Monday, September 3, 2012

Hello, September!

"Thinking too well of people often allows them to be better than they otherwise would.
- Nelson Mandela

I hope everyone enjoyed their three day weekend! I spent the weekend cheering on Cedar Shoals in their first victory of the regular season, as well as watching the Bulldogs pick up their first win of the season against Buffalo. Even though this week is a four day school week, we still have plenty going on!
Officer Rivera stopped by to get some of Dr. B's famous Rotel grits!

Dr. B. with her husband and two of her children, headed to the game!

Fundraiser

This week brings our Great American fundraiser to a close.  Money and order forms are due by Wednesday, September 5th. If you have questions about the fundraiser, please contact Ms. Joann Griffith, our Family Engagement Specialist.

Student Profile

The Clarke County School District is beginning to feature student profiles from around the district.  One of our 8th grade Hilsman students, Atiya Middleton, is featured this week.  Read about Atiya here.

Advisement

This week we held our first advisement session with students.  For those of you who are wondering what advisement is, it is a time that students meet with an adult (their advisor) to engage in activities that support their success as a student.  Students are assigned to an advisor by grade level, so the advisor may or may not be a someone who teaches the student for an academic subject or connection class. The advisees will stay with their advisor until they leave middle school, allowing them to build a trusted relationship with another adult in the building. During advisement we will work on exploring interests and careers, and developing study habits for school and soft skills needed in today's workplace. All administrators, teachers, and some support personnel have advisement groups.  The feedback from our first session was very positive! If you would like to learn more about Teachers as Advisors, please contact our counselor, Larry Davis. You can also learn more about some of our advisement activities by visiting GACollege411.

Athletics

     We have several athletic activities taking place this week. Cheer tryouts are scheduled for this week, September 4-7, 2012. Information can be obtained in the front office.  All ladies intending to try out must have a current physical on file. 
     Our Cedar Shoals C-Team football will be in action against Clarke Central C-Team on Thursday, September 6th at Billy Henderson Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. These 7th and 8th grade young men from Hilsman and Coile are a treat to watch. Come on out and support these young Jaguars!
     Finally, Hilsman's volleyball team will see their first action of the season on Thursday, September 6th, against Clarke Middle. The match will be held at Hilsman in the new gym, and is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Let's cheer our volleyball team to victory! 

Progress Reports

     The progress report grading period ends on Friday, September 7th. It is hard to believe we have already been in school nearly one month! Progress reports will be sent home with students on September 14th. Please don't hesitate to follow up with your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns about your student's progress. We want all students to be successful and strive to be proactive in addressing issues/concerns.
     This year we are going to try something new.  Each progress report period, we will "flip our schedule." What does that mean? Right now, your child attends classes in order, first period through seventh period.  Beginning September 10th and lasting until the end of the first nine weeks, your students will attend classes beginning with seventh period and ending with first period. At this time, we are only "flipping" the academic classes; which means that connections classes will remain stationary.  Here is what the schedule will look like for each grade. The numbers stand for the class periods:

Sixth grade - 1, 7, 6, 4, 5, 3, 2

Seventh grade - 7, 2, 5, 4, 3, 6, 1

Eighth grade - 6, 5, 3, 4, 2, 1, 7

Teachers will prepare students for this transition during this week.  We will have posters on each hallway reminding students the order we are following. Flipping the schedule gives students the opportunity to learn each subject during their optimal learning time, whether that be morning or afternoon (Brimfield, 2003).

We are looking forward to a happy, safe, and productive week. Great things are happening at Hilsman!

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