Monday, January 20, 2014

Will You Be a Peacemaker?

Quote of the Week: "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Day of Service and 40 Days of Peace

I hope that you had an opportunity to participate in one of the many service projects taking place in our school system and the Athens community today. Let's make it our goal to have a project at Hilsman next year! 

Today begins the 40 Days of Peace Project. From the website:

Why 40 Days of Peace?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. championed the cause of peace and the “Beloved Community”, yet in America and around the world our communities are negatively impacted by drugs, crime, and violence.

For 40 days, beginning with the Martin Luther King Holiday Jr. in 2014, national and local partners, individuals, families, communities, schools, communities of faith, community organizations and many others will focus on helping to start building a peaceful community.

You can make a difference in your own life and in the lives of others by acting peacefully during this period and help to create a community of peace.

We would love for all Hilsman families to take part in the 40 Days of Peace beginning MLK Day. Check it out here. Each homeroom at Hilsman will be deciding as a group if they want to take the pledge, and have their class name added to the 40 Days of Peace Pledge poster that will be hanging in the main hallway. This is an initiative that ties in beautifully with our status as an IB candidate school, our dream school vision, our Days of Peace, and our school mission and vision.

Celebrate Good Times!

DAR Essay Winners - Congratulations to 6th grader, Colin Frick, and 7th grader, Michael Horvat, for having their essays selected to represent the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution in the next level of competition! Both gentlemen were honored at a luncheon Saturday where they read their essays. 

Spelling Bee - Congratulations to Phoenix McAllistair, bee champion, and Joselyn Clark, runner up, on their spelling prowess! Phoenix will represent Hilsman at the Clarke County Spelling Bee.

Chess - Hilsman had a strong showing at the Annual Chess and Community Conference at the Georgia Center. Ten students attended and the team advanced to the quarter-finals. Students enjoyed the opportunity to play chess with other students from the county and surrounding areas.

Science Fair - Hilsman had 33 projects competing in the District Science Fair a week ago last Saturday. Of the 33 projects, 20 placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, and 15 of those will be heading to the region science fair! Congratulations to:

First Place Winners (headed to Region Competition)
Matteo Bell-Castille (8)Robby Ratajczak (8) 
Eli Hogan (7)
Julia Lance (7)
Fritz Fankowiak (7)
Caleb Haugland (7)
Catherine Wang (7)
Bennett Caughran (7)
Ava Kitchens (6)
Derrick Reid (6) and Isabelle Linkous (6)

Second Place Winners
Ben Barkdoll (8)
Jack Kitchens (8)
Keyasia White (8)
Catherine Hennessey (7)
John Kulik (7)
Sarah Chetney (6) and Ansley Guntermann (6)

Third Place Winners
Thomas Peters (6)
Perry Thomas (6)
Jack Fischer (6)
Willie Craddick (8)

Writing Test This Week

This Wednesday, every student in the school will be assessed in writing. The 8th grade will take the 8th grade writing test, while the 6th and 7th grade will take a mock writing test that will be sent to GCA for scoring. Please set the expectation with your students that this is a very important assessment. For 6th and 7th grade, this writing sample is the one used as one of four criteria for advanced content placement in ELA. For the 8th grade, it is a state mandated assessment. Help our students to know that their teachers have been preparing them all year for this assessment as they have been writing daily in almost every class. Remind them to:

  1. Get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the assessment.
  2. Arrive at school on time. 
  3. Manage their time, and use the entire 100 minutes to brainstorm, draft, and make their final copy.
  4. Write on the topic given. Their paper will not be scored or they will not be given a passing score if they do not write on the assigned topic.
  5. Transfer their draft onto the Final Copy paper. Drafts are not scorable so if their essays are not on the Final Copy page, they will not receive a score.
  6. Give their best effort. Everyone may not be a Hemingway or Walker, but everyone has something to say. 

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.


 Our next basketball game is Thursday at BHL. Game time is 4:30 for girls, with the boys game immediately following.

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 22nd               Grade 8 writing test; Mock test for grades 6 and 7
January 24                    Panther Pep Rally and Dance (tickets on sale during lunch)
January 28-Feb. 1       Classic City Basketball Championship
January 30                    School Council Meeting - 7:30 AM

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