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Hillcrest High School
Midvale, Utah
February 7, 2019

Principal Message:

Parents, construction is moving along quickly. In a month, you should see the new auditorium foundation rising from the ground. The new gym is all walled in and the floor is being poured. Thank you all for your patience with parking and traffic. UDOT is working on granting Westland construction access to 9th east so construction trucks can enter and exit out of the way of student drivers. We anticipate UDOT approval soon, but until then, construction trucks and other vehicles will be going and coming along Husky Way and exiting and entering from Hillcrest Drive. Starting February 18th, traffic control flag men will be in place stopping traffic for construction trucks to move in and out of the property. Talk with your student drivers and advise them to be cautious and patient. We anticipate this won’t have a major effect given most students park and stay at school all day. It is when they leave school for some reason during school hours that students may be on the same road as construction vehicles. We will announce this information to students as well. 

Last Home Basketball Games in our Gymnasium

The new HHS gymnasium is scheduled to be completed 10/18/19 and ready for occupancy.  This means the last varsity boy’s game ever to be played in our beautiful home gym built in 1962 will be Tuesday, February 12thstarting at 7:00pm and the last varsity girl’s game will be Friday, February 15th starting at 7:00 pm.  We invite all to attend.  We would love to see all of our former Huskies who represented these great programs throughout our proud history.  We will be throwing out some free husky gear and having a fun time.  Come join us!

Gregory Leavitt

Principal, HHS
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Track Coach Position:

Due to a late shakeup to the track coaching staff at Hillcrest, we are looking for one or two individuals with expertise in any of the following areas: pole vault, hurdles, sprints, jumps, or distance. Areas of responsibility for each of the events would include:

  • Pole Vault - supervise athletes through drills and practice jumps, critiquing performance and teaching basics of the event safely and write workout plans in conjunction with the head coach
  • Hurdles - assist the sprints coach in conducting workouts as well as teaching and drilling hurdle techniques with athletes
  • Sprints - assist the sprints coach in conducting sprint workouts and helping teach technique including starts and relays, may be asked to help with long jump and high jump as well
  • Jumps – assist the sprint coach in conducting sprint workouts and then supervise drills and workouts in either long jump or high jump in conjunction with the head sprints coach
  • Distance – administer the workouts as written by the head coach adjusting for individuals as becomes necessary.  Being able to run with some of our newer runners would be a major plus.

Practice will start at 2:45 each day with meetings and warm-ups.  Most event groups will be done by 4:30 with some working until 5.  If interested, please contact Coach Scott Stucki via email

Blood Drive:

Over 4.5 million Americans would die every year if not for blood transfusions.  32,000 pints of blood are used each day within the United States, and without contributions from the community, there is little doubt that many human lives would be lost on a daily basis. Indeed, without blood donations, hospital reliability would plunge. However, with your help, 1 pint of blood can save up to three lives - a minute amount of blood can mean life or death for an individual. What are you waiting for? The Hillcrest High school HOSA club is hosting the American Red Cross on Monday,February 25th from 3:00pm-7:00pm for non-high school students. Please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or text 385-439-2202.

AP Exams:

All AP and IB students who plan to take an AP exam at Hillcrest High School this year must register and pay for their AP exams atwww.totalregistration.net/AP/450193.  The window for AP registration is now openand will close at 11:59 p.m. March 3.Your students will receive information about registering for their AP classes in their AP and IB classes and a parent letter has been mailed home.  If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Huff ator 801-826-6119.

Course Selection for 2019-2020

Course selection for the 2019-2020 school year is underway.  The arena window is now open and will close on February 16, 2019.  All courses must be entered online during this window.  There will be an assembly during APP for 11th grade students on February 8, 2019.  Counselors will be in the English classes between now and February 16thfor 9thand 10th grade students.  The course catalogue, PowerPoints, and registration log-in/instructions will be posted on the Hillcrest High School website under the counseling tab.  If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Huff atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 801-826-6119.

In anticipation of the 2019-2020 Hillcrest course selection process, College Board/Advanced Placement recently announced significant changes to the AP exam ordering process, deadlines, late fees and cancellation fees that will be mandated for all schools and all students in the 2019-2020 school year. Next year, all students will need to decide whether or not to take exams and order their exams by Nov 15, 2019. All students who register for their AP exam after Nov 15, 2019, will be assessed $40.00/exam late fee. In addition, a $40.00/exam cancellation fee will be assessed for any exam order canceled after Nov 15, 2019. You can view the timeline in detail athttps://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/ap-2019/for-ap-coordinators, under Fall Exam Ordering Overview.  Please keep in mind that these changes are being mandated by the College Board and were not decided by Hillcrest High School. Additional details regarding the College Board’s new process will be made available once we have more information.

Salt Lake Community College is offering a Concurrent Enrollment Tuition Waiver program starting with the 2019-2020 school year.  Students must have completed 6 credit hours (two concurrent classes) and have a GPA of 3.0 or better in those classes. The waiver will give a tuition break of $500 for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. Students will need to apply for the tuition waiver at slcc.edu/concurrent then go to “Student Guide”, click on “Transition to College” and you’ll find it there.  The deadline to apply for this waiver is March 1, 2019.  If you have questions about this program, SLCC at 801-957-6344.

February is CTE Month!

CTE Teacher posters will be placed outside the Career Center for you to get know our amazing CTE teachers and classes offered here at Hillcrest High.  Please stop and check them out.

There will be a find the CTE Football, some morning Trivia questions and PRIZES!


ACT TEST (with writing)

February 20, 2019 - JUNIORS ONLY

All 11th grade students in Canyons School District have the opportunity to take the ACT Test (with writing), without payment, as part of the district’s college-ready focus. The ACT is used by many colleges and universities as part of their application requirements, and as a predictor of success in college. This test has very strict testing guidelines and will be run just like the regular National ACT Test. The test is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2019, an A Day. Freshmen, Sophomores and Seniors WILL NOT attend school this day.

Again, this test is for JUNIORS ONLY. Testing will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. No students will be admitted after testing starts. Picture ID is required. Pre-registration for the ACT Test will be completed in U.S. History classes on February 6 and 7.

For the test itself, students should bring #2 pencils and an appropriate calculator. (This information is also covered in the pre-registration process.) See actstudent.org for additional information.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hole in the Counseling Center at 801-826-6024.


  • Arrive ON TIME to your assigned room – testing begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • Bring Photo ID (current school ID or Drivers License)
  • Bring Number 2 pencils and a permitted calculator
  • DO NOT bring a CELL PHONE
  • DO NOT bring any type of ELECTRONIC DEVICES
  • DO NOT eat or drink in the testing room
  • DO NOT bring scratch paper, notes, reading material, any unauthorized testing aids

Testing Schedule:

  • Juniors arrive.……………………………………………….……….7:00 – 7:20 AM
  • Juniors begin check in for testing.……………………..…..7:20 – 7:40 AM
  • Distribute Materials/Verbal Instructions………………..7:40 –  8:00 AM
  • *Test 1………………………………………………..………………….8:00 – 8:45 AM
  • *Test 2…………………………………………………………………...8:50 – 9:50 AM
  • Break…………………………………………………………….………. 9:55 – 10:05 AM
  • *Test 3………………………………………………………….………10:10 – 10:45 A.M
  • *Test 4…………………………………………………………………..10:50 – 11:25 AM
  • Break…………………………………………………………………..…11:30 – 11:40 AM
  • *Writing…………………………………………………………………11:45 – 12:25 PM
  • Materials Check-in………..……………………………………....12:30 – 1:00 PM

Lunch (only one)………………………………………………...12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Teacher Consultation Time………………….....….….......1:05 PM – 2:25 PM


                                 *Students will not be admitted if they arrive after test booklets are distributed.

   Note: The schedule for each test does not have to be followed by the minute but should be used as a guide so that each testing room finishes in a timely manner.



 Hillcrest High School—Community School

Parent Meetings:

Parents/Guardians are part of the team in student’s academic success! Join us for our Monthly Parent Meetings from 6:30pm-7:30pm in AT-200.

•           Tuesday, February 12

•           Tuesday, March 12

•           Tuesday, April 19

•           Tuesday, May 14  


A student who misses more than two days per month of high school is 7.4X more likely to not graduate #BeHere2GetThere #BeGreatMisslessthanEight

Attendance Tips for Parents/Guardians

  • Let your children know that you think showing up for school every day is important.
  • Take an interest in your child’s school work and be involved in school activities.
  • Post the school calendar somewhere prominently in the home.
  • Establish a routine and healthy school-night habits, such as getting to bed early and reading before bed, instead of watching TV.
  • Set the morning alarm early enough to provide students ample time to get dressed and eat breakfast.
  • Support your children in getting to school on time: Give them a ride if they’re running late or they miss the bus, or arrange to carpool with other families.
  • Try to schedule doctor and dental appointments after school.


Utah Partners for Health will be here at Hillcrest High School on Tuesday, April 9. If your child needs glasses, please contact Andrea Martinez at 801-826-6167. For appointments for the medical clinic, call (385) 204-6257.                                  

Parent Connections is a website designed by Canyons School District to be a technology resource for parents.  The website provides resources that will address academics, communication, safety, and available technology in Canyons District. Learn more athttp://parentconnections.canyonsdistrict.org/


Canyons Family Learning Center—Student Advocacy & Access

Adult education program at the Family Learning Centers offers classes for parents to earn a high school diploma, learn English, basic computer skills, “plazas comunitarias,” parenting skills, and other content such as managing conflict, financial literacy, and nutrition. For more information, visit:http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/family-literacy



Upcoming Events:

  • February 8-9, 6A State Swimming Competition
  • February 9, 7:00 p.m. Sweet Hearts Dance  @ Rio Tinto Stadium
  • February 12, 5:15 p.m. Girls’ Basketball @ Kearns High School
  • February 12, 7:00 p.m. Boys’ Basketball @ Hillcrest High School
  • February 13-14, Wrestling State Championship @ UVU
  • February 13, 5:00 p.m. School Community Council @ Hillcrest High School
  • February 13-14, 7:00 p.m. Renaissance Feast @ HHS Auditorium
  • February 15, 7:00 p.m. Girls’ Basketball Senior Night @ Hillcrest High School
  • February 15, 7:00 p.m. Boys ‘Basketball @ Cyprus High School
  • February 15-18, Studio Art History Trip to San Francisco
  • February 18, State Girls Basketball Competition
  • February 20, Junior Only ACT test @ Hillcrest High School
  • February 20, 7:00 p.m. boys ‘Basketball @ Granger High School
  • February 22 -23, 6A Region Debate Tournament @ Kearns High School
  • February 23, Girls Basketball State Final Game @ SLCC
  • February 23, Dance Company State High School Festival
  • February 23, 10:30 a.m. Hillcrest Freshman Boys Basketball @ Hillcrest

Yearbook Baby Ads

Baby Ads Deadline:  Due February 11th

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Upcoming Important Information

Course Request Information

Course selection for the 2019-2020 school year begins next week.  The arena window will open on February 5, 2019 and close on February 16, 2019.  All courses must be entered on line during this window.  There will be an assembly during APP for 11th graders on February 6, 2019.  Counselors will be in the English classes on February 6, 7, for all 10th grade students and February 8, 11, for all 9th graders.  Counselors will be at Midvale Middle School and Union Middle School on February 12th. They will be at Albion Middle School on February 13th.The course catalogue, PowerPoints, and registration log in/instructions will be on the Hillcrest High School website under the counseling tab. 


AP Exam Ordering

All AP and IB students who plan to take an AP exam at Hillcrest High School this year must register and pay for their AP exams at www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/450193.  The window for AP registration opens at 12:01 a.m. on February 3 and closes at 11:59 p.m. March 3. Your students will receive information about registering for their AP classes in their AP and IB classes this week in addition to a letter being mailed home.  If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Huff @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 801-826-6119.

Husky Resource Closet

“One Less Thing to Worry About”
Husky Resource Closet at Hillcrest High School

“One less thing to worry about. It’s tough, I tell you.” Assistant Principal Mrs. Brenda McCann exclaims. At Hillcrest High School, the new Community School Facilitator, Dr. Andrea G. Martinez has been working with the school administration, counselors, faculty, and donors to supply the Husky Resource Closet. The Husky Resource Closet is located inside the school and is stocked with hygiene and clothing items along with a food pantry for students to use. It is a confidential, safe, and welcoming space for students that need “one less thing to worry about.”

Items for the closet have been donated by multiple school and community partners. “One day, I received an email from a parent and asked, ‘how can I help?’ I emailed them a list of items our closet needed and two days later the items were delivered,” Dr. Martinez says. Increasing the items found in the Husky Resource Closet has been a team effort.  The Robotics Team did a food drive and collected non-perishable items. “They brought items they had at home or they went to the store and purchased them,” shared faculty club advisor Mr. Clief Castleton. The Latinos in Action student group helped to organize the items and created 70 weekend bags. FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) donated warm winter blankets and Key Club joined in and will be donating much needed gym clothes items along with underwear and socks. Drill Team collected hygiene items and created kits. “Knowing that there are Hillcrest students in-need and that we had the power to help them meant so much to all of my girls. As their coach, it was inspiring to see how much my girls were able to collect. I am very proud of their efforts,” says Drill Team Coach Ms. Divine. This precise sentiment shared by all club advisors and faculty. New and gently used clothing items have also been donated by staff and faculty.

In addition, 45 winter coats were delivered and donated by the Larry H. Miller Foundation. Clothing items and shoes were donated by Scheels. The Edwards Lifesciences corporation donated 100 hygiene kits and 300 snack kits. Through the generous donations of United Way of Salt Lake and private sponsors, a number of families will receive holiday assistance through the school’s “Sub-for-Santa.”

As a Community School, Hillcrest is a hub of academic learning, healthy child development, family support, and neighborhood cohesion. We are continuously working with community partners in connecting and aligning wraparound services for our students. For example, Utah Partners for Health’s free medical and vision mobile clinic will visit the school on January 8, 2019. We have also partnered with United Way to have community members volunteer as reading tutors. The volunteers work one-on-one in supporting our English Language Learners in core areas like math, science, and English.

We want to thank the generous support from our partners, donors and sponsors:

  • Hillcrest High Student Groups: Robotics Club, Key Club, FCCLA, Latinos in Action, Drill Team, Student Body Officers (SBOs), and International Baccalaureate (IB) Leadership
  • Scheels
  • United Way of Salt Lake
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • Larry H. Miller Foundation
  • Kids Eat Program
  • Canyons Education Foundation
  • Canyons’ Student Advocacy and Access
  • Hillcrest Staff and Faculty
  • Midvale 7th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Private Donors

If a student/family is in-need of support from the Husky Resource Closet, who can they ask for help?  Students can confide in their teachers, counselors, social worker/school psychologist, and/or administration. They meet with them individually and can walk them up over to the closet so they can get the items they need. All information is confidential and the process is discrete. We want students to feel safe and welcomed when using our Husky Resource Closet. For more information, email Dr. Andrea Garavito Martinez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (801) 826-6167 office.


Resource Closet 1             Larry H. Miller/Utah Jazz Winter Coat Donation             Resource Closet 3Edwards Lifesciences
 Resource Closet 2
Husky Resource Closet
Socks Donation
Scarfs, socks and gloves donated by the
Midvale 7th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 


New Parking & Traffic Flow

Hillcrest Temporary Parking Guide

Hillcrest Temp Parking guide

Beginning Monday, November 26th, the front east parking lot (450 parking stalls) at HHS will be closed due to construction.  The parking & traffic flow map can be found on our web page @ https://hillcrest.canyonsdistrict.org

Maps will be distributed on Thursday Nov. 15th during APP to Junior and Senior drivers to study and take home.  Parking & traffic flow maps can also be picked up in our main office.  

Student May Park In:

  1. The lower lot off the main entrance into HHS – this has been our overflow lot min the past.  Students will enter and exit this parking lot from Husky Drive.
  2. The south portion of the driver’s ed range, which will be designated for students.  Students will enter and exit this parking lot from Husky Drive.  (This parking lot will be closed at 3:30 so all cars must be removed from this lot before that time)
  3. The main rear parking lot (410 parking stalls), formerly our baseball field.  Students will access this lot by driving along the west property line to the rear of HHS.  Students must enter and exit this parking from 700 East.  

Faculty May Park In:

  1. The north portion of the driver’s ed range, which will be designated for faculty parking.  (This parking lot is closed at 3:30)
  2. The west side of the school behind the shop fences.
  3. The back parking lot between AT building and Cafeteria.

Visitor Parking and parent drop off:

  1. Visitors will park in the north driver’s ed parking lot as designated.
  2. Parent drop off will be at the west end of the driver’s ed range.  Parents entering the HHS parking lot from 700 East will drop off students and must exit on to Husky Drive.  Parents entering the HHS parking lot from Husky Drive will drop off students and must exit onto 700 East.  

Safety and Time Considerations:

  • Due to these traffic constraints, drivers should add 20 minutes to their time schedule.
  • When entering and exiting on to 700 East, drivers should remain patient and watch carefully for pedestrians. 
  • All drivers should give busses and construction vehicles the right of way as they exit onto 700 East. 
  • The driver’s ed range must be cleared by 3:30pm on days driver’s ed will be held. These will be announced via the school PA system.
  • When exiting the back parking lot onto 700 East, drivers should watch for cars coming from the parent drop off lane turning left on to 700 East.
  • Depending on traffic patterns and the number of cars exiting onto 700 East, HHS may choose to limit drop off traffic in the afternoon to one direction. This would likely mean parents picking up students would be required to enter on 700 East and exit on to Husky Drive. 

Safe Walking Routes:

  • Safe walking routes are shown in red on the parking & traffic flow map.  Students should use cross walks and designated walking areas.
  • Students in the rear parking lot should use the gravel pathway to the rear of the building and enter the school through the cafeteria.  
  • For evening activities the public should use the rear parking lot and enter the gym area through the North gym doors.  

One addition to our new parking guidelines starting on the 26th of November.  You should know that in the past we have provided overflow parking for students who were not allowed to purchase parking permits due to NG’s.  The rule of not selling parking permits to students who have NG’s is still in force.  Due to the need for parking stalls for students who have permits, HHS will not provide a non-permit overflow parking lot until further notice.  HHS will announce the selling of parking permits to students who are eligible to purchase a parking permit after the new parking guidelines go into effect , if and when we determine that we have empty stalls.  Those who have been using the overflow parking off of Husky drive will need to arrange alternative transportation other than driving a car without a parking permit to school.  

Finally, HHS expects your patience and cooperation. Students who do not have parking passes or disregard safe and reasonable parking and traffic rules will not be allowed to bring a vehicle to school.  

Gregory Leavitt
Principal HHS

Counselor Changes

Home of the Huskies - The School That Makes The Difference!

Dear HHS Students and Parents,

We are looking forward to the 2018-2019 school year. We wanted to let you know of some changes in our counseling and assistant principal assignments, listed below by student last names. We are asking that you respect this new counselor assignment in future dealings. Each counselor is experienced, highly qualified, and we are eager to work with you.

Counselors                        Assistant Principals  
Craig Hole A - Bun   Sara Newberry A - Ele
Nikki Huff Bur - Cr    Jan Hansen Eli - Lau
Lisa Gardner Cu - Gre   Brenda McCann Lav - Rh
Kim Walters Gri - Kib   Matthew Schelble Ri - Z
John Oliver  Kie - Min      
Tori Romero Mir - Ras      
Stephanie Johnston      Rat - Suj      
Eric Murdock Sum - Z      

Counselors are back in the building to begin all their preparations for the new school year and will be meeting with new students at this time. At this busy time of year, it is not possible to meet with other individual students so if you have a question or concern for your counselor, please feel free to reach out to them via phone or email. Contact information is available on the school website under counseling.

As a reminder, arena scheduling is available, through Skyward, after you have completed the Canyons School District on line registration and paid all fees.

Arena Scheduling is available from August 2 through midnight on August 8. Essential (courses required for graduation) schedule changes can be made, in person, through your counselor in the counseling office, on August 14 from 1pm – 3pm. All other schedule changes can be made during schedule change days on August 23 and 24, after school, in the counseling office. As a reminder, if your schedule change is non-essential, there will be a $5 charge for one class change and a $10 charge for 2 or more changes.

Thanks again for your cooperation in these matters! We look forward to working with you!

HHS Counseling Team