Course Selection for 2015-2016
--Monday, December 15, 2014
Course selection for next year begins right after Winter Break! -More
Student Technology Team (Tech LST)
--Thursday, November 13, 2014
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. APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED THROUGH NOVEMBER.
Community High School District 128 Named a Top 100 Workplace
--Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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. -More

School News

Varsity & JV Icecats vs Carmel Catholic

LHS VHHS Icecats Hockey 
On Saturday, December 20th,  the Varsity Icecats will take on rival Carmel Catholic. The hockey game will stream live here on High School Cube beginning at 6:30 pm.  JV Icecats will stream live here beginning at 8:30 pm. Games will be played at Glacier Ice Arena (map).

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. 

D128 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).

*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.

LHS Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to the LHS Athletes of the Week...

Duncan Hughe​s​​, Boys Bowling.  Over the past couple of weeks, Duncan has led the team to victories over Evanston, Deerfield and New Trier.  In the match against New Trier, Duncan had a 706 series with games of 239-247-220​, ​the ​3rd highest ​in LHS school history. Currently this season, Duncan has a 193 average for matches. The team is busy this week with matches on Monday vs. Glenbrook North, Tuesday vs. Stevenson and Thursday vs. VHHS.​

Anna Policht​, Cheerleading.  This season, Anna has been working on her standing tumbling skills. In the team's first competition this season, Anna threw her standing tuck at the Crystal Lake Central Cheer Competition and landed it​.  The Cheer team competed this past Sunday at Stevenson and finished in 6th place out of the 17 teams competing.  ​The Cheer team will compete again after the winter break at Lake Zurich on Saturday, Jan. 10th.

Joey Gunther, Wrestling. Joey moved his record to ​12-0 on the season​.  His wins this season include a championship at both the Barrington Tournament and the Hoffman Estates Tournament.  One of his wins ​this season ​include 11-6​ victory​ over a state ranked opponent from St. Charles East. The wrestling team will be in action again this Friday at Lake Forest.​

Becky Deichl, Girls Basketball.  The girls basketball team is on a four game winning streak, thanks in part to Becky's strong play in the post.  In wins over Lake Forest, McHenry, Lake Zurich and Highland Park​, Becky has averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per game.  ​The Wildcats will play again at home on Tuesday vs. Mundelein...this is also Alumni Night for the basketball team.

Go Wildcats!


Math Team Takes First in North Suburban Math League Competition

The LHS Mathematics Team took home first-place honors at the Dec. 4 North Suburban Mathematics League competition held at LHS.

The freshman, sophomore, and senior teams all placed first at the meet.  At the junior level, Nicole Dorcy, Hannah Manetsch, Andrew Zhang, and Daniel Zou all achieved perfect test scores. The senior team is currently ranked 5th in the 56-team conference.

Oralist Brent Cao tied for first at the meet with his presentation on continued fractions.

The Math Team is coached by Rick Brenner, Tami Rende, Jenny Loika, Lisa Ligmanowski and Wilbert Stroeve.

The team will next compete at Highland Park on Feb. 4 and is looking forward to regional competition in late February.

Students Receive Honors in National Chinese Essay Contest

The Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools, the only nationwide Chinese teacher association, recently hosted its 11th Annual National Student Essay Contest. LHS students Anne Hong and Kristine Chi received first-place Golden Apple Awards. Kimber Garland, Aldrin Alvarez and Lucy Zeng received second-place Silver Apple Awards. Congratulations to these outstanding students.

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. 

LHS December Students of the Month

Congratulations to the December students of the month.

Front row:
Brittany Barrera, Chuck Kolterman, Yifan Sun, Shelby Wilson, Grace Lynch, Lily Marcus

Back row:
Kyra Johnson, Angela Piedrahita, Grace Lichter, Chris Haidvogel, Tyler Jost, Patrick Earley

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.

LHS WYSE Team Finishes 2nd at Competition

Congratulations to the LHS WYSE Team for finishing 2nd out of 18 teams competing at the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s OP Science Competition on Tuesday, November 25. Individual medalists were: Hannah Gaertner (4th), Alex Hecksher-Gomes (9th), Jason Ji (8th), Ankur Rastogi (2nd) and Daniel Zou (10th). Other members of the team were: Brent Cao, Heze Chan, Maxwell Flanagan, Michelle Ji, Nihar Phadke, Travis Qing, David Stone, Tyler Wang and Alec Zhang. The team is coached by Pete Dawson and David Kreutz!

Students Selected for Illinois Music Educators All-State Conference

Congratulations to the following students on being selected for the 2015 Illinois Music Educators All-State Conference: David Ca, Nathan Goldin, Harriet Legan, Katherine Liu, Nick Minor, Jackie Ovassapian, Taylor Skie, Keith Wilson and Megan Yeung.

Fencers Qualify for Junior Olympics

LHS sophomores Skyler Jackim and Brian Lemay qualified to fence in the Junior Olympics in Richmond, VA, in February 2015. Jackim won a bronze medal and Lemay won a silver medal at the Junior Olympic Qualifier Tournament held Nov. 23 at Northwestern University. 

Lemay will compete in the Men's Junior Sabre Event, while Jackim will compete in the Women's Cadet Sabre Event. They will compete against some of the top fencers in the United States. 

Winner of D128 Mission Statement Design Contest

We are excited to announce the winner in the D128 Mission Statement Design Contest. The contest was open to all LHS and VHHS students, and we received entries from many talented students.  Congratulations to our winning designer, LHS Senior Colin Morabito. Colin's design, pictured below, will be showcased districtwide and in our printed materials. 

Runners up in the contest were John McInerney (LHS) and Iuliia Boyarskiy (VHHS). Please join us in congratulating all of these talented students.

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.

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:

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.

Community High School 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. 

Herff Jones Cap and Gown Ordering Information

Orders for cap and gown can be placed by contacting Herff Jones at 815-756-4743 or online at:  If you have any questions, please stop by the main office. 

Semifinalists Named in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

The LHS National Merit Semifinalists were honored at a breakfast at school on Sept. 16th. Pictured at the breakfast are LHS Principal Marina Scott, Semifinalists Hannah Gaertner, Alec Zhang, Lauren Williams, Ankur Rastogi, Curtis Sparks, and LHS College Counselor Amy BelstraLauren Williams was also recognized for being named a National Achievement Scholar. The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition that recognizes outstanding African American high school students.

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