Sunday, February 10, 2013

Celebrate Good Times!

Quote of the Week: "We design our lives through the power of choices." Richard Bach


Hilsman certainly has much to celebrate this week! Congratulations to our Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team for tying with Clarke Middle as Region champions! The HRRB team will compete at Divisionals in two weeks. 

Did you know that 1.7 million teens are homeless? The number one item they request from shelters is a pair of jeans. The Teens for Jeans campaign conducts jeans drives across the country to collect all sizes of jeans to donate to homeless shelters. Led by the Science and Energy Team, HMS collected 800 pairs of jeans to donate to the Teens for Jeans campaign.  We are proud of the way Hilsman families are giving back to the community.  What a wonderful act of kindness on the part of our students and their families!

Finally, our students had a great showing at the Regional Science Fair held at Athens Technical College. Winners from Hilsman include:
3rd Place Winners

Lyndon Brugger - HMS
2nd Place Winners

Mirandah Bellah - HMS
1st Place Winners (will go on to the state fair)

Lauren and Linsey Chen - HMS
Abhu Jadhav - HMS
Geoffrey Mon - HMS
Rachel Hoover - HMS
Northeast Georgia Regional Science Fair Grand Prize Winner of the Junior Division - Lauren and Linsy Chen!

We are so proud of all the students who competed on Friday. Good luck to those moving on to state!

Several of our Regional Science Fair participants pose for a photo.

Rachel Hoover may have a new pet!

The Chens check out the bugs at the Regional Science Fair

Pink Out - What a Day!

(contributed by Cyndi Clark, IB Coordinator)

Pink everywhere, guest speakers, jeans being collected, photostory lessons, practice tornado drill, solar race cars being made, “I am Hilsman” posters everywhere!! Oh me, on my--what a great day it is!!

As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, HMS decided to pull out all the stops to focus on peace and tranquility. The intent was to enhance the current units which are being taught and to have students think beyond themselves.

Pink was the in-color of the day!! We chose pink to focus on “No Name Calling Week” to emphasis our commitment to be a no bullying/name calling, peaceful, positive school. During lunch, students were asked to reflect on what peace means to them and then post their reflections on the wall.

Gandhi and Martin Luther King were spotlighted in language arts classes as every class had a guest speaker to address peace, individuality, and the future. Throughout the week, lessons focused on prejudice, freedom, identity, and free will and goals.

Our counselors assisted the social studies classes in teaching the meaning and the consequences of having a no name calling environment. This activity followed a “No Name Calling” video which featured our students defining themselves as ‘I Am Hilsman”. Students made posters to proclaim what they can do at HMS to support making the world a better place.

Global thinking, thinking outside of Hilsman Middle School, is a primary focal point of IB. Our hope is our students will begin to understand how their actions, beliefs, and future not only affect them but also their community and the world, and how they can make a difference.

Taking a stand against name calling!

Lunchtime peace activity

One of our speakers works with a sixth grade ELA class.

Rachel Hoover and Zharia Scott Pink Out!

Real Panthers wear pink!

A science class uses the net books to learn about wind patterns.

Mr. Daniel speaks to 8th graders during No Name Calling Week


Our weekly Pride of the Panther drawings are going well!  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 positive attitude among our students. 

We are also streamlining our classroom Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) system. we will begin using Panther Cards to assist students in behavior self-management and help students earn incentives. Ask to see your student's Panther Card!

Yearbook - 8th Grade Memory Pages

The 2013 yearbook staff is now accepting orders for eighth grade memory pages. For only $15.00, you can purchase ¼ page space to express your love, pride, and congratulations upon your child’s moving on from Hilsman Middle School to high school.

Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the school or leave a message for Ms. Nix at (706) 548-7281 ext. 29305 or send an email to


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!

February 13th             Progress Reports distributed
February 14th             Seeing is Believing Tour
February 18th             Furlough Day (No school)
February 23rd             Saturday School begins (look for more info coming next week!)

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