Monday, February 18, 2013

It's National FFA Week

Quote of the Week: "You will never feel better about yourself by making others look worse."
                                       - Deepak Chopra

National FFA Week is February 16-23, 2013. From the FFA website, "The National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America) envisions a future in wh​ich all agricultural education students will discover their passion in life and build on that insight to chart the course for their educations, career and personal future...FFA Week gives members a chance to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters host teacher appreciation breakfasts, conduct "Ag Olympics" competitions, speak to the public about agriculture, volunteer for community service projects and more."

"The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. FFA Week always runs from Saturday to Saturday, and encompasses February 22, Washington’s birthday."

We are proud of the contributions made and leadership skills developed by our FFA organization at Hilsman.

We've Put on our Traveling Shoes...

Last week Dr. Blankenship, Mr. Hussain, Mr. Mosley, and two of Hilsman's student teachers traveled to the National Professional Development Schools Conference with our UGA professors-in-residence to present information regarding visits that our teachers are making to each others' classrooms. These visits are designed to give teachers the opportunity to learn from their colleagues and gain insight into their own professional practice.  Here is a picture of our group after we had shared a meal with the rest of the CCSD-UGA group:

Hilsman delegation to the NAPDS conference

This week our 8th graders will take two trips. On Wednesday, our students will travel to Cedar Shoals High School for the first of several transition activities. On Thursday, our 8th graders will travel to UGA to tour campus, use the library, and experience a meal on campus.  They always look forward to these trips!


Soccer Season opens next week!  Goooooo Panthers!


Students enjoyed their spirit wear incentive day on February 14th.  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 - 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 our news videos each time one is posted.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

February 18-22           National FFA week
February 20th             8th graders to Cedar
February 21st              8th graders to UGA
February 23rd             Saturday School begins 
February 25th             School Council (4:00 p.m.)
February 26th              PTO Meeting and Black History Program

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