Back to School 2022

Highcrest Middle School

A Note from our Administrative Team

Before we left for summer, we heard about many of your plans to travel to places near and far, to camp and play sports, and to spend time with family and friends. We hope that those plans went better than expected, and that you are taking advantage of these last few days before the kids are back in school for the year.

Our amazing custodial team is putting the last few touches on their summer cleaning, and our teachers have started setting up their classrooms. We have new carpet and blinds in many rooms, new tile in many of our hallways, a new beautiful shade structure out back, along with a refurbished reading deck. We are looking forward to a little more normalcy as we settle into a more "typical" school year this year than we have had in years past, and are looking forward to eating again in the cafeteria, hosting assemblies and field trips, and even having parent volunteers join us for lunch and other special events!

You can expect weekly updates on Fridays from the administrative team and HMS PTO from now throughout the school year. Please read them carefully to learn about upcoming events and special information to help your planning!

As you prepare to return to school, please make note of the important dates and information below, and be sure to review our D39 Parent Handbook for additional details about what you can expect this school year.

See you soon,

Kelly, Linda, and Susie


Your schedule email will arrive sometime during the day on August 17. At this time all placements are final.

Please refrain from reaching out to the office regarding schedule receipt or schedule errors until August 18, as it takes a while to go through the email system. The best way to reach out regarding schedules is via email to your child's Grade Level Administrator.

5th Grade Reminders

TODAY: Highcrest Hangout on the playground from 4-5 PM

AUGUST 19: 5th Grade Orientation from 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM


Please plan to meet on the playground behind the school by 8:45 AM. Make sure you know your child's homeroom teacher's name. Teachers will meet their classes by cones marked with their names, and will bring students into the building for a brief time together learning the location of their classroom, a little about one another, and some information about lockers.

Parents are invited to stay on the playground for a PTO-sponsored coffee to learn more about getting involved at HMS.


6th Grade Reminders

PHYSICALS for 6th GRADERS: All sixth graders are required to bring documentation of a current physical to the nurse's office to start the school year. As you are preparing to return to school, please make sure you stop by your doctor's office, get checked out, and have them fill out this form. For more information about the health requirements for sixth grade, please refer to the D39 Health Information page.

NEW TRIER MATH QUALIFYING: Later on this fall, all sixth graders will be invited to take the New Trier Math Qualifying Test. This year we will be holding the test (it is optional for 6th graders only) at Highcrest on NOVEMBER 17. This is a non-school day during parent-teacher conferences. More details will come later this fall, but we wanted to highlight the date for your planning purposes.

LUNCH FOR 2022-2023

This year we will be back to having all students eat in the cafeteria for lunch! Fifth graders will eat during 4th period (11:20 - 12:00) and sixth graders will eat during 5th period (12:03 - 12:43).

All students may purchase a lunch daily, and the lunch menu will be available online monthly on our HMS website. To start the year students will be learning lunch processes, how to go through the lunch line, and how to purchase items.

Lunches will be limited to one option to start the year, and as we continue through the year, we are hopeful we will be able to add our a la carte line and additional options for lunch.

Students are always welcome to bring a lunch from home.

To add money to your child's lunch account and for more information about lunch in District 39, please see the instructions HERE. Cost for lunch is $3.75.


Please review the arrival and dismissal information HERE as you plan for the school year.

Highcrest begins (with students expected in their classrooms) at 8:50 AM.

Dismissal is at 3:35 PM.

If you are dropping off by CAR use THIS MAP.

If your child is WALKING or BIKING, use THIS MAP.

All buses drop off in the lot next to the playground. This is OFF LIMITS to cars.

Upon arrival all students will proceed to the playground out back and will be let in the back for the school day.

We will send more detailed information again next week in our newsletter.

SAVE THE DATE - Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming HMS Events

  • August 18 - NEW TO HMS/D39 FAMILY Orientation (6:30 - 7:30 PM)
  • August 19 - 5th Grade Orientation and PTO Coffee (8:45 - 9:15 AM)
  • August 22 - First Day of School (dismissal at 11:46 AM)
  • August 23 - First FULL Day of School
  • August 24 - Fifth Grade Yes You Can! Assembly
  • August 25 - 5th Grade Curriculum Night (6:30 - 7:35 PM)
  • August 26 - 5th Grade Connections - PTO Sponsored In-School Event
  • September 1 - 6th Grade Curriculum Night (6:30 - 7:35 PM)
  • September 7 - MAP Testing - READING
  • September 12 - MAP Testing - MATH
  • September 13 - PICTURE DAY
  • September 16 - Picture Retakes

Curriculum Night

This year Curriculum Night will be held in-person! We are excited to welcome our families back into the building to learn about our curricular programming for the year. More specifics will be sent in the next week, but for now, you can refer to the information linked below for your planning.