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." (www.schoolcounselor.org)
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

Second-Place:
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 www.athensffe.org 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 cj.amason@cru.org 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!

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.




Athletics

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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.







Download the CCSD App (It's Free!)




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

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Nominate a Deserving Educator for an FFE Award

Quote of the Week: 









Monday is a B day.                                    


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 www.athensffe.org 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 cj.amason@cru.org 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!



First Enrichment Academy Held

This past week we held our first Enrichment Academy. Students had a blast cooking, reading, learning about the Humane Society, and many other interesting topics. The next enrichment academy is set for February 2nd! 

Thanks to Meagan Nix for photos from her cooking class!







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. 





HMS Teacher's Artwork in Show at OCAF

Our very own art teacher, Starr Campbell, was invited to be ea part of an art show at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville this month. The exhibit opened with a reception on Friday evening, and many other talented artists with Hilsman connections, such as Broderick Flanagan (former Hilsman student) and Yvonne Studevan (wife of Dr. Studevan who works with the Delta Psi Boule gentlemen) were represented as well. Below is a photo of me standing next to a commissioned piece that Ms. Campbell created for our own Mr. Blake. Hilsman is proud to celebrate Ms. Campbell's work and proud to have her passing on her love of creating art to our students!





SS Fair Winners Announced

Hilsman was well-represented at the District SS Fair this past week. Below are a list of Hilsman projects that will move on to the Region Fair.

StudentSchoolGradeClass
** Denotes partner project
Berry-Morse, AdrionnaHMS8-WardII
Calkin, VioletHMS6-ScottI
Dowling, EmmaHMS8-WardII
Gaona-Perez, StephanyHMS7-ZiemannII
Garcia-Pozo, DanielHMS7-ZiemannII
Gonzalez, Isabella **HMS7-PageII
Pisarik, Amelia **HMS7-PageII
Hernandez, DemarcoHMS8-WardII
Jackson, ToniHMS8-WardII
Jones, GabbiHMS7-ZiemannII
Lankford,KlaraHMS8-SkinnerII
Jansen, McLarenHMS8-OuleveyII
Mattox, ZollieHMS7-ZiemannII
Mendoza, GenesisHMS8-WardII**Best In Fair
Ojo, AdetokunboHMS7-ZiemannII
Congratulations to these students!

Counseling News

National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month and we would like to recognize the Hilsman Mentor of the Year, Carol Jeanne Hood! She will be honored this month at the Clarke County Mentor Program’s 25th Anniversary Breakfast. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the Clarke County Mentor Program at #706.549.6800 x227. We appreciate all of our mentors and the impact they have on our students.


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!

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


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.




Athletics


Hilsman:

Tuesday 1/26/16             CCSD BBall Tourney (girls)   HMS vs. BHL    5:45 p.m.

Wednesday 1/27/16        CCSD BBall Tourney (boys)   HMS vs. BHL    4:40 p.m.

Thursday 1/28/16            CCSD BBall Tourney (consolation games) 

Friday 1/29/16                 CCSD BBall Tourney (consolation games) 




Cedar Shoals:

Monday 1-25-16                       9th Boys Basketball @ Hart Co. 5:30


Tuesday 1-26-16                      Basketball @ Salem JVB 4:30 VG-B 6:00/7:30
                                                 Wrestling @ Oconee Co. 4:00
                                                 Rifle @ Apalachee 4:00


Wednesday 1-27-16                9th Boys Basketball vs.Apalachee 4:00


Friday 1-29-16                         9th Boys vs.Winder 4:30
                                                Basketball @ Loganville JVG-B 4:00/5:30 VG-B 7:00/8:30
                                                Wrestling Area Duals @ TBA


Saturday 1-30-16                    9th Basketball @ North Oconee Tournament. TBA


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.







Download the CCSD App (It's Free!)




Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

January 26-29 Middle School Basketball Tourney @ Hilsman
February 5 Progress Report Period Ends
February 8 Progress Reports Distributed
February 9 Rising Freshmen Parent Meeting @ Cedar
February 12 District Honor Band

Monday, January 18, 2016

Celebrating Dr. King's Legacy - January 18th

Quote of the Week: 











Tuesday is a B day.                                    


I hope everyone enjoyed their three day weekend! This week we have visitors from Switzerland stopping by to speak with some of our math teachers and observe how we are using Waggle as a learning tool for math. Also on Tuesday, we will begin our semi-monthly IB Enrichment Academies. The IB Enrichment academies are similar in some ways to enrichment clusters in elementary school, but are geared more toward the middle school student and are incorporating some aspect of our IB philosophy and framework. Students were able to express a preference for which class they attend, and they will participate in that class twice monthly for the remainder of the year. There will be a culminating activity in May where students will be able to share related to what they studied with others and the community. IB Enrichment Academies will be held every other Tuesday opposite our advisement days. We will run an afternoon activity schedule on those days and the classes will meet during the last period of the day.




Students Serve on State Advisory Council

Hilsman is proud to have not one but TWO students serving on the State Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. They travel to Atlanta approximately once per month to join with other middle schoolers from across the state to share ideas about how to make education better.


Tristan L. is one of two students serving on the State Advisory Council.

Thomas P. is one of two students who meets with superintendent Woods monthly.

Photos courtesy of the GA DOE


21st CCLC Open Saturday

Save the date January 23 for our visit to the Nellie B Community Center. We will be focusing on parent and youth empowerment. You won't want to miss it!





Traveling Nat Geo Map Comes to Hilsman

Our 7th grade students had a unique opportunity this week to participate in learning activities using an oversized map that is traveling to schools across the region courtesy of National Geographic. Students had a great time using the knowledge they have learned about geography, various countries, and map skills to participate in a variety of games and learning activities.






Social Studies Fair - January 22nd

The CCSD Social studies fair will be held at Hilsman. Come check out the great projects!





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. 






Georgia Parent Survey 

Parents,
We have had 46 individuals take the Georgia Parent Survey. If you have not done so, would you please take five minutes to complete it today? 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, you may come to Hilsman and we will provide you with a device to take the survey. 
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




Art in the Media Center

This week we also had the pleasure of having artist and Hilsman parent, Jamie Calkin, share his work with our students as he painted a mural for our media center. The work is stunning and is a beautiful addition. The students enjoyed learning about the techniques he uses and the choices he makes as he creates works of art.




Grade Level Newsletters

Just in case you may not have received the newsletter for your child's grade this past week (6th grade will be coming home this week), here are links to each of them.







Counseling News



National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month and we would like to recognize the Hilsman Mentor of the Year, Carol Jeanne Hood! She will be honored this month at the Clarke County Mentor Program’s 25th Anniversary Breakfast. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the Clarke County Mentor Program at #706.549.6800 x227. We appreciate all of our mentors and the impact they have on our students.


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!

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


Chess News

Our Chess team won the Community Chess tournament at UGA this weekend. We are Panther Proud!


15th Annual MLK Chess Tournament at Whitefield Academy Monday, January 18th 8:30 - 5:00

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.




Athletics


Hilsman:

Thursday 1-21-16                       Basketball @ BHL   4:30




Cedar Shoals:



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.







Download the CCSD App (It's Free!)




Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

January 18 MLK Day - No School
January 22 CCSD Social Studies Fair - Hilsman Media Center
January 23 Panther Cafe
January 23 21st CCLC Open Saturday - Nellie B Community Center
January 26-29 Middle School Basketball Tourney @ Hilsman
February 9 Rising Freshmen Parent Meeting @ Cedar

Sunday, January 10, 2016

We are off to a great start in 2016!

Quote of the Week: 









Monday is an A day.                                    


Family Science Night

Family Science Night was awesome as usual! A special treat was that Freddie Falcon paid us a visit, due to our Science and Energy Team being the December winner of the Rise Up and Recycle Challenge. Check out the photos from the night!




You can stay up to date on all the latest SET news by reading their blog at http://hilsmanset.blogspot.com/ 


Social Studies Fair - January 22nd

The CCSD Social studies fair will be held at Hilsman. 





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. 






Georgia Parent Survey 

Parents,
We have had 41 individuals take the Georgia Parent Survey. If you have not done so, would you please take five minutes to complete it today? 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, you may come to Hilsman and we will provide you with a device to take the survey. 
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




Grade Level Newsletters

Just in case you may not have received the newsletter for your child's grade this past week (6th grade will be coming home this week), here are links to each of them.







Counseling News



National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month and we would like to recognize the Hilsman Mentor of the Year, Carol Jeanne Hood! She will be honored this month at the Clarke County Mentor Program’s 25th Anniversary Breakfast. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the Clarke County Mentor Program at #706.549.6800 x227. We appreciate all of our mentors and the impact they have on our students.


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!

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


Chess News

Our Chess team won the Community Chess tournament at UGA this weekend. We are Panther Proud!




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

Chess at Lunch



PTO News

November PAB Minutes are here.




Athletics


Hilsman:

Thursday 1-14-16                       Basketball @ CMS   4:30




Cedar Shoals:

Tuesday 1-12-16                   Basketball vs. Loganville JVG 4:30 VG-B 6:00-7:30


Thursday 1-14-16                  9th B/G @ Habersham 5:00/6:30


Friday 1-15-16                      Basketball @ Heritage JVG-B 4:00/5:30 VG/B 7:00/8:30


Saturday 1-16-16                 Basketball @ Woodward Academy 9th Boys 11:00 am
                                            JVG/B 12:30/2:00 VG/B 3:30/5:00
                                            Swimming @ Ramsey Center 9:00 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.







Download the CCSD App (It's Free!)




Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

January 15 Geography Bee - during the school day
January 18 MLK Day - No School
January 22 CCSD Social Studies Fair - Hilsman Media Center