Parents Invited to Take 5Essentials Survey
--Thursday, January 22, 2015
Teachers, parents and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. Visit this 5Essentials Information Site to learn more about the survey, find student participation and opt-out options, and to access a link to complete the survey.
Course Selection for 2015-2016
--Monday, December 29, 2014
Course selection for next year begins right after Winter Break! -More
Graduation 2015/Grad Party Information
--Wednesday, January 14, 2015

School News

Parents Invited to Take 5Essentials Survey
Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Teachers, parents and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement.  Visit this 5Essentials Information Site to learn more about the survey, find student participation and opt-out options, and to access a link to complete the survey.
AP Books for Sale at Webstore

The following AP books can be purchased through the LHS Webstore:

Calculus AB AP Review Book  $18.00
Calculus BC AP Review Book $19.00
Statistics AP Review Book  $18.00

Once purchased, students should bring their receipt and student ID to Mrs. Peterson in Room 228 to pick up their book.

Click on this link to be directed to the appropriate page.
1/26 LHS Athletic Updates

Here are some LHS Athletic updates.  You can also follow LHS Athletics on Twitter - Go_LHS_Wildcats

IHSA Sectional Champs!!
Congratulations to Coach Jackie Newman and the team on qualifying to the IHSA State Dance Competition this weekend at US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington...more info at IHSA Dance

Congratulations on the team's highest score this past Sunday at the NSC Conference Championships
The IHSA Sectionals is this Saturday at 1:50pm at Rolling Meadows...Good Luck!
Girls Basketball
The team defeated Wauconda and Lake Zurich this past week, this extends their record to 13-7 and 6-2 in conference on the season
The basketball team plays again on Tuesday at Mundelein and at home on Friday for "Red Out" vs. Warren
Boys Basketball
The basketball team went 1-1 this past week and are currently 10-8 on the season.
This week, the team will play at Lake Forest on Wednesday and at home on Saturday at 5:30pm vs. Lake Zurich
Girls Gymnastics
Parent-Senior Night for Girls Gymnastics is this Tuesday at 5:30pm...come out and support the Seniors!
The team will compete in the NSC Girls Gymnastics Championships this Friday at Mundelein at 6:00pm

Girls Bowling
The Girls Bowling team will be in action today at home (Lakeside Lanes) vs. Glenbrook North at 4:30pm
The NSC Conference Championships is this Friday at Sunset Lanes in Waukegan
Boys Swimming and Diving
The team competed this past Saturday in a tough St. Charles North Invite with a 5th place finish.  They had season best times for most of their events. 
The swimmers and divers have 2 NSC dual meets this week, at Mundelein on Thursday and at Warren on Saturday.

This past weekend, the Wrestlers defeated Zion-Benton on Friday in a NSC Dual Match.  On Saturday, the team defeated Cary-Grove 38-36 and Fremd 38-26.
The wrestlers are in action tonight at home vs. Lake Zurich at 5:30pm
The NSC Conference Championships is this Friday and Saturday at Warren.
Ice-Cats Hockey
The Ice-Cats play this Wednesday vs. Prep at 8:30pm at Glacier Ice Arena
Fan Appreciation Night is this Saturday, Jan. 31st at Glacier Ice Arena...FREE Pizza and Prizes as the team plays against St. Pats at 6:30pm

Boys Basketball at Lake Forest

Live broadcast of the Libertyville @ Lake Forest varsity boys basketball game in Lake Forest, IL (map). Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.

JV Icecats vs. Lake Forest

On Friday, January 30th, the JV Icecats will take on Lake Forest. The hockey game will stream live here on High School Cube beginning at 8:30 pm. Game will be played at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills. (map).

Cheerleading Sectionals @ Rolling Meadows HS

Live broadcast of the Rolling Meadows Cheerleading Sectionals on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Performances begin at 9:00 a.m. and will take place at Rolling Meadows High School, 2901 Central Rd., Rolling Meadows, IL (map).

IHSA Girls Bowling Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Libertyville Girls Bowling Coach, Lindsey Siegel, as she was recognized as the NFHS Girls Bowling Coach of the Year for Illinois for 2013-2014.  Coach Siegel is a 1997 graduate of LHS and has been coaching Girls Bowling for the past 5 years.

More information about the Award is available at the IHSA website - NFHS Coaches of the Year

Course Selection for 2015-2016

Course selection for next year begins right after Winter Break!

Course Selection web page

CURRENT WILDCATS- Counselors will begin meeting with juniors as early as January 7th. Counselors will schedule course selection meetings with sophomores during the week of January 26th through their English classes and with Freshmen the week of February 2nd through their PE/ Health class. Current students are directed to the Course Selection web site for access to the online curriculum guide and other resources.

8TH GRADERS- The families of 8th graders will receive a curriculum guide the week of January 19th and course recommendations the week of February 2nd. Mail-in course selection will take place between February 2nd and February 13th. The course selection web page includes a document and video library that contains answers to several FAQs. Counselors will be available at the feeder schools the week of February 9th for optional counselor appointments. 

LHS Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to the LHS Athletes of the Week...

Jordan McInerney, Wrestling.  This past Saturday at Cary-Grove, Jordan beat his opponent that was ranked #9 in the state from Fremd by an 8-4 decision.  He also pinned his Cary-Grove opponent in 1:06 for the win.  Jordan helped the team defeat both Fremd and Cary-Grove in the triangular meet.  The wrestling team will be in action again tonight at 5:30pm vs. Lake Zurich.  In addition, Jordan has agreed to continue playing football in College at Winona State University.



Paul Steinhaus, Boys Basketball.  Last week, Paul scored 17 points in a 62-59 win over Zion Benton and scored 24 points in 54-51 win over Wauconda. The boys basketball team has a 10-8 record on the season and will be at Lake Forest on Wednesday and home vs. Lake Zurich on Saturday.

LHS January Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students who were named LHS January Students of the Month: Ian Hebert, Madelyn Fisher, Elaina Hart, Emma Gorman, Demi Glusic, Madelyn Herberger, Daniel Samelson, Tyler Janaes, Colin Hawkinson, Philip Nauman and Alice Hubbard.

Changes to Required Testing in Illinois

This letter - Update to Assessment Schedule 2015 - is written to inform parents and guardians of changes to required testing in the State of Illinois for the 2014-15 school year. 

Seniors Named to Lake County Leadership Team

Congratulations to seniors Cassandra Isaccs (LHS) on being named to the 2014-2015 Lake County Leadership Team. Congratulations also go to Cameron Cuzmanko (LHS) on receiving honorable mention. Read more about these outstanding leaders at the Daily Herald here

Model UN Receives Honors at Columbia University

Congratulations to the LHS Model UN for its success at last week's Columbia University's MUN Conference. Conor Kennedy earned Honorable Mention in the Argentinian Presidential Cabinet, Austin Benner earned a Verbal Commendation in the Presidents' Special Task Force, and Ankur Rastogi won Best Delegate in the Meeting of the Politburo and General Staff in the USSR, 1983. The Model UN advisors are Matt Thompson and Lauren Pothast.


Students Selected for IMEA All-State Ensembles

Congratulations to the LHS students selected for the Illinois Music Educators All-State Ensembles. These students will rehearse and perform with a guest conductor and students form across the state Jan. 28-31. For high school musicians, being selected to the IMEA State Festival is the highest individual honor they can receive.

LHS IMEA All-State selectees are: 
Harriet Legan (Bassoon), Jackie Ovassapian (Alto), Katherine Liu (Viola), Nathan Goldin (French Horn), Megan Yeung (Viola), Nick Minor (Tuba), Keith Wilson (Tenor), David Cao (Bass Clarinet) and Taylor Skie (Alto).

SAR / DAR Award Winners

Jennifer Pahng
LHS Senior Jennifer Pahng has been selected by LHS faculty and staff as this year’s winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award for LHS. The award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. 

Jennifer has dedicated many hours of service to LHS via Student Council where she has served for four years in varied positions including her role as Head of Communication and Publicity on the Executive Board this year. She is a member of National Honor Society and serves as a Link Crew Leader mentoring LHS freshmen.

Jennifer has been a dedicated member of several athletic teams throughout her tenure at LHS. She participated in Cheerleading, Diving, Gymnastics and Track and was selected as the captain of the Diving Team this year.

Her academics are stellar, and her interests and talents are many. Case in point, she is interested in pursuing engineering, business and education in college.

Ankur Rastogi

LHS Senior Ankur Rastogi has been selected by LHS faculty and staff as this year’s winner of the Sons of the American Revolution Award for LHS. The award recognizes and rewards individuals who demonstrate outstanding patriotism, leadership and citizenship.

Ankur is an exemplary LHS citizen who leads by example. He competed for four years for the Math Team, helping the team to a first place finish in 2013 and a second place finish in 2014; additionally, he served as vice president of the team last year. He serves on the Executive Board as a Co-President of the Model United Nations Club. Ankur competed for the Debate Team during his four year tenure here at LHS and works to guide and educate new debaters on the details of successful debate structure. He also competes at the varsity level for Scholastic Bowl, Science Olympiad, and WYSE. Ankur is a member of the LHS National Honor Society.

Ankur was selected as a student representative to the District 128 School Board for this school year, an unparalleled leadership honor. 

He tentatively plans to pursue Bioengineering in college. 

Theater Festival Students Honored by Board of Ed

Only 90 Illinois high school students were selected to be a part of the 2015 Illinois High School Theater Festival production of Pippin. Of those 90, 11 are from District 128! At tonight's meeting, the Board recognized the students and staff members from VHHS and LHS who were selected to be a part of the production as members of the crew, cast, pit orchestra and directors.

Pertussis (whooping cough) Information

We've had 8 cases of pertussis, also called "whooping cough" reported in our student population over the past few months. Please read more here.

*Updated 12/12 ~ Brainerd Building Asbestos Abatement and Demolition Updates

Below you will find the most up-to-date information related to asbestos abatement and demolition of the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym. D128 will post updates as relevant information is available. If there are no additional postings on a specific date, then there are no additional updates to share.

General Information

Asbestos containment work will begin on Thursday, Oct. 16 and is scheduled to be completed by Friday, Oct. 24. Demolition work is scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 3.

Thursday, Oct. 16

A safety fence was erected around the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym prior to beginning asbestos abatement work.
Asbestos abatement work began. 

Friday, Oct. 17

Asbestos abatement work continues, including the removal of all windows.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

The asbestos abatement at the Brainerd Building will be completed on Oct. 29 rather than the originally scheduled date of Oct. 24.

Friday, Oct. 31

To ensure that every state, local and utility requirement is met prior to the start of demolition, the District has adjusted the tentative demolition date to Monday, Nov. 17.

Friday, Nov. 7

The District continues to receive requests to remove certain items and/or materials from the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym prior to demolition. Although we appreciate efforts to preserve pieces of both buildings, everything remaining in the buildings at this point is part of the awarded demolition and salvage bid and, as a result, is not available to be given away to citizens.

Friday, Nov. 14

Inside salvage demolition begins on Monday, Nov. 17 and will continue through the week. Building demolition is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Interior demolition work will continue at the Brainerd Building through Thanksgiving. Beginning Monday, Dec. 1, demolition of the Brainerd classroom structure will begin and will last approximately 3-5 days. Following the completion of the classroom building demolition, the demolition process will begin on the Jackson Gym.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Final permitting has been received from IDOT for North Shore Gas to disconnect the gas line running under Illinois Route 176 to the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym. Following line marking by JULIE, it is estimated that North Shore Gas will complete the required work by the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 12.Demolition on the site is estimated to begin on Monday, Dec. 15, or at the latest on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Check the D128 web site toward the end of this week for the definite demolition start date.

Friday, Dec. 12

We have confirmed that demolition of the Brainerd Building will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15.

Student Technology Team (Tech LST)

Apply to be a STUDENT TECH!  The new student technology team is looking for students!!!

Are you interested in helping other students with their technology needs? Do you want to be the first to learn about everything tech at LHS? Apply to become a part of the Student Technology Team by scanning one of the QR codes throughout the building or by clicking here.

Click here to see the Student Technology Team VIDEO TRAILER!!!

 What will you be doing?

  • You will be working as a volunteer for part of your free period.

  • You will be at a help desk fielding tech questions from students and teachers.

  • You will provide one-on-one help on such topics as Google Drive, Gmail and Google Docs.

  • You will be exposed to cutting edge technology being implemented at LHS.









If you have any questions, contact any of the following adults:

Donna Warmbold

John Taylor  

Matt Thompson  

Allison Wilkin

Maggie (Faulkner) Nicholson

Kristin Tarrant

Kate Isabelli

School Picture Orders

It's not too late to order school pictures. Click here for more information.

Parents can visit for questions regarding photos.

District 128 Named a Top 100 Workplace

On Friday, November 14th, the Chicago Tribune published the "Chicago Tribune Top 100 Workplaces," which is an annual exclusive list of the best places to work in the Chicago area. Community High School District 128 has been named a Top 100 Workplace! Although this recognition program considers all types of Chicago area workplaces, it is somewhat unusual for a school district to receive this recognition. 

The evaluation for the Top 100 Workplaces program is based upon feedback from the anonymous employee survey that many of you completed a few months ago. D128 had an outstanding response rate on the survey, and we appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey.

We are honored to have been selected for this prestigious award, and more importantly, we are very proud of all of the staff for making D128, LHS and VHHS such special places to work.  Thank you!

D128 Earns A+ on Niche High School Rankings
Based on the criteria below, Niche, a nationally-based school district and school rating service founded originally as College Prowler at Carnegie-Mellon University, has rated D128, LHS and VHHS as follows:
  • Academics
  • Teachers
  • Administration & Policies
  • Educational Outcomes
  • Resources & Facilities
  • Health & Safety
  • Student Culture & Diversity
  • Extra-Curriculars
  • Sports & Fitness
A+ Overall
Nationally:  108th of 8,738 U.S. Public School Districts with High Schools (or, Top .01 of all ranked U.S. Public School Districts with High Schools)
Illinois:  4th of 385 Illinois Public School Districts with High Schools (or, Top .01 of all ranked Illinois Public School Districts with High Schools)
A+ Overall
Nationally:  29th of 14,431 U.S. Public High Schools (or, Top .002% of all ranked U.S. Public High Schools)
Illinois: 9th of 309 Illinois Public High Schools (or, Top .03% of all top ranked Illinois Public High Schools)
A+ Overall
Nationally:  42nd of 14,431 U.S. Public High Schools (or, Top .002% of all ranked U.S. Public High Schools)

Illinois: 10th of 309 Illinois Public High Schools (or, Top .03% of all top ranked Illinois Public High Schools)

Libertyville Patch ~ District 128, Libertyville High School Ranked Among Best in State

Chicago Tribune School Report Cards 2014

Illinois School Report Cards were released today, highlighting academic achievements of Libertyville High School and Vernon Hills High School students in comparison with the performance of students and schools across the state. The Chicago Tribune released its annual Top Chicagoland School report today, rating LHS and VHHS among the top high schools in each category.

High School: Best Overall 2014 ACT Results
[Ranked by ACT Composite Score for the 2014 Graduating Class] 

LHS     11th
VHHS  21st

Illinois College Ready
[Percentage of students getting at least a 21 composite score on the ACT]
LHS     12th
VHHS  16th

ACT College Ready
[High School graduates who hit the benchmark scores in all ACT subjects (Students must score 18 or higher in English, 22 or higher in Math and reading, and 23 or higher in in Science)]

LHS    12th
VHHS  21st

College Bound Students
[Percentage of students who graduated in 2011-2012 and enrolled in a U.S. college within 16 months]

VHHS  10th
LHS     12th

Parking Changes at Brainerd

On October 13, Columbus Day (a non-student attendance day), the process involving the demolition of the Brainerd building will enter its next phase.  

As the abatement phase comes to fruition, the next phase involves the erection of the protective demolition fence that will be placed around the building. This fence will be erected prior to the physical demolition of the building. 

Due to the size and location of this protective fencing, parking at Brainerd will be limited to approximately 40 spaces, near the athletic field only.  

Because of this decrease in this parking area, students who park there should begin the process of considering alternates to parking at Brainerd. Some alternatives might include but may not be limited to the following: 

  • Parking at Dymond (a first come first free parking area) which has 38 student spaces.
  • Car pooling with seniors who have an LHS parking sticker to park on campus, with parent/guardian permission.
  • Riding one of the D128 paid for school buses (applies to any LHS student living 1.5 miles from the LHS campus).
  • Being dropped off/picked up at LHS by other parent/guardian approved drivers. 

Upcoming Events

School Board Meeting
FAFSA Completion Workshop @6:30 PM @LHS Computer Lab, Room 122
Grade 12 and Parents For parents and students who would appreciate a helping hand in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), LHS offers our annual "FAFSA Completion Workshop". Two different sessions are offered in LHS computer lab 122 where financial aid experts can help you with specific problems or questions about your FAFSA. Session 1 begins at 6:30 p.m. Session 2 begins at 7:30 p.m.
Late Start
IMEA All State @Peoria
NSC Gymnastics at Mundelein @LHS
NSC Girls Bowling at Zion-Benton @Wauconda
NSC Wrestling at Warren
Girls' Basketball Game - Warren @7:00 PM @Main Gym
Gap Year Fair @1:00 PM @New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus
For more information,
Boys' Basketball - Lake Zurich @5:30 PM
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