Welcome to the CHMS PTO!

This is a great portal of information to find news about upcoming events, access to the family directory, and a listing of important district links. You will also be able to visit the forms section to register for the PTO, purchase spirit lunch, request a PTO check reimbursement or buy a family brick to place in our school entryway.  


The PTO sends a weekly update email with important dates and upcoming events each Sunday, to make sure you are receiving that newsletter, be sure to verify your information here.


Be sure to download the Membership Toolkit Mobile App.

Best of the Nest! Mrs. Kathy Cox

As you may recall, our amazing PTO sponsors our staff appreciation award, the “Best of the Nest” with a premium parking spot for the winner!

Staff members nominate each other based on:
Who has inspired you?
Who is making you a better staff member?
Who is making your day more enjoyable?
Who is doing great things for kids?
Who is consistently in your corner?
Who is implementing innovative strategies in the building?

This award continues to demonstrate the inspiring, kind, and giving staff we have here at CHMS. The incredible words that are written toward each other in response to the thoughtful actions taken are inspirational.

This month, Mrs. Kathy Cox (6th Grade Science) was our lucky winner! A few comments shared about her were:

  • Kathy, thank you for spearheading the 6th grade field trip each spring. Also, great work this year with Eco club, getting kids excited about science, and helping our school achieve Green Ribbon status! I appreciate your contributions to our 6th grade team. :-)
  • Kathy goes above and beyond not only to support her students but also her coworkers and our entire building. Thank you, Kathy, for planning such an amazing field trip for the 6th graders. & thank you for always being willing to answer my questions no matter how small. You are the best!!
  • Kathy is such an amazing human! She not only is a true environmentalist but is a wonderful teacher and co-worker. Kathy you are very much appreciated and your hard work and positive attitude do not go unnoticed! Thank you for all that you do for our students, community, and mother earth.
  • Kathy, you are amazing! Besides all the engaging activities you do with your students in science class you successfully juggle multiple other tasks, from leading the eco club to organizing the field trip and helping the school win the green ribbon. Your dedication and energy are truly inspiring!

Congratulations again to Mrs. Cox and all of our nominated staff members!

Dr. Levi Brown
Principal, Clarendon Hills Middle School

Parent List

When suddenly faced with your child’s emotional, developmental, learning or health problem, where did you turn to find treatment that worked?

As we wrap up the school year, please add to our list of health care reviews on The Parent List. It takes less than 5 minutes and is anonymous. Click HERE

The Parent List contains first-hand insights from district 86 and 181 parents about providers that helped address their child’s anxiety, depression, school avoidance, eating disorders, insomnia, peer relations, grief, stress, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum, and more.

Doctors, therapists, support groups, in- and out-patient programs, nutritionists, books, and holistic medical approaches may all be reviewed on The Parent List.

To read the existing reviews of providers, go to hcpto.org/parent-list/

Questions can be emailed to: parentlist@hcpto.org

In no way do the Hinsdale Central High School or Clarendon Hills Middle School PTOs or staff, school districts 86, 181 or 63 endorse or recommend any specific provider reviewed on The Parent List. The Parent List is a subjective forum set up by the Hinsdale Central PTO for your convenience. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for deciding to use any of the service providers on The Parent List in any capacity, and the Hinsdale Central PTO, Clarendon Hills PTO, as well as school districts 86,181 and 63, disclaim all liability for any damages, injuries, losses, expenses, or claims of any kind arising out of the provision of services by anyone or any agency appearing on The Parent List.

Teacher Appreciation Week



We are so lucky to have our teachers and staff at CHMS! In appreciation, we celebrated last week with the following events. Huge thank you to the organizations that co-sponsored the week with us: Just Lift Fitness, Kelly Kirchheimer @Properties, Chicago Empire FC Soccer Club, and Barre3.

Monday, May 6: A sign to honor our teachers in front of the school and Great American Bagels and coffee for breakfast.

Tuesday, May 7: Lotto tickets for a chance to win it big!

Wednesday, May 8: Acai bowl food truck for breakfast and complimentary Just Lift Fitness class passes.

Thursday, May 9: Cookies in the mailboxes for a sweet treat.

Friday, May 10: Taco Grill for lunch.

Our sponsors:

Barre3 is an efficient and effective workout that combines strength, cardio and mindfulness. We help our clients feel balanced in body and empowered from within. The first class is FREE at Barre3 but we'd like to extend a special offer to the hardworking educators at District 181 this summer: 2 free weeks of unlimited classes at our studio. Interested or would like to learn more? Send us an email (clarendonhills@barre3.com) or give us a ring at 630-819-5112. We can't wait to meet you!

Just Lift Fitness is an intimate, luxury personal training studio located in downtown Clarendon Hills, IL. We offer personal training, small group private training, nutrition coaching, and online services through our mobile app. To all the dedicated and hardworking teachers at District 181, we welcome you in for a FREE 60 min assessment. Join us at our 2nd location at 200 Park Ave., Clarendon Hills. We can't wait to meet you!

Chicago Empire FC Soccer Club is thrilled to support Clarendon Hills Middle School, the PTO, and teacher appreciation week. CHMS stands out as an exceptional institution, fostering academic excellence and cultivating a vibrant community spirit. We commend the outstanding work of the PTO, whose dedication enhances the school experience for students and families alike. At Chicago Empire FC, we're not just about soccer—we're about community. As a full-service soccer club for boys and girls, we're proud to offer top-notch training and development opportunities. Located at the picturesque Oak Brook Polo Fields, we provide a dynamic environment for young athletes to thrive both on and off the field. Together, CHMS Middle School and Chicago Empire FC Soccer Club embody the spirit of excellence and community engagement. Here's to continued success and collaboration for the benefit of our students and families.

Kelly Kirchheimer is a passionate and experienced local Realtor and grateful sponsor again this year of our celebration of the CHMS teachers! As a resident of the western suburbs for nearly two decades, she is deeply knowledgeable about all things in the area and is also one of our proud CHMS parents. She provides the highest level of customer support and satisfaction which leads to her being in the Top 1% of Realtors in Chicagoland. She is known for her blend of patience, efficiency, creativity, integrity, and market expertise to provide her clients with a great experience when buying or selling real estate. You can connect with her at 773-960-2745, or online at www.kellykhomes.com

Green Ribbon Awarded to CHMS!

We are excited to be one of two schools in Illinois to be recognized!

The Department of Education (ED) selected 41 schools, 10 districts, three postsecondary institutions, and one early learning center as 2024 Green Ribbon Schools. Honorees have demonstrated innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.


“The entire D181 School District is thrilled that Clarendon Hills Middle School has been awarded the Green Ribbon School distinction. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, students, parents, and faculty," said Clarendon Hills Middle School Principal Dr. Levi Brown. “Our stakeholders are committed to innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and offer effective sustainability education throughout our school. We are excited to continue our efforts within Clarendon Hills Middle School to promote environmental stewardship and inspire future generations. Big thanks to everyone who has been a part of this journey – together, we're making a difference!" 

Clarendon Hills Middle School's commitment to sustainability includes initiatives like the development of a Demand-Response contract, which is used to manage energy consumption effectively and ensure grid stability, onsite solar and wind power, and efficient building systems. The school offers environmental education programs and engages students in activities, such as composting. Additionally, the school fosters community involvement through partnerships and initiatives like the Clarendon Living Classroom, which offers opportunities for outdoor learning and lab experiences. 


Click HERE for the News Release

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Important Dates 


First Day of School - Tue, 8/20

School Calendar


2023/24 PTO Executive Board


Megan Mannor & Corri Natarelli

Co-Vice Presidents:
Elaine Gilman & Susie Thorpe

Treasurer: Margie Jeffords

Asst. Treasurer: Julie Prieto
Communications: Genia Rackos
Recording Secretary:
Julie Kauffman