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Referendum FAQ of the Week (#3)

“How long has the Facilities Committee been looking at the District’s facilities needs and the issues at HMS?”

The Facilities Committee formed in October 2013 to assist in the prioritization of current building needs and the development of a multi-year Facilities Master Plan. The committee includes staff, parents, residents, and Board members who bring a high level of education and experience in areas such as architecture, engineering, education, and site development, as well as knowledge of our community. One of the committee’s first tasks was working with the Board, administration, and architect of record in planning for the completion of an Educational Adequacy Analysis (EAA) for the District’s two middle schools. Committee members recognized the significant facility issues at HMS and the need to gather data on specific building needs. (An EAA looks at building and site deficiencies, potential future expansion opportunities, demographic and educational trends, and space as it relates to educational programming, among other components.) The committee’s work with the EAA and other benchmarking and data measures continued through the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Their input has been instrumental in drafting the District’s first all-school Facilities Master Plan in more than 15 years. The Facilities Committee became a Board Committee in 2015-16 and continues to meet regularly to provide guidance, input, and expertise in facilities-related issues in the District. They have been deeply invested in considering the needs and potential solutions for HMS for more than two years.

Students Involved with Technology Conference


On Saturday, February 20, 2016 the SIT Conference Committee will host the sixteenth annual Students Involved with Technology (SIT) Conference at Blackhawk Middle School in Bensenville. The SIT Conference is a one-day technology conference for students in grades 3 thru 12. The conference is BY students FOR students (yes, the presenters are students and the attendees are students)!

Click here for more information”


7th & 8th Grade American Legion Speech Contest

7th and 8th grade students are invited to participate in a Speech Contest on Monday, April 11, 2016.  The contest is sponsored by the American Legion Post 250.  The purpose of the competition is to give students a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the United States Constitution and further their research, essay writing and public speaking skills. Entering this contest gives students valuable insight into the rights and privileges of American citizenship and of the associated duties and responsibilities.

See the attached flyer for entry form and additional information.


Register for Girls on the Run: Heart & Sole

Heart & Sole is a new program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls from Girls on the Run.  The Heart & Sole curriculum is designed to address the emotional and physical challenges faced by today’s middle-school girls by empowering them to make thoughtful and healthy decisions. The program is also a great way to hang out with friends, have fun and learn about yourself.  No previous running experience is required.  Members will receive a colorful t-shirt, water bottle, snacks at meetings and fabulous coaching. Practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. starting March 1st.  Girls must be able to attend all sessions.

Registration began February 1. Click here for more information and to register.

Questions? Contact Kate Eggert or Jane Fetty.

6th Grade Field Trip

6th graders will be attending a field trip to The Field Museum on Feb. 12th from 8am until approximately 2:30pm. Please send your child with a sack lunch. If your child will not be attending school that day, please let their Social Studies teacher know. Any questions can be directed to them as well.

HMS 8th Grade Graduation Pictures

Graduation pictures will be taken on Thursday, February 25, 2016.  Please click here for all of the details.

HMS Presents “The Wizard Of Oz”

Hinsdale Middle School is proud to present “The Wizard of Oz” Thursday, February 4 through Saturday, February 6, 2016 in the Hinsdale Middle School Commons. Four shows include Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 PM, and also a matinee Saturday at 2:00 PM. The musical’s directors include HMS teachers Jan Clarin, Rick Dusek, Steve Tabisz and Sue Wachowski. As the school’s major musical production for 2016, 90 students are involved in roles ranging from actors, singers, sound and lighting crew, stage crew, art/set designers to publicity/ushers. Director Steve Tabisz comments, “Rehearsals are going well. The students are very talented.”
Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults and can be reserved by calling (630) 861-4730. Leave your name, phone number, day and time of the show requested, and the quantity of tickets needed. Doors open an hour before the show.

HMS Spirit Week & Fundraiser – February 1st-5th

Peer Leadership is leading this year’s HMS Spirit Week charge with a fundraising goal of $1,200 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (In the past, we have done Pennies for Pasta; this year, we will be focusing on a Pie in the Face Contest to motivate fundraising.) THE TOP ADVISORY will get lunch catered by The Olive Garden.

The week of February 1-5, boxes will be located in each advisory for fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. When each advisory hits the goal of $31.41 (the value of Pi), each member of the advisory will receive one raffle ticket. (If they double this, each advisee will get two tickets, etc.)

Raffle tickets may then be used to vote for a Pie in the Face Teacher at lunch (as well as a chance to be the student who pies the winning teachers on February 5).

Boxes for Pie in the Face will be at all lunches the week of February 1-5.

Additional raffle tickets for Pie in the Face will also be offered at lunch for $1.00 each to any student or teacher who wishes to donate.

Top teachers from each grade level and an administrator will be “pied” with a whip-cream plate at Friday’s Spirit Assembly. All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Additional activities for Friday’s assembly include relay races, a student-staff basketball scrimmage, a Science Olympiad air trajectory challenge, and more.

SPIRIT WEEK – THEME DAYS (February 1-5):

MondayWorkout Clothes Day – Teachers will be visiting PE Classes today and participating in Rec Activities with students that include: Ping Pong, Badminton, Zumba, Climbing Wall, Fitness Room, Jump Rope, etc.

TuesdayAccessory Day– Accessorize your Advisor during LONG ADVISORY.
(Students will be allowed to wear hats, sunglasses, scarves, socks, etc.)

WednesdayFavorite Team Day

ThursdayDress to Impress

Friday: Spartan Spirit!!

6th grade- BLACK
7th grade- WHITE
8th grade- BLUE

Referendum FAQ of the Week (#2)

“Is the design for HMS finalized? Where would the new HMS building be located?”

Since their selection as our architectural firm for the potential new construction of HMS, Cordogan Clark and Associates has continued to refine their initial conceptual design that was presented to the community in September. Through collaborative meetings with the HMS staff, the Board of Education, and the Board’s Facilities Committee, as well as Village leaders, they have heard valuable feedback about all areas of the proposed school, including instructional spaces, common areas, and building systems. On February 8, the Board will be presented a series of design options. We anticipate asking for consensus (or action) to select a final conceptual design so that the cost estimate can be finalized, and so that our community can see the design being proposed with the key components it includes. It is important to note that a conceptual design is not considered the final design. Should the referendum be approved, we would facilitate opportunities for the community to provide further feedback on the design, and can then consider minor adjustments to be made before presenting a final schematic design for approval.

It has been determined that a new school would be constructed to the immediate south of the current HMS building, in the open field known as the “bowl” and the parking lot / alley to the west. Students would remain in the current building during construction, and would not be displaced. Once students are moved into the new building (in time for the start of the 2018-19 school year), the current building would then be eliminated to create the permanent parking area.

Please visit the HMS Referendum section of the District website, or BoardDocs, to access a variety of reports and resources on this work.

Girls on the Run Info Meeting

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls are invited to attend an informational meeting for the middle school Girls on the Run program on Tuesday, February 2 at 2:50 p.m. in Room 221. Girls will learn about the program, meeting dates,  season schedule, and how to register.

Heart and Sole is the new name for the middle school program that is part of the national program, Girls on the Run. This program was formerly known as Girls on Track.  Click here for more information.