St. Jude Mathathon

FINDING CURES. SAVING CHILDREN. That is the mission of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Based in Memphis, Tennessee with affiliates in eight states, including Illinois, St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  Starting April 3rd, HMS math students will participate in the St. Jude Math-a-thon to raise money for the children who receive treatment at St. Jude.  All HMS students will receive a math-a-thon booklet to complete by April 21st. Students will then get pledges for the number of problems they do, the number of problems completed correctly, or a one-time donation. There are prize incentives for the students as well. Click here to donate online.  If you prefer to make a donation with a check, please make it out to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital and send it to school with your child. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Ercoli.

Walk the Walk for Autism

Please join HMS’s team to support the Walk for Autism on April 23, 2017.  The 5K Walk will begin and end at The Community House.  Click here to register and join Team “HMS Spartans”.

A prize will be awarded for the top student fundraiser, the school with the highest percentage of participants will receive “The Big Blue Shoe Trophy”and the top school fundraising team will win a special donut breakfast before school!

Click here for more information.




Madison Parents: Save the Date for Mrs Lebensorger’s Retirement

After many, many years as the beloved music teacher at Madison School, Mrs. Lebensorger is retiring.  All Madison alumni and their families are invited to help her celebrate at two different events. The Madison Spring Showcase will be Wednesday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. Alumni are invited back to Madison to sing with Mrs. Lebensorger and the chorus one last time. Alumni are also welcome to attend Mrs. Lebensorger’s retirement party Friday, May 19th, 3:05 p.m., at Madison School.

Please join the Madison family and spread the word!

Thank You Cards

Parents, are you looking for graduation thank you cards for your 8th grade graduate?  If so, please consider ordering handmade cards from the Hinsdale D86 Transition Center.  The cards come in a variety of colors (black, red, green, cobalt blue, navy ) and feature a simple inked “thank you” on top of a graduation cap.  The cost is $5 for 5 cards/envelopes.  Orders can be placed through May 17th.

Order here using PushCoin (credit/debit card) A PushCoin account is quick, easy, and FREE to create!

Order here for cash/check payment

The Transition Center provides life and vocational skills instruction to young adults with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 22 years old from the Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South communities.  The main focus of the program (Adult Opportunities) is to promote opportunities for independence in employment, post-secondary education and training, independent living skills, and community experiences. 

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Heather Riggs, Special Education Teacher at D86. Thank you for your support!

April 12th PTO Meeting: Curriculum Changes for 2017-2018

Are you wondering what changes are in store for the middle school curriculum next year? Do you have questions about the following: What changes are being made to the social studies curriculum? What are the Next Generation Science Standards and how will they affect the science classes? How are the Encore classes changing? What is happening with the math curriculum? These questions and more will be answered at our next PTO meeting on Wednesday, April 12th at 9:00 a.m. in the MRC. Kelley Gallt and Terry Hanrahan from the D181 Department of Learning will share the planned curriculum changes for the 2017-2018 school year. The PTO meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. and the presentation will begin at 9:15 a.m.

A Message from Rocky May

Parents, please do not allow your children to bring items to school that may distract from education and learning. While it’s nearly impossible to compile a comprehensive list, some items that have been causing issues lately are: “slime” (both homemade and store purchased), laser pointers, bouncy balls, and electronic devices. While some students have demonstrated a level of responsibility and success with “fidgets,” we have also observed students using these items with an opposite, unintended effect by distracting themselves and others.  At  each teacher’s discretion, any problem items will be collected from students and turned into the office where they will only be available for pickup by a parent.  We hope to use this approach sparingly. Thank you for understanding, and if you seek any clarification, please contact Assistant Principal Rocky May.

2017-2018 PTO Executive Board

Are you interested in getting more involved in the PTO? Would you like to have more input into what the PTO does? Then consider joining the PTO Executive Board for the 2017-2018 school year. The PTO Nominating Committee is now taking applications for next year’s exec board. If interested, please contact the nominating committee members at

Questions about exec board roles and responsibilities should be directed to Mary Henneman at