Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hilsman is No Place for Hate!

Quote of the Week: "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Teresa


This year Hilsman has worked toward being eligible to receive designation as a No place for Hate site through the Anti-Defamation League. One of the goals of the ADL is to foster "communication, understanding, and respect among diverse groups." Earlier this year, we received notification that we would be receiving designation as a No Place for Hate. This of course does not mean that the Hilsman community is perfect; rather, it is a public sign of our commitment to continuing to build a culture of kindness and respect for others.

Our No Place for Hate assembly is going to be a very special occasion. In addition to a representative from the Anti-defamation League, There will be performances by Hilsman students. We will also have UGA wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, UGA swimmer and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Vreeland, and UGA swimmer and 2012 Olympian Andrew Gemmell to speak to our students. 

Rising 6th grade Parent Night

On Monday, April 29th, we will host our rising 6th grade parents for an informational meeting. The meeting will be held in the Hilsman new gym and will begin at 6:00 p.m. If you have a rising 6th grader, please join us!


School Improvement Survey

Parents, we need at least 50 more parents to take our survey!
Please take the school improvement parent survey located at this link.  The survey has been shortened to 25 questions this year and should take just a few minutes to complete.  You may complete it now or when you come in for your child's conference. It is very important for us to have your input, as we use this information in our school improvement planning process each year. Thank you in advance.

Energy Conservation Day 

Contributed by Ms. Clark, IB Coordinator
In honor of Earth Day, science classes had a Energy Conservation Day. It was a day to have science class without the use of energy--except the sun.

6th grade
Ms. Hughes and Mr. Mosley's classes were charged with seeing who could create the solar oven producing the most heat. Each group was given the same supplies--a pizza box, a black sheet of paper, a plastic bag, and tape. Students worked in groups the day before to create a design and then put it in practice on Friday. They will continue to use their ovens throughout the remainder of the year. Their hope is to be able to cook items before school is out.


8th grade
8th graders'  focus this year was on physics. Thursday during science class, groups were given the challenge of creating a paper rocket.

On Friday, classes met in the old gym to "launch" their rockets with water and Alka-Seltzer tablets. Students were excited to see theirs take-off.
 Here are some pictures of the activities:

8th graders test their rocket


6th graders set up their solar ovens

8th Grade Camp Hilsman

Parents, this week our 8th grade teachers will begin Camp Hilsman, a transition camp aimed at ensuring our students are prepared for 9th grade. Teachers will be reviewing 8th grade standards, as well as previewing 9th grade material. some of the learning activities will occur in small group settings, while others will be whole class. Encourage your student to be engaged in the activities, ask questions, and make sure that they are prepared and ready to be successful in 9th grade in the fall.

New Promotion/Retention Policy

The new promotion retention policy which was passed in November can be found here. The most important item to note is that we will not be having summer school this summer. Therefore, students who are in danger of failing two or more classes (including connections and ELT) will need to attend Saturday School April 27th, May 4th, and May 11th. Administrators and counselors met individually with students who, based on their the class average for the first three quarters, are in danger of failing for the year in at least two classes. We are making a plan with these students and are sending a letter and a copy of the plan home by mail. We want your child to succeed and are working with them to ensure they have every opportunity for success! If you want to learn more or have questions, please comment on this blog or email me at blankenships@clarke.k12.ga.us. 

Subscribe to Panther Pointers!

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! Any time the blog is updated (which is about once per week) you will receive it in an email. Our goal is to have all our families subscribed.  This is your one stop information spot for all things related to Hilsman!

Follow us on Twitter!

Hilsman Middle now 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.

PAWS

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!

PTO News

May 2
Hilsman Skate Night @ Fun Galaxy
5pm - 8pm


Panther Pride Walk rescheduled!
The PTO walk-a-thon fundraiser has been rescheduled to May 10th during morning connections. Students who raise at least $1 in pledges/donations can participate. Students who raise a minimum of $25 will receive a uniform free day. All donations/pledges must be turned in to homeroom teachers by this Friday, May 3rd. 

Yearbook - Order yours now!

The Hilsman yearbook is on sale now.  Order your student's yearbook for only $23.


Announcements

Our announcements are now a daily Google Presentation, which can be viewed by clicking here.   You can view our weekly news video here.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

April 29th                     No Place for Hate Assembly @ 8:30 a.m.
April 29th                     Rising 6th grade parent meeting 6:00 p.m.
April 30th                     Chorus Concert 7:00 p.m.
May 3rd                        Relay for Life!
May 4th                        CCSD Celebrates the Arts Day @ Cedar Shoals 
May 6th                        School Council Meeting @ 4:00 p.m. (Parent Center)
May 15th                      6th grade Honors Assembly
May 16th                      7th grade Honors Assembly
May 17th                      8th grade Honors and Recognition Ceremony @ 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

We're Still Rockin' the CRCT!


Quote of the Week: "Progress comes from the intelligent use of experience." 
                                       - Elbert Hubbard

Three down; two to go. We are going to continue to Rock the CRCT!!

Last week went very smoothly. We have two more tests this week: Science and Social Studies. These tests are just as important for students as the Reading, ELA, and Math tests are.  For a CRCT schedule, click hereRemember, students who are prepared, calm, and rested perform better on tests. Here are some tips from the GADOE to help your child approach the CRCT in a relaxed, positive way:

  • Encourage your child to employ good study and test-taking skills. These skills include following directions carefully, avoiding careless errors, and reviewing the work. Consider writing an encouraging note to your child to build their confidence.
  • Explain the purpose of the test. The CRCT gives students an opportunity to show what they have learned in school. It also gives teachers information that helps them plan instruction.
  • Let your child know that you consider the test important and that the child should try his or her best. All sections of the CRCT are important, not just reading and math.
  • Point out that some items may be more difficult than others and that some material may be new to the child. 
  • Reassure your child that there will be ample time to take the tests and that it is okay if he or she does not know all of the answers. Encourage your child not to worry and to take their time. Students should spend at least 45 of the allotted 70 minutes  on each section of the test.
  • Be sure that your child gets plenty of sleep and has a good, nourishing breakfast and lunch.
  • Test taking is hard work for many students and can require a lot of energy. Be sure your child is at school on time. Rushing and worrying about being late could affect performance on the test.
  • Remember to ask your child about the testing at the end of each day.


Here is the CRCT Schedule for Hilsman:

Reading-4/16
Language Arts-4/17
Math-4/18 
Make-up-4/19
Make-up-4/22
Science-4/23
Social Studies-4/24
Make-up-4/25


School Improvement Survey

Parents, please remember to take the school improvement parent survey located at this link.  The survey has been shortened to 25 questions this year and should take just a few minutes to complete.  You may complete it now or when you come in for your child's conference. It is very important for us to have your input, as we use this information in our school improvement planning process each year. Our goal is to have 100% of our parents take the survey. Thank you in advance.

Greenfest Awards 

On Friday, Hilsman was recognized in several categories at the Greenfest Awards ceremony. First, Catherine Wang's artwork was recognized and on display for all to see. Second, Hilsman received the Waste Reduction Award from Athens-Clarke County. Finally, Hilsman received five of the ten Eugene Odum Environmental grants that were awarded.  Thanks to Audrey Hughes and the Science and Energy Team for spearheading our recycling efforts this year!

Members of SET with sponsor Audrey Hughes receive
the Waste Reduction Award

8th Grade Camp Hilsman

Parents, next week our 8th grade teachers will begin Camp Hilsman, a transition camp aimed at ensuring our students are prepared for 9th grade. Teachers will be reviewing 8th grade standards, as well as previewing 9th grade material. some of the learning activities will occur in small group settings, while others will be whole class. Encourage your student to be engaged in the activities, ask questions, and make sure that they are prepared and ready to be successful in 9th grade in the fall.

Progress Reports

Parents, progress reports go home Tuesday, April 23rd. Please make sure that you ask your student to see theirs. We have four weeks left of school, and we want everyone to do well! If you have questions, please email or call your child's teacher.

New Promotion/Retention Policy

The new promotion retention policy which was passed in November can be found here. The most important item to note is that we will not be having summer school this summer. Therefore, students who are in danger of failing two or more classes (including connections and ELT) will need to attend Saturday School April 27th, May 4th, and May 11th. Administrators and counselors are meeting individually with students who, based on their the class average for the first three quarters, are in danger of failing for the year in at least two classes. We are making a plan with these students and are sending a letter and a copy of the plan home by mail. We want your child to succeed and are working with them to ensure they have every opportunity for success! If you want to learn more or have questions, please comment on this blog or email me at blankenships@clarke.k12.ga.us. 

Subscribe to Panther Pointers!

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! Any time the blog is updated (which is about once per week) you will receive it in an email. Our goal is to have all our families subscribed.  This is your one stop information spot for all things related to Hilsman!

Follow us on Twitter!

Hilsman Middle now 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.

PAWS

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!

PTO News

The final PTO meeting of the year will be Monday, April 22nd at 6 p.m. Please meet in the media center. We look forward to seeing you there!


PTO Fundraising opportunities!
Please mark you calendars for some upcoming events to help raise funds for our PTO.


April 26th
Walk-a-Thon @ Hilsman during morning connections time.
Information was sent home this week with your child. Students are currently getting pledges to walk laps to support Hilsman PTO in providing classroom grants, enrichment activities, and incentives for students.

May 2
Hilsman Skate Night @ Fun Galaxy
5pm - 8pm


Yearbook - Order yours now!

The Hilsman yearbook is on sale now.  Order your student's yearbook for only $23.

Announcements

Our announcements are now a daily Google Presentation, which can be viewed by clicking here.   You can view our weekly news video here. There is another special CRCT message this week!

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

April 16-25                   CRCT
April 22                         PTO @ 6 p.m. in the Hilsman Media Center
April 23rd                     Progress reports go home
April 29th                     No Place for Hate Assembly @ 8:30 a.m.
April 29th                     Rising 6th grade parent meeting 
May 6th                        School Council Meeting @ 4:00 p.m. (Parent Center)
May 16th                      6th and 7th grade Honors Assemblies
May 17th                      8th grade Honors and Moving On Ceremony @ 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Rock the CRCT!!!


Quote of the Week: "People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success."
Norman Vincent Peale

We are going to Rock the CRCT!!

This is the week! Hilsman is going to "rock the CRCT" again this year.  For a CRCT schedule, click here. Many parents often ask what they can do to help their child. Students who are prepared, calm, and rested perform better on tests. Here are some tips from the GADOE to help your child approach the CRCT in a relaxed, positive way:

  • Encourage your child to employ good study and test-taking skills. These skills include following directions carefully, avoiding careless errors, and reviewing the work. Consider writing an encouraging note to your child to build their confidence.
  • Explain the purpose of the test. The CRCT gives students an opportunity to show what they have learned in school. It also gives teachers information that helps them plan instruction.
  • Let your child know that you consider the test important and that the child should try his or her best. All sections of the CRCT are important, not just reading and math.
  • Point out that some items may be more difficult than others and that some material may be new to the child. 
  • Reassure your child that there will be ample time to take the tests and that it is okay if he or she does not know all of the answers. Encourage your child not to worry and to take their time. Students should spend at least 45 of the allotted 70 minutes  on each section of the test.
  • Be sure that your child gets plenty of sleep and has a good, nourishing breakfast and lunch.
  • Test taking is hard work for many students and can require a lot of energy. Be sure your child is at school on time. Rushing and worrying about being late could affect performance on the test.
  • Remember to ask your child about the testing at the end of each day.


Here is the CRCT Schedule for Hilsman:

Reading-4/16
Language Arts-4/17
Math-4/18 
Make-up-4/19
Make-up-4/22
Science-4/23
Social Studies-4/24
Make-up-4/25


School Improvement Survey

Parents, please remember to take the school improvement parent survey located at this link.  The survey has been shortened to 25 questions this year and should take just a few minutes to complete.  You may complete it now or when you come in for your child's conference. It is very important for us to have your input, as we use this information in our school improvement planning process each year. Our goal is to have 100% of our parents take the survey. Thank you in advance.

HilFest!

Thank you, thank you to all who came out to HilFest 2013! While we don't have an exact count, we know know that several hundred people attended on Saturday for free food, fun, music, and games.  We are so grateful to the businesses who came out to support Hilsman and connect with our families:

Burger King
Mobile Tax Service
Jimmy John's
Pet Supplies Plus
UGA Marine Science Club
Chick-Fil-A
Edward Jones Investments
Wells Fargo
BodyPlex
UGA Service Learning Club

The event was such a success we may consider having it as our back to school open house in the fall! If you attended and have feedback for us on ways we can improve for next time, please comment on this blog and I will share the information with the event leadership team. Here are a few pictures from Saturday:

HilFest 2013

There was a huge line for the dunking booth!


Dr. B gets dunked!


Everyone enjoyed the bean bag toss.

Face painting by Ms. Peterson was a success!

UGA Service Learning sponsored a Hilsman gets Healthy
 booth where attendees  could sample various fruits.

The band was fantastic! I sure will miss these 8th graders!

Want to try a smoothie?

One of our precious families

Mobile Tax Service served up free, delicious food to our families.

Improv Club performs

Test Prep and Skill Building

Looking for a way for your child to get a little extra help in preparation for the CRCT? Click here for a link to Successmaker that our students can use at home. Your student knows their log in information, as we use this program at school.  You will need to use this program on a device that runs Java.

New Promotion/Retention Policy

The new promotion retention policy which was passed in November can be found here. The most important item to note is that we will not be having summer school this summer. Therefore, students who are in danger of failing two or more classes (including connections and ELT) will need to attend Saturday School April 27th, May 4th, and May 11th. Administrators and counselors are meeting individually with students who, based on their the class average for the first three quarters, are in danger of failing for the year in at least two classes. We are making a plan with these students and are sending a letter and a copy of the plan home by mail. We want your child to succeed and are working with them to ensure they have every opportunity for success! If you want to learn more or have questions, please comment on this blog or email me at blankenships@clarke.k12.ga.us. 

Subscribe to Panther Pointers!

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! Any time the blog is updated (which is about once per week) you will receive it in an email. Our goal is to have all our families subscribed.  This is your one stop information spot for all things related to Hilsman!

Follow us on Twitter!

Hilsman Middle now 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.

PAWS

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!

PTO News

PTO Fundraising opportunities!
Please mark you calendars for some upcoming events to help raise funds for our PTO.


April 16
Barberito's Spirit Night
4pm - 8pm


April 26th
Walk-a-Thon @ Hilsman during morning connections time.
Information was sent home this week with your child. Students are currently getting pledges to walk laps to support Hilsman PTO in providing classroom grants, enrichment activities, and incentives for students.

May 2
Hilsman Skate Night @ Fun Galaxy
5pm - 8pm


Athletics

State Track Meet April 19-20, 2013.  Good luck Panthers!

Yearbook - Order yours now!

The Hilsman yearbook is on sale now.  Order your student's yearbook for only $23.

Announcements

Our announcements are now a daily Google Presentation, which can be viewed by clicking here.  Please subscribe to our Hilsman Youtube site.  By subscribing you will receive an update weekly with links to new videos produced by Hilsman. You can view our weekly news video here. There is a special CRCT message this week!

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

April 16-25                   CRCT
April 22                         PTO

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Countdown to CRCT


Quote of the Week: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."  Warren Buffett


And so it begins...

In just nine days our students will take the CRCTs. I am so proud of the way our students have worked all year to master the curriculum standards they have been taught. Now it is time for them to show what they know! Hilsman is going to "rock the CRCT" again this year.  Many parents often ask what they can do to help their child. Students who are prepared, calm, and rested perform better on tests. Here are some tips from the GADOE to help your child approach the CRCT in a relaxed, positive way:

  • Encourage your child to employ good study and test-taking skills. These skills include following directions carefully, avoiding careless errors, and reviewing the work.
  • Explain the purpose of the test. The CRCT gives students an opportunity to show what they have learned in school. It also gives teachers information that helps them plan instruction.
  • Let your child know that you consider the test important and that the child should try his or her best.
  • Point out that some items may be more difficult than others and that some material may be new to the child.
  • Reassure your child that there will be ample time to take the tests and that it is okay if he or she does not know all of the answers.
  • Be sure that your child gets plenty of sleep and has a good, nourishing breakfast and lunch.
  • Test taking is hard work for many students and can require a lot of energy. Be sure your child is at school on time. Rushing and worrying about being late could affect performance on the test.
  • Remember to ask your child about the testing at the end of each day.

Here is the CRCT Schedule for Hilsman:

Reading-4/16
Language Arts-4/17
Math-4/18 
Make-up-4/19
Make-up-4/22
Science-4/23
Social Studies-4/24
Make-up-4/25


School Improvement Survey

Parents, please remember to take the school improvement parent survey located at this link.  The survey has been shortened to 25 questions this year and should take just a few minutes to complete.  You may complete it now or when you come in for your child's conference. It is very important for us to have your input, as we use this information in our school improvement planning process each year. Our goal is to have 100% of our parents take the survey. Thank you in advance.

HilFest!

HilFest will be held this coming Saturday, April 13th, from 1-4 p.m. on the hilsman athletic field. HilFest is a student-led, community event that was created to bring all members of our school community (parents, students, teachers and business leaders) together as one. The event will include fun activities for Hilsman students and their families and information about adult education, health, and career advancement opportunities. Join us for games, music, food, information, and fellowship.

Test Prep and Skill Building

Looking for a way for your child to get a little extra help in preparation for the CRCT? Click here for a link to Successmaker that our students can use at home. Your student knows their log in information, as we use this program at school.  You will need to use this program on a device that runs Java.

Subscribe to Panther Pointers!

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! Any time the blog is updated (which is about once per week) you will receive it in an email. Our goal is to have all our families subscribed.  This is your one stop information spot for all things related to Hilsman!

Follow us on Twitter!

Hilsman Middle now 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.

PAWS

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!

PTO News

PTO Fundraising opportunities!
Please mark you calendars for some upcoming events to help raise funds for our PTO.


April 16
Barberito's Spirit Night
4pm - 8pm

May 2
Hilsman Skate Night @ Fun Galaxy
5pm - 8pm



Athletics

Soccer - Thursday, April 11th, 4:30 @ BHL

Yearbook - Order yours now!

The Hilsman yearbook is on sale now.  Order your student's yearbook for only $23.


Announcements

Our announcements are now a daily Google Presentation, which can be viewed by clicking here.  Please subscribe to our Hilsman Youtube site.  By subscribing you will receive an update weekly with links to new videos produced by Hilsman. You can view our weekly news video here.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

April 13                         HilFest 1-4 p.m.
April 16-25                   CRCT
April 22                         PTO