Sunday, December 13, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Quote of the Week: 

Monday is an A day.                                    

Hilsman Science Fair

The Science fair will be held Tuesday, December 15th in the cafeteria. Parents are welcome to stop by throughout the day to check out the projects!

Parents, Need Your Help

Parents, we are working to have a smooth close to the first half of the school year. Please remind your students that this is a normal school week, and that the report card period ends on Friday. Students should be making every effort to ensure that all work is completed so they can earn the best grade possible. Behavior expectations are the same for this week as they are for any other. 

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! You may also video your shout out (15 seconds or less) and upload it to the folder linked here.

Georgia Student Health Survey

On Tuesday, December 15th, our students will be participating in the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 (GSHS 2.0), which is an anonymous, statewide survey instrument that identifies school climate issues that impact student achievement.  The survey is anonymous
and parents/guardians should be given the option to “opt out” if desired.

The data collected from the survey will be used to identify critical areas of need for our Safe and Drug-Free Schools efforts. Survey analysis of the data provides information/data that:

 Meets the No Child Left Behind Title IV mandated data collection requirements;
 Promotes a classroom atmosphere that allows teachers to teach and students to learn; and
 Develops and offers experiences that involve students in applying the concepts of making healthy decisions, accepting responsibility for behaviors, and understanding consequences.

Our desire is to involve parents in the education of their children. If you do not wish for
your child to participate in this important activity, please notify the school in writing no later than Monday, December 14th.
 Copies of the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 questions are available online.

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

Intentional Acts of Kindness Month

Three years ago we began a tradition at Hilsman of making December a month of kindness. Throughout this month, we encourage the Hilsman community to commit intentional acts of kindness toward others. Sites like Random Acts of Kindness and Kindspring have lists of ideas to help you get started. You might even want to take the 21 Day Gratitude Challenge from  At Hilsman, each grade level will have a Grinch, and the goal will be to fill the Grinch with hearts that have our acts of kindness written on them. Please join us in helping to make our community a kinder place during the month of December. Watch this video about the "butterfly effect" of one person's acts of kindness:

Counseling News

Save the Date for Day as a Dawg
CALLING ALL 8th GRADERS! Inspire UGA is an organization that wants to make sure every 8th grader realizes that achieving a college degree is possible. Day as a Dawg is a full day event on April 16, 2016, that is completely FREE! The 8th graders will spend the day at the University of Georgia with a UGA mentor to inspire the students to earn a college degree. There will be speakers, workshop activities, the opportunity to attend the UGA football scrimmage game, and a chance to tour the campus. We hope that this day will leave you feeling that you are capable of accomplishing anything that you put your mind to. Applications for Day as a Dawg will be sent out in March and will be due in the beginning of April. We hope to see you there!


Yearbooks on Sale! They are $22.00. They will go up to $24.00 on February 25, 2016.

Chess News

Chess is taking Hilsman by storm!

12/14/15 - Chess Tournament vs. Coile @ Hilsman MC 9:00 -2:00 p.m.

1/9/16 - Chess Community Conference and Tournament at Tate Center 5th Floor

1/18/16 - 15th Annual MLK Chess Tournament in Atlanta

Chess at Lunch

PTO News

On December 17th PTO is supplying Holiday Treats for the Teachers.

Here's how you can help:

1. Volunteer to come to the school some time between 7:45 and 10 on Thursday morning to accept treats as they are dropped off and take them to the break room. If you can help, please email me at (Having1-2 other parents/family members to help, that would be great.)

2. Sign up to bring a treat (homemade, store bought, sweets, savories, fruit, beverages) on Thursday between 7:45 and 10 am. Sign up here:…/1YNAA7vEHlvvfPEF5PCt2cCnlMF…/edit…

Thanks very much.

November PAB Minutes are here.

Menchies Spirit Night - Monday, December 14th from 5-9 p.m.!


Cedar Shoals:

Monday 12-14-15                      Basketball @ Discovery JVG-B 4:30/6:00*
                                                                                         VG-B 6:00/7:30*

                                                     ***Games will be played in two different gyms.

Friday 12-18-15                         Basketball vs. Lanier JVG-B 4:00/5:30 VG-B 7:00/8:30

                                                  FCA All-Star Football Game @ Clarke Central 7:30

Saturday 12-19-15                    VG-B Basketball Classic City Shoot out @ Clarke
                                                     Central vs Newton Co. TBA

                                                  Swimming @ Ramsey 1:00

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

December 14   Menchies Spirit Night 5-9 p.m.
December 14 Band Concert
December 15 Science Fair
December 18 2nd Quarter Ends
December 19 - Janurary 4 Winter Break
January 5 Students return to school

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