Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Countdown Begins!

Quote of the Week:  "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."  - James Baldwin


Hilsman is Happy!

Yes, Hilsman IS Still Happy - 

As of this writing, our video has almost 55,000 views on YouTube, over 79,000 views on the MyFoxAtlanta site, and an undetermined number on Braydon Anderson's website. We also discovered that each IP address only counts as one view. Many people have watched the video numerous times, but it only counts as one. Also, Hilsman is Happy has been seen in over 99 countries. This is so exciting! Although the official site counts don't show it, we are pretty sure with all the factors taken into account that our students at least reached their 500,000 view goal; therefore, each grade level will be having a one hour sunshine break sometime this week!



Hilsman World's Fair

Hilsman's World Fair has been moved to May 2nd during 5th, 6th, and 7th periods. Parents are welcome to attend, and even share a booth! Students will have a passport they will get stamped or signed at each booth. Here is the link for students to sign up to share. Contact Cyndi Clark if you have questions.


Immunization Changes for Next Year

At Parent Conferences you should have received information on immunization changes for the coming year.

Effective July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are entering 7th grade, and new entrants* to Georgia schools in grades 8- 12 will be required to have Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) and meningococcal conjugate vaccines before entering school for the 2014-2015 school year. Visit the Clarke County Health Department or your private physician to get these vaccines NOW.

* “New entrants” means anyone that is entering Georgia schools for the first time or is returning to a Georgia school after being gone for more than 12 months or one school year. For more information, call the Clarke County Health Department at 706-389-6921 or visit www.publichealthathens.com.



Camp Hilsman for 8th Grade

From April 28th until May 13th, 8th grade students will participate in Camp Hilsman, a "transition camp" to ensure with one last effort that our 8th graders are prepared for the rigors of high school. We have taken feedback from the 9th Grade Academy teachers at Cedar Shoals regarding the skills we need to ensure our students have, and we have developed a program to meet those needs. This is the third year of Camp Hilsman, and each year it gets better!

Our goals for Camp Hilsman are as follows:

  • Ensure that our students have a solid foundation in algebra and geometry,
  • Continue to strengthen writing skills,
  • Preview Biology and American Government standards,
  • Remediate any standards on which students did poorly throughout this school year.
Students will each have schedules built to meet their specific needs. We will use a flexible scheduling approach and each student will get a copy of the rotation they will follow for the duration of Camp Hilsman. If you have any questions, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.



Food to Kids Food Item of the Month
This month's food item for Food to Kids is applesauce and individual fruit cups. Let's help out the NEGA Food Bank! 



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.  Here is the link to the Weekly Panther News.




Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

April 28-May 9       Camp Hilsman
April 28th               Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting and Tour @6:00 PM
April 29th               Hilsman Spring Showcase Concert    
May 2nd                 Hilsman's World Fair  5th-7th periods
May 5th                  Spring Band Concert
May 6th                  Rising 6th graders visit Hilsman (during school day)
May 8th                  8th grade STEM Day
May 9th                  8th grade Semi-Formal dance (6-8 pm)
May 14th                6th grade awards and field day 
May 15th                7th grade awards and field day
May 16th                8th grade Moving On Ceremony 9:30 AM

Saturday, April 19, 2014

CRCT Week Two!

Quote of the Week: "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 Happy!

Yes, Hilsman IS Happy - Week One of the CRCT went very well. We have two more sections and then a day of maek up testing this week. Parents, you can support your student in three ways over the next two weeks:

  1. Have your children at school by 8:25 each morning.
  2. Help your student to get 8-9 hours of sleep each night.
  3. Ensure that your child is eating a healthy breakfast either at home or at school each day.
  4. Encourage your child that "they've got this!" They have been learning all year long. The CRCT is just another way for them to "show what they know."
As of this writing, our video has almost 45,000 views and has been seen in over 60 countries. This is so exciting! We have had emails from individuals all over the country telling us that we have brightened their day. We appreciate Braydon Anderson, a Hilsman volunteer and mentor, for volunteering his time to help us make the video. Here is the link. Please feel free to share it! Our students would like to see if we can get 500,000 by midnight on the last day of CRCT, which is April 23rd!



Hilsman World's Fair

Hilsman's World Fair has been moved to May 2nd during 5th, 6th, and 7th periods. Parents are welcome to attend, and even share a booth! Students will have a passport they will get stamped or signed at each booth. Here is the link for students to sign up to share. Contact Cyndi Clark if you have questions.


Immunization Changes for Next Year

At Parent Conferences you should have received information on immunization changes for the coming year.

Effective July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are entering 7th grade, and new entrants* to Georgia schools in grades 8- 12 will be required to have Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) and meningococcal conjugate vaccines before entering school for the 2014-2015 school year. Visit the Clarke County Health Department or your private physician to get these vaccines NOW.

* “New entrants” means anyone that is entering Georgia schools for the first time or is returning to a Georgia school after being gone for more than 12 months or one school year. For more information, call the Clarke County Health Department at 706-389-6921 or visit www.publichealthathens.com.




CRCT 

Our CRCT assessments will be April 15-25, 2014. Testing begins at 8:50 each day. Please make sure your student arrives to school on time each day. We need 100% of our students to test!


April 22nd - Science

April 23rd - Social Studies

April 24th & 25th - Make ups



Camp Hilsman for 8th Grade

From April 28th until May 13th, 8th grade students will participate in Camp Hilsman, a "transition camp" to ensure with one last effort that our 8th graders are prepared for the rigors of high school. We have taken feedback from the 9th Grade Academy teachers at Cedar Shoals regarding the skills we need to ensure our students have, and we have developed a program to meet those needs. This is the third year of Camp Hilsman, and each year it gets better!

Our goals for Camp Hilsman are as follows:

  • Ensure that our students have a solid foundation in algebra and geometry,
  • Continue to strengthen writing skills,
  • Preview Biology and American Government standards,
  • Remediate any standards on which students did poorly throughout this school year.
Students will each have schedules built to meet their specific needs. We will use a flexible scheduling approach and each student will get a copy of the rotation they will follow for the duration of Camp Hilsman. If you have any questions, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.



Food to Kids Food Item of the Month
This month's food item for Food to Kids is applesauce and individual fruit cups. Let's help out the NEGA Food Bank! 



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.  Here is the link to the Weekly Panther News.




Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

April 21st               Progress Reports go home
April 21-25             CRCT
April 26th               CCSD Fine Arts Day (All Day @ Cedar)
April 28-May 9       Camp Hilsman
April 28th               Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting and Tour @6:00 PM
April 29th               Hilsman Spring Showcase Concert    
May 2nd                 Hilsman's World Fair  5th-7th periods
May 5th                  Spring Band Concert
May 6th                  Rising 6th graders visit Hilsman (during school day)
May 8th                  8th grade STEM Day
May 14th                6th grade awards and field day 
May 15th                7th grade awards and field day
May 16th                8th grade Moving On Ceremony 9:30 AM


Sunday, April 13, 2014

CRCT: We've Got This!

Quote of the Week: “When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."~Unknown


Hilsman is Happy!

Yes, Hilsman IS Happy - happy that our students are focused and ready to show what they know on the CRCT over the next two weeks. We had an exciting Pep Rally last Friday to celebrate the hard work that teachers and students have done this year to be prepared for our state test. Parents, you can support your student in three ways over the next two weeks:

  1. Help your student to get 8-9 hours of sleep each night.
  2. Ensure that your child is eating a healthy breakfast either at home or at school each day.
  3. Encourage your child that "they've got this!" They have been learning all year long. The CRCT is just another way for them to "show what they know."
To begin the pep rally on Friday, we showed a video that the faculty put together to motivate our students, and show them how happy we are that they are ready. The idea came from seeing many other schools and colleges do similar videos. We appreciate Braydon Anderson, a Hilsman volunteer and mentor, for volunteering his time to help us make the video. Here is the link. Please feel free to share it! Our students would like to see if we can get 500,000 by midnight on the last day of CRCT, which is April 23rd!


Panthers Making us Proud!

Congrats to the SET and Green team for winning the Falcons' Rise Up and Recycle challenge! The Falcons came to visit Hilsman this past Monday. Thanks to Novellis for sponsoring the competition!



Relay for Life - Hilsman Heroes for a Cure

We had a great time as a Hilsman community at Friday's Relay for Life. Here is a pic from the Team Walk:





Funds will be collected through June for this year's Relay so we will do a few fundraisers with the students throughout April instead of just this week!!! The easy way to help??? Post info on your Facebook and Twitter or send friends an email. Ask them to go to http://www.relayforlife.org/---to get involved and donate to a team--Hilsman Black Panthers!!!




Hilsman World's Fair

Hilsman's World Fair has been moved to May 2nd during 5th, 6th, and 7th periods. Parents are welcome to attend, and even share a booth! Students will have a passport they will get stamped or signed at each booth. Here is the link for students to sign up to share. Contact Cyndi Clark if you have questions.

Girls Soccer Wins Consolation, and Boys are Champs!

Our boys' and girls' soccer teams played in the tournament this week and were victorious!  Here is a picture of our champions! Congratulations to the girls on their first official win, and to the boys for being middle school champs.



Immunization Changes for Next Year

At Parent Conferences you should have received information on immunization changes for the coming year.

Effective July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are entering 7th grade, and new entrants* to Georgia schools in grades 8- 12 will be required to have Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) and meningococcal conjugate vaccines before entering school for the 2014-2015 school year. Visit the Clarke County Health Department or your private physician to get these vaccines NOW.

* “New entrants” means anyone that is entering Georgia schools for the first time or is returning to a Georgia school after being gone for more than 12 months or one school year. For more information, call the Clarke County Health Department at 706-389-6921 or visit www.publichealthathens.com.




CRCT Schedules

Our CRCT assessments will be April 15-25, 2014. Testing begins at 8:50 each day. Please make sure your student arrives to school on time each day. We need 100% of our students to test!

April 15th - Reading

April 16th - ELA

April 17th - Math

April 18th & 21st - Make ups

April 22nd - Science

April 23rd - Social Studies

April 24th & 25th - Make ups



Food to Kids Food Item of the Month
This month's food item for Food to Kids is applesauce and individual fruit cups. Let's help out the NEGA Food Bank! 



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.  Here is the link to the Weekly Panther News.




Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

April 15-25                 CRCT
April 26th                   CCSD Fine Arts Day (All Day @ Cedar)
April 28th                   Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting and Tour
May 2nd                    Hilsman's World Fair  5th-7th periods

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Relay Week!

Quote of the Week: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - J. K. Rowling



Panthers Making us Proud!

On Thursday, our Boys' soccer team defeated a strong BHL team. By virtue of this win, our boys closed out the regular season in 1st place! 


This past Friday, our very own Zach Holland, 8th grade student, competed in the National Geographic Bee in Milledgeville at Georgia College and State University. In a very tough competition, Zach placed third overall in the state. We are so proud of him!



Saturday evening, our Powerful, Ambitious, Winning, Steppers competed in the annual Youth Step Show. The precision and spirit with which they performed was outstanding! These young ladies and their coaches, Ms. McDavid and Mr. Lawrence, put in many hours of hard work to create a spectacular performance. The team placed third, and won the People's Choice Award. Congratulations, ladies!!

Relay for Life this Friday

Relay for Life is an all-night fundraiser. It's purpose to raise money as well as awareness!!! We all know folks who cancer has touched. To read about the history of relay--go to http://www.relayforlife.org. Opening ceremony is at 7:00 PM.

Funds will be collected through June for this year's Relay so we will do a few fundraisers with the students throughout April instead of just this week!!! The easy way to help??? Post info on your Facebook and Twitter or send friends an email. Ask them to go to http://www.relayforlife.org/---to get involved and donate to a team--Hilsman Black Panthers!!!


Hilsman World's Fair

Saturday, April 26th, we will hold the first ever Hilsman World's Fair! This event will be from 11 AM until 1:00 PM, and will be a way to have fun, fellowship, and share the cultural diversity that exists here at Hilsman. It promises to be a wonderful family event. We want everyone who can to participate and make this a wonderful "near year-end" celebration for the entire school. It promises to be fun, rain or shine!

Please come and share something interesting about your culture, religion, etc. Suggestions include crafts, songs, stories, dance, instruments, sports, and/or food samples. All are welcome to join us for this unique experience. Complete the online form found here, or pick up a hard copy and leave it in the front office. Please let us know if you can attend by Friday, April 11th.

Soccer Teams Moving on to Tournament

Our boys' and girls' soccer teams will be playing in the middle school soccer tournament this week. Both teams have shown great improvement this year, and our boys scored big (pardon the pun) by defeating a very strong BHL team this past week! Going into the tournament our boys' team is in first place. Woohoo! We need lots of support for our teams this week. Below is the schedule:

Tuesday @ BHL
Game 1:                   #1 Hilsman vs. #4 Clarke Middle (4:30 PM)
Game 2:                   #2 BHL vs. #3 Coile  (5:40 PM)

Friday @ CCHS
Game 1:                   Girls consolation (4:30 pm)
                                               Hilsman vs Coile 

Game 2:                   Boys consolation (5:40 pm) 

Game 3:                   Girls Championship (6:50 pm) 
                                              BHL vs Clarke Middle

Game 4:                   Boys Championship (8:00 pm) 

Gate fees are $3/Adults and $2/Students for all events.


Immunization Changes for Next Year

At Parent Conferences you should have received information on immunization changes for the coming year.

Effective July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are entering 7th grade, and new entrants* to Georgia schools in grades 8- 12 will be required to have Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) and meningococcal conjugate vaccines before entering school for the 2014-2015 school year. Visit the Clarke County Health Department or your private physician to get these vaccines NOW.

* “New entrants” means anyone that is entering Georgia schools for the first time or is returning to a Georgia school after being gone for more than 12 months or one school year. For more information, call the Clarke County Health Department at 706-389-6921 or visit www.publichealthathens.com.

CRCT Schedules

Our CRCT assessments will be April 15-25, 2014.

April 15th - Reading

April 16th - ELA

April 17th - Math

April 18th & 21st - Make ups

April 22nd - Science

April 23rd - Social Studies

April 24th & 25th - Make ups



Food to Kids Food Item of the Month
This month's food item for Food to Kids is applesauce and individual fruit cups. Let's help out the NEGA Food Bank! 



Athletics

Cedar Events:
Monday 4-7-14
Varsity Baseball vs. Appalachee 5:55

Tuesday 4-8-14 
Varsity G/B Soccer vs. Jackson Co. 5:30/7:30

Wednesday 4-9-14 
Varsity Baseball vs. Loganville 5:55

Thursday 4-10-14 
Varsity Baseball @ Loganville 5:55

Saturday 4-12-14 
Cedar Central Soccer Day at Clarke Central
JVG/B 11:00/1:00             VG/B 6:00/8:00


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.  Here is the link to the Weekly Panther News.




Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

April 8-11                   MS Soccer Tournament
April 11                      CRCT Pep Rally
April 11                      Relay for Life (YMCA)
April 15-25                 CRCT
April 26th                   Hilsman's World Fair  11:00 AM-1:00 PM 
April 26th                   CCSD Fine Arts Day (All Day @ Cedar)
April 28th                   Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting and Tour