Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello September!

Quote: "A great public school must not only educate the students but also serve the community."  - John Hines

Title I Parent Meeting/Open House/Curriculum Night

We had a fabulous turnout for our Title I meeting and Open House. Thanks to all who came out and participated in these events. If you missed the technology orientation, there is information about future dates below.

Technology Orientations

There will be three additional times to view the parent orientation material for our Innovative Digital Learning Environments:

Tuesday 9/2                       8-12 drop in with Ms. Griffith in the Parent Center
Wednesday 9/3                  1-4 drop in with Ms. Griffith 
in the Parent Center
Thursday 9/4                      5 - 5:30 meeting with Ms. Griffith 
in the Parent Center

If you are unable to attend these sessions, 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 will be bringing home the Acceptable Use Agreement (AUA) form. 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

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

Our first PTO meeting will be Tuesday, September 16th at 6:00 PM. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Come out and learn about the activities we have planned for this year!

School Council

Congratulations to the following individuals who will serve on School Council this year. Due to the fact that there were no contested positions, these individuals were all elected by default.

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:

Tuesday. Sept. 2               Softball @ Clarke Central C-Team 4:30 Varsity 5:55

Wednesday, Sept. 3          Cross Country @ Athens Academy 4:00

Thursday, Sept. 4              C-Team Football vs. Madison Co. 5:30
                                          JV-V Volleyball vs. Lanier/Fl. Branch 5:00/7:00
                                          Softball @ Fl. Branch 5:30
                                          B-Team Football @ Stephens Co. 6:30

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

Hilsman Sports:

Thursday, 9/4                      Volleyball - Hilsman vs. Clarke Middle 4:30 (Home)

Teachers Give Back

Several of our teachers have done the "ice bucket challenge" for various charities. View the Google Announcements or go to the Hilsman Youtube channel to view some of these! You can also subscribe to the Hilsman Youtube channel and receive notifications any time a new video is uploaded. This includes our weekly Panther News.


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.


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 12th             Progress Reports go home
September 16th             PTO Meeting    6:00 PM (Media Center)
September 20th             School Council Training (BOE - 9 am-12 noon)

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