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2023 - 2024 Kindergarten Pre-Registration

2023 - 2024 Kindergarten

Pre- Registration

Kindergarten pre-registration will be opening up in March. Our pre-registration window will be open from March 1 through March 15. Please click on our Pre-Registration Sign-up link to choose your date and time for pre-registration. When coming in for pre-registration, please bring the following items:

We look forward to seeing you and having you start the registration process for your future Hornet!

ISBE Announces the 2023 Those Who Excel Award Winners

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has honored 490 Illinoisans for their extraordinary contributions to education across the state through its annual Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards. This year two of those awardees come from District 106.

Highlands' own, Mrs. Lauren Fountas, received an award of Meritorious Service in the category for Educational Support Personnel.

And, Mr. Stetson Steele, received an award of Special Recognition in the category for Admin.

The annual Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards celebrate incredible classroom teachers, administrators, teams, volunteers, and school support personnel who have made lasting impacts on the students, families, and fellow educators in their school communities. ISBE will celebrate the awardees at a banquet on April 29.
 
"Illinois educators get up every day and perform one of the most difficult jobs in our state—and these excellent teachers, volunteers, and administrators honored by ISBE went above and beyond that already exceptional call to serve," said Governor JB Pritzker. "I'm thrilled to recognize teachers alongside librarians, custodians, volunteers, and other support personnel who all contribute to our students' wellbeing. Just like Illinois as a whole, it takes many skills and roles to keep a school running and to build the next generation of outstanding Illinoisans. Congratulations to today's honorees and on behalf of the State of Illinois, thank you for your service."
 
The Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards recognize the people who make education in Illinois so incredible.  Please help us in celebrating Mrs. Fountas and Mr. Steele!  Congratulations to them both!  There are no two people more deserving of this honor.
7th Grade Science - PLTW + Snap Circuits

This week in 7th Grade Science, our young engineers participated in a week long lesson on circuits by utilizing the curriculum from Project Lead The Way (PLTW).  Students were able to use engineering practices to create and examine various types of circuits by utilizing "Snap Circuits" to analyze how electrical current flows across series, parallel, and combination circuits under various working loads.

 

World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day happens annually on February 1.  Millions around the globe use this day to celebrate the power of reading aloud to others.  We celebrated World Read Aloud Day in the district today as our 7th graders from Mrs. Clark's and Mrs. Murphy's LA classes read to our elementary students throughout the day.  It was wonderful seeing our middle school students visiting elementary classrooms.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this great activity.

National Reading Day

Second graders celebrated National Reading Day with some good, old-fashioned buddy reading! 

ECE learns to sew!

As ECE continues to study "Clothes", we are learning to sew. Students used a sewing machine to make their own cloth bags.

Thinking with our Eyes

Kindergarteners are becoming social detectives. Today students listened to the story Thinking with our Eyes and practiced thinking with their eyes. Miss Burke’s kindergarteners are thinking with their eyes about what the aliens in the story might want to do with a pair of cowboy boots... Great job social detectives!

First Grade at the DuPage Children's Museum

First grade had a blast at the DuPage Children's Museum yesterday. They got to create their own creatures, build in the workshop, and experiment with water, wind, and bubbles! 

ECE is Learning about Clothing

ECE is learning all about clothing.  This includes how to take care of our clothes.  We are pretending to wash, dry, fold and even iron our clothes!

 

4th Grade and Kindergarten Buddies

We truly enjoy our kindergarten buddy times in 4th Grade! We have done so many fun and amazing activities with our buddy this past month.  Last week the 4th graders in 4SZ helped their buddy solve math problems to crack the code in their SNOWMAN ESCAPE ROOM! The kids all had so much fun in solving clues in our classrooms and in the hallway to try and FREE Freezie the Snowman before he melted!

Building Project Progress

Great progress has been made over the past few months!

Download Building Progress

Congrats to our 8th Grade Boys' Basketball Team!

A big congratulations to our 8th grade boys' basketball team.  The boys beat McClure last night in the championship game of the annual Hodgkins Tournament to end their perfect season.  They won 49-35 and brought home their second third trophy of the season.  We cannot wait to add this team to our list of champions here at Highlands!

Thank you to the students, staff, and parents that supported our teams this season.  A special thank you to our cheerleaders for their support and spirit throughout the season.