Surveillance Testing: Deadline 3/14

The deadline to complete the signup form to participate in Surveillance Testing is by 11:59 p.m. this Sunday, March 14.

• Families can sign up their students via Skyward under the “Forms” tab.
• Staff can sign up through the Google form here.
• You can view the Surveillance Testing information booklet by visiting the link on the Reopening webpage.

 

HMS Climate Survey

HINSDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL Climate Survey Opens Monday, 3/15

We’re excited to share that our 2020-21 climate survey will be open to all parents starting Monday, March 15. On March 15, you’ll receive an email from the District with a link to the survey and reminders to complete it until the survey closes on Friday, March 26. The annual climate survey is not only a requirement for all school districts in the state, it’s an opportunity for you to share how we’re performing as a school with audiences near and far.

• Remote Learning Question Changes: You’ll see that some of the questions in this year’s survey have been altered to capture school climate within our Remote Learning environments. We determined this was an important addition to the survey since all of our students were remote at the end of the 2019-20 school year and all of our students experienced some remote learning in the 2020-21 school year.
• How are results shared? Results of the survey are published in the state report card and often reported on by local media. Internally, we will post the results on the D181 website and share a report with the Board of Education and our school community.
• Who takes the survey? All D181 families (K-8), all D181 staff (K-8), and D181 students (4-8) take the survey. If you would like to view a sample student survey or request that your student opts-out of the survey, please let me know.
• Are my results anonymous? Yes, all of your responses are completely anonymous. No one from the school will ever see your answers, and no identifying information (such as name, child’s name or survey ID) will be recorded.
• Why should I take the survey? Participation from all of our families is crucial to ensure that we get a valuable snapshot of D181’s school climate. Our parent participation goal is at least 40%. Please complete the survey for your student’s school when you receive your email on Monday, March 15!

Thank you in advance for sharing your input about our school! The survey will be sent by email on March 15.

 

Girls on the Run Registration is Open! Join Us!

Girls on the Run
Heart & Sole (Program name for grades 6-8)

HMS is excited to announce that we will be launching a spring season of Girls on the Run. However, the District is prohibiting in-person extracurricular activities. THIS SEASON, WE WILL BE MEETING EXCLUSIVELY VIRTUALLY. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK’S POST. If you are familiar with the program, you know it is a great activity for all! If you are not familiar with Girls on the Run, please see the website below for more information. But in short, we often describe it as a cross between a girls’ group & a “running” group. GOTR-Chicago describes The Heart & Sole curriculum as: “rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help and more.”

While we will make some modifications for a Covid-safe environment, we will be able to continue the best and most important parts of the program.

Here are the details for the 2021 season!

-We meet March 23rd – late May on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:30.

-We hold discussions, participate in a wide range of activities & games, walk/jog/run, and complete a 5K! (Virtual, but HMS will host its own! Date & location TBD!)

If you are interested…

1) Go online and check out the program: https://www.gotrchicago.org/

2) Decide whether you can commit to two days a week from March through May, Tuesdays & Thursdays.

3) Register! https://www.gotrchicago.org/

Once you register, we will reach out to all participants closer to our start date!

Questions?
Ask Mrs. Eggert (keggert@d181.org) or Mrs. Fetty (jfetty@d181.org)

630 Volleyball Club Spring Season

Open gyms will be during the month of March for any athlete starting on March 9thThe Volleyball Spring season starts at the beginning of April through June
Check out the flyer for more information!

MARCH IS SPIRIT MONTH AT HMS!

On Friday, 3/26, our Spartans will be able to show their Spartan Spirit by participating in Spirit Day. Our friendly competition between AM and PM students will celebrate who has the greatest number of participants per grade level. The theme for the day is HMS Spirit Wear!

Spirit Day pictures can be sent directly toTammy Petrovich, M.S. CCC-SLP at tpetrovich@d181.orgno later than the end of day March 26th.

 

Virtual Girls on the Run Registration is Open! Join us!

Girls on the Run
Heart & Sole (Program name for grades 6-8)

HMS is excited to announce that we will be launching a spring season of Girls on the Run. However, the District is prohibiting in-person extracurricular activities. THIS SEASON, WE WILL BE MEETING EXCLUSIVELY VIRTUALLY. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK’S POST. If you are familiar with the program, you know it is a great activity for all! If you are not familiar with Girls on the Run, please see the website below for more information. But in short, we often describe it as a cross between a girls’ group & a “running” group. GOTR-Chicago describes The Heart & Sole curriculum as: “rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help and more.”

While we will make some modifications for a Covid-safe environment, we will be able to continue the best and most important parts of the program.

Here are the details for the 2021 season!

-We meet March 23rd – late May on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:30.

-We hold discussions, participate in a wide range of activities & games, walk/jog/run, and complete a 5K! (Virtual, but HMS will host its own! Date & location TBD!)

If you are interested…

1) Go online and check out the program: https://www.gotrchicago.org/

2) Decide whether you can commit to two days a week from March through May, Tuesdays & Thursdays.

3) Register! https://www.gotrchicago.org/

Once you register, we will reach out to all participants closer to our start date!

Questions?
Ask Mrs. Eggert (keggert@d181.org) or Mrs. Fetty (jfetty@d181.org)

Community Speaker Series presents Julie Lythcott-Haims on 3/10/21

Presented by The Community Speaker Series, D181 and D86.

Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to Raise an Adult

Join New York Times bestselling author, Julie Lythcott-Haims and learn how to break free of the overparenting trap and prepare your kids for success. Drawing on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean, Julie highlights the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large.

While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Julie offers practical strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Time: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Format: Zoom Webinar

Register: Click here or visit www.d181foundation.org

The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required as each viewer receives a unique link. This event will be recorded and will be available ONLY to those who register for the event. If you are unable to attend the live-stream, but will want to view the recording, please register.

For more information, please see attached flyer.

Special Webinar with Award-Winning Cartoonist and Graphic Novel Writer Nathan Hale

Special Webinar with Award-Winning Cartoonist and Graphic Novel Writer Nathan Hale
Thursday, March 11, 7-8 pm

Join us for a fun evening for the whole family as Author, illustrator, and cartoonist Nathan Hale illustrates as he speaks, drawing live on the screen. He will fascinate you with history and the art of drawing comics.

Registration required. Register HERE

This program, sponsored by the District 181 Foundation, is free and open to the entire community. Additional information available HERE. Can’t join us that evening? A link to the recording will be sent to all registrants.

Questions? Please contact Meg Cooper: mcooper@d181foundation.org