Sunday, January 26, 2014

Are You Ready for Some Roundball? The Classic City Championship Is This Week!

Quote of the Week: “We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate—thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.” - Maya Angelou

40 Days of Peace

Many of our homerooms decided to participate in 40 Days of Peace. Here is how Ms. Michelletti's and Ms. Holland's homeroom is chronicling their peaceful acts!

Celebrate Good Times!

Hilsman students had an excellent showing at the District Social Studies Fair and will be sending quite a few projects on to the regional fair. Congratulations to the following students:

Lily Campbell and Daisy Knaub         Can Students Pass the Citizenship Test?

Audrey Garcia                                      College: What Do Eighth Graders Think?

Riley Hefner                                          Could You Recognize the Signs of Teen Suicide?

Lydia Jackson                                      The Government is Watching Us

Ved Vyas                                              Future of Chemical Weapons

Elainal Banks                                       Judging the Judged

Michael Horvat                                     The Black Sox Scandal

Emma Goodrick                                  What is the Difference? Urban Legend

Zach Holland                                       Civil Rights of Homosexuals

Ryan Chen                                           A Powerful Nation, Owned by Others?

Sachio Goodie & Bram Johnson      Larry Doby

Nathan Peacock                                 A Shot or a Shot That Was Not?

Danajia Boyce & Tiana Burton         Teen Pregnancy

Brandon Bannis & Eryn Culbreath    Impact of 1996 Olympics on Atlanta

Tristan Lankford                                 Student Survey of Violent Video Games

On Saturday, several Hilsman Panthers competed in the 4-H Project Achievement Day at Clarke Middle. I know several students won first place, and next week I will share a full list of winners!

This Friday we will be recognizing our students who had perfect attendance, All A's or A-B Honor Roll, or who earned Pride of the Panther for Quarter 2. I am so proud of our students!

PTO News - From your President, Beth Campbell!

Here are the positions and duties that need to be filled at Hilsman next year. What would be fabulous is for folks to go ahead & step up so we can get our ducks in a row. All your officers are moving on to Cedar. I'm already Cedar PTO president.

Many hands make light work. Consider doing this with friends or structuring the new officers so you have all grades represented for a smooth transition year to year.

Officers: President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer. I think treasurer is best served by one person over several years. (Thank you Patty Brooks)

Duties: plan meals for the long day of conferences, do something nice in May
For teacher appreciation, maintain the website/send out emails, box tops, toner cartridge recycling, skate night liaison, be an ambassador for your school, plan meetings (if you can get folks to come), decide on fundraisers & coordinate that, plan spirit nights at local restaurants (I would do a combo night with Cedar on that)

We have used our funds to pay for yearbooks for new & retiring teachers, help with STEM team, Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team. Dr B would like PTO to provide a welcome bag for new teachers -- which I think is a great idea.

We also need 2 parent Advisory Board reps.

Food to Kids Food Item of the Month

This month's food item for Food to Kids is Peanut Butter. If every student donated one 18 oz. jar of peanut butter this month, Hilsman would be able to contribute over 750 pounds of peanut butter to the Food to Kids program!  Please consider helping out if you can.

Teens for Jeans Campaign

Keep bringing in jeans for teens! This service learning project is important in many ways. Help us collect over 1000 pairs of jeans this month! Spread the word to your family and friends. Remember, the condition of the jeans doesn't matter. Parents, perhaps your workplace might want to join us in this drive and collect jeans for you to bring into Hilsman. Contact Karen Myers or Jackie Holland, chairpersons for this service project, for more information.

Watch the PPT here, and the video promo here.

Pax Panther is Coming to Hilsman!

The wristbands are here! Please be on the lookout for more information from the PTO regarding when the wristbands will be sold. The wristbands say "I support Pax Panther" and are yellow with black paws and letters. The faster the wristbands are sold, the sooner Pax can take up residence at Hilsman! The PTO will be selling wristbands during lunches for $3 each.


This week is the Classic City Championship Basketball Tournament. It is always exciting and we hope to have a great show of Hilsman spirit in the stands when our teams play. Tickets are $3 for adults, and $2 for students. Games begin at 4:30 each day.

Tuesday - First round (girls)
Wednesday - First round (boys)
Friday - Consolation round 
Saturday 9 AM til noon - Championship games

GITV will be streaming the tournament live this year!

Students interested in soccer and track may sign up in the front office. Tryouts will be 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. Our weekly news show can be viewed by clicking here.

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Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

Now- March 1               40 Days of Peace Project
Now-February 14        Teens for Jeans Challenge
January 28-Feb. 1       Classic City Basketball Championship
January 30                    School Council Meeting - 7:30 AM

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