German Honors students earn high marks on National German Exam
--Thursday, April 10, 2014
Congratulations to Mr. Kerth and the following German 2, 3 Honors, and 4 Honors students for their outstanding performance on the National German Exam. Students earning the Bronze Award for placing in the 70% percentile and above across the nation include Katherine Long, Ryan Erchinger, Daniel Kuzmin, Karl Montoya, Jacob Stinson, Joseph Dubiel and Nadia Hu.
Prom 2014 Information
--Thursday, April 10, 2014
This Month's Cougar Class Act
--Friday, March 14, 2014
Top Row: Maddi Duco, Jack Miller, Matthew Kushnir, Kiara Schuh, Anthony Sandri, Tyler Walls Bottom: Eric Slovak, Aliko Mamulashvili, Jay Kim, andNathalie Orozco Not Pictured: Doug Millar
VHHS Artists honored at at Zhou B Art Center
--Monday, March 10, 2014
On Sunday February 23, 2014, at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, IL, 5 art students from Vernon Hills High School participated in the reception of their artwork with over 350 students from 65 Chicago-area high schools. -More

School News

Senior Parents - Sending Your Child Off to College?

Please join the CPC Thursday April 24th at 7:00pm in the library for an informational meeting about sending
your student to college.
There will be a panel of alumni parents to talk about their experiences and give you useful tips on preparing for college.
There will also be an update on Prom Night, Finals, Graduation, and Senior Party.

Parent's Sweet Table Donations Needed-Teacher Staff Appreciation Luncheon


Last year we started a tradition at our annual Teacher/Staff Appreciation luncheon.
We are looking for families to bake or contribute baked goods to a sweet table for our teachers
and staff. Please sign up and deliver items to VHHS Friday May 9th between 9:00am-10am.
(Please sign up at the Sign Up Genius link below)



Parent's Donations Needed-Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon

It's that time again to celebrate our Teachers and Staff at VHHS.
We are preparing a school wide luncheon for this event. We serve about
300 staff members, so we need your help. This luncheon is solely funded by donations.
Please make a monetary contribution towards this event to thank our great VHHS teachers and staff. 

German Honors students earn high marks on National German Exam

Congratulations to Mr. Kerth and the following German 2, 3 Honors, and 4 Honors students for their outstanding performance on the National German Exam.  Students earning the Bronze Award for placing in the 70% percentile and above across the nation include Katherine Long, Ryan Erchinger, Daniel Kuzmin, Karl Montoya, Jacob Stinson, Joseph Dubiel and Nadia Hu.  Students earning the Silver Award for placing in the 80% and above are Nakita Kazimirov, Joseph Marras, and Nicholas Webber.  We are delighted to have one student place in the 90% and above percentile earning the Gold Award - Nathen Ayres.  Wunderbar!  Great job, Cougars!!

Best Buddies for the Friendship Walk

Join VHHS Best Buddies for the Friendship Walk at Stevenson High School on April 13th at 12:00 pm

Click here for additional information: Best Buddies Friendship Walk Info

or contact the Best Buddies Advisors: or

PSAE testing information for Wed. & Thurs., April 23 & 24

Letter to Junior Parents (Corrected Version - Updated 4/7/14)

Letter to Freshmen, Sophomore & Senior Parents

Bell Schedule for Thursday, April 24 





11:20 – 11:45


11:50 – 12:15


12:20 – 12:45


12:50 – 1:15


1:20 – 1:45


1:50 – 2:15


2:20 – 2:45


2:50 – 3:15

ALL BUS ROUTES begin at 10:30 a.m.
Attention Juniors taking the PSAE!

Do you want to score higher on your ACT?

Did you know…

As a result of test day exercise, Naperville test results are jaw-dropping: reading scores almost doubled, and math scores improved by a factor of 20.

Some Lake County students who participated in fitness activities before taking this high-stakes test increased ACT scores by 3.5 pts. 

We want YOUR scores to improve. So…

The PE department is offering a morning workout session on April 23rd from 7:00 a.m.- 7:30 a.m.  All juniors interested will meet in the Field House @ 6:55 a.m. to meet the PE staff.

Click Here to find out more

Be a host family for a student from Spain

Share America is currently seeking families to host students from Spain for their 3-week program in September.  Our guest students are busy on weekdays either touring the sites or attending classes at VHHS.  On weekends, they enjoy spending time with their host family.  Hosting a student is a wonderful way to share our culture and learn about Spain.  Many of our participants have had the opportunity to visit their hosted student in Spain.  It is always a great experience.  Contact either Mrs. Steffens, Supervisor of International Languages - 847-932-2015, or Mrs. Andrews - Area Program Coordinator - 847-682-3826.

Senior Class Party Information

2014 Senior Party!

Attention Senior Parents - Click Here

When: Friday, June 6th from 10:00 pm - 2:00 am 

Where: Party Fantasy in Mundelein.


Click for ticket order form and waiver form.  All students must turn in a signed waiver with their order.

Please click here to sign up for water, soda, and/or dessert donations.

VHHS Graduation - 2014


Congratulations Class of 2014! 
VHHS Graduation Ceremony
Vernon Hills High School
June 5, 2014


Graduation Information

Graduation Rehearsal -  Mandatory rehearsal following the last final exam on Wednesday, June 4th 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Cap and Gown Info -  Purchase your cap and gown by calling Herff Jones at 815-756-4743 orvisit

Grad Flowers - Click here to read more about Grad Flowers

Important Dates to Remember

District 128 Statement Regarding Brainerd Property

The Community High School District 128 (D128) Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Prentiss Lea respect and appreciate the sustained efforts of the Brainerd Preservation Committee in recent years to raise sufficient funds to re-purpose the Brainerd building into a multi-use community center. The committee, supporters and volunteers are to be commended for their efforts. District 128 was honored to work with the committee through a creative lease agreement with the Village of Libertyville to provide an opportunity to make their vision a reality.

As a result of the Tuesday, March 18 Brainerd referendum vote, D128 will move forward with planning to re-purpose the Brainerd property to meet D128 and Libertyville High School (LHS) needs. One of the most significant needs at LHS continues to be additional green space for athletic related activities. As such, the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym will be demolished in the future to provide open acreage for additional green space. A final decision for specific green space use on the property will be part of a broader district capital needs discussion. Although parking is always an issue at Libertyville High School, existing parking at the Brainerd property will likely not be substantially expanded, but rather, reconfigured to maximize green space use. A small portion of the property will be allocated to provide a remembrance to the historical significance of the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym.

This Month's Cougar Class Act


Top Row: Maddi Duco, Jack Miller, Matthew Kushnir, Kiara Schuh, Anthony Sandri, Tyler Walls
Bottom: Eric Slovak, Aliko Mamulashvili, Jay Kim, andNathalie Orozco
Not Pictured: Doug Millar


Students' earn recognition at VIP Photography Art Show


On Saturday March 8, Vernon Hills and Libertyville High School photography students gathered with student artists from 10 other Chicago-area high schools at the Visual Image Photography (VIP)'s Fifth Annual Student Photography Art Show in Wheeling, IL.  Schools participating this year included Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Belividere North, Belvidere, Buffalo Grove, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Oak Park River Forest, Richmond Burton, Stevenson, Vernon Hills, and Wheeling.  

Congratulations to our District 128 winners!  Prizes were awarded for first, second, and third place, people's choice, as well as 10 honorable mentions.  Of the ten honorable mentions, four student works were from District 128.  All winners received generous gift certificates, and several of our students won raffle prizes, including camera gear!

1st placeRachel Jacobson from Vernon Hills High School

Honorable mentions:
Casey Hilb from Vernon Hills High School
Evon Yao from Vernon Hills High school
Emily Moroz from Libertyville High School
Rosie Lynch from Libertyville High School

Pictures from the event will be posted at with the password openhouse. 
50% of all the money that collected from picture sales will be donated to the Vernon Hills High School's photography department in honor of our 1st place winner!  Please take a look and support your D128 fine arts department!

Thanks to all of the students and their families and friends for joining us and helping us promote these talented emerging artists!
VHHS Artists honored at at Zhou B Art Center


On Sunday February 23, 2014, at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, IL, 5 art students from Vernon Hills High School participated in the reception of their artwork with over 350 students from 65 Chicago-area high schools. An estimated 2,000 attendees viewed 350 pieces of outstanding high school artwork in five categories, including Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, and Sculpture. Honorable mentions, and first, second, and third place prizes were awarded in each category, as well as Best in Show for each category.
Several students from VHHS made the journey to the south-west side art center. While at the exhibit, students had opportunities to meet with college art representatives about their portfolios and discuss summer pre-college programs.  The experience was rewarding for our district's artists, and it was an honor to view their work displayed with the best-of-the-best in Chicago-area high school artwork. Congratulations Artists!!

Students representing VHHS at the exhibit:
Hannah Friedman- Painting, Ann Ho- Drawing, Kassandra Sandoval- Drawing, Katie McLoughlin- Graphic Design, Mackenzie Renihan- Photo

Yearbook voting

All grades can vote for their respective yearbook surveys. You must sign into the website in order to vote.

    • Extra Senior questions -
D128 Announces Adjustments to School Calendar

After review of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) student attendance day requirements and the District 128 calendar, as expected at this point, D128 must add one student attendance day to be in compliance with the minimum number of state-required student attendance days. This is necessary due to the inclement weather that led to the closing of LHS and VHHS for four days this winter.

Following a review of calendar adjustment options to meet state-required student attendance days, D128 has revised the calendar as noted below:

Original Calendar

Monday, June 2nd    Final Exam Day 1
Tuesday, June 3rd Final Exam Day 2
Wednesday, June 4th Final Exam Day 3
Thursday, June 5th  Teacher Grading Day (VHHS Graduation)
Friday, June 6th Institute Day (LHS Graduation)

Adjusted Calendar

Monday, June 2nd Regular Student Attendance Day
Tuesday, June 3rd Final Exam Day 1
Wednesday, June 4th Final Exam Day 2
Thursday, June 5th Final Exam Day 3 (VHHS Graduation)
Friday, June 6th   Teacher Grading Day (LHS Graduation)

Please note that the dates of LHS and VHHS graduations remain unchanged.

88 Seniors named Illinois State Scholars

88 VHHS Seniors were named to this years Illinois State Scholars list.  Congftaulations!

Ahmed, Afraaz
Arshad, Rashan
Baala, Niveda
Borgman, Elizabeth
Boyer, Jacob
Brutman, Emma
Carlson, Keith
Chen, Suzie
Cheng, Jennifer
Choi, Jennifer
Cotton, Jordyn
Deng, Helen
Dubiel, Joseph
Dubinski, Dana
Echales, Gilbert
Ehrlich, Haley
Ennis, Sean
Feldman, Carly
Flake, Alexis
Freibrun, Jordan
Friedman, Hannah
Gaidamak, David
Garlow, Jessica
Gil, Monica
Greenberg, Holden
Haberman, Reid
Hayes, Meagan
Heinz, Michael
Ho, Ann
Jacoby, Rachel
Kang, Leann
Khayr, Yasmeen
Kim, Jonghyeon
Kliver, Kristina
Koczwara, Katherine
Koczwara, Michael
Kozil, Jared
Kulvaranon, Micaela
Kurzenberger, Andrianna
Lannan, Christopher
Lasson, Madeline
Limer, Benjamin
Ling, Rishi
Lira, Cassandra
Mashkovich, Maya
McGovern, Fiona
McLoughlin, Kathleen
Melcer, Noah
Millar, Douglas
Mistry, Neal
Mohrdieck, Benjamin
Morin, Claudia
Namburi, Prathyusha
Nedza, Karolina
Novak, Annie
Oh, Woojin
Parker, Elizabeth
Parker, Jennifer
Patt, Isabel
Pomeranets, Yuliya
Reich, Jordan
Rogers, Bradley
Roshass, Melissa
Roy, Nirvik
Ruditskiy, Daniil
Shaw, Caleb
Silver, Zachary
Skeffington, Natalie
Skiadas, Alison
Skinner, Mickey
Small, Tyler
Smith, Sydney
Song, Justin
Spence, Emily
Steigerwald, Victoria
Steinheiser, Stephen
Stepanenko, Zoya
Sturino, Mona
Tecktiel, Melanie
Uzumcu, Alyssa
Veren, Samuel
Whalen, Rebecca
Wilgus, Parker
Willey, Andrew
Zhang, Alexandra
Zhang, Alice
Zhang, Eric
Zhang, Tiffany
Cougar Caller is Now Available

The Cougar Caller is the student directory which includes their address, phone number and parent information.  The cost is $7, and can be purchased in the main office. This fits perfectly in your car console for easy access.

Vernon Hills High School Ranked Among Top 100 U.S. High Schools for STEM Education by U.S.News & World Report

U.S.News & World Report has ranked Vernon Hills High School 94th among the top U.S. science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, high schools. VHHS is one of only seven Illinois high schools to make the top 100.

U.S.News evaluated 500 gold medal public schools from its 2013 Best High Schools rankings, using Advanced Placement STEM test data for 2011 graduates as the benchmark. Of those schools, 250 earned a numerical rank for their STEM achievement.  

In its 2013 Best High School ranking, U.S.News ranked VHHS 19th in the state and 485th in the country.

“We are extremely proud to receive the STEM recognition from U.S.News & World Report,” said VHHS Principal Dr. Ellen Cwick. “Congratulations and thank you to our students and teachers for their hard work in making this outstanding designation possible for VHHS.”

Community High School District 128 Superintendent Dr. Prentiss Lea noted, "We are very excited that Vernon Hills High School has earned this very selective national academic recognition for its high-level student performance in AP mathematics and science. Sincere congratulations to Dr. Cwick, her leadership team, teachers, support staff. and of course, the amazing VHHS students."

LHS and VHHS Named Among Nation's Best High Schools

VHHS and LHS were once again named to the U.S.News and World Report Best High Schools list for 2014. Among the 667 Illinois high schools reviewed, only 138 made the rankings. In Illinois, VHHS ranks 19th and received Gold Medal status, while LHS ranks #20 and received Silver Medal status. In the national rankings, VHHS ranked 485th and LHS 503rd among the 21,035 high schools in the rankings. 

The rankings are based on student/teacher ratio, college readiness, math proficiency and reading proficiency. To read the complete list of ranking, visit: education/best-high-schools/ illinois/rankings

VHHS  Illinois:              19 out of 667
           United States:  485 out of 21,035
LHS     Illinois:              20 out of 667
           United States:  503 out of 21,035

LHS and VHHS rank nationally in the Top 2% of all public high schools!  VHHS earned a U.S News & World Report Gold Medal and LHS earned a Silver Medal.  The cut-score ranking line between Gold and Silver medals was between 19 and 20.

More detailed information regarding the U.S.News & World Report rankings may be found at:

"Check out" Ebooks & Audiobooks in the LMC


Now all District 128 students and staff can download an ebook or audiobook on to your mobile device. Start from the Community High School District 128 Digital Library, or search for a book in the library catalog. Download a free app to bring the ebook or audiobook over to your NOOK, Kindle, smartphone, iPod, MP3 player or tablet. Patrons can check out up to 3 titles each for 3 weeks. The library card number for students is your student ID number; staff use their network username. At the end of the lending period, the books are automatically returned, so you'll never have overdue fines.
We have just added ebook versions of some of the books that are required reading at LHS and VHHS. These unlimited-user ebooks can be downloaded and used by all students, all the time! If you have questions about the Digital Library, please contact the Library Media Center at either high school. We hope you enjoy reading and listening in these new and convenient formats.


Upcoming Events

  • Easter
    20 April, 2014 - all day
This Month
  • Earth Day
    22 April, 2014 - all day
  • Full Day Institute
    23 April, 2014 - all day
  • Juniors in Attendance Only
    23 April, 2014 - all day
  • PSAE Test
    23 April, 2014 - all day
  • Modified Late Start
    24 April, 2014 - 11:20am
  • PSAE Day 2
    24 April, 2014 - all day
  • Progress Report #3
    24 April, 2014 - all day
  • Board Meeting
    28 April, 2014 - all day
  • Student Council Induction
    1 May, 2014 - all day
  • Spring Play
    1 May, 2014 - all day
  • AP Testing
    5 May, 2014 - all day
  • PSAE Makeup Test
    7 May, 2014 - all day
  • Orchesis Recital
    9 May, 2014 - all day
  • Mother's Day
    11 May, 2014 - all day