Sunday, April 13, 2014

CRCT: We've Got This!

Quote of the Week: “When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."~Unknown

Hilsman is Happy!

Yes, Hilsman IS Happy - happy that our students are focused and ready to show what they know on the CRCT over the next two weeks. We had an exciting Pep Rally last Friday to celebrate the hard work that teachers and students have done this year to be prepared for our state test. Parents, you can support your student in three ways over the next two weeks:

  1. Help your student to get 8-9 hours of sleep each night.
  2. Ensure that your child is eating a healthy breakfast either at home or at school each day.
  3. 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."
To begin the pep rally on Friday, we showed a video that the faculty put together to motivate our students, and show them how happy we are that they are ready. The idea came from seeing many other schools and colleges do similar videos. 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!

Panthers Making us Proud!

Congrats to the SET and Green team for winning the Falcons' Rise Up and Recycle challenge! The Falcons came to visit Hilsman this past Monday. Thanks to Novellis for sponsoring the competition!

Relay for Life - Hilsman Heroes for a Cure

We had a great time as a Hilsman community at Friday's Relay for Life. Here is a pic from the Team Walk:

Funds will be collected through June for this year's Relay so we will do a few fundraisers with the students throughout April instead of just this week!!! The easy way to help??? Post info on your Facebook and Twitter or send friends an email. Ask them to go to get involved and donate to a team--Hilsman Black Panthers!!!

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.

Girls Soccer Wins Consolation, and Boys are Champs!

Our boys' and girls' soccer teams played in the tournament this week and were victorious!  Here is a picture of our champions! Congratulations to the girls on their first official win, and to the boys for being middle school champs.

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

CRCT Schedules

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 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

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! 

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 15-25                 CRCT
April 26th                   CCSD Fine Arts Day (All Day @ Cedar)
April 28th                   Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting and Tour
May 2nd                    Hilsman's World Fair  5th-7th periods

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