Sunday, October 25, 2015

Red Ribbon Week!

Quote of the Week: 






Monday is an A day.                                    


Benchmarks Begin This Week

This week we will begin our Fall administration of our district's benchmarks. Benchmarks will be administered in ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. 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

ELA: October 27th
Science: October 28th
Make ups: October 29th (ELA, Science)
November 4: Social Studies
November 5: Math
November 6: Make ups (Social Studies, Math)


Testing Schedule
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Red Ribbon Week - Monday is a Red Out!

WE ARE CELEBRATING RED RIBBON WEEK AT HILSMAN! This is the time each year when schools across the nation plan activities that promote alcohol and drug awareness and prevention. For more information, visit redribbon.org.




MONDAY:

District RED OUT Day. Wear a red shirt in support of Red Ribbon Week. Must still wear uniform bottoms.

The Advisement lesson will be about Red Ribbon Week.


TUESDAY:

Sock it to drugs and wear crazy socks!

Sign the Red Ribbon Week Pledge at lunch and commit to RESPECTING yourselves and being drug free.


WEDNESDAY:

Team up against drugs and wear a sports shirt!

The Healthy Brain Campaign will have a table set up at lunch to give you more information about drugs and making healthy choices.


THURSDAY:

Put a lid on drugs and wear a hat!

Let’s “Stomp Out Drugs” with a step team performance at lunch.


Georgia Parent Survey


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




Teacher and Staff Member of the Month

It is time to nominate teachers and staff members of the month for this month. Please follow the links below and nominate someone by October 31st!



7th Grade News

7th grade had a great time learning about Bioenergy at the Botanical Gardens last week. Students learned how organic materials can generate energy. See some of the pictures.




Counseling News

Food 2 Kids

During the month of October, we will be collecting ravioli (pop-top cans) for children in need of food. Please put your donations in the bin located inside the front entrance of the school.


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 www.nassp.org/spirit to access the online application. Complete the application and the student/parent agreement by November 3, 2015.




SET Updates

ENERGY AWARENESS MONTH

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 is this 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.


Trick or Treat for UNICEF at Hilsman begins this week!

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: https://www.crowdrise.com/setunicef2014. 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 a Fun Time for All!

Hilsman’s Panther Cafe and 21st Century Community Learning Center teamed up for a powerful morning of engaging parents, students, and other community stakeholders in literacy and STE[A]M activities. After a delicious breakfast prepared before our eyes by one of Hilsman’s former students, now a local chef, we shared some of the 21st CCLC students’ photography, videos, and arcade games. We even had a paper airplane contest before going to the media center where we examined “The Art in Language Arts” (work by Mr. Blake’s students) checked out books, and discussed the importance of literacy and why we write,  



Mr. Blake, Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Johns,  Ms. Micheletti, Dr. Blankenship, as well as our UGA student partners were available to guide the experience.


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.






Chef Joseph Houston of Five Bar demonstrates the art of cooking a frittata.


Parent and child discussing a book at Panther Cafe.

I understand the paper airplane competition was fierce!



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 Parent Advisory Board Meeting.




Athletics

Many sports are underway! 



Cedar Shoals:

Friday, October 30              V Football vs. Apalachee (Sr. Night & Youth Football Night) 7:30

Saturday, October 31          Region C C @ Conyers International Horse Park 8:00 am


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





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 access the weekly Panther News video here.







CCSD App (It's Free!)




Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

October 26        District Red Out for Red Ribbon Week
October 27        ELA Benchmark
October 28        Science Benchmark
October 28        Fright Night Fall Fest
October 30        District Holiday
November 2      District PL Day - No School for Students
November 4      SS Benchmark
November 5      Math Benchmark
November 9      District Open House
November 13    Moonlight Madness  7-9:30 p.m.
November 14    Panther Cafe and 21st Century Open Saturday

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Unite Against Gun Violence and Bullying This Week!

Quote of the Week: 






Monday is a B day.                                    


Parent Conferences - Make ups this week at Nellie B.

If you were not able to attend your child's parent conference this week, we will be holding a make up evening at Nellie B. Community on October 21st at 6:00 p.m. Both Ms. Tolbert and I will be there along with a few others to share information with parents. If you need more information, please contact Ms. Griffith, our Family Engagement Specialist.


Georgia Parent Survey


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




Counseling News

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Please remember to wear orange shirts, socks or ties with your khakis on October 21st for Unity Day.


Food 2 Kids

During the month of October, we will be collecting ravioli (pop-top cans) for children in need of food. Please put your donations in the bin located inside the front entrance of the school.


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 www.nassp.org/spirit to access the online application. Complete the application and the student/parent agreement by November 3, 2015.



SET Updates


October is Energy Awareness Month & the month for our school's annual Trick or Treat for UNICEF Campaign.

The Green Team, Science & Energy Team (SET), Special Education Classes, Agri-Science Classes, Art Classes, Foreign Language Classes, and 21st Century Learners will be doing more during the month of October to promote green and energy saving initiatives at Hilsman. This includes a commitment to recycling more classroom, office, and cafeteria waste. Hilsman will also begin composting lunchroom waste from the cafeteria as soon as the compost area is ready in the garden. SET members will have information booths open during parent conferences and they will begin their annual Energy Star Pledge Drive. A link to the pledge is here: Hilsman Energy Star Pledge Drive. Feel free to share this link with friends, family, and others. Our goal is 1000 pledge items this school year.


Trash Hunger

Our school’s Trash Hunger Campaign contributions from Hilsman students and staff are down this year. We need your trash! It reduces landfill waste and helps hungry people all over Northeast Georgia and the world. Please review this slideshow detailing how our donation dollars are used: ​

 Hilsman UNICEF 2015 Campaign

​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. Competition instructions are located here: ​

 Instructions - Hilsman UNICEF 2015 Campaign

If you know of others that would like to support UNICEF, but prefer to pay by credit card and receive a direct receipt, they may do so at our on-line fundraiser: Hilsman 2015 UNICEF Campaign


Recycle Bowl

​We are competing against other Clarke County Schools in the Recycle Bowl Competition through November 16. Let's win this contest by recycling everything we can! ​


Rise Up and Recycle

Finally, we are enrolled in the Atlanta Falcons 2015 Rise Up & Recycle Campaign. We can win, but we need to improve our existing program. Let's all make an effort to improve our recycling efforts in the classroom, in the cafeteria, and at home.




Panther Cafe this Saturday!

We will hold our second Panther Cafe this Saturday from 9-11 a.m. in the media center. It is a great time for families to stop by and check out books, reading strategies and more! Contact Ms. Welch-Quigley for more information about this family initiative.


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!





21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century Community Learning Center will host its first “Open Saturday Session” October 24, 2015 from 8:30 -11:30 AM. Five Bar’s Chef Joseph Houston III has been invited to assist with breakfast, students will showcase their work, while parents and stakeholders learn more about the program. Please join us and allow us to plan for you by submitting an RSVP to Ms. Hayes using this form. Limited seats are available for breakfast with the chef, so if you are interested don’t delay.


In celebration of the 16th annual Lights on Afterschool event, Hilsman's 21st Century will host "Popcorn, Photos, Phantoms,and Planes: How Keeping the Lights on Helps Us Soar" on Thursday, October 22nd. Parents, interested students, and other stakeholders are invited to join us from 4:00-6:00 PM to tour our program and participate. Check out this petition!



MLK Writing and Art Contest

We are kicking off the 13th annual "I Have a Dream" Writing & Art Contest! Entries are due to Hilsman Friday, Oct 23rd and should answer the question: "How Can I Help Dr. King's Dream Come True?" A video will be created and featured at the UGA Annual Freedom Breakfast, and winners will be honored at a Board meeting as well.




PTO News

Thank you for providing dinner for our teachers this past Wednesday! Although I was at a conference in Ohio, I know that teachers appreciated being fed wonderful food while they stayed late that evening. We have an awesome PTO!




Athletics

Many sports are underway! 



Cedar Shoals:


Tuesday 10-20-15        Athens Area Cross Country Championships @ Athens Christian 4:00

Friday 10-22-15           Varsity Football @ Gainesville 7:30


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





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. No Panther News this week.





More Ways to Connect

Here are several other ways to stay connected to Hilsman.

Follow us on Twitter!

Hilsman Middle has a Twitter account.  This is one more way you can stay connected to Hilsman, keep up to date on all Hilsman news, and receive links to information related to your child's education.  Follow us on twitter @HilsmanPanthers.


Facebook

Hilsman has a Facebook page that is updated regularly. Go to the Hilsman Middle School Facebook page and Like Us! You can also join the Hilsman Middle PTO Facebook page. It is a great forum for parents to get information and ask questions.

Team Websites

You can also visit the team website for the teaching team to which your child belongs. From there, you can access individual teacher webpages, resources, and Hilsman news. 

Remind 

Remind 101 is now Remind. Remind is a great way to receive important updates on Hilsman happenings. To sign up to receive reminders and news flashes click on the link for the appropriate grade below for three easy choices to sign up:

6th grade - Class of 2022

7th grade- Class of 2021

8th grade - Class of 2020


Instagram

Follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/paxpanther.



CCSD App (It's Free!)




Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

October 19        Band Concert
October 21        Nellie B. Community Meeting and Make up Conferences
October 21        Day of Unity (wear orange shirts, socks, or ties) wear uniform bottoms
October 21        Pledge Against Gun Violence assembly
October 24        Panther Cafe, 9-11 a.m. 21st Century Open Saturday 8:30-11:30
October 26        District Red Out for Red Ribbon Week
October 27        ELA Benchmark
October 28        Science Benchmark
October 28        Fright Night Fall Fest
October 30        District Holiday
November 4      SS Benchmark
November 5      Math Benchmark
November 9       District Open House

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fall Parent Conference Week - Early Release

Quote of the Week: 






Tuesday is a B day.                                    


Parent Conferences - October 14-16

Parent conferences will be held October 14-17th. Students will be released at 1:30 each day. Our late night for conferences will be Wednesday, October 14th. Teachers began sending scheduling information home this past week. Please call the school if you have not been contacted to schedule a conference.  

For those of you new to middle school conferences, the homeroom teacher typically holds the conference with input from the entire team. This year, some conferences will be held with the entire team. There will be important information given about advanced content criteria as well as promotion/retention. Also, while you are at the school for parent conferences, please go ahead and take a few minutes to complete the Georgia Parent Survey.

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




Counseling News

Food 2 Kids

During the month of October, we will be collecting ravioli (pop-top cans) for children in need of food. Please put your donations in the bin located inside the front entrance of the school.

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 www.nassp.org/spirit to access the online application. Complete the application and the student/parent agreement by November 3, 2015.





Congrats to Cross Country!

Our cross country team had amazing finishes this weekend at their meet at Athens Christian. Our Varsity boys came in 3rd place overall and brought home a trophy. Our girls ran hard as well. We are Panther Proud!





SET Updates


October is Energy Awareness Month & the month for our school's annual Trick or Treat for UNICEF Campaign.

The Green Team, Science & Energy Team (SET), Special Education Classes, Agri-Science Classes, Art Classes, Foreign Language Classes, and 21st Century Learners will be doing more during the month of October to promote green and energy saving initiatives at Hilsman. This includes a commitment to recycling more classroom, office, and cafeteria waste. Hilsman will also begin composting lunchroom waste from the cafeteria as soon as the compost area is ready in the garden. SET members will have information booths open during parent conferences and they will begin their annual Energy Star Pledge Drive. A link to the pledge is here: Hilsman Energy Star Pledge Drive. Feel free to share this link with friends, family, and others. Our goal is 1000 pledge items this school year.

Trash Hunger

Our school’s Trash Hunger Campaign contributions from Hilsman students and staff are down this year. We need your trash! It reduces landfill waste and helps hungry people all over Northeast Georgia and the world. Please review this slideshow detailing how our donation dollars are used: ​

 Hilsman UNICEF 2015 Campaign

​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. Competition instructions are located here: ​

 Instructions - Hilsman UNICEF 2015 Campaign

If you know of others that would like to support UNICEF, but prefer to pay by credit card and receive a direct receipt, they may do so at our on-line fundraiser: Hilsman 2015 UNICEF Campaign

Recycle Bowl

​We are competing against other Clarke County Schools in the Recycle Bowl Competition through November 16. Let's win this contest by recycling everything we can! ​

Rise Up and Recycle

Finally, we are enrolled in the Atlanta Falcons 2015 Rise Up & Recycle Campaign. We can win, but we need to improve our existing program. Let's all make an effort to improve our recycling efforts in the classroom, in the cafeteria, and at home.




BOE Recognition

At this month's BOE meeting, two students and one Hilsman teacher were recognized. Tristan Lankford and Thomas Peters, both 8th graders, were recognized for being selected to the State Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. Hilsman is the only CCSD middle school with representatives on the council, and we are very proud of their leadership!

Renee Smith, Agriscience teacher at Hilsman, was recognized for being selected as the ACTE Region New Teacher of the Year. Ms. Smith previously taught in South Georgia, and is one of five finalists for National New Teacher of the Year.

Tristan Lankford and Thomas Peters
Ms. Renee Smith



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!





21st Century Community Learning Centers


There are still spots available for the 21st Century Morning Tutorials and Afterschool sessions. Get assistance in the morning or explore the enriching opportunities in the afternoon. Contact Ms. Hayes for more information. Applications are also available in the main office.

This past Friday, students from our 21st Century program participated in a STEM conference at UGA. In the words of 21st Century Coordinator, Michelle Hayes, "Our 21st CCLC students were among the attendees today at the 10th Annual Peach LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) Conference.They were acknowledged for their impeccable teamwork, engagement, and etiquette. They represented Hilsman and the district remarkably well and with a willingness that was unmatched, building robots, manipulating telescopes, collecting research, and dining graciously."

Students had fun working to assemble a robot.

Future engineers!

Students explore telescopes.




MLK Writing and Art Contest

We are kicking off the 13th annual "I Have a Dream" Writing & Art Contest! Entries are due to Hilsman Friday, Oct 23rd and should answer the question: "How Can I Help Dr. King's Dream Come True?" A video will be created and featured at the UGA Annual Freedom Breakfast, and winners will be honored at a Board meeting as well.





United Way

We need enough coffee cans or other canisters suitable for fundraising to supply every classroom this week. If you can donate one or more, please drop it off in the main office.





PTO News

Yankee Candle fundraiser forms are due October 13th! Turn them in to your child's homeroom teacher.

Dinner for the Teachers - October 14th; PTO will be sending out more information this week regarding what is needed. The teachers always appreciate this kind gesture by the PTO!

Hilsman PTO Skate Night will be this Friday, October 16th. Remember, the homeroom with the most representation wins a uniform free day!





Ultimate Football Tourney

This week our PE classes held a tournament as a culminating activity for their Quarter One Unit. Students displayed teamwork and fundamental skills while being cheered on by their classmates. 


The "fans" cheer on their team!

The girls' game was competitive!

Athletics

Many sports are underway! 



Cedar Shoals:

Wednesday 10-14-15               Cross Country @ Athens Academy 4:00


Friday 10-16-15                        Varsity Football vs. Winder-Barrow 7:30


***$5 pre-sale tickets will be available during all four lunches on Friday.


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






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. To watch our weekly Panther News show, click here.





Book Fair

Make sure to check out our Book Fair this week! The book fair is open during parent conferences and throughout the school day.



More Ways to Connect

Here are several other ways to stay connected to Hilsman.

Follow us on Twitter!

Hilsman Middle has a Twitter account.  This is one more way you can stay connected to Hilsman, keep up to date on all Hilsman news, and receive links to information related to your child's education.  Follow us on twitter @HilsmanPanthers.


Facebook

Hilsman has a Facebook page that is updated regularly. Go to the Hilsman Middle School Facebook page and Like Us! You can also join the Hilsman Middle PTO Facebook page. It is a great forum for parents to get information and ask questions.

Team Websites

You can also visit the team website for the teaching team to which your child belongs. From there, you can access individual teacher webpages, resources, and Hilsman news. 

Remind 

Remind 101 is now Remind. Remind is a great way to receive important updates on Hilsman happenings. To sign up to receive reminders and news flashes click on the link for the appropriate grade below for three easy choices to sign up:

6th grade - Class of 2022

7th grade- Class of 2021

8th grade - Class of 2020


Instagram

Follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/paxpanther.



CCSD App (It's Free!)




Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

October 12        PL Day - Student holiday
October 13-16   Book Fair
October 14-16   Fall Conferences
October 16        PTO Skate Night
October 19        Band Concert
October 21        Nellie B. Community Meeting and Make up Conferences
October 21        Day of Unity (wear orange)
October 21        Pledge Against Gun Violence assembly
October 24        Panther Cafe, 9-11 a.m.
October 26        District Red Out for Red Ribbon Week
October 27        ELA Benchmark
October 28        Science Benchmark
October 28        Fright Night Fall Fest
October 30        District Holiday
November 4      SS Benchmark
November 5      Math Benchmark

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Panthers Succeed and Exceed Every Day!

Quote of the Week: 






Monday is an A day.



Teacher of the Month/Staff Member of the Month

It is time to nominate a deserving faculty member for Teacher of the month, and staff member of the month.  Please use the links below to nominate someone. Nominations will close on October 6th.



REACH Signing

Genesis Mendoza, an 8th grader, was honored as a REACH scholar at the recent REACH signing ceremony. Counselors from each middle school nominated students and one from each school was selected to receive the honor. 


Genesis with her parents and sister.


Parent Conferences - October 14-16

Later this week teachers will begin scheduling parent conferences by sending home information with your student. At the parent conference you can expect to receive the following information:
  • Your student's report card
  • Information about your child's reading level
  • List of Online Computer Resources/Interventions available to students from home via the internet
  • Promotion/Retention Procedures
  • Georgia Milestones Parent Document



Congrats, TOTY and POTY!

Georgia United Federal Credit Union sponsored the Teacher and Para of the Year Luncheon this past week. We are so proud of Mr. Randall Watkins and Ms. Jimika Torres!


Ms. Torres and her mother.

Mr. Watkins and his wife.

Counseling News

Gear Up for College

16 of our Hispanic and Latino 8th grade students had the opportunity to participate in Gear Up for College on September 28th. The students took a field trip to UGA and learned more about career goals, college, and scholarships.


Food 2 Kids

During the month of October, we will be collecting ravioli (pop-top cans) for children in need of food. Please put your donations in the bin located inside the front entrance of the school.

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 www.nassp.org/spirit to access the online application. Complete the application and the student/parent agreement by November 3, 2015.





SET Updates


October is Energy Awareness Month & the month for our school's annual Trick or Treat for UNICEF Campaign.

The Green Team, Science & Energy Team (SET), Special Education Classes, Agri-Science Classes, Art Classes, Foreign Language Classes, and 21st Century Learners will be doing more during the month of October to promote green and energy saving initiatives at Hilsman. This includes a commitment to recycling more classroom, office, and cafeteria waste. Hilsman will also begin composting lunchroom waste from the cafeteria as soon as the compost area is ready in the garden. SET members will have information booths open during parent conferences and they will begin their annual Energy Star Pledge Drive. A link to the pledge is here: Hilsman Energy Star Pledge Drive. Feel free to share this link with friends, family, and others. Our goal is 1000 pledge items this school year.

The Science & Energy Team (SET) also has a fundraiser breakfast planned at Fatz Cafe on Saturday, October 10. Tickets for the breakfast are $7 each. All tips will be donated to UNICEF. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the team's summer trip to the 2016 NEED Youth Awards Program. A flyer is linked here: ​​​

FatzFRAdOct10.jpg

​If you'd like to purchase tickets, see any SET member or Mrs. Hughes.

Trash Hunger

Our school’s Trash Hunger Campaign contributions from Hilsman students and staff are down this year. We need your trash! It reduces landfill waste and helps hungry people all over Northeast Georgia and the world. Please review this slideshow detailing how our donation dollars are used: ​

Hilsman UNICEF 2015 Campaign

​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. Competition instructions are located here: ​

Instructions - Hilsman UNICEF 2015 Campaign

If you know of others that would like to support UNICEF, but prefer to pay by credit card and receive a direct receipt, they may do so at our on-line fundraiser: Hilsman 2015 UNICEF Campaign

Recycle Bowl

​We are competing against other Clarke County Schools in the Recycle Bowl Competition through November 16. Let's win this contest by recycling everything we can! ​

Rise Up and Recycle

Finally, we are enrolled in the Atlanta Falcons 2015 Rise Up & Recycle Campaign. We can win, but we need to improve our existing program. Let's all make an effort to improve our recycling efforts in the classroom, in the cafeteria, and at home.







21st Century Community Learning Centers


There are still spots available for the 21st Century Morning Tutorials and Afterschool sessions. Get assistance in the morning or explore the enriching opportunities in the afternoon. Contact Ms. Hayes for more information. Applications are also available in the main office.
Girls can code! (photo courtesy of Michelle Hayes)


21st Century STEAM focus! (photo courtesy of Michelle Hayes)


MLK Writing and Art Contest

We are kicking off the 13th annual "I Have a Dream" Writing & Art Contest! Entries are due to Hilsman Friday, Oct 23rd and should answer the question: "How Can I Help Dr. King's Dream Come True?" A video will be created and featured at the UGA Annual Freedom Breakfast, and winners will be honored at a Board meeting as well.





PTO News

Support the PTO Yankee Candle Fundraiser! We have extended the Yankee Candle Fundraiser so students have the weekend of October 10th to sell candles as well. All packets must be turned into the school by October 13th. A portion of all proceeds go towards Hilsman PTO and there are wonderful incentives this year!

Dinner for the Teachers - October 14th; PTO will be sending out more information this week regarding what is needed. The teachers always appreciate this kind gesture by the PTO!




Make Up Picture Day

Fall Make-Up Pictures and Clubs/ Sports Teams will be on October 5th. Any student who was not present on our original picture day or who would like to take a retake will do so on October 5th. Students must be in uniform that day; however, they make bring a non-uniform shirt to wear for their photo.




Athletics

Many sports are underway! 

Hilsman:
Saturday 10-10-15           Cross Country @ Athens Christian GATFX MS Challenge 9:00 am



Cedar Shoals:


Tuesday 10-6-15                Volleyball Region Play-in game vs. Heritage 5:00


Thursday 10-8-15               C-Team Football @ Franklin Co. 5:00


Friday 10-9-15                    Varsity Football @ Loganville 7:30


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


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. To watch our weekly Panther News show, click here.






More Ways to Connect

Here are several other ways to stay connected to Hilsman.

Follow us on Twitter!

Hilsman Middle has a Twitter account.  This is one more way you can stay connected to Hilsman, keep up to date on all Hilsman news, and receive links to information related to your child's education.  Follow us on twitter @HilsmanPanthers.


Facebook

Hilsman has a Facebook page that is updated regularly. Go to the Hilsman Middle School Facebook page and Like Us! You can also join the Hilsman Middle PTO Facebook page. It is a great forum for parents to get information and ask questions.

Team Websites

You can also visit the team website for the teaching team to which your child belongs. From there, you can access individual teacher webpages, resources, and Hilsman news. 

Remind 

Remind 101 is now Remind. Remind is a great way to receive important updates on Hilsman happenings. To sign up to receive reminders and news flashes click on the link for the appropriate grade below for three easy choices to sign up:

6th grade - Class of 2022

7th grade- Class of 2021

8th grade - Class of 2020


Instagram

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Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

October 5          Make Up pictures
October 9          Grading Period Ends
October 12        PL Day - Student holiday
October 13-16   Book Fair
October 14-16   Fall Conferences
October 19        Band Concert
October 21        Day of Unity (wear orange)
October 21        Pledge Against Gun Violence assembly
October 26        District Red Out for Red Ribbon Week
October 28        Fright Night
October 30        District Holiday