Sunday, October 25, 2015

Red Ribbon Week!

Quote of the Week: 

Monday is an A day.                                    

Benchmarks Begin This Week

This week we will begin our Fall administration of our district's benchmarks. Benchmarks will be administered in ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. All students in grades 6th-8th will be administered the test on the days identified below. The teachers have done an outstanding job of preparing our students for the assesments and I have no doubt that our students will rise and meet/exceed the expectations. You are encouraged to ensure that your child is present and on time at school. We are striving to have 100% participation! Also, encourage your child to relax and to do their best. We are The Panthers and all we do is WIN!

Fall Benchmark Administration Dates

ELA: October 27th
Science: October 28th
Make ups: October 29th (ELA, Science)
November 4: Social Studies
November 5: Math
November 6: Make ups (Social Studies, Math)

Testing Schedule
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Red Ribbon Week - Monday is a Red Out!

WE ARE CELEBRATING RED RIBBON WEEK AT HILSMAN! This is the time each year when schools across the nation plan activities that promote alcohol and drug awareness and prevention. For more information, visit


District RED OUT Day. Wear a red shirt in support of Red Ribbon Week. Must still wear uniform bottoms.

The Advisement lesson will be about Red Ribbon Week.


Sock it to drugs and wear crazy socks!

Sign the Red Ribbon Week Pledge at lunch and commit to RESPECTING yourselves and being drug free.


Team up against drugs and wear a sports shirt!

The Healthy Brain Campaign will have a table set up at lunch to give you more information about drugs and making healthy choices.


Put a lid on drugs and wear a hat!

Let’s “Stomp Out Drugs” with a step team performance at lunch.

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

Teacher and Staff Member of the Month

It is time to nominate teachers and staff members of the month for this month. Please follow the links below and nominate someone by October 31st!

7th Grade News

7th grade had a great time learning about Bioenergy at the Botanical Gardens last week. Students learned how organic materials can generate energy. See some of the pictures.

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.

SET Updates


It is Energy Awareness Month and a great time to learn how to save energy. Saving energy saves resources and dollars! A great place to start is to take the Energy Star Pledge. A link to the pledge is here: Hilsman Energy Star Pledge Drive. Once a person completes the pledge, they will receive energy saving tips and rebate offers from local utilities. Feel free to share this link with others. Our school goal is 1000 pledges this year. 

Trick or Treat for UNICEF is this week, but what is "UNICEF"? UNICEF is the United Nations Children's Fund. UNICEF began in the aftermath of World War II, supplying dried milk, nutritional supplements, medicines, immunizations and other urgent assistance to help starving and ill children in Europe, the Middle East and China. Today UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives by working to ensure child rights and providing health care, immunizations, nutrition, access to safe water and sanitation services, basic education, protection and emergency relief. UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization. UNICEF is a 4 star charity. For every donor dollar, 90.2 cents goes toward programs and services that directly help children; 7.1 cents is spent on fundraising costs and 2.7 cents on administration. UNICEF's 990 tax forms are available online.

Trick or Treat for UNICEF at Hilsman begins this week!

With the hurricane in Mexico, Syrian refugee crisis, drought in Africa...there are children everywhere in need of emergency help. Details about our campaign at Hilsman can be found here: 

If you know of donors that prefer to pay by credit card instead of the orange Trick or Treat box, they may donate through our on-line fundraiser. A link is here: The video shown in the on-line fundraiser tells donors what UNICEF does and how it helps children. 

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. ​ There will also be prize drawings for individual student and teacher participants.

21st Century CLC and Panther Cafe a Fun Time for All!

Hilsman’s Panther Cafe and 21st Century Community Learning Center teamed up for a powerful morning of engaging parents, students, and other community stakeholders in literacy and STE[A]M activities. After a delicious breakfast prepared before our eyes by one of Hilsman’s former students, now a local chef, we shared some of the 21st CCLC students’ photography, videos, and arcade games. We even had a paper airplane contest before going to the media center where we examined “The Art in Language Arts” (work by Mr. Blake’s students) checked out books, and discussed the importance of literacy and why we write,  

Mr. Blake, Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Johns,  Ms. Micheletti, Dr. Blankenship, as well as our UGA student partners were available to guide the experience.

Plan now to join us Saturday,  November 14 at 8:30 AM for 21st CCLC or 9:00 AM for Panther Cafe. We will be exploring ways to assist our families in need of assistance with transportation. Thanks for supporting  our schools’ literacy and afterschool initiatives.

Chef Joseph Houston of Five Bar demonstrates the art of cooking a frittata.

Parent and child discussing a book at Panther Cafe.

I understand the paper airplane competition was fierce!

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!

PTO News

Here is a link to the latest notes from the Parent Advisory Board Meeting.


Many sports are underway! 

Cedar Shoals:

Friday, October 30              V Football vs. Apalachee (Sr. Night & Youth Football Night) 7:30

Saturday, October 31          Region C C @ Conyers International Horse Park 8:00 am

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. You can access the weekly Panther News video here.

CCSD App (It's Free!)

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

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 2      District PL Day - No School for Students
November 4      SS Benchmark
November 5      Math Benchmark
November 9      District Open House
November 13    Moonlight Madness  7-9:30 p.m.
November 14    Panther Cafe and 21st Century Open Saturday

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