HMS Headlines

February 11, 2022

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Dear HMS Families,

As we continue to integrate social-emotional learning into the classroom, cooperative team work is an important element of that learning. Collaboration, problem solving, communication, keeping a growth mindset, and being an active listener to others are essential to finding success in school, and well beyond.

This week in some of our PE classes, students were able to put these essential skills to work as they participated in an activity focused on integrating physical fitness and team work. Students engaged with team mates as they completed physical tasks such as running and wall sits, then gathered items from a central location to help build a tower. Students worked together to use items, evaluate their effectiveness, and improve each time they built...all while having fun!

Listening to the students at the end of the lesson, I heard them share about the importance of working together, of trying new things that you had not thought of, and of talking to each other to share new ideas. It is impressive to see how much our students are learning as they navigate the social and emotional aspects of middle school!

Have a great weekend!

Kelly, Linda, and Susie

Kids Heart Challenge 2022

Once again our HMS Student Council is sponsoring the Kids Heart Challenge for the American Heart Association. We are excited to engage in this fun and healthy activity! Please see this flyer for more details!


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!

HMS Grief Group

As one of our efforts to better support socially and emotionally, Highcrest is in the process of forming a supportive group for students who are experiencing grief due to a loss of a loved one. This group will be led by HMS teachers, and we have partnered with Willow House to support our group with resources and consultation as we get it off the ground. The purpose of the group is to create a safe place where students can share and develop community based on their experiences of grief and loss. Topics covered may include grief education, identifying and expressing emotions, coping strategies, and building connections with one another.

If you are interested in your child participating in this opportunity, please reach out to Kelly Jackson at

Math Resources

Our math team has compiled some great online resources for your child to utilize when practicing concepts and reviewing math work throughout the semester. Check them out and encourage your child to explore these resources when they have a few extra minutes!


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.


Make plans to join us for our next Parent Education event next Wednesday (Feb. 16) at 11 am. This presentation is titled “Raising Resilient Children in a Highly Competitive, Digitally Driven World”. Participants can join live over Zoom, in-person at the MEC, or watch the recording on the D39 YouTube channel. Click here to RSVP.


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.


Please refer to your email for an important message from Dr. Cremascoli, Superintendent, and Amy Poehling, President of the Board of Education in regards to upcoming Board meetings and the opportunity to provide your feedback as we work to provide an off ramp for some COVID mitigations, including universal masking, within District 39. As always, we appreciate your partnership and advocacy as we progress towards reduced mitigations in support of our students’ academic progress and social-emotional health, while maintaining stability for in-person programming and keeping our school and community safe.



In honor of Black History Month, the Village of Wilmette is sponsoring a Black History Month Student Contest. Submit posters, essay, poems and multimedia items relating to the prompt, "Why do we celebrate Black History Month?” Submissions are due Friday, March 4th. See contest rules for details.

PASS39 is hosting a community event for D39 families on March 5th at 4:00 pm at Wilmette’s Valley Lodge. The Trinity Dancers will perform. A private room has been reserved to meet and chat following the performance.

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.

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February 26th Virtual Family Bingo Night…Purchase tickets now!

Need something different to do at home on a winter Saturday night? Join the D39 Educational Foundation from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, for a virtual Family Bingo Night! We’ll recreate this popular event over Zoom, but the fun — and the prizes — will be REAL! CLICK HERE to register!. A $10 registration gets you the Zoom link, and each bingo card is $10. We look forward to seeing you there!

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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It’s time to think 🌷 SPRING with PASS39

Please join us for our next event on March 5th at 4pm to watch the Trinity dancers perform ☘️

Feel free to bring the kids to watch the dancers or leave them at home! Your choice! ❤️

We also have a private room secured for adults to meet and decompress afterward.

See you there!!

Until then, catch up on all our latest news by checking out our February Newsletter!

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 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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