Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fall Parent Conference Week - Early Release

Quote of the Week: 

Tuesday is a B day.                                    

Parent Conferences - October 14-16

Parent conferences will be held October 14-17th. Students will be released at 1:30 each day. Our late night for conferences will be Wednesday, October 14th. Teachers began sending scheduling information home this past week. Please call the school if you have not been contacted to schedule a conference.  

For those of you new to middle school conferences, the homeroom teacher typically holds the conference with input from the entire team. This year, some conferences will be held with the entire team. There will be important information given about advanced content criteria as well as promotion/retention. Also, while you are at the school for parent conferences, please go ahead and take a few minutes to complete the Georgia Parent Survey.

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, we hope you will complete the survey while in the building for parent conferences. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.

Parents may access a link to the Georgia Parent Survey under the "School Links" section of each school's webpage, or by clicking on the link below.

Georgia Parent Survey

Counseling News

Food 2 Kids

During the month of October, we will be collecting ravioli (pop-top cans) for children in need of food. Please put your donations in the bin located inside the front entrance of the school.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Are you making a difference through volunteering? Apply for a 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and you could win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., next May! Go to to access the online application. Complete the application and the student/parent agreement by November 3, 2015.

Congrats to Cross Country!

Our cross country team had amazing finishes this weekend at their meet at Athens Christian. Our Varsity boys came in 3rd place overall and brought home a trophy. Our girls ran hard as well. We are Panther Proud!

SET Updates

October is Energy Awareness Month & the month for our school's annual Trick or Treat for UNICEF Campaign.

The Green Team, Science & Energy Team (SET), Special Education Classes, Agri-Science Classes, Art Classes, Foreign Language Classes, and 21st Century Learners will be doing more during the month of October to promote green and energy saving initiatives at Hilsman. This includes a commitment to recycling more classroom, office, and cafeteria waste. Hilsman will also begin composting lunchroom waste from the cafeteria as soon as the compost area is ready in the garden. SET members will have information booths open during parent conferences and they will begin their annual Energy Star Pledge Drive. A link to the pledge is here: Hilsman Energy Star Pledge Drive. Feel free to share this link with friends, family, and others. Our goal is 1000 pledge items this school year.

Trash Hunger

Our school’s Trash Hunger Campaign contributions from Hilsman students and staff are down this year. We need your trash! It reduces landfill waste and helps hungry people all over Northeast Georgia and the world. Please review this slideshow detailing how our donation dollars are used: ​

 Hilsman UNICEF 2015 Campaign

​The IB & Green School Committees will sponsor a pizza party for each grade level homeroom that collects the most funds for UNICEF this Halloween season. Competition instructions are located here: ​

 Instructions - Hilsman UNICEF 2015 Campaign

If you know of others that would like to support UNICEF, but prefer to pay by credit card and receive a direct receipt, they may do so at our on-line fundraiser: Hilsman 2015 UNICEF Campaign

Recycle Bowl

​We are competing against other Clarke County Schools in the Recycle Bowl Competition through November 16. Let's win this contest by recycling everything we can! ​

Rise Up and Recycle

Finally, we are enrolled in the Atlanta Falcons 2015 Rise Up & Recycle Campaign. We can win, but we need to improve our existing program. Let's all make an effort to improve our recycling efforts in the classroom, in the cafeteria, and at home.

BOE Recognition

At this month's BOE meeting, two students and one Hilsman teacher were recognized. Tristan Lankford and Thomas Peters, both 8th graders, were recognized for being selected to the State Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. Hilsman is the only CCSD middle school with representatives on the council, and we are very proud of their leadership!

Renee Smith, Agriscience teacher at Hilsman, was recognized for being selected as the ACTE Region New Teacher of the Year. Ms. Smith previously taught in South Georgia, and is one of five finalists for National New Teacher of the Year.

Tristan Lankford and Thomas Peters
Ms. Renee Smith

Literacy Enrichment

Barnes & Nobles’ Special Events Calendar is chock-full of dates for engaging in literacy, Educator Appreciation Days, LEGO Architecture, Mini Makers Faire, Star Wars and more. Don’t wait. Check it out today!

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.

This past Friday, students from our 21st Century program participated in a STEM conference at UGA. In the words of 21st Century Coordinator, Michelle Hayes, "Our 21st CCLC students were among the attendees today at the 10th Annual Peach LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) Conference.They were acknowledged for their impeccable teamwork, engagement, and etiquette. They represented Hilsman and the district remarkably well and with a willingness that was unmatched, building robots, manipulating telescopes, collecting research, and dining graciously."

Students had fun working to assemble a robot.

Future engineers!

Students explore telescopes.

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.

United Way

We need enough coffee cans or other canisters suitable for fundraising to supply every classroom this week. If you can donate one or more, please drop it off in the main office.

PTO News

Yankee Candle fundraiser forms are due October 13th! Turn them in to your child's homeroom teacher.

Dinner for the Teachers - October 14th; PTO will be sending out more information this week regarding what is needed. The teachers always appreciate this kind gesture by the PTO!

Hilsman PTO Skate Night will be this Friday, October 16th. Remember, the homeroom with the most representation wins a uniform free day!

Ultimate Football Tourney

This week our PE classes held a tournament as a culminating activity for their Quarter One Unit. Students displayed teamwork and fundamental skills while being cheered on by their classmates. 

The "fans" cheer on their team!

The girls' game was competitive!


Many sports are underway! 

Cedar Shoals:

Wednesday 10-14-15               Cross Country @ Athens Academy 4:00

Friday 10-16-15                        Varsity Football vs. Winder-Barrow 7:30

***$5 pre-sale tickets will be available during all four lunches on Friday.

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.

Book Fair

Make sure to check out our Book Fair this week! The book fair is open during parent conferences and throughout the school day.

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 12        PL Day - Student holiday
October 13-16   Book Fair
October 14-16   Fall Conferences
October 16        PTO Skate Night
October 19        Band Concert
October 21        Nellie B. Community Meeting and Make up Conferences
October 21        Day of Unity (wear orange)
October 21        Pledge Against Gun Violence assembly
October 24        Panther Cafe, 9-11 a.m.
October 26        District Red Out for Red Ribbon Week
October 27        ELA Benchmark
October 28        Science Benchmark
October 28        Fright Night Fall Fest
October 30        District Holiday
November 4      SS Benchmark
November 5      Math Benchmark

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