From the desk of Principal Deborah Finn
May 12, 2022
School News You Can Use
  1. The HP Police Department has welcomed a new support dog to the community. Vinny (Duke) will be at HPHS on May 31 between the first two summative assessments for kids to meet.
  2. Make sure to read about the changes taking place in the bookstore below and/or refer to the email sent to all families from the district office.
  3. Starting to think about final assessment week May 31 - June 2? Consider some of the suggestions shared by our Counseling Department in Services and Support.
Message from the Principal
My apologies for the duplicate email and to Adina Bard for the error regarding the state doubles badminton tournament. Please join me in wishing both Adina Bard and Vivian Esgar the best of luck at the tournament today.

May is a very busy month at HPHS! We are preparing for all of the year end celebrations, including Senior Sendoff, Prom and graduation. But I also wanted to note a few specific highlights from this past week:

  • Yesterday was National School Nurse’s Day. We are lucky to have an amazing staff in our Health Center who are dedicated to caring for our students.
  • Julia Kerpel, a junior at Highland Park is promoting the Day of AI on Friday May 13. Julia is committed to promoting STEM for all students. 
  • Congratulations to Henry Charrlin for winning the Metra essay contest! Henry’s essay has been selected as a first-place winner in the 15th Annual Metra Safety Poster & Essay Contest. The essay will be featured on the Metra Safety Contest Facebook page, and in Metra’s 2023 safety calendar.  
  • Join me in wishing Adina Bard and Vivian Esgar the best of luck as they head to the state tournament in doubles badminton today. See Athletics below for more information.
  • And finally, make sure to read all about our Giant Mathlete’s in the Student Life section below.
Happening Next Week
Monday, May 16 - Giant Day Schedule

Tuesday, May 17 - White Day Schedule

Wednesday, May 18 - Blue Day Schedule

Thursday, May 19 - White Day Schedule

Friday, May 20 - Blue Day Schedule 

As you know from the district email regarding our bookstore, here are some important dates:
May 16 - June 3 – 2021-22 Book Buyback Period
June 1 – Chromebook Distribution Begins
June 13 – 2022-23 Online Order Window Opens
July 15 – Deadline to Order 2022-23 Materials with Guaranteed Delivery by the Start of School
If you need more details, please refer to the district communication or access the Bookstore Online at HPHS at, Please contact the following email address with any questions:
Senior Final Exams are scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th and Wednesday, May 18th. If your senior student needs to take a final exam, refer to this schedule for times and locations based on the content area of the exam.  
Graduation 2022
Be sure to check our graduation website for information.
Student Life
CLICK HERE for this week’s GIANT Life News! Please remember to scroll all the way through for the parent and community sections. 
 Monday, May 16 is all about our seniors! Before our Senior Sendoff at the end of the day, we will host a BBQ during lunch periods and offer voter registration for any student that will be 18 by election day in November. CLICK HERE to help your teen know what forms of ID are acceptable (2 are needed). This day is also cap & gown pickup day, so please remind your graduate to pick up their package at the end of the day outside the H Entrance!  

If you purchased an Activity Ticket this year, a yearbook has been ordered for you! The extended deadline closed at the end of April. Yearbooks will be available for pickup August 4th, 3 - 6 PM via the H Entrance. To verify your purchase, you can check your Infinite Campus schedule, Activity Ticket/Yearbook is listed in the MISC portion. See you on August 4th to pick up your book! If you thought you purchased a book and did not, you can be added to a waitlist, the fee is $135. Please email Mrs. Friedrich,
Class of 2023 senior photos can now be scheduled this summer via the Stuart-Rodgers website. July and August dates fill quickly, please schedule an appointment now. All families should have also received an email from the photographer with login information.

Graduation Picture/Yearbook Picture
  • Stuart-Rodgers is our official school photographer and has a studio in Highland Park
  • Call to make summer appointments now, there are deadlines for picture dates to enable us to meet yearbook production deadlines
  • All sittings are FREE for a yearbook pose, options will be available for purchase
  • Go to to select your session type, date and time.
  • Contact Stuart- Rodgers Photography at 877-929-0006 or by email  with any questions.
  • Can’t find your password - you can login via name and ID. Click on the button to the right.
Congrats to our Freshmen in the Boys Track and Field Program. The group won the CSL North Outdoor Track & Field Invitational. 

Congratulations to Adina Bard and Vivian Esgar. The pair performed very well at the Buffalo Grove Sectional and advanced to the IHSA Badminton State Finals this weekend in Hinsdale. Best of luck to Adina and Vivian!

We continue to honor our senior athletes. A big thank you to all of our seniors and their families.
Services and Support
Here are five successful study habits for summative assessment week:

  1. Get Organized: Between homework, tests, and extracurricular activities, it’s all too easy for things to slip through the cracks. A planner can help keep everything organized! Students should write down assignments, appointments and to-do lists; then review items in the planner at both the beginning and end of the day to stay on track.
  2. Know the Expectations: There shouldn’t be any surprises when it comes to how and what students will be graded on. If expectations aren’t clear, talk with your teacher about your summative assessment. Will it be an exam or a final project?
  3. Designate a Study Area: Yes, studying in the living room may seem like a good idea but not if there are a lot of distractions. Study in a quiet, well-lit, and low-traffic space.
  4. Develop a Study Plan: First things first: students need to know when an assessment will take place, the types of questions that will be included and the topics that will be covered. From there, students can create study plans and allow ample time to prepare – there’s nothing worse than cramming the night before an exam.
  5. Think Positive!: Being in the right mindset can make all the difference. Turn negative statements like, “I’ll never have enough time to get a good grade on this exam,” into positive ones like, “I began preparing later than I should have, but I put together a study plan so I’ll be able to get through the material.”
The schedule for 2nd semester final summative assessment week (grades 9-11) can be found on the HPHS website.