Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall is Here!

Quote: "Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” – John F. Kennedy

Delayed Response

Over the next several weeks, my response to written communication may be slightly delayed. Unfortunately I had a small accident on Friday and fractured my elbow. I will be fine; however, if you need a quick response, the best way to reach me will be by phone.

True Dawg Fan! (only made it through the tailgate, though)


UPDATE: Devices are ready to go home!  We will begin sending home devices on Monday of this week. Remember, your student's device cannot go home until the parent/guardian has viewed the orientation and returned a completed Acceptable Use Agreement, found here.

If you were unable to attend a technology orientation session, you may view the orientation online by clicking the link below. The orientation is a Google presentation, and has a short video embedded in the second slide:

Each child brought home the Acceptable Use Agreement (AUA) form last week. Once you have viewed the orientation, either in the parent center or online, you will need to sign and return the AUA to Hilsman. If you are choosing to pay the $25 technology fee, You may send that to school with the form as well. Your child can turn in the form to the front office, to Ms. Welch-Quigley, or to their homeroom teacher.

Additionally, here are links to the Student/Parent Handbooks, in both English and Spanish:

Handbook - English
Handbook - Spanish

Here is a snapshot of one of the ways that technology is being integrated into daily instruction of the standards. Photo courtesy of our new instructional coach, Ms. Hayes!

Students are using devices to answer text dependent questions.

PTO News

PTO had a great turnout for their first meeting of the year. Click here to read the minutes of the meeting. 

Congratulations to Miss Crenshaw's class for having the highest attendance at the skate night this past Friday. Miss Crenshaw's class receives a uniform free day for their efforts.

PTO Yankee Candle Fundraiser

PTO's Yankee Candle fundraiser begins Monday September 22nd and runs for the next two weeks. This is a great way to help raise funds to support educational field trips, classroom activities and teacher appreciation events throughout the year. Every child who sells at least one candle will be entered into a nationwide drawing for a trip to Orlando for a family of 4. Your child can set up an online store to receive orders as well, so that out of town family and friends can participate.

8th Grade Washington, DC Trip

Our 8th grade teachers are planning a trip to Washington D.C. this spring for 8th grade students. There will be an informational meeting for parents on Tuesday September 23rd at 6 p.m.. If you are interested in your child attending this trip please plan to attend this informational meeting.

ELA/Math Curriculum Night

Our ELA and Math curriculum night will be held this Wednesday, September 24th, from 6 p.m. To 7:30 p.m. This will be a great time to engage in curriculum related activities and learn more about the concepts that your child is learning this year. It is sure to be a fun evening filled with activities and information. Refreshments will be served. Technology orientations will also be held, so if you haven't had an opportunity to attend one and sign the Acceptable Use Agreement, this would be a great time to do so.

School Council

School Council will have their first meeting at 5:30 on September 30th. Congratulations to the following individuals who will serve on School Council this year. 

Michelle Pisarek - Business Partner, East Athens Counseling
Gayle Andrews - Business Partner, UGA College of Education
Denise Everson - Parent, 6th grader
Chinami Goodie - Parent, 7th grader


Many sports are underway. Here is the schedule for this week:

Cedar Sports:

Monday Sept. 22                      Softball vs. Johnson 5:30 ( Senior Night )

Tuesday, Sept. 23                    Volleyball vs. Heritage/Clarke Central 5:00/7:00
                                                 Softball @ Loganville 5:30
                                                 Northeast Georgia Marching Band Competition featuring the
                                                      UGA Redcoat Band. 5:00

Thursday, Sept. 25                  JV Football vs. Clarke Central 5:30
                                                Softball @ Oglethorpe Co. 5:00
                                                Volleyball @ Jackson Co./Morgan Co. 6:00/7:00
                                                C-Team Football @ Gainesville 5:30

Friday, Sept. 26                       Varsity Football vs. Flowery Branch 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 27                  Cross Country @ Aubrey Gundersen Invitational 8:00 am

GO JAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hilsman Sports:

Tuesday  9/23                                Volleyball - Hilsman vs. CMS 4:30 (Home)

Thursday 9/25                                Cross Country vs. North Oconee


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.

Campus Parent Portal

Parents can access their student's grades, attendance, and performance on assessments through the Parent Portal by establishing an account. To access the directions to sign up for Parent Portal, click here. There's also an app that you can download to your phone that will send you push notifications every time a grade is entered!

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.


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. 

Parent Portal

Keep up with your child's grades and assignments by logging into Infinite Campus' Parent Portal. To sign up for a Parent Portal Account, click here.


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!

September 23rd             Parent Meeting for 8th Grade DC Trip  6:00 PM             
September 24th             ELA/Math Curriculum Night     6:00 PM
September 30th             School Council Meeting   5:30 PM
October 10 - 17th          Hilsman Book Fair - Contact Leslie Gonzales to volunteer 
October 13th                  Professional Learning Day - No School
October 15-17th             Early Release- Fall Parent Conferences

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