Sunday, September 7, 2014

Talk Over Tea to Help Shape Our Title I Program

Quote: "The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react." - George Bernard Shaw

Talk Over Tea - Title I

This Wednesday at 6:00 pm we will host a Talk Over Tea, to review our Family Engagement Plan and Parent Compact, as well as get additional input on our Title I Schoolwide Plan. Please join us for light refreshments and help us with this important activity that guides our instructional program. Come stay a few minutes, or the whole hour!

Eastside Golf Tournament

Register your team and help support our local schools! We need more golfers! This tournament is a great way to support the Eastside secondary schools.

East Side Athens Golf Tournament
September 13, 2014
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. I know it says the deadline is September 5th, but I am pretty sure that they won't turn you away. Call Patty Brooks!


UPDATE: We are almost ready to begin allowing students to take home their devices. The district has been working out some minor bugs with the web filter that will run on devices at home as well as at school. As soon as that is ready, hopefully sometime this week, we will begin sending home devices.

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 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

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

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


Congratulations to our C-Team Football team for their win over Morgan County this past week. We are 1-0! Our volleyball team lost a tough match against CMS. Come out and support them this week as we take on BHL! Many sports are underway. Here is the schedule for this week:

Cedar Sports:

Monday 9-8-14          Softball vs. Chestatee 5:30

Tuesday 9-9-14         Softball vs. Apalachee 5:30

                                  JV/V Volleyball @ Salem ( Loganville ) 6/7:00

Thursday 9-11-14      Softball vs. Salem 5:30

                                  B-Team Football vs. Habersham Central 5:30

                                  C-Team Football @ Habersham Central 5:30

                                  JV/V Volleyball @ Eastside ( Pinecrest Aca. ) 5/6:00

Friday 9-12-14         VARSITY FOOTBALL VS. CLARKE CENTRAL! 7:30

Saturday 9-13-14    Volleyball @ Clarke Central Play date TBA

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

Hilsman Sports:

Tuesday  9/9                    Volleyball - Hilsman vs. BHL Middle 4:30 (Home)


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 10th             Talk Over Tea (Review the Family Engagement Plan, and Title I Plan)
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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