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Poetry Book Donations

HMS 8th Graders Nour Shalaby, Gauri Singh, Nora Rafferty, and Heather Raslan worked the poetry booth under Mrs. Vorreyer’s direction at the Young Writer’s Night on February 23, 2017. Their on-demand poetry raised $59.00. They decided to use their profit to purchase poetry books for the HMS MRC. The following books were donated in their name:

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson
Leave This Song Behind A Teen Ink Book
Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt
Where I Have Been and Where I am Now by Elizabeth Anne Briick
Poetry Workshop for Middle School by Michelle Ambrosini and Teresa Morretta

A Message from Rocky May

Parents, please do not allow your children to bring items to school that may distract from education and learning. While it’s nearly impossible to compile a comprehensive list, some items that have been causing issues lately are: “slime” (both homemade and store purchased), laser pointers, bouncy balls, and electronic devices. While some students have demonstrated a level of responsibility and success with “fidgets,” we have also observed students using these items with an opposite, unintended effect by distracting themselves and others.  At  each teacher’s discretion, any problem items will be collected from students and turned into the office where they will only be available for pickup by a parent.  We hope to use this approach sparingly. Thank you for understanding, and if you seek any clarification, please contact Assistant Principal Rocky May.

D181 Opt-In to Receive District Text Alerts

Please see the attached flyers for information about how to opt-in to receive District 181 text alerts on your phone and frequently asked questions and answers.


Hinsdale Central Football Meeting

Would you like to become a Red Devil football player in the fall? Please attend the Hinsdale Central Football Registration, Huddle and Information meeting on Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00 p.m. in the Hinsdale Central gymnasium. Receive an HC Football t-shirt, join the HC Football Club, find out about important happenings, meet coaches, etc. Go to hcfootball.com Click here to register or for more information. If you’re interested but not able to attend the meeting, please contact HCHS’s  Football President.

6th Grade NEON Dance

All 6th graders are invited to attend the 6th Grade NEON Dance on Friday, April 7th from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Hinsdale Central High School Cafeteria.  The dance is hosted by the Leap into Africa Club at HCHS.  Cost to attend is $5 per person.  All proceeds will benefit LEAP Math and Science Schools serving South African children in need.  For more information about the dance, please see the attached flyer or contact Madalina Cirlincione.

Walk the Walk for Autism

Please join HMS’s team to support the Walk for Autism on April 23, 2017.  The 5K Walk will begin and end at The Community House.  Click here to register and join Team “HMS Spartans”.

A prize will be awarded for the top student fundraiser, the school with the highest percentage of participants will receive “The Big Blue Shoe Trophy”and the top school fundraising team will win a special donut breakfast before school!

Click here for more information.




Washington DC Trip Meeting – Class of 2018

7th Grade Parents, mark your calendars for Thursday, May 4, 2017 for the Washington DC Parent Meeting.
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. in the HMS Commons.

This is a mandatory meeting for parents planning on their child attending the trip which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8 – Saturday, November 11, 2017. It is the ONLY meeting for the trip. There will be NO meeting in the fall.

Please contact Jane Fetty  or Susan Wachowski if you have any questions.

2017-2018 PTO Executive Board

Are you interested in getting more involved in the PTO? Would you like to have more input into what the PTO does? Then consider joining the PTO Executive Board for the 2017-2018 school year. The PTO Nominating Committee is now taking applications for next year’s exec board. If interested, please contact the nominating committee members at nominating@hmspto.org.

Questions about exec board roles and responsibilities should be directed to Mary Henneman at president@hmspto.org.

St. Jude Mathathon

FINDING CURES. SAVING CHILDREN. That is the mission of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Based in Memphis, Tennessee with affiliates in eight states, including Illinois, St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  Starting April 3rd, HMS math students will participate in the St. Jude Math-a-thon to raise money for the children who receive treatment at St. Jude.  All HMS students will receive a math-a-thon booklet to complete. Students will then get pledges for the number of problems they do, the number of problems completed correctly, or a one-time donation. There are prize incentives for the students as well. Click here to donate online.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Ercoli.

Shop at India Hicks and Support HMS

Many thanks to our generous HMS parent Eva Van de Bovenkamp for doubling India Hick’s 15% donation. Click on the invitation below to start shopping.