It is already time to start planning for Back to School Day! A committee of volunteers is needed for this highly attended and very helpful event which takes place in mid-August. At Back to School Day incoming students get their schedules, get locker assignments, get their ID photographs taken, pick up pre-ordered school supplies and much more! Volunteers help to man stations around the commons and gymnasium in shifts. Contact Committee Chair Nancy Hamp at email@example.com, or any PTO officer to volunteer!
On Wednesday, March 19, we invite all community members to attend the next event in the Learning for All Family Education Series: “Common Core Science.” This session will include an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards and their impact on teaching and learning in District 181. Representatives from Fermilab will present information about how inquiry-based science practices are reflected in the standards and careers of the future. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and takes place at Elm School. No pre-registration is required. For more information about the event and the Learning for All Family Education series, click here.
CHMS would like to invite HMS to our musical
“Once On This Island”
March 19th – 22nd
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Call 630-861-4800 for tickets
Under the direction of Mrs. Jerra Haggar, the actors and actresses of CHMS are putting together a captivating legend of romance between a peasant girl and a rich city boy whom she saves from death. The show delivers melody, love and joy in tropical abundance.
Tickets will be on sale starting March 10th for $8.00 during school hours. The whole community is welcomed to attend.
Due to ISAT testing, the March 12 PTO meeting will be held at the Hinsdale Public Library, 20 East Maple St. We will meet in the Large Meeting Room on the lower level at 9:30 am. D181 Director of Communications Bridget McGuiggan will lead an interactive session on Social Media 101, taking a balanced look at both the successes and challenges of social media. Attendees will also walk away with text lingo updates and interesting cell phone information. With engaging videos, surprising statistics, and helpful resources, Mrs. McGuiggan will strengthen parents’ knowledge of these topics. Time will be available for Q & A. Coffee and treats will be served. We hope to see you there!
World War II Day is coming Friday, March 14. One of the highlights of the eighth-graders’ year, this event features esteemed World War II veterans who visit HMS and share their inspiring stories with students. One of our guests, Dr. Bob Wilkemeyer, is encouraging students to bring in any unidentified World War II items. He is quite good at identifying items, sort of an “Antiques Roadshow” version for anything WWII. Also, a big thanks to the parents who have signed up to volunteer. Volunteers should arrive at HMS by 8 a.m. and plan on being finished by 12:30 p.m. Also, the PTO is seeking two parents who will have eighth-graders next year to take over co-chairing this amazing event for the 2014-15 school year. If you’re interested in stepping into this role, you might want to attend this year’s event to learn the lay of the land! If you’re interested in co-chairing or learning more about the job, please email WWII@hmspto.org
There is a change in date for ISAT Testing due to the extreme weather conditions this year. The Illinois State Board of Education has given all districts the option to postpone ISAT testing by one week, and District 181 has chosen to do this. We will now begin testing on Monday, March 10. All students will take tests beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, March 10 through Thursday, March 13.
If at all possible, please arrange for your child to be at school on each of these days, well rested and well fed (breakfast is served daily at HMS beginning at 7:15 a.m.). It is important for students to be on time because they cannot join a test after it has started. If this occurs, a student will have to make up that portion of the ISAT test at a different time, thus missing instructional time. Also, if your child has a scheduled appointment out of the building during the testing times of 8-10:20 a.m., it would be very helpful if it could be rescheduled to avoid any make up testing. Below is our daily schedule for ISAT Testing:
- Monday, March 10: 8 a.m. Reading Test 1 and 9:15 a.m. Math Test 1
- Tuesday, March 11: 8 a.m. Reading Test 2 and 9:15 a.m. Math Test 2
- Wednesday, March 12: 8 a.m. Reading Test 3 and 9:15 a.m. Science Test 1 (7th grade only)
- Thursday, March 13: 8 a.m. Math Test 3 and 9:15 a.m. Science Test 2 (7th grade only)
HMS Peer Leadership Club is looking to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society February 24-March 28. The club is asking all students to bring in any loose change and deposit it in their advisory in a specially marked collection box. The top three advisories that collect the most loose change can win a free pasta lunch from Olive Garden or Chicago Fire tickets. Parents, family and friends can also help by donating online via schoolandyouth.org. Locate your student’s advisor and click the red classroom link. Then click the red Donate Now button to complete your donation. All online donations count toward the winning totals! Questions? Please contact Lisa Powers, Peer Leadership Club Sponsor.