HMS Headlines

June 3, 2022

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A Message from the Administrative Team

Dear HMS Families,

Welcome to the last Friday of the school year! We had a wonderful week full of many celebrations!

We celebrated "U" for Unity in our ABC Countdown. Thursday was a day for us to celebrate the many differences we bring to Highcrest, and our unity as a community of different people and unique identities. We decked out the school in rainbow colors, and even had music at recess!

Friday was our last homeroom Student of the Month celebration, where we honored a student from each homeroom for their commitment to Highcrest and for exhibiting all of the traits of successful learners on a consistent basis. These traits include service, responsibility, compassion, tolerance, integrity, self-awareness, and leadership. Congratulations to all of our honorees!

Today we also celebrated our annual Outdoor Concert. We haven't been able to have our Outdoor Concert for a couple of years, so this was really exciting for us all! Band, Orchestra, and Choir students performed together, and we even had some members of our local Highcrest band, "Staff Infection," play. What a great way to end the week as a community!

We are looking forward to a fun week ahead fully of Field Day for each grade level, homeroom celebrations, and end of the year traditions. Enjoy your weekend, and we will see you soon!

Take care,

Kelly, Linda, and Susie

Today's Outdoor Concert


Please come and check the Lost and Found next week! We will have the many water bottles, winter jackets, lunch boxes, and more, out front under the awning during the school day. We will have students check it out as well, but if your child has something missing, stop on by!

There will also be boxes in front for school supply donations, should you have any materials to drop off.

Students of the Month

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7th Grade Transition Webinar on YouTube

7th Grade Transition Webinar on YouTube: Thanks to everyone who joined the WJHS team for the 7th grade transition webinar on Thursday evening. If you were unable to attend the session, you can view the entire session HERE. The video is also posted on the WJHS webpage and the District 39 YouTube page. We look forward to welcoming your child to 7th grade at WJHS in the months ahead!
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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.


As we prepare for the final days of school next week, we wish everyone joyful celebrations of a fantastic school year. Together, our students, teachers and staff overcame tremendous hurdles this year. As we returned to more typical school-day procedures and full in-person instruction, we hope that each student felt a sense of belonging, connection and academic success within their classroom and school community. Please enjoy the end-of-year celebrations of a school year well-spent. We hope you feel a sense of pride in all that your child(ren) have accomplished this year. We certainly do! Thank you for your support and partnership throughout.

SHIELD Testing Complete For the Year

This week was the final week for District 39-sponsored SHIELD Illinois testing. We are grateful for everyone who took advantage of this free testing throughout the school year. As a reminder, D39 is continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and we will continue to update our COVID-19 metrics page until the end of the school year.



"Students Demand Action" and "Moms Demand Action.”Join the 5K Walk/Run to honor lives lost due to gun violence on June 5th at 9:30 am at Indian Hill Park, 131 Wilson Street, Winnetka. Wear Orange.

School Supply Reuse Recycle Drive: Last year the National Charity League organized a school supply collection during the final week of school to divert hundreds of school supply items from going into the landfills. Please donate gently used/unused items to needy students and families. Students and teachers, please place all unused or gently-used school supplies into the bin located outside your school the week of June 9–12.

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 2022 Summer Debate Institute at Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus will be held August 1-5 for all rising 6th-9th grade students. Enroll prior to June 8 using this form. Additional information on the website or contact Camp Director Camila Vincens.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

McKenzie Pack One is hosting an Information Night this Sunday, May 15 at 4:00 pm at St. Joseph School, 1740 Lake Ave. Come and build rockets!

All McKenzie students are welcome. 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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Field Day Volunteers Needed!

Click HERE to help hand out popsicles at Field Day (Monday June 6th for 6th grade and Tuesday June 7 for 5th grade)


Yearbooks will be distributed next week on the LAST day of school. Additional yearbooks will be on sale in the school lobby on the morning of 6/9 for $40 CASH ONLY.

Purchase your EduKit School Supplies for the 2022/23 school year NOW!

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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.

Donate or Recycle your 2021/22 School Supplies!
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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.

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@

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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