Our School


I continue to be honored and excited to be a member of the Highland Middle School Family.  As your principal, I look forward each day to strengthening the relationships that I have with all of our wonderful students, families, teachers, and talented staff.  Prior to taking on the role of principal, I served as the assistant principal for five years here at Highland Middle School.  Before arriving in Libertyville, I was a junior high dean of students in Skokie, Il. I also have taught social studies and reading at the middle school level, and I have taught fifth grade.  

Beyond the rigors of their academic program, it is our aim to instill within each of the 710 students, the essential principles of pride, respect, and responsibility so that they will become productive and contributing “Class Act” members of our increasingly global society.

High expectations, which have been established by our qualified and dedicated staff, will be maintained while also providing a safe and nurturing student-centered community that fosters respect for individual differences. With this in mind, Highland's learning community continues to strive to exceed expectations. As evidence of this, Highland has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence twice, once in 1990, and again in 2010. In 2015, 2018,  & 2022 Highland was recognized by the Association of Middle Grade Schools (AIMS) as an Illinois Horizon School to Watch. Also in 2015, 2018 & 2022, Highland was recognized at the national level by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform as a National School to Watch. 

I am also very excited about working with the active and involved parents that help to make Highland a wonderful place for our students to learn and grow.  I look forward to doing whatever I can to support their efforts and encourage you to become a member of the Highland Family Association.  Volunteering and participating at various events throughout the school year also will  benefit not only your child, but all of the children at Highland.  
As principal, I have many opportunities to serve our students, families, and faculty. If you are ever in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With Hornet Pride,
 Dr. Jonathan R. Hallmark, Principal

Highland Middle School

310 W. Rockland Rd.
Libertyville, Il 60048




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Assistant Principal
Valerie Rivera

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Dean of Students
Kristi Martin kmartin@d70schools.org

Administrative Assistant:
Lynne Greenwell

Administrative Assistant
Christine Murray

Administrative Assistant for Student Services
Wendy Jaworski

School Hours: 8:50 a.m. to 3:35 p.m., Monday - Friday

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Home of the Highland Middle School Hornets

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School History

District 70 Mission: Empower student growth and achievement through equitable, challenging opportunities that promote excellence, innovation, critical thinking, and respect.