Saturday, April 19, 2014

CRCT Week Two!

Quote of the Week: "Finish each day & be done with it. You have done what you could. Learn from it; tomorrow is a new day." -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Hilsman is Happy!

Yes, Hilsman IS Happy - Week One of the CRCT went very well. We have two more sections and then a day of maek up testing this week. Parents, you can support your student in three ways over the next two weeks:

  1. Have your children at school by 8:25 each morning.
  2. Help your student to get 8-9 hours of sleep each night.
  3. Ensure that your child is eating a healthy breakfast either at home or at school each day.
  4. Encourage your child that "they've got this!" They have been learning all year long. The CRCT is just another way for them to "show what they know."
As of this writing, our video has almost 45,000 views and has been seen in over 60 countries. This is so exciting! We have had emails from individuals all over the country telling us that we have brightened their day. We appreciate Braydon Anderson, a Hilsman volunteer and mentor, for volunteering his time to help us make the video. Here is the link. Please feel free to share it! Our students would like to see if we can get 500,000 by midnight on the last day of CRCT, which is April 23rd!



Hilsman World's Fair

Hilsman's World Fair has been moved to May 2nd during 5th, 6th, and 7th periods. Parents are welcome to attend, and even share a booth! Students will have a passport they will get stamped or signed at each booth. Here is the link for students to sign up to share. Contact Cyndi Clark if you have questions.


Immunization Changes for Next Year

At Parent Conferences you should have received information on immunization changes for the coming year.

Effective July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are entering 7th grade, and new entrants* to Georgia schools in grades 8- 12 will be required to have Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) and meningococcal conjugate vaccines before entering school for the 2014-2015 school year. Visit the Clarke County Health Department or your private physician to get these vaccines NOW.

* “New entrants” means anyone that is entering Georgia schools for the first time or is returning to a Georgia school after being gone for more than 12 months or one school year. For more information, call the Clarke County Health Department at 706-389-6921 or visit www.publichealthathens.com.




CRCT 

Our CRCT assessments will be April 15-25, 2014. Testing begins at 8:50 each day. Please make sure your student arrives to school on time each day. We need 100% of our students to test!


April 22nd - Science

April 23rd - Social Studies

April 24th & 25th - Make ups



Camp Hilsman for 8th Grade

From April 28th until May 13th, 8th grade students will participate in Camp Hilsman, a "transition camp" to ensure with one last effort that our 8th graders are prepared for the rigors of high school. We have taken feedback from the 9th Grade Academy teachers at Cedar Shoals regarding the skills we need to ensure our students have, and we have developed a program to meet those needs. This is the third year of Camp Hilsman, and each year it gets better!

Our goals for Camp Hilsman are as follows:

  • Ensure that our students have a solid foundation in algebra and geometry,
  • Continue to strengthen writing skills,
  • Preview Biology and American Government standards,
  • Remediate any standards on which students did poorly throughout this school year.
Students will each have schedules built to meet their specific needs. We will use a flexible scheduling approach and each student will get a copy of the rotation they will follow for the duration of Camp Hilsman. If you have any questions, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.



Food to Kids Food Item of the Month
This month's food item for Food to Kids is applesauce and individual fruit cups. Let's help out the NEGA Food Bank! 



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.




Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

April 21st               Progress Reports go home
April 21-25             CRCT
April 26th               CCSD Fine Arts Day (All Day @ Cedar)
April 28-May 9       Camp Hilsman
April 28th               Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting and Tour @6:00 PM
April 29th               Hilsman Spring Showcase Concert    
May 2nd                 Hilsman's World Fair  5th-7th periods
May 5th                  Spring Band Concert
May 6th                  Rising 6th graders visit Hilsman (during school day)
May 8th                  8th grade STEM Day
May 14th                6th grade awards and field day 
May 15th                7th grade awards and field day
May 16th                8th grade Moving On Ceremony 9:30 AM


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