Recent News
Elementary School Update

We are excited to share that our In-School Remote Learning Pods will be starting on Thursday, February 11 for the Elementary School.  This opportunity will allow ES students to learn from school each day, receive learning support from our staff, see friends, build stamina and develop the routine of being at school 5 days per week.

Please click on the link below to view all of the details.

Remote Learning Pods Letter

We are very excited to be taking this next step and getting more of our students back into the building on a daily basis.  As always, let Ms. Magruder know any questions you may have.

Late Start Updates

All previously scheduled Late Start days for D106 have been canceled for the rest of the 20-21 school year.  School will start at it's regular time on these days.  

Please visit the District 106 calendar to stay up to date on current events.

Saliva Screening Update

We want to provide the D106 family with an update on the weekly saliva screenings being conducted at both schools.  

As we enter our fourth week of screenings, we have 671 students and staff signed up for this voluntary screening.  Through the first three weeks we have a 69% participation rate.  We know it’s easy to forget that small envelope and trying to collect saliva in such a small tube can be a challenge, but it is important to provide the sample each week. The screening provides us with D106-specific data that will help students return to an in-person learning schedule five days per week, as well as extend learning beyond 12:30 p.m. each day.  

The results from the last three weeks demonstrate the value of the saliva screenings in protecting our students, staff, and community.  The four “probable” findings to date from the saliva screening were from asymptomatic individuals.  With that information, we were able to move quickly to isolate them and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.   

If you are signed up to participate, please help us to boost participation.   Our screening schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesdays:  “A” group elementary school students, D106 staff and evening custodial staff
  • Thursdays:  Middle school students and “B” group elementary school students 

If you have not participated previously, please reconsider by clicking here to complete a waiver.  After submitting the waiver, please contact your respective school office to obtain a kit with supplies and labels. Instructions will also be provided to you.  To view a short video of how to provide a saliva sample, please click hereScreenings can be completed at home the night before returning them to school the next day.  

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Karen Lippold, Middle School Nurse, Jeannette Geskie, Elementary School Nurse, Ms. Magruder, Elementary School Principal, or Mr. Papierski, Middle School Principal. 

Thanks for your partnership with the screening process.

District 106 Administration Team

PTC Lunch Week of February 8

The PTC will be distributing a "to go" Little Joe's Hot Dog PTC Lunch next week for in person and remote learners! If you are not sure if you ordered please look under the School Life, Hot Lunch tab on the district website, or email the PTC.

  • Tuesday, February 9th: "B" Day ES students; Lunch Pick Up for ES and MS remote families
  • Wednesday, February 10th: "A" Day and 5 day ES students; MS in person students 

*NEW *  Families new to the district and families that did not order the January Little Joe's lunch at registration you now have the opportunity to order this lunch! Please click here to order and pay.  Orders MUST be placed by the end of the day this Thursday, February 4th. If you are not sure if you ordered please look under the School Life, Hot Lunch tab on the district website.  If you have questions please reach out to the PTC.

*NEW for Remote Families*  Please let the PTC know that you will be picking up your child(ren)'s PTC lunch.  They NEED all remote families who ordered the January Little Joe's lunch to RSVP by clicking here. Lunch pick up for both ES and MS students will be 12:40 - 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, 1/27 by the ES doors (new location).  

Please note if you choose to not pick up your lunch or do not respond, it will be considered a cash donation to the PTC, and a lunch will not be ordered. 

D106 Snowmen

Thanks to everyone who submitted snowman/igloo photos over the weekend.  We have posted some of them on the district Facebook page and we hope that everyone enjoyed the snow!  

D106 Superintendent Survey

The Board of Education of LaGrange Highlands Elementary School District 106 has opened its search for a new superintendent who will assume responsibilities on July 1, 2021.  To assist in this process, the Board retained the services of BWP and Associates, LTD.  BWP specializes in assisting school boards with the hiring of superintendents.  

The D106 Board recognizes the important role the superintendent plays in our schools and community.  To gather input from staff and community members, BWP requested that we invite you to participate in a short survey designed to provide the consultants and the Board with a list of leadership skills, personal characteristics, and experiences that our next superintendent must have to effectively lead our school district.  

We hope you will participate.  The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is open to all residents of the D106 community.   Please click here to complete the survey.  The survey will close on February 8.    

Thank you for your time.

Remote Day Message

Alright D106 families..... who got up to shovel snow or throw snowballs at their parents?

We know that Tuesday is a remote learning day, we also hope that you make time to get outside, go sledding, build a snowman, make snow-angels, and have some good old-fashioned winter fun. And, don't forget the hot chocolate!

Be safe!

January 26th, Remote Learning Day

The superintendent has determined that the weather we are currently experiencing presents a risk to the safety of students and staff. Please keep your children home from school tomorrow, January 26th, for a full schedule of remote learning.

Please check Schoology and Seesaw for the latest details from teachers regarding what information each student will need to learn remotely. Please review this change with your child or children. We believe it is important to discuss how this remote learning is a continuation of what students have been doing this school year and that they will follow our regular agendas and schedules. Please make sure your school provided device is charged and ready for learning in the morning. Your child should have a place to work free of distractions during school hours.

Additional updates and news can be found on the School District 106 website at

Inclement Weather Update

We have been and will continue to monitor the current Winter Storm Warning and its projected snow totals.  Should conditions warrant full remote instruction due to a weather emergency on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, we will communicate  via email, the website, social media and our automated phone system as a decision has been made.

During inclement weather or in emergency situations, our first priority is the safety of our students and staff. At the same time, the closing of school buildings can be burdensome to families. As you know, we consider closing school buildings to be an exception; we place a strong emphasis on keeping buildings open. 

Thank you in advance for your patience as we weigh each factor and as we collaborate with our neighboring Lyons Township school districts.

School Board Candidate Forum

Eight members of the Highlands community are running for seats on the D106 Board of Education.  The League of Women Voters will host a Candidate Forum on March 4. If you are interested in learning more about the candidates, please register for this webinar at

January 26, 2021 Special Meeting of the BOE

A Special Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually and simulcast on YouTube beginning at 6:30 due to the covid-19 global pandemic and can be accessed at

The agenda for the meeting is available by going to Administration > Board of Education > Agenda


Due to the recommended stay-at-home advisory for Suburban Cook County, District 106 would like to provide our community with two ways to comment at the Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Education.

Option #1: Comment Form

Board members will read each submitted statement, however, these comments are not read aloud at the meeting.

This form will stop accepting submissions at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in order to allow sufficient time to process and submit them to the Board of Education.

Option #2: Speak During the Simulcast

Please complete the following form if you wish to speak via Zoom during the Communication, Visitor Comments, and Participation agenda item.

This form will stop accepting submissions at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in order to allow sufficient time to process these requests.

  • Please leave your name, address, email address, and phone number on the form
  • On Tuesday after 5:30, you will receive information via email to access the meeting through a video conference
  • You will be admitted to the meeting by a moderator and have your microphone muted until your name is called during the public comment session
  • The public comment period will be limited to allow the rest of the agenda items to be discussed in a timely manner
  • Each individual will have a maximum of five (5) minutes to address your comments to the Board of Education. You will then be removed from the meeting and can continue to watch via the public stream on YouTube


Announcement of Superintendent Vacancy

Announcement of Superintendent Vacancy

LaGrange Highlands Elementary District 106

LaGrange, Illinois 

The Board of Education of LaGrange Highlands Elementary School District 106 has announced the opening of a search for a new Superintendent who will assume responsibilities on July 1, 2021. This opportunity provides a long term, career-focused educator the forum for leading a progressive, successful, and high achieving school system.  Several exciting initiatives are underway as the district moves aggressively to increase student academic performance and to provide students with a comprehensive list of educational options.

LaGrange Highlands School District 106 is located in prestigious western Cook County, Illinois, approximately twenty miles west of the city of Chicago. The student population of almost 1,000 is representative of the communities of LaGrange, Western Springs, Indian Head Park, and Countryside. District 106 has two modern, updated schools on a large campus setting. The schools are separated by grades EC-4 and 5-8.  

The District 106 schools are supported by a strong administrative team and by a dedicated Board of Education. Additional information can be found at

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should complete the online application process at as soon as possible. This will be considered a “ROLLING SEARCH” and applications will be screened as they are received with interviews tentatively held in late February/early March. Applications will not be reviewed if received after February 21, 2021

An application should include:

  * A completed applicant data form

  * A letter of application indicating reasons for interest in the position

  * A current resume

  * A brief description of major professional accomplishments

  * College/university transcripts

  * Three or four letters of recommendation

  * Evidence of Superintendent Endorsement in Illinois or equivalent

All of the requested materials must be submitted online at

Application materials will be treated as confidential. Applicants are requested not to contact members of the Board of Education

A regionally competitive salary package will be offered to the successful candidate. Applicants will be informed of the Board’s selection and appointment of the new superintendent. The final selection and appointment is the sole responsibility of the Board of Education.


BWP and Associates, Ltd

872 South Milwaukee Avenue, #221

Libertyville, Illinois 60048


For additional information, please contact BWP consultants:

Dr. Mark Friedman         847-975-8393

Dr. Glenn Schlichting      630-988-0920

An Equal Opportunity Employer