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Upcoming Events

May 23
  • A DAY- All Day

  • HMS 7th Gr Springfield Trip- All Day

  • HMS Yoga Club-

    3:00 pm-3:30 pm

May 24
  • B DAY- All Day

  • HMS Comedy Club-

    3:00 pm-3:45 pm

  • HMS 5th Grade Parent Night-

    6:45 pm-8:05 pm

May 25
  • HCHS Graduation- All Day

  • A DAY- All Day

  • HMS 8th Graders to MSI- All Day

  • HMS Spartan Singers Yr End Party-

    3:00 pm-4:00 pm

  • HMS Debate Club Debate #4-

    3:00 pm-4:00 pm

  • HMS Orchestra Sign-up-

    4:00 pm-8:00 pm

May 26
  • Institute Day NO School- All Day

May 29
  • Memorial Day NO School- All Day

PTO Approves Almost $20,000 to Enhance Student Learning

The HMS PTO recently made a $15,000 contribution to District 181 to help fund enhancements to the new Fine, Performing and Applied Arts and Sciences classes (currently known as Encore) being offered next fall at HMS. Students electing to take Digital Media, Applied Technology & Design (formerly Applied Tech); Design Lab; Foods, Nutrition & Wellness and Sewing Design & Application will all notice significant updates and improvements to the curriculum.

The PTO also approved almost $4,700 for the purchase of the following items requested by HMS staff through the PTO’s Future Funds program:
• 16 PocketLab Voyager Sensor Kits requested by the Science department
• 10 Breakout EDU Kits requested by the World Languages and Science departments
• 1 Sand Tray Table and Supplies requested by Student Support Services
• 10 Graphing Calculators requested by the Math department

We would like to thank all of our families who participated in fundraising this year! Your efforts have enabled us to make these contributions totaling almost $20,000 to enrich the learning opportunities of our HMS students next year. Because of your support in our first ever Trivia Night, the annual Book Fair, Spirit Wear purchases, Spartan Shack sales, Vern Goers Plant Sale, Box Tops, and/or the India Hicks online event, you have been a big part in the fundraising success for our students and teaching staff! And, if you missed out on being a part of fundraising this year, you can always donate directly to the PTO through our website.

Easy Ways to Support the PTO

We wanted to make you aware of several easy ways you can continue to support the PTO:

• Please consider purchasing through Amazon Smile and select HMS PTO as the charity you will support. Purchasing your items through Amazon Smile is EXACTLY the SAME as purchasing through the regular Amazon link, except that HMS gets a portion of the sales (at no extra cost to you!)

• Guaranteed Rate Mortgage Company is a supporter of the District 181 School System. Foundation board member and Monroe School parent, Dan Gjeldum, makes a personal contribution to the D181 PTO of your choice every time his team closes a mortgage for a District 181 family. Email Dan to get started at: dan.gjeldum@guaranteedrate.com

• Nordic Energy will donate $50 per year to the District 181 Foundation for every account that signs up to receive their electric energy using the promo code: DISTRICT181. Anyone with a ComEd account number can enroll, you do not have to live within District 181 boundaries. All you need to enroll is a ComEd account number (found on a recent bill), a valid email address and the promo code. Enroll today by going to the Nordic Energy website and clicking in “Get a Custom Quote.” All funds raised from this promotion will be split between the District 181 Foundation and the middle school PTOs.

Volunteers Needed to Help with Recycling School Supplies

Please consider volunteering to help collect and organize the recycling of school supplies on June 2 (8th grade), June 6 (6th grade) or June 7 (7th grade.)  


Volunteers Needed for 8th Grade Graduation Events

We need  6th, 7th and 8th grade HMS parents to help with 8th grade graduation rehearsal and breakfast on June 2nd and 8th grade graduation and dance on June 5th. Please consider donating food or volunteering your time to help with set up, decorations or clean up.  Go to Sign Up Genius to volunteer.

Questions?  Contact Grace Chaddha (203-848-8909) or Patty Pappas (630-901-4155).


Volunteers Needed for Grading Day Breakfast

Parents, please help provide breakfast for our fabulous teachers on June 5th. We need your help to make it special. (All of us want them in a good mood while they are inputting our children’s grades, right?) Click on the Sign Up Genius button below to participate. Thanks in advance for all of your help making this final teacher appreciation event spectacular!

Save the Date – HMS Back to School Day 2017

HMS Back to School and Locker Set-Up Day will be Monday August 14th, 2017. During this open house event middle schoolers and their parents will be able to pick up their class schedules, bus route information and set up their lockers.

Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Suggested time frames for each grade are as follows:

8:30am -10:30 a.m.: 6th graders
10:30am – 12:30 p.m.: 7th graders
1:00pm – 3:00 p.m.: 8th graders


Plant Sale at Vern Goers

Gardens and Spartans Plant Sale

Looking for May flowers?  Find them at Vern Goers Greenhouse in Hinsdale during the month of May and 10% of your purchase will be donated back to HMS PTO when you use our flyer. Beautify your yard, purchase teacher appreciation and Mother’s Day gifts, or just treat yourself to something beautiful,  all while helping out the PTO!

Don’t Forget to Download and Print Your Flyer so HMS PTO can receive its donation!  <CLICK HERE FOR FLYER>, but if you do forget, the Greenhouse will have extra copies!  Make sure they know you are supporting Hinsdale Middle School PTO!


6th Grade Medieval Times Field Trip

6th graders will be going on a field trip to Medieval Times on June 7th. A hearty four-course lunch is provided as part of the show and consists of: oven-roasted chicken, garlic bread, sweet corn cobette, herb roasted potato, chocolate chip cookie and pure filtered water or Pepsi. A vegetarian meal is available upon request.
Please note: While none of the Medieval Times educational menu items contain nuts, they may have been processed/prepared in an environment with nuts.
Please call Medieval Times directly if you have any questions about the food or wish to order your child a vegetarian meal: 1-866-543-9637.

If your child will not be in school on June 7th, please let their social studies teacher know.

2017 Summer Math Packet Information

Once again, students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade will be required to complete a summer math review packet that they will turn in for a grade during the first week of school. Below you will find an informational letter from Math Department Lead, Mr. Eggert and the packets for each math level.

2017 HMS Summer Math Packet Letter







2017 Summer Reading Lists

Click on the links below for summer reading lists for students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.  Please note that there is a parent letter for Grade 7 but not for Grade 6 and 8.

6th Grade Summer Reading – 2017

6th Grade Summer Reading NON-FICTION Note-taking Guide

6th Grade Summer Reading Fiction Note-taking Guide


7th Grade Summer Reading – 2017

7th Grade Summer Reading Parent Letter

7th Grade Summer Reading NON-FICTION Response_Assignment

7th Grade Summer Reading FICTION Response_Assignment


8th Grade Summer Reading – 2017

8th Grade Summer Reading NON-FICTION Note-taking Guide

8th Grade Summer Reading Fiction Note-taking Guide