HMS Headlines

April 8, 2022

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A Message from the Administrative Team

Dear HMS Families,

Our HAWKS Day on Monday was a great day to bring everyone back together as a community and celebrate the things at Highcrest that help us all to remember why our school is so great. It also helped us to hone our collaboration and communication skills as we enter in to this fourth quarter of the school year. As a part of the day, some students created positive posters that hang in the hallway, they worked together to communicate and collaborate as they created structures out of tools like marshmallows and toothpicks, they reflected on the communication needed to put together a puzzle as a group, and they created shoutouts to teachers and classmates that were projected for all to read.

Filled with positivity and a sense of belonging, we are ready for this last quarter of school, and look forward to all of the great things waiting for us!

Check out some pictures below from our day.

Have a great weekend!

Kelly, Linda & Susie

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Health Heart

Our Student Council has been at work in our community helping others, and recently celebrated the Highcrest Community's work for the American Heart Association's Kid's Heart Health project. We had 314 students sign up to take the Healthy Heart Pledge and students raised $12,432.04 for the American Heart Association. Check out their progress HERE.

Below you can see pictures from the Pie in the Face celebration for the top earners and to celebrate the hard work of our HMS community from this past Monday! What a fun (and delicious!) way to celebrate!

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 .

Road Work on Washington

We have been notified that there will be road/sewer construction next week on Washington on the 2200 block (right near the school) for 3-4 days, beginning on April 12. Please plan accordingly as you come and go from Highcrest, as there will be some road closings at different times.

Celebrating 150 Years of Wilmette Public Schools

Join Wilmette Public Schools for a Walk through History as we learn about the past 150 years of District 39. Each school will have a history walk for families to participate in, and a special scavenger hunt to try if you visit all 6 walks! More information available HERE.

Wilmette Theater Showing of "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead"

Thank you for your patience regarding the SOLD OUT event tonight at the Wilmette Theater, and a BIG thank you to the Wilmette Theater for making a second showing possible next Friday, April 4, at 5:00 PM of the same movie!

Tickets are now available for purchase online via this link:

Whether you go tonight or next week, we hope you have a great time!


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.


SHIELD Testing Schedule

District 39 is continuing to offer COVID-19 SHIELD testing three days per week. This free PCR test is available to all registered students and staff on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (3:30-6:30 pm) and Saturday morning (8-11 am) at Wilmette Junior High. With many families having traveled over break as well as a slight uptick in COVID cases throughout our region, this is a great resource for families who wish to take advantage of it.

Join Us Next Wednesday for Parent Education

Please make plans now to join us for our next parent education event on Wednesday, April 13 at 11 am. It is titled “Mindful Parenting.” There are multiple ways to participate - onsite at the district office, live over Zoom, or watch the recording afterward. Please click here to register and reserve your spot.



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

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.

Give a Pint, Get a Pint - Wilmette SSU Blood Drive Friday April 22 @ WJHS

Come donate blood, meet your Wilmette D39 Support Staff Members and receive a free pint of Culver's Frozen Custard!

Friday April 22, WJHS Large Gym (Park Behind School)

Book a Time Between 10AM and 4PM - Sign up now!

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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.

Get ready for the Highcrest “Show Us What You Got” Student Variety and Talent Show coming Friday May 13th!

Can you sing, dance, play music, do stand up or have another talent? Would you like to perform solo or with a group of friends? Time to get your act together! Auditions will be held Thursday, April 14th and Monday, April 18th. Sign up to reserve your spot!

If you have questions please email

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 will be 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@

Save The Date: Friday 4/29/22! Highcrest ALOHA SPRING is BACK!!

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Have an incoming 5th or 6th grader next year? We need you! Get involved at the school through the Highcrest PTO! We have many different options available to fit your schedule and interests! Freaky Friday, Aloha Spring, Enrichment Planning, Teacher Appreciation, Yearbook, After School Clubs, 5th Grade Connections, Communications and so many more ways to get involved. Please reach out to Megan Gemp at to talk about possibilities. We look forward to working with you!

Cheers and Beers Springtime Party at Double Clutch Brewery - Purchase Tickets Now

Grab your friends and join us for a fun night out at District 39 Educational Foundation’s springtime event, Cheers and Beers, on Friday April 29th from 7 to 10 pm. Taking place at Evanston’s newest gathering spot, Double Clutch Brewing Company, this evening party will feature live music, a silent auction, and raffle prizes. Tickets are $100 each and include passed hors d’oeuvres and two drinks. All proceeds from this event support Gripp Grants for the development of innovative education programs, experiences, and technologies for the district’s six schools. Deadline for ticket purchase is April 27th. Purchase tickets HERE

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

After School Clubs at Highcrest: Spring Session Registration is Open!

The HMS PTO is excited to bring you a spring session of After School Clubs. Registration opened Monday March 14th and many clubs still have openings. We are offering Debate, Chess, Skyline Theatre, Newspaper and Rubik's Cube clubs. All clubs start after spring break. Check out club descriptions HERE.

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.

Order your 2021-22 HMS Yearbook!

CLICK HERE to order today!

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Trex Plastic Bag Challenge

The Trex Plastic Bag Challenge is happening from November 15, 2021-April 15, 2022. Students, teachers and families (and the community at large) are asked to dispose of their plastic bags at conveniently located bins by the front office. Collections will be weighed and logged each week and will help HMS to compete against other middle schools nationwide. Plastic MUST be clean and dry. Questions? Please contact

Membership Toolkit

AtoZ Connect is now powered by Membership Toolkit to bring you the best directory experience available. PTO memberships, directories, communications, online store, and more will all run through the newly improved online software. Click here if you haven’t already signed up!

To access the new 2021-2022 Highcrest PTO Directory, please visit Bookmark this site now!

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