Weekly eBlast

  • Social Work Newsletter for March

    Each month, the Social Work Department has been releasing a Digital Digest for all students and parents to read. We will continue to highlight different tips and strategies to help each of you during this pandemic. You can access our March Digital Digest here. You can also access the Social Work website here and past newsletters.  
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  • 5Essentials Survey

    We need your help! We are almost at our goal of 20%! This is a reminder to participate in the parent survey supplement, part of the Illinois 5Essentials Survey administration. We guarantee those survey responses will never be connected to the identity of you or your child. School reports will only present aggregated information of how parents and students responded as a whole.
    A parent survey report will be generated if at least 20 percent of parents respond to the survey. While the parent data will not be made public, the parent report will be made available to Principal William Walsh and Superintendent Tammy Prentiss and will enable them to make considerations based on the responses given by Hinsdale Central parents. Your participation in the parent survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement.
    These research-based reports will be sent to schools and districts in March and will also be included in the State School Report Card, released statewide in the fall.
    Please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ to take the parent survey.
    If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Customer Support at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.
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  • Parking on Campus

    Hybrid Schedule (in-person learning) - Seniors that are in possession of a 1st/2nd semester parking permit will have access to parking in the student lot on their assigned cohort days. If your student's name is highlighted in red that indicates they still need to pick up their parking permit. Students that need to pick up parking permits can stop by the Dean's Office. Permits must be displayed on the windshield in the lower-left corner (driver's side).
    If your student's name is on the list in the link below you do not have to activate your parking permit and your student's Push Coin account will be charged $37.50.
    If your student's name is on the list in the link below you will need to have your student activate their parking permit. Your student's Push Coin account will be charged $37.50.
    Access to Parking Off-Campus – Students that do not have a parking permit
    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 – 2:30 PM.
    Students that do not possess a parking permit and park on campus may be issued a ticket. Students that are on campus for practices or club activities before school hours should access parking on the street. Parking in the student lot is open to all students once school is dismissed for the day.
    • 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
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  • Student ID’s, One Way Hallways/Stairwells, Lockers 

    Please help us by reminding your students of our safety protocols:
    • If your students are taking a school bus, they must present their school ID.
    • School doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for students, please plan appropriately as students will not be permitted on campus until 7:30 a.m.
    • A school-appropriate face mask, covering their mouth and nose, is required at all times while indoors or when they are within 6’ of another person while on campus.
    • School ID and D86 lanyards will be required to be worn around their neck and visibly hang down their torso.
    • Remain socially distant at all times, inside or outside. Socially distant is a minimum of 6’ from another person.
    • Students must report to their 1st Period classroom. Please do NOT go to a classroom unless it is your 1st Period classroom.
    • School lockers and locker room lockers will NOT be available this school year, please appropriately plan how they will carry personal belongings during the school day.
    • Our hallways and stairwells are one-way hallways and stairwells, particularly during passing periods.
    • Students are expected to sit at a desk/chair while on campus that will be 6’ from another person at all times.
    • Food is not permitted in indoor classrooms, eat a healthy breakfast and/or plan to eat a snack while outside and at a minimum of 6’ from another.
    • Bring a filled water bottle to school, as many of the water stations are under maintenance and the bubblers are all turned off.
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  • Lunch Accommodation Requests

    Requests for accommodations must be made by a parent/guardian. In order to process this request, you will need to know your student's lunch assignment. Due to space constraints and scheduling, we will not be able to honor requests to move lunch assignments. Approved accommodation requests will automatically be approved until the end of the school year. You will receive an email confirmation when your request is approved. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent if you are requesting that your student leave campus prior to dismissal.
    Parent/Guardian will need to fill out the form below:
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  • Attendance Procedures – Excused and Unexcused Absences

    24 Hour Attendance Line
    (630) 570-8090
    Use this number to report all absences, including late arrival and early dismissal. Failure to call within 24 hours of the absence will result in an unexcused absence. If you have any questions regarding your student’s attendance, please contact your student's Dean.
    Click on the Dean of Students link if you need assistance.
    Click on the Attendance Policies and Procedures link to review excused and unexcused absences.
    Hybrid (in-person learning) – “Remote for the Day” will be coded as an unexcused parent call (UPC).
    Students who are hybrid starting on March 8 will be switched to the remote model for the rest of the school year following three unexcused absences (UNX, UPC, TRU). Students in the hybrid model (in-person) will no longer be able to call in “remote” for a day. If students are unable to come to school, the absence will either be marked as excused or unexcused. Not only will this help limit disruptions to instruction for our students and teachers, but it may also provide space that can be used to increase the amount of time we are able to bring some of our hybrid students on campus (i.e., from two days to four days).
    Calls requesting students to be “remote” due to COVID cases rising in our community, will be coded as an unexcused parent call (UPC).
    Parents/Guardians have the option to request their student(s) switch to remote at any point for the duration of the semester.
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  • Scholarship Opportunities for HC Seniors: 

    Hansen Family Music Excellence Award- Due Date: March 9 - Interested applicants will be selected based on leadership, as shown in Hinsdale Central performance area groups along with a commitment to pursuing excellence in their own personal musical abilities. 
    Hinsdale Masonic Lodge - Due Date: March 12 - The main objective of this award is to choose a graduating senior who exemplifies the principles to which Masons aspire: concern for their fellow man, belief in a supreme being, leadership, and brotherly love.
    2021 Red Devil Spirit Scholarship - Due Date: March 15 - Candidates will be chosen based on financial need, involvement in activities, clubs, and athletics at Central, and a typed 500 word personal statement describing what you love about being a Red Devil and what Red Devil characteristics you will bring to your college experience.
    Rodney Stuart Kroehler Award - Due Date: March 15 - Display academic excellence, leadership, and exceptional versatility through participation in extracurricular activities and athletics at this school as well as activities in the greater community. Transcripts of high school records with a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 required for consideration. 
    Gunnar Hotchkin Memorial Scholarship - Due Date: March 19 - Financial need, determination to improve and achieve personal goals, display actions that reach out in friendship to others who may have disabilities or differences, and show a positive attitude and fun-loving spirit. 
    Hinsdale Bank & Trust Scholarship - Due Date: March 19 - Interested applicants will be selected on the basis of positive leadership and character as exhibited by academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and involvement in the community. Applicants must have maintained a "B" average or better for seven semesters of high school and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two or four-year college, university or trade/vocational school. 
    Hinsdale Rotary Scholarships- Due Date: March 26 - 
    Education to Careers Scholarship:  For a student who is preparing for a vocational or technical career that requires less than a baccalaureate degree in order to enter that field.
    Fine & Performing Arts Scholarship: Students must be enrolled at a baccalaureate granting institution and have the fine arts, or performing arts area as a field of sincere interest and study. The eligible student should have a B average or a 4.0 or better. 
    Leadership/Service Scholarship: This scholarship is designed to recognize the student who has been actively involved and service-minded during his/her high school career but not necessarily in the leadership limelight.
    Hooten Family Scholarship - Due Date: March 26 -  The Hooten Family Scholarship is offering five $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating D86 seniors who plan to attend College of DuPage. This scholarship is meant to encourage young students to embrace the opportunity to maximize their education at COD for the pursuit of their dreams.
    Links to applications and additional scholarship opportunities can be found at https://student.naviance.com/colleges/scholarships/national-and-local. Paper copies of the applications are also available outside of the Counseling Office. 
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  • Presented by The Community Speaker Series, D181 and D86

    Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to Raise an Adult

    Join New York Times bestselling author, Julie Lythcott-Haims and learn how to break free of the overparenting trap and prepare your kids for success. Drawing on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean, Julie highlights the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large.
    While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Julie offers practical strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.
    Date:             Wednesday, March 10, 2021
    Time:             7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
    Format:          Zoom Webinar
    Register:         Click here or visit www.d181foundation.org
    The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required as each viewer receives a unique link. This event will be recorded and will be available ONLY to those who register for the event. If you are unable to attend the live-stream but will want to view the recording, please register.
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  • 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:
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