Sunday, August 16, 2015

Welcome Back, Panthers! Ready for Week Two?

Quote of the Week: "Two things to remember in life. Take care of your thoughts when you are alone, and take care of your words when you are with people." Unknown

 If you are new to Hilsman, this blog serves as one of the main communication tools from school to home. Each week between Friday and Sunday, I will update the Panther Pointers blog with the latest news and information concerning Hilsman. Did you know that you can receive the Panther Pointers automatically each week by subscribing to the blog?  All you need to do is enter your email in the "Follow by email" field at the top right corner of the blog page.  You will receive a confirmation email, and once you have confirmed, you are set! Our goal is to have all our families subscribed.  This is your one stop information spot for all things related to Hilsman! See below for more information on ways to stay connected to Hilsman.

More Ways to Connect

Here are several other ways to stay connected to Hilsman.

Follow us on Twitter!

Hilsman Middle has a Twitter account.  This is one more way you can stay connected to Hilsman, keep up to date on all Hilsman news, and receive links to information related to your child's education.  Follow us on twitter @HilsmanPanthers.


Hilsman has a Facebook page that is updated regularly. Go to the Hilsman Middle School Facebook page and Like Us! You can also join the Hilsman Middle PTO Facebook page. It is a great forum for parents to get information and ask questions.

Team Websites

You can also visit the team website for the teaching team to which your child belongs. From there, you can access individual teacher webpages, resources, and Hilsman news. 


Hilsman Panthers are now on Instagram! Follow us @PaxPanther.

#incredible1stday and Week!

We had an amazing first week at Hilsman, which began with our Welcome Assembly on the first day, and ended with our First Friday Field Day! Here are a few scenes from the first week of school:


We will be distributing Personal Learning Devices to students this week. Each student will be receiving a Chromebook device, either a Lenovo in 7th and 8th grades, or a Samsung in 6th grade. 

Here are some reminders:

  1. Students will bring home both the charger and the device. 
  2. Students are expected to charge their devices overnight each night at home.
  3. Each student/family should access the PLD Handbook found on the district website:

Nutrition Information

As you know by now, this year, every child in CCSD will be able to eat breakfast and lunch for free! There is no paperwork to complete. If your child has a balance on their lunch account, they may use the funds to purchase extra milk or juice, etc. If you prefer to receive a refund, please see Ms. Stookey, our nutrition manager.

The first week of lunch usually takes a bit longer, due to students getting back into the routine and our making adjustments each day to get all 700 students fed. This week should be better. Lunch periods are 25 minutes long, which typically provides adequate time for students to get their lunch and eat. We will be monitoring the situation and will adjust as needed.

Picture Day

Picture Day is Thursday, August 27,2015. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!

HMS Daily 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. 

Upcoming Dates

August 17th               Volleyball Tryouts begin and Cross Country Starts
August 20th               Cedar Shoals @ Monroe Area HS (Varsity Football Scrimmage)
August 25th                Hilsman vs. Coile Volleyball (Home)
August 27th               School Picture Day  (Students may be out of uniform)
August 27th               Title I Meeting/Curriculum Night (5:00 p.m.)
August 27th               Open House (6:00 p.m.)

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