Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

Welcome back, and welcome to 2015! We are ready for the second half of the school year and there are a lot of exciting things in store for Hilsman. Please note that students return on Tuesday, January 5th. Tuesday will be an A day.

Student Council

Student council is off to a great start! We have had our first meeting, and will continue to meet at 7:45 a.m. before school twice per month. The 2014-15 HMS Student Council members are:

Alvin Yang
Tykerius Monford
William Fang
Kamrie Branch
Bryant Harper
William Lineberger
Thomas Peters
Destiny Kelly 
Nyah Carlson
Amun Bassue-Youngblood
Bonterris Turner
Rodney Wright
Little Reese Ransom Iv 

"No Flex Zone"

Happy New Year parents. Welcome back!

We are excited about the direction that we are headed in during the 3rd quarter of school. As many of your children may have mentioned, we are entering a " No Flex Zone" at Hilsman. This simply means we are going to design our environment to ensure that we are focusing on academics and 
continue creating a culture of excellence at Hilsman. Of course with every New Year comes changes and we will be implementing several changes to our discipline system for the remainder of the year. These policies have been created and revised with input from both faculty and students, particularly our student council members. 

Cell Phones

When students return to school they will NOT be allowed to use personal cellular devices between the hours of 8 and 4. If students need to make emergency phone calls to parents, they will be allowed to use the teacher's phone or the office phone with a pass from the teacher. All of the students have access to their personal learning devices therefore cell phones are not needed during instructional time.

Every student will be allowed allowed to bring their cell phone to school with parent permission; however, they will be given the option of either leaving the phone in their locked locker or in a designated container in their teacher's classroom. Many teachers are already offering this option to students with great success.

If a student is found in violation of the new cell phone policy, the following will happen:

First offense: The phone will be confiscated and given to an administrator until the end of the day. If a student refuses to give the phone, they will be placed in ISS for refusing to follow directions and the phone will be confiscated pending a parent conference.

Second offense: If the phone is taken a second time, the phone will be confiscated and given to an administrator pending a parent conference. The phone will NOT be given be back until the parent conference. No exception will be made to this policy.

Third offense: If the phone is taken a third time, the phone will be confiscated pending a parent conference and the student will be assigned to ISS for 3 days.

Although the policy is strict, we ask that you help us enforce the new policy. This will help eliminate disruptions to our school environment that are caused by social media or text messages that are delivered among students during the day. We want ALL of our students to be successful and with your help we can get off to a great start the second half of the year!

Merits and Demerits

Our PBIS system has gotten off to a great start! Students are earning merits and opportunities to become involved team/school wide incentives. Students are able to earn merits by simply being a good Hilsman Panther and exhibiting PAWS behaviors. Demerits are assigned for inappropriate behaviors such as disrespect, uniform policy violations, and off task behavior. Merits can offset demerits which provide students with every opportunity to achieve Hilsman's behavior expectations. When students earn a specific number of demerits a consequence is assigned weekly. Your child's team should have provided you with the specific consequences. Please ensure that you know the consequences that apply to your child. If you have any questions, please see your child's team leader.

Uniform Policy

Students are to wear khaki pants and collard white, black, or gold shirts. Undershirts that can be seen should be one of the school colors. The male students shirts should be tucked at ALL times. There is no change to the uniform dress policy - this is the same policy that has been in place since the beginning of the school year. It is imperative that students follow the uniform policy. If your family is in need of assistance with uniforms, please contact Mrs. JoAnn Griffith. For your convenience, the uniform dress policy is linked here.

It is our goal to finish our year on top academically! We also want to limit the number of discipline interruptions that have occurred that may have impeded the learning of our students. Our environment must be conducive to learning. Please join us and help us design and implement the plays to create a No Flex Zone! Thank you in advance for your support.

Teacher of the Month/Staff Member of the Month

It is time to nominate a deserving faculty member for Teacher of the month, and staff member of the month.  Please use the links below to nominate someone. Nominations will close on January 6th.

Conservation Fair - January 8th

PTO and School Council News

We are in the process of hiring a receptionist, as Ms. Jernigan will be assuming the school secretary/bookkeeper responsibilities. If you would be able to volunteer for a few hours to help out at the front desk during the transition, please see Ms. Griffith to complete a volunteer form. If you are already a CCSD volunteer and are willing to help, please email Dr. Blankenship.


January 8 Hilsman @ Coile 4:30
January 9 Hilsman @ Gainesville 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!

January 5                                    Professional Learning Day - No School for Students
January 8 Conservation Fair
January 9 Report Cards go home
January 13 PSP begins

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