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  • Highland is a Class Act

    Highland is a Class Act

  • Building a Tower

    Building a Tower

    Beginning the school year with team building activities

  • Fun in Science

    Fun in Science

  • Making sculptures in Art Club

    Making sculptures in Art Club

  • Collecting books for Bernie's book bank

    Collecting books for Bernie's book bank

  • Learning Photoshop in technology class

    Learning Photoshop in technology class

  • Highland Celebrates International Peace Day

    Highland Celebrates International Peace Day

  • Jordan Sonnenblick Visits Highland

    Jordan Sonnenblick Visits Highland

  • Even our hallways are a Class Act!

    Even our hallways are a Class Act!

  • Student VS Staff Volleyball Tournament

    Student VS Staff Volleyball Tournament

    The students volleyball team, The Dream Team, won against Highland Teachers.

  • Election Day

    Election Day

    Highland students participate in the mock election

  • Highland holds a food drive

    Highland holds a food drive

    Students and staff brought in canned goods for the local food pantry

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arteffects Art Show Opens March 4
The D70 "arteffects" art show begin with an Opening Reception from 6-8 p.m. on March 4 at the Cook Park Library in downtown Libertyville. HMS Strolling Strings will perform at 6:15 p.m. and the HMS Show Choir will perform at 7 p.m.

The art show will be on display through April 6.
Updated 3-2-2015 5:36 PM
Announcements 3-3-2015
For the month of March Class Act will be focusing on a specific behavior each week for which teachers will be looking. This week the desired behavior is being on time to school and to class. If your teachers catch you doing this during the week you may get a "caught being classy card." Being on time gives you more time to prepare for the day or class, ensures you won't miss important information, helps you develop a positive lifelong habit of being punctual and to avoid disciplinary consequences.

In preparation for PARCC testing, all students are asked to bring in a pair of headphones. There are portions of the test where students may experience items connected to multimedia text. In addition to headphones, 8th grade students are asked to bring in a scientific calculator. Both the headphones and calculators are to be turned in to your science teacher by Friday, March 6.

Congratulations to all Destination Imagination teams and good luck as you continue onto the next level and compete at the Affiliate Tournament on April 11th!

The wrestling team took 1st place this past weekend at Regionals; that is 2 years in a row now! We have 16 students going through to sectionals next week! WAY TO GO HORNETS! Good luck this Saturday at Sectionals!

The Highland All School Dance is this Friday from 7 - 9pm. The cost to enter the dance is $5. Students should bring extra money for the photo booth and concession stand. Dress for the dance is casual, school dress code (jeans are allowed.) All proceeds will benefit Orphans of the Storm.

Support Orphans of the Storm by purchasing an 8 by 10 photo of any club, band or orchestra in which you are involved. Forms were handed out in Studio One but can also be found in Student Services. Orders are due to Miss Hauman by March 20th.

Recess will be indoors all day today.
Updated 3-3-2015 9:21 AM
Announcements 2-27-2015
Congratulations to the students who were caught being classy this week.

Good luck to all Destination Imagination team members that are competing tomorrow in the Region 1 Tournament in Gurnee!

Thank you staff and students for participating in Spirit Day on Wednesday! The Studio One winners for this week are: 6th grade (and with the highest percentage overall) Mrs. Cholewin's Studio One, 7th grade- Mrs. Shea's Studio One and 8th grade Mrs. Rosen's Studio One! Great job winners!

Attention cast and crew of Xanadu Jr: LAST CALL! t-shirts orders are due today to Mrs. Hutchins.

Reminder Peer Helpers and NJHS members; please bring in the materials that you signed up for to Mrs. Grant's room to make PADS lunches next Friday. Thank you for being a class Act by helping your community!

The Highland All School Dance is next Friday, March 6th from 7 - 9pm. The cost to enter the dance is $5. Students should bring extra money for the photo booth and concession stand. Dress for the dance is casual, school dress code (jeans are allowed.) All proceeds will benefit Orphans of the Storm.

You can also support Orphans of the Storm by purchasing an 8 by 10 photo of any club, band or orchestra in which you are involved. Forms were handed out in Studio One but can also be found in Student Services. Orders are due to Miss Hauman by March 20th.

Recess is indoors today.
Updated 2-27-2015 9:07 AM
Announcements 2-26-2015
The Highland All School Dance is next Friday, March 6th from 7 - 9pm. The cost to enter the dance is $5. Students should bring extra money for the photo booth and concession stand. Dress for the dance is casual, school dress code (jeans are allowed.) All proceeds will benefit Orphans of the Storm.

Attention cast and crew of Xandu Jr please remember tomorrow is the last day to order t-shirts. Get your orders to Mrs. Hutchins tomorrow.

Recess will be indoors today.
Updated 2-26-2015 9:03 AM
Kindergarten Orientation March 5
Kindergarten Orientation for parents/guardians and their incoming student will be held from 6-7 p.m. on March 5 at Adler Park, Butterfield, Copeland Manor and Rockland schools.
During the orientations, parents will be introduced to administrators and teachers, and be informed of what to expect during the school year. An activity will be provided for the incoming kindergartners.

Preregistration is now open on the District 70 website at d70schools.org. Packets can be downloaded from the website under "New Student Registration," picked up at the Educational Resource Center, 1381 W. Lake St., or can be mailed to the resident by calling the registrar at 847-362-9023.
After packet completion, parents/guardians are asked to make an appointment with the registrar in order to review the packet, as well as present proofs of residency and an official copy of a certified (raised seal) birth certificate. Please register before orientation as there will be a time for questions and answers at the program.
Updated 2-26-2015 4:53 PM
Announcements 2-25-2015
Highland Middle School has been designated an Illinois Horizon School to Watch by the Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools also known as AIMS. This fall a group of Highland teachers and administrators completed the rigorous application process for this designation on behalf of the school. In January, a panel of judges from AIMS visited HMS to see our students, staff and building. The panel was very impressed. Your hard work in the classroom and strong character make all of you a Class Act that is very deserving of this honor! Congratulations Highland Middle School!

The Highland All School Dance is next Friday, March 6th from 7 - 9pm. The cost to enter the dance is $5. Students should bring extra money for the photo booth and concession stand. Dress for the dance is casual, school dress code (jeans are allowed.) All proceeds will benefit Orphans of the Storm.

All students who performed in the Talent Show or were on the stage crew; we will be having the Talent Show party during the first half of your lunch period today in Ms. Gordon's room. Bring your lunch.

Attention cast and crew of Xandu Jr: just a reminder that t-shirt orders are due to Mrs. Hutchins by- Friday.

Concert Choir: Choir polo money and contest permission slips are due today.

Recess will be indoors today.
Updated 2-25-2015 9:02 AM
Announcements 2-24-2015
Highland Middle School has been designated an Illinois Horizon School to Watch by the Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools also known as AIMS. This fall a group of Highland teachers and administrators completed the rigorous application process for this designation on behalf of the school. In January, a panel of judges from AIMS visited HMS to see our students, staff and building. The panel was very impressed. Your hard work in the classroom and strong character make all of you a Class Act that is very deserving of this honor! Congratulations Highland Middle School!

Tomorrow is a Highland Spirit Day! Pull out those maroon and gold HMS sweatshirts. Show off your Highland spirit and win your Studio One the banner for most participation.

Yearbook meeting is canceled today. We sill see you next Tuesday!

Due to staff meetings there will be NO am study hall tomorrow except for test takers.

All 7th grade Peer Helpers; we will be meeting today during the first half of your lunch in Mr. Smigielski's room. Bring your lunch please.

The Highland All School Dance is next Friday, March 6th from 7 - 9pm. The cost to enter the dance is $5. Students should bring extra money for the photo booth and concession stand. Dress for the dance is casual, school dress code (jeans are allowed.) All proceeds will benefit Orphans of the Storm.

Attention cast and crew of Xandu Jr: just a reminder that t-shirt orders are due to Mrs. Hutchins this Friday.

Attention 6th Grade Choir: to make up for missed rehearsals and to add our new song, 6th Grade Choir will rehearse tomorrow and Thursday this week during 6th Period in Mr. Spakowski's room. See Mr. Spakowski with any questions.

Reminder for all members of Concert Choir: Choir polo money and contest permission slips are due tomorrow.

All students who performed in the Talent Show or were on the stage crew; we will be having the Talent Show party tomorrow during the first half of your lunch period in Ms. Gordon's room. Bring your lunch and we will supply the desserts!

7th Grade Speech club will meet today during lunch in room 143.

Recess is indoors all day today.
Updated 2-24-2015 9:48 AM
5Essentials 2015 Surveys and Fact Sheet
The Illinois State Board of Education is once again offering a 5Essentials Survey to students, parents and teachers. The surveys run from Jan. 12 through March 13. Please complete them and make your voice heard.

Here are the surveys.

Here is a fact sheet for parents.
Updated 2-23-2015 6:36 PM
Communication Updates to Calendar, YouTube
We're improving some of our communication tools and wanted to let you know what this means to parents and D70 stakeholders.

We're adding a "Music & Fine Arts" topic to our D70 calendar, allowing unlisted and/or private videos to be posted to YouTube for parent viewing outside of the district, and have pumped up our Emergency Notification System with a new vendor.

Learn all about our improvements and how we can communicate better with more powerful tools.
Updated 2-23-2015 7:31 PM
What About PARCC?
As a district we value standardized testing as a tool to assist us in measuring student learning. We have prepared and planned well for the newest of endeavors, the PARCC Assessment. This school year, PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) assessments are replacing the existing statewide assessments (ISAT) in third-eighth grades.

According to PARCC, the primary purpose of the new system "is to provide high quality assessments of students' progress toward secondary readiness and success." The assessments were created with a focus on the students' ability to apply a broad range of concepts rather than memorizing facts. In Math, students are asked to reason and apply mathematical principles. In English Language Arts, (ELA), students are required to read multiple passages and write essay responses by answering prompts in literary analysis, research and narrative concepts. Both measure a student's higher level and critical thinking ability.

The logistics of state testing have changed tremendously with the shift to PARCC. D70 students will now be assessed via an online assessment tool in lieu of traditional paper and pencil exams. There is also an increase in the number of subtests under PARCC. Two distinct testing windows have been set. The first tests are called Performance Based Assessments (PBA) while the second round are considered End of Year Assessments (EOY). Highland Middle will begin PBA tests on Monday, March 9th and elementary schools will begin on Tuesday, March 10th. EOY tests will start the week of April 27th.
We are asking all students bring earphones or earbuds to use at school during PARCC testing.

Since this is the first year of the PARCC assessment, D70 will use performance scores as an evaluative tool. It will help District 70 to establish a baseline for program effectiveness. For individual students PARCC will also be used to supplement instructional and placement decisions already determined by STAR and other district level assessments. As this is the first year of the assessment, score release dates are currently unknown and will be offered by the state once determined. However, a fall 2015 parent report is anticipated.

For more PARCC information:
PARCC testing samples.
PARCC parent resources.
PARCC tutorials.
Updated 2-19-2015 4:11 PM
Parent Workshop "Unlock the Vault" on March 10
A parent workshop called "Unlock the Vault" will be held from 7-9:15 p.m. on March 10 at Vernon Hills High School.

Four workshops will be presented on Surprising Trends in the Party Scene, Parenting in the Millennium, Social Media, and Sleep and the Teenage Brain.

Reservations are required by signing up at www.ComEd128.org under parenting workshop. For more information, contact Mara Battaglia at mbattaglia@d70schools.org.
Updated 2-18-2015 10:43 AM
Kindergarten and New Student Registration
It's time to register children who will be new to District 70 in the 2015-2016 school year. (This includes Kindergarten and Grades 1-8) From the HOME menu on the school webpage, click the New Student Registration link to get to the New Student Registration web page. The page hosts the information parents need in order to complete the process. Please start with the "Pre-Registration Form."
Updated 2-6-2015 11:20 AM
New Writing and Grammar Program for Students
Students are being asked to write more now than ever before - in all grade levels and in all content areas. To best prepare D70 students for future writing tasks, D70 has adopted Strategies for Writers K-5 by Zaner-Bloser as our new writing program. Strategies for Writers is a comprehensive writing and grammar solution introducing the six traits of writing at every step of the writing process to compose opinions, informative/ explanatory essays, and narrative compositions.

Students will write routinely for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences, learn to analyze writing models by reading closely, write to multiple sources using technology, and master grammar and conventions of standard written English. Pre- and post-tests ensure growth and inform differentiated instruction. Students will be engaged in online grammar games, proofreading activities, and composition writing both in the classroom and at home.

This is an exciting time for writing in D70 and we encourage all parents to talk with your child's classroom teacher to learn more about Strategies for Writers.
Updated 2-6-2015 5:19 PM
Changed Dates Due To Snow Days
Please note the following date changes due to Snow Days:

All schools will be open April 24 with students expected to attend. Changed from a Teachers Institute Day, which will now be June 4.

HMS graduation is at 7:30 p.m. on June 2 at LHS.

The last day of school is set tentatively for June 3.

Summer School Open House is from 8-10 a.m. on June 9 at HMS and Rockland schools.

Summer School runs from June 10 - July 9 at HMS and Rockland schools.
Updated 2-18-2015 10:34 AM
Orphans of the Storm 1-23-2015
This school year, students selected Orphans of the Storm as our school-wide charity. Today, students learned more about the organization when a representative from Orphans of the Storm came for an assembly during recess. Fundraising efforts this year will go towards this worthy cause.
Updated 1-23-2015 12:33 PM
New Sign from the HFA
A big THANK YOU to the Highland Family Association for purchasing the new sign in front of the building. Thank you HFA for all you do!
Updated 1-14-2015 1:12 PM
2015-16 Calendar At-A-Glance
The calendar for the 2015-16 school year at-a-glance.
Updated 1-20-2015 9:15 AM
School Closing Procedures for Winter Weather
Please take a few moments to review our school closing procedures.

There are several ways that the information will be delivered to you, as well as several methods for you to use to search for the information.
Updated 1-7-2015 11:52 AM
The D70 Views Fall/Winter Newsletter for 2014-15
The D70 Views community newsletter for the Fall/Winter 2014-15 sessions is now posted on our website.
Updated 12-29-2014 12:21 PM
Solar Project Now Complete
Highland Middle School and Butterfield Elementary School are now being powered, in part, by solar energy. (Butterfield School pictured here.)

The $3.2 million solar panel installation project was completed this month, thanks to a private grant of $1.8 million from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. The project makes Libertyville School District 70 the largest solar-run school districts in the state, possibly the midwest.

Both schools can tap into the solar readings of the panels, with plans to use them in the near future for classes when students study energy and for science projects. To see how the Highland Middle School panels are working, click here. To see how Butterfield School solar panels are working, click here.
Updated 11-24-2014 5:36 PM
A Letter From Supt. Schumacher on the Enterovirus D68
Here is a letter to parents and guardians on precautionary measures to take to help prevent the latest respiratory illness hitting children, called Enterovirus D68.
Updated 9-12-2014 2:15 PM
New Assessments Set for Students This School Year
Libertyville District 70 students will take new assessments in the 2014-15 school year.

STAR Enterprise Assessments will be administered to kindergarteners through eighth-graders and will replace IOWA assessments, while PARCC will be administered to third- through eighth-graders and replace ISAT testing. This change will help 1) assess student understanding of the new Illinois Learning Standards for math and language arts, 2) help monitor student growth, 3) provide information to guide instruction, 4) evaluate curriculum effectiveness, and 5) provide opportunities for students to have more experience with online testing.

More information is posted on the d70schools.org website under the Curriculum Department, under "Assessment."
Updated 8-14-2014 12:23 PM