HMS Headlines

January 28, 2022


Dear HMS Families,

Thank you for helping to make this morning's drop off smooth and safe for all of our students. We were so impressed with how well our students came into the school, were responsible for cleaning the snow off and putting away their winter gear, and got ready for the day. In spite of the weather and traffic, school got off to a smooth start, and students were able to go to their classes this morning with little to no interruption.

I also want to send a big shout out to our custodial and building and grounds crew at HMS and across the district. They work hours in the cold shoveling and plowing to make sure the schools are ready for our students to arrive safely. They have been rock stars this week...if you see Iggy Palomares or any of our other custodians, be sure to give them a big THANK YOU for all they do.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kelly, Linda & 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!

*****1st Semester Report Cards Accessible February 9*****


MAP reports from our winter testing session will be mailed home via snail mail to families on Thursday, February 3rd.


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.


Strategic Plan Showcase Video

As we continue to implement our multi-year strategic plan, please enjoy this video which showcases the plan and our commitment to continuing to provide our students with a first-class educational experience. Many thanks to Tony Tang Productions for partnering with us on this project!

Board of Education Meeting on Monday

The District 39 Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting this past Monday. At the meeting, the Board approved the budget calendar and resolution for fiscal year 2023 as well as the bids for summer construction at McKenzie School and conducted the first reading for several Board policies. The meeting agenda and materials as well as a video recording of the meeting are available online.

Registration is Now Open for 2022-23 Academic Year

Registration is now open for the 2022-23 academic year. Families received an email on Tuesday with further 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.

District 39 Receives Top Rating from Moody’s Investors Service

This week, District 39 was awarded the highest possible rating, an Aaa, from Moody’s Investors Service. The Aaa bond rating for General Obligation Debt Certificates (GOLT) represents a significant accomplishment for the District and reflects our commitment to financial responsibility, stability and long-term planning.



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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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!

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

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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