Sunday, January 5, 2014

Hilsman It's Cold Outside!

Quote of the Week: "Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you." - Anonymous

FYI- January 6th is an A Day.

Welcome Back!

I hope that everyone had a relaxing and restful break. I am excited to see all our students tomorrow! Please remember to bundle up this week. The temperatures will be well below freezing tomorrow and Tuesday, so please wear layers, in addition to a hat and gloves. 

I love the semester break, because it gives a chance for us to reflect and make adjustments for a more successful second half of the year. On Friday, I encouraged our faculty to spend some time reflecting on the previous semester, and to share some things they wanted to start, stop, or continue this second half of the year. Parents, I encourage you to do the same activity with your students. Here are some prompts you can use:

  • What is one thing that has hindered a you from being more successful so far this year?
  • What is one thing that has helped you be successful this year that you would like to continue?
  • What is one thing you would like to start doing now that will help you be successful the second half of the school year?

Prior to the break, Ms. Hughes was honored at a reception before Star 94's Jingle Jam concert for being the statewide winner in Georgia United's Teachers Make a Difference contest. Camryn Tanner and her mom were able to join us as a representative of the Science and Energy Team. Below is a photo of us with State School Superintendent Barge:

Ms. Hughes, Dr. Barge, Dr. B, and Camryn Tanner, 7th grader

Also, as we return to school we will be fully 1:1 with technology. Students carry devices with them to each class throughout the day, and return them to their homeroom cart at the end of the day. We have had teams at each grade level piloting these procedures prior to break, and so far things have gone smoothly. Below is a photo of "tech team" members in Mr. Oulevey's class issuing devices to students during homeroom.

Report Cards

Report cards will be issued later this week, Thursday, January 9th. If you do not receive your child's report card, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

Energy Conservation Fair and Science Night

Our Energy Conservation Fair is scheduled for this Thursday, January 9th from 6:00-7:30 PM at Hilsman. Last year over 300 people attended our Conservation Fair. It is a wonderful community partnership event, with various Athens-Clarke County organizations participating. You will also be able to drop off recyclable materials at the conservation fair. See a flyer promoting the event here. Also, Science Fair projects will be on display for all to see. If you have further questions about the Conservation Fair, please contact Audrey Hughes.

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!

Getting Back in the Groove - Ways Parents Can Help

Parents, many of you ask how you can be an education partner at home to reinforce what your child is learning at school. I came across a blog post, which is for teachers, but has some very practical ways that parents can help their children of all ages at home to reinforce skills that are taught in math. You can find a link to that blog post here. Take a look at the graphic that goes along with the post. The ideas seem simple, yet some of these concepts like estimation, are the very skills that our students sometimes struggle with. 

Additionally, here is a link to an article titled "20 Excellent Websites That Make Your Children Smarter."  Some of the ones listed are for younger children, but others are for children of all ages and a few of them we use at Hilsman, like BrainPop.


Basketball season is here!  Our next game is Thursday at home against Coile. Game time is 4:30 for girls, with the boys game immediately following.


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!

January 6th - Students return to school
January 9th - Basketball game at home vs. Coile
January 9th - Science and Energy Conservation Night @ 6:00 PM
January 22nd - Grade 8 writing test; Mock test for grades 6 and 7

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