06 October 2015
02 October 2015
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
30 September 2015
29 September 2015
25 September 2015
This upcoming Wednesday, September 30th 2015, your child will be taking part in a walkathon, where the purpose is to raise funds for Limbs International. The goal of this walkathon is to raise at least $900 which will cover the cost of three prosthetic limbs for people in need. Over the past couple of weeks, Merton Williams teachers have been infusing Community and Service Learning into the context of their lessons. Ask your child about these lessons as we’ve seen some real excitement around this!
On Wednesday morning, students will be walking to the high school track, under adult supervision, where they will continue walking on the track. Ask your child about the pledge form that they received. They will be encouraging any contributor to use this website à www.tinyurl.com/mwlimbs2015. After the walk, they will be transported back to Merton Williams by district bussing. We hope you’ll support us in this endeavor by signing the field trip request form your child will bring home to you and for encouraging them in their service learning activities!
We believe our schools are the heart of the Hilton Community. For this, we take pride in explicitly teaching students what it means to be passionate about working towards a goal that will have a positive impact on others.
15 September 2015
08 September 2015
Eighth graders confidently moved through the halls, comfortably finding their way around, reconnecting with friends and staff.
It's been a great day full of smiles, connections and excitement for all of us!
01 September 2015
Students: We are looking forward to seeing you next week on Tuesday, September 8th! Be sure to return to your typical school routines, being sure to get plenty of rest, eating healthy foods and packing snack and a water bottle to keep you going during the school day. Be sure, also, to check through your backpack each day to double check that you have all materials and assignments for homework and the next school day.
Families: Looking for ways to commemorate the start of the 2015-2016 school year? Check out these ideas from Modern Parents, Messy Kids: The Best Breakfasts for School Brain Power
Wishing you a wonderful Labor Day weekend! See you soon!
31 August 2015
25 August 2015
School Pictures Inc. Website
Families will also have the opportunity to order after pictures have been taken. At that point, families will receive an individual password and will be able to view the photo as well as order on-line. Shipping charges will apply for those ordering after the photos are taken.
19 August 2015
Click for post: Kids' Biggest Middle School Fears
18 August 2015
Teaching our children time management is a skill that will support them throughout their life. By helping children lay out their week and understand what is happening in the coming days, they become better able to plan while anticipating how much is expected of them on a given day.
Seeing a visual of their week, promotes children to become increasingly self-managed while still having support and back-up from an adult. A shared family schedule, posted at home or shared on personal devices, allows students to see more than just their school assignments - which are often what drives their personal agenda throughout the week.
There are many apps that allow families to share and contribute to common calendars. There are also simple, paper calendars to accomplish the same goal.
The following apps are popular for family calendar sharing and allow for access on all the child's devices (iPad from school, cell phone, computer, etc...)
03 August 2015
01 July 2015
Here are a few ways I like to motivate the kiddos, ages 7, 12 and 14, to read, listen to reading and talk about books:
We all listen to the same stories in the car. It naturally stimulates a discussion. The more intense the topic, the deeper the discussion. We use Audible from Amazon as well as several free apps for audio books. Once the book starts, it's amazing how quiet the car becomes and how engaged they are in the story - often begging me to wait to turn off the car as they want to hear, "just the next part!"
I also sneak in content books to build their knowledge for upcoming school work - lots of historical fiction, classic literature, non-fiction, and self-help type books. Over the past year, we have listened to: 10% Happier by Dan Harris, Of Mice and Men* by John Steinbeck , The Traveler's Gift and The Noticer by Andy Andrews, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Giver by Lois Lowry, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Great Gatsby* by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson. *I censored parts for my youngest daughter or only played when she wasn't in the car.
While we drive eight hours to our camping destination this weekend, we will listen to World Without End by Ken Follett (a little precursor to ninth grade Social Studies for my son). On the way home, we will revisit the Harry Potter series. My youngest has not yet experienced the books and in the blog post I reference below, the narration is supposed to be fabulous.
As you can see, we pack a lot of books into just trips to and from sports, school, weekend camping trips, visits to family, etc... Audio books allow the kids to experience books at a much more rigorous level than they might approach on their own while also taking advantage of time we have while being in the car.
Regardless of age, just like with an audio book, kiddos love listening to stories. I am currently reading The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm to Caroline. Reading aloud to your kids is a great way to recapture the awesome feeling we all have during One School, One Book reads.
Take advantage of the air conditioning, variety of reading sources and freedom to explore as many titles, magazines, audio books that they can get their hands on!
You and your children can easily look for new books based on your ratings of other books. Goodreads links with online bookstores and reading apps, allowing you to flow effortlessly between their site and others. You can rate books as far back as you can remember - the more you rate, the more accurate the predictions become. If you are anything like me, the list of books you want to read far outweighs what you can actually manage. Goodreads allows you to keep a list of books you "want to read" as well
Resources you may find useful for the summer:
Audible by Amazon Thirty day free trial!
Audiobooks Thousands of free audio books!
Kindle for Android or Kindle for iTunes Free eBooks / audio books and free rentals!
Oxford Owl Hundreds of fee books for children!
Goodreads' Best FREE Kindle Ebooks for Children 184 FREE books for children!
Goodread's Best Middle Grade & Children's Best books from 2014 - reader reviews included!
Smashwords Free eBooks for children, teens and adults!
Blog post by Shannon Younger encouraging parents to use summer as a time to make their children better readers: Expert Tips to Make Your Child a Better Reader
29 June 2015
Kidspot: Grose explains how children and adults in resilient families tune into each other's needs, choosing situation-specific language, rather than simply regurgitating generalised ‘feel good’ or ‘get on with it’ platitudes.
10 phrases you hear in resilient families: are you using them?
16 June 2015
Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind
04 June 2015
Thank you, Mrs. Reigle!
27 May 2015
Summer Video Series from ParentToolkit.com
Video topics include:
3 Steps to Summer Success
Road Trip Tips
What's the Deal with Sunscreen?
Keeping Kids Active
The Hilton Fire Department is offering students a chance to win a ride to school on a fire truck by submitting a home fire escape plan video.
Students in grades 3-6 are eligible to participate. The videos will be judged by the Hilton Fire Prevention Committee and one winner from each grade will be announced at the annual Hilton Fire
Department Open House on October 4, 2015.
All contest videos must be submitted no later than Friday, October 9, 2015. When submitting your video please include your child's name, teacher's name, school, and grade your child will be in for the 2015-16 school year. All submitted videos will be played for the public at the October 14th open house and shared with students in class.
For more information and an entry form visit the Cadet Tech Blog: