Sunday, April 26, 2015

We are in the home stretch!

Quote: "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." -E.E. Cummings



Monday is a B day.

Congratulations!

Our FFA students did very well at the State Convention this weekend.



Khalik Osi-efa and David Bell, 2nd place --food products
Jacob Bell 3rd place---plant systems
Amanda Wise 5th place---environmental science


Our former Hilsman FFAers now at Cedar:
Briah Thompson Carter--State Agriscience Proficiency Award Winner
Willie Craddick Jr.--1st place Agriscience Fair--food products


Earning their State FFA Degree:
Briah Thompson Carter

Natalie Stanley
Alex Smith


Many Cedar students also placed 2-4th in the Agriscience Fair!

Congratulations to Ralph David, 8th grader, whose art won 3rd place in the No Place for Hate Art Contest. He was honored at Kennesaw State University on Sunday!


Milestones Assessment Continue This Week

We will be making up Milestones assessments this week for students who need to complete a portion of the test. Make ups will be Monday - Wednesday.


8th Grade Parent Meeting for DC Trip

If you have an 8th grader going to Washington, DC May 6-10, please plan to meet in the Media Center for a parent meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will not last more than 30 minutes. You are welcome to stay for the chorus concert!


Relay for Life

We had a fun time at Relay for Life on Friday. Hilsman raised over $1000 to contribute to find a cure for cancer. Pax Panther was the life of the party!



SET Updates

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May 9th will be another fundraiser for SET. Come out to Fatz for a pancake breakfast and silent auction!






PTO 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!



Athletics

Cedar Shoals C-Team Spring Football Practice will be Mon. April 27th - Thurs. May 7th (no Fridays) from 4:30-6:30 p.m.at Cedar Shoals High School. Parents need to be at the school by 6:30 to pick up their children. Thanks!


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!


April 28 DC Trip Parent Meeting 5:30 p.m.
April 28 Hilsman Spring Chorus Showcase 6 p.m.
April 30 Communication Arts Showcase 6 p.m.
May 4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week!
May 9 SET Fundraiser at Fatz
May 21 8th grade Moving On Celebration and Ceremony 9:00 a.m.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Milestones, part deux

Quote: "Live in such a way that is someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe them." - Unknown



Monday is an A day.

Congratulations!


The following students were honored at the Greenfest awards this past Friday!

Isabelle Linkous - Winner of the Trout Unlimited Scholarship to Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School/Georgia Trout Camp

Phoenix McAllister - Winner of the 2015 GreenFest Art Contest (Middle School Category)

Thomas Peters - Winner of the 2015 GreenFest Photography Contest (Middle School Category)

Colin Frick, Moses Wang, & Trevor Wittes - Awarded an Odum Environmental Grant for a 2015-2016 team project, "Yes, We Can Compost at School"

Brooke Fraysher, Klara Lankford, & Isabelle Linkous - Awarded an Odum Environmental Grant for a 2015-2016 team project, "Trash Hunger Thursday Rewards"

Phoenix McAllister, Maya Smith, & Camyrn Tanner - Awarded an Odum Environmental Grant for a 2015-2016 team project, "Go Green, Save Green"

Hilsman Middle School Foundation for Excellence nominees were honored at the FFE Tea this past Monday. Hilsman was recognized for having the most nominees of any school! We were also given an FFE award for creating a "Culture of Encouragement" among our faculty. Here is a photo of 12 of the 16 nominees who attended the tea:




Milestones Assessment Continue This Week

Things went pretty smoothly last week, and this week we complete our Milestone Assessments. Here is our schedule:

Tuesday, April 21 Math
Wednesday, April 22 Science
Thursday, April 23 Social Studies
Friday, April 24 Make ups

If your child has not returned their device to school, it has been marked lost in our system. Please return devices on Monday so that they can be scanned and cleared as located.

Testing begins at 8:30 a.m. Please make sure your student is at school no later than 8:25.


Spring Plant Sale

The Hilsman FFA and Agriscience program Plant Sale is going on now! The sale is open to the community every day from 4-5 pm in the Hilsman greenhouse. Here is a link to the plants that are available.


SET Updates and EARTH Day!

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SET Fundraiser

Barberitos - Fundraiser Night for SET - April 21

The team will earn 15% from purchases made.

Location: Eastside - Barnett Shoals Location

A Flyer you can copy and share is attached here: ​

Barberitos Flyer April 21.pdf


With Earth Day coming up and school testing periods to soon be over, SET wants to invite everyone to participate in the 2015 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation from the Wyland Foundation. This campaign is designed to encourage positive conservation behaviors, reward people for these efforts, and protect our water resources. Participating classrooms have the opportunity to win prizes and popsicles for the classroom and school!


What is the Challenge?
Mayor Denson asks citizens of Athens-Clarke County to take part by completing the “My Water Pledge”. I have included a link to a video of her appeal at the bottom of this email. Individuals, classrooms, and students take an online pledge to incorporate specific water-efficient behaviors into their lives. Teachers can pledge on behalf of the classroom or students can make the pledge. To access the pledge and lesson plans, please visit: http://www.mywaterpledge.com/campaign/kids-campaign-2015/


Help Athens-Clarke County Be #1!
The city with the most pledges for their population size wins. Currently, Athens-Clarke County is in 6th place. The MyWaterPledge.com website includes an updated list of the city rankings. Encourage your students to find the other location on a map. Currently California cities are leading. Start a discussion about the drought the West is facing and how important it is to use water wisely.


Prizes!
· The Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office will provide popsicles – frozen water! – during lunch to the school with the largest percentage of classrooms participating. Just print out or forward each email confirmation of the pledge, with “Pledge – SCHOOL NAME) in the subject. Email to laurel.loftin@athensclarkecoutny.com.


· Teachers who complete the pledge with their students are divided into regions and entered to win a $250 Target gift card for classroom supplies and another $250 gift card for their school.

· Individuals taking the pledge in the winning city are entered into a drawing for a Toyota Prius.
Thank you for helping to care for water and make Athens-Clarke County a leader in conservation.


Video of Mayor Denson asking people to take the challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT0REkBgY-E


With gratitude,


Audrey Hughes and SET




PTO News


Great turnout for the meeting last Thursday! Look for updates from Dr. Frick and join the Hilsman PTO Facebook page for complete PTO 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!





Athletics

Cedar Shoals C-Team Spring Football Practice will be Mon. April 27th - Thurs. May 7th (no Fridays) from 4:30-6:30 p.m.at Cedar Shoals High School. Parents need to be at the school by 6:30 to pick up their children. Thanks!

Cedar Sports


Monday, April 20                    Varsity Baseball vs. Salem 5:55
                                               Varsity Soccer @ Heritage 5:30/7:30
                                               Golf Region @ Chateau Elan 9:00 am


Tuesday, April 21                   Boys and Girls Region Track Preliminaries @ Loganville 5:00
                                               JV Boys and Girls Soccer @ East Jackson 5:30/7:00


Wednesday, April 22             Varsity Baseball @ Winder 5:55
                                              Varsity Soccer @ Madison Co. 5:30/7:30
                                              Boys and Girls Track Region Field Events @ Loganville 2:00


Thursday, April 23                Varsity Baseball vs. Winder 5:55 ( Senior Night )
                                              Boys and Girls Region Track Finals @ Loganville 5:00


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



Hilsman Sports


Friday and Saturday, April 24-25           Middle School State Track Meet  

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 14-23 Georgia Milestones Assessment
April 22 Administrative Assistants' Day
April 22 Earth Day
April 23 Progress Reports go home
April 23 Communication Arts Showcase 6-7 p.m. (not sure of location, I think Cedar)
April 24 Relay for Life (Bishop Park, 6:00-midnight) 
April 25 CCSD Fine Arts Day @ Cedar Shoals
April 28 Hilsman Spring Chorus Showcase
May 21 8th grade Moving On Celebration and Ceremony 9:00 a.m.
(I will post information in next week's Panther Pointers regarding field days and EOY Awards ceremonies)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Milestones are Here!

Quote: "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."  - Thomas Jefferson



Monday is a B day.

Congratulations!


A few weeks ago, the Athens CAVS basketball team qualified for Nationals. Two Hilsman students, Rodney Wright and Jaiden Williams, are members of the team. Congratulations, guys!



This weekend, our PAWS Step Team were the overall winners at the Youth Step Show held at the Classic Center. We won 1st Place AND the People's Choice award! We are very proud of our Panthers!




Milestones Assessment Begins This Week

This week our students begin the Milestones Assessment. There were a few glitches with the practice site as you may have heard; however, our district, the State DOE, and CTB Magraw-Hill (the developers of the test) have assured us that the glitch was only with the practice site, and that the operational test site is working fine. Other states have already begun testing so we have been assured that things should run smoothly for the actual test.

Here is our schedule for the next two weeks:

Tuesday, April 14 ELA Part 1
Wednesday, April 15 ELA Make ups
Thursday, April 16 ELA Part 2
Friday, April 17 ELA Part 2 make ups

Tuesday, April 21 Math
Wednesday, April 22 Science
Thursday, April 23 Social Studies
Friday, April 24 Make ups

If your child has not returned their device to school, it has been marked lost in our system. Please return devices on Monday so that they can be scanned and cleared as located.


Spring Plant Sale

The Hilsman FFA and Agriscience program Plant Sale is going on now! The sale is open to the community every day from 4-5 pm in the Hilsman greenhouse. Here is a link to the plants that are available.


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. 



PTO and School Council News


PTO will meet this Thursday, April 16, at 6:00 pm. Please plan to attend. We only have two meetings per year, and your input is needed. Snacks will be served!

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 April 16, 2015, at 4:30 pm in Dr. Blankenship's office.




Athletics


Cedar Sports

Monday, April 13                 Varsity Baseball vs. Clarke Central 5:55
                                            Golf: Ed Hoard Classic @ ACC 9:00 am

Tuesday, April 14                Tennis Region @ Flowery Branch TBA
                                            Golf vs. Commerce @ ACC 4:00
                                            Varsity Soccer vs. Chestatee 5:30/7:30
                                            Varsity Track @ Mill Creek 5:00

Wednesday, April 15           Tennis Region @ Flowery Branch TBA
                                            Varsity Baseball @ Clarke Central 5:55
                                            JV Soccer @ East Jackson 5:30/7:00

Friday, April 17                    Varsity Baseball @ Salem 5:55
                                            Varsity Soccer vs. Lanier 5:30/7:30 ( Senior Night )




SATURDAY, APRIL 20 FREE ATHLETIC PHYSICALS!!!!!!!!!! ARRIVE AT THE CEDAR SHOALS GYM BY 9:30 WITH CORRECT FORMS COMPLETELY FILLED OUT. BUSES WILL DEPART FOR ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC BY 10:00 AND RETURN BY NOON.



Hilsman Sports

Tuesday,  April 7                        Soccer Tournament, Round 1  @ BHL          4:30

Thursday, April 9                        Soccer Tournament, Round 2  @ CCHS       4:30
                                                    Hilsman-Coile Track @ Cedar                      4:30

Saturday, April 11                       Hilsman-Coile Track @ Westlake HS          All Day


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 14-23 Georgia Milestones Assessment
April 18 Free Athletic Physicals
April 23 Progress Reports go home
April 24 Relay for Life (Bishop Park, 6:00-midnight)
April 28 Hilsman Spring Chorus Showcase


Sunday, April 5, 2015

UPDATED - - No School for Students April 6th - Enjoy!

Quote: "You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." - Michael Jordan



Tuesday is a B day.

Congratulations!


On Friday we held our Quarter Three Honors assemblies for each grade level. Students who had perfect attendance, A-B Honor Roll, and A Honor Roll were recognized. As a reward, students who made perfect attendance and A-B Honor Roll will have uniform free day on Thursday. Students who made All A Honor Roll will have uniform free days on Thursday AND Friday.

We also recognized students who participated in the State Science Fair. One student, TK Monford, placed second overall and also one the Merial Award. TK will be recognized at the May BOE meeting. Here he is below with two other six graders who also represented Hilsman at the state fair. Including one seventh grade student, HIlsman had four students represent at the State Science Fair last weekend. 



Connections Preference Forms Due Last Week!

Attention current 6th and 7th grade parents! All connections preference forms were due last 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:



Youth Step Show - April 11th

This Saturday, the Hilsman PAWS Step Team will compete in the Annual Youth Step Show held at The Classic Center. The show begins at 5:00 pm and advanced tickets are $12. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door. Please come out and support our wonderful step team!


Milestones Assessment and Personal Learning Devices

Beginning 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. 




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 April 16, 2015, at 4:30 pm in Dr. Blankenship's office.




Athletics


Cedar Sports


Monday, April 6                             C-Team Baseball @ Clarke Central 5:30
                                                      Varsity Baseball @ Lanier 5:55


Tuesday, April 7                            JV/V track vs. Washington-Wilkes 4:30
                                                      Golf @ Commerce 4:00


Wednesday, April 8                       Varsity Baseball vs. Apalachee 5:55


Thursday, April 9                           MS/JV Track vs, Clarke Central/BHL/CMS 4:30


Friday, April 10                              Varsity Baseball @ Apalachee 5:55


Saturday, April 11                         Cedar/Central Soccer Day JV 11:00/1:00 Varsity 6:00/8:00


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




Hilsman Sports

Tuesday,  April 7                        Soccer Tournament, Round 1  @ BHL          4:30

Thursday, April 9                        Soccer Tournament, Round 2  @ CCHS       4:30
                                                    Hilsman-Coile Track @ Cedar                      4:30

Saturday, April 11                       Hilsman-Coile Track @ Westlake HS          All Day


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 6 Teacher PL Day - Student Holiday (No School for Students)
April 9 Uniform Free Day for Perfect Attendance, A-B Honor Roll, and A Honor Roll
April 10 Uniform Free Day for All A Honor Roll
April 10 80's Dance for Students (Relay for Life student Fundraiser)
April 11 Youth Step Show - Classic Center 5:00 pm
April 14-23 Georgia Milestones Assessment
April 18 Free Athletic Physicals
April 23 Progress Reports go home
April 24 Relay for Life (Bishop Park, 6:00-midnight)
April 28 Hilsman Spring Chorus Showcase