Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thanks for a Wonderful Week of Conferences!

Quote: "This week will be awesome because you are in it." - Kid President



Monday is an A day.

Congratulations!

Three of our teachers were selected to attend a training at the Ron Clark Academy this past week. They came back FIRED UP! I can't wait to hear all they have to share with our faculty, and for us to see how we might be able to integrate this work into what we are already doing to help our students succeed!

Ms. Murphy, Mr. Martin, Ms. Peterson, and Ms. Fletcher (from Cedar) with Ron Clark!
Congratulations to Hilsman 4-H District Project Achievement Competition Winners! There were over 200 students who competed from 5 different counties.
Asia Kennedy                    Communications
Josselyn Ramirez              Food for Fitness

Illandria Ellison                  Safety


Connections Preference Forms Due This Week!

Attention current 6th and 7th grade parents! All connections preference forms are due this week, by April 1st. Please turn this in to your child's homeroom teacher. We need this information for next year's scheduling. If you need another copy of the form, you may print one at this link:



Milestones Assessment and Personal Learning Devices

Beginning this Friday, April 3rd, and continuing until the Milestones assessment is concluded, we are asking all students to leave their devices at school in the cart for their classroom. By doing this, we can ensure that 1) all students have a device for testing each day; 2) all devices are charged fully each day; and, 3) we have time to prepare for any additional device needs we may have. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter to ensure that testing goes smoothly for all of our students.

Here is a link to the online practice assessment:



Spring Physicals


The date for our FREE athletic physicals at Athens Orthopedic has been set. It is Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 am. You will need to be at Cedar Shoals by 9:30. Buses will roll at 10:00 and should return by noon. 




Parent Conferences

Thank you to all parents who attended parent conferences this past week. I know some teachers are finishing up conferences this week that had to be rescheduled. We appreciate your investment of time in your child's learning and progress! (photos courtesy of Michelle Hayes)







Picture Day!

This Thursday, April 2nd, is Spring Picture Day! Don't worry, the backdrop this year is a plain, white background! This picture day is pre-purchase only, and only students who pre-purchase will be photographed. students who are being photographed may be out of uniform that day.


PTO and School Council News

Thank you to all the parents who provided food to the faculty during parent conferences. It was fantastic and we all came away well-fed! 

Everyone, remember that PTO has t-shirts and hoodies for sale. Cotton t-shirts are $10, Dry-fit are $15 (just a few dry-fit sizes left), and hoodies are $25. You can purchase them from the main office. Show your "we are Hilsman" spirit!


School Council will be rescheduled due to a conflict.




Athletics


Cedar Sports

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Monday, March 30                           Tennis vs. Lanier @ SETC 4:00
                                                         Varsity Baseball vs. Loganville 5:55
                                                         C-Team Baseball @ Athens Christian 5:30


Tuesday, March 31                          JV Baseball @ Clarke Central 5:55
                                                         Athens Area Track Meet @ North Oconee 4:00
                                                         Varsity Soccer @ Winder 5:30/7:30
                                                         Golf vs. Madison Co. 4:00 ( ACC )


Wednesday, April 1                          JV Soccer vs. Gainesville 6:00/7:30
                                                         C-Team Baseball @ Hart Co. 5:30
                                                         Tennis vs. Hart Co. 4:00 ( SETC )
                                                         Varsity Baseball @ Loganville


Thursday, April 2                             JV Baseball @ Morgan Co. 5:55


Friday, April 3 ( Good Friday )         Varsity Baseball vs. Lanier 5:55
                                                        Varsity Soccer vs. Apalachee 5:30/7:30
                                                        Varsity Track @ Oconee Co./Barberitos Invitational 4:00


Saturday, April 4                             C-Team Baseball vs. Clarke Central (DH) 11:00/12:30


GO JAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hilsman Sports

Thursday,  April 2                            Hilsman Boys' and Girls' Soccer vs. BHL 4:30

Friday, April 3                                  Hilsman Boys' and Girls' Soccer @ CMS 4:30


Announcements

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 view the Panther News here.


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

April 2 Spring Picture Day (Students purchasing pictures may be 
out of uniform)
April 2 Put a Cap on Cancer - Hat Day for students with $ donation
April 3 Quarter 3 Awards Assembly
April 6 Teacher PL Day - Student Holiday (No School for Students)
April 10 80's Dance for Students (Relay for Life student Fundraiser)
April 14-23 Georgia Milestones Assessment
April 18 Free Athletic Physicals
April 24 Relay for Life (Bishop Park, 6:00-midnight)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Parent Conference Week - Energy Education Week!

Quote: "Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen." - Unknown



Monday is a B day.

Congratulations!

Several students are part of an art show at the Lamar Dodd School of Art on UGA's campus, which opened today. Please go check out the artwork of talented students from CCSD!





Football Parent Meeting and Spring Physicals

There will be a very important football parent meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 6:00 in the Cedar Shoals Auditorium.This meeting is for the parents of returning players and anyone interested in joining the program. Items to be discussed will include, but are not limited to: Touchdown Club membership, spring drills, lift-a-thon, and program fundraising. If you you student is currently involved in a spring sport, we need you there. If you have questions contact Coach Wilkins at 706-546-5375 ext. 21427 or Coach Edmonds at ext. 21203.

The date for our FREE athletic physicals at Athens Orthopedic has been set. It is Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 am. You will need to be at Cedar Shoals by 9:30. Buses will roll at 10:00 and should return by noon. 



Parent Conferences This Week, March 25-27

This week we will hold parent conferences. The spring conference is an important one, because this is the time that you will receive information about advanced content opportunities, high school class opportunities, and you will fill out a preference form for connections fine arts and language classes. If you have not been contacted by your child's homeroom teacher to schedule a conference, please email or call them.



Book Fair - March 23-27, 2015

It is time for our Spring Book Fair! We hope every child has the opportunity to check out the book fair. It will be open during parent conferences so we hope that families will visit together!


Coding @ Hilsman

Hilsman began hosting our first coding classes this week. Check it out!





Energy Education Week!

Energy Education Week is here! We are very close to our Energy Star Pledge goal of the year. We need 59 more Pledges to meet our goal.


Thank you for supporting the Trash Hunger Campaign. Over 20 local businesses are supporting the Campaign now. We have raised over $1,250 for hunger relief in this school year alone. We have exceeded our goal of $750! Please continue to support the campaign. We are making "A World of Difference!"


Click Here to access the flyer about Energy Education Week, March 21-28, 2015.




PTO and School Council News

Everyone, remember that PTO has t-shirts and hoodies for sale. Cotton t-shirts are $10, Dry-fit are $15 (just a few dry-fit sizes left), and hoodies are $25. You can purchase them from the main office. Show your "we are Hilsman" spirit!

Thanks to all of the parents who are pitching in to make Wednesday's long parent conference night a great one by supplying the faculty with snacks and dinner to keep us going! We appreciate you!


School Council will be rescheduled due to a conflict.




Athletics


Cedar Sports

Monday, March 23                                Varsity Baseball vs. Heritage 5:55
                                                              JV Soccer vs. Salem 5:30/7:00
                                                              C-Team Baseball @ Hart Co. 5:30
                                                              Tennis @ Loganville 4:15


Tuesday, March 24             ***FOOTBALL PARENT MEETING 6:00 IN THE AUDITORIUM>
                                                             Track @ Banks Co. 4:30
                                                             JV Baseball @ Prince Ave. 5:55
                                                             Varsity Soccer @ Salem 5:30/7:30


Wednesday, March 25                         Varsity Baseball vs. Gainesville 5:55
                                                             Tennis vs. Winder 4:15 ( SETC )


Thursday, March 26                             Tennis vs. Apalachee 4:15 ( SETC )
                                                             C-Team Baseball vs. Jackson Co. (DH) 5:30/7:00
                                                             JV Soccer @ Winder 5:30/7:00
                                                             JV Baseball @ Newton Co. 5:55


Friday, March 27                                  Varsity Baseball @ Gainesville 5:55
                                                             Varsity Boys Soccer @ East Jackson 5:30


GO JAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hilsman Sports

Tuesday March 24th               Hilsman Boys and Girls Soccer vs. CMS 4:30


Announcements

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 view the Panther News here.


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

March 23-30 Book Fair
March 25-27 Spring Conferences
April 2 Spring Picture Day
April 14-23 Georgia Milestones Assessment

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Welcome Back from Spring Break!

Quote: "Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give." - Unknown



Monday is an A day.

Congratulations!


Several of Hilsman's teachers and our Professors-in-Residence presented before Spring Break at the National Association for Professional Development Schools Conference. There are many great works that are developing from our partnership and we were excited to share! The CCSD/UGA Partnership also received an Excellence in Achievement Award. We are Proud to Be CCSD!


Congratulations to Audrey Hughes, who was the National Geographic Educator of the Week this week! Click here to read the article!

Christian Norton, a Social studies and Special Education teacher at Hilsman, was featured in an article this week in the Banner Herald!



Benchmarks Make Ups This Week

Please help us by ensuring that your child brings their device to school each day fully charged.



Tuesday, 3/17 Reading Parts 1 and 2

Wednesday, 3/18 Math Parts 1 and 2

Thursday, 3/19 Science Parts 1 and 2

Friday, 3/20 Social Studies parts 1 and 2




Parent Conferences Next Week, March 25-27

Next week we will hold parent conferences. The spring conference is an important one, because this is the time that you will receive information about advanced content opportunities, high school class opportunities, and you will fill out a preference form for connections fine arts and language classes. If you have not been contacted by your child's homeroom teacher to schedule a conference by Wednesday (3/18) of this week, please email or call them. Most will send a letter home Monday or Tuesday to obtain your time/day preference. Please return this as soon as possible. Some teachers may choose to contact you by phone.



Book Fair - March 23-27, 2015

It is time for our Spring Book Fair! We hope every child has the opportunity to check out the book fair. It will be open during parent conferences so we hope that families will visit together!


Georgia School Parents' Survey

It’s time once again to take the Georgia School Parents’ Survey, as part of each school’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) scores. The deadline has been extended until March 27th.

This survey is critical in the state's assessment in assigning a School Climate Star Rating to each school and is different than the Title I Survey you recently took. The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete - and again is crucial in rating our schools. Please note this does not replace our annual School Improvement Survey, as that is our internal diagnostic survey.
School Climate survey results are confidential and will not be made public or posted online. I appreciate your time and consideration, as your feedback is both needed and appreciated.
The survey is located here: http://www.clarke.k12.ga.us/survey 

Thanks in advance for your valuable participation! To those of you who have already taken it, thank you!



Energy Education Week Coming!

Energy Education Week is coming up! We are very close to our Energy Star Pledge goal of the year. We need 125 more Pledges to meet our goal.


Thank you for supporting the Trash Hunger Campaign. Over 20 local businesses are supporting the Campaign now. We have raised over $1,250 for hunger relief in this school year alone. We have exceeded our goal of $750! Please continue to support the campaign. We are making "A World of Difference!"


Click Here to access the flyer about Energy Education Week, March 21-28, 2015.



Coding Classes Coming to Hilsman


Coding classes begin this week!

Jim Flannery of Four Athens is offering a wonderful opportunity for our Hilsman students. The coding classes he's been teaching at CMS have gone so well that they are now expanding to the East side.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 PM, Four Athens will offer 4 weeks of Coding Classes beginning March 17th and running through April 9th.




PTO and School Council News

Everyone, remember that PTO has t-shirts and hoodies for sale. Cotton t-shirts are $10, Dry-fit are $15 (just a few dry-fit sizes left), and hoodies are $25. You can purchase them from the main office. Show your "we are Hilsman" spirit!


School Council will meet on March 26th from 4:30-5:30 in Dr. Blankenship's office.




Athletics


Cedar Sports

Monday, March 16                    JV Soccer vs. Apalachee 5:30/7:00
                                                  C-Team Baseball @ Clarke Central 5:30
                                                  Varsity Baseball @ Flowery Branch 5:55
                                                  Golf vs. Clarke Central @ ACC 4:00


Tuesday, March 17                   Varsity Soccer vs. Loganville 5:30/7:30
                                                 JV Baseball vs. Apalachee 5:55
                                                 Golf vs. Lanier @ ACC 4:00
                                                 Tennis @ Flowery Branch 4:00


Wednesday, March 18             Varsity Baseball vs. Flowery Branch 5:55
                                                JV Boys Soccer @ Loganville 5:30


Thursday, March 19                C-Team Baseball vs. Clarke Central 5:30
                                                JV Baseball @ Rockdale Co. 5:55
                                               Varsity Girls Soccer @ Prince Ave. 5:30
                                               Tennis @ Gainesville 4:30


Friday, March 20                    Varsity Baseball @ Heritage 5:55
                                               JV-V Soccer @ Oconee Co. 5:30/7:00


Saturday, March 21               19th Annual Cedar Shoals/Loch Johnson Invitational Track and Field Meet 9:30 am


GO JAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hilsman Sports

Thursday March 19th               Hilsman Boys and Girls Soccer @ Coile 4:30


Announcements

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 view the Panther News here.


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

March 16-20 Benchmark make ups
March 18 Term 3 Grading Period Ends
March 23-30 Book Fair
March 25-27 Spring Conferences
April 2 Spring Picture Day
April 14-23 Georgia Milestones Assessment

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Benchmarks Continue This Week!

Quote: "When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude." - G. K. Chesterton



Monday is a B day.

Congratulations!


We have 18 staff members being nominated for Foundation for Excellence Awards! In my four years at Hilsman, this is the highest number of nominations we have had. Our teachers are committed to providing meaningful and relevant learning experiences for our students, and these nominations are just one way of recognizing the fabulous work they do each day.

Benchmarks Begin This Week

Benchmarks will continue this week. Make ups will take place when we return from Spring break. All students who miss one or more sections of the benchmarks will have an opportunity to make up each section they miss.

Our benchmarks are given in two parts. Part one is selected response and is conducted online. Part two is constructed response, and is given paper/pencil. The benchmarks allow us the opportunity to assess how well our students are mastering the standards without waiting until the end of the year for a high stakes test. By doing so, we can adjust our teaching to ensure that we are delivering instruction that meets our students' needs. Below is the schedule for this week. Please help us by ensuring that your child brings their device to school each day fully charged.


Monday, 3/2 Science part 2

Tuesday, 3/3 Math part 1

Wednesday, 3/4 Math part 2

Thursday, 3/5 Social Studies part 1

Friday, 3/6 Social Studies part 2



Band

This week on Wednesday and Thursday, the 7th and 8th grade bands will attend Large Group Performance Evaluation. They will take their benchmarks upon their return to school

On Friday, 7th and 8th grade band members will leave for their Spring Band Trip. We wish them safe travels!



Georgia School Parents' Survey

It’s time once again to take the Georgia School Parents’ Survey, as part of each school’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) scores. The deadline has been extended until March 27th.

This survey is critical in the state's assessment in assigning a School Climate Star Rating to each school and is different than the Title I Survey you recently took. The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete - and again is crucial in rating our schools. Please note this does not replace our annual School Improvement Survey, as that is our internal diagnostic survey.
School Climate survey results are confidential and will not be made public or posted online. I appreciate your time and consideration, as your feedback is both needed and appreciated.
The survey is located here: http://www.clarke.k12.ga.us/survey 

Thanks in advance for your valuable participation! To those of you who have already taken it, thank you!



Coding Classes Coming to Hilsman



Coding Classes are coming to Hilsman! Attention Parents/Guardians! Scholarships available! Easy online registration available too.

Jim Flannery of Four Athens is offering a wonderful opportunity for our Hilsman students. The coding classes he's been teaching at CMS have gone so well that they are now expanding to the East side.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 PM, Four Athens will offer 4 weeks of Coding Classes beginning March 17th and running through April 9th.

Registration is through Four Athens. Scholarships are available, so don't be afraid to ask! They welcome all inquiries:jim@fourathens.com

Register online here: www.fourathens.com/athenscodecamp



Art Club

Art Club will meet this Monday, March 2nd, from 4:00 - 5:00 in the Art Room.



Students, Have You seen The Mystery Teacher?

Have you seen the picture of the Mystery Teacher yet? We are having a contest to identify teachers from their middle school pictures. Look in the morning announcement slideshow for a new picture each week. Make a guess as to who it is. It will also tell you what they ready when they were you age. Now you are ready to enter the drawing. Place your guess, a question about the book the teacher read and your first and last name on a piece of paper. Now place your entry in the yellow box in the lunch room. Play along and you could win a book. We have some great pictures to share with you. Join the fun! Hilsman Reads!

Last week's Mystery Teacher...


PTO and School Council News

Everyone, remember that PTO has t-shirts and hoodies for sale. Cotton t-shirts are $10, Dry-fit are $15 (just a few dry-fit sizes left), and hoodies are $25. You can purchase them from the main office. Show your "we are Hilsman" spirit!

School Council is being rescheduled after Spring Break. 



Athletics


Cedar Sports


Monday, March 2                      Varsity Baseball vs. Dacula 5:55
                                                 Golf @ Madison Co. 4:00


Tuesday, March 3                    C-Team Baseball vs. Clarke Central 5:30
                                                 Golf vs. Clarke Central @ ACC 4:00
                                                 Varsity Soccer @ Jackson Co. 5:30/7:30
                                                 JV Baseball @ Monroe Area 5:55


Wednesday, March 4               Tennis vs. Clarke Central @ SETC 4:00
                                                 JV/V Track @ Jefferson 4:00
                                                 JV Soccer @ Lanier 5:30/7:00


Thursday, March 5                   JV Baseball vs. Alcovy 5:55
                                                 JV Soccer @ Flowery Branch 5:30/7:00
                                                 Tennis vs. Heritage @ SETC 4:00
                                                 Varsity Baseball @ Monroe Area 5:55
                                                 Golf @ Clarke Central @ ACC 4:00


Friday, March 6                        Varsity Soccer @ Gainesville 6:00/8:00


Saturday, March 7                    Varsity Track @ Running w/the Devils Invitational 
                                                           @ Loganville HS 10:00 am


GO JAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hilsman Sports

Tuesday, March 3 Girls Soccer @ BHL 4:30

Thursday, March 5 Boys Soccer @ BHL 4:30



Announcements

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 view the Panther News here.


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

February 23 - March 30 Spring Benchmarks
March 3 Dr. B visits Whit Davis - Parent Coffee
March 6 8th graders visit Cedar Shoals
March 9 - 13 Spring Break
March 18 Term 3 Grading Period Ends
March 25-27 Spring Conferences
April 2 Spring Picture Day