Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Netbooks are Here!!!

Quote of the Week: "It is through cooperation, rather than conflict, that your greatest successes will be derived." - Ralph Charell has been very exciting around Hilsman Middle School this week.  Our student devices arrived and we began the process of "roll out" to the classrooms.  A group of eight teachers, our "early adopter" group, are piloting the use of the net books in their classrooms for a week or two so that we make sure that we have a smooth process in place for the rest of our teachers.  Our goal is to have our roll out process complete by Thanksgiving break.

Both teachers and student were excited to use these devices for instruction.  Below are a couple of pictures so that you can see the students and teachers in action.

Mr. Heu and Mr. Wilson get the devices ready for students.

Mr. Hussain gave an assessment that combined using traditional paper/pencil and the net books. 

On October 15th, we 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.


Hilsman's Cross Country team will be in action on Tuesday afternoon at Athens Academy.
Our Cedar Shoals C-Team football will be in action at Washington-Wilkes this Thursday, October 18th. The game starts at 5:00 p.m.


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."

Family Engagement

Parent Conferences will be held this Wednesday through Friday.  Students will be released at 1:30 p.m. each day. On Thursday at 6:00 p.m., our Math department will be sharing resources with parents that they can access to help their students with the new math curriculum.  If you missed the presentation at the Nellie B. Community Center, please come join us Thursday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

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