Sunday, October 7, 2012

Week of October 8th

Quote of the Week: The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. -Socrates

Students with perfect attendance had a great time being out of uniform on their uniform-free days this past week! This week we will finish benchmark testing, and end our first quarter grading period on October 10th. Student report cards will  be given out during parent conferences, which will be held October 17-19. If they have not done so already, your student's homeroom teacher should be contacting you this week to schedule your conference time. Here is the benchmark schedule this week:

October 8th - No School
October 9th - Make ups
October 10th - Science
October 11-Social Studies
October 12 - Make ups

Testing will occur from 8:30-9:55 each day.  Please make sure your student is well rested and either eats breakfast at home or at school.

On October 15th, we will return to our original schedule. The day will begin with first period and end with seventh period.  We will follow that schedule until November 16th. When we return from Thanksgiving break we will "flip" again! You can find the list of the dates on which we will flip our schedule posted here.

You Rock!

Each month we celebrate faculty members who, through their contributions in and out of the classroom, are making Hilsman a great place to teach and learn.  We call these our "You Rock" awards.  We took nominations for winners last month and presented those awards at the September faculty meeting.  This month, the teachers who won last month had to pass the award along to a deserving individual.  Our winners for October are pictured below being presented the award by the September winner.  Mr. Pratt (not pictured below) also won a You Rock award, but was not present to receive it as he was coaching our cross country team at a meet. Mr. Blake presented Mr. Pratt with the award for October. In addition to the traveling You Rock award, the winners also receive the opportunity to have Dr. E. and me come in to teach one of their class periods.  We love this part of recognizing our faculty for the great work they are doing.

Mr. Hussain presents to Ms. Ziemann

Mr. Slover presents to Mr. Watkins

Ms. Kulmala presents to Ms. Murphy


Our announcements are now a daily Google Presentation, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Additionally, we are also producing a weekly news show that students watch on Mondays.  The news show is posted to our Hilsman Youtube channel and can be viewed by clicking here. To limit questionable thumbnails when using YouTube, scroll to the bottom of the page when accessing YouTube, open the "Safe Mode" link, and simply click "on."


    Hilsman's volleyball team ended their season with a tough loss to BHL.  Our girls played their hearts out, and I was proud to watch them play with determination and confidence.
   Our Cedar Shoals C-Team football will be in action against Clarke Central this Thursday, October 11th at Cedar Shoals.  The game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Family Engagement

Our fundraiser through Great American Opportunities raised over $4800! The cookie dough will be in this week and will be ready for pick up after 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3rd. If you have not picked up your cookie dough, please contact Ms. Griffith at the school. Also, this Friday, October 12th, will be our next Hilsman Parent Coffee with the Principal at 7:45 a.m. in the Parent Center.

School Council

The Hilsman School Council will meet Wednesday, October 10th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Parent Center. The public is invited to attend all school council meetings. The school council members for this year are:

Neil Hefner -Parent/Community
Spencer Smith -Parent/Community
Rico Mack- Parent
Bridget Ratajczak - Parent
Eric Blake - Teacher
Paul Varnadoe - Teacher
Selena Blankenship -Principal

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