Sunday, February 23, 2014

Week of February 24th

Quote of the Week: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead




African-American History Program - February 27th

On February 27th, Hilsman will be hosting our annual African-American History program. The event will start at 7:00, so come out for the boys' soccer game and then stay for the program. Come join us!


CRCT Practice

Would you like for your child to be able to take a practice CRCT and get immediate feedback?  CCSD has a CRCT study guide page that links to Georgia's Online Assessment System (OAS). The OAS provides three practice tests for students in each subject area. Once the test is submitted, the student receives immediate feedback on their answers and why they were correct/incorrect. To access the OAS, follow the directions provided at this link.


No Uniform Days

Because everyone had the opportunity to be out of uniform this past Friday for Pink Out, the students who received Pride of the Panther for Quarter 2 will have their last uniform free day this coming Friday, February 28th.  If your student lost their wristband, have them see Ms. Brinkley.


Please Help PTO

We are in need of PTO officers for the coming year. There are only four meetings per year. An active PTO is one sign of a successful, thriving school. Consider doing this with friends or structuring the new officers so you have all grades represented for a smooth transition year to year. Middle school PTO is lower pressure than elementary school, and is a great way to stay involved during these important middle school years.

Officers: One year terms - President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer. I think treasurer is best served by one person over several years. (Thank you Patty Brooks)
Possible Committee Chairs: 

  • Conference Meals (twice per year)
  • Teacher Appreciation 
  • Website/email administrator
  • Fundraiser coordinator (box tops, toner cartridge recycling)
  • Spirit night/skate night liaison

We also need 2 Parent Advisory Board reps.


MathCounts and HRRB Compete 

On Friday our MathCounts team competed at the regional competition. We are excited that two of our students, Zach Holland and Madison Faber will be going on to compete in the state competition! We had a young team this year, and we are excited about what next year holds for us. 

On Saturday, our HRRB team competed in Statesboro at the East Divisional competition. Our team placed fourth, which puts them in the Elite 8 in the state. Making it into the top ten is a tremendous accomplishment, considering the hundreds of teams across the state that compete initially each year. This was another young team with several sixth graders, so we have a bright future ahead!

Madison Faber and Zach Holland will compete at the State level for MathCounts

Our Elite 8 HRRB Team!



Food to Kids Food Item of the Month

This month's food item for Food to Kids is Microwave Mac and Cheese. It can be either packets or individual serving size. Let's help out the NEGA Food Bank! 


Pax Panther is Coming to Hilsman!

We are very close to having the funds to bring Pax Panther to Hilsman. The PTO will be selling wristbands during lunches for $3 each.




GACollege 411

One of the activities our students do in advisement is to work on GACollege411.org to complete the requirements of the BRIDGE Bill. We have been working over the course of this year in advisement to assist our students in exploring their interests and researching a variety of careers based on those interests in 6th and 7th grade. Additionally in 8th grade, we have been building a 4 year plan that students will use throughout high school. As a parent of a junior, I can tell you that this was one of the most helpful tools we have had to ensure that my child is making progress toward meeting his goals and his graduation requirements. Ask your child if they have completed their interest survey (6th grade), saved three interesting careers (7th grade), or completed their 4 year plan (8th grade). If not, encourage them to log on to GACollege411.org at home to complete these important tasks. Here is a link for parents to find out more information.

 

Athletics

Soccer season is upon us! The girls will take on CMS at home at 4:30 on Tuesday, 2/25. The boys won their first game against Coile 5-1, and will take on CMS at home on Thursday 2/27 at 4:30. Come out and support our soccer players! Below is a shot of our victorious boys' team. Thanks to Dane Guntermann for capturing this!




Announcements

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. There is also information regarding No Name Calling Week, Service Learning opportunities, and much more. Here is the link to the Weekly Panther News.

Not Seeing Enough News?

If you have Hilsman related news to share, please send it to me for inclusion in the blog.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

Now- March 1               40 Days of Peace Project
February 27                  Hilsman's African-American History Program
March 3                          Rising 9th Grade Parent Night @ Cedar
March 6                          Cultural Heritage Night

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thawing Out...

Quote of the Week: “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. ~Confucius


I don't know about you, but I am ready for a full week of school!  This week our students will be off for Presidents' Day on Monday, and teachers will have a work day. One of the items our teachers will be working on is determining how they will ensure that students have the opportunity to learn the remaining curriculum, despite the missed days of school. At least one content area is looking at how they can incorporate virtual, independent assignments as one option. 

Open house at Hilsman was a success. We know that some parents and community members did not have the opportunity to come because the 6:00 PM time was canceled; however, please let anyone interested know that they are welcome at Hilsman any time. All they need to do is contact Ms. Joann Griffith, Family Engagement Specialist, or one of our counselors to set up a tour.

Here is a link to the video that we shared with community members when they arrived!

We Are Hilsman

Progress Reports

Because we weren't at school last week, progress reports will go home on Tuesday. If your child isn't happy with his/her grades, they have several weeks to complete missing work, remediate and retake tests, and get extra help. Contact your child's teacher for more information.

Remember that if your child is struggling, particularly in math, we have several online resources to help. Successmaker is available to every child both at school and at home. TenMarks is another great standards aligned resource. If you need help getting your child on TenMarks, contact Mr. Gaddis or your child's math teacher.

African-American History Program

On February 25th, Hilsman will be hosting our annual African-American History program. This event will be bigger and better than ever before, with some real treats in store. Come join us!

Uniform Free Days for Honors Students

We have rescheduled the opportunities for students to be out of uniform if they earned Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll, or Pride of the Panther to this week. Each student received a wrist band in a certain color for the award they earned. If your student was absent on Friday, January 31, their homeroom teacher has their award and wristband. If your student believes they earned an award but did not have their name called, please have them email me. We are human, and sometimes make mistakes. :-) Here is the schedule:

Monday—Orange-Perfect Attendance

Tuesday—Yellow- A/B Honor Roll (Includes A Honor Roll)

Wednesday—Green- A Honor Roll

Thursday & Friday—Festive- Pride of the Panther

No Name Calling Week - February 17-21

No Name Calling Week has been rescheduled as well. This week, Hilsman will engage in activities that affirm our commitment to a culture of kindness and respect by observing No Name Calling Week.  We have activities planned for each day of the week.  On Friday, February 14th, we will have our annual Pink Out against bullying and name-calling.  On that day, students can wear pink shirts, pink socks, (and yes, jeans, provided they do not have holes or rips!) to show their stand against bullying. This is a joint activity for Black History Month and No Name Calling Week. It is also one of our activities that we engage in to receive a No Place for Hate Designation. Below you will find the activities for each day.

Spirit Days:


Tues Feb 18th- Walk a mile in another's shoes-wear two different shoes with uniform
Wed Feb 19th- Hats off to No Name Calling-can wear a hat with your uniform
Thurs Feb 20th-Team up against Name Calling-wear a team jersey with uniform pants
Fri Feb 21st-     Pink Out- wear pink with jeans (must wear pink to be able to wear jeans)



Please Help PTO

We are in need of PTO officers for the coming year. There are only four meetings per year. An active PTO is one sign of a successful, thriving school. Consider doing this with friends or structuring the new officers so you have all grades represented for a smooth transition year to year.

Officers: President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer. I think treasurer is best served by one person over several years. (Thank you Patty Brooks)

Duties: plan meals for the long day of conferences, do something nice in May
For teacher appreciation, maintain the website/send out emails, box tops, toner cartridge recycling, skate night liaison, be an ambassador for your school, plan meetings (if you can get folks to come), decide on fundraisers & coordinate that, plan spirit nights at local restaurants (Can do a combo night with Cedar on that)

We have used our funds to pay for yearbooks for new & retiring teachers, help with STEM team, Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team. Dr B would like PTO to provide a welcome bag for new teachers -- which I think is a great idea.

We also need 2 Parent Advisory Board reps.


Congrats to Social Studies Fair Region Participants

Several of our students participated in the Region Social Studies Fair on Saturday at UNG-Gainesville Campus. Hilsman had the most representation of any middle school in the county, and one of our students, 8th grader Audrey Garcia, won 1st Place Best in Region, and will compete at the state fair in May. Congratulations, Audrey!


Food to Kids Food Item of the Month

This month's food item for Food to Kids is Microwave Mac and Cheese. It can be either packets or individual serving size. Let's help out the NEGA Food Bank! 

Teens for Jeans Campaign - Extension!

We have requested an extension in the Teens for Jeans campaign. Please bring in jeans on Tuesday! Contact Karen Myers or Jackie Holland, chairpersons for this service project, for more information.  You can drop jeans off in the front office, and I am going to try to arrange for someone to stand out at the car rider line to collect them so you don't even have to get out of your car!

Watch the PPT here, and the video promo here.


Pax Panther is Coming to Hilsman!

We are very close to having the funds to bring Pax Panther to Hilsman. The PTO will be selling wristbands during lunches for $3 each.





Athletics

Soccer season is upon us! The girls game on Tuesday has been canceled and will be played later in the season. The boys game will be played as scheduled on Thursday, at 4:30 at Coile Middle. Come out and support our soccer players!



Announcements

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. There is also information regarding No Name Calling Week, Service Learning opportunities, and much more.


Not Seeing Enough News?

If you have Hilsman related news to share, please send it to me for inclusion in the blog.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

Now- March 1               40 Days of Peace Project
February 17                  Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
February 18                  Progress Reports go home
February 19                  CSHS counselors visit Hilsman
February 20                  Boys Soccer Season Opens
February 21                  MathCounts Regional Competition
February 22                  HRRB Divisional Competition
February 25                  Hilsman's African-American History Program
March 3                          Rising 9th Grade Parent Night @ Cedar
March 6                          Cultural Heritage Night

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Why Are You Proud to be CCSD?

Quote of the Week: “We must be the change we wish to see.” - Mahatma Gandhi

At Hilsman, we have many reasons to be Proud to be CCSD. This Monday, February 10th, we will have the opportunity to show the public why we are proud of our school, and why Hilsman should be THE choice for their child's/grandchild's/niece's/nephew/s middle school experience. Please share about the open house with your fellow community members, and encourage them to come see Hilsman at either 10:30 AM or 6:00 PM on Monday. I could use one more parent at 10:30 and one more at 6:00 for the Q & A panel. If you are willing and able, email me at blankenships@clarke.k12.ga.us

Here is a link to the video that we will share with community members when they arrive!

We Are Hilsman

Progress Reports

Also this week, progress reports will go home on Tuesday. If your child isn't happy with his/her grades, they have 4 1/2 weeks to complete missing work, remediate and retake tests, and get extra help. Contact your child's teacher for more information.

Remember that if your child is struggling, particularly in math, we have several online resources to help. Successmaker is available to every child both at school and at home. TenMarks is another great standards aligned resource. If you need help getting your child on TenMarks, contact Mr. Gaddis or your child's math teacher.

Significant Weather Updates

It looks like there may be another winter storm potentially brewing. Guess what the storm is named?  PAX! The main source of information for school closings will always be the CCSD page. I will then repost that information to our Twitter, Facebook, Remind 101, and through email. As soon as I receive information, I will pass it on. 

Uniform Free Days for Honors Students

Last Friday we celebrated with each grade level and honored those students who earned perfect attendance, Honor Roll, or Pride of the Panther for Quarter 2. This week we will have opportunities for students to be out of uniform if they earned Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll, or Pride of the Panther. Each student received a wrist band in a certain color for the award they earned. If your student was absent Friday, their homeroom teacher has their award and wristband. If your student believes they earned an award but did not have their name called, please have them email me. We are human, and sometimes make mistakes. :-) Here is the schedule:

Monday—Orange-Perfect Attendance

Tuesday—Yellow- A/B Honor Roll (Includes A Honor Roll)

Wednesday—Green- A Honor Roll

Thursday & Friday—Festive- Pride of the Panther

No Name Calling Week - February 10-14

This week, Hilsman will engage in activities that affirm our commitment to a culture of kindness and respect by observing No Name Calling Week.  We have activities planned for each day of the week.  On Friday, February 14th, we will have our annual Pink Out against bullying and name-calling.  On that day, students can wear pink shirts, pink socks, (and yes, jeans, provided they do not have holes or rips!) to show their stand against bullying. This is a joint activity for Black History Month and No Name Calling Week. It is also one of our activities that we engage in to receive a No Place for Hate Designation. Below you will find the activities for each day.

Spirit Days:
Mon Feb 10th- Sock it to Name calling-wear crazy socks with uniform
Tues Feb 11th- Walk a mile in another's shoes-wear two different shoes with uniform
Wed Feb 12th- Hats off to No Name Calling-can wear a hat with your uniform
Thurs Feb 13th-Team up against Name Calling-wear a team jersey with uniform pants
Fri Feb 14th-     Pink Out-wear pink with jeans



PTO News - From your President, Beth Campbell!

Folks, 
Here are the positions and duties that need to be filled at Hilsman next year. What would be fabulous is for folks to go ahead & step up so we can get our ducks in a row. All your officers are moving on to Cedar. I'm already Cedar PTO president.

Many hands make light work. Consider doing this with friends or structuring the new officers so you have all grades represented for a smooth transition year to year.

Officers: President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer. I think treasurer is best served by one person over several years. (Thank you Patty Brooks)

Duties: plan meals for the long day of conferences, do something nice in May
For teacher appreciation, maintain the website/send out emails, box tops, toner cartridge recycling, skate night liaison, be an ambassador for your school, plan meetings (if you can get folks to come), decide on fundraisers & coordinate that, plan spirit nights at local restaurants (I would do a combo night with Cedar on that)

We have used our funds to pay for yearbooks for new & retiring teachers, help with STEM team, Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team. Dr B would like PTO to provide a welcome bag for new teachers -- which I think is a great idea.

We also need 2 Parent Advisory Board reps.



Mom/Daughter Workshop - A Success!

This past Thursday, we had our first Mom/Daughter Workshop, sponsored by Teen Matters. There will be two other workshops in the near future. I will post the dates soon!




Congrats to HRRB! Next stop - Divisionals!

Congratulations to our HRRB team for winning the region competition. Divisional competition is Saturday, February 22nd in Statesboro.


Food to Kids Food Item of the Month

This month's food item for Food to Kids is Microwave Mac and Cheese. It can be either packets or individual serving size. Let's help out the NEGA Food Bank! 

Teens for Jeans Campaign - Last Week!

This is the last week for Teens for Jeans! Please bring in jeans this week. Spread the word to your family and friends. Remember, the condition of the jeans doesn't matter. Parents, perhaps your workplace might want to join us in this drive and collect jeans for you to bring into Hilsman. Contact Karen Myers or Jackie Holland, chairpersons for this service project, for more information.  You can drop jeans off in the front office, and I am going to try to arrange for someone to stand out at the car rider line to collect them so you don't even have to get out of your car!

Watch the PPT here, and the video promo here.


Pax Panther is Coming to Hilsman!

The wristbands are here! Please be on the lookout for more information from the PTO regarding when the wristbands will be sold. The wristbands say "I support Pax Panther" and are yellow with black paws and letters. The faster the wristbands are sold, the sooner Pax can take up residence at Hilsman! The PTO will be selling wristbands during lunches for $3 each.





Athletics

Congratulations to the Lady Panthers - Middle School Champs! We are so proud of their undefeated season. Way to go!





Announcements

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. There is also information regarding No Name Calling Week, Service Learning opportunities, and much more.


Not Seeing Enough News?

If you have Hilsman related news to share, please send it to me for inclusion in the blog.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

Now- March 1               40 Days of Peace Project
Now-February 14        Teens for Jeans Challenge
February 10                  Open House (10:30 AM, 6:00 PM)
February 11th              Progress Reports go home
February 13-16             Les Miserables (CSHS, CCHS joint production)
February 17                  Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
February 18                   Girls Soccer Season Opens
February 20                   Boys Soccer Season Opens