Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Quote of the Week: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Oliver Goldsmith



Welcome Back from Spring Break!

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great spring break. The next few weeks are going to fly by! Parents, you can help us out by making sure that your child is present at school every day, and on time. school begins at 8:25, and ends at 3:45. We really need every child here all day long. There is much learning that needs to take place between now and the end of school!

Book Fair begins this Friday!  The fair will run through next Friday, and will be open during parent conferences. 


Benchmark and CRCT Schedules

Many of you have asked about schedules for Benchmark Assessments and CRCT. 

Our benchmark assessments will be this week, March 18-19. 

Tuesday, March 18:         ELA/Reading  9:15-10:40
                                              Science            1:10-2:40

Wednesday, March 19:   Math                 9:15-10:40
                                              Humanities      1:10-2:40


Our CRCT assessments will be April 15-25, 2014.

April 15th - Reading

April 16th - ELA

April 17th - Math

April 18th & 21st - Make ups

April 22nd - Science

April 23rd - Social Studies

April 24th & 25th - Make ups


CRCT Math Boot Camp

Parents, would you like for your child to receive extra preparation for the CRCT in Math? This Saturday, March 22nd, we will begin our Math CRCT Boot Camp. We have a stellar team of teachers ready to help your child be prepared to meet or exceed on the Math CRCT when it rolls around in Mid-April. Here are the facts:

When: Four Saturday - 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, and 4/12
Where: Hilsman Middle
Time: 8:30-noon
What: Students will rotate through three activities designed to prepare them to be successful on this year's CRCT. The activities will be a blend of technology, hands-on instruction, and test prep.
Additional Details: Snack & Transportation provided (must register 
                                    by 5:00 p.m. on March 17th to have transportation on 3/22)

Registration forms were sent home with students on Friday before spring break. If you would like to register your child, complete the form and return it on Monday, or click here to sign up online.


Energy Education Week

We have lots of activities planned for Energy Education Week. Even Mayor Denson will be stopping by on Thursday! Everyone is encouraged to take the Energy Star Pledge. The team is 175 Energy Star Pledges shy of achieving our goal of 304 pledges this year. We have until March 30 to meet our goal. Here is the link to our Pledge Driver site: HMS Energy Star Pledge Link
Pledging to do one simple act: turning off lights when you leave a room will help the planet, save you money, and help our team. Click here to read the SET Newsletter.


IBMYP Authorization Visit This Thursday!

Our hard work over the past three years in implementing our IBMYP will culminate this Thursday with our authorization visit. During this visit, representatives from the International Baccalureate Organization will be visiting the partner schools, observing classrooms, and interviewing teachers, parents, and administrators. If you would be interested in participating, please email Cyndi Clark, IB Coordinator.


Parent Conferences Next Week!

Next week, March 26-28, we have our spring parent conferences. Please look for information from your child's homeroom teacher regarding scheduling a time for your conference. If you have not received anything by Wednesday of this week, please contact your child's homeroom teacher to schedule a conference time.


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! 


GACollege 411

One of the activities our students do in advisement is to work on GACollege411.org 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 GACollege411.org at home to complete these important tasks. Here is a link for parents to find out more information.


Athletics

3/20/14                 Boys and Girls Soccer @ home vs Coile


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.  Here is the link to the Weekly Panther News.


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Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!


March 18-21                  Benchmarks
March 20                        IB Authorization Visit
March 20                        Poetry Cafe    6:00 PM
March 21-28                  Book Fair
March 26-28                  Parent Conferences
April 2nd                        Spring Pictures
April 3rd                         8th graders visit Cedar Shoals

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