Sunday, August 19, 2012

Looking back, looking ahead...

Hilsman has had a fantastic first eight days of school! We welcomed over 700 students into our building on August 8th, and began immediately to make connections, build relationships, and begin to learn. As you can see from the pictures below, our teachers wasted little time and jumped right in to teaching standards and refreshing our students' memories about what makes us an International Baccalureate candidate school.

The upcoming week is a busy one for Panthers. Our annual Title I meeting, PTO, and Curriculum night will be taking place on Tuesday, August 21st. We will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the gym and then move to homeroom classes from there shortly after 6:00 p.m. We encourage all families to attend to meet their child's teacher, learn about our Title I program, and hear about our new Common Core curriculum. 

We also begin Norm-Reference Testing (NRT) this week.  Students brought home a letter on Friday that gave information about the test.  This test is also one of the available criteria that can be used in combination with others to determine Advanced Content eligibility.  We will begin testing on August 22nd and continue over the next two weeks.  The testing is done in the regular class period so there is minimal interruption.

Finally, we begin a school wide fundraiser on August 21st.  Your student will be bringing home a packet of information to share with you. Hilsman will be using the profits from the fundraiser to supplement educational field trips as well as provide incentives to our students through our positive school culture initiative.  We hope you will consider particpating in this fundraiser to benefit the students of Hilsman.

We are enjoying your children and we are happy that you are part of our Hilsman family.  Remember that we are a team working together to achieve our mission to prepare our students to be productive members of a global society through challenging and innovative learning opportunities that honor our diversity.
Until next time....

Dr. B

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