Sunday, February 3, 2013

No Name Calling Week/National School Counselor's Week

Quote of the Week: "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." -  Princess Diana 

National School Counselor Week

This week is National School Counselor Week.  According to the American School Counselor Association website, "National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career." From classroom advising, to mediation, to Teachers as Advisors, and coordinating the mentor program, our counselors work tirelessly to ensure that our students receive the support they need to be successful. Please help me thank Mr. Larry Davis and Ms. Kim Turner for all they do for Hilsman Students.

No Name Calling Week

This week, Hilsman will engage in activities that affirm our commitment to a culture of kindness and respect by observing No Name Calling Week.  We have activities planned for each day of the week.  On Wednesday, February 6th, we will have our annual Pink Out against bullying and name-calling.  On that day, students can wear pink shirts, pink socks, (and yes, jeans, provided they do not have holes or rips!) to show their stand against bullying. In addition to the Pink Out Day activities, we will have guest speakers in all our Language Arts classes speaking about civil rights and the importance of respect and appreciation for diversity. This is a joint activity for Black History Month and No Name Calling Week. Below you will find the activities for each day.

Monday - Hats Off to No Name Calling (students may wear a hat to school to 
                                                                   signify their stand against name calling)
Tuesday - Walk a Mile in Another's Shoes (students wear two different shoes
                                                                   - no slides or bedroom slippers)
Wednesday - Pink Out Day (Students may wear pink clothing to signify their stand 
                                                                    against bullying and name calling)
Thursday - Team up Against Name Calling (Students can wear their team jersey,
                                                                    another sports team jersey, or a Hilsman 
                                                                    spirit shirt with their uniform pants)
Friday - Sock It To No Name Calling (students can wear crazy socks to signify their 
                                                                    stand against name calling)

Please note that the Athens Banner-Herald has been informed of these activities and may choose to cover them, especially on Wednesday.

Family Engagement

Our monthly parent coffee will be held this Friday, February 8th, in the Parent Center at 7:45. Our counselors will be sharing information and resources related to No Name Calling Week. Please make plans to attend.


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. 

Hilsman Athletics

Congratulations to both our boys and girls basketball teams for making the final round in the Middle School Tournament!  Both teams lost heart breakers and ended up as runners up, but we love them and are proud of the way the teams played!


Congratulations to the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team for advancing to the divisional competition this past weekend.  Way to go!


Our announcements are now a daily Google Presentation, which can be viewed by clicking here. Our No Name Calling Week Video can be viewed here.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

February 4-8th                No Name Calling Week/School Counseling Week
February 6th                   Digital Learning Day
February 6th                   Progress Report Period Ends
February 8th                   Parent Coffee - Counselors will share resources with 
                                           parents related to No Name Calling Week

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