Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy November!

Quote of the Week: 

Tuesday is an A day.                                    

Benchmarks Continue This Week

This week we will continue our Fall administration of our district's benchmarks. Benchmarks will be administered in Social Studies and Math this week. 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

November 4: Social Studies
November 5: Math
November 6: Make ups (Social Studies, Math)

District Open House

On November 9th, CCSD will host Open House at our middle schools. If you have ideas for how we can improve on our Open House format from previous years, please share them with me by email. I am looking also for a few parents who would be willing to be present that day from 10-11 a.m. to talk with visitors. If you are willing, please email Dr. Blankenship.

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

Waggle - 7th Grade Users

Here is a note from our 7th grade math teachers regarding Waggle, an online math program that helps students build problem solving skills and perseverance:

Each week students are expected to complete at least 2 hours on Waggle in order to get full credit for their weekly homework grade. Students who do not meet this requirement will be given a grade of 55. Students can make up that grade by doing additional time another week. Once the additional time is completed, the grade will be adjusted. Please encourage your child to spend at least 30 minutes each night completing their assignments. All students have access to Waggle, and are using it in some form to reinforce math instruction. If you have questions, please contact your child's math teacher.

Counseling News

Food 2 Kids

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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 was last 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.

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 

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.

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.


Cedar Shoals:

Friday 11-6-15                  Varsity Football @ Salem 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. You can access the weekly Panther News video here.

CCSD App (It's Free!)

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

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

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