HMS Headlines

January 21, 2022


Dear HMS Families,

Yesterday after school we enjoyed a wonderful performance from our students who are a part of our District 39 High Five Choir.

District 39 believes that inclusion plays a vital role in student growth, and has renewed that belief in the new strategic plan as it works toward providing opportunities for students to develop a sense of belonging, leadership, and student to student connections. This is exactly what the High Five Choir does weekly as it brings together students of diverse abilities to share in some fun, connection, and to enjoy the power of music in fostering community. Yesterday students sang solos, took part in emceeing the program, and showed us all how good it feels to be yourself and to feel included.

We want to give a huge thank you to our HMS and WJHS PTOs for continuing to sponsor this experience for our students, and to the many staff members who help to make the club a success. We want to especially thank our HMS Music Teacher, Jana Martin, for her organization and planning which made it possible to have a live audience for the performance for the first time in two years. Check out a quick sound byte below!

Have a great weekend!

Kelly, Linda, and Susie


We have noticed an increase in the number of late arrivals to school in the morning, especially via the car line.

Supervision at HMS begins at 8:25, and the bell rings at 8:45 so students are able to make their way to homeroom. It is important for students to be in homeroom at 8:50 AM so that they are able to hear important daily announcements, and participate with their classroom community in social-emotional learning activities to kick off their day.

Please aim to be at school at 8:45 AM so your child is able to be in class on time.

Additionally, as you arrive, we ask for your patience in the car line. Trying to bypass the line or "pass on the shoulder" could potentially cause an unsafe situation for students. The line will go quickly if we are all patient and wait our turn to drop off our students.

THANK YOU for your help in these areas!

2022 CRC SURVEY (SEL and Parent-Teacher Communication)

The District 39 Community Review Committee (CRC), comprised of parents, teaching staff, and administrators from the district, chooses a focus area to research each year and provide recommendations to the School Board for future work. This year’s topic, which is a component of Goal 2 of the District Strategic Plan, is Building Responsive Social-Emotional Learning through Strengthening Parent-Teacher Communication and Increasing Parent Understanding of and Engagement in SEL Instruction.”

The CRC is hoping to gather parent input to help inform our recommendations in this area, and has developed THIS SURVEY to help inform us in that effort. We will be looking to learn more about parent understanding of social-emotional learning, how SEL is integrated into the academic school day, and how teachers and staff can best partner with families as the SEL framework is implemented across the grade levels. The survey will remain open until 2/26/22.

The Illinois 5Essentials Student and Parent/Family Survey

The 5Essentials Survey provides school districts with detailed data on school culture and climate.

  • Students in grades 4 - 8 will participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey between 1/24/22 and 2/28/22.

  • Students’ identities will be completely confidential.

    • If you do not want your 4th grade child to participate, please email your child’s classroom teacher.

    • If you do not want your 5th-8th grade child to participate, please email your child’s Grade Level Administrator.

  • As a parent/family, you have an opportunity to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness about your child’s school. Your identity and survey responses will also be completely confidential. The Parent Survey Supplement will be open from January 24, 2022 through February 28, 2022.

Questions? Please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874.

More detailed information can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874.


Friday, January 28 is an early release day with dismissal at 11:46 AM. Teachers will be using the after to prepare for report cards, which will be made available to parents on Wednesday, February 9. Please look for more details in next week's email home!


Welcome to the new edition of the quarterly D39 Library Newsletter,

Check-It Out: Parent Edition

News From Your D39 Library - Winter 2022

In this newsletter we share library information, recommended books, and news from our local public libraries. This edition features:

  • Information on the Likewise app for personalized book recommendations
  • Social Emotional Learning Recommended Books: Relationship Building & Decision Making
  • @Wilmette Public Library: Winter Reading Club
  • @Glenview Public Library: Winter Reading Challenge

5th Grade Family Book Club:

Our 5th Grade Family Book Club meeting will be in two weeks. There's still time to read the book if you haven't already. We will be discussing the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

Book Clubs will be taking place over Zoom this year. Our meeting will occur on Tuesday, January 25 at 6:00 PM. Here is the Zoom Link for the meeting:

Some questions to think about while reading:

What does it feel like to be alone or lonely?
What do you think about when you are alone that you might not think about when you are with other people?
What do you like and dislike about being alone?

6th Grade Family Book Club:

Our 6th Grade Family Book Club meeting will be in two weeks. There's still time to read the book if you haven't already. We will be discussing the book Powerless by Matthew Cody.

Book Clubs will be taking place over Zoom this year. Our meeting will occur on Tuesday, January 25 at 7:00 PM. Here is the Zoom Link for the meeting:

Some questions to think about while reading:

  • What does it mean to feel powerful?
  • When have you felt yourself being powerful?
  • Is there something different about a person's 13th birthday?

Students and families can check the LC, Sora, Follett Shelf and the Wilmette Public Library for copies of the books.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Please upload your child(ren)’s vaccination status information via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. The information you provide helps make contact tracing more efficient and will assist us as we review health and safety protocols later this month. As of today, approximately 75% of our 12+ aged students and 40% of our 5-12-year-old students have submitted proof of full vaccination to their school.


Our next parent education event is Wednesday, February 16th at 11am. It is titled Raising Resilient Children in a Highly-Competitive, Digitally-Driven World and will be presented by Family Service Center. Please Register Here. There are multiple ways to participate - onsite at the district office, live over Zoom, or watch the recording on our YouTube channel.


Board of Education Meeting on Monday

The D39 Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting next Monday, Jan. 24 at 7 pm. Click here for access to the complete meeting agenda and materials. Monday’s Board agenda includes a review of the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Calendar and Resolution, debt certificates and the supplemental debt service levy, consideration of summer construction project bids for McKenzie School, and first reading of several Board Policies, and several administrative updates.

Student Registration for Next School Year Opens Next Tuesday

A reminder that registration for the 2022-23 school year will open next Tuesday, Jan. 25. Families will receive an email on Tuesday with additional instructions. 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 on that program. You can register your child for KEEP39 at the same time that you register for kindergarten.

View Your Child’s Attendance in PowerSchool Parent Portal

District 39 has added attendance data to your child’s/children’s profile in the PowerSchool parent portal and this information can now be viewed at any time via the portal. A reminder that the portal remains a valuable resource for parents, where you can pay fees, view report cards, or complete forms all in one centralized location.

Marie Murphy To Host Two More COVID Testing Clinics

District 39 is partnering with other New Trier Township districts and NorthShore Clinical Labs for two additional COVID testing clinics. The clinics will be held at Marie Murphy School (2921 Illinois Rd., Wilmette) on Saturday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 29 from 9 am-2 pm. Click here to fill out the online registration form and click here to schedule your appointment.

Free Home COVID Tests Available Now

Earlier this week, the federal government started a program that makes COVID tests readily available to all households. Under the program, each home is eligible to receive four free, rapid, antigen home tests. Tests can be ordered through and will typically ship within 7-12 days.



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. Kids Against Hunger Event will be held on March 19th. Help pack nutritious meals for over 100,000 starving Nicaraguans.

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.

For HMS & WJHS Students:

Scout Troop 5 is holding its Winter Carnival and invites students in grades 5-8 to join in learning about scouting opportunities. The Winter Carnival will be held at Gillson Park Ice Rink on Sunday, January 23rd from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Dress appropriately for outdoor fun!

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Highcrest After School Clubs

There is still space available in select After School Clubs at Highcrest… CLICK HERE to register!

Appreciation Certificates Available

Looking for a gift 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.

Highcrest Spiritwear

Show your Hawks pride with a variety of spiritwear options! Please contact Jen at to get your orders in!
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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

Order your 2021-22 HMS Yearbook!

CLICK HERE to order today!

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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