Halloween at HMS

We anticipate students wanting to dress up on Friday, October 29th. Please be aware that Hinsdale Middle School does not specifically observe Halloween or encourage students to wear costumes, although they are allowed. If a student dresses in a costume they must follow the guidelines below.

No Props – such as brooms, wands, knives, etc.
No Masks That Cover Your Entire Head / Face (Normal mask wearing is expected.)
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 needs to be applied BEFORE arriving at school.

Candy and treats should not be brought to school or provided at school due to state and district food guidelines. Students will be referred to the office who have not followed the guidelines listed above, and run the risk of being asked to change. Please let Mr May know if you have any questions!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Starting this Monday, October 25 at 8AM, you will be able to schedule your student(s)’ Parent-Teacher individual/mini-conference(s) through Skyward Family Access. Mini-conferences are times for you to check in with your child’s individual teachers for about five to eight minutes apiece. These mini-conferences will be held VIRTUALLY on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24. Sign-up for mini-conferences will close Wednesday, November 3. Due to availability, we ask that you sign up for no more than two (2) conferences on these days to allow spaces for other families to sign up as well. If we can open it up later to help teachers fill empty appointments, we will most certainly do so!

Parent-Teacher mini-conferences are an important opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress, share your child’s strengths and needs, and work with teachers to help your child do well in school.

Please Note:

  1. Unlike in our elementary schools, these mini-conferences are elective. Parents of students who are doing well may choose not to meet with any teachers, which is not uncommon.

  2. You will sign up on Skyward for a session and then, at a later date, a Zoom/GoogleMeet link will be provided per teacher. You can use that time to converse with your child(ren)’s teacher.

  3. Team conferences will only be scheduled by grade level teams when they feel it is necessary. Most of these have already been scheduled.

  4. If a team conference is requested for your child, you should NOT sign up for mini-conferences.

  5. 8th Grade teachers do not have information to share regarding your 8th grade child’s potential high school placement. Please understand and plan accordingly.

Directions:

  • Login to your Skyward Family Access: Skyward Family Access

  • Forgot how to log in? How to Log In to Skyward

  • Click on the Conferences tab

  • Select All Conferences to view what is available for your student

  • Click on “Select a Time”

  • The list of time slots that are open will appear. Click the Select button to reserve a spot. A confirmation will appear with the conference details. To confirm, click Save or else, click Back to select a different one. A confirmation email will be sent.

  • To view conferences you have manually scheduled or an instructor has scheduled, click on View Scheduled Times.

  • Here is a PDF with the same instructions as well in a different format with images.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you! Please know that parents do not need to feel limited to these windows of time, and should always reach out to teachers with any questions or concerns you have. We are here to best support all of our students!

Scheduling issues? Please contact Student Services, Lorna Galandak, lgalandak@d181.org

Technical issues? Please email dcarrano@d181.org

Virtual Activity Fair

Hooray!! Clubs and Activities for this school year are back! We were unable to host an in-person Activities Fair, but we have constructed this helpful website, HMS Virtual Activity Fair. Many clubs have already started meeting, and we encourage your child to get involved! We eventually hope to have an Activity “Late Bus,” but we do not have one currently. Make sure your child listens and please check those announcements each day for more timely information. 

Save the date – PTO & Dr. Garcia

Dr. Garcia, d181 Superintendent, will attend our November 12 HMS PTO Meeting and will respond to parent questions. Mark your calendar; 11/12 @ 9am via Zoom!

Upcoming Dates

Principal Appreciation Week – Monday, 10/25 through Friday, 10/29

Institute Day – No Student Attendance Friday, 11/5

PTO Meeting – Friday, 11/12 at 9 a.m. (zoom)

Parent-Teacher Conferences – Monday, 11/22 & Tuesday, 11/23

Thanksgiving Break – Monday, 11/22 through Friday, 11/26

Book Fair – Monday, 11/29 through Friday, 12/3

Unity Day is Wednesday, 10/20- Order Your Shirt Today!

On Wednesday, 10/20 HMS will be turning Orange to promote Kindness, Acceptance, and Inclusion. Order your custom HMS shirt to wear on Wednesday HERE. Shirts will be delivered during advisory.

If you are able to come help the teachers set up at 7:30 am that day, please sign-up HERE. We need a few more volunteers.

Any questions? Please reach out to president@hmspto.org

Eat MOD Pizza

Save the date — Wednesday, October 20th — MOD Pizza is donating 20% of takeout orders to HMS PTO! Take a night off from cooking and join us in eating for a great cause. MOD Pizza accepts Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders made online using the promo code GR201855H or in store mentioning HMS PTO.

More info HERE.

Halloween at HMS

We anticipate students wanting to dress up on Friday, October 29th. Please be aware that Hinsdale Middle School does not specifically observe Halloween or encourage students to wear costumes, although they are allowed. If a student dresses in a costume they must follow the guidelines below.

No Props – such as brooms, wands, knives, etc.
No Masks That Cover Your Entire Head / Face (Normal mask wearing is expected.)
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 needs to be applied BEFORE arriving at school.

Candy and treats should not be brought to school or provided at school due to state and district food guidelines. Students will be referred to the office who have not followed the guidelines listed above, and run the risk of being asked to change. Please let Mr May know if you have any questions!