HMS Headlines

February 24, 2023

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A Message from Our Administrative Team

Dear HMS Families,

When I speak to students, even after they have moved on to WJHS or beyond, they are always so excited to remember some of the very unique experiences that they have had at Highcrest. From the Highcrest Heart (be sure to ask your child about is currently happening!) to Freaky Friday, there are some "only at Highcrest" adventures that your kids will remember for a long time to come.

One of these is the roller skating unit in PE. Students don helmets, in-line skates, or traditional roller skates, and the entire gym is turned into a roller skating rink for a month. Obstacle courses are set, and students enjoy skating to the music while practicing their skills in balance, speed control, and stopping. Check out the pictures below of skating at HMS!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kelly, Linda, and Susie


IAR Begins on March 15, and continues through March 21. Please try to minimize absences and late arrivals in the mornings on those days, as we will be testing first thing in the morning until about 11:00 every day. We appreciate your help!


Please see a list of new and continuing interest-based clubs linked below. Please note that before- and after-school clubs are open to both grades. Lunch clubs will specify if they are for 5th grade, 6th grade, or both grades. Announcements about the clubs, and descriptions of the clubs will occur on MONDAY morning during the Broadcast. Remind your child to tune in if there is a new club they are interested in joining!

There are still some clubs being planned, so bookmark this list, and re-visit it frequently! Mrs. Jackson will have an announcement about the clubs on the broadcast on Monday, so get ready to hear more details then!



As you may have heard, WHMS LIVE NEWS is back! Every Monday (or the first day of the school week) at 8:52 am Highcrest students put on a live morning news broadcast. Each week a new homeroom is responsible for writing, producing, directing, filming and starring in WHMS News. Want to catch all the action? Please visit our WHMS News YouTube Page and subscribe to get alerts when we go live!


Student Registration for 2023-24 Academic Year

Registration remains open for the 2023-24 school year. For returning students, please visit the PowerSchool parent portal, click on the registration link and follow the instructions. For new students, including incoming kindergarteners, provides detailed instructions on the registration process. Parents with incoming kindergarten students who wish to enroll your child(ren) in our KEEP39 program must complete registration by March 1 to guarantee a spot in the program. More information on the KEEP39 program is available on our website.

Registration is Now Open For 2023 Summer Enrichment Program
Registration is now open for our District 39 Summer Enrichment Program. This year’s program will take place from June 29-July 28, with no classes on July 3-4 for the holiday. Please visit our Summer Enrichment Program website for more information, including the link to register online. Should you need assistance with the online registration, please check out our online registration guide.

Parent Education Opportunities

On Wednesday, March 8, District 39 will host the second part of its three-part series titled “Being An Ally: Supporting Inclusivity and Approaching Difficult Conversations at Home.” Registration is open for this event now.

Part three of this series will be an in-person, evening event on Wednesday, April 12 (7 pm) featuring Kelly Jackson, Highcrest Middle School Principal and District 39 Administrator for Social-Emotional Learning and Family Engagement, leading a book study and discussion. Please see the linked flyer for more information on the event as well as information on the two books that will be the focal point of the discussion. Be sure to visit our D39 Parent Education webpage to learn more about our parent education program and find recordings of past presentations.

Additionally, on Thursday, March 2, the Family Action Network (FAN) will welcome Lisa Damour, Ph.D. for a presentation titled “The Emotional Lives of Teenagers.” This will be an in-person event held at the Loyola Academy Performing Arts Center and will also be streamed live. No registration is required for this event. More information on FAN events can be found on their website.

Board of Education Meeting – Monday, Feb. 27

The Board of Education will hold its regular monthly business meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 pm at the Mikaelian Education Center. The Board will be presented with the mid-year report for the 2021-26 District 39 Strategic Plan, consider approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Village of Wilmette for a shared Sustainability Coordinator, and have the second and final reading of several Board policies. Follow the link to access the complete meeting agenda and materials.



Wilmette Park District seeks residents input and feedback to help create a clear vision for parks, facilities, and recreation to meet the needs of residents for play, health, wellness, open spaces and nature places. Project Parks and Play: Explore the Possibilities. Scan the QR code on the flyer or visit

Wilmette Jr. Trevians have two options to learn about hockey this spring; Try Hockey for Free or Little Blackhawks sessions. Visit the website for more information.

Wilmette Baseball Association Spring House League registration is open for K-8th grades.

Loyola Youth Lacrosse Program is taking registrations for students in Kdg-8th grades. Contqact Greg Sprenzel for more information.

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.

Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church

Junior Trevian Lacrosse offers lacrosse programs for Kdg-8th graders. Turtle Lacrosse is also available for Kdg-2nd graders. More information here.

For 6th, 7th & 8th graders:

Family Service Center Leadership & Resilience Builder Program (LRBP) is accepting applications for 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students. Program is held on Mondays, 6:00-7:00 pm from March 13-May 22. Call 847-251-7350 for more information.

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Practices started last week for the first-ever 6th Grade HMS Boys Volleyball team! 18 players are participating, following a successful girls volleyball season in the fall. Both boys and girls volleyball teams are the first team sports ever at Highcrest – something to celebrate!

Ms. Jeneane Pence, HMS PE teacher, is currently coaching the boys twice a week after school during the six-week program. The boys are making incredible

progress already, including a wide range of drills and competitive scrimmages. Both volleyball teams are club teams in this first year, meaning they don't play against other schools.

6th grade volleyball was made possible by a strong partnership between the Highcrest, District 39, and Highcrest PTO. Special thanks to Dan Magestro for organizing both Girls and Boys teams this year, Chris Beer for managing registration, and Kelly Jackson and District 39 for their strong support.

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Tickets are on sale for the HMS - "Show Us What You Got” Student Variety and Talent Show on Friday, March 17 at 5:30pm!

We have an amazing lineup of acts from 5th and 6th students including dance, music, comedy and more! Come on out to support these courageous students. The show is sponsored by the HMS PTO and organized by parent volunteers.

The show will be held on the big stage in the auditorium at Wilmette Junior High School. Why this location? Because the venue is twice the size of HMS! Tickets are $5 online in advance or $7 at the door (cash only). Ticket sales are open to students, parents, friends and family. So grab your tickets now! To purchase, click HERE!


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Make friends. Be in the know. Make a difference. Support our teachers and staff. Enrich our student’s school experience. There are so many reasons to serve on the PTO. Please consider sharing your talents as a volunteer for the 2023-2024 WJHS PTO. For more information, please email


The HMS PTO is looking for volunteers for the 2023-2024 school year - there are so many great ways to get involved at the school to fit your schedule. Please reach out to Jennifer Englehaupt at to learn more - we would love to have you.


Want to learn more about what is going on at PASS 39? HERE is the PASS39 February/March Newsletter.

Special Olympics Track and Field

  • Tuesday practices at McKenzie School from 4:00pm - 4:45pm

  • February 14th - April 11th

  • Highcrest provides bus transportation to McKenzie School

Spring Games at Prospect High School on April 15th and April 16th

Please email Coach Joe Taylor for more information and to sign up!

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Trex Plastic Recycling Challenge – From Bag to Bench

The Trex Plastic Recycling Challenge is ongoing! Thank you to all that collect their difficult to recycle plastic film items, such as produce bags, bubble wrap, and plastic mailers (see list) and bring them to HMS. One bin is located at the entrance of the school office, one in the front lobby, and one in the teacher’s lobby. The Environmental Affairs Committee will weigh, collect, and bring the plastic film to the collection sites.

Sap’s Rising

Date & Time: Sun, Feb 25 • 10:30 am and Sun, Feb 26 • 1:30 pm

Location: River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, Phone: 847-824-8360

Walk in the sugar maple forest to learn about the sweet process of making maple syrup.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call River Trail at 847-824-8360.


There are many ways to get involved at Highcrest! See links below to sign-up:

  • School Store - Sign-ups are available on Wednesdays during lunch.

  • Lunch - sign ups for help during lunch period for both 5th & 6th grade