regular monthly meeting. In addition to liaison reports and administrative updates, the Board will review a bid for flooring work at Highcrest Middle School and review student transportation fees as well as recommendations for updated Board Policies. The Board will also adopt the Fiscal Year 2022 Amended Budget. Click here for access to the complete meeting agenda and materials.

Off-Ramp Steps

As we continue to closely monitor both local and community metrics, the safety of our learning community remains our top priority. As a result of an increase in local and regional COVID-19 cases, the District will pause on taking the next step in the off-ramp of our reduced mitigation plan. We will continue to closely monitor over the next two weeks and assess the situation to evaluate our mitigation measures in ongoing ways. In accordance with our reduced mitigation plan, layered mitigation strategies may be utilized in targeted ways at a classroom, grade, school, or district level based on a review of localized metrics and cases reported within these groups. Additional information regarding metrics review and targeted adjustments is available here.

SHIELD Testing Schedule

As you are aware from our Wednesday communication, we will be modifying our SHIELD testing schedule, beginning next week. District 39 will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing through SHIELD Illinois on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at WJHS. However, due to low participation numbers and inconsistencies with SHIELD staffing, Saturday testing will be discontinued following this Saturday’s testing session on April 23. As we continue to see an uptick in cases both locally and in our community, District 39 reminds that testing is required for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. Testing is also recommended for anyone who has been exposed to a positive case. (PCR and rapid testing results are acceptable for return to school/work.) As always, the safety of our learning community is our number one priority.

Village of Wilmette Celebrations

Throughout the month of April, each school in District 39 is hosting a history walk with fun facts, pictures, and information about how that school helped form the 150-year history of Wilmette. As a part of the walk, you and your family are also invited to participate in two accompanying activities: a scavenger hunt, and the design of a Wilmette village seal. Those who complete the scavenger hunt and submit their results to will receive a piece of District 39 “swag” to use in the years to come. Click here for more information about the location of each school’s walk, as well as links and QR codes for the activities. If you aren't able to visit for the walk, but would like to learn about all of the schools, here is a link with the information displayed at all six Wilmette schools! You can complete the scavenger hunt with this link as well!



The Wilmette Support Staff Union (SSU) is hosting a Blood Drive TODAY at WJHS in the large gym from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Sign up for an appointment to donate. (Park behind the school.)

The Wilmette Historical Museum and the Wilmette Police Departments host Joint Open Houses on Sunday, May 1st from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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

The Village of Wilmette & 'Ready Set Wilmette' Comprehensive Planning Team want to hear from Wilmette residents. Help ensure Wilmette is welcoming, thriving and vibrant for years to come. A series of polls focused on plan themes, an online comment map, and ideas wall. Provide input at your leisure and as ideas come up: feedback shared to date is highlighted in this recent online post.Check out the Facebook Page

The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities.

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

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.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 2nd-May 6th

Help us celebrate your students' teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2nd - May 6th! The PTO will be providing meals and snacks for teachers throughout the week. We will be having a raffle for the teachers and giving gift cards to show our appreciation. We would love any donations you are able to give. CLICK HERE to contribute! Many thanks from the Highcrest PTO!


🪶HAWKS!! Your futures are so bright, you gotta wear 🕶!!

Every 🌺Aloha Spring🌺 attendee will receive this awesome custom swag 😎

🌴Friday, April 29th, 5:00 to 6:30 pm🌴

🎟Tickets $15:

🎶DJ🍧Kona Ice🎯Carnival Games🎟Inflatables🎞Photo Booth🎨Collaborative Art Project

And....these Highcrest sunnies! 🕶

🌴Parent volunteers, dig out your Hawaiian shirts and sign up here:!/showSignUp/409094DAAAF2CA0FE3-aloha

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Connections for the Homeless Donations

Did you travel over spring break? Highcrest student council is hosting a toiletry drive for Connections for the Homeless. Please bring any unopened toiletry items- shampoo, conditioner, lotion etc. collected during your travels to school upon your return. There are collection boxes both inside the front office and the lobby of HMS. Student Council will sort and have the items delivered to those in need. Thank you for thinking of others!

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@

Buy Tix Now: Live Music from Local Bands Antler Chandelier and JuiceBox at Foundation’s Springtime Party at Double Clutch Brewery!

Get your tickets today before this event sells out! Join your friends and neighbors at D39 Educational Foundation’s springtime party, Cheers & Beers, at Double Clutch Brewery on Friday April 29th at 7pm. Enjoy live music from local bands, JuiceBox and Antler Chandelier! Check out the silent auction with fantastic prizes: Disney World passes, Drive a Porsche for the weekend, Ride a Firetruck to school, and many more! Tickets on sale now and all proceeds support Gripp Grants for the development of educational programs for D39 schools. Deadline for ticket purchase is April 27th. Purchase tickets HERE.

Highcrest Student Variety Show & Talent Show

Save the date! The HMS Student Variety and Talent Show will be Friday May 13th. There will be two shows at 4:30pm and 6:30pm (time subject to change).

Students, families and friends will be able purchase tickets soon. Stay tuned for more information. You won’t want to miss it!

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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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.

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