Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words...

Quote: "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X



The Week in Review


Thanks to all the families who came out for our first PTO meeting and Open House/Curriculum Night. Other than open house, it was a pretty quiet week at Hilsman. Many of our teachers were trained on Wednesday in the administration and use of the Scholastic Reading Inventory. This is a tool that will be used to help our students set reading goals, as well as to help us identify students who may need additional support in reading. We are excited about the possibilities the SRI offers. On Thursday, the UGA pre-service teachers worked in many of our classrooms during their ELT periods. This is an exciting component of our partnership with UGA as a Level Four Professional Development School. Working with our teachers and students is part of the class that the pre-service teachers attend each week, taught on the Hilsman campus by our Co-professors-in-Residence. below you can see one of these pre-service teachers in action:





Title I Schoolwide Planning Committee Meeting

This Monday we will have our schoolwide Title I planning committee meeting. All parents are invited to be a part of this planning process. The meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30 in the Parent Center. Please email or call Ms. Griffith (706-548-7281, ext. 29244) to let her know if you plan to attend so we can plan for refreshments.


School Council - Nominations Extended

Parents - We have not received enough nominations to fill our open positions on school council so we are extending nominations through this week. This year we have three openings on our School Council. Information is in the front office if you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else. There are two, two year terms, and we also need to fill the unexpired term of Rico Mack whose child is now in high school. At least one of the positions needs to be filled by a parent who is also a business person in the community. This group only meets four times per year. We will take nominations through August 30th. Voting will take place September 3 - 6 by ballot. Please consider serving Hilsman in this way. We need you!

TAA

Teachers as Advisors begins this week and will meet approximately twice per month. On those days we will run our 8 period activity schedule so that students will still meet with all of their classes. Each student in the building is assigned a staff member as an advisor  who serves a group of 10-12 students. During the advisory period, students work with their advisor on lessons related to interest and career exploration, study habits and skills, team building, character lessons, etc. We also participate in lessons that help students complete certain state mandated college and career readiness requirements.

Athletics

While our Lady Panther softball team won Tuesday night, they suffered two losses on Saturday to some very good teams. The softball team will be back in action on this Tuesday against Prince Avenue. Game time is 5:00 at Cedar Shoals.

Our Cedar C-Team (comprised of 7th and 8th graders from Hilsman and Coile) played in the middle school football jamboree this weekend at Cedar Shoals. The C-Team Jags won their first game 49-0, but lost their second game to CCHS C-Team. Our first regular season game will be a rematch against CCHS on September 5th.

Volleyball will have their first match this Tuesday at 4:30 against Coile. The match will be played in the Hilsman Gym.

Picture Day

Picture Day is this Thursday, August 29, 2013. Because our students have had such great behavior so far this year, we have decided to allow them to be out of uniform for Picture Day. Students are still expected to comply with the Clarke County Dress Code Policy. Failure to do so may result in the student losing their privilege to be out of uniform on subsequent "uniform free" days. We specifically ask that students do not wear jeans that have holes or are ripped, or wear strapless or tank tops. We will call parents to bring a change of clothing if this occurs, and/or provide the student with a uniform to wear. 


Announcements

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. To watch our weekly Panther News show, click here.


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

August 26th             Title I Schoolwide Planning Committee Meeting, 5:30 PM
August 29th             Picture Day
September 2nd       Labor Day - No School
September 17th      Principal's Talk over Tea - 6-7 PM
September 26th      Reading Night - East Athens Community Center, 6-7:30 PM

Sunday, August 18, 2013

PTO/Open House/Curriculum Night

Quote: "Associate yourself with people of good quality for it is better to be alone than in bad company." - Booker T. Washington


Another great week to be a Hilsman Panther is in the books! We held our Title I Parent Meeting on Thursday evening. To view the presentation from that meeting, click here. The upcoming week is a busy one for Panthers. Our PTO/Open House/Curriculum Night will be taking place on Tuesday, August 20th. We will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the gym with our first PTO meeting of the year and then move to homeroom classes from there shortly after 6:00 p.m. We encourage all families to attend to rotate through their child's schedule, learn about our Title I program, and hear about the Common Core curriculum. On Wednesday, a cross-section of our teachers will be trained in using the Scholastic Reading Inventory. This is a tool that will give us information to inform our strategies for helping students become better readers. Speaking of reading, we are encouraging all our students to "Get Caught Reading" by always having a book with them. We will be acknowledging students throughout the year to promote reading among our student body. 


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 three openings on our School Council. Information is in the front office if you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else. There are two, two year terms, and we also need to fill the unexpired term of Rico Mack whose child is now in high school. At least one of the positions needs to be filled by a parent who is also a business person in the community. We will take nominations through August 22nd. Voting will take place August 26 - 30, 2013 by ballot. Please consider serving Hilsman in this way.

Athletics

Our softball team won a hard fought game against an excellent Malcolm Bridge Middle team, 21-20! Our next game will be Tuesday, August 20th at 5:00 p.m. vs. Athens Christian.  The game will be played at Cedar Shoals Softball Field. Come out and support the Panthers!

Lady Panthers after their 21-20 win over MBMS

Picture Day

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


Announcements

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. To watch our weekly Panther News show, click here.


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

August 19th        MathCounts begins! 7:00 a.m. in Mr. Hussain's room

August 20th        PTO/Curriculum Night/Open House

August 29th        Picture Day

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.



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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.

Athletics

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!


Announcements

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