Sunday, February 8, 2015

UPDATE: Progress Reports Go Home This Week! (Includes info about Valentine's Dance)

Quote: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday is an B day.


  • The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team won the Regional championship on Saturday in Greensboro. George Walton Academy came in second, and Clarke Middle came in third. Next up is Divisional! Way to go, Panthers!

  • Last week I inadvertantly left off Nathaniel Lance, who also placed at the Regional Science Fair. Way to go, Nathaniel!

Valentine's Dance This Thursday!

This Thursday, the 8th grade is sponsoring a school-wide dance from 4-6 p.m. in the New Gym. The cost of the dance is $3. Students will be asked to begin calling their rides around 5:40 p.m. All rides should be at Hilsman to pick up their students no later than 6:00. We want all students to enjoy the dance; however, please be mindful that students who are not picked up in a timely manner will not have the opportunity to attend the next dance.

All A Honor Incentive

This week our All A Honor Roll students will have a special incentive during First Period on Friday.

High School Counselors to Visit Hilsman 

On Friday, February 13, the counselors from Cedar Shoals will visit our 8th grade classes to begin preparing them for 9th grade course selection. This is always an exciting time for our 8th graders, as it helps them begin their transition to high school.

Valentine Photo Booth Fundraiser

On Tuesday - Thursday this week, Mrs. Gaertig's, Mr. Dorsey's, and Ms. Zabetakis' classes will sponsor a Valentine's photo booth as a fundraiser for their Community Based Instruction field trips. Students will have the opportunity during lunch to have a picture taken in the photo booth for $1. This should be an especially fun fundraiser!

iHeart Teachers Valentine's Luncheon

On Friday, February 13th, we will have 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. If you are able to help during the luncheon, or 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, our students enjoyed participating in the "Biggest Assembly Ever" to galvanize our youth to "gang up for good." Here are some pictures from the event.

Watching a live panel discussion about cyberbullying.

Creating a wall of nice!

Enjoying the assembly and the opportunity to flood social media with positive messages!

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!

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

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


Cedar Sports

Monday 2-9-15            Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Heritage ( 1st Round Region Tour. ) 6:00

Tuesday, 2-10-15        Varsity B/G Soccer vs. Elbert Co. 5:30/7:30

Wednesday 2-11-15    JV B/G Soccer vs. Heritage 5:30/7:00
                                    Varsity Boys Basketball ( Region Tour. ) TBA

Friday 2-13-15             Varsity B/G Soccer @ Monroe Area 5:30/7:30

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 9 Progress Reports go home
February 12 Student Leadership Council Meeting, 7:50 a.m.
February 13 First Period - All A Honor Roll Incentive
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 19 Band Concert @ Cedar Shoals
February 24-26 Scoliosis Screening (6th grade) Watch video here.
February 25 School Council Meeting

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