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.
You can sign up for certain committees using the Volunteer Signup Form
For any committees not on the Volunteer Signup Form you can volunteer by contacting the committee chair
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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 7, 2020
This committee provides volunteers to help at coat check for the Homecoming Dance.
The 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 to confirm your slot.
Homecoming Dance: TBD
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.
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 informal 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 and advertise the event.
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.
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
To reward acts of kindness, and to be sure “going the extra mile” does not go unnoticed, the Hinsdale Central PTO sponsors Make a Difference awards. Kind acts by teachers, librarians, counselors, coaches, and staff are abundant in our school. So, in celebration of these generous individuals, we accept nominations quarterly of someone whose actions have been a positive force in your life, or that of a student at Hinsdale Central. Twenty-four awards (usually six per quarter) will be made during the school year.
The HCPTO hosts an evening with the Hinsdale Area Panhellenic Alumnae Association to provide information to our graduating senior women and parents. This event includes a panel of current sorority women as well as alumnae who will present and answer questions regarding the sorority recruitment process. All seniors who are considering sorority recruitment at their future colleges and universities will not want to miss this!
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 mission of the Parent Network is to work with the HCPTO and D86 to create, schedule and support four meetings a year to enrich, enhance and supplement knowledge parents are given in regard to their high school students as it relates to their IEP or 504 plans. While we are a Hinsdale Central committee, we support both Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high school families. Through presentations and knowledge sharing, we aim to help foster a cooperative and closer relationship between school and family.
Jane Mikita Gneiser
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.