Hinsdale Central Second Semester Information
Students: Lunches are tied in with your 9th period class.
Need Lunch or Zoom Accommodations?

There is a process for students who would like to apply for accommodations concerning zoom expectations and lunch accommodations through the Dean’s Office.

Please head to the Dean’s page to fill out a request form.
Home Access Center Information
Accessing Grades and Coursework
Report Card Grades and Coursework will be viewable at 4:00 PM on Friday, January 8, 2021.

2nd Semester Schedule
Student cohort designations and lunch information have been added to the Home Access Center (HAC). Please visit https://bit.ly/3b9abhZ for step-by-step directions about how to find them in the system. If you need help accessing HAC, please email helpdesk@hinsdale86.org. If you have questions about your student’s cohort designation, please contact their counselor.
Student Information for Parking on Cohort Days

Seniors that are in possession of a 1st/2nd semester parking permit will have access to parking in the student parking lot on their assigned days. For more information regarding senior parking, obtaining your parking permit, access to off-campus parking and more, go HERE.
Course Selection for CURRENT Students:

We will begin selecting courses for the 21-22 school year in the coming weeks. Students will receive the following information via email:
1. List of all the courses they have been recommended for
2. Video instructions provided for students to log into their HAC account and select the courses they want to take prior to meeting with their counselor
3. Notification of a scheduled time/date to meet with their counselor to finalize the courses they have chosen

This will occur:
January 15- 21 for current Freshmen
February 1- February 4 for current Sophomores
January 22- 28 for current Juniors

It is important that students come to their appointment with the courses they are interested in AND at least 2 alternative electives. We do our best to get students into their first choice courses, but this is not always possible. Students who miss their scheduled time are responsible for contacting their counselor by February 4 or courses will be selected for them. Please reach out to your counselor with any changes. 
Admission Testing and the Surging Test-Optional Movement Presentation- January 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM

In response to the pandemic, colleges have radically adjusted their admission testing policies. Over 95% of selective colleges do not currently require test scores. But it’s not that simple. Please join the experts at Compass Education Group for a pragmatic discussion about admission testing in 2021. In addition to analyzing the range of implications, motives, and trends related to the complex test-optional movement, Compass will review best practices for exam selection (SAT or ACT), preparation, and the timing of official administrations.
You can register for this presentation at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zUQ76sAHSNSonLre9XVNOg
Upcoming events sponsored by Hinsdale Library are open to all families in D86:

VIRTUAL: Spotlight on College--Tips for Admission Success
Wednesday, January 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The college admissions process is involved and multifaceted, only further complicated by COVID-19. This program will tackle the most up-to-date tips for standardized tests, school fit, how to improve admission odds, and strategies to reduce costs in this webinar. Spotlight College Advising will present the latest information about the evolving process of college admissions in this webinar for 9th-11th grade students and their families. Click here to register and we will send you a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

VIRTUAL: Why Gap Years Matter More Than Ever
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Are you wondering about the benefits of a Gap Year and realistic options amidst COVID and the disruption of higher ed? Join Katherine Stievater, Founder of Gap Year Solutions, for a presentation and Q&A about the benefits of a Gap Year and what Gap Years look like when international travel is not a realistic option. Katherine Stievater founded Gap Year Solutions to help students successfully transition to college with a customized plan that builds life skills through “Real World Learning.” Based in the Boston, MA area, she is Accredited by the national Gap Year Association, and is a Professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Click here to register and we will send you a Zoom invitation the morning of the program  
COVID -19 Exposure Procedures and Guidance for Parents

The health and well-being of our community remains a top priority. Our District is committed to being as prepared as possible and thus provides the following updates on our health procedures. Access the Health Service COVID-19 web site for more information on the IDPH COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance that is in effect for any student who is:
Technology Help Desk

Students having difficulty with technology, should contact the Hinsdale Central Tech Help Desk at helpdesk@hinsdale86.org or call 630-655-6180. The IT staff can help students reset passwords or repair Chromebooks as well as many other tech issues.