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  • Hinsdale Central Named 2021 National Blue Ribbon School

     
    District 86 is excited to announce that Hinsdale Central is among the 325 schools from across the country that have been named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education awards this recognition on an annual basis to affirm the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. 
     
    “Hinsdale Central is honored to be one of 18 schools from Illinois, including Prospect Elementary School in District 181 and Butler Junior High School in District 53, to earn the distinction of being called a National Blue Ribbon School,” said Principal Bill Walsh. “This award is a testament to the tireless efforts of our exemplary faculty and staff, the unwavering support of our families and community, and, most importantly, the passionate commitment to learning that our students exhibit on a daily basis.”
     
    The Education Department recognizes schools in one of two performance categories that are based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates. Hinsdale Central was named an Exemplary High Performing School, which denotes that it is among the highest performing schools in Illinois as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. 
     
    “On behalf of District 86, I want to congratulate Hinsdale Central on this incredible achievement,” said Superintendent Tammy Prentiss. “While the award itself is impressive, what truly makes this moment special is that every member of the school community contributed to this accomplishment. We look forward to celebrating this well-deserved honor and the important work that Hinsdale Central is doing to guide our students down the path toward their ideal future.”
     
    All of the 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be recognized during a ceremony in early November. In the meantime, Walsh used a familiar phrase to help sum up his feelings about the award. 
     
    “We often celebrate our successes at Central by saying ‘It’s a great day to be alive and a Red Devil.’ This recognition epitomizes the spirit of that phrase and the immense pride we have in our school.”
     
    Blue Ribbon
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  • Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program

     
    Congratulations to the following students who were named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program:
     
    Emmelia Anderson
    Kelly Baird
    Gabrielle Becka
    Rama Bhagwat
    Louisa Brorson
    Nadia Burt
    Liam Carden
    Matthew Cihlar
    Alexandra Collins
    Kelsey Condon
    Eden Drescher
    Rana Dubauskas
    Vincent Galassi
    Elizabeth Grieve
    William Halpin
    Mia Hanlon
    Tucker Hawthorne
    Noah Hernandez
    Spencer Hogervorst
    Vincent Jia
    Sophie Kempenaar
    Brett Klovanich
    Neha Kumar
    Christine Leung
    Jacqueline Lopez
    Mateo Lopez
    Megan Lu
    Paton Mehrhoff
    Shriya Mehta
    Lucas Montesantos
    Sarah Nicholson
    Matthew Notaro
    Daniel Ortiz
    Priyanka Patel
    Parker Peterson
    Maximilian Pohlenz
    Anass Qneibi
    Zahrah Qureshi
    Abhinav Reddy
    Serene Safvi
    Mia Sekiguchi
    Mara Severts
    Rohan Shah
    Raghav Sharma
    Sairaj Shetye
    Dylan Tang
    Kyle Tausk
    Aidan Walsh
    Veronica Walsh
    Mingxiao Wang
    William Zander
    Leeland Zhang
    Carolyn Zhu
     
    About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
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  • Panorama Student Survey Opt-Out

     
    District 86 is working with Panorama Education to administer feedback surveys to our students, faculty, staff and families. These surveys will provide us with valuable insights and information that will enable us to build upon our strengths. They will also help us better understand our opportunities for improvement and develop strategies and solutions for addressing them. These efforts are being undertaken in conjunction with the mission, vision, values and goals of our strategic plan, which include strengthening connections with our stakeholders and giving them a voice in the work we are doing to guide our students down the path toward their ideal future. 
     
    On Oct. 1, we will be administering a school-level survey to all of our students during second period. This survey, which features 48 questions that will take approximately 16 minutes to complete, will cover several topics regarding how our students think about their school, including:
     
    Readiness for learning (e.g., ability to focus in class, concern about getting COVID-19, confidence in your ability to learn in person, etc.)
     
    School belonging (e.g., how connected they feel to the adults at school, how well people understand them, etc.)
     
    School climate (e.g., energy in the school, physical space, student behavior, etc.)
     
    School engagement (e.g., how excited they are to go to your classes, how eager they are to participate, etc.)
     
    School mindset (e.g., ability for them to change being talented, putting forth a lot of effort, etc.)
     
    School teacher-student relationships (e.g., respect, concern for their feelings, etc.)
     
    Participation in this process is completely confidential. Panorama will not share your child’s individual responses with their school or the district.  
     
    While we are excited about offering this opportunity to our students, and are looking forward to getting their feedback on these important topics, we respect that some families may not want their child to take part in this activity. If that is the case, you can opt them out by contacting the assistant principal for operations (APO) at their school by noon on Sept. 30. The APO for Hinsdale Central is Ryan Maita (rmaita@hinsdale86.org). Mr. Maita will let your child’s teacher know that they will not be taking the survey. 
     
    Please note that we will be keeping the survey open until Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. for any students who want to take it, but are absent from school or miss their second period class on Oct. 1.  
     
    Thank you very much for your time and attention to this message, and for your continued support of our schools and the children we serve.
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  • Late Start Schedule

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  • Hinsdale Central's Food Service Program

     
    During its meeting on Sept. 16, the District 86 Board of Education received a presentation about the options for operating the district's food service program during the 2021-22 school year. The impetus for this presentation, which you can access by visiting https://bit.ly/3AjBlwb, was the recent announcement by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) that the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program will be available to all school districts for the entire year. SSO is a national program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that offers healthy meals to students free of charge.
     
    Later on in the meeting, the board approved the option that calls for the continuation of the district’s traditional food service program, while also offering all students expanded access to free meals from Sept. 20 to Nov. 30. At the end of that time period, the board will discuss whether to continue with this option or pursue a different one. 
     
    This change means that any student from Hinsdale Central can receive a Devilish deal meal free of charge. Students who select these meals will still need to present their ID at checkout. However, there will be no charges assessed or money deducted from their PushCoin account. 
     
    Please note that this change will not impact or affect any other aspect of our current food service offerings or operations. This includes continuing to charge for any a la carte items that students wish to purchase. It also will not limit the access that students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program have to the Devilish deal.
     
    Please contact Julie Van Ness (630-570-8214) at Hinsdale Central if you have questions or need more information about this change or our food service program in general.
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  • National 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month

     
    The contributions of Hispanics in the United States are many. In an effort to recognize and celebrate those who have shaped this nation, President Lyndon B. Johnson instituted National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. This week-long observance was expanded into a month-long celebration in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th by celebrating the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the United States as well as those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Sept. 15th is a significant date because it is the anniversary of independence for multiple Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile. This year's theme is "Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope". To learn more about how you can get involved, see Ms. Holland in room 147, our Hispanic Student Association sponsor. In the spirit of Esperanza, let us reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope. 
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  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

     
    Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place during the afternoon and evening of Thursday, October 7th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Conferences during the afternoon time slot from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM will be held in person in teacher classrooms. Conferences during the evening time slot from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM will be conducted by phone. We are hopeful that providing both in-person and phone conferences will allow families the opportunity to participate in a way they are most comfortable. Each conference will be seven minutes in length and while the format has changed, the goal of increasing opportunities for communication between parents and teachers remains the same.
     
    Registration; September 19th through September 27th
    Login to https://ptc.odynsolutions.com/centralptc with your user name and password provided previously in email to request conferences. Please remember that you are NOT scheduling conferences, only making the requests. If you do not make a request, you will not be scheduled for any conferences.
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  • Homecoming Information

     
    We are excited to be hosting the 2021 Homecoming “Dancing through the Decades” this year on Saturday, Oct. 2nd. Here are all the details your student will need:
     
    • Homecoming Dance - The Homecoming Dance will take place on Dickinson Field - Outdoors from 7-10 pm on Saturday, October 2nd, doors will open at 7PM.  Students must arrive to the dance prior to 8:00 pm for admittance. All attendees must enter through the main track entrance (East gate) only. Students must show their student ID upon entering.
     
    • Attire: Appropriate attire, or semi-formal dress, is required as well as shoes at all times. Tickets will be sold for $20 individually on pushcoin Sept. 24th - Sept. 30th.
     
    • Ticket Information: Individual tickets will be sold on pushcoin for $20 beginning Sept. 24th - Sept. 30th.  Tickets will be sold the day of the dance and billed via puschcoin after checking into the dance. No physical tickets will be issued to students. Please use this link to purchase tickets beginning Sept. 24th: https://store.hinsdale86.org/#!/products/CMQ4ELSDOE 
     
    • Guest Information: Guests from outside schools will be allowed with proper forms and approval through the Dean's office by Thursday, Sept. 30th. Once guest forms are approved, guest tickets will be billed directly to the Hinsdale Central student’s pushcoin account with whom the guest is attending.
       
     
    In the event of inclement weather, socially distanced activities will be available indoors from 7-10 pm rather than a dance.  
     
    For more Homecoming week information about Powder Puff, Pep Rallies, Parade and more, please check here regularly.
     
    Some parents have asked to see survey results regarding Homecoming Activities that the Junior and Senior classes were asked to take. To see results, please click here.   
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  • National Merit Semifinalists Announced

     
    Hinsdale Central is pleased to announce that the following 21 students have been named 2022 National Merit Semifinalists:
     
    Arnima Agrawal
    Jackson Brown
    Morgan Carlson
    Amy Dong
    Henry Flaming
    Aishvarya Godla
    Killian Hughes
    Jui Khankari
    Maximilian Lai
    Nathaniel Lee
    Sophia Lee
    Nadir Muzaffar
    Emaan Pirzada
    Rishabh Ranganathan
    Shivani Rao
    Shiven Shah
    Dmitriy Shvydkoy
    Isabella Terry 
    Rohan Tolani
    Emily Wang
    Grant Zhang
     
    These academically talented seniors were identified from over 1.5 million junior students that took the qualifying exam last fall and will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships that will be announced in the spring. Additional information about the National Merit Scholarship Program can be found at NMSQT.
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  • MAP Testing Information

     
    The MAP testing window is now open for all freshmen and sophomores who will be taking NWEA-MAP assessments in reading and algebra. These yearly assessments provide our teachers and administrators with valuable information about learning readiness and content mastery in these core academic areas. Unfortunately, we had to postpone the testing last fall because we began the school year in a remote instructional model. However, our return to in-person instruction on a full-time basis this year has enabled us to resume this practice.
     
    We know that the pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on our students academically, physically and emotionally. That is why we want to remind you that the MAP test is just one data point we will use to make academic decisions about curriculum, both in terms of intervention and enrichment. The results we receive will be reviewed by our core course teams in order to provide a more personalized instructional experience for each student. They will also be reviewed by our Curriculum Leadership Team so that we can identify and address larger areas of academic need.
     
    Our schools will send out a communication when MAP scores are available in the Home Access Center (HAC). In order to view your student’s scores, you will need to log into HAC, click on “Grades” at the top of the screen, toggle the “Test Score” tab and scroll down to MAP scores. The RIT and percentage for each of the MAP tests your child completed will be listed in this area.
     
    In order to ensure the continuity of instruction, we have provided our course teams with the option and ability to administer the MAP assessments in a time and manner that will minimize disruption to their current lessons or units of study. As a result, students will be taking the tests at different times throughout the testing window. These times will be based, in part, on a child's grade level and the specific English, social studies, algebra or geometry course in which they are enrolled.
     
    We look forward to sharing the macro-results of the MAP assessments, as well as any recommendations for intervention or enrichment programming, during our annual academic reports to the board of education this fall.
     
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Chris Covino
    Assistant Superintendent for Academics
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