Sunday, December 2, 2012

Help us build our P.A.R.K.

Quote of the Week - "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
                                         - Mother Theresa

During the month of December we are engaging in an activity that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on Hilsman, the surrounding community, and all those who take part. One of our goals as an IB Candidate school is to help our students understand and embody the IB Learner Profile characteristics, found here. We also continue to strive to make Hilsman a better and increasingly positive place to learn. According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, "Research shows that students who learn in a positive classroom environment have a better school experience. They enjoy higher test scores, learn new skills at a faster rate and are overall happier at school." Building our P.A.R.K. is one way to help us work toward this goal.  

Hilsman students and staff are committing Panther Acts of Random Kindness (PARK) each day from December 1st through December 20th. Students and staff will record their PARKs on paper cutouts and paste them on the paper trees that will decorate our cafeteria. As soon as a tree is filled, we will put up another. Our goal is to decorate the entire cafeteria and possibly the hallway with all our kindness trees! Additionally, students will have a Kindness Log provided to them for their personal use, on which they can record their acts of kindness each day. On the last day of school before our Winter break, we will run an afternoon activity schedule. During the last period of the day, everyone who has joined in the initiative by committing at least one Panther Act of Random Kindness will gather in the gym to celebrate all of the kindness we have shared with others as a Hilsman community. We are looking forward to having everyone join us for this celebration.

While this is a totally voluntary initiative, we hope that every staff member and student will engage random acts of kindness (RAK) each day. With over 750 students and staff members, if we accomplish the task of committing one RAK per day December 1-20, we will have committed over 15,000 Panther Acts of Random Kindness! You have to agree that so many acts of kindness are bound to have a positive effect on Hilsman and our Eastside community.  Our students and staff seemed very excited when we spoke to them this week about the PARK initiative. Some even asked if we could keep it going all year! We invite our Hilsman families to join us in our PARK initiative.  You can share your Panther Acts of Ransom Kindness with us by email, in person, or by leaving a comment on this blog.  We will add them to our trees in the Hilsman PARK!


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Our basketball teams played great against Clarke Middle Owls. Our girls won their game, while the boys suffered a heartbreaking loss by just a few points. Our next game is this Wednesday, against the BHL Lions.  Tip off for the girls is at 4:30 p.m. The boys' game will immediately follow.

PTO News

Our PTO meeting was well attended and we welcomed our new PTO President, Angel McCoy. Angel has a seventh grader at Hilsman. We were so excited that over 100 parents and friends came to support our students during our Social Studies curriculum night, which included a display of 8th grade social studies projects as well as our Geography Bee competition. Below are a couple of photos from the event.

8th grade students sharing their SS project on how Apple products have changed our lives

Geography Bee winner Zach Holland with his SS teacher Ms. Scott

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

December 3rd -          School Council, 4:00 p.m.
December 10th -       Joint Holiday Concert featuring Band, Chorus, and Orchestra
December 13th -       Hilsman Science Fair
December 13-19th - Quarter 2 Benchmarks
December 20th -       PARK celebration
Dec. 21- Jan. 6th -    Winter Break


View Ms. Clark's IB blog here.

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