Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!


Quote of the Week: “Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others." - Plato

Welcome Back!

We are looking forward to a great second semester!  On Friday, the faculty and staff spent a few minutes reviewing the first half of the year, and celebrating the great things that are happening at Hilsman.  You can view those celebrations and a sample of our faculty members' commitments to continuing student success here. As students return, we welcome them back into a safe, productive, learning environment and look forward to what the new year has in store for us. 

Spelling Bee and Family Science Night

During the school day on January 9th, we will host our annual spelling bee. The winner will go on to compete at the county level competition. Good luck to those who are competing!

On Thursday evening from 6-7 p.m., Hilsman will host our Family Science Night.  You won't want to miss this event! In addition to having our science fair projects on display, we will be holding a conservation fair. Learn about Hilsman’s IB theme of the year – Recycling and Conservation. Representatives from Georgia Power, Athens-Clarke County Water Department, Athens-Clarke County Recycling, and Bear Hollow Zoo will be present. Each business will have an information booth with staff to share advice, information, and resources. Families can learn ways to save green and go green at the same time!

PARK/PAWS

Our Hilsman family committed nearly 2000 Panther Acts of Random Kindness during the month of December. In a recent Education Week blog, research about kindness among middle school students was highlighted. This recent study suggests that kindness is linked to popularity in middle school students. You can find the blog entry by clicking here. At Hilsman, we are planning to continue to promote acts of kindness among our students and the Hilsman community at large. News anchor Ann Curry recently encouraged everyone to consider engaging in 26 acts of kindness to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in the Newtown tragedy. You can read more about Curry's invitation to our nation's citizens here

We had a wonderful PARK celebration the last day of school. We introduced our new "I Am Hilsman" T-shirt, by randomly selecting 30 students to receive a shirt out of the over 300 that completed at least ten PARKs. The black "I Am Hilsman" T-shirts are on sale in the front office for $10; however, the gold T-shirt can only be earned by students.  Here are a few photos from the event.




Next week we will begin a weekly drawing and will give away at least two shirts per grade level each week.  Students' will be entered into the drawing if they meet the following criteria for that week:

1) Perfect attendance and no tardies for the week
2) No zero's or missing assignments for the week
3) Have not moved to the next step on the discipline plan during the week
                                                            
 OR

1) Be nominated by a staff member for exhibiting behaviors that contribute to the positive culture at Hilsman. 


Our goal with this addition to our PAWS incentive program is to encourage good work habits and a postive attitude among our students. 

January 15-17 we will have No Uniform Day incentives for each grade level. The dates for the specific grade levels are listed below. Students can use their Pawbucks to "purchase" a sticker which gives them the ability to be out of uniform on the day specified for their grade level.

Report Cards

Report cards will be going home with students on Friday, January 11th. Be on the lookout!

Principal's Coffee

The principal's coffee will not be held this Friday, as stated on the district activities calendar. Look for info on another event coming later in the month.

Announcements

Our announcements are now a daily Google Presentation, which can be viewed by clicking here. Our weekly news video can be viewed here.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

January 9th -                   Hilsman Spelling Bee
January 10th -                 4:30    Basketball @ Coile MS
                                            6:00    Family Science Night
January 12th -                 CCSD District Science Fair (Cedar)
                                            Academic Bowl Competition
January 15th-                  PAWS 8th grade No Uniform Day
January 16th-                  PAWS 7th grade No Uniform Day
January 17th-                  PAWS 6th grade No Uniform Day  
January 21st -                 MLK Day of Service (No School)

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