PTO Nominating Committee for 2017-2018 Exec Board

The HMS PTO is currently looking for representatives to serve on the PTO Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee identifies candidates and determines the executive board slate which will be presented at our PTO General Membership meeting in May. We are seeking representatives from each of the HMS feeder schools.

Please contact Mary Henneman at if you are interested or if you have any questions.

Register Now for Heart & Sole (Girls on the Run)

Girls on the Run: Heart and Sole

Today’s middle-school girls face many challenges and obstacles that can affect their emotional and physical well-being. The Girls on Track curriculum is designed to address these challenges by empowering girls to make thoughtful and healthy decisions. The Girls on Track curriculum is delivered over the course of 10 weeks and addresses the societal, mental and emotional challenges particular to their age.
How to join Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole:
Step 1: Discuss with your family and decide if you are able to make the commitment. Practices will take place Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. starting March 7th. You need to be able to attend all of the sessions, unless you are sick.  The 5k run is scheduled for May 13th in Joliet.

Step 2: Register online here! The cost is $175 per participant. Full or partial scholarships are available and have been awarded to all who have expressed a need. Please DO NOT let the cost prevent you from participating. We will try to make it work.

Questions? Contact Kate Eggert


News from the District

Registration for returning students entering Grades 1-8 is slated to begin after spring break. 

Simplify Summer Planning with the D181 Summer Camp Expo (March 9)
All community members are invited to the annual D181 Summer Camp Expo, taking place Thursday, March 9 at Prospect School (6-8:30pm). This is a one-stop-shop to meet with exhibitors one-on-one and learn about local and regional overnight camps, sports camps, fine arts programs, science and educational camps, recreation activities, and more. New exhibitors are added every year. Children are welcome, and no registration is needed. Click here for more details.

5th Grade IEP/504 Parent Event Scheduled for March 14
If you have a 5th grade child with an IEP or 504 Plan, join us for the event “Transitioning into Middle School with an IEP or 504.” The program will include a panel discussion on the District’s continuum of services, classes, and level of support. We will also discuss what parents can do to help their child through this transition process.


D181 Heroin Education Family Night

District 181 invites you to an evening of education and conversation about a topic that is hitting close to home:  The heroin epidemic in DuPage County.  District 181 is happy to be partnering with leaders in the community to learn and discuss what we all can do together to support our youth and one another with this growing problem.


Heroin Education Family Night
(not recommended for elementary students)
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Hinsdale Middle School

Presenters for the evening will include:

Dr. Richard Jorgensen,  DuPage County Coroner’s Office
Robert Berlin, Dupage County State’s Attorney
Matthew Quinn, Rosecrance Treatment Center Clinician
Former D181 family sharing their personal story dealing with addiction

This evening will include information on the heroin epidemic in DuPage County, signs and symptoms of addiction, early intervention and prevention strategies, current local statistics, and what is being done to address this epidemic locally.

Please see the attached flyer for more information, and click here to register.   Registration is recommended but not required.


This Friday Night! HMS’s First Family Trivia Night Is Here!

Thanks to generous faculty, staff, sponsors and many volunteers, there are many raffles and Silent Auctions at Trivia Night!

Raffle Tickets will be sold for $1 each or take advantage of a discount on 8 tickets for $5. Kids or adults can then enter for a chance at these fun prizes! These are individual raffles so you choose which prize or prizes you have a chance to win.

Winning tickets will be drawn at Trivia Night during the game. You do not have to be present to win BUT we hope you are!

  • Leave Class Early Pass
  • Homework Late Pass in Class of Choice (not Special or Long Term Projects… HW Due the Next Day)
  • First in lunch line
  • One-time Donuts for your Advisory
  • Make Morning Announcements for a Week
  • Create a Playlist of Approved Music at Lunch
  • Create a Playlist of Approved Music at Passing Periods
  • Teacher for a Period (pre-arrange with specific teacher; may not apply to all teachers)
  • Lunchroom Supervisor for a Day
  • $100 Gift Card to Sue’s Cakery, a bakery in Clarendon Hills
  • Gift Basket from Living Well Dental

At Trivia Night there will be a selection of Silent Auction Items for you to bid on as well! Trivia Night will be the only opportunity to bid on these spectacular items!

  • Four VIP Upfront Reserved Seats at 8th Grade Graduation
  • Floral Decorating Class for Four from Alice’s Table
  • Sweat and Shop – One month unlimited membership to CorePower Yoga, 3 Class Pack to Shred415, and $25 gift certificate to Alixandria Collections
  • Six Bottles of Wine from Hinsdale Wine Shop (two lots) plus $100 Gift Card to Lawry’s Chicago
  • School of Rock : Summer Camp for 1 Child. Up to $400 Value!
  • Lunch and Learn for Five at Nourished Home & Table
  • Vet for a Day from Village Veterinary Practice in Clarendon Hills
  • Photography sitting for two and one 8X10 fine art print from Classic Kids
  • Furry Friend: Photography sitting for your furry friend and one additional subject plus 8 x 10 fine art print from Classic Kids

Trivia Night FAQs

Tickets are still available for HMS’s ONLY FUNdraiser of the year on Friday, February 24 from 7 – 10 p.m.

Trivia Night Online Ticket Sales have ended. If you are still interested in attending, or want to add an extra person to your existing team, please email Janet and Carol at and we will see if we can make it happen! ………We are still accepting donations for our fundraiser. Your gift would be greatly appreciated.

How do I buy tickets?
Tables seat up to six people.  You may sign up as a team or purchase individual tickets. Do you have more than six people in your group? You can purchase two tables and we will seat your teams next to each other.

What is the schedule for the evening?
6:30 p.m. –  Table decoration (optional)
7:00 p.m. –  Food and entertainment (HMS Jazz Ensemble), raffles and silent auctions
7:45 p.m. – Trivia game begins

Will food be served?
Yes! Each ticket includes light fare dinner and beverages.  No alcohol will be served or permitted at the event.

What is a Trivia Night?
One of the hottest trends in gaming right now is Trivia Nights. Our event will be hosted by professional trivia company Pub Trivia.  This is a rollicking good time similar to events hosted in venues throughout Chicagoland but appropriate for both middle schoolers and adults.

Does my team need a name and theme?
Yes, your team will need a name. Themes and table decorations are highly encouraged. Suggested themes are:
Sports Teams, College Alma Maters, Fictional Characters, Mardi Gras, Movies, Music, etc.

If I’m not able to attend, can I donate instead?
Yes, please do! This is HMS’s only fundraiser of the year.

Click here for more Q & A.  Or, contact Janet or Carol at

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Operation Snowflake Cancelled

Hello HMS parents,

Unfortunately due to low participation from the involved middle schools, Operation Snowflake has been cancelled for Friday, February 24th and will not be rescheduled for this school year. If you have submitted a registration form and payment, they will be sent home with your child this week.

Thank you for your support and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Lynch or Stacie Popowski at HMS.

Parent Resource Quick Links

     HMS Survival Guide

     Parent Portal


     Common Characteristics of 10, 11 and 12 Year Olds (2016-17)

     Teens and Social Media

     NAMI – Anxiety Presentation for Parents

Speaker Series

     D181 Foundation Speakers

     D86 Speaker Series

School Supply Lists

     6th Grade Supply List

     7th Grade Supply List

     8th Grade Supply List

Summer Reading Lists

Click on the links below for summer reading lists for students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.  Please note that there is a parent letter for Grade 7 but not for Grade 6 and 8.

6th Grade Summer Reading – 2017

6th Grade Summer Reading NON-FICTION Note-taking Guide

6th Grade Summer Reading Fiction Note-taking Guide

7th Grade Summer Reading – 2017

7th Grade Summer Reading Parent Letter

7th Grade Summer Reading NON-FICTION Response_Assignment

7th Grade Summer Reading FICTION Response_Assignment

8th Grade Summer Reading – 2017

8th Grade Summer Reading NON-FICTION Note-taking Guide

8th Grade Summer Reading Fiction Note-taking Guide


Summer Math Packets

Once again, students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade will be required to complete a summer math review packet that they will turn in for a grade during the first week of school. Below you will find an informational letter from Math Department Lead, Mr. Eggert and the packets for each math level.

2017 HMS Summer Math Packet Letter







Operation Snowflake: Friends, Facts, Food & Fun

Operation Snowflake will be take place Friday, February 24 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Hinsdale Central High School.

Operation Snowflake is an annual event hosted by Hinsdale Central High School students to share conversations and knowledge involving: communication skills, positive mental attitude, peer pressure, self-esteem, improving relationships, and the reality of high school. Your child will get to meet and make new friends from surrounding middle schools, while working in small and large groups to promote social and emotional development. It will be teens working with teens!

Registration forms are available in the HMS Student Services Office.  You can also access the form by clicking here.  Forms are due to the HMS Student Services office by Friday, February 17th.

This event is sure to provide your child with FRIENDS, FACTS, FOOD and FUN!

If you have questions, please contact Mary Lynch or Stacie Popowski.


WWII Day – Volunteers Needed

WWII Day Volunteers Needed – 8th Grade Parents

World War II Day at HMS will take place on Friday, March 10, 2017.

The PTO needs 8th grade parent volunteers to chaperone the veterans, staff the check-in table, act as parking lot attendants, provide and/or maintain food and beverages, and provide general assistance as floaters.

Volunteers should plan on being at HMS from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stay after lunch to hear a moving account by a Holocaust survivor. World War II Day is one of the highlights of the 8th grade year and we are sure you will enjoy being a part of this inspiring event. Please click here to volunteer.