HMS Headlines

September 17, 2021


Dear HMS Families,

Over the past couple of weeks, you may have heard your child talking about taking the MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) test. The NWEA MAP is an assessment that we give in District 39 three times a year to give teachers insight into how students are progressing in ELA and Math, and to help plan for support and challenge were needed, based on mastery of grade level standards areas.

At Highcrest we have been talking to students about the MAP test, why we take it, and how teachers use it, in an effort to help them find value in the assessment, and to encourage students to take their time and show what they know. In the coming weeks we will be having conversations with students at both grade levels to discuss their fall scores, talk about the standards they are meeting, and set some goals for future learning. Research shows that having these conversations and setting personal goals helps to motivate students, and can keep them more highly engaged in their learning. Additionally, as a part of our Social-Emotional work this year, goal-setting helps to strengthen the competencies of self-management and self-awareness in students, while helping children to develop a growth mindset as they approach all tasks. It is exciting to see the smile and sense of pride a student exhibits when they realize they have met a goal they set for themselves.

Have a conversation this weekend about goals with your child. What do they want to accomplish this year in math or social studies? In what areas would they like to a reader? a scientist? Ask them how they plan to reach their goal. It will be a great way to learn more about your child and to connect in a new way, while also tapping into some of the learning they are doing at school!

Have a good weekend!

Kelly, Linda, and Susie

**Please note: MAP Scores will be mailed home after September 24.


Picture day is coming to HMS! Pictures will be taken by Stuart Rodgers throughout the day during PE classes on September 22, with a rain date for September 23. No need to pre-order. Proofs will be delivered with information on how to order pictures after the photos are taken.

2021-2022 Parent Education Series

Thanks for attending this week's presentation, Executive Functioning Toolkit to Support Your Child’s Learning. It was insightful and offered several strategies for supporting your child's executive functioning at home. Check out these highlights from Kristen Jacobsen's presentation, and feel free to explore the many resources available on the 360 Thinking/Cognitive Connections website. There are resources and tools for parents to use and links to additional reading and learning available for you. Please also enjoy this article that Kristen Jacobsen shared, which highlights many of the same tools that were shared in the presentation.

Our next parent education event is Wednesday, October 13th at 11am. It is titled Learning About The Responsive Classroom Model and Tips to Take Home. Please Register Here.


We have recently been made aware of a challenge circulating on Tik Tok, where children are challenged to steal property at school, such as soap dispensers, paper towel holders, pencil sharpeners and more. In some reports, this has extended to personal property of teachers and school staff.

As is the case with any personal apps students have, please be vigilant about what your child is checking out on Tik Tok (if they use it), and be sure to have a discussion about appropriate technology use as well as respect of school and others' property. Thank you for your help!


SHIELD Illinois Testing

Thank you to all of our students who participated in our first week of SHIELD testing. A reminder that testing will occur weekly on Tuesdays 3:30-6:30, Thursdays 3:30-6:30 and Saturdays 8:00-11:00 am at WJHS. For more information on COVID testing, including our partnership with SHIELD Illinois, please visit our D39 COVID testing webpage.

Helpful Resources

The D39 Back-to-School page provides helpful resources to families, including FAQs, the D39 Response to Illness Booklet, the D39 COVID Metrics page and more.



The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities beginning with 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance held on Saturday, September 11th. Drop off PURCHASED baked goods, cards/games, and personal notes to local fire and police departments to thank them for their service.

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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Are you interested in joining the D39 Village Wide PTO Board? There are a few spots still open.

The VW PTO Board is a wonderful group of representatives from all D39 elementary schools, the D39 Ed Foundation, Board of Education, PASS 39 and more, including our very own Superintendent, Dr. Cremascoli. The VW PTO Board meets 4 times during the school year (via Zoom until otherwise indicated). For each position, the member would reach out to the various school representatives and obtain a report to share during the VW PTO meeting. The names and contact information would be provided to you. Being on the VW PTO Board is a great way to meet new people and be “in the know” about D39 happenings.

Please contact the current VWPTO President, Barb Bentivenga, at with any questions.

Open VW PTO Board Positions

  • 2nd Vice President (Enrichment)

  • Civics & Safety (Co-Chair)

  • Communications

  • Outdoor Classroom

Village Wide PTO Meeting Dates:

(via Zoom)

9.22.21 at 9:15 am

11.10.21 at 9:15 am

3.9.22 at 9:15 am

5.11.22 at 10:00 am with luncheon to follow TBD

Welcome Back from PASS39!

PASS39 stands for The Parent Association for Student Services in District 39. It’s a district-wide parent organization that works in collaboration with Administration to help provide education and support for families who have children with learning, behavioral, emotional and developmental challenges.

PASS39 Events/2021-2022

Click here to learn about upcoming events and how to get involved.

PASS39 Email List

Join our email list to receive information on area and district events related to children with learning disabilities and/or special needs. Email us at to be added to the PASS39 group e-mail. All addresses are blind copied for confidentiality.

PASS39 on the Web

The PASS39 website provides more information about Wilmette D39 Student Services and contains educational, therapeutic and recreational resources for parents with children with specialized needs.

PASS39 also has a private Facebook Group. To receive access, open the “Upcoming Events” link listed above, scroll to the bottom and click on Facebook.

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!

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to get involved with the PTO? We are looking for a 5th Grade Yearbook Coordinator & an Environmental Awareness chair for this year! Please contact Megan at for more information.

Highcrest After School Clubs

🚨 More HMS After School Clubs News! 🚨

Registration available for the following clubs:

*Crazy ChemWorks

*Chess Enrichment


These clubs are coordinated by the Wilmette Park District and conveniently located at Highcrest.



Show your Hawks pride with a variety of spiritwear options! Please contact Jen at if you would like to make a purchase.

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Freaky Friday is BACK!

Save The Date for Friday, October 22 from 5:00 - 6:30!

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