Did the District consider renovating the current building, instead of building new?
The Board of Education and Board Facilities Committee initially considered renovation/expansion and new construction both as viable options for a long-term solution for HMS. All three architecture firms that were initially considered for the HMS project (and the District’s architect of record) determined that renovation was not recommended. The Facilities Committee agreed, and the Board supported that recommendation in September 2015. Key reasons renovation was not chosen as the best option include:
- Educational Disruption: It was anticipated that in a renovation plan, students would have been displaced from some parts of the facility, and construction work would have been scheduled around them while school was in session.
- Safety Concerns: There were concerns about ensuring a safe school environment during a renovation project, as construction work would have taken place in the building during student occupancy.
- Lack of Community Support: In online surveys and a phone survey of residents conducted in September 2015, data confirmed greater community support for new construction over renovation.
- Cost Compared to New Construction: Architectural guidelines state that when the estimated cost of renovating a school approaches 60% of the cost of replacing the facility, replacement is the more appropriate solution. Further, in a renovation plan, students would have been displaced from some parts of the facility, which would have likely required leasing more temporary classroom spaces (trailers / mobiles), which in turn would have added to the project cost.
- Added Construction Time: It was anticipated that at least one year would have been added to the project timeline for a renovation.
The 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip is approaching quickly. You will be receiving from Nations Classroom, via email, a final instruction letter and list of essentials for the trip. All medications (over-the-counter and prescription) should have been turned in to Mrs. Pyrz, the school nurse.
Please note the following important dates and information:
- Tuesday, November 1 at 8:00 a.m.: students will meet in the HMS Commons to review the expectations for the trip. Parents are invited to attend.
- Monday, November 7: students will receive a packet of information containing their specific bus and flight information along with their itinerary. Please ask your child for this information on Monday evening.
- Wednesday, November 9: students should arrive at school with their luggage (carry-on only.) They will be instructed where the luggage will be stored for the day. Please do not drop off luggage during the day. Buses will depart for the airport at approximately 3:00 p.m. after school.
- Saturday, November 12: buses will return to HMS between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.
We are looking forward to an exciting and educational trip. If you have any questions, please contact
Susan Wachowski or Jane Fetty, the Washington D.C. Trip Coordinators.
IEP/504 Transition into High School
Families of 8th grade children with an IEP or Section 504 Plan are encouraged to attend the presentation “IEP / 504 Transition into High School” on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hinsdale Central High School Community Room. This is a collaborative event led by D86, HCHS, and the PTO Parent Network. The purpose of this presentation is to help prepare families for the high school transition. Click here to register.
A Conversation About Your Student’s Four-Year Hinsdale Central High School Academic Plan at HMS
On Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. at HMS and Monday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at CHMS, all Hinsdale Central feeder school 8th grade parents are invited to attend an event with John Bruesch, HCHS Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, and Bill Walsh, HCHS Principal. Mr. Bruesch and Mr. Walsh will share insights and advice with parents about the Hinsdale Central curriculum, registration process, and factors to consider when working with your student to compile a four-year high school academic plan and select freshman year classes in January 2017. Immediately following the presentation at HMS only, a Hinsdale Central parent panel will share their experiences with life at Central and suggestions for the transition. For more details, click here. Please register here if you plan to attend.
Would you like to know more about the upcoming HMS referendum? For example, what has changed since the last referendum? How has the design changed? What are the real costs? What is the likely tax impact? These questions and more will be discussed at our next HMS PTO General Meeting on Wednesday, October 19th, at 9:00 a.m. in the MRC. D181 Board Members, Mridu Garg and Jennifer Burns, representatives from Cordigan & Clark architects, and D181 administrators will discuss the upcoming referendum and answer your questions. All are welcome to attend. We encourage you to bring a friend. You won’t want to miss this information-packed meeting.
What is included in the design for a new HMS, where would it be located, and when would it open to students?
The HMS new building design includes 34 core classrooms, a Media Resource Center (library), Applied Technology and Family/Consumer Science labs, small group and special education instructional areas, collaboration space, a gymnasium and fitness center, and cafetorium. The school would be built in the grassy area around the existing building, at the corner of Third Street and Garfield Avenue in Hinsdale. Our timeline has the school opening for the 2018-19 school year, with the final stages (demolition of the current building, re-seeding of Washington Street field, parking lot/deck construction) completed after the building opens in August. Current 6th graders would complete their 8th grade year in the new building. To view a detailed project timeline created by the construction manager click here.
Parents of students taking over-the-counter or doctor prescribed medications during the Washington DC trip:
All medications are required to be with the school nurse, Sue Pyrz, by no later than Friday, October 21st. Feel free to drop them off earlier if you are able. Please be prompt as it takes more time than you can image to organize the medications and generate the guidelines for dispensing the medications per bus for students that have medication needs.
The medications should be brought to school in the original pharmacy bottle or container that it was packaged in. This container should be put into a clear zip-loc bag with your child’s FIRST AND LAST name written on the bag.
If your child has completed a medication form for Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) in regular adult strength, you do not need to send a supply as each bus with have that. If you have questions regarding medications, call Sue Pyrz at HMS: 630-861-4708.
All 8th grade parents of the Hinsdale Central feeder schools are invited to an 8th Grade Parent Night on
Monday, November 14th, 7:00pm at Clarendon Hills Middle School
Thursday, November 17th, 7:00pm at Hinsdale Middle School
This event will feature John Bruesch, Hinsdale Central’s Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, and Bill Walsh, Hinsdale Central’s Principal. Mr. Bruesch and Mr. Walsh will share insights and advice with parents about the Hinsdale Central curriculum, registration process, and factors to consider when working with their student to compile his/her four-year high school academic plan and select freshman year classes in January 2017.
Click here for more details. Please register here if you plan to attend.
Who says we can’t have a successful car wash in the rain? A huge thank you to over 100 6th, 7th and 8th-graders, faculty, parents, SELAS and the community for making the first 2016 HMS student service project a success. We raised over $3,200 to benefit two schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who were severely affected by the most recent floods. The funds will help replenish their library books, gym equipment, and other pertinent learning materials. It’s always exciting to see our HMS community come together for a great cause.
How did the District change the proposal from March 2016 to November 2016?
This will be the second referendum attempt for a new HMS. The first referendum presented in March 2016 was defeated 56% to 44%. Thanks to the feedback from our D181 community, we were able to develop a revised proposal that took into account the data from 500 phone survey respondents, over 1,500 online survey respondents, conversations with the HMS staff and Board members, input from those who attended our engagement events, and best practices in education design and school construction. That input informed our decision making around adjustments to make for the November 2016 referendum, which include the following key changes:
- Reduced the cost from the prior proposal by 17%, from $65 million to $53,329,194.
- Selected a new preferred scenario for the sale of bonds.
- Eliminated the auditorium and instead have a cafetorium. The new design allows for the potential future addition of auditorium seating should there be a desire and funding to add it at a later time.
- Reduced the overall footprint from 160,000 square feet to 139,000 square feet.
- Reconsidered all internal spaces and compared them against our District space planning guidelines.
- Reduced one choral space to match the current number of choral spaces at HMS.
- Reduced the number of core classrooms from 38 to 34; every core teacher still has his/her own classroom.
- Eliminated artificial turf from the design and instead will re-seed / re-sod the Washington Street field with grass.
- The P.E. indoor running track will be bid as an alternate, meaning that it will be included only if project bids come in low enough for the track to be included and within the project budget.
More information about the HMS Referendum is available online.
The Rotary Run is Sunday, October 16. Rotary and the D181 Foundation truly appreciates your support. We hope you’ll encourage your student to participate. HMS has had the highest middle school participation for five years in a row!
In addition, each school that meets student and staff participation goals will be given up to $150 for wellness-related materials, to be determined at the discretion of the P.E. teachers and principals.
Key Event Highlights:
- D181 Foundation is one of the event recipients. Funds raised directly benefit D181 schools.
- Other race beneficiaries include Ray Graham Association, Hinsdale Humane Society, and the Rotary Foundation.
- Advance registrants will be chip-timed and will receive a moisture-wicking t-shirt.
- The event begins and ends at The Community House.
Click here to register (be sure to check the HMS box)