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Time to Sell Chocolate!

This year for our major fundraising event, the PTO is asking students to sell World’s Finest Chocolate from September 3 – 17.  On Monday, August 31, students will receive information and learn about the incredible raffle prizes they could win! Each student is encouraged to sell at least two boxes of chocolate. Permission slips/order forms are due on Tuesday, September 1. Boxes of chocolate will be sent home on Thursday, September 3.

Your student should have received a permission slip/order form on Friday.  Click here for an online version of the form.  Please include a check (made out to HMS PTO) for the amount of chocolate you order and return both the form and check on Tuesday, September 1.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get students involved in raising money that directly benefits them by allowing the HMS PTO to support funds for field trips, Civil War Day, WWII Day, the Outdoor Classroom and numerous other student and faculty programs. This year, the PTO will be supporting a D181 District-wide event called Rachel’s Challenge.  This family event focuses on creating kindness and compassion in the schools and community. (See “News from D181, below, for more information about Rachel’s Challenge.)

Families who prefer an easier, more simple solution to raising funds can make a flat dollar donation to the PTO rather than selling candy.  If you choose this option, please donate online or by sending a check to school written to HMS PTO.  $75 per student is a suggested donation amount.

Questions?  Email one of our Fundraising Co-Chairs.

Spartan Shack Needs Volunteers

The Spartan Shack is opening Monday, August 31st. The Shack is open everyday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. during lunch. Kids may purchase snacks, school supplies and spirit wear.  Parents, we could really use your help!  To volunteer for one more more shifts please click here.  For more information contact one of the HMS PTO Spartan Shack Co-Chairs.

HMS 6th Annual Activities Fair

Students and parents are welcome to visit the Activity Fair on Friday, September 11th, 3:00 -4:15 p.m. in the HMS Commons. Come and discover what’s available – or learn how to create your own club at HMS.   Staff sponsors and participating students will be available to share information about clubs, sports, organizations, musical groups and other after-school activities. Questions?  Contact the PTO Activity Fair Co-Chair.

Attend First PTO Meeting of the Year!

Please join us for the first PTO meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 15th at 9:00am.  Click here for more details.

News from D181

HMS “Visioning for the Future” Community Events
The D181 Board of Education is preparing to make a decision about the long-term plan for the Hinsdale Middle School building. Please plan to attend any of three presentations by architectural firms that created designs showing a new school option and a renovation option. Attendees can see the designs, ask questions of the firms, and share feedback. District leaders will give a brief presentation outlining the potential costs of these options and provide an overview of the Facilities Master Plan development for all D181 schools. The events will be held Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at HMS, Thursday, September 1, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at Hinsdale Public Library , and Thursday, September 10, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at CHMS. No pre-registration is required. Click here for more information.

IEP/504 Families “Meet and Greet”
If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan, you are invited to attend a D181 “Meet and Greet” event on Friday, September 18, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the D181 Administration Center. Click here to register.

Rachel’s Challenge Community Presentation
Rachel’s Challenge is a national non-profit organization based on the life and writing of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine tragedy in 1999. Hear the inspirational story of Rachel and her vision to create a chain reaction of kindness and compassion to enhance the caring and supportive learning environment of schools, and learn what you can do to support this environment in our D181 schools. Families can attend either of the following two events, regardless of feeder school: Wednesday, September 23 at HMS (7:00 p.m.) or Thursday, September 24 at CHMS (7:00 p.m.). To register online for the HMS event, click here. To register for the CHMS event click here. Visit the D181 website for more information.

Facilities Survey Open Now

All District 181 staff, parents, and residents are invited to complete an online survey that is primarily focused on facilities and the development of a long-term solution for Hinsdale Middle School. Respondents are also asked to rate the District’s performance on various factors. It is anticipated you will need 10-15 minutes to complete the online survey, which is open through September 11.

Parents Invited to Participate in Strategic Planning Focus Groups

District 181 has launched a strategic planning process to align stakeholder expectations and District efforts, create clarity and focus around a shared vision and direction for our future, and inform the budgeting process and provide for efficient spending. D181 parents are invited to participate in a focus group as part of the research phase of this work. Focus groups will be conducted by staff from the District’s partner firm ECRA Group, Inc. Participants will be asked for their thoughts about community values, strengths and challenges, significant issues they would like the District to address in the next three to five years, and their vision for the future of our schools.

For parents of HMS students, the focus group will be held Tuesday, September 22 at 6pm at the District Administration Center. If you are interested in participating, please be sure to register online.

If the date/time above does not work for your schedule, but you would like to participate, you are invited to contact Jean Duggan at 630.861.4922. Participants will be confirmed via email by September 14, 2015. In the event there are more volunteers than there are open positions, please note that all parents will have the opportunity to provide input into the process through a District-wide survey that will be available later this fall.

HMS Spiritwear Web Store Link

HMS Spirit wear is now available.  Wear it LOUD AND PROUD!

Use the following link to order your spirit wear.

All orders will be taken until September 3, 2015.  Once order is ready, it will be sent home with your child or available to be picked up at HMS.

Any questions please contact Missy at

HMS Facility Update

Watch this space for updates on facility news about the HMS building. Beginning August 24, residents will be randomly selected to complete a telephone survey for feedback on facilities. All residents will be invited to complete an online survey, as well. D181 is holding three “Vision for the HMS Facility Future” community engagement events for residents to view renovation and rebuilding design options for HMS. Attendees will be invited to share feedback on the designs, learn about the potential cost of these options and hear more on the District-wide work to develop a Facilities Master Plan. The events are being held: Tuesday, September 8 at HMSThursday, September 10 at Hinsdale Public Library; and Thursday, September 10 at CHMS. Your input will be welcomed. Go to and under the Our District section, click on Facilities Master Plan for more information.

2015 HMS PTO Fundraising Options

Thanks to the tremendous support of our parents, the HMS PTO is able to provide monetary support for a number of educational and extra-curricular activities.  In the past, we’ve contributed funds for field trips, Civil War Day, WWII Day, the Outdoor Classroom and numerous other student and faculty programs.

This year for our major fundraising event, we’ll be asking students to sell World’s Finest Chocolate from September 3 – 17.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get students involved in raising money that directly benefits them.  For families who prefer an easier, more simple solution to raising funds, we’ll be offering an option to make a flat dollar donation to the PTO rather than selling candy.  Stay tuned for more details about this year’s fundraising options.