Saturday, November 29, 2014

December is Hilsman's Acts of Kindness Month

Quote: “If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” ~ Harold Kushner

Can-a-thon (IB Service Project for November)

WHY??? 1 out of every 6 households do not have enough food to eat!!!

--Can drive for the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank
--Starts Wednesday, November 12th-Wednesday, Dec. 3rd
--Competition will be between grade level/boys and girls (ex: 6th grade boys, 6th grade girls, 7th grade boys, etc.). Winners will have a uniform free day!!!

--Each group will have their own barrel in the hallways during homeroom only.
(8th grade-main hallway, 7th grade-by Ms. Jones's Room, 6th grade-by Mosley's room)

Please consider sending in cans of food with our student. The last day is Wednesday, December 3rd.

December- Acts of Kindness Month

Two years ago we began a tradition at Hilsman of making December a month of kindness. Throughout this month, we encourage the Hilsman community to commit intentional acts of kindness toward others. Sites like Random Acts of Kindness and Kindspring have lists of ideas to help you get started. You might even want to take the 21 Day Gratitude Challenge from  At Hilsman, each classroom will have a Grinch, and the goal will be to fill the Grinch with hearts that have our acts of kindness written on them. Please join us in helping to make our community a kinder place during the month of December.

GAPSS Review December 2nd

Parents, we will be having a GAPSS review on December 2nd when we return from the Thanksgiving break. This means we will have a group of 8-10 educators from the surrounding area who will spend the day at Hilsman observing in classrooms, and interviewing teachers, students, and parents in order to help us know what we are doing well and what we still need to improve upon. They are scheduled to speak with parents at 8:00 a.m. in the Parent Center. Please join us that morning for coffee and pastries, and an informal time to talk with the review team. We need at least 8-10 parents who would be willing to attend, but all are welcome. If you can attend, please RSVP by clicking here.

Geography Bee and Social Studies Curriculum Night

Please join us Thursday, December 4th for our Social Studies curriculum night and Geography Bee. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and will take place in the cafeteria and Old Gym.

Jessica Nowell Memorial Stomp Out Domestic Violence Step Competition

Clarke County students, teachers and staff stomp out domestic violence in this exciting step show that benefits Project Safe. Judges will award honors to their favorite team, but the community and audience gets to choose their favorite as well by contributing in honor of their chosen team. Each dollar donated counts as one vote. Voting opens December 1st. Starting Monday we will have a change bucket in the front office where you can donate.

Tickets are on sale now at the Classic Center box office and on their website.
$15 for Adults
$10 for Students with ID
All proceeds benefit Project Safe

If you want to see something hilarious, you should come and watch your principal, assistant principal, and several of Hilsman’s finest teachers step! This is a great cause, and all proceeds go to benefit Project Safe. We have several families in our school served through this agency, so we are helping our own!

Family Engagement

Parents, if you attended Parent/Teacher Conferences in October we are asking that you complete a parent receipt of Title I documents.  These forms are available at the front desk, these documents is to show that you have received a copy of documents such as the compact/FE Plan.  The compact/FE Plan is also available on the Hilsman website for reviewing.

PTO and School Council News

Happy December, parents! A few bits of news from PTO. First, as you begin thinking about your holiday shopping, PLEASE remember to use the Hilsman Amazon link for any shopping you do on Go to: and click on the link for amazon. This gives PTO a small commission off of your purchases (but it does not raise your cost for the items one penny!) This is a great and EASY way to support the school. Share this link with your family and friends!

Second, don’t forget that Yankee Candle orders can still be made online through the website until early January. These sales still benefit our PTO. Please email to be sent the link, if you’d like to use this for some holiday shopping.

Third, we will be doing a “We love our teachers” holiday snack event at a time “to be determined” during the last week of school. We will ask parents to donate cookies, snacks, spreads, and other yummy holiday goodies so that our teachers can come in for a tasty snack and know how much they are appreciated. More details on the date and time to be announced soon!

We had *93* kids at last Friday's skate night, which netted $251 for the PTO! Thank you so much for your continued support of this fun event! We will use the money to help support educational initiatives and field trips for the students. We may have one more skate night; more info to come on that.


Hilsman Sports:

Wedneday, December 3rd                Basketball        Hilsman @BHL  4:30


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.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

December 2                                GAPSS Review
December 2 Principal's Coffee (parent focus group for GAPSS) 8:00 a.m.
December 4                                Social Studies Curriculum Night
December 9                                Science Fair (8:30 a.m.) Cafeteria
December 11                              Social Studies Fair (9:30) Media Center
December 11                              Chorus Concert
December 15                          Band Concert
December 20-January 4            Winter Break
January 5                                    Professional Learning Day

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