Sunday, October 18, 2015

Unite Against Gun Violence and Bullying This Week!

Quote of the Week: 

Monday is a B day.                                    

Parent Conferences - Make ups this week at Nellie B.

If you were not able to attend your child's parent conference this week, we will be holding a make up evening at Nellie B. Community on October 21st at 6:00 p.m. Both Ms. Tolbert and I will be there along with a few others to share information with parents. If you need more information, please contact Ms. Griffith, our Family Engagement Specialist.

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

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Please remember to wear orange shirts, socks or ties with your khakis on October 21st for Unity Day.

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.

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.

Panther Cafe this Saturday!

We will hold our second Panther Cafe this Saturday from 9-11 a.m. in the media center. It is a great time for families to stop by and check out books, reading strategies and more! Contact Ms. Welch-Quigley for more information about this family initiative.

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

The 21st Century Community Learning Center will host its first “Open Saturday Session” October 24, 2015 from 8:30 -11:30 AM. Five Bar’s Chef Joseph Houston III has been invited to assist with breakfast, students will showcase their work, while parents and stakeholders learn more about the program. Please join us and allow us to plan for you by submitting an RSVP to Ms. Hayes using this form. Limited seats are available for breakfast with the chef, so if you are interested don’t delay.

In celebration of the 16th annual Lights on Afterschool event, Hilsman's 21st Century will host "Popcorn, Photos, Phantoms,and Planes: How Keeping the Lights on Helps Us Soar" on Thursday, October 22nd. Parents, interested students, and other stakeholders are invited to join us from 4:00-6:00 PM to tour our program and participate. Check out this petition!

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

Thank you for providing dinner for our teachers this past Wednesday! Although I was at a conference in Ohio, I know that teachers appreciated being fed wonderful food while they stayed late that evening. We have an awesome PTO!


Many sports are underway! 

Cedar Shoals:

Tuesday 10-20-15        Athens Area Cross Country Championships @ Athens Christian 4:00

Friday 10-22-15           Varsity Football @ Gainesville 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. No Panther News this week.

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 19        Band Concert
October 21        Nellie B. Community Meeting and Make up Conferences
October 21        Day of Unity (wear orange shirts, socks, or ties) wear uniform bottoms
October 21        Pledge Against Gun Violence assembly
October 24        Panther Cafe, 9-11 a.m. 21st Century Open Saturday 8:30-11:30
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
November 9       District Open House

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