Sunday, March 2, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Quote of the Week: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

Read Across America Day

March 3rd is Read Across America Day, and at Hilsman we will be celebrating by dropping everything and reading at 10:00 AM. We also will celebrate by giving books away to our students, to encourage reading.  This is also a special day for us because last week we learned that we will be receiving a Striving Reader's Grant for the upcoming school year!  This grant will allow us to have an even greater focus on literacy within our school and community. We are excited!

Principal's Coffee

Are you interested in how to help your son or daughter be ready for the CRCT in math?  Come to our Principal's Coffee Friday, March 7th at 7:45 a.m.  Mr. Gaddis will be sharing with parents how they can help their child prepare for the CRCT.

Congratulations, 4-H Winners!

Congratulations to five Hilsman students for winning blue ribbons in the Regional 4-H competition!

CRCT Practice

Would you like for your child to be able to take a practice CRCT and get immediate feedback?  CCSD has a CRCT study guide page that links to Georgia's Online Assessment System (OAS). The OAS provides three practice tests for students in each subject area. Once the test is submitted, the student receives immediate feedback on their answers and why they were correct/incorrect. To access the OAS, follow the directions provided at this link.

Please Help PTO

We are in need of PTO officers for the coming year. There are only four meetings per year. An active PTO is one sign of a successful, thriving school. Consider doing this with friends or structuring the new officers so you have all grades represented for a smooth transition year to year. Middle school PTO is lower pressure than elementary school, and is a great way to stay involved during these important middle school years.

Officers: One year terms - President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer. I think treasurer is best served by one person over several years. (Thank you Patty Brooks)
Possible Committee Chairs: 

  • Conference Meals (twice per year)
  • Teacher Appreciation 
  • Website/email administrator
  • Fundraiser coordinator (box tops, toner cartridge recycling)
  • Spirit night/skate night liaison

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 cereal bars. Let's help out the NEGA Food Bank! 

Pax Panther is Coming to Hilsman!

We are very close to having the funds to bring Pax Panther to Hilsman. Wristbands are on sale before spring break for only $2 each.  

GACollege 411

One of the activities our students do in advisement is to work on to complete the requirements of the BRIDGE Bill. We have been working over the course of this year in advisement to assist our students in exploring their interests and researching a variety of careers based on those interests in 6th and 7th grade. Additionally in 8th grade, we have been building a 4 year plan that students will use throughout high school. As a parent of a junior, I can tell you that this was one of the most helpful tools we have had to ensure that my child is making progress toward meeting his goals and his graduation requirements. Ask your child if they have completed their interest survey (6th grade), saved three interesting careers (7th grade), or completed their 4 year plan (8th grade). If not, encourage them to log on to at home to complete these important tasks. Here is a link for parents to find out more information.


3/4/14                 Girls Soccer @ home vs BHL
3/6/14                 Boys Soccer @ home vs BHL
3/6/14                 C-Team Baseball vs. Jackson Co. 5:00


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. There is also information regarding No Name Calling Week, Service Learning opportunities, and much more. Here is the link to the Weekly Panther News.

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Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

March 3                          Rising 9th Grade Parent Night @ Cedar
March 7th                      Principal's Coffee 
March 10-14                  Spring Break
March 17-21                  Benchmarks
March 20                        IB Authorization Visit
March 26-28                   Parent Conferences
April 2nd                        Spring Pictures
April 3rd                         8th graders visit Cedar Shoals

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