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 http://www.georgiastandards.org/mathframework.aspx 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 georgiadogs.com. This is a benefit for breast cancer research in conjunction with Athens Regional. For more information, please visit www.georgiadogs.com 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.