Sunday, January 13, 2013

What an exciting week!

Quote of the Week: "Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel." - King Solomon

Spelling Bee 

All of our spelling bee contestants represented their grade levels well. The competition was strong, and it took nearly two hours to crown a Hilsman spelling bee champ. Congratulations to 6th grader Valeria Garcia-Poza, who placed first, and 7th grader April Wingfield, who was runner-up! Valeria will represent HIlsman at the CCSD Spelling Bee at the end of the month.

Hilsman Spelling Bee Winners

Family Science Night

Hilsman Middle School hosted a Family Science Night that included a Conservation Fair and an opportunity for families and community members to view student Science Fair Projects. The Conservation Fair included interactive stations that taught visitors about energy conservation, water conservation, recycling, and the protection of native species and their habitats. Exhibitors included the Water Conservation Office of Athens-Clarke County, Athens-Clarke County Recycling, Bear Hollow Zoo, Georgia Power Company, and the Hilsman Middle School Science & Energy Team. The Science Fair Projects on display were the school’s top projects. The student scientists who had projects on display were scheduled to compete in the Clarke County School District’s Science Fair on Saturday, January 12.

Each interactive station and exhibit allowed visitors opportunities to interact with manipulatives and receive free resources to help them conserve resources. For instance, the Water Conservation Office provided tools to help visitors conserve water in their home. The Toilet Toss and Water Conservation Concentration games tested the water conservation knowledge of participants, and allowed them to learn more at the same time. The Athens-Clarke County Recycling Center led participants in a recycling activity in which they could make a bag from an old shirt. The ACC Recycling Center’s mascot, Binny, meandered through the crowd showing guests sample items that could be recycled in our community. Georgia Power Company provided compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for all adults and gave children a CFL key chain. Visitors also had an opportunity to see displays that compared the energy use of CFLs and traditional incandescent light bulbs. People could also try their hand at generating enough power to light a light bulb. Most discovered it took much less energy to light the CFL. Athens own Bear Hollow Zoo brought a collection of native animal hides and live animals. Visitors were able to learn about reptiles, mammals, and amphibians that live in our area. The students enjoyed their snake interactions! The Science & Energy Team table included an Energy Knockdown game in which players exhibited their knowledge of energy sources and then were able to test their bowling skills. The Science & Energy Team also shared information about their Trash Hunger Campaign. The team collects trash, sells it, and donates the earnings to the Food Pantry of Northeast Georgia and UNICEF. The Science & Energy Team also held an Energy Star Pledge Drive. The team would like 300 community members to take the Energy Star Pledge this school year. The Energy Star Pledge can be found at:  

Hilsman Middle School’s first combination Family Science Night and Conservation Fair was a huge success. Over 300 people attended the event to view Science Projects and learn ways to save the Earth’s resources. The event was organized by the Hilsman Middle School Science Department. Below are a couple of photos from the event.

Hilsman students explore one of the many activities
 provided by exhibitors at the Conservation Fair.

Students learn about tree growth from an exhibitor at Family Science Night.


This week we will begin a weekly drawing for weekly Pride of the Panthers. We will give away at least two shirts per grade level each week.  Students will be automatically 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

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 16-17 we will have No Uniform Day incentives for each grade level. Students will earn this incentive this time by having no discipline infractions for the three days prior to the incentive day.

Science Fair

Thirty projects represented Hilsman Middle in the CCSD Science Fair this weekend. Of those, we have nine projects moving on to the next level of competition. I'll share more information next week regarding the winners. All of our students represented us well. While waiting for the interview process to be completed, students had the opportunity to explore interactive stations set up and manned by several departments and clubs from UGA. The students really enjoyed exploring the activities, and especially liked the entomology booth.  I am not sure if it was their fascination with insects, or the fact that UGA QB Aaron Murray was there helping out!  

Hilsman students with UGA QB Aaron Murray at the CCSD  Science Fair. 

Hilsman students watching an experiment at one
of the interactive booths at the CCSD Science Fair.

Report Cards

Report cards went home with students on Friday, January 11th. Please ask your child to see their report card. Check parent portal, or contact Ms. Brinkley or your child's homeroom teacher if your child did not come home with a report card.

Congratulations, Academic Team!

Our Academic team placed first in the region at competition on Saturday, and earned the right to compete at the state tournament in Milledgeville on January 26th. We are so proud of the way they represented themselves and the Hilsman community.

Hilsman Athletics

Our Lady Panthers remain undefeated! Both the men's and women's teams won their games against Coile this past Thursday.  Join us at Hilsman this Thursday as we take on the CMS Owls. Tip off is at 4:30 p.m.


Our announcements are now a daily Google Presentation, which can be viewed by clicking here. Our weekly news video can be viewed here. Pease bear in mind that the announcement regarding No Uniform Day was filmed prior to the decision not to link it to Pawbucks this time. We wanted to give the maximum number of students the opportunity to participate in this first incentive of the semester.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

January 16th-                  PAWS 7th grade No Uniform Day
January 17th-                  PAWS 6th and 8th grade No Uniform Day
January 17th -                 Panther Basketball   Home vs. CMS
January 21st -                 MLK Day of Service (No School)
January 23rd -                8th grade Writing Test (6th and 7th grade Mock Writing Assessment)
January 26th -                 Academic Team State Competition (Milledgeville)
January 29th -                Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition (CMS)

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