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Send in Your Box Tops


Please continue to send Box Tops to school.  Each Box Top coupon earns ten cents for HMS.  This is such an easy way to support our school.  Let your friends and neighbors know that they can support us, too. Simply cut your Box Tops on the dotted line and place them in the collection jars located in the main office.

November PTO Meeting – Special Guest Speaker

PTO meetingAll parents are welcome and encouraged to attend our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, November 17 at 9:00 a.m. in the MRC.  Our special guest speaker will be Dr. Marcia Tornatore, Interim Assistant Superintendent of Learning for D181. Come and learn more about the District’s plans for Math, Science, Testing, PARCC and Special Education.  Dr. Tornatore will be happy to answer any of your curriculum and learning questions. Find out just what can be accomplished in 100 days if one tries! (That is the length of Dr. Tornatores’s contracted position with our District.)

Click here to view the meeting agenda.



Wed. Nov 18th – Pizza Barra Fundraiser

Pizza-Barra-NightHMS & Pizza Barra cordially invite you and your family to a pizza fundraising event on November 18, 2015, all day.

Pizza Barra
3011 Butterfield Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Lunch Menu – 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner Menu – 4 p.m. – midnight

Pizza Barra is brought to you by Rich Labriola and Chef Chris Macchia, the Baker and the Pizza Maker! Artisan ciabatta-crust pizzas are baked in special coal-fired ovens for perfect texture and mouthwatering taste, plus freshly hand prepared pastas, sharing plates, great wines and hand crafted cocktails.

10% of sales will benefit the HMS PTO.

D181 Substitutes and Crossing Guards Needed

Are you looking for an opportunity to have your day brightened by the smiling faces of our students and make some extra money? D181 is in need of qualified substitute teachers and crossing guards to support our students. Substitute teachers must have a four year degree and either a substitute certificate or a current teaching license. If you would like to apply for one of these positions, please click here to visit the human resources page of the District 181 website. If you have any questions about either position, please contact Diana Goldstein at (630)861-4963.

8th Grade World Language Field Trips Approaching

The 8th grade World Languages field trip will take place on Tuesday, November 10. All students will leave after long advisory.

The 8th grade Spanish classes (and students not enrolled in a world language) will go to a Latin Rhythms dance performance and then experience an authentic taste of Mexico at Las Fuentes in Stickney where the students will enjoy a buffet of authentic Mexican foods. We will leave school at 8:30 a.m. and return by 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions regarding food ingredients, call the restaurant (Las Fuentes) directly at 708-788-2002 or check their website. If you have any questions related to the Spanish field trip, contact Ms. Kloster.

The 8th grade French classes will be going to the Art Institute to see the Impressionists collection guided by a docent, and then to a French restaurant La Sardine in Chicago to experience a three-course meal. Students will return to school by 2:30 pm. If you have any questions regarding food ingredients, call the restaurant directly at 312-421-2800 or check their website. Contact Ms. Patris if you have any questions regarding the French field trip.

8th Grade Parent Night: Your Student’s HCHS Academic Plan

Parents are invited to attend 8th Grade Parent Night: A Conversation About Your Student’s 4-Year Hinsdale Central High School Academic Plan.  You may attend either of the following dates/locations:  Thursday, November 12th, 7:00 p. m. at HMS or Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00 p. m. at CHMS.

This event, sponsored by the Hinsdale Central PTO, is open to all HCHS feeder school 8th grade parents and will feature John Bruesch, Hinsdale Central’s Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, and Mark Kolkman, Ed.D., Hinsdale Central’s Principal. Mr. Bruesch and Dr. Kolkman will share insights and advice with parents about HCHS’s curriculum, registration process, and factors to consider when working with their student to compile a four-year academic plan and select freshman classes in January 2016.  Click here to register.

D181 Strategic Planning Parent Survey

Sunday, November 8 is the last day to participate in D181’s community-wide survey.  The survey will offer an opportunity to share your thoughts on District priorities, key initiatives, and the future direction of our schools. The online, anonymous survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. ECRA Group Inc., the same independent educational research firm that conducted our recent focus groups, will be administering and analyzing the surveys. Parents and staff will receive an email from ECRA with an invitation to complete the survey. Residents will be able to access the survey link from the District website. The Board of Education is scheduled to review research findings and an initial plan draft inJanuary. Community members and staff will then be invited to participate in engagement events to further shape the plan, which will be finalized in February.

Trivia Club Meets Tuesdays!

Trivia Club will meet on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:30 pm in Room 115 starting November 3rd. We will play a variety of trivia games in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Bring your friends. All are welcome! Contact Ms. Scacco with any questions.

News From The Nurse: Epi-Pen Recall…Please Be Aware

Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling all Auvi Q® (epinephrine injection, USP). The recall involves all Auvi Q currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers. This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230, which expire March 2016 through December 2016. The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery.

If your child keeps AuviQ at school, you will be contacted by school health staff to pick up this medication. Please check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist regarding replacement or substitution. Please note that new paperwork will not be required to replace or substitute (e.g. Epipen / Epipen Jr.) the AuviQ. For more information, please visit the Sanofi website:

There is a strong likelihood that the Epipen Regulars will sell out of local pharmacies. We encourage parents to obtain paper prescriptions or have physician’s offices fax or e-mail parents directly a script so they can visit local pharmacies to obtain 2 packs (for home and school) of epipens.

If you have any questions, click here to e-mail District Nurse, Kristin Katsenes.

Washington DC Trip Important Dates

logo_transPlease be aware of these important dates regarding the Washington DC Trip, November 11-14, 2015:

Student meeting in the HMS commons during long advisory to review expectations. Parents may attend.
Students will receive bus assignment & flight information during long advisory. Please check with your child for this information at the end of the day.