Sunday, August 11, 2013

It's a New Day at Hilsman!

Quote of the Week: "Whether you believe you can or not, you are right." Henry Ford

We had a great start to our school year this past week, first with HilFest (over 1000 attendees!), and then with the first days of school. Below are a few pictures from HilFest:

This is going to be a great year for the Hilsman community! We even had the pleasure of one of Dr. Blankenship's former students stop by to visit and encourage the students to do their best.

 If you are new to Hilsman, this blog serves as one of the main communication tools from school to home. Each week between Friday and Sunday, I will update the Panther Pointers blog with the latest news and information concerning Hilsman. Did you know that you can receive the Panther Pointers automatically each week by subscribing to the blog?  All you need to do is enter your email in the "Follow by email" field at the top right corner of the blog page.  You will receive a confirmation email, and once you have confirmed, you are set! Our goal is to have all our families subscribed.  This is your one stop information spot for all things related to Hilsman! See below for more information on ways to stay connected to Hilsman.

More Ways to Connect

Here are several other ways to stay connected to Hilsman.

Follow us on Twitter!

Hilsman Middle has a Twitter account.  This is one more way you can stay connected to Hilsman, keep up to date on all Hilsman news, and receive links to information related to your child's education.  Follow us on twitter @HilsmanPanthers.


Hilsman has a Facebook page that is updated regularly. Go to the Hilsman Middle School Facebook page and Like Us!

Remind 101

Remind 101 is a great way to receive important updates on Hilsman happenings. To sign up to receive reminders and news flashes via text, text @drblanke to (845) 406-9803. You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @drblanke'. Or to receive messages via email, send an email to To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.

Title I Parent Meeting

Our annual Title I Parent Meeting will be held this Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Each year, Title I programs are required to host a meeting for parents to explain what the Title I program is and how parents can become involved in the Title I program. This is our meeting to do just that! We hope all parents will make an effort to join us from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday.

PTO News

Our first PTO meeting of the year will be August 20th at 5:30 p.m., immediately preceding Curriculum Night/Open House. Please join us for this very important meeting to find out ways you can be involved with your student's education here at Hilsman this year.

School Council

This year we have two openings on our School Council. We will be posting information this week about the elections. Please consider getting involved at Hilsman by running for one of these positions.


Our softball team won their first regular season game against Oglethorpe County this weekend, 6-5! Our next game will be Tuesday, August 13th at 5:00 p.m. vs. Malcolm Bridge Middle.  The game will be played at Cedar Shoals Softball Field. Come out and support the Panthers!

Picture Day

Picture Day is Thursday, August 29, 2013. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!


Our announcements are now a daily Google Presentation, which can be viewed by clicking here. In these announcements there is information regarding sports tryouts, club meetings, etc. You can access this information on a daily basis by following the link provided here.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

August 15th        Annual Title I Parents Meeting

August 20th        PTO/Curriculum Night/Open House

August 29th        Picture Day

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