Sunday, February 1, 2015

News for the Week of February 2nd

Quote: "We must give our teachers the tools and trust to be successful." - State Supt. Richard Woods

Monday is an A day.


This was a big week for Hilsman! Congratulations go out to the following:

  • Boys' Basketball Team for winning the Area Championship; 
  • Regional Science Fair winners:
    • Amanda Wise, 3rd place
    • Fritz Frankowiak, 2nd place
    • Amelia Pisarik, Aminata Ba, Tykerious Monford, and Perry Thomas, whose Science Fair Projects won first place (they will move on to state competition);
  • Panther Step Team who were invited and performed at the Classic Center Face Off. 
Below are a couple of photos from this week's events!

Some of our students at the Regional Science Fair

The Panther Steppers in action!

Quarter 2 Celebrations

On Friday we had our Quarter Two Celebrations Assembies for each grade level. We recognized Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Science and Social Studies Fair participants, Spelling Bee participants, and DAR and MLK winners.

This Thursday, February 5th, students who made A honor roll, A/B honor roll, or Perfect Attendance will be allowed to be out of uniform. Remember we still must follow CCSD dress policy. No pajamas, ripped jeans, tank tops, or other clothing items that would be considered distracting to the learning environment.

Save the Date!

Please mark February 13th on your calendar. This date will be our quarter 3 staff appreciation event. During their lunch period, teachers will be able to enjoy a duty free lunch with their colleagues, with food provided by the administrators. We are calling it our "iHeart Teachers Valentine Luncheon." If you as a parent are interested in helping supply any items for the luncheon such as paper products, drinks, or desserts, please contact Ms. Tanya Dillard-Jernigan, Hilsman's secretary/bookkeeper.

Mean Stinks' Biggest. Assembly. Ever.

On Wednesday, February 4th, is hosting the "Biggest Assembly Ever" to galvanize our youth to "gang up for good." We will run a modified schedule that day and participate in this nationwide assembly from our classrooms. The organizers are asking students to participate in the assembly through the use of their cell phones, so students who have their phones will be permitted to use them to participate in the assembly. Once the assembly is over, the "No Flex Zone" will be in place again. This is a great opportunity to continue to send an anti-bullying message to our students, and aligns with our "No Place for Hate" philosophy at Hilsman.

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!

8th Graders Going to See "Selma"

On February 3rd, eighth grade students will be going on a field trip to view the movie “Selma”. We would like for every 8th grade student to have the opportunity to view this movie, as it has direct connections with the standards they study in Georgia Studies. Please return the permission form by Monday, February 2nd. We also do not want cost to be a barrier, and we have scholarships available. Please see Ms. Griffith or your homeroom teacher for more information.

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.

PTO and School Council News

Parents are invited to attend our Impact Check run through on Monday, February 2nd in the media center at 4:00. This is a time when we will be going through the information we will share about our school improvement progress with district leaders in a separate meeting later this week. It is a great opportunity for those who are interested to hear more about what we are doing as a school community to ensure that our students have every opportunity for success.

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


Cedar Sports

Tuesday, Feb. 3                      Basketball @ Heritage JVB 4:30 VG/B 6:00/7:30

Friday, Feb. 6                          Varsity Boys Soccer Scrimmage vs, Lakeside Evans 6:30

Saturday, Feb. 7                      Varsity Baseball Scrimmage @ Athens Christian 1:00

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

Hilsman Sports



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!

February 4 Impact Check (School Improvement mid-year review)
February 5 District Spelling Bee
February 5 Progress Report period ends
February 9 Progress Reports go home
February 13 Cedar Shoals Counselors visit Hilsman
February 16 District PL Day - No School for Students
February 19 African-American History Program 6 pm
February 24-26 Scoliosis Screening (6th grade) Watch video here.
February 25 School Council Meeting

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