Sunday, February 22, 2015

Benchmarks Begin This Week

Quote: "Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us." - Wilma Rudolph

Monday is an A day.


The regional social studies fair was held last weekend in Gainesville. Congratulations to Erynn Culbreath, Knox Huff, and Anthony Heiges, who all placed first in competition and will move on the the State level in April! Here is a full list of competitors and places. As you can see, everyone who went placed either first or second!

Bethea, Jada – red ribbon
Camp, Jackson – red ribbon
Culbreath, Erynn – going to state competition 4/18/2015 – blue ribbon
Dale, Reece – red ribbon
Davenport, Yasmen – red ribbon
Gresham, Tyra – red ribbon
Heiges, Anthony – going to state competition 4/18/2015 – blue ribbon
Hill, Aaliyah – red ribbon
Hoover, Abigail – red ribbon
Hoover, Julia – red ribbon
Huff, Knox – Going to state competition 4/18/2015 – blue ribbon
Nowell, Aaliyah – red ribbon
Pisarik, Amelia – red ribbon
Tanner, Camryn – red ribbon

The Hilsman Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team competed at Divisionals this past Saturday in Statesboro. Our team competed tirelessly, and brought home the second place trophy! That means we are in the Top Four in the state! Congrats, Panthers!

Benchmarks Begin This Week

This week we will begin administering our county-wide Spring benchmarks. Each day of administration, we will run our testing schedule, which allows students to attend all daily classes except ELT. We will test first thing each morning, from 8:25 until 10:15, so please help us by ensuring that your child arrives to school on time and either eats breakfast at home or at school.

Our benchmarks are given in two parts. Part one is selected response and is conducted online. Part two is constructed response, and is given paper/pencil. The benchmarks allow us the opportunity to assess how well our students are mastering the standards without waiting until the end of the year for a high stakes test. By doing so, we can adjust our teaching to ensure that we are delivering instruction that meets our students' needs. Below is the schedule for this week.

Monday, 2/23 ELA part 1

Tuesday, 2/24 ELA part 2

Wednesday, 2/25 No benchmark given

Thursday, 2/26 Science part 1

Friday, 2/27 Science part 2

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: 

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

Coding Classes Coming to Hilsman

Coding Classes are coming to Hilsman! Attention Parents/Guardians! Scholarships available! Easy online registration available too.

Jim Flannery of Four Athens is offering a wonderful opportunity for our Hilsman students. The coding classes he's been teaching at CMS have gone so well that they are now expanding to the East side.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 PM, Four Athens will offer 4 weeks of Coding Classes beginning March 17th and running through April 9th.

Registration is through Four Athens. Scholarships are available, so don't be afraid to ask! They welcome all

Register online here:"

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 and downloading appropriate application packets. Please contact executive director C.J. Amason at 706/224-7636 with questions or for more information. The nominating period will close on Friday, March 6th.

Orange Out on Wednesday, February 25th

To show our support for the Cedar Shoals Boys Basketball team as they compete in the Elite 8 round of the state tournament, we are asking all students and teachers to wear orange (or blue if you just can't handle the orange, GA fans!). This is not a jeans day. Students will still be expected to wear uniform bottoms, but they can wear a solid orange or blue shirt, or any Cedar Shoals spirit shirt. We want to tweet photos during the day to show our support as the team takes on MLK at home that evening at 7:00 p.m. Go JAGS!!!!

PTO and School Council News

The next school council meeting will be February 25th at 4:30 p.m.


Cedar Sports

Congratulations to the boys basketball team. as a result of their win over Northside -WR on Saturday, they advance to the Elite 8! They will host MLK at 7:00 pm on Wednesday. Please come out and support our Jags! As was the case with the region tournament, admission will be $7 per person and only GHSA passes will be accepted for admission. GO JAGS!!!!!

Monday 2-23                                       Tennis @ Salem 4:15
                                                            Varsity Baseball vs. Banks Co. 5:55
                                                            JV Soccer vs. Salem 5:30/7:00

Tuesday 2-24                                      JV Baseball vs. Clarke Central 5:55
                                                            Varsity Soccer @ Flowery Branch 5:30/7:30

Wednesday 2-25                                 Varsity Baseball @ Banks Co. 5:55
                                                             Mens Basketball vs. MLK   7:00 pm    Elite 8

Thursday 2-26                                    JV-Varsity Track @ Oconee Co. 4:30
                                                           JV Baseball @ Alcovy 5:55
                                                           C-Team Baseball vs. Hart Co. 5:30

Friday 2-27                                         Varsity Baseball vs. East Jackson 5:55
                                                           Varsity Soccer @ N. Oconee 5:30/7:30

Saturday 2-28                                    Varsity Track @ Archer Relays 10:00 am

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

Hilsman Sports

Tuesday, Feb. 24 Girls and Boys Soccer vs. CMS 4:30 @ CMS


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. You can view the Panther News here.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

February 23 - March 30 Spring Benchmarks
February 24-26 Scoliosis Screening (6th grade) Watch video here.
February 25 School Council Meeting
February 26 African-American History Program 6 pm
March 3 Dr. B visits Whit Davis - Parent Coffee
March 6 8th graders visit Cedar Shoals
March 9 - 13 Spring Break

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