D181 Welcomes Applicants for HMS Construction Advisory Task Force

District 181 is gathering a small team of parents, residents, and local business leaders who have expertise in architecture, commercial construction, facilities, or finance to form a task force that will serve in an advisory capacity for the administration during HMS construction. Specifically, the task force may be asked to perform tasks like monitoring expenditures, reviewing change orders, and making recommendations related to the schedule. If you have such expertise and are willing to volunteer your time, or you know a resident who may be interested, we invite you to access the Community Task Force overview and application by clicking here.  Application materials are due by Friday, December 16.


Last Chance to Buy Beauty and the Beast Tickets

unnamed-3Bring your family and friends to see this year’s musical, Beauty and the Beast. It promises to be a great show put on by a cast and crew of 97 talented HMS students. Tickets will be sold during all lunch periods. Ticket prices are adults $9 and students $7. Please remember that due to differing advisory lengths, lunch times are Monday, Thursday & Friday from 11:10am-1:10pm and Tuesday & Wednesday from 11:20am-1:15pm.

Beauty and the Beast Showtimes are:
Thursday, Dec 1st at 7:00pm
Friday. Dec 2nd at 7:00pm
Saturday. Dec 3rd at 2:00pm
Saturday, Dec 3rd at 7:00pm

If you have questions about tickets or if you wish to order them by phone, you may leave a message for Mr. Tabisz at 630-861-4700, ext: 4730.

Fortnightly Registration for 8th Grade Boys and Girls

All area 8th grade boys and girls are invited to attend Fortnightly.  Sessions are filling up quickly so please turn in your RSVP cards and waivers soon to reserve your student’s spot. Invitations are available at all the middle school offices or online at www.hinsdalefortnightly.org   Please complete both the RSVP and the waiver.

Fortnightly is a traditional Hinsdale rite-of-passage and teaches general decorum and manners combined with the basics of dancing (waltz, salsa and swing) to eighth grade students from the Hinsdale Central High School feeder schools. It is organized by volunteers and staffed by professionals.

This is a wonderful opportunity that your children will remember and appreciate the rest of their lives. The program has accommodated over 250 Hinsdale area students every year, since 1958.

Questions? Please contact Cyndi Breslow or Kirsten Schmidt or send an email to info@hinsdalefortnightly.org.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

parent-teacher-conference_6Time slots are still available for parent teacher conferences.  You should have received an email on November 17th with instructions for signing up for individual conferences. Please use the links below to sign up.

Monday, November 21, 2016 (No student attendance)

2:00pm – 4:00pm – Teacher scheduled conferences (Parents will be contacted)

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Dinner (No conferences)

5:00pm – 8:00pm – Individual Conferences (Scheduled through Sign Up Genius)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (No student attendance)

8:00am – 11:00am – Individual Conferences (Scheduled through Sign Up Genius)

11:00am – 12:00pm – Lunch (No conferences)

12:00pm – 2:00pm – Teacher scheduled conferences (Parents will be contacted)

Teachers can be found in the following locations for Individual Conferences:

6th Grade & Encore Teachers – Commons

7th Grade, 8th Grade and PE Teacher – Gymnasium



Lost & Found

Tables with lost items will be set up in the commons during parent teacher conferences. Any items not collected will be donated.

D181 School Climate Survey

District 181 is looking for parent feedback on school climate through the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory.  This is a 20-minute anonymous survey being administered online to students in Grades 4-8 and made available online to all staff and parents between December 5-16, 2016. On December 5, you will receive an email with the CSCI survey link. (The survey can be completed once per family, per school.) You will be asked to respond to a series of multiple choice questions on Safety, Teaching and Learning, Interpersonal Relationships, and Institutional Environment. The student survey is on display in the school office. If you choose for your child(ren) not to participate in the CSCI, please inform the principal in writing no later than December 2. Click here for more information.

Thank You!

On behalf of the students, staff and administration of Hinsdale Middle School, as well as D181, we wanted to thank the community for recently passing the referendum to build a new Hinsdale Middle School. On Wednesday, we invited students and gave them the option to express their thanks on a banner which is currently on display on Garfield Avenue. In case you haven’t had a chance to drive by, we wanted to make sure you saw it and know how grateful we are!

Ruben Pena, Principal and Rocky May, Assistant Principal

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Upcoming Event for 8th Grade Parents

A Conversation About Your Student’s Four-Year Hinsdale Central High School Academic Plan at HMS

On Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. at HMS and Monday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at CHMS, all Hinsdale Central feeder school 8th grade parents are invited to attend an event with John Bruesch, HCHS Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, and Bill Walsh, HCHS 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 your student to compile a four-year high school academic plan and select freshman year classes in January 2017. Immediately following the presentation at HMS only, a Hinsdale Central parent panel will share their experiences with life at Central and suggestions for the transition.  For more details, click here. Please register here if you plan to attend. 

8th Graders Invited to Fortnightly

Fortnightly invitations were sent to all 8th grade students in early October (unless you, as the parent, opted out of receiving this invitation during the school registration process.)

Fortnightly was established in Hinsdale in the late 1950s and teaches the basics of social etiquette and ballroom dance.

The seven week program is held at The Community House in January and February. Classes are offered Thursdays or Fridays, at either 7:00 or 8:15 p.m.  Registration is going on now.

For more information, please contact Kirsten Schmidt or Cyndi Breslow .