Q1 Make A Difference Award Nominations

At Hinsdale Central, many staff members offer special help and reach out in kindness to those around them. They teach classes, advise clubs and coach teams that excite the students. If you know a teacher, coach, counselor or other staff member who makes a difference, especially during these trying times, please nominate them for an award by completing the form found here http://www.hcpto.org/make-a-difference/

Anyone can make a nomination. The PTO presents 6 Make A Difference Awards per quarter. The awards include our thanks with a personalized certificate and a $50 restaurant gift card. Nominations received by Friday, Oct. 16th will be considered for the first quarter Make A Difference Awards.

Completed forms can also be emailed Cristen Orput or Patty Pappas at makeadifference@hcpto.org
Mask Requirements in School

An Important Message on Masks
 
The CDC recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. Masks are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.
 
How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask
·        When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Please click HERE to show you how to select, wear and clean your mask.
·        Wear your mask correctly by clicking HERE to follow the CDC guidelines.
 
How to Take Off Your Mask Carefully,
When You’re Home
·        Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
·        Handle only by the ear loops or ties
·        Fold outside corners together
·        Place mask in the washing machine.
·        Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

Please note: Neck gaiters and masks with vents are not allowed at Hinsdale Central.
 
The first set of 3 pictures below show the approved masks to wear at school
Next set of pictures show what masks are not allowed to wear at school
masks approved
not allowed masks
District 86 & Parent Teacher Network Presents: Tips On How Parents Can Motivate Students In A Remote And Hybrid Environment During COVID 19

Speaker: Colleen PIpia, LCPC, Dan McInerney MSW, and Dr. Maha Zayed

● Wednesday, October 21st, 7 - 8pm Presentation / 8 - 8:30 pm Question and answers This presentation will discuss the motivational challenges that exist with new approaches to learning during COVID-19. The presenters will address the importance of recognizing existing expectations around learning and will provide strategies to increase motivation and identify ways to create an environment that will maximize students’ commitment and ability to learn.

Picture Retake Day and Student Portraits are Ready!

School Photo update:
Hinsdale Central's portraits are ready to view and order!
Just follow these easy steps to look up your photos:
1. Go to vipis.com
2. Type in your school
3. Click on “School portraits”
4. Enter your student’s information

You may now have the option to pick your yearbook/composite photo. Be sure to do so before it is automatically selected for you.

Please contact VIP with any questions at support@vipis.com
 
**If you did NOT have your school portrait taken in September, there is still time! The make-up photo date is Wed. Oct. 21 from 12-3 in room 216. No appointment necessary. Please enter through the main entrance off of Grant Street wearing a mask and your School ID/lanyard**
Booster Membership Drive

Hinsdale Central Boosters is a registered 501(c)3 charitable parent run organization. We provide financial support to numerous clubs, athletic teams and art programs at Hinsdale Central through our annual grants. Over the last five years our donations have totaled almost $220,000. 
 
Typically a Booster membership would entitle you to free admission to all regularly scheduled home athletic events. Depending on the level selected, your membership will come with some cool HCHS swag like blankets, umbrellas or stadium chairs. This year, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has mandated an adjusted sports schedule and no spectators will be allowed at sporting events. While we are all disappointed, we hope that you will still consider supporting Boosters through your Membership and/or donations so we may continue to support the Arts, Activities and Athletics at HCHS.
 
You can donate or become a member through our website www.theboosters.com or via your HCHS PushCoin account. We wish you and your student the best for a safe and successful school year!
  
The HCHS Booster Board store.hinsdale86.org/
 
·      Activity & Arts Recipients – Post Prom, Habitat for Humanity, Science Olympiad, Band, Drama Club, Robotics Club, Forensics, Business Professionals of America, Pommers, Red Devil Mascot Costume, 5 Star Student Activity App, United Club, International Club, Ecology Club, Spanish Club & Freshman Orientation….just to name a few!
·      Athletic Recipients – Girls Lacrosse, Gymnastics, Football, Track, Cross Country, Wrestling, Swimming, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Golf, Water Polo, Baseball and a new sound system…just to name a few!
 
It’s ALWAYS a GREAT day to be a RED DEVIL!
Senior Tributes
Senior Yearbook Tribute
Student Parking Information

Student Parking Lot
Seniors who currently are in possession of a parking permit may park in the Student Lot on their assigned cohort days. Students that have been assigned a 2nd semester parking permit may pick up their parking permit at the Greeter’s Desk during the school day, 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Parking permits will be prorated for the semester. Students will be billed through Push Coin at the end of 1st semester

Access to Parking Off-Campus
Hinsdale Central has requested temporary relief from certain parking restrictions from the Village of Hinsdale in the area south of the High School. Parking in the areas listed below will be allowed from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
·        North side of 57th Street from Grant to Washington
·        East side of Grant from 57th to 59th
·        North side of 59th from Garfield to Madison
Hinsdale Central Bus Drop-Off, Parent/Guardian Pick-up and Entering School
 
Due to ongoing construction on the southside of campus, we are relocating the bus zone to the northside and eastside of campus. This relocation of the bus zone complicates what is already a complicated drop-off and pick-up process for parents who drive their children to school. Please note the changes to before school Drop-Off and after school Pick-Up of your children.
 
AM Drop-Off
Front Circle Drive (55th Street Circle Drive)Student drop off 
Gymnasium Circle Drive (Grant Street Circle Drive)Bus drop off only
*Students should not exit the vehicle on 55th Street or on Grant Street due to safety concerns.
 
PM Pick-up
Front Circle Drive (55th Street) & Gymnasium Circle (Grant Street)Bus loading zone 

The after school pick-up cannot take place on campus until after the buses depart campus. We need this time to stage the 19 buses on campus and load students into the buses safely. Parent/Guardians will need to pick up students 20 minutes after dismissal to allow buses to leave campus. An alternative option is to have parents/guardians pick-up their child off campus: for example at the Community House or Hansen Center. Students can walk to and be picked up at these locations.
 
Entering School
Students will not be allowed to enter the building until 7:30 AM. The exception to this time will be students taking an Early Bird Class. Please see your Dean of Students if this presents an issue for your family.

As we work to check students and staff for symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, students can only enter the building at the Main Entrance, Door #1, or the Pool Doors, Door #5.

Students and staff will have their temperatures screened as they enter the building with a High Throughput Thermal Screening system. After walking through the temperature scanners students must proceed directly to their first period class. Students will not be permitted to use their lockers this year due to social distancing guidelines. Students and staff will need to wear their school ID, lanyard and mask while on campus.
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:
  • EXPERIENCING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOM
  • TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
  • EXPOSED IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
  • EXPOSED TO SOMEONE SUSPECTED OF HAVING COVID-19
  • EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
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.