Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's Great To Be a Hilsman Panther!

Quote of the Week: "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

PTO - Rescheduled to March 20th at 5:30 p.m. Black History Program will still be held February 26th

All I can say is WOW! This past Friday and Saturday were exciting for the Hilsman community. Our Mathcounts team placed first at the Regional competition. We also captured the top three individual places as well as qualified two additional students for state competition. Mr. Bacchus and Kevin Manglitz, the OCMS coach, were recognized for their many years of support for the Mathcounts program. State competition is March 18th. 

Mr. Bacchus and his friend and rival coach, Mr. Manglitz!
What a victory!

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team won the Division II championship on Saturday. These students worked extremely hard after tying with Clarke Middle for the region championship. The HRRB team will compete for the state title in the championship round held March 9th at the Georgia Center here in Athens.

Division II Champions!

We also had students compete in the Optimist Oratorical Contest this weekend.  As soon as I have the final results I will share those as well.  Rumor has it at least one of our students placed! 

8th Graders Visit UGA

On Thursday, our 8th graders visited the Richard B. Russell Archives, toured Sanford Stadium, and ate lunch on the UGA campus.  They had a great time! Below, you can see a couple of pictures from the trip.

At the Arch on North Campus

Completing the scavenger hunt activity at the Richard B. Russell library

Read Across America Day

This Friday, March 1st, is Read across America Day.  Teachers will dress as their favorite literary character, and EVERYONE in the building will Drop Everything And Read at 10:05 on Friday. Several other activities throughout the day will highlight the importance of reading and literacy.

School Dance

Student Council is sponsoring a school dance on Friday, March 1st, from 5-7 p.m. More information can be found in the Panther News and announcements. Please pick your child up from the dance by 7:00 p.m.

Benchmark Testing

We will begin benchmark testing this Thursday, 2/28/13, and continue with testing next week.  Click here to access the schedule.  Our teachers use the results of this assessment to plan for and adjust instruction, so it is important that our students try their best on each test. You can help by making sure that your student gets a good night's sleep (at least 8 hours) and has a nutritious breakfast either at home or at school each day. 


Soccer season opens this week! This year, most of our ladies decided to run track so we won't be fielding a girls' team. However, the boys' first match is at home this Thursday vs. Coile Middle School. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.

Rally for the Dawgs is March 3rd.  The school represented with the most people in attendance will win $1000! Students will be receiving a coupon for free admission.  If you would like to help Hilsman win $1000, attend the game and check in at the attendance table at the game and let them know you are representing Hilsman. Tell your friends to be be Panthers for the day and help us out as well! More information can be found in the Panther News, which contains a video announcement from two of the Lady Dawg basketball players.


Remember to ask your child to see their Panther card and sign it.  Students who bring back a signature can be entered into our weekly drawing!

Yearbook - Order yours now!

The Hilsman yearbook is on sale now.  Order your student's yearbook before Spring Break for only $21. After Spring Break the price goes up to $23.

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. Please subscribe to our Hilsman Youtube site.  By subscribing you will receive an update weekly with links to new videos produced by Hilsman.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

February 25th             School Council (4:15 p.m.)
February 26th              Black History Program -6:30 p.m.
February 28th              Benchmark Testing
February 28th             Boys' Soccer @ Coile (4:30)
March 1st                     Read Across America Day
March 1st                     Schoolwide Dance (5:00-7:00 p.m.)
March 3rd                     Rally the Dawgs at the Lady Dawgs Bball game
March 4-6                     Benchmark Testing
March 11-15                Spring Break

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