Administrators' Welcome

Administrators' Welcome Message

Kelly Jackson
Administrator for 5-8 Education

Welcome to an exciting new year at Highcrest Middle School!  At Highcrest we take pride in the academic and extra-curricular opportunities that abound for our fifth and sixth grade students. Through innovative programming and the partnership we have among our families, students, and staff, we are confident that your years at Highcrest will be some of your best in District 39!

The academic experience at Highcrest is one of high expectations and 21st century learning. Our students demonstrate characteristics that make them successful throughout their day by persevering, listening actively, thinking flexibly, and taking responsible risks. Meeting learning targets consistently is important in core subject areas such as reading, math, writing, social studies, and science, as well as in subject areas such as world language, related arts, and physical education. Our teachers work to challenge each and every student to meet targets and expand on their learning, while making sure to have a little fun too!

This school year we are excited to have a new office to welcome all of our fifth and sixth graders, and look forward to opening four new classrooms later in the winter.  We continue to encourage H.A.W.K.S. conduct, and can’t wait to celebrate all of our H.A.W.K.S. through spirit days and weekly H.A.W.K.S. High Fives!

A BIG THANK YOU to the amazing support from our PTO and our District 39 Educational Foundation, which allow us to offer many opportunities for Highcrest students to get involved in our school, and for partnering with us to make HMS a great place to learn and grow.

We are going to have a great year!  #weareHAWKS


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Susie Carlson
6th Grade
Assistant Principal

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I am extremely excited to be returning to Highcrest as the 6th Grade Level Administrator.

The middle school years can be exciting and challenging for both students and parents alike. As the mother of three boys, the oldest of whom will be a junior in college and the youngest a 6
th grader, I am keenly aware that the learning and relationships made during these years, both personal and academic, help shape the adults our students grow to be. I hope to support your student by helping them learn and grow from each situation and by encouraging their innate curiosity and interests.

I am honored to be a part of the exemplary learning community in District 39.  This will be my fourth year in District 39 as I was previously at WJHS where I was an 8th grade Learning Behavior Specialist.  Prior to Wilmette, I taught at North Shore Academy, Niles North High School and Logandale Middle School in Chicago.  I hold both a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University. 

I look forward to a wonderful school year!


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5th Grade
Assistant Principal

Hello! I am extremely excited to be the new 5th Grade Level Administrator at Highcrest Middle School. 

The 2019-2020 school year is my 27th year in education (WOW!). My background is primarily in gifted education, but I have also taught kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. My last position was in River Trails School District 26 for the last 16 years as a gifted education teacher for 4th and 5th grade students. While leaving River Trails was difficult, I am thrilled to join the Wilmette 39 community.

5th grade has a very special place in my heart. Personally, I believe it is the best grade level! Lots of transitions, both academically and socially, that contribute to innumerable learning experiences. Your children will be new to Highcrest, just like me, and together we will navigate our way through the year.

Outside of work, I have two sons, both in college, and a blind dog named Brynne. I love to play Pokemon Go, watch cartoons, and collect chickens. So...I’m not far off from a 5th grader myself. :)

Please feel free to contact me anytime. I look forward to a great school year!

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