Sunday, September 28, 2014

Updated - Why are YOU Proud to be a Panther?

Quote: "No day in which you learn something is a complete loss." - David Eddings


It is hard to believe that in a little over a week the first quarter of school will come to an end. We have truly had an amazing start to the school year. A few weeks ago I asked teachers what they liked most about teaching at Hilsman, and I got some great responses. This week, I want to ask students and parents, "Why are you proud to be a Hilsman Panther?" Leave your answer in the comment section at the end of the blog. We would like to use some of these comments in upcoming communications.


Hilsman a Finalist for STEM Award

Last month, Hilsman was named a finalist in the middle school category for the Technology Association of Georgia's STEM Education Awards. A team from Hilsman traveled to Savannah this past Friday to represent Hilsman at the TAG conference. Although we were not recognized as the winner, it was a great honor to be named as a finalist and our team represented Hilsman well!

Ms. Murphy and Ms. Butler are ready to answer questions about our STEM initiatives.

Lunch at the STEM conference. Hilsman recognized as a finalist!



Devices Deployed! 

We began sending home devices on Monday of this past week. Remember, your student's device cannot go home until the parent/guardian has viewed the orientation and returned a completed Acceptable Use Agreement, found here.

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:

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 - Yankee Candle Fundraiser

PTO's Yankee Candle fundraiser began Monday, September 22nd and runs until October 7th. This is a great way to help raise funds to support educational field trips, classroom activities and teacher appreciation events throughout the year. Every child who sells at least one candle will be entered into a nationwide drawing for a trip to Orlando for a family of 4. Your child can set up an online store to receive orders as well, so that out of town family and friends can participate. Please support this fundraiser!

We love Yankee Candles!

8th Grade Washington, DC Trip

Our 8th grade teachers are planning a trip to Washington D.C. this spring for 8th grade students. The deadline for sending in the deposit is September 30th. Click the link below to view the presentation if you were unable to attend the information meeting.




Picture Day Make ups

The photographer will be back on October 3rd to take photos of students who missed the first picture day, as well as to take club and team photos.  This will not be uniform free day; however, students may wear their spirit wear.


ELA/Math Curriculum Night

We had a great time at curriculum night! Check out the pics below:
Families learn about our math curriculum.

Families respond to quotes from a variety of texts.




School Council

School Council will have their first meeting at 5:30 on September 30th. Congratulations to the following individuals who will serve on School Council this year. 

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



Athletics

Many sports are underway. Here is the schedule for this week:

Cedar Sports:



Tuesday, Sept. 30              Volleyball @ Flowery Branch ( Apalachee ) 5:00/7:00

Thursday, October 2          B-Team Football vs. Flowery Branch 5:30
                                           Volleyball vs. Tallulah Falls 5:00/7:00 ( *SR NIGHT )

Friday, October 3 Football @ Heritage 7:30


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


Hilsman Sports:

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

Satuurday 10/4                              Cross Country @ Athens Academy


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. 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.


Facebook

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 

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 30th             School Council Meeting   5:30 PM
October 3rd                    Picture Day Make-ups and Club/Sport Pic Day
October 10 - 17th          Hilsman Book Fair - Contact Leslie Gonzales to volunteer 
October 13th                  Professional Learning Day - No School
October 15-17th             Early Release- Fall Parent Conferences

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall is Here!

Quote: "Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” – John F. Kennedy





Delayed Response

Over the next several weeks, my response to written communication may be slightly delayed. Unfortunately I had a small accident on Friday and fractured my elbow. I will be fine; however, if you need a quick response, the best way to reach me will be by phone.

True Dawg Fan! (only made it through the tailgate, though)


Technology 

UPDATE: Devices are ready to go home!  We will begin sending home devices on Monday of this week. Remember, your student's device cannot go home until the parent/guardian has viewed the orientation and returned a completed Acceptable Use Agreement, found here.

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 brought home the Acceptable Use Agreement (AUA) form last week. 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

PTO had a great turnout for their first meeting of the year. Click here to read the minutes of the meeting. 



Congratulations to Miss Crenshaw's class for having the highest attendance at the skate night this past Friday. Miss Crenshaw's class receives a uniform free day for their efforts.



PTO Yankee Candle Fundraiser

PTO's Yankee Candle fundraiser begins Monday September 22nd and runs for the next two weeks. This is a great way to help raise funds to support educational field trips, classroom activities and teacher appreciation events throughout the year. Every child who sells at least one candle will be entered into a nationwide drawing for a trip to Orlando for a family of 4. Your child can set up an online store to receive orders as well, so that out of town family and friends can participate.


8th Grade Washington, DC Trip

Our 8th grade teachers are planning a trip to Washington D.C. this spring for 8th grade students. There will be an informational meeting for parents on Tuesday September 23rd at 6 p.m.. If you are interested in your child attending this trip please plan to attend this informational meeting.


ELA/Math Curriculum Night

Our ELA and Math curriculum night will be held this Wednesday, September 24th, from 6 p.m. To 7:30 p.m. This will be a great time to engage in curriculum related activities and learn more about the concepts that your child is learning this year. It is sure to be a fun evening filled with activities and information. Refreshments will be served. Technology orientations will also be held, so if you haven't had an opportunity to attend one and sign the Acceptable Use Agreement, this would be a great time to do so.



School Council

School Council will have their first meeting at 5:30 on September 30th. Congratulations to the following individuals who will serve on School Council this year. 

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



Athletics

Many sports are underway. Here is the schedule for this week:

Cedar Sports:



Monday Sept. 22                      Softball vs. Johnson 5:30 ( Senior Night )

Tuesday, Sept. 23                    Volleyball vs. Heritage/Clarke Central 5:00/7:00
                                                 Softball @ Loganville 5:30
                                                 Northeast Georgia Marching Band Competition featuring the
                                                      UGA Redcoat Band. 5:00

Thursday, Sept. 25                  JV Football vs. Clarke Central 5:30
                                                Softball @ Oglethorpe Co. 5:00
                                                Volleyball @ Jackson Co./Morgan Co. 6:00/7:00
                                                C-Team Football @ Gainesville 5:30

Friday, Sept. 26                       Varsity Football vs. Flowery Branch 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 27                  Cross Country @ Aubrey Gundersen Invitational 8:00 am


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

Hilsman Sports:

Tuesday  9/23                                Volleyball - Hilsman vs. CMS 4:30 (Home)

Thursday 9/25                                Cross Country vs. North Oconee


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. 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.


Facebook

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 

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 23rd             Parent Meeting for 8th Grade DC Trip  6:00 PM             
September 24th             ELA/Math Curriculum Night     6:00 PM
September 30th             School Council Meeting   5:30 PM
October 10 - 17th          Hilsman Book Fair - Contact Leslie Gonzales to volunteer 
October 13th                  Professional Learning Day - No School
October 15-17th             Early Release- Fall Parent Conferences

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hilsman Named Finalist for STEM Award

Quote: "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 a Finalist!

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has announced that Hilsman Middle School has been named a finalist – out of over 230 nominees – for the 2014 STEM Education Awards in the Middle School category.  Read the full Press Release here!



Technology 

UPDATE: Devices are ready to go home!  We expect to begin sending home devices on Wednesday of this week. Remember, your student's device cannot go home until the parent/guardian has viewed the orientation and returned a completed Acceptable Use Agreement, found here.

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 brought home the Acceptable Use Agreement (AUA) form last week. 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

Reminder of the PTO Meeting for Fall 2014 coming up THIS Tuesday at 6pm in the media center! Please come join us for a discussion of our PTO goals and priorities for the coming year, as well as better ways to serve Hilsman families and teachers, and to make money for activities and events at our school. Hope to see you there!

PTO will have a Skate Night at Fun Galaxy THIS Friday night, September 19th, from 7-11 pm. Cost is $9.00. The homeroom with the most students in attendance (highest %) wins a uniform free day.


SET in the News

Twenty-seven SET volunteers worked at the annual Athens Water Festival at Sandy Creek Park. A few photos from the event are below.

Thank you to all of the volunteers for helping to educate others in our community about water conservation.




Local and International Visitors!

This week we were privileged to have two groups of visitors tour Hilsman to experience the wonderful learning activities taking place in our building. Our first group was from the Athens community, while our second group came from Glasgow, Scotland! Both groups were impressed with the high level of engagement of our students, and with the learning activities taking place. 

An Athens community member talks to two sixth graders about their math lesson

Visitors from Glasgow learn about Hilsman's recycling efforts.

Teacher candidates from Glasgow, Scotland.


Talk Over Tea - Title I

We had a great turnout for our Talk over Tea, and we appreciated all the feedback that you gave. Here is a photo from the event:


Ms. Griffith shares information with parents.



Eastside Golf Tournament - Postponed

The golf tournament has been rescheduled! Please continue to register teams. It promises to be a great event!


East Side Athens Golf Tournament
October 25th
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


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



Athletics

Many sports are underway. Here is the schedule for this week:

Cedar Sports:

Tuesday 9-16                                  Softball @ Lanier C-Team 4:00/Varsity 5:55
                                                        Volleyball @ Winder ( Gainesville ) 5:00/6:00

Wednesday 9-17                             C-Team Softball vs. Athens Christian 4:00
                                                        Varsity Softball vs. Oglethorpe Co. 5:55
                                                        Cross Country @ Athens Academy 4:00

Thursday, 9-18                                Volleyball vs. Eastside ( E. Jackson ) 5:00/7:00
                                                        Softball vs. Gainesville 5:30
                                                        9th Grade Football vs. Madison Co. 5:30
                                                        C-Team Football @ Clarke Central 5:30

Friday 9-19                                     Varsity Football @ Lanier 7:30

Saturday 9-20                                 Cross Country @ Apalachee 8:00
                                                       Classic City Raider Meet @ CSHS 8:00

Hilsman Sports:

Tuesday  9/16                                Volleyball - Hilsman vs. Coile 4:30 (Home)

Saturday 9/20                                 Cross Country @ North Oconee


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. 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.


Facebook

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 

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 16th             PTO Meeting    6:00 PM (Media Center)
September 19th             Fun Galaxy Skate Night 7-11 pm
September 20th             School Council Training (BOE - 9 am-12 noon)
September 24th             Math Curriculum Night

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!


Technology 


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 hilsmanpto@gmail.com


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



Athletics

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)


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. 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.


Facebook

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 

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)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello September!

Quote: "A great public school must not only educate the students but also serve the community."  - John Hines



Title I Parent Meeting/Open House/Curriculum Night

We had a fabulous turnout for our Title I meeting and Open House. Thanks to all who came out and participated in these events. If you missed the technology orientation, there is information about future dates below.


Technology Orientations

There will be three additional times to view the parent orientation material for our Innovative Digital Learning Environments:


Tuesday 9/2                       8-12 drop in with Ms. Griffith in the Parent Center
Wednesday 9/3                  1-4 drop in with Ms. Griffith 
in the Parent Center
Thursday 9/4                      5 - 5:30 meeting with Ms. Griffith 
in the Parent Center

If you are unable to attend these sessions, 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



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 hilsmanpto@gmail.com


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



Athletics

Many sports are underway! Here is the schedule for this week:

Cedar Sports:


Tuesday. Sept. 2               Softball @ Clarke Central C-Team 4:30 Varsity 5:55

Wednesday, Sept. 3          Cross Country @ Athens Academy 4:00

Thursday, Sept. 4              C-Team Football vs. Madison Co. 5:30
                                          JV-V Volleyball vs. Lanier/Fl. Branch 5:00/7:00
                                          Softball @ Fl. Branch 5:30
                                          B-Team Football @ Stephens Co. 6:30

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

Hilsman Sports:

Thursday, 9/4                      Volleyball - Hilsman vs. Clarke Middle 4:30 (Home)



Teachers Give Back

Several of our teachers have done the "ice bucket challenge" for various charities. View the Google Announcements or go to the Hilsman Youtube channel to view some of these! You can also subscribe to the Hilsman Youtube channel and receive notifications any time a new video is uploaded. This includes our weekly Panther News.



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. To watch our weekly Panther News show, click here.



More Ways to Connect

Here are several other ways to stay connected to Hilsman.

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.


Facebook

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 

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 12th             Progress Reports go home
September 16th             PTO Meeting    6:00 PM (Media Center)
September 20th             School Council Training (BOE - 9 am-12 noon)