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Oct 19 2011

Pancake Breakfast Raises Money for Scholarships

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Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed some pancakes at this year’s Pancake Breakfast fundraiser. The event raised over $5,200 for HHSTA’s scholarship fund for students considering college majors in education or a vocational field. Many thanks also to our “pancake queen” Annette DeAngelis, HHSTA Social Chair, who organizes the even for us. This year we had over 50 faculty and staff take part in the event.

Here are some highlights from the event shared by Annette:

  •  Jim Kupres bought 65 tickets and treated his entire Cross Country team!
  • Early birds: Marge McMahon, who has volunteered the early shift every year since I’ve known her, actually rearranged family plans to be here at 6am. Myles Laffey also does the early shift. When I walked in at 6:30am, Paul Woods was already fast at work flipping.
  • So many people volunteered with their children:  Renee Sandoval, Becky Wilcox, Aerial Diaz, Valerie Ruth. Thanks to Lilly Barcelona for taking several kids to the parade!
  • Chris Hicks ran to the Jewel before her shift because we were out of singles.
  • Abbey Green offered to stay the entire day.
  • Barry Smith and Liz Suchomel, Jim McGuire and Cindy Rodkin, made some wonderful and interesting decorative type of pancakes.
  • Gia M. jumped in and started a new process for organizing trays.
  • Barb Plantz had things set up for me when I walked in
  •  We couldn’t pull Beth Bannon away from the grill!  We kept trying to relieve her but she was having too much fun!

Thanks again to everyone in the Association and in the community for making this event such a success.

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Sep 19 2011

Pancakes, Anyone?

Published by admin under Central, Association News

HHSTA is again having its traditional Pancake Breakfast.  Serving Pancakes from 7:30am-11:30am in Hinsdale Central’s student Cafeteria, the breakfast is a wonderful way to come out and meet the teachers who work hard in the classrooms every day.  All proceeds from the breakfast go towards the HHSTA Scholarship given to a senior pursuing a career in education.

Tickets are $6.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door.  See any HHSTA member for tickets. Any questions can be directed to Annette De Angelis, Pancake Chair, at 630-570-8337.

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Jun 29 2011

Hinsdale Central Named One of Nation’s Best by Newsweek

From Patch:

Hinsdale Central High School was rated the 69th best high school in the U.S. by Newsweek in the 2011 edition of the magazine’s annual “America’s Best High Schools” feature.

The local school was the No. 3-ranked Illinois high school. Only Northside College Prep in Chicago (No. 24 nationwide) and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora (No. 37 nationwide) placed ahead of Hinsdale Central.

Newsweek changed their ranking criteria this year to include a wide variety of student achievement factors such as graduation rate, matriculation rate, AP tests taken, AP scores, ACT/SAT scores and AP courses offered. Other Illinois schools ranked in the top 100 were Stevenson High School and Glenbrook North High School. Illinois schools breaking the top 200 were Prospect, New Trier, Riverside-Brookfield, and Maine South.

Principal McGrory had a good explanation for yet another example of Central’s continuation of District 86’s Tradition of Excellence:

When asked why he thinks Hinsdale Central is a top school in the U.S., McGrory said it has a “dynamic” that makes for good students.

“We put such a high value on hiring the best teachers out there,” the principal said. “The community puts such a high value on education and they’re willing to support it, and then the expectation that the community has and the school has for the children really creates an environment that allows the students to succeed.”

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Jan 27 2011

“He’s the best teacher I’ve ever had…”

Central Math teacher Greg Hill was recently recognized by the Hinsdale Central PTO for his excellence in the classroom with their “Make a Difference” award. The Doings covered Hill’s achievement by doing a feature on his 30-year career:

Coco Arima knows exactly why she headed a group of four Hinsdale Central students that nominated math teacher Greg Hill for a Make a Difference Award.

The award, sponsored by the school’s PTO, honors faculty members each quarter for extra efforts and kind deeds. Arima had Hill a year ago as a teacher for an algebra/trigonometry class.

“He’s the best teacher I’ve ever had,” Arima said with a huge smile on her face. “I’ve heard about these awards since I was a freshman, and I’ve really missed him this year as a teacher. He loves teaching kids. I still go and talk to him.”

The nomination by Arima and three other students resulted in Hill being recognized as one of six teachers to win the most recent Make a Difference Award.

Congratulations to Greg for his example of excellence in education he provides every day! The other “Make a Difference” award winners honored by the PTO were Linda Bronsteader, Mike Cousineau, John Dunlavy, Jared Friebel and Susan Grady.

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Jan 17 2011

Central Science Teacher Enhances Student Opportunities

Central Science Teacher and current HHSTA-Central Secretary Kathy Gabric is at it again. In 2008, Kathy was named Illinois Biology Teacher of the year. Now she’s helping students not only study science, but become scientists. From the Doings:

Beginning in Summer Session 2011, the students of Hinsdale Central and South high schools will have access to a new curricular course, with many opportunities for national prizes, college scholarships, original publications and genuine scientific discovery — thanks to Central biology teacher Kathy Gabric and our other science teachers, the administration and our School Board.

Read about the interdisciplinary honors science course called student inquiry and research in the rest of the article. Congratulations to Kathy for her demonstration of leadership in education.

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Nov 27 2010

“We love our teachers…”

As has been done for several years now, the PTO at Central handed out some appreciation with a side of pie this Thanksgiving. The Doings covered the event:

A long-standing tradition at Hinsdale Central, the pumpkin pies for each teacher and staff member is a way of saying thanks as teachers, staff and students get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving.

“We love our teachers and appreciate everything they do for our kids,” said Maria Kallis, chairperson of the Teacher Appreciation Committee. “We love to do this for our teachers and staff, and it’s nice for them to have a pie to take home with them.”

Thanks ever so much to our great PTO for this annual show of thanks and appreciation!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nov 24 2010

“Extraordinary school culture…”

In his new book, On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character, noted educational researcher Samuel Casey Carter names Hinsdale Central one of twelve top schools in the nation. From the Sun Times:

The private college prep in poverty-stricken Garfield Park and the Hinsdale public high school serving the 32nd richest zip code in the nation are both offered as evidence that schools that emphasize character development along with scholastic performance can dramatically improve student achievement.

“Those two could not possibly be more different, yet they enjoy the outcomes that can be harnessed by an extraordinary school culture committed to student character,” said Samuel Casey Carter, author of On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character, released this week.


Hinsdale Central too, has long ranked among the nation’s top schools — for its academics as well as athletics. The school in 2008 received a national award for its character education program that’s integrated into curriculum, student life and connections in its community, called “Character Counts!”

Carter researched over 3,500 schools and visited 40 during the research and writing of his new book. He visited Central multiple time last year. He will be on C-SPAN tomorrow November 25th to discuss his experiences:

We are very excited to let you know that in addition to your holiday festivities with family and friends, Casey Carter, author of On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character, will be on C-SPAN this Thursday from 8:30 - 9:15 AM for the Thanksgiving installment of C-SPAN’s Washington Journal — a live, national, call-in program.

Update: Here is the video

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