Social Media and Your Adolescent

Join us on Wednesday, November 9th at 9:00 a.m. in the MRC for an in-depth discussion about social media, the impact it can have on your child, and what you should know as a parent.

Social worker Kate Klara and Officer Coughlin will provide an overview of social media platforms, apps, and sites that are available to our children and offer practical information and advice regarding how best to handle certain situations.

This presentation will immediately follow a very brief PTO meeting at 9:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome!

8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip – Final Information

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.

Clubs and Extracurricular Activities 2016-2017

If your student was unable to attend the Activities Fair this week, click here to view the master list of all club offerings at HMS. This list is available on the HMS PTO website under “Clubs and Activities” for your easy reference. A printed copy can also be found on the counter in the HMS office. We are grateful to the teachers and staff who are leading such a variety of extracurricular activities for our students!

8th Grade Parent Night: The 4-Year Hinsdale Central High School Academic Plan

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.

Box Tops for Money

boxtopsEach year HMS participates in the Box Tops for Education program. The program redeems our Box Tops for 10 cents each. The Box Tops can be found on hundreds of products in grocery stores. Some food products that carry the Box Tops are General Mills, Pillsbury, Old El Paso and Green Giant and some non-food products that carry them are Ziplock, Hefty, Kleenex and Scott.

Please consider clipping these Box Tops from your products and turning them in to the school. You can drop off your Box Tops anytime in our collection bins in the Main Office at HMS. Questions? Please submit them to

Trivia/Board Game Club

Trivia/Board Game Club starts Tuesday, October 4th after school. We will meet each Tuesday in room 115 from 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. and students can take the late bus home. Students will be introduced to a variety of trivia, strategy and board games in a fun and relaxed environment. Students will also be encouraged to share their favorite games. All are welcome.

From Rocky May: Right To Know Documentation

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires all districts to notify parents of all children in all Title I schools that they have the right to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers. The notice does not itself contain the teacher information; it simply tells parents the types of information they may request. Requests must be in writing to the principal. Please click here to view more specific information.