Sunday, January 25, 2015

News You Can Use for the Week of January 26th

Quote: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato


Monday is a B day.

Georgia School Parents' Survey

It’s time once again to take the Georgia School Parents’ Survey, as part of each school’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) scores. The deadline for the survey is Fri., Feb. 27.

This survey is critical in the state's assessment in assigning a School Climate Star Rating to each school and is different than the Title I Survey you recently took. The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete - and again is crucial in rating our schools. Please note this does not replace our annual School Improvement Survey, as that is our internal diagnostic survey.
School Climate survey results are confidential and will not be made public or posted online. I appreciate your time and consideration, as your feedback is both needed and appreciated.
The survey is located here: http://www.clarke.k12.ga.us/survey 

Thanks in advance for your valuable participation! To those of you who have already taken it, thank you!

Students will be taking the student survey this week in ELT.


8th Graders Going to See "Selma"

On February 3rd, eighth grade students will be going on a field trip to view the movie “Selma”. Letters and permission forms went home on Friday. Please return the permission forms as soon as possible.


No Name Calling Week

Last week, Hilsman engaged in activities that affirm our commitment to a culture of kindness and respect by observing No Name Calling Week. To learn more, go to this link. Here are some pictures from last week's Pink Out!







Foundation for Excellence


The award nominations window for the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education in Clarke County, Georgia, is now open. The mission of the FFE is to encourage, recognize, and reward excellence in the Clarke County School District, and one of the primary ways this is accomplished is through monetary awards presented to deserving CCSD faculty, staff, and administrators. Parents, colleagues, students, and community members are encouraged to nominate stellar educators by going to the FFE website atwww.athensffe.org and downloading appropriate application packets. Please contact executive director C.J. Amason at 706/224-7636 orcj.amason@cru.org with questions or for more information. The nominating period will close on Friday, March 6th.


PTO and School Council News


Spring PTO meeting and new officer elections!

We are still working on a date, but we will have our spring meeting at some point in April (perhaps April 7 or 21, but stay tuned) to discuss what we've done this year and elect new officers. Kathryn would VERY MUCH like to be replaced as treasurer, although she is willing to train and assist the new treasurer next year (and she has set up some great systems so you would not be starting from scratch!) I am more than happy to assist a new president if there is someone interested, but I am also willing to serve as president for another year, *if* we can elect a vice-president who can then step into the role of president for the year after that. I would like us to have a model of president/vice-president and treasurer/vice-treasurer going forward to make sure we have continuity and support. So please be thinking about whether you might be willing and able to step into one of these important roles. I will send out another email getting specific nominations as we get closer to that meeting.

Other roles that would be nice to have in place:
*secretary: someone who could be in charge of adding new folks to the email listserv and sending out communication about school events. (I have done this this year and would love some help!)

*Yankee Candle fundraiser chair or co-chair. Cara Thompson did a great job this year; she could use a co-leader next year?

*Skate night: Rachel Ashton has done a great job this year. I can't remember if she will still be at Hilsman next year though?

*Teacher meals coordinator: I would love to have someone who would oversee the two nights that we feed the teachers, as well as the two days that we have donations of sweets / baked goods... very small time investment, and could be shared with another parent.

*Spirit night coordinator: someone or a team of people to try to plan nights where we could eat out at local restaurants and get a percentage of the profits back to the school

*free money coordinator: Kathy Peters and Jeannie Linkous graciously took this over this past year and are getting it built up! (this is things like the publix key cards, target, kroger, box tops -- other things that bring free money into the school).

I think that's all for now -- as always, please let me know if you have ideas for how PTO can work better. We are who we are because of involvement of all the parents, teachers, and supporters of Hilsman students.



Athletics


Cedar Sports

Monday, Jan. 26              9th Boys Basketball vs. Salem 5:30

Tuesday, Jan. 27             Basketball vs. Salem JVG 4:30 VG-B 6:00-7:30
                                        Wrestling @ Oconee 5:00

Friday, Jan. 30                Basketball vs. Loganville ( Sr. Night ) JVG-B 4/5:30 VG-B                                                      Swimming @ Ramsey 5:00 ( Sr. Night )
                                       Area Traditional Wrestling @ Flowery Branch 5:00


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

Hilsman Sports

January 27-30 Middle School Basketball Tournament 4:30 each day



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.


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

January 27-31 Middle School Basketball Tournament
January 30 Quarter 2 Honors Celebration (morning connections)
January 30 Regional Science Fair
February 4 Impact Check (School Improvement mid-year review)
February 5 District Spelling Bee
February 5 Progress Reports go home

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