Lost And Found


Once again, the Lost and Found is overflowing with items. Please have your child check for any missing items. There are lots of sweatshirts, winter coats, hats, gloves, water bottles and lunch boxes! Anything not collected by February 1, will be donated.

Students in Technology Conference

All HMS students are welcome to attend the “Students in Technology” Conference on Saturday, February 11, 2017 in the Bensenville Elementary District 2 at Blackhawk Middle School. This is an annual conference where kids present to kids. The event is open to kids in grades 3 through 12.

Click here for more information and to register.  Registration ends January 20 at 12:00 p.m.


Family Trivia Night Fundraiser


We hope everyone is looking forward to the Family Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, February 24, 2017. We are hopeful this fundraiser, which is the only fundraiser we will host this school year, will meet most everyone’s needs by bringing families and staff out for a fun night while raising money for our PTO.

Tickets are expected to go on sale in the next week. Look for a special invitation soon. We will have limited seating, so please purchase your tickets early.

We still have a need for business sponsors. If you or someone you know would like to be a sponsor, please contact Janet Lahr at vpfunding@hmspto.org

Opt-In for School and District Text Message Alerts

District 181 now offers the opportunity for parents and staff to opt-in for text messages from the District and D181 schools. These texts will be limited to three types of important messages: (1) Transportation Alerts (e.g., bus delays), (2) Weather Alerts (e.g., snow days), and (3) Safety Alerts (e.g., power outage). Receiving a text is a fast and easy way to help ensure you don’t miss an e-mail with this type of timely news. Texts will be sent via SchoolMessenger, the same notification system used for automated e-mails and phone calls. To opt-in, simply text the word “YES” to 67587 from your cell phone number currently on file with the District, and be sure that you receive the auto-confirmation text that will be sent in response. If you need to add a cell phone number to the system, or if the number needs to be updated, that step will need to be completed first. Click here to view the one-page FAQ with information on that process and further detail regarding text messages from D181.


HMS Family Trivia Night Fundraiser!


HMS PTO is hosting a Family Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, February 24, 2017. We are hopeful this fundraiser, which is the only fundraiser we will host this school year, will meet most everyone’s needs by bringing families and staff out for a fun night while raising money for our PTO.

We are currently reaching out to local businesses for sponsorships and support. We know many HMS families have their own businesses. We are hopeful that some of our own HMS family businesses will be interested in sponsoring this terrific event! If you have an interest in being a sponsor for this event, please contact Janet Lahr at VPFunding@hmsptorg.




Shop Amazon Smile and Support HMS

If you shop Amazon, you can support HMS PTO with every purchase by shopping at smile.amazon.com! When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our HMS PTO with no cost to you!

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you will need to select Hinsdale Middle School Parent- Teacher Organization as the charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

We thank you for your support!

Hinsdale Central Spirit Wear Holiday Sales

Looking for holiday gift ideas? It’s never too early to get your future HC Red Devil geared up! Hinsdale Central Boosters will be selling spirit wear at the front entrance to Hinsdale Central from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December 20th.

Please consider stopping in to find some Central goodies for your students and family fans.

The NEW HMS Curriculum

PTO meetingHow is the math curriculum changing and how will it vary by level? What is happening with regular and ACE social studies? How will the new science standards change what our children learn in science? What are the planned changes for LA and ELA and how will these classes be integrated with social studies and science? What is the common assessment framework and how will it affect our students?

Learn the answers to these questions and more as HMS Department Chairs Bill Eggert, Shannon Donovan, Amy Ostrowski, and Cheryl Petrou discuss our School Improvement Plan, highlighting curriculum and assessment changes at our next PTO meeting, Wednesday, December 14th at 9am in the MRC.

Register for Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books sign up is happening now through December 15th. Competition will begin mid-January and will be held before and after school. Students will be able to select a competition time that works best for their schedule. Interested students should see Ms. Scacco in Room 115 if they have not yet registered.

Last Call For 8th Grade Fortnightly Students!

As anticipated, the program is nearing capacity. Session 3 is full.  Please RSVP now for Sessions 1,2,and 4. We are currently in the process of balancing our classes. Classes begin in January of 2017.

Even if your student is reluctant, they won’t want to miss this event. It turns out to be one of their highlights before heading to high school.

Invitations are available at all the middle school offices, at Cyndi Breslow’s house, 80 Waverly in Clarendon Hills (there is a basket on her front porch), or on line, at www.hinsdalefortnightly.org . Please complete both the RSVP and the waiver.

Fortnightly is a traditional, local rite-of-passage and teaches general decorum and manners combined with the basics of dancing (waltz, salsa and swing) to eighth grade students from the Hinsdale Central High School feeder schools. It is organized by volunteers and staffed by professionals. Scholarships are available.

This is a wonderful opportunity that your children will remember and appreciate the rest of their lives. The program has accommodated over 250 Hinsdale area students, every year, since 1958.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Cyndi Breslow  or Kirsten Schmidt or send an email to info@hinsdalefortnightly.org