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7th Grade Science - Experiment outdoors!

It was a beautiful day to enjoy the sunshine, collaborate together, and have some fun with some hands-on learning in 7th grade Science!  Today we experimented in the tents with a chemistry lab on evaporation and the effect temperature has on the rate of evaporated liquids from a commonly used tool…paper towels.  We then analyzed the data and related it to real world applications!   Thanks for the support and help from Mrs. Burtner, Ms. Martin, and Mrs. Beers!  #106learns

Board of Education Meeting

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be held on September 22, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Gym.

Due to the COVID pandemic, and the restrictions of 50 people in one space, we will have room in the gym for 30 people to attend the meeting with us in person. A mask is required.

The link to view the meeting on YouTube is

Download Agenda for Regularly Scheduled Meeting (2) (1)

7th Grade Science - Heat Transfer Lab

Yesterday, our 7th grade scientists experimented in the kitchen with the concepts of heat transfer.  Lots of laughs and learning happened while discovering how thermal energy transfers from one source to another and measured with a thermometer! #106learns

Google Drive and Class Agendas - Fixed!

We are getting reports of users not being able to access class agendas on Google Drive.  We can reproduce this error but Google is not yet reporting any issues related to this outage.  Third party websites are, however, confirming what we are seeing.  We will continue to update this post as information develops.

9:44 AM Google is now confirming the issue with this report - We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly. The affected users are able to access Google Drive, but are seeing error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior."

11:17 AM From Google, "The problem with Google Drive should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better."

7th Grade Science Kitchen Chemistry Lab 2

Today during full remote, our 7th Grade scientists participated in another hands-on kitchen chemistry lab to learn how molecules give off heat and how we measure them using thermometers!  #106learns

Herbicide Application

A herbicide application is planned for September 14th – 20th,  2020  The exact time and date will be determined by the weather.  This herbicide application will be made to the school lawn and bed areas.  If you have any questions about this application contact:


Kent Hoefling

Director of Buildings and Grounds


Kitchen Chemistry - Grade 7 Science

On Friday, our 7th-grade scientists participated in their first chemistry lab with the aid of some kitchen supplies!  Thank you all for participating in this fun and educational activity via Zoom to learn about molecules and their interactions! #106learns

Daily Student Health Certification

Parents, don't forget to fill out the Student Health Check every day that your student physically attend school.  You can reach this form by going to Students -> Health Check in the menu or by clicking here.

Comments to the Board for August 18, 2020

Due to the pandemic and the capacity limit of 50 people in the Middle School Gym, we have created this alternative method for you to submit comments to the Board of Education. These comments will not be read aloud at the meeting this evening, but the Board of Education will be reviewing every comment that is submitted.

If you wish to address the Board at the Board of Education meeting on August 18, 2020, please fill out the form below. 

The form will close at 5:30 pm in order to prepare the comments for the Board to review tonight.

Form to Submit Comments and Questions


August 18, 2020 Regularly Scheduled Meeting

A Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in the LaGrange Highlands Middle School Gym and also simulcasted on Youtube beginning at 7:00 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. You may view the meeting on YouTube at

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

Reunite Document

Dear Highlands Families and Staff, 

The start of school is nine days from today! It is not a typical start to our school year, but we are glad to be coming together as a Highlands Community. Please find our Reunite Document that has information about our Return to Learn plan. Our Reunite document will continue to evolve as we learn more about COVID19. Updates in processes or procedures will be recorded in the material and sent to you with notification of the changes. 

Thank you for your continued partnership. 

Warm regards, 

Dr. Warke

FAQ and Update

Dear Highlands Families and Staff, 

We are looking forward to starting the 2020-2021 school year with our students in the hybrid and remote settings returning on August 20, 2020. It will be a year like no other we have ever had in Highlands. 

In the Spring, our school and the rest of the world were in crisis mode. District 106 quickly provided a remote alternative to our students that allowed us to finish the school year and learn how to do it better for the fall semester. While the plan may not have been the most comprehensive for all students, I feel strongly that it was the best approach to take at that particular time. As we move into the Fall Semester with uncertainty, please know that the plan that we have put together, along with our neighboring school partners, will focus more on a more traditional learning model, whether it is the hybrid plan or remote plan.  

The weight of the school administrators’ responsibility and the board to re-open our schools is a heavy one. No district has the perfect plan, and these are unchartered waters. Each district has to figure it out. As administrators and board members, who are also parents, feel the weight of the responsibility to help our children and the children in the community we serve. 

No one asked for the pandemic and the resulting changes that it has brought to us. Our classrooms look different. Our school year is starting differently. The typical excitement that we have to go school supply shopping and school clothes shopping is clouded by all the virus brings. All of these decisions impact the students of Highlands and the entire staff and community of Highlands. Our number one priority has been and continues to be the health and safety of the students, staff, and the community. 

I know that many questions may be adding to stress and anxiety of the uncertainty about the start of the school year. We created this FAQ to answer some of the items that are on everyone’s mind. Additionally, you will be receiving a document that details our plan on Monday, August 10, 2020. 

The board meeting scheduled for August 11 will be moving to August 18 at 7:00 p.m. I recognize that everyone is expecting a final vote on August 11. This vote is a resolution to approve all of the Return to Learn Plan components, not to determine if Highlands will return in a remote or hybrid capacity. Highlands families have indicated whether their child(ren) will come to Highlands in the hybrid model or if their child(ren) will participate in learning through the remote opportunity. We are finalizing the hybrid groups this weekend and sharing more information with our families next week. We are working as quickly as we can with the information we have received. 

The information that would change how Highlands opens from this point forward is a positivity rate at 8% in the suburban Chicago area. Or, if the Governor moves the suburban Chicago area to phase three. These two different scenarios will have our plan remote. 

Thank you for your continued feedback, patience, and understanding as we navigate these uncertain times. 

Warm regards, 

Dr. Warke