Executive Board Proposed Slate

The PTO Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the 2019-2020 PTO Executive Board. This slate will be presented to the General Membership for a vote at the next PTO meeting on Monday, May 13th at 9AM.

• President: Karin Rohn
• Co-VPs of Communications: Laura Tortorello & Shelley Carter
• Co-VPs of Fundraising: Kristin Kentra & Helen Becka
• VP of Technology: Sujit Menon
• Treasurer: Jennifer Fisher
• Corresponding Secretary: Kristin McDaniel
• Recording Secretary: Corlyn Simmons
We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to the members of the Nominating Committee for their time and thoughtfulness throughout this process. The Nominating Committee was composed of the following parents representing all four HMS elementary feeder schools: Bijal Doshi, Lynn Mayer, Susan Owens, Bini Patel, Laura Preusser & Alice Waverley.

Stuff the Squad Car – This Monday, April 29th!

Will you help us ‘Stuff the Squad’? On April 29th, we’re partnering with the Hinsdale Police Department to collect food and supplies for families in our community who are in need and access HCS Family Services. We’re asking students to come to school that day with non-perishable food and supplies to donate. Local police officers will park outside the school that morning to collect the donations and “stuff the squad” car for delivery to HCS. All D181 schools are participating, and our goal is to raise 5,000 pounds of food and supplies total!

Suggested items for donation include:
• Healthy shelf-stable food (cereals, vegetables, soups, pasta, rice, beans, etc.)
• Baking Ingredients (flour, oil, etc.)
• Diapers
• Paper products (paper towels, toilet paper)
• Toiletries

For more information, visit www.d181.org/stuffthesquad.


School Supply Online Ordering Open

Online ordering of school supply kits for the 2019/20 school year is now available. Online ordering of kits is a convenience provided for students by the PTO. Supplies will be shipped to students homes before the school year begins. The school will notify families of “back to school day” when students may put their supplies in the locker

Order Deadline – June 9th, 2019

Please note that this is a hard deadline. Students that miss the ordering deadline will need to purchase their own supplies. Lists can be found on the Hinsdale Middle School webpage in the Parent Resources section.

Ordering instructions:

Click HERE to go to the ordering webpage.

Enter school ID# HIN022

Choose the kit for your student’s grade. You may add a language dictionary or a calculator if your student needs one.

Graphing calculators are only for students in 7th or 8th grade Accelerated math and 8th grade Advanced math.

Make sure you have received an email confirmation of your order.

Fee Waiver – students who are eligible for fee waiver through the school district may request a supply kit through the school office. Please contact Sally Cuchna in the office for more information.

Delivery to home – approximately August 9, 2019


Should be directed to schoolsupplies@hmspto.org


PTO Committee Chair positions open for the 2019-2020 school year

There are just a few PTO Committee Chair positions that are still open for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in becoming more involved at HMS by leading one of the committees below, or if you have any questions about the committees, please contact Karin Rohn at president@hmspto.org. We would love your help!

Staff Appreciation – Co-chair needed – Come up with ideas and implement them to show our faculty and staff how appreciated they are. In recent years there have been 4 events, but you are only limited by your imagination! The 4 events celebrated in the past have been principal appreciation day, teacher conference dinner, staff appreciation week, and grading day breakfast in June.

Publicity – Serve as the point of contact for local newspapers and magazines. Gathers information about upcoming newsworthy HMS events and notifies local publishers about said events.

8th Grade Year End Activities – Work with HMS administration to plan graduation, organize the graduation dance and plan the 8th grade breakfast. Ideally these chairs will have an 8th grade student next year.


8th Grade Coffee at Hinsdale Central HS for Incoming Parents

Hinsdale Central PTO cordially invites all parents of Hinsdale Central Freshman Class of 2023 to a Red Devil Welcome Coffee.  The coffee will take place on Thursday, May 2nd at 9:00AM in the Cafeteria of HCHS.  Come meet the Hinsdale Central High School Leadership Team and learn about academics, sports, and activities that HCHS has to offer.  Find out how PTO involvement can help make your transition easier!
Enter HCHS via the main doors off of 55th Street and be sure to bring a state issued ID or driver’s license.

Tours will occur at the end of the presentation.  Spirit wear will be available for purchase.


Prevail Jiu Jitsu Exclusive for HMS Students!

Prevail Jiu Jitsu is offering trial classes exclusive to HMS students! These will be held on Tuesday, April 30th and Friday, May 3rd from 5-6pm. Come check out this new facility right across the street from the school! Students experience results that go beyond gains in strength, flexibility, fitness or self-defense skills. By applying lessons learned on the mats and into their daily lives, Prevail students experience an overall improvement in their focus, energy and general well-being. If any HMS student signs up for a $99/6 week session package the entire $99 proceeds will come back to HMS! Support a new local business and HMS while having your child learn a new skill that will improve reaction time & awareness, effectively defend themselves, increase self-confidence, increase stamina & mobility, and increase mental relaxation. Sign up below.

D181 Student Art Exhibit

Don’t miss the D181 Student Art Exhibit – April 29 – May 3 at the Community House. Exhibit Hours are 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday. Over 130 pieces of artwork from D181 students (including HMS) will be on display. See the flyer below for more details.

District 86 Parent Program – Vaping and Beyond 2019

Hinsdale District 86 deans and social workers invite all parents and community members to this informative event focused on the truths of vaping. Middle school parents are encouraged to attend this event sponsored by the high school district 86. The presentation takes place at Hinsdale South on May 6th from 7 – 8:15 pm.

The presentation will cover topics such as
What is vaping and is it dangerous?
What are the signs my child is vaping?
The physical, mental and emotional effects of vaping
How to talk to your child about vaping

Please click on the attached flyer from D86

Hinsdale Central Color Guard

Hinsdale Central Marching Band is looking for students interested in joining the flagline. Central Color Guard will be teaching the routine from 3:30-5:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday May 7-8, and holding auditions on May 9th at 4:00 in the Band Room 167. No experience required and the program is open to men and women. Perform at football games, parades, pep rallies and travel internationally with the band. For more information visit HCmusic.org.


Dr. McGrath discusses adolescent anxiety

The Parent Network Presents Dr. Patrick McGrath.

Dear families of Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South, and our feeder schools:
Dr. McGrath, a specialist in childhood and adolescent anxiety, will be offering advice and support for parents of children from preschool through high school.
We all know anxiety leads to depression, especially in young adults. Learn how this can be detected much younger than often discussed, such as in preschool years, and what we can do about it.
Theresa McClear and Lori Thompson, PTO Parent Network Co-Chairs