Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hilsman Named Finalist for STEM Award

Quote: "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 a Finalist!

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has announced that Hilsman Middle School has been named a finalist – out of over 230 nominees – for the 2014 STEM Education Awards in the Middle School category.  Read the full Press Release here!


UPDATE: Devices are ready to go home!  We expect to begin sending home devices on Wednesday 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

Reminder of the PTO Meeting for Fall 2014 coming up THIS Tuesday at 6pm in the media center! Please come join us for a discussion of our PTO goals and priorities for the coming year, as well as better ways to serve Hilsman families and teachers, and to make money for activities and events at our school. Hope to see you there!

PTO will have a Skate Night at Fun Galaxy THIS Friday night, September 19th, from 7-11 pm. Cost is $9.00. The homeroom with the most students in attendance (highest %) wins a uniform free day.

SET in the News

Twenty-seven SET volunteers worked at the annual Athens Water Festival at Sandy Creek Park. A few photos from the event are below.

Thank you to all of the volunteers for helping to educate others in our community about water conservation.

Local and International Visitors!

This week we were privileged to have two groups of visitors tour Hilsman to experience the wonderful learning activities taking place in our building. Our first group was from the Athens community, while our second group came from Glasgow, Scotland! Both groups were impressed with the high level of engagement of our students, and with the learning activities taking place. 

An Athens community member talks to two sixth graders about their math lesson

Visitors from Glasgow learn about Hilsman's recycling efforts.

Teacher candidates from Glasgow, Scotland.

Talk Over Tea - Title I

We had a great turnout for our Talk over Tea, and we appreciated all the feedback that you gave. Here is a photo from the event:

Ms. Griffith shares information with parents.

Eastside Golf Tournament - Postponed

The golf tournament has been rescheduled! Please continue to register teams. It promises to be a great event!

East Side Athens Golf Tournament
October 25th
UGA Golf Course
8am registration
9am shotgun start

We have prizes for our top three teams along with the longest drive and closest to the pin. Also lots of door prizes.
For $100 you will receive golf, golf cart, range balls, Chick-Fil-A breakfast, and lunch from Outback Steakhouse.

Register using this form

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 9-16                                  Softball @ Lanier C-Team 4:00/Varsity 5:55
                                                        Volleyball @ Winder ( Gainesville ) 5:00/6:00

Wednesday 9-17                             C-Team Softball vs. Athens Christian 4:00
                                                        Varsity Softball vs. Oglethorpe Co. 5:55
                                                        Cross Country @ Athens Academy 4:00

Thursday, 9-18                                Volleyball vs. Eastside ( E. Jackson ) 5:00/7:00
                                                        Softball vs. Gainesville 5:30
                                                        9th Grade Football vs. Madison Co. 5:30
                                                        C-Team Football @ Clarke Central 5:30

Friday 9-19                                     Varsity Football @ Lanier 7:30

Saturday 9-20                                 Cross Country @ Apalachee 8:00
                                                       Classic City Raider Meet @ CSHS 8:00

Hilsman Sports:

Tuesday  9/16                                Volleyball - Hilsman vs. Coile 4:30 (Home)

Saturday 9/20                                 Cross Country @ 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 16th             PTO Meeting    6:00 PM (Media Center)
September 19th             Fun Galaxy Skate Night 7-11 pm
September 20th             School Council Training (BOE - 9 am-12 noon)
September 24th             Math Curriculum Night

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