Sunday, August 17, 2014

UPDATED - Smile! Picture Day is Near!

Quote: "Become friends with people who aren’t your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn’t come from your social class.This is how you see the world. This is how you grow." - Unknown



We had an AMAZING first week of school! We kicked off the school year with a schoolwide assembly, sharing some of our student performance over the past five years. Take a look at some of the increases we have had! While we still have work to do, Hilsman is clearly moving in a positive direction!

   
  
Grade
Content
2009
2014
Increase
6th
Reading
87%
92%
5%
7th
Reading
81%
89%
8%
7th
ELA
78%
85%
7%
7th
Math
69%
76%
7%
7th
Science
59%
75%
16%
8th
Reading
91%
97%
6%
8th
ELA
86%
91%
5%
8th
Math
60%
83%
23%
8th
Science
48%
76%
28%
8th
SS
64%
79%
15%


We also introduced Pax Panther at the assembly. The students were very excited that Pax has finally taken up residence at Hilsman. Be on the lookout for Pax at future Hilsman events. 


Pax Panther is in the house!


Please encourage your students to keep up the good work, study/read a little each night, and come to school ready for exciting learning opportunities.


Title I - School/Parent Compact Review

Please join our Family Engagement Specialist, Dr. Blankenship, and other parents for coffee from 11:00 - 12:00 on Thursday, August 21st to review and suggest revisions to Hilsman's Parent/School Compact. To RSVP, please respond here.


Technology

This week all students will have Personal Learning Devices (PLDs) checked out to them. For the first few weeks, students will pick up their device from the charging cart in homeroom, and return the device to the cart each day at the end of the day prior to dismissal. After Labor Day, students will begin to take the devices home each day. We will be communicating further information regarding this process in the coming weeks. For now, follow this link to take a look at the information your student will review in homeroom regarding device care and use.


PTO News

Hilsman PTO is selling spirit shirts, hoodies and car magnets. The shirts and hoodies have the "We are Hilsman" logo on them. If you are interested in more information, please pick up an order form in the main office, or email hilsmanpto@gmail.com


School Council

This year we have three openings on our School Council. Information is in the front office if you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, or you can follow this link to complete the form. There is one,  two year term for a parent representative, and we also need to fill two positions by parents who are also business persons in the community. We will take nominations through August 22nd. Voting will take place August 25 - 29, 2013 by ballot. Please consider serving Hilsman in this way.


Athletics

Many sports are underway! Volleyball and Cross Country had tryouts this week, and football and softball have been practicing for a while. Our C-Team Softball team has their first game this week in Oglethorpe County. Here are the Cedar/Hilsman sporting events for this week:


Tuesday 8-19-14                   Varsity Softball @ Johnson-Gainesville 5:30
                                                Volleyball  V-JV @ East Jackson ( Jackson Co. ) 6/7:00


Wednesday 8-20-14            C-Team Softball @ Oglethorpe Co. 5:00


Thursday 8-21-14                  Varsity Softball vs. Heritage 5:30
                                                V-JV volleyball @ Tallulah Falls 5:00


Saturday 8-23-14                 C-Team Football Jamboree @ Prince Ave.
                                                            ( vs. Malcom Bridge 10:45)
                                                            ( vs. Oconee Middle 12:15 )


Volleyball Jamboree @ Walnut Grove TBA


Picture Day

Picture Day is Friday, August 22, 2013. Students should have come home with information last week, or will be bringing it home Monday. Students may be out of uniform as long as they comply with the CCSD Dress Policy. Pictures can be prepaid, or families may wait until the proofs come back to order.


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. To watch our weekly Panther News show, click here.



More Ways to Connect

Here are several other ways to stay connected to Hilsman.

Follow us on Twitter!

Hilsman Middle has a Twitter account.  This is one more way you can stay connected to Hilsman, keep up to date on all Hilsman news, and receive links to information related to your child's education.  Follow us on twitter @HilsmanPanthers.


Facebook

Hilsman has a Facebook page that is updated regularly. Go to the Hilsman Middle School Facebook page and Like Us! You can also join the Hilsman Middle PTO Facebook page. It is a great forum for parents to get information and ask questions.

Team Websites

You can also visit the team website for the teaching team to which your child belongs. From there, you can access individual teacher webpages, resources, and Hilsman news. 

Remind 

Remind 101 is now Remind. Remind is a great way to receive important updates on Hilsman happenings. To sign up to receive reminders and news flashes click on the link for the appropriate grade below for three easy choices to sign up:

6th grade - Class of 2021

7th grade - Class of 2020

8th grade - Class of 2019


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

August 22         School Pictures (Students may be out of uniform)
August 27         Title I Meeting (6:00 PM - All parents encouraged to attend)
August 27         Curriculum Night/Open House
September 1    Labor Day Holiday - No School

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