Sunday, November 8, 2015

Do you have someone to whom you would like to give a Shout Out?

Quote of the Week: 

Monday is an A day.                                    

Shout Outs

Students, parent, and community members - Is there someone at Hilsman to whom you would like to give a public "shout out" for something positive they have done? We have so many positive activities going on here at Hilsman, and we need to get the word out! If you would like to give someone a shout out, please share it with us in the form below. You may give a shout out to a student, teacher, staff member, etc. and we will share it with them. Your shout out may also make the Panther News!

District Open House

On Monday, November 9th, CCSD will host Open House at our middle schools from 10-11 a.m. Please share this information with individuals in our community who may be interested in attending.

Georgia Parent Survey - Please take 5 Minutes!

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

FFA News

11/12- FFA Fruit Sale Money and Orders are due to Ms. Smith- Room 309

Moonlight Madness!

Help us kick off our 2015-16 basketball season by attending Moonlight Madness, Friday, November 13th from 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for students. Proceeds go to support Hilsman Athletics.

7th Grade News

Hilsman has received the opportunity from the Malala Fund to take our 7th graders to watch the film He Named Me Malala. The trip will be this week on November 11th. Permission forms are due by November 10th.
This film tells the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani education advocate. To find out more about Malala Yousafzai please visit

D.C. Dance!

The 8th grade is hosting a dance on November 18th from 6-7:30 p.m. The theme of the dance is Black & White. Students are asked to dress in all black or all white. There will be concessions, a DJ, and a photo booth. Cost of the dance is $2, concessions are $1, and all proceeds will go to help fund the 8th grade trip to Washington, DC this spring.

Something to Make You Happy

SET Updates

America Recycles Week - 


Saturday, November 14 = Panther Cafe' & Read for Recycling

The Science & Energy Team will make a short presentation at the Panther Cafe' at HMS about the Trash Hunger Campaign. All Hilsman families are welcome to attend.

November 9-14 = Read for Recycling Contest

November 9-14 Read for Recycling Reading Logs can be turned in for prizes sponsored by ACC Recycling, the Georgia Department of Education, and Keep Georgia Beautiful. If you'd like more information about this activity, please contact an ELA teacher, Mrs. Gonzalez, or Mrs. W-Q.

Monday & Tuesday November 16 & 17 = The 50 Can Challenge

Save aluminum cans and bring them to school on Monday & Tuesday, November 16 & 17. Every Hilsman student and staff member is challenged to recycle 50 aluminum cans. Let’s create a mountain of metal at Hilsman! The money earned from the cans will be donated to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Eco-friendly prizes will be given to students and staff that are "caught" recycling.

Trick or Treat for UNICEF ends on Tuesday, November 10! 

All orange boxes and donations should be given to Mrs. Clark.
There will be a pizza party for each grade level homeroom that collects the most funds for UNICEF this Halloween season.
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.

Comic Coding

Four Athens is offering a special Saturday Coding Class just for Hilsman students at their downtown location on Nov. 21st from 9 AM - noon! Students will learn HTML/CSS for Comic Books! The cost is $46 with possible scholarships available. Information and registration: For questions:

Counseling News

Food 2 Kids

For more information visit

21st Century CLC and Panther Cafe 

Plan now to join us Saturday,  November 14 at 8:30 AM for 21st CCLC or 9:00 AM for Panther Cafe. The Science & Energy Team will make a short presentation at the Panther Cafe' at HMS about the Trash Hunger Campaign. All Hilsman families are welcome to attend. We also will be exploring ways to assist our families in need of assistance with transportation. Thanks for supporting  our schools’ literacy and afterschool initiatives.

Parent and child discussing a book at Panther Cafe.

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 October Parent Advisory Board Meeting. There's a lot of good information about digital resources and tools in this month's minutes.



Thursday 11-12-15                 Boys and Girls Basketball @ Coile MS  4:30

Friday 11-13-15                      Moonlight Madness 6-8:30 p.m. @ Hilsman

Cedar Shoals:

Wednesday 11-11-15             Varsity Basketball vs. N. Oconee 6:00/7:30

Friday 11-13-15                     Varsity Girls Basketball @ Marietta 7:00

Saturday 11-14-15                 Boys Basketball vs. Tucker JV 4:00/Varsity 5:30

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. You can access the weekly Panther News video here.

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Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

November 9      District Open House
November 9      Chorus Concert
November 12    Progress period ends
November 13    Moonlight Madness  7-9:30 p.m.
November 14    Panther Cafe and 21st Century Open Saturday
November 15    Biennial Art Exhibition reception of CCSD art students at the Lyndon
House, 1-3 p.m.
November 16 Progress reports and Milestones reports go home
November 18 DC Dance from 6-7:30 p.m. All Hilsman students are invited!
November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break - No School

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