Sunday, January 31, 2016

National School Counseling Week, February 1-5

Quote of the Week: "Your greatness is measured by your kindness." - William Boetcker

Monday is an A day.                                    

National Counseling Week February 1-5

This week is National School Counseling Week, which is designed to "focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career." (
I know each of you will join me in honoring our school counselors this week and letting them know how much we appreciate the work they do for our school!

Teacher and Staff Member of the Month

Go ahead and nominate teachers and staff members of the month for this month. Please follow the links below and nominate someone by February 3rd!

Hilsman Well-Represented at Tech Fair

Our Hilsman kids did an amazing job today at the Northeast GA Regional Technology Fair! We had approximately 20 projects entered, and we have NINE kids going to state! Please congratulate them when you see them in school this week!

First place & going to State:
1. Game Design (7,8): Anthony Heiges & Knox Huff
2. Video Production (7,8): Lily Gehner & Isabella Gonzalez
3. Internet Applications (7,8): Maya Smith
4. Graphic Design (7,8): Jack Fischer
5. Digital Photo Production (7,8): Louise Parthiot-Dumas & Monica Serrano
6. Digital Photo Production (5,6): Jackie Wright

1. 3D Modeling (5,6): Michael Niedzwiecki-Castile
2. Graphic Design (7,8): Claudia Britt
3. Digital Photo Production (7,8): Isabella Gonzalez

FFE Award Nomination Window Open

Award nominations for the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education in Clarke County, Georgia opened on Monday, January 4th. The mission of the FFE is to encourage, recognize, and reward excellence in the Clarke County School District, and one of the primary ways this is accomplished is through monetary awards presented to deserving CCSD faculty, staff, and administrators. 

Parents, colleagues, students, and community members are encouraged to nominate stellar educators by going to the FFE website at and downloading appropriate application packets for the annual and even numbered year awards. Individuals may be nominated in more than one category if applicable criteria are met.

Please contact executive director C.J. Amason at 706/224-7636 or with questions or for more information. The nominating period will close on Friday, March 4th.

The FFE is accepting nominations for the following 11 awards in 2016:

  • Frusanna S. Booth Chair for Teachers of English and Language Arts ($1200 for two years)
  • Charlotte Brown Chair for Teachers of Special Education ($1200 for two years) 
  • Lamar Dodd Chair for Teachers of Fine Arts ($1200 for two years)
  • Jenny Penney Oliver Chair for Counselors and Student Support Personnel ($1200 for two years)
  • Margaret & Raymond Ponsoldt Chair for Elementary School Teachers ($1200 for two years)
  • Friends of Eve Carson Excellence in Teaching Award ($500 for two years)
  • Newland Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award ($500 for two years)
  • Walter Allen, Sr. Inspiring Teacher Award ($500)
  • Seasoned Teacher Award ($500)
  • Freida M. Thomas Teacher of Promise Award ($500)
  • Howard B. Stroud Community Service Award (please note that this is now for non-certificated CCSD employees ONLY)

Hilsman Middle has led the way in nominations for these awards over the past several years. We have many deserving educators, so please join me in recognizing their outstanding work by nominating a deserving educator for an FFE award!

Regional Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to Morgan Frankowiak, Perry Thomas (Bronze), Amelia Pisarek (Silver), Isabella Gonzalez (Silver), and TK Monford (Silver) for their representation at the Regional Science Fair held this week. 

21st Century Open Saturday

Please join 21st CCLC “Open Saturday Session” February 6 at the Nellie B Community Center. This event is open to the entire Hilsman community. We will be focusing how students benefit being more engaged when parents increase their participation.  Rev. Abraham Mosley of The Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church will be joining us!

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. 

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. Did you know you can order online? Order yours today by following this link: electronic yearbook form

Chess News

February - State Qualifier Chess Tournament at Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta 8:30 - 4:00

(If Qualified) State Chess Tournament March 19th at Taylor Road Middle School 9:00am

Chess at Lunch

PTO News

November PAB Minutes are here.


Congratulations to the athletes on our girls and boys basketball teams for their strong playing and great sportsmanship at the middle school basketball championship this week. I was very proud of both teams. Our boys came very close to winning the championship for the second time in a row, but were narrowly defeated in overtime by a strong Clarke Middle team. The future of Eastside roundball is bright with these hardworking, talented young men and women!

Cedar Shoals:

Tuesday 2-2-16             Basketball vs. Heritage JVB 4:30, VG/VB 6:00/7:30 ( *SENIOR NIGHT )
                                      Rifle @ Winder 4:00

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

February 5 Progress Report Period Ends
February 6 21st CCLC Open Saturday @ Nellie B Community Center -All are invited!
February 8 Progress Reports Distributed
February 9 Rising Freshmen Parent Meeting @ Cedar
February 12 District Honor Band
February 15 District PL Day - No School for Students

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