HMS Headlines

April 14, 2022

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A Message from the Administrative Team

Dear HMS Families,

As we look forward to the spring, we are looking forward to exciting events like Field Day, the Variety Show, Aloha Spring, and more (!) to celebrate the end of the year. We also are taking time to remind ourselves of the HAWKS expectations that are so important to our Highcrest community.






Our teachers are reviewing these expectations regularly with their students, and this is a great time for families to review the handbook as well! HERE is the link with the Highcrest handbook, with recent revisions to adjust for changes in mitigations. The matrix for HAWKS expectations (on page 4) throughout the school is a great tool for discussing what exactly behaviors should look like and how that relates to our expectations. Over the long weekend or in the coming weeks, take a few minutes and explore the handbook again with your child. I'm sure it will spark a great discussion!

Have a great weekend!

Kelly, Linda & Susie

ISA Testing

The Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) will be given to all 5th graders on April 20 and 21. Make up testing will be the following week.

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 .


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.


Read for Refugees in Support of Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid

District 39 is proud to sponsor a student-led initiative called “Read for Refugees.” This project came to fruition from a consistent desire from D39 student-led groups to give back to those in need, in this case Ukrainian refugees. Throughout next week, students will read and participate in other activities related to supporting refugees.

We have set-up a fundraising page with the Red Cross and welcome families to make a donation (of any amount) to support our students and their initiative to help others in need. All donations are completely optional and will go directly to the Red Cross and their efforts in Ukraine. Click here to read more about the work that the Red Cross is doing in the region. Thus far, D39 has already raised just under $3,000. Thank you all for your generosity!

Village of Wilmette Celebrations

Throughout the month of April, each school in District 39 is hosting a history walk with fun facts, pictures, and information about how that school helped form the 150-year history of Wilmette. As a part of the walk, you and your family are also invited to participate in two accompanying activities: a scavenger hunt, and the design of a Wilmette village seal. Those who complete the scavenger hunt and submit their results to will receive a piece of District 39 “swag” to use in the years to come.

Click here for more information about the location of each school’s walk, as well as links and QR codes for the activities. If you aren't able to visit for the walk, but would like to learn about all of the schools, here is a link with the information displayed at all six Wilmette Schools! You can complete the scavenger hunt with this link as well!

SHIELD Testing Schedule

District 39 is continuing to offer weekly COVID-19 SHIELD testing. 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 a slight increase in COVID-19 cases throughout our region recently, this is a great resource for families who wish to take advantage of it.

Strategic Plan Update

District 39 is continuing to lay the groundwork for implementation of its multi-year strategic plan. While terrific work has already begun throughout our buildings, our District Strategic Advisory Team met earlier this week to continue the process of refining our key performance indicators (KPIs), which will help us measure and monitor progress toward our goals. More information on these KPIs will be shared in the coming weeks.

Recap of Parent Education Event

Thank you to all of our parents who joined us for this week’s Parent Education event titled “Mindful Parenting.” We are grateful for your participation and hope that you found it useful. Click here to access a recording of the event. An early reminder that our final Parent Education event of the school year will take place on Wednesday, May 18. This presentation is titled “Coping with Stress, Anxiety, and Uncertainty.”



The Wilmette Support Staff Union (SSU) is hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, April 22 at WJHS in the large gym from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Sign up for an appointment to donate. (Park behind the school.)

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

New Trier Dance Division hosts Summer Dance Camps for children age 4 through the 9th grade June 20-24.

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.

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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.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 2nd-May 6th

Help us celebrate your students' teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2nd - May 6th! The PTO will be providing meals and snacks for teachers throughout the week. We will be having a raffle for the teachers and giving gift cards to show our appreciation. We would love any donations you are able to give. CLICK HERE to contribute! Many thanks from the Highcrest PTO!

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

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Join your fellow Highcrest Hawks on Friday, April 29 th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm for a tropical-themed event featuring Vibe DJ, Kona Ice Truck, inflatables, carnival games, a photo booth, and a collaborative art project! Show up in your tropical best if you’d like! Each attendee will receive custom Highcrest Sunglasses and we encourage you to wear them to this super fun night.

Buy your tickets EARLY to take advantage of discounted pricing. Please login prior to

making your purchase. A PTO membership is NOT necessary to buy a ticket. You may

need to reset your password in order to login.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased HERE. Ticket prices will go up to $25 on April 27 th at 6:00 pm and ticket sales will close on April 28th at 6:00 pm. There will be a brief reopening of the shop until noon the day of the event.

Parents, we need you! Our parent volunteers are key to a successful event. Dig out

your Hawaiian shirt and sign up: HERE


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@

Buy Tix Now: Live Music from Local Bands Antler Chandelier and JuiceBox at Foundation’s Springtime Party at Double Clutch Brewery!

Join your friends at District 39 Educational Foundation’s springtime party, Cheers & Beers, on Friday April 29th from 7 to 10 pm at Double Clutch Brewing Company. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, raffle prizes. passed hors d’oeuvres, and more. Tickets are $100 and all proceeds support Gripp Grants for the development of innovative education programs 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

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.

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