Sunday, October 4, 2015

Panthers Succeed and Exceed Every Day!

Quote of the Week: 

Monday is an A day.

Teacher of the Month/Staff Member of the Month

It is time to nominate a deserving faculty member for Teacher of the month, and staff member of the month.  Please use the links below to nominate someone. Nominations will close on October 6th.

REACH Signing

Genesis Mendoza, an 8th grader, was honored as a REACH scholar at the recent REACH signing ceremony. Counselors from each middle school nominated students and one from each school was selected to receive the honor. 

Genesis with her parents and sister.

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

Congrats, TOTY and POTY!

Georgia United Federal Credit Union sponsored the Teacher and Para of the Year Luncheon this past week. We are so proud of Mr. Randall Watkins and Ms. Jimika Torres!

Ms. Torres and her mother.

Mr. Watkins and his wife.

Counseling News

Gear Up for College

16 of our Hispanic and Latino 8th grade students had the opportunity to participate in Gear Up for College on September 28th. The students took a field trip to UGA and learned more about career goals, college, and scholarships.

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.

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.

The Science & Energy Team (SET) also has a fundraiser breakfast planned at Fatz Cafe on Saturday, October 10. Tickets for the breakfast are $7 each. All tips will be donated to UNICEF. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the team's summer trip to the 2016 NEED Youth Awards Program. A flyer is linked here: ​​​


​If you'd like to purchase tickets, see any SET member or Mrs. Hughes.

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.

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.

PTO News

Support the PTO Yankee Candle Fundraiser! We have extended the Yankee Candle Fundraiser so students have the weekend of October 10th to sell candles as well. All packets must be turned into the school by October 13th. A portion of all proceeds go towards Hilsman PTO and there are wonderful incentives this year!

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!

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; however, they make bring a non-uniform shirt to wear for their photo.


Many sports are underway! 

Saturday 10-10-15           Cross Country @ Athens Christian GATFX MS Challenge 9:00 am

Cedar Shoals:

Tuesday 10-6-15                Volleyball Region Play-in game vs. Heritage 5:00

Thursday 10-8-15               C-Team Football @ Franklin Co. 5:00

Friday 10-9-15                    Varsity Football @ Loganville 7:30

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 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
October 21        Day of Unity (wear orange)
October 21        Pledge Against Gun Violence assembly
October 26        District Red Out for Red Ribbon Week
October 28        Fright Night
October 30        District Holiday

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