News from GT

September 4th

Pacific Combat Living History Re-Enactments

The National Museum of the Pacific War in Frederickburg will conduct re-enactments of Pacific battles this weekend.

Show times are 11:00 am and 2:00 pm September 5th & 6th. More information can be found on the museum's events page.

Stock Market Game

Last year, teams from Hill Country won both the fall and spring semester of The Stock Market game. Individual students won cash prizes as well as plaques for our trophy case.

The fall semester's game begins September 28, 2015, and ends December 4, 2015. For more information, visit the game site, To sign up, click on the link below. Cost is $5 per student. Make checks payable to HCMS, and submit funds to Ms. Hanna.

Fall Stock Market Game Sign Up Form

InvestWrite - For Stock Market Game Participants

InvestWrite, an innovative national writing competition, produced by The Stock Market Game program, adds a critical thinking component to help reinforce concepts from the Stock Market Game.

  • Every student currently registered in The Stock Market Game program with a valid team login ID and password is eligible.
  • Students participate by writing essays in their grade division: Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12).
  • Both teachers and students will have a chance to win gift certificates, laptop computers, trips to New York (middle and high school), and other great prizes.

Interested students should talk to Ms. Hanna, who will be happy to help them with their essays.

Future City Competition

We just heard this week that Future City was able to secure a site and Regional Director for Central Texas, so our teams won't have to go to Houston or Dallas to compete. Last year, a team from West Ridge placed second in the nation.

New this year, Future City has been redesigned and uses the engineering design process as a framework to guide students through the creation of their cities. Within this framework, students apply specific project management methods to keep their projects on track. This new structure gives students a real world learning experience they can apply to future challenges in school, work and life.

Students spend approximately four months creating cities that exist at least 100 years in the future and represent the team’s solution to a citywide sustainability issue. The competition is made up of five project deliverables.

At Regionals, scores from all five components will be added together to determine the top team. The 1st place team in each region will advance to National Finals held in Washington, DC, paid for by the Future City organization.

Information and dates are coming soon. In the mean time, you can learn more by visiting the Future City Competition site. If you are interested in forming a team, please let Ms. Hanna know.

Cities in Space STEAM Competition

The New Worlds Institute is a global institute which is holding the New World Conference in Austin, Texas, this fall. In conjunction with this, they are holding a Cities in Space competition in which students will create a 3-D or video model of a structure that can enable the human race to survive and thrive into a new civilization in space.

When they are not presenting, competing students will have the opportunity to listen to speakers during the conference as well as meet scientists, engineers, NASA experts, New Space leaders and astronauts. Students will attend a luncheon and set speakers in the main New Worlds Conference room with leading scientists and space enthusiasts and conclude there as well for awards and recognition.

The competition will take place onsite, during the New Worlds Conference at the Palmer Events Center in downtown Austin on October 16, 2015. More information about the conference and competition can be found on the New Worlds website.

Any students interested in forming a team and competing should see Ms. Hanna immediately.


Students from the Westlake High School Debate team have offered to start an after school debate program for Hill Country students. More details to come shortly

Indicate your interest by completing the form linked below.

Debate Interest Form

Save the Date!

The GT Exhibition will be April 20th from 6:00 - 7:30 in the small gym, and April 21st during 1st - 3rd periods. Students are expected to attend both dates.

Coming Soon...

Mrs. Nookala wants to start MathCounts at HCMS. Stay tuned for more information.