Sunday, September 27, 2015

Panthers Read!

Quote of the Week: 

Monday is a B day.

Panther Cafe

Saturday mornings and Panther Cafe = Reading and Fun! Make plans to join us in October! Panther Cafe will take place once a month on Saturdays.

Panthers Read! (photo courtesy of Leslie Gonzalez)

Parent Conferences - October 14-16

Later this week teachers will begin scheduling parent conferences by sending home information with your student. At the parent conference you can expect to receive the following information:
  • Your student's report card
  • Information about your child's reading level
  • List of Online Computer Resources/Interventions available to students from home via the internet
  • Promotion/Retention Procedures
  • Georgia Milestones Parent Document

21st Century Community Learning Centers

There are still spots available for the 21st Century Morning Tutorials and Afterschool sessions. Get assistance in the morning or explore the enriching opportunities in the afternoon. Contact Ms. Hayes for more information. Applications are also available in the main office.
Girls can code! (photo courtesy of Michelle Hayes)

21st Century STEAM focus! (photo courtesy of Michelle Hayes)

MLK Writing and Art Contest

We are kicking off the 13th annual "I Have a Dream" Writing & Art Contest! Entries are due to Hilsman Friday, Oct 23rd and should answer the question: "How Can I Help Dr. King's Dream Come True?" A video will be created and featured at the UGA Annual Freedom Breakfast, and winners will be honored at a Board meeting as well.

Digital Learning

Our students have been participating in lessons on digital citizenship over the past month and will continue to do so throughout the year. Internet safety and appropriate use are taken seriously here at Hilsman. Our district technology department has provided LanSchool to our teachers. This is a classroom management and monitoring tool that allows teachers to monitor student activity while at school at any point in time. LanSchool can also be used to limit sites student can access on the internet to better align internet sites with lesson content and expectations. We also have behavior consequences in place when students habitually engage in off-task computer use:

1st offense - Warning
2nd offense - 3 day device use restriction & parent notification
3rd offense - 7 day device use restriction & parent conference
4th offense - 10 day device use restriction
*Depending on the severity of the violation, consequences may vary and ISS/OSS may be used.

Occasionally students may complete their work ahead of their peers. When this situation occurs, students always have the option of reading. We encourage students to have reading material with them always, and some choose to use the digital library available to them. Some teachers allow students to visit educational sites on their devices. While the sites below are not an exhaustive list, I hope this provides you with an idea of the types of sites students have permission to visit. They may also visit these sites at home with your permission to reinforce skills and knowledge learned at school.

Scenes from Sixth Grade

This week students in sixth grade enhanced their study of the various types of government with a gallery walk in the hallways. We use every inch of space for learning at Hilsman!

Congrats, Ms. Smith!

Our Agriscience teacher, Renee Smith, was named Region II New Teacher of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education at their meeting this week in Alabama. Region II consists of eight states in the southeast, as well as two US territories!

Counseling News

Morning Mentors

Do you want to be a mentor, but you work 9-5? Come join us before work as a Morning Mentor.

What: Develop a relationship with your mentee during his or her school breakfast.

Where: Hilsman Middle School.

When: Between 7:00-8:15am. 3-4x’s/month.

For more information visit


Phone: #706.549.6800 x227

Please share this with your friends in the community!

Food 2 Kids Donations

Please help feed a child in need by donating to Food 2 Kids. During the month of September, we will be collecting donations of peanut butter. There will be a large bin located inside the front entrance of the school.

For more information visit

Upcoming Small Counseling Group

We are now taking referrals for a Skill-Building Group. This will be specifically for students having a difficult time transitioning this school year and those who could benefit from a small group regarding organization, study skills, time management, and coping skills. Please contact Ms. Moore, if you would like your child to participate in this small group.


SET Trash Hunger Campaign

Hilsman Middle School recycles to Trash Hunger! Money that is earned from recycling is donated to UNICEF & the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Items recycled for the Trash Hunger Campaign need to be separated from your regular recycling. 

Hilsman ships the following items to Terra Cycle and earns 2¢ per item: 
Capri Sun Drink Pouches 
Energy Bar Wrappers 
Health & Beauty Product Containers 
Solo Cups 

Hilsman recycles these items locally: 
Cellular Phones 
Digital Cameras 
Hand-held Games 
Ink Cartridges 
Laptop computers 

Help us Trash Hunger! Save these items and recycle them at Hilsman Middle School!

PTO News

Support the PTO Yankee Candle Fundraiser! 

Our PAB representatives do wonderful job of keeping us informed. Here is a link to the unofficial meeting notes from the August meeting:  Click Here

Make Up Picture Day

Fall Make-Up Pictures and Clubs/ Sports Teams will be on October 5th. Any student who was not present on our original picture day or who would like to take a retake will do so on October 5th. Students must be in uniform that day.


Many sports are underway! 

Thursday 10-1-15                  Cross Country @ Morgan County 4:20
                                               William Wood Park

Cedar Shoals:

Tuesday 9-29-15                     Varsity Volleyball @ Lanier 6:00/7:00
                                                JV Volleyball @ Winder 6:00/7:00

Thursday 10-1-15                   C-Team Football vs. Hart Co. 5:00
                                                9th Football vs. Flowery Branch 6:30
                                               JV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Discovery/Gainesville 5:00/7:00
                                                SENIOR NIGHT!
                                               JV Football @ Flowery Branch 5:30

Friday 10-2-15                        Varsity Football vs. Heritage 7:30 ( HOMECOMING )

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


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.

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. 


Remind 101 is now Remind. Remind is a great way to receive important updates on Hilsman happenings. To sign up to receive reminders and news flashes click on the link for the appropriate grade below for three easy choices to sign up:

6th grade - Class of 2022

7th grade- Class of 2021

8th grade - Class of 2020


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Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

October 1         Deadline for 8th graders to register for the DC Trip
October 5         Make Up pictures
October 9          Grading Period Ends
October 12        PL Day - Student holiday
October 13-16   Book Fair
October 14-16   Fall Conferences
October 19        Band Concert

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