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Washington D. C. Parent Meeting

There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 PM in the HMS Commons for 7th grade parents interested in sending their child on the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip next year. The dates for the trip are Wednesday, November 11 – Saturday, November 14, 2015. The cost of the trip is $1,119.00. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Wachowski at or Jane Fetty at

Hinsdale Central Cheerleading Tryouts

Tryouts for Hinsdale Central Cheerleading will take place Monday, April 27 & Thursday, April 28.  Please click here for more details.

D181 Announcements

April 8: High School Transition Event for Students with IEP, 504 Plan
Families of 8th grade students with an IEP or Section 504 Plan are encouraged to attend “A Transition Discussion” – a collaborative effort led by the Hinsdale Central PTO Parent Network, the D181 Family Resource Network (FRN), District 181, District 86, and Hinsdale Central High School. Last fall, the team presented on topics regarding the transition into high school. Now, they will provide an ideal opportunity to engage in discussion with district administrative teams in a more casual format on Wednesday, April 8 at Hinsdale Central High School (7:00 p.m.)For more information and to register, click here.

April 8-9: Erin’s Law Parent Presentations
House Bill 6193, better known as Erin’s Law, was signed by Governor Pat Quinn in January 2013. This law requires public schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for all students in grades Pre-K – 12. In District 181, we have adopted the Child Lures Prevention Curriculum to meet this mandate. Our Social Workers will use this curriculum when they share a one-time presentation with students in their regular classrooms. Presentation dates vary among schools; all presentations will take place in either April or May. To provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about our implementation of Erin’s Law, we are hosting a Parent Information Session on Wednesday, April 8 at The Community House (9:30a.m.) and again on Thursday, April 9 at The Lane School (7:00 p.m.) Click here for more information and to register.

April 14: “Food for Thought” Presentations
Providing adequate nutrition for your children can be confusing and challenging with so many differing thoughts and opinions expressed throughout the news and social media. Join registered dietitian Kelly Sierra for “Food for Thought”, a one-hour presentation that addresses foods that promote optimal growth and wellness. A morning and evening session will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at Walker School (9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.) You will learn how to make the best choices from each of the five food groups, how to create healthy, age-appropriate and tasty meals, and how to identify misleading health claims that are often used on the packaging of popular “kid” foods. For more information and to register, click here.

April 21-22: Digital Learning Initiative Community Presentations, Collaboration Session
The Digital Learning Initiative is a multi-phase process to develop a comprehensive technology plan for District 181. It is driven not by devices or platform, but rather by modern teaching and learning, and how we can best prepare students for success in their future. Working in partnership with the D181 Foundation and our Board of Education, we are now beginning the first phase of this work. Join us on this journey as we create a pathway for the future! Ian Jukes will lead parent/community presentations on April 21 (7:00 p.m.) and April 22 (9:00 a.m.) He will also host a special presentation just for 4th-8th grade students on April 22 (4:00 p.m.) Then, all community members are invited to “Thinking in Future Tense” – a community collaboration session (7:00 p.m.) Please save the dates and watch for more information coming soon. Click here for more information.

April 22: “Making a Difference” Presentation Featuring Madeleine Will
Madeleine Will has been a national advocate in Washington D.C. for persons with disabilities for over three decades. She will be speaking on the journey since IDEA, statistics regarding children with disabilities in high school, the outlook for those entering or graduating from college today, and what parents can do to help their children live a more fulfilling life. This event is a collaborative effort led by the Hinsdale Central PTO Parent Network, the D181 Family Resource Network (FRN), District 181, District 86, and Hinsdale Central High School. She will be speaking on Wednesday, April 22 at Lake Hinsdale Village (9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.) For more information and to register, click here.

6th Grade Medieval Times Field Trip Date Change

6th Grade Families, please note that the 6th grade field trip to Medieval Times will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd. This is a change from the original date noted in the student planner.

HMS Wants You!

The PTO Nominating Committee is currently looking for individuals for open PTO Executive Board and Committee Chair positions. If you are interested, please click here to view a list of available opportunities and position descriptions. Remember, volunteering is a rewarding way to be involved with HMS. Please contact PTO Co-Presidents, Deb Kloubec or Dayna Larson if you have questions or would like further information.