How do you want to help?
There are many ways to involve yourself at Hinsdale Central and the PTO is a great way to start. Whether it's helping with an event like Homecoming Coat Check or dropping off a pumpkin pie for teacher appreciation or helping families in need or serving on the executive board, we have something for everyone. Read through the committee descriptions to see where you want to get involved.
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This is an informational and social coffee held in the spring for incoming freshman parents. The entire HCHS leadership team will speak and you can find out everything about academics, sports, activities, and much more at HCHS.
Also you can find out everything about your PTO involvement.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Book Swap is a volunteer run community service, where you can sell the books your student used last year to students who will need them this year.
Only books that will be reused are listed.
Please watch the 3-minute video to see how the Book Swap is done.
Book Swap is updated in June
This committee provides volunteers to help at coat check for Homecoming and Turnabout Dances.
Each event offers two shifts (2-3 hours each); before and after for parents to volunteer.
A Sign-up Genius will be accessible several weeks before each event to confirm your slot.
Homecoming Dance: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Turnabout Dance: Saturday, February 3, 2018
This committee coordinates and staffs a half- day workshop for juniors and seniors. This workshop teaches students effective skills to utilize when interviewing for college.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
The Community Speaker Series Liaison works with members of the community from D181 schools, D86 Administration and the D181 Foundation to coordinate 3-4 events per year.
Quarterly meetings are held to discuss upcoming events, field requests for topics, and manage survey results. Committee members are expected to assist at a minimum of 2 events per year.
The events are held at The Community House in Hinsdale and offer both an evening session and a morning session to allow for the largest audience. Speakers are invited to discuss topics pertinent for high school parents, often with an open forum for discussion afterwards. Past topics have included drug and alcohol use, peer pressure, bullying and social and emotional learning.
Devil’s Diner provides treats and small giveaways to students, several times during the year including holidays and before finals. In the past we have offered Hot Chocolate, Cookies or other small snacks.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the distribution of items or snacks, usually in or around the cafeteria.
A Sign-Up Genius will be available several weeks prior to the event and parents will be notified via the weekly eBlast that they can sign up to help.
One of the best features of being a PTO member is access to the Online Student Directory via DirectorySpot.net. Managing the data of all the students and families is an important feature of this role as well as communicating with school and district administrators for the most up to date information.
If you are interesting in assisting with the online directory, please contact the Chairperson listed below.
Families Helping Families provides support to families in need in the Hinsdale Central Community. From providing winter clothing to helping fund a meal to providing formalwear for prom, Families Helping Families is here to help.
Throughout the year, the FHF Committee organizes various clothing and other drives. Donations are always welcome.
The Freshman Parent Party is an event held sometime in early September for all HCHS freshmen parents. It provides parents with the opportunity to meet other freshmen parents while enjoying refreshments and learning a little more about the high school.
Committee members plan the event, including managing ticket sales, securing food and beverages, and decorating the venue. (The event is typically held at The Community House.)
Early September 2018
This committee plans and coordinates a Faculty and Staff appreciation breakfast held in December. This is an elegant and festive catered breakfast, with homemade baked goods, prepared by the parents and the PTO Board. Teachers always look forward to this breakfast and appreciate the hard work by a creative team effort. New committee members are always welcome.
Sign up to assist in preparation, working at the event or clean up.
Set-up: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Breakfast: Thursday, December 7, 2017
With the upturn of stress and anxiety in many high school students due to the demanding pressures of grades and social relationships, this committee, in conjunction with the HCHS Social Work Department, supports mental health initiatives for students whose families cannot afford such services. The primary goal of this group is developing funding initiatives to underwrite as many students as the Social Work Department feels would benefit from said services including individual, family or group therapy.
Fundraiser takes place throughout May
This committee spreads awareness within the Hinsdale Central and district 181 parent communities about The Parent List. The Parent List is a PTO supported platform where parents may read and anonymously write positive reviews regarding local support services that have been successful in handling childhood developmental, emotional, learning and health issues.
Topics reviewed by parents on The Parent List can include dyslexia, autism spectrum, ADD/ADHD, stress, eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, cancer, grief and more.
The committee will meet twice a year but members also may work independently to communicate the existence of the Parent List resource to other parents in our community. Read more…
The PTO Speakers Committee (Formerly Conversations) organizes speakers for the PTO meetings. Meetings are held every other month in the Community Room at Hinsdale Central High School.
- September 20th: Introduction to HCHS: A conversation with Principal Bill Walsh and his Team
- October 18th: Facilities and other D86 Issues (Dr. Bruce Law, Superintendent)
- January 17th: Jessica Hurt, Assistant Principal for Curriculum will discuss academic considerations for student’s upcoming registration
- April 18th
The Hinsdale Central PTO Red Devil Scholarship Committee annually awards several $1000-$1500 scholarships to help Hinsdale Central graduates meet expenses associated with their first year of college.
Committee members help to collect scholarship applications and select recipients. Scholarship applications are typically due before spring break and selected by the end of the school year.
Once a month events let our teachers and staff know how much we appreciate them. These on-going programs are designed to recognize the teachers and staff for their efforts and support of the students.
Some events include: “Apple Day”, “Pumpkin Pie Pickup” for Thanksgiving, candy for Valentine’s Day and” Desserts and Coffee” for Teacher Appreciation Week.