Sunday, March 23, 2014

Parent Conference Week

Quote of the Week: “Second only to freedom, learning is the most precious option on earth.” – Norman Cousins



Parent Conference and Book Fair Week

Parent Conferences – Our spring parent conferences will take place Wednesday-Friday this week, with Thursday being the Eastside late conference day. If you have not scheduled a parent conference with your child’s homeroom teacher, please do so immediately by emailing or calling them. During this conference time, 6th grade students will select their foreign language that they will take for the next two years. All students will select the fine arts course they will take next year.

Book Fair – Our spring book fair is underway! In addition to being a great opportunity for students to buy a book or two that he/she has been desperately wanting, the Scholastic Book Fair is an important fundraiser for our school media center. Please consider helping to support this cause, which helps to provide additional resources for the media center and classrooms, as well as sponsor the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team. The book fair will be open on during parent conferences so that parents may take advantage of the book fair as well.



3rd Annual Poetry Café a Success!
We had a great turnout for our Poetry Café last Thursday evening. Many students and parents used their “Risk Taker” IB Learner Profile and shared poetry, including some original poems, with the audience.

An 8th grade student reads poetry.


Math Competition Night
This Thursday, March 27th, we will hold a Math Competition Night.  This is an exciting, fast paced competition that our students have enjoyed participating in this year with their classes. This is our late parent conference night, so we hope you will join us!


CRCT Schedules

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 began 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 noon on the Monday prior to guarantee transportation)
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
Energy Education Week was a success and we appreciate Mayor denson stopping by to make the proclamation. 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.



Golfing for a Good Cause
There is still time to register for the PTO’s “Panthers Golfing for Academics Tournament. The tournament will be held this Saturday, March 29th, at Gwinnett Country Club (3254 Clubside View Court, Snellville, GA). Tee time is 11:30 AM. For you golfers, the format is a 2-man scramble. There will be door prizes, trophies, and prizes, but most importantly you will be helping PTO provide incentives and support for PSP and other programs at Hilsman. This is a fun and relaxing way to support your neighborhood school. Come out and join us March 29th. The entry fee is $75 per golfer. For more information or to register, contact Stan Gaddis at 706-548-7281, or 404-849-8285.



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! 



Athletics
3/24/14                 Cedar Varsity Baseball @ CCHS 5:55 PM
3/25/14                 Boys and Girls Soccer @ CMS  4:30 PM
3/25/14                 C-Team Baseball vs. Prince Ave. 5:00 PM
3/25/14                 Cedar Varsity B-G Soccer @ Loganville
3/26/14                 Cedar Varsity Baseball vs. Flowery Branch 5:55
3/27/14                 MS Track vs Oconee/BHL   4:15
3/28/14                 Cedar Varsity B-G Soccer @ Winder
3/28/14                 Cedar Varsity Baseball @ Flowery Branch
3/28/14                 C-Team Baseball @ Athens Christian 5:55

Congratulations to our Boys' track team. 1st Place at NOHS!



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 21-28                  Book Fair
March 26-28                  Parent Conferences
March 27th                     Math Competition Night
March 29th                     PTO Panthers Golf Tournament
April 2nd                       Spring Pictures
April 3rd                        8th graders visit Cedar Shoals


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