Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tardy Policy

New Tardy Policy for Hilsman starts in January:

I Have a Dream

6th Annual Clarke County School District “I Have A Dream” writing contest - Rules: Students can submit essays, poetry, song lyrics, photographs with descriptions, or artwork with descriptions that detail their dreams for the future. Prizes will be awarded to all winners on January 19th at the Lyndon House. Essays, poetry, and song lyrics should not exceed 250 words. Writing samples may be written in English, Spanish, or any other language. Photographs and artwork must have a brief (no more than 50 words) description. All projects should be submitted to Monica Knight at the CCSD Board of Education Office on Mitchell Bridge Road by email at or by fax at 706-208-1190 no later than January 9, 2009.

Monday, December 1, 2008

December News

Toys for Tots

We will be holding our annual Toys for Tots Program again this year with a slight change. All toys brought in will be given ONLY to Hilsman families.. We are looking for toys to be used by kids from 3-16yrs. of age. Also, Dr. Price will provide a pizza party for the homeroom that brings in the most toys. Toys can be placed in the box at the front office. We will begin our drive on Tue Dec. 2 and it will go until Dec. 19th. Thank you for your support with this cause.

Book Fair

The Book-Fair will run next week, Dec. 8 – 12th.
Hours will be 8:00 to 4:00 Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Wednesday from 8:00 to 6:00
Friday from 8:00 to 3:30
It is located in the Media Center

Mrs. Settle

Dear Parents,
I wanted to take this time to inform you that Mrs. Gwen Settle, one of our 7th grade science teachers, will be out on medical leave until after the New Year. She has left all necessary lesson plans for the substitute teacher who will be in the classroom until she returns.

Please be assured that the students will be receiving the Georgia Performance Curriculum as mandated and our current Instructional Lead Teacher, Mrs. Kim Reynolds-Manglitz who is the former Science Specialist for the Clarke County School District will monitor the classes closely.

In closing, we wish Mrs. Settle a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to Hilsman. As always, thank you for your tremendous support.

Tony Price, Ed.D

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fundraiser, PTO meeting, basketball

Just a reminder that the cookie dough fundraiser needs to wrap up this week. The official deadline was Wed 11/5 but we may need an extra day after the long break. Please wrap things up and get your orders in tomorrow if at all possible. We have several volunteers to help out on Friday morning with order collation, etc. If you can help, please drop us a line.

Next PTO meeting is next Monday Nov 10 at 6pm in the Media Center

First basketball games of the season are on 11/20 at Hilsman (vs Coile). Girls play at 4:30 and boys play right after.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Principal's Coffee

It's the first Principal's Coffee of the school year. Please come and join Dr. Tony Price in an informal venue to share and exchange information. This is your opportunity to speak to an administrator at your child's school and share ideas and hear his ideas and vision for the students of Hilsman.

Tuesday, October 28
5:30 PM
Cups Coffee Cafe
1911 Barnett Shoals Rd

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fundraiser, conferences and rezoning

All Hilsman students were to receive fundraising packets today in their ELT classes. The PTO will be selling cookie dough as the main fundraiser this year. Dough will be delivered in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. There are many prizes and awards. Funds go to a variety of needs at the school that are not fulfilled through normal funding channels.

This is conference week at Hilsman. Students will be released at 1:30pm Tue, Wed and Thu. Parents, you should already be signed up for a conference but if not, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

CCSD Attendance Area Rezoning - A public forum will be held at Hilsman Middle School on Thursday, October 23rd, at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

HMS faculty Grand Slam Dinner

Dear Parents,

HMS PTO Hospitality will be providing HMS faculty with a GRAND SLAM Dinner on Tuesday, October 21.We always serve the teachers during late conference nights. Dinner will be served at 4:00. On our menu we will be serving Chili Dogs, Nachos, Cole Slaw, Veggie Dogs (for the vegetarians) and we are requesting that Publix donate a sheet cake for dessert.

Here's what we need from you.

On Monday, Oct 20, Anna and I will be at HMS early in the morning to collect the following donations:
ALL BEEF Hotdogs
Packs of buns
Veggie Dogs (only 1-2 packs)
Bags of Tortilla Chips

We need the hotdogs a day in advance so we know how much has been donated and how much we have to supplement.If you can donate any of the items listed please email me...that way I'll know who and what to look for on Monday.
Thanks for your help!
Kelly Sanders

CRCT Workshop for Eighth graders

Hilsman will hold a CRCT workshop for Eighth Graders and their parents on Thursday 10/16 from 6-8 pm with pizza dinner at 5:30 pm. Venue is Hilsman.

The workshop will also focus on transition from middle school to high school. See the flyer here:

Monday, September 29, 2008

School District News

The Clarke County Board of Education has approved, in concept, a plan to create individual attendance areas for each of the school district's elementary schools. The proposal is designed to help the school district better manage rising transportation costs, balance enrollment at elementary schools, and provide more certainty to families in the enrollment process. The school district will open a new elementary school under construction on Danielsville Road at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. Tentative plans include opening two additional elementary schools, possibly as early as the 2011-2012 school year. Please go to the following website for more detailed information:

Options to share your feedback on the plan are listed on the web page! Make your voice heard about this important change in the attendance areas for the elementary schools!

Candidate Forum

Save the Date! Monday, October 20th, there will be a school board candidate forum in the evening for school district candidates running for office in Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8. More specific details will be forthcoming. A map of the Clarke County school district zones is located at:

Check this resource to see in which district you reside.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Parent Volunteers Neede for Newsletter

Dr. Price is looking for two parent volunteers to collaborate on developing a bimonthly newsletter for Hilsman Middle School. The newsletter would include dates and events and happenings at Hilsman.

Although we have an email list, only about half the student body is represented on the list.

Please contact Dr. Price directly at:

Monday, September 22, 2008

Letter to seventh grade parents re: science teacher

Dear Parents,
In an effort to keep you informed about the changes in your child’s classroom, I am sending this letter to advise you of recent events in our Science Department at Hilsman Middle School. You may or may not be aware that very recently Mr.Rozier, one of our 7th grade science teachers, decided that teaching middle school was not the right career choice; therefore, he decided to resign his position. Needless to say, this has put us in a bind. We are diligently searching for a replacement that will provide consistency and longevity in this position. We currently have a long-term substitute teacher in the class and during this process we will have other science teachers support the substitute with lesson plans including, but not limited to, the state standards. Please know that I have begun interviewing candidates and hope to fill this position with a qualified teacher as soon as possible.
In closing, I want to thank you for your patience and certainly if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Mrs. Kim Reynolds-Manglitz, our Instructional Lead Teacher.
Sincerely yours,
Dr.Tony Price

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Superintendent Search

A public community forum with search consulting team will be held in the Cedar Shoals High School auditorium on Monday, September 15th, at 7:00. Parents and teachers, PLEASE attend and give your input. Board members will not be attending so as to encourage freedom of expression. The consultants will pose questions about the strengths of the district, the challenges the district faces, and the characteristics sought in the next superintendent. Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided. Please go to and complete the leadership profile survey online. There is a place to submit names of potential candidates for the position.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hilsman fundraiser

Students were supposed to receive permission slips in their homerooms last week for the Pampered Chef fundraiser. These slips were to allow parents/kids to opt-in to the fundraiser. Some kids did not receive these slips so if you didn't get the slip, please see our fundraising page to opt-in:

You can also send an email directly to Jodi Gross to opt-in:

All profits go to the Hilsman PTO and the leading classroom will get a pizza party.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Open House, etc

Hilsman Open House

Open House will be Tuesday August 26 from 6:30 pm. Everyone will meet in the cafeteria for a brief presentation and introduction of the staff, then you can follow an abbreviated schedule of your children's classes that will allow you to meet their teachers and hear about curriculum,etc.


Future Business Leaders of America will hold their first meeting on Aug 26 from 4-5:30. You may download an application form at For questions, please contact Mr. Dorsey at

Math Counts

Math Counts has begun training. It meets every morning at 7:15 in Mr. Bacchus' room


The PTO has a number of fundraisers planned for the year that you can help with. Funds collected go to support various needs in the school that can not be met by traditional budgets.

Kroger Earning Plus Learning - be sure to get your scan sheet (available at and have it scanned with your Plus card to get credit for Hilsman whenever you shop at Kroger
Publix- Coming soon, we will have a similar scan card for use at Publix
Pampered Chef - Items will be on display at Open House. All profits will go to the Hilsman PTO
Cookie Dough - A great holiday item, the PTO will do a joint fundraiser with the band in November
Box Tops for Education - Bring in your Box top labels from General Mills Brand foods. Bring them to your homeroom - the class with the most coupons will win a pizza party.

Still to come: We will be adding more info about other school clubs and activities to the website as they become available. We will also have an updated teacher email list. There is a list from last year on our website that has many of the teachers and staff but none of the new ones.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

First Week of School

We hope you and your kids are surviving the first week of school. Here are a few items of interest:

First PTO meeting

The first PTO meeting of the year will be held Monday, August 18 at 6pm in the Hilsman Media Center. The PTO will outline plans for the year and Dr. Price and a number of teachers and staff will be on hand to go over some of the changes this year and answer your questions.

Chorus Concert Dates

Thursday, Nov. 6 Fall Concert 7:00 P.M.

Thursday, Dec. 11 Winter/Holiday Concert 7:00 P.M.

TBA (Feb. 2009) African American History Program 7:00 P.M.

Thursday, Apr. 16 Spring Showcase Chorus Concert 7:00 P.M.

Sports Schedules

Many of the sports schedules are now available online at the PTO website. Please go to to view the schedules

Kroger Earning Plus Learning

Do you shop at Kroger? Do you have a Plus card? If so, you absolutely must get connected to the Earning Plus Learning program. Even if you participated last year, you must sign up again. All you have to do is take our flyer to Kroger one time and they will scan the barcode on the flyer and the bar code on your Plus card and then all purchases you make between then and the end of May will add credit to the Hilsman account. You can download/print the form from our webpage:

Open House

Stay tuned for the date of Open House where you can visit your children's classrooms and meet the teachers.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hilsman School Supplies for 2008-09

For those of you who didn't order your supplies already, here are the school supply lists as presented to the PTO at the end of last year:

Sixth Grade

All students will need:
Two combination locks
One Trapper Keeper type notebook
Notebook dividers- 1 set
1 pencil bag that goes in the Trapper KeeperNotebook
paper-loose leaf to be kept in Trapper Keeper
Pencils for math
A hand-held pencil sharpener with a cover for shavings
2 blue ink pens
2 black ink pens
2 red ink pens
1 red paper folder with brads in the middle and pockets
1 yellow paper folder with brads in the middle and pockets
1 green paper folder with brads in the middle and pockets
1 blue paper folder with brads in the middle and pockets
1 pkg highlighters in yellow (Two highlighters is enough)
1 pkg colored pencils
All book bags must fit into the lockers and remain there during the day. We suggest buying the smallest book bag a Trapper Keeper and two books would fit into.

Wish list for teachers:
1 ream of computer paper
1 pkg dry erase markers
1 box tissues
1 bottle hand sanitizer


Seventh Grade

4 – 1” binders each a different color
blue and black pens
regular pencils (not mechanical)
wide rule notebook paper
graph paper (1/2”)
10 dividers
enclosed pencil sharpener
colored pencils
4 pencil bags which clips into each notebook
memo size (2”) sticky notes – 4 pack
inexpensive scientific calculator
rulers (need metric and standard measurements)


Eighth Grade

3 ring binders (2 to 3)
Composition Notebooks (black & white marbled or colored ones)- paper is hard to tear out
Colored Pencils
Colored Marker
Index Cards (2 packs)
Filler Paper
Spiral Notebooks (2)
Graph Paper
Scientific Calculator
Pens (Black & Blue)

Teachers request:

Boxes of Tissue
Reams of Paper
Hand Sanitizer

Orientation and other startup activities

I have had a few questions about these items. I have added a note.

Transition Camp for 6th Grade – Tuesday, August 5th, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. This is for students only.
Orientation – 6th Grade, Wednesday, August 6th , 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 This is for students and their parents
Orientation – 7th and 8th Grade, Wednesday, August 6th , 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. This is for students and their parents
Band Registration is Monday, Aug 4, 2-7 pm in the Hilsman Band Room. Students can come play all the different band instruments. Instruments will also be available for lease or purchase.
School starts Thursday Aug 7.
First PTO meeting is Monday, Aug 18 at 6pm in the Media Center

Friday, July 18, 2008

August Orientation

Welcome back to Hilsman!

The following is the plan for orientation in early August

1. August 6- Grades 6-8 Orientation. 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM 6th grade and 7-8 will be from 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM. Parents will briefly meet staff and receive schedules, a similar format we have used in prior years.

2. August 5- (Tentative date) still working on time for Transition Camp for 6th graders only. Will finalize early next week and let community/parents know finalized dates, times and other pertinent information. Stay tuned for further information.

You will also be getting a mailing from the school.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Summer Reading

Updated Summer Reading List

This is an updated list with specific titles for each grade. There is also a reading log.

Please encourage your child to read over the summer and record his/her reading on the reading log. Any completed logs should be turned in to his/her Language Arts teacher for the 2008-2009 school year for a quiz grade. Included is also the list for next year’s Battle of the Books.

List and Log are available at:

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Summer Activities

Here are some summer activities to consider

Summer reading list

We have posted the summer reading list on our webpage:

The list includes next year's Battle of the Books selection. Hilsman has been the County Champ for the last four years so plan on next year and start your reading early.

Summer swimming

East Athens Swim Team
Where: Green Acres/Crestwood Pool
635 Brookwood Drive
Athens, GA 30605
Who: boys and girls ages 4-18
When: Mid May thru July
For more information please visit our or 706-354-4412

Parents meeting on Monday May 19 at 6pm at the pool

• Come join the fun this summer, while learning and improving your swim skills
• Quality coaching, supervised, and safe for all ages.
• Promote a positive attitude and good sportsmanship.
• Encourage family involvement
• Swim a thon to earn swim prizes such as goggles and swim suits
• Practices in the mornings and evenings Monday thru Friday. Come to as many as you can. You are not required to attend all practices.
• You do not need to be a member of the Green Acres Pool to join the swim team
• Come and make new friends and join old ones.
• Strive for healthy competition while having fun

The Athens Farmers' Market: Local and Sustainable

I want to invite you to come visit a new bigger, better farmers'market as it opens this Saturday at Bishop Park. It will feature our farmers' best pick of fresh sustainably-grown produce as well as local hand-made and home-made crafts, direct-trade coffee, freshly baked breads and other treats. The market will run every Saturday from May17th to the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Hours of operation will be8am to 1pm.

In honor of its opening we will have a Grand Opening Celebration onMay 17th and we invite you to attend!

Interested in selling produce or local hand-made/home-made crafts at the market? Need a map to Bishop Park? Visit for more information!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Next Year's Math, end of this year, summer fun

Next Year's Math Curriculum

We will have an informational meeting about the Middle School Mathematics Curriculum for next year on Monday, May 19 at 6:00 PM in the Media Center. You will find out from Instructional Services background information and detail as we prepare for next year. This will be informative and will last about 1 hour. This is for Hilsman Parents as the school requested this meeting for the families of Hilsman.

Band Concert

There is a Band Concert tonight (May 13) in the school gym

End of Year Ceremonies

End of the year ceremonies will be held the first of next week. Sixth grade on Monday, Seventh grade on Tuesday and Eighth grade on Wednesday. Details later this week.

Swim Team

If your student is interested in learning to swim better and to compete as well, please consider joining the East Athens Swim Team for the summer. Parent meeting is Monday May 19 at 6pm at the Green Acres Pool, 650 Brookwood Dr. For more information see or call 706-354-4412

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hilsman News, etc

History Essay

Mike Xiao, one of Hilsman’s 8th graders, is one of four finalists in the state for the Georgia history essay contest hosted by Georgia Voyager Magazine. He has been invited to an award ceremony at the Capitol with Gov. Perdue. Please congratulate Mike. Also, many thanks to Ms. Turner who helped review the essays submitted by our students.


The deadline for ordering Hilsman Yearbooks is TOMORROW - May 1. Cost is $30.

Dress Code Policy

The Board of Education wants to hear from you! On May 8, the BOE will make a final decision regarding a dress code for students and teachers in Clarke County Schools and they want parent input. To let the BOE know your opinions, go to, click on "In the News: BOE Seeks Input on Dress Codes," click "Proposed Student Dress Code Policy" to read the dress code, and then type and submit your response in the space provided.

School Supplies

Order forms for next year's school supplies went home with current sixth and seventh graders. Please turn in your completed orders asap. Deadline is next Fri May 9.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Academic Team

The academic team spent the day Saturday in Eatonton at an invitational academic bowl tournament.There were 18 teams from Georgia and Hilsman captured 1st place. They won all 7 roounds and scored the highest number of points. Please congratulate the following students when you see them:
Cathy Deng
Xing Gao
Mike Xiao
Morgan Smith
Anise Crane
Maggie Bergmann
Jonathan Williams
Evan Knox
Akshay Hariani

C-Team Baseball

We wrapped up our season on Saturday by losing 3-1 to Oconee’s 9th grade/JV team in the first game and defeating them 8-5 in the second game by scoring 5 runs in the sixth inning. These kids fought all day and I am very proud of them. These 7th and 8th graders from Hilsman and Coile played exceptionally well despite facing 9th and 10th graders all season. With that in mind, an overall 5-8 record is a huge accomplishment. If you were not able to see these guys, you missed some really good baseball. We thank you all for your support and encouragement. Please congratulate the guys when you see them

Dress Code Survey

The Board of Education wants to hear from you!On May 8, the BOE will make a final decision regarding a dress code for students and teachers in Clarke County Schools and they want parent input. To let the BOE know your opinions, go to, click on "In the News: BOE Seeks Input on Dress Codes," click "Proposed Student Dress Code Policy" to read the dress code, and then type and submit your response in the space provided.

School Supplies

School supply order forms were due to go home with current sixth and seventh grade students today. Deadline for orders is Friday May 9.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Recognition and lots more

Battle of the Books

I want to thank the wonderful 8th grade team, The Dittos, for bringing the battle trophy back to Hilsman for the 4th year in a row…..
The Dittos are: Erica Carlson, Anise Crane, Morgan Smith, Cathy Deng, and Rae Kretzer.
These young ladies were so awesome! They kept their cool through some tough questions, and even challenged a question with success. I am so proud of this team! I will miss them next year!!!
Congratulate these students when you see them (from CeCe Layson)

Oratorical winner

Asher Hill, a 7th grader, placed 2nd at the district level of the
Optimist Oratorical Contest.

Dress Code Policy

The Board of Education wants to hear from you!
On May 8, the BOE will make a final decision regarding a dress code for students and teachers in Clarke County Schools and they want parent input. To let the BOE know your opinions, go to, click on "In the News: BOE Seeks Input on Dress Codes," click "Proposed Student Dress Code Policy" to read the dress code, and then type and submit your response in the space provided.


The deadline for ordering Hilsman Yearbooks is May 1. Cost is $30.

Youth Conference

Solid Foundation: Climbing the Rock to Success

Barrow County Youth Conference 2008
WHAT: A one day conference for middle and high school students. Topics focus on making healthy choices in all areas of life. Event includes keynote speakers and workshops on topics such as healthy relationships, dating violence, STDS/HIV education, the effects and consequences of drugs and alcohol, fitness and nutrition, career planning, goals, and teen laws.

WHEN: Thursday, June 12, 2008
8:45AM-3:30 PM (Registration starts at 8:00 AM)
Pre-registration encouraged.

WHERE: Westside Middle School, 240 Matthews School Road, Winder

COST: Free including lunch and lots of gift packs for early registrants

Students from any county welcome. call 770/307-3011, EXT. 232 OR 770/868-4035

School Supplies

Order forms for next year's school supplies will be distributed to current 6th and 7th grade students in their language arts classes next Monday. Deadline for return of orders is May 9. Your 6th graders will get a form labeled as 7th grade and your 7th graders will receive forms labeled as 8th grade since these supplies will be delivered to them on the first day of the next school year.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Track results

Congratulations to the Hilsman Track team

Results of the Athen's Area Event held 4/14 at Athens Christian

Area Champions

100 meter – Breeana Taylor
200 meter – Breeana Taylor
Shot put – Fredrea Gilbert

100 meter – Kiuan Dean
110 hurdles – Davon Carter
4x100 relay – Atavious Foster, Maurice Stephens, D’shun Johnson, Kiuan Dean

Area Finalists

100 meter – 2nd, Brittany Howard
400 meter – 3rd, Brittany Taylor
4x100 relay – 2nd, Breeana Taylor, Brittany Howard, Brittany Taylor, Timuia Smith
4x 400 relay – 3rd, Amber Cox, Timuia Smith, Breeana Taylor, Brittany Taylor
Long Jump – 3rd, Brittany Howard
Shot Put – 2nd, Phileadra Minor

Area Finalists

200 meter – 2nd, Kiuan Dean
400 meter – 3rd, Jason Ye
800 meter – 2nd, Jason Ye
3200 meter – 2nd, Jason Ye
4x400 relay – 2nd, Jason Ye, Ben Sims, Maurice Stephens, Kiuan Dean

Saturday, April 12, 2008

PTO Meeting Monday April 14

PTO Meeting

The Hilsman PTO will have its final meeting of the school year at 6pm on Monday April 14 in the Media Center. Some items of discussion:
1)Upcoming School Supply Sale
2)Next Year's Officers
3)School updates
4)Ideas for next year's major project
5)Financial status

Cedar Shoals Volleyball Tryouts

Attention eighth grade volleyballers. There will be spring volleyball try-outs at Cedar Shoals on April 30th and May 1st. Interested students should email Mr. Hammett-Bregger at to sign up for a 45 minute time slot. There will be limited spaces so first come first served.

Ongoing Fundraisers

You can still purchase coffee to benefit Hilsman PTO at the Village Herb Shop or online at You can also enter various contests related to the BoxTops for education at

Monday, April 7, 2008

Various Reminders

Next PTO Meeting

The last PTO meeting of the school year is next Monday April 14 in the Media Center

State Science Fair Winners

Jason Ye 1st place Botany
Sigma Xi Award ($75)
UGA Plant Science Award

Maggie Bergmann 1st place Animal Science
UGA Entymology Award

Madison Hogan 3rd place Behavioral/Social Sciences

Please congratulate these students when you see them.

Hilsman Football Fundraiser at Beef O'Brady's

Tuesday April 8 from 5-9pm at Beef O'Brady's in the Publix Shopping Center. All receipts left in the fishbowl at the entrance will be tallied and the Hilsman football team will get 10%. Come out and enjoy a night out and help the football team.

School Supplies

Due to near unanimous support we will go ahead with a spring fundraiser/service. We will pre-sell a kit of required school supplies for next year. The lists have been made and all but one grade finalized so that we should be able to launch the last week of April. More details to follow.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Parent/Teacher Input Requested

In an attempt to find new and relevant fundraisers for the Hilsman PTO we are looking at a fundraiser that would have value for the students and families and make some money for the PTO. We would like to get some parent feedback on the following opportunity.

We are considering selling School Supply Sets. What this would involve is selling a set list of supplies recommended for each grade. Hilsman teachers have already supplied the lists and the fundraising company (which is affiliated with Staples) has already quoted us on each grades' list. The final price is up to the PTO so not set 100% yet but would be around $35 for the 6th and 8th grade and $40 for the seventh grade sets. We would have to sell them now before the end of this school year and then take delivery the first week of school in August. These prices are comparable to what you would pay for all the supplies on your own.

Some questions that need to be considered:

Are parents interested in this sort of thing?
Would parents be willing to spend the money now in Spring?
Is the price too high? (Many fundraising activities involve lower amounts)
Are there enough people willing to volunteer to help with this?
Would we get adequate support from teachers in distributing order sheets, etc?

Please reply back to this mail with your feedback and help us make a decision on whether to pursue this. Time is of the essence.

Football Fundraiser and Spring Physicals

Hilsman Football will be having a Beef O' Brady's night on Tuesday April 8 from 5-9. Hilsman Football will receive 10% of all receipts that are dropped in the fishbowl at the front door. Be sure to eat dinner at Beef O' Brady's that night and show your support for your Hilsman Panther football team. If you have any questions please contact Britt Swilley at

Free Physicals for athletes currently in grades 8-11 will be given on Sat 4/26. This is the only free physical for the next school year so if you intend to take part in high school sports next year you should plan on this. There will be bus service from Cedar to the clinic. More details as they become available

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Events off-campus

Wildlife Art

Athens Clarke Leisure Services invites all contestants who entered the 29th Annual Wildlife Art Contest to come to the Grand Opening on Saturday, March 29th , from 2:30 – 3:30. Doors will open at 2:30 to view art work. Prizes will be awarded at 3:00. All entries will be hung in the exhibit hall (building in the zoo)
Refreshments will be served. Please call 706-613-3616 ext.22 for more information….

Cedar Shoals Baseball Clinic Rescheduled

IMPORTANT NEWS..............The camp has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 29th, longer 9AM-12PM.

We are excited to announce that there will be a Jaguar Baseball Players Clinic - The CSHS staff and team will host the Jaguar Players Clinic on Saturday, March 29th, from 8-11 at the Cedar baseball field. Players can attend for $10 and coaches are FREE. Cash or checks made out to Cedar Shoals Dugout Club will be accepted. The following topics will be covered: fundamental defensive drills, practice scheduling and preparation, basic hitting tactics, and how to get the most out of this great experience called BASEBALL! For more info contact CSHS head coach Bret Greene at or by calling 706/254-5444.

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Come see talented Cedar Shoals students as the Peanuts gang in a musical romp. The show is intended for all audiences, definitely G-rated. Enjoy singing, dancing, AND comedy. The show will run under 2 hours--probably closer to an hour and a half--so it should be a perfect fit for younger audience members. Mark your calendars now for performances Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 30th, at 2:30 p.m. in the CSHS Fine Arts Theatre. Student tickets are $4 and adult tickets are $6. Contact English teacher/production director Derek Adams at with questions or for more info.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Animation Workshop and Congratulations

Oratorical Winner

Another success for Hilsman: Asher Hill, 7th grader won the zone levelcompetition of the Optimist Oratorical Contest. He will compete in the regional level next.

Animation Workshop

We are proud to announce that Hilsman Middle School will be the host for a Shortstop Animation Workshop between 27th and 28th of March. Our special guest, Mr. José Luis Farias from Spain will teach the students the basics of shortstop animation. They will play with different materials, and they will create a very short movie.

Cachivache (Performance in Spanish) group members from University of Georgia will help to organize the activities. Attached you can find details about the program and our special guest.

José Luis Farias Gomez

José Luis Farias created the International Short Film Festival of Segovia (Spain). The Festival showcased a wide array of Films from Spain, Latin American, and Europe. He is here to show to Athens and the University community a sample of the short films screened last year in Segovia. These screenings will take place at the Student Learning Center on March 31st, April 1st and April 2nd. Screenings will be followed by discussions about the films. José Luis Farias will lead the discussions. This event is made possible with the support of the following people and institutions:Contraplano, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, Department of Romance Languages, Dr. John Ross, Cachivache (Performance in Spanish), Cali’ n’ Titos, Espresso Royale, Little Kings.

This is a brief summary of José Luis Farias professional life:

Cofounder of Contraplano International Short Film Festival in Segovia (April 2007)
Stop-motion animation teacher at Arts Animation School.
Director- He has made several commercials for TV, and short films, such as:

Agua (2006)

35mm color

Summary: A reflection on the lack of water as a result of the weather change.9 min.Directors: Alfonso Fulgencio y José Luis Farias,

Mandos (2002)

Animation Short Film with play dough. 35mm color

Summary: Two remote controls fight over the programs they want to see on TV.9 min.Directors: Alfonso Fulgencio y José Luis Farias,and others. Cofounder of Paramotion Films (Film Company)

Paramotion Films

It was founded in 2002 with the objective of producing, acquiring and distributing film materials for movies, TV productions, and advertising. It specializes in animation with materials like play dough. They also work on digital post-production. Paramotion also is interested in teaching these techniques in different workshops.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Cathy Deng wins State Spelling Bee

Cathy Deng, an eighth grader at Hilsman Middle School, won the State Spelling Bee today at Georgia Student University in Atlanta.

A news release from the Georgia Association of Educators follows:

One hundred and twenty-four words over seven rounds. That’s how long it took 13-year-old Cathy (Qian) Deng from Hilsman Middle School in Clarke County to overcome what she thought was an elimination early on to become the winner of the 47th Annual Georgia Association of Educators State Spelling Bee. In round six, Cathy was initially eliminated after spelling the word “concomitant” but was reinstated by the panel of judges after discussion about pronunciation. “I was so happy to get back in that I didn’t remember anything,” Cathy exclaimed.

Cathy fought off a challenge by 13-year-old Logan Austin from Bennett’s Mill Middle School in Fayette County. The two both missed some very challenging words such as pettifoggery, cornichon, ochlophobia, and elision. Logan then misspelled the word “tergiversate,” which Cathy then spelled correctly. She then received and correctly spelled the word “chrestomathy,” which means “a selection of passages from various authors complied as an aid to learning a language.”

Cathy will now represent Georgia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championships in Washington, D.C., May 25 – May 31, 2008. Should Cathy, for any reason, be unable to represent Georgia at the nationals, Logan would take her place. “I can’t say enough about what these young people have accomplished,” said GAE President Jeff Hubbard. “Everyone associated with their efforts should be very proud and on behalf of GAE I congratulate each and every one of them. And our thoughts and prayers are with Cathy and her family as they travel to Washington to represent Georgia and hopefully bring back the national championship.” In addition to her first place trophy and an all expense paid trip to the national championship and $400 (GAE), Cathy also took home a dictionary (Merriam-Webster), an gift certificate (Scripps National Spelling Bee), a one-year online subscription (Encyclopaedia Britannica), $100 (Mr. and Mrs. Barry Gray from Metro Atlanta), and one $100 U.S. Savings Bond (Samuel L. Sugarman Award). Logan, as runner-up, took home a second place trophy, $100 (GAE), a dictionary (Merriam-Webster), and a one-year online subscription (Encyclopaedia Britannica). All contestants received $25, a certificate of participation, and a GAE State Bee lapel pin. Order of elimination-
Chilneshia Welch - Putnam/Concerto/1
Kristin Towe- Floyd/Oregano/1
Mary Kate Vian – Atlanta/Lariat/2
Katherine Burden - Gwinnett/Myriad/2
Taylor Rinberger -Berrien/Impetuous/2
Eryn D. Smith - Appling/Cedilla/3
Kevin Figlewicz – Cobb/Backstein/4
Thomas Carden - Chatham/Lederhosen/4
Jessica King –Thomaston-Upson/Virgule/4
Jaire Duncan – Rockdale/Repertoire/5
Sarah Cover – Cobb/Azimuth/5
Orin Lincoln –Muscogee/Prosciutto/5
Erin Barnett - Cobb/Commissar/5
Korie Shetter – Floyd/Wedel/5
Jonathan Lee Casas – Hall/Mynheer/6
Eron Frances Smith –Decatur City/Pompadour/6
Micah Stewart – Valdosta City/Jocosity/6
Todd Jones – Fulton/Integument/6
Logan Austin - Fayette/Tergiversate/7
Cathy Deng – ClarkeChampion/Chrestomathy

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Updates and Congratulations


Hilsman's team competed at the Statewide finals for MathCounts last Saturday. The team took home sixth place in the State and Cathy Deng took fifth in the individual event. Congratulations to the whole team for a great season.

Geography Bee

Hilsman’s own Evan Knox (6th grade) has qualified to represent our school at the state National Geographic Bee. It will be held on April 4th in Milledgeville, GA. Both his teachers and his family are extremely proud of Evan and cannot wait for him to represent our school and the Clarke County School District!!!

Book Fair

Hilsman’s Book-Fair will take place March 24th – 28th. The Book-Fair will run during the school day as well as during parent conferences (including the evening conferences). Students who want to purchase books will have the opportunity to come to the fair during their Language Arts class times. Please plan on supporting your Hilsman Media Center with purchases made at the Fair.

Weight Training

After school weight training for middle school students will be held beginning today from 4:-5:30 in the Cedar Shoals Field House. It will be held every day this week and beginning next week will be held only on Mondays and Wednesdays Anyone who is not playing a spring sport and is interested in playing football next year should attend. Lifting sessions will continue up until the start of spring football practice which will begin on May 1. Please make sure that you have a ride there to pick you up at 5:30 when the work out is over.

Box Tops

In addition to bringing in Box Tops for education you can enter a daily contest to win points for the school to help them get equipment. If you are willing to sign up for this, you can find out more at:

Parent/Teacher Conferences

You should be getting a notice to sign up for conferences next week Mar 25-27

Teacher Appreciation

The PTO will provide a dinner for teachers on Tue Mar 25. If you are willing to help out, please contact Kelly at

Friday, March 14, 2008

News and Congrats


Please congratulate Asher Hill and Inesha Carruth for their performance at the Optimist Oratorical Contest.
Asher -1st place
Inesha- 3rd place


Soccer season opened yesterday for both Boys’ and Girls’ teams. Boys lost to Coile by one goal (3-2). Coile was fortunate to score early in the game. After which David Ontaneda scored two goals with two assists from Eduardo Mancia. Asher Hill also deserves a nod for outstanding defense during the contest. Our girls brought home a win from Coile with a score of 1-0. Ali Minning scored the only goal. The awesome defensive line was anchored by Alicia Micheletti at sweeper and Katie Roberts at stopper with Morgan Wurst and Katie Siemion. Please congratulate all these students when you see them.

Anne Frank

The Anne Frank exhibit is moving from the Oconee Library to the Athens Regional Library on March 16th. It will be set up for the rest of the month during normal library hours. SInce "The Diary of Anne Frank" is studied extensively in eighth grade this is a good opportunity to enhance those studies.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be scheduled for 3/25-27

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Spring Sports Schedule


03/06/08 (Tues) HMS @ WRC WRC 5:30(make up)

03/20/08 (Thurs) CMS @ HMS HMS 5:30
03/27/08 (Thurs) HMS @ BHL BHL 5:30
04/03/08 (Thurs) WRC @ HMS HMS 5:30

04/10/08 (Thurs) HMS @ CMS CMS 5:30
04/17/08 (Thurs) BHL @ HMS HMS 5:30


03/06/08 HMS @ WRC WRC 4:30

03/20/08 CMS @ HMS HMS 4:30
03/27/08 HMS @ BHL BHL 4:30
04/03/08 WRC @ HMS HMS 4:30

04/10/08 HMS @ CMS CMS 4:30
04/17/08 BHL @ HMS HMS 4:30


03/06/08 OCMS OCHS 4:30

03/18/08 ACS ACS 4:30

03/26/08 CMS/BHL CCHS 4:30
04/02/08 WRC/HMS CSHS 4:30

HMS track team will be competing against the host school and surrounding county schools, who have been invited to the meets.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Anne Frank

Ms. Jones, eighth grade language arts teacher, suggested this tie in since one of the reading topics for eighth grade is "The Diary of Anne Frank".
The Oconee County Library will host the traveling exhibit "Anne Frank: A History for Today" from Sunday through March 14.The exhibit, sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, features 17 panels of photographs and text that chronicle the Holocaust through the eyes of Anne Frank and her family, showing the effects of National Socialism on the lives of a typical Jewish family.Photographs include family pictures and text includes entries from her famous diary. Accompanying the main exhibit are the smaller exhibits of "The Anne Frank Secret Hiding Place" and "Witness to the Holocaust: World War II Veteran William A Scott III at the Liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp." There will also be a couple related films.
For more information about the programs, call Alice Rossiter at (706) 769-3950.

March is Youth Art Month

Works by the Clarke County Schools are on exhibit at the Athens Regional Library in the Children’s section. Please go by and take a look at Success!!!


Hilsman doesn't have its own team but the boys play as Cedar Shoals' C team
Fri. 2/29Prince Avenueat Prince Ave.5:30 1 (7 innings)
Sat. 3/1Newton Co.CEDAR SHOALS12:00 2 (5 inning games)
Sat. 3/8Madison Co.CEDAR SHOALS12:00 DH
Sat. 3/15HabershamCEDAR SHOALS12:00 DH
Sat. 3/22Jackson Jackson12:00 DH
Sat. 3/29Madison Madison12:00 DH
Sat. 4/5Habersham at Habersham12:00 DH
Sat. 4/12Jackson Co.CEDAR SHOALS12:00 DH
Sat. 4/19Newton Newton12:00 2 (5 inning games)
Sat. 4/26Oconee Co.CEDAR SHOALS12:00 DH

Future Business Leaders of America

FBLA State Leadership Conference trip and competition results. The students attended the GA Music Hall of Fame, the Macon Arts & Sciences Museum, and Mercer University. We hope to attend the FBLA National Leadership Conference in June. These students placed at the State level in their competition events:

Aubrey Bullock 8th place Business Concepts
Cathy Deng 1st place Business Spelling
2nd place Business Computations
Gilbert Dominguez 4th place Business Concepts
9th place Computer Literacy

Please congratulate these students when you see them.

Box Tops for Education

One of our parents, Joyce McHan has set up Hilsman with the Box Tops for Education fundraising program. Clip the Box Top labels from any General Mills foods that you have. We will collect them in the main office.One student in Mrs Varnum's class has already turned in 100 which translates to $10.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

School District News

CCSD Academic Calendar Options

Click on the link above to read about the proposed calendar options for 2008-09 and 2009-10 for CCSD! Follow the instructions on the link and submit your feedback to the Board of Education no later than March 5th. The Board meets March 6th to vote on these proposals. 2008-09 is a challenging year to schedule with the Presidential election in November and so many schools serving as polling places. This is your chance to give feedback on an important issue.

Call to Action

Please read the attachment for information about Speaker of the House Bill RIchardson's proposed legislation in the Georgia Legislature to eliminate property taxes for local schools. The Georgia School Board Association is opposed to this legislation and encourages everyone to contact your representative! Read the "Call to Action" attachment for more information. A listing of local legislators is also included.

Georgia Performance Standards in Mathematics

If you have questions and want more information about the new performance standards, go to for details about the standards at all grade levels.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Parent Workshop

Tuesday, Feb 26, 7-9pm
This is a Parent Support Workshop run by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel to give parents tools for help with homework, behavior,etc., also some assistance with High School issues.


Math Counts

It is my privilege and honor to inform you that Hilsman swept all before them at the Northeast Georgia Mathcounts competition last Friday. As a teacher at Hilsman I felt very proud of our students who performed with wonderful professionalism at the contest. Not only did we finish first in the team competition, Cathy Deng also managed to perform well enough to win the top place for individual excellence. To top it all, three out of the four members of the second team won places to compete in the state finals. So now Hilsman has more than half of the students who will compete in the State finals. If you see these students in the hall please congratulate them – they represented our school with class.
Cathy Deng
Jason Ye
John Bolen
Mike Xiao
Xing Gao
Akshay Hariani
Anise Crane

Shareef Bacchus
Mathematics Tutor

Spelling Bee Regional Competition

1st place: Cathy Deng (she will compete in the state tournament in Atlanta in March)

Regional Science Fair

Best of Show in Middle School: Jason Ye

1st place:
Logan Glenn
Madison Hogan
Daniel Harrison

2nd place:
Xing Gao
Erin Hollander
Cathy Deng
Maggie Bergmann

3rd place:
Aubrey Bullock

Regional Ricoh Sustainable Development Award: Xing Gao
Society for Science and the Public Award: Maggie Bergmann, Jason Ye, Erin Hollander
Jackson EMC Award: Jason Ye

1st and 2nd place winners will go on to the state competition in April


The girl's basketball team fell to Clarke Middle in the championship game, however it was their only loss of the season. Great season everyone.

Panic at Hilsman

Sonny Ortiz, Justus Ortiz’s father, is coming in to share with 7th grade social studies classes on Friday, Feb. 29th. Mr. Ortiz is the percussionist for Widespread Panic. He will be bringing in a number of percussion instruments, especially drums, from various African and Asian cultures. This will serve as the culminating activity for a study of African and Asian cultures and a great way to end our celebration of Black History Month.

New Signs

In case you haven't noticed, Hilsman is getting new signs at the entrance. If conditions allow there is also a landscaping plan to go with them. The signs are being funded via SPLOST.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

PTO Meeting and Congratulations

PTO Meeting

There will be a PTO meeting next Monday, Feb 11 at 6pm in the MediaCenter. Meetings usually last one hour and include reports on schoolactivities and programs as well as use of PTO finances and other issues

Title I Explanation

Hilsman has become classified as a Title I school and is thereforeeligible for some additional funding. District representative MonicaKnight will hold an informational meeting Monday, Feb 11 at 5:30 pm inthe Media Center. This is just before the PTO meeting

County Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Cathy Deng, a Hilsman 8th grader for winning the County Spelling Bee. She will compete in Eatonton on Feb. 23rd in the regional competition.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Teacher Appreciation

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Teacher Appreciation Lunch this Tuesday

PTO Meeting

There will be a PTO meeting next Monday, Feb 11 at 6pm in the Media Center. Meetings usually last one hour and include reports on school activities and programs as well as use of PTO finances and other issues

Title I Explanation

Hilsman has become classified as a Title I school and is therefore eligible for some additional funding. District representative Monica Knight will hold an informational meeting Monday, Feb 11 at 5:30 pm in the Media Center. This is just before the PTO meeting

Coffee Fundraiser

Our coffee fundraiser is year-round so please remember to stop by the Village Herb Shop to pick up your favorite beans.

UGA "Pink Out"

On Thursday, February 14th, the UGA Athletic Association plans to "Pink Out" Stegeman Coliseum for the women's basketball game against rival Florida at 7 p.m. They are using the Pink Out promotion to raise awareness for breast cancer research, and encourage everyone attending to wear pink to the game (pink t-shirts will also be on sale at the game). They are also offering $1 admission to the game using the coupon posted under the Promotions section of This is a benefit for breast cancer research in conjunction with Athens Regional. For more information, please visit and click on the Promotions tab to the left of your screen

Friday, February 1, 2008

Sports News and FBLA Congrats


Hilsman Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members attended the Region Leadership Conference on Wednesday. These are the students who placed and were recognized in their competition events at the Region level:
Cathy Deng 1st place Business Spelling
3rd place Business Computations
Mike Xiao 1st place Business Computations
Jason Ye 2nd place Business Computations
Morgan Smith 3rd place Business Spelling
Shaq Siddiqui 2nd place Business Concepts
Gilbert Dominguez 2nd place Computer Literacy
Maggie Bergman 3rd place Career Exploration

Please congratulate these students when you see them!

Sports News


Girls - Congratulations to our girls team for finishing the season with a perfect 6-0 record. Now their challenge is to keep the winning streak going in hopes to capture the Clarke County Middle School Championship. Their first game in the tournament will be played at BHL. Our girls will be playing CMS on Wednesday February the 6th at 5:45. Please come out and support our Lady Panthers.

Boys - Our boys have suffered a very trying season this year. Please let them know that we are proud of them. However come tournament time every year a Cinderella story is possible. If they can pull two wins together, it is possible our boys can claim the championship. Our boys will play BHL in the first round of the boy’s tournament. The game will be at BHL on Thursday February the 7th at 5:45. Please come out and show our support for the boys.

Soccer and Track

For those who are in need of physical and are interested in playing soccer or running track for Hilsman Middle School please pick up a physical form in the main office. All students who plan on trying out for these or any teams must have a physical.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

February Important Dates and more Congratulations

February Dates to note

Friday, February 8th End of progress report period
Monday, February 11th: PTO Meeting, 6pm in HMS Media Center
Thursday, February 14th: Adopt-A-Class
Friday, February 15th: Progress Reports Distributed
Monday, February 18 -- Professional Learning Day
Saturday, February 23rd: Regional Science Fair at Athens Tech

Congratulations to Hilsman 4-H CPA participants

Hilsman students fared especially well at the 4H CPA competition on Saturday, January 26. We are
very proud of all the students who competed.

Except as noted, all received first place in their respective categories:
Adrian Haynes - Conservation and Recycling
Valeria Bermeo - Dog Care and Training
Kemarcis Howard - Food Safety and Preservation
Hannah Sanders - Health
Breanna Derricotte - Ocean Ecology
Christine Jahng - Performing Arts Instrumental
Brison Brown - Time and Money Management (Sweepstakes Winner)
Jamia Johnson - Time and Money Management
Audrey Smith - Using Water Wisely

For more info about the 4H program, please contact the County 4H agent at

Volunteers Needed

Teacher appreciation

HMS PTO will be sponsoring a faculty/staff luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 5 (Fat Tuesday). We are serving a Cajun Menu and need your help. If you'd like to help by cooking or donating an item please contact us at
This will avoid getting too many of one item and not enough of another. We need all nonperishable store bought items by Monday, Feb. 4(you can give them to Mrs. Smith in the office). Food items need to be in the conference room before 9:00am on Tues, Feb. 5. People that are willing to make a dish for the luncheon we have receipes...we just need volunteers. Some of the dishes include, red beans and rice, sweet potato souffle, cornbread, bread pudding, pecan pies, corn maque choux (don't forget we have receipes for all of these dishes if you need them). Please contact Kelly directly at jukso@aol.comAnna Steffl and Kelly Sanders - PTO food coordinators

Volunteer Hosts for Principal's coffees needed

Once again, Dr. Price would like to hold Principal's coffees in the homes of parents that live in neighborhoods that feed Hilsman. Parents in the general vicinity would be invited to attend and to ask questions of Dr. Price and his administrative staff. Coffees usually last about an hour and a half and a light dessert could be served. He would like to hold a meeting once a month through the end of the school year and then pick it up again when we start back to school. This is just another way of having a dialogue with the parents of the children served by Hilsman. We need a parent/guardian willing to step up and kick things off by holding the first coffee in March. Please contact Dr. Pice at or reply back to this email.

Test Monitors needed

Parent volunteers are needed to help with hall monitoring for the CRCT test (April 8,9,10, 14 and 15 from 8:30-11:30). Last year we had about six volunteers. Anyone who volunteers in the building will have to have a background check unless they were checked last year. Please contact Georgie Bullock at or 706-548-7281 ext. 29240 or just reply back to this email

Monday, January 28, 2008

Congratulations Students!

Science Fair
Hilsman Students had a great showing at the School District Science Fair competition this past Saturday. An asterick (*) indicates that they will go on to regional competition.

Animal Science
1st Maggie Bergmann*
3rd Jeff Bellah Behavioral
1st Anna Schramski*
2nd Madison Hogan*
1st Cathy Deng*
3rd Taylor Hallenbeck
1st Logan Glenn*
3rd Zoe Bolen
Environmental Science
1st Xing Gao*
1st John Bolen*
Medicine & Health
1st Justus Ortiz*
2nd Kidron Bullock/Mariah Pettis*
1st Daniel Harrison*
2nd Aubrey Bullock*
2nd Erin Hollander*
Plant Science
1st Jason Ye*
3rd Christine Jahng

Academic Team
The Hilsman Academic team placed Second at the recent PAGE Academic Bowl. They were the only undefeated team going into the finals and the overall points leader, but fell in the finals. The team will be competing again at other events.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Welcome back!

Welcome back to school everyone!

Parents of Eighth Graders - Cedar Shoals is hosting an important meeting for parents of students rising to ninth grade next year. The registration process and other important aspects of high school will be presented. Thursday, January 24th, 6:00 p.m., Cedar Shoals Auditorium.

Congratulations to the Spelling Bee winners:Cathy Deng - 1st placeJay Morris - runner up

Science Fair is January 17

Next Basketball dates are:
1/17 at Clarke Middle
1/24 at Home against Burney-Harris
Tip off at 4:30

Don't forget to pick up your funraiser coffee at the Village Herb Shoppe