Sunday, December 7, 2014

Can You Code?

Quote: When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

—The 14th Dalai Lama
Head Monk Of The Gelugpa Lineage Of Tibetan Buddhism

Hour of Code - December 11th!

This Thursday will be an exciting day at Hilsman as the whole school will participate in the International Hour of Code. This event is designed to promote student understanding and engagement in computer science. according to the Hour of Code website, "Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path." We are looking forward to this event and helping our students see the possibilities that exist for them!

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

Thanks to all of you who came and participated in the Parent Focus Group for HIlsman's GAPSS review. We appreciate the feedback that you gave to the team!

Holly Ball this Week!

The 8th grade is sponsoring a school wide dance this week as a fundraiser to help with expenses for their Washington, DC trip. The dance will last from 4-6 p.m. and the cost will be $3. There will be refreshments available for sale as well. Please arrive no later than 6:00 to pick up your student. Please only pick them up in front of the new gym. We will only have supervision in front of the new gym, so please do not ask your student to meet you in front of the school entrance. It will be dark and we want to keep all students safe.

Images from This Week

This was a busy week at Hilsman. Check out the photos below from just a few of the activities going on!

Teacher Candidates offer Differentiated Learning Center fair for Hilsman teachers.

Mentor-Mentee service learning project for Meals on Wheels

Reading celebration in Ms. Trammell's class!

Geography Bee and Social Studies Curriculum Night

Please join us Tuesday, December 9th for our Social Studies curriculum night and Geography Bee. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and will take place in the Old Gym.

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!

There will be one more skate night on December 19th. Please consider allowing your child to come out an join the fun!


Cedar Sports:

Tuesday, Dec. 9              Basketball @ Gainesville JVB 4:30 VG/B 6:00/7:30
                                        Classic City Wrestling Championships @ Oconee Co. HS 4:30

Wednesday, Dec. 10      9th Boys Basketball @ Flowery Branch 4:30

Thursday, Dec. 11          9th G&B Basketball vs. Clarke Central 4:30/6:00

Friday, Dec. 12               Basketball vs. Flowery Branch JVG-B 4/5:30 VG-B 7/8:30
                                        Wrestling @ Apalachee Wildcat Invitational 5:00

Saturday, Dec. 13          Basketball vs. Clarke Central JVG-B 11:00/12:30 VG-B 2:00/3:30
                                       Wrestling @ Apalachee Wildcat Invitational 9:00 am

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


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 9                                Social Studies Curriculum Night
December 9                                Science Fair (8:30 a.m.) Cafeteria
December 10 School wide Dance (New Gym) 4-6 p.m.
December 11                              Social Studies Fair (9:30) Media Center
December 11                              Orchestra Concert (6 pm), Chorus Concert (7 pm)
December 15                           Band Concert
December 19 Skate Night
December 20-January 4            Winter Break
January 5                                    Professional Learning Day

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