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November 13 @ 1:30pm

General PTO Meeting, MRC

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Train Safety

Safety is an ongoing concern. HMS makes every effort to address safety on a consistent basis. Train safety was our focus last week, and we wanted you to know that all students were shown a train safety video during lunch on Friday, October 17th. The video emphasized the following important safety points: 1) Stop when red lights flash and the gates go down, 2) Never walk around or behind lowered gates, 3) Stay alert around the tracks. With so many of our students heading downtown, especially on Fridays, we sincerely want them to be safe and smart at all times. Click here to view the video that was shown.


We look forward to a fun and safe day at HMS on Friday, October 31st. Please be aware that HMS does not specifically observe Halloween or encourage students to wear costumes, although they are allowed. If a student dresses in a costume he or she must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No props – such as brooms, wands, knives, etc.
  • No masks
  • No fake blood
  • No aerosol cans or Silly String
  • Normal footwear
  • Limited face make-up
  • School appropriate costume – non-offensive – no longer than ankle length
  • Hats – only if it goes with the costume
  • Make-up and hair spray need to be applied BEFORE arriving at school.
  • Candy and treats should not be brought to school or provided at school due to state food guidelines.

Students who do not follow these guidelines will be referred to the HMS Office.

Call for Vendors – D181 Resource Expo

On the evening of Wednesday, November 5, the Family Resource Network is hosting our first District 181 Resource Expo. The purpose of the event is to connect families with opportunities for students outside of the school day, such as tutoring, enrichment, support services, counseling and childcare. If you know of an organization that provides a resource to area families and that may be interested in having an Expo booth, please share their information with the FRN (630-861-4900,, or encourage the organization to reserve a spot online: Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at the Expo on November 5 at CHMS (5:30-8:30 p.m.).

Washington D.C. Trip Update

The 8th grade trip is less than five weeks away.  Please be mindful of the following dates:

Friday, October 24 - Prescription and over the counter medications are due to the school nurse, Mrs. Pyrz. Place medication in a plastic bag with your student’s name printed clearly on the bag. Please be respectful of the amount of time it takes to organize for a trip of this magnitude and turn these in promptly!  Early turn in is encouraged.

Wednesday, October 29: 8:00 – 8:20 a.m. –  Students will meet in the Commons during long advisory to review trip expectations and procedures for the following Wednesday’s departure. Parents are invited to attend.

Thursday, October 30 -  Students will meet with their bus leaders & chaperones to receive their flight information, itineraries and final packing instructions. Please ask your child for this information that evening.

Wednesday, November 5 – Students need to bring their luggage to school in the morning for their after-school departure. They will be instructed where to store the luggage for the day.

If you have questions, please contact one of the following HMS teachers coordinating the trip: Susan Wachowski or Jane Fetty.

Scholastic Bowl Trivia Club

Scholastic Bowl Club will be held after school two Wednesdays a month starting October 29. Students will work in teams to answer questions from all areas of knowledge including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports, and popular culture in a fun and lively environment. Bring your friends and show what you know! Scholastic Bowl is open to anyone in grades 6 -8. Contact Ms. Scacco if you have any questions.

Upcoming meeting dates:

Winter dates will be posted in January.