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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

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Husky Strong

Hillcrest High School
Midvale, Utah
October 31, 2018

Principal Message:

In this Husky Strong message you will find information on our Musical Production - Hairspray, Community informationg, HHS. SWAG, and school events.


Parents & Students,

The time has come for another amazing production from our performing arts students here at H Town. After winning the 2017-18 Best High School Musical in the State for last year's "Les Miserables," the Hillcrest Performing Arts Department is back with the Tony Award-Winning Best Musical "Hairspray."  You won't want to miss this hopeful and high-energy show. Last year, the musical completely sold out and we had to turn many people away, so make sure to get your tickets early!  For ticket information go to https://www.hillcresttheatre.com.

Musical productions are open to the general student body to participate. This production, just as previous musicals performed at Hillcrest, involves our theatre, choir, orchestra, band and dance students as well as general student body for a grand total of 350 students.  All of these students are putting in long hours to deliver a perfect show.  In addition to the performers, we have the stage crew who do such an amazing job making everything from sets, lights, stunts and sound all come together to make this year’s musical absolutely stunning.  As principal, I am amazed at the time and efforts put forth by faculty and students who have participated in these productions. 

However, none of this would be possible without the support of the parents and community of Hillcrest, which is key and appreciated.  Hillcrest Performing Arts Association continues to support the arts at HHS.  This parent support group has donated countless hours over the years to the students and community of HHS.  Events such as these don’t happen without all of us coming together and supporting the idea of doing hard and big things.  This production is a huge thing and we hope all involved and attending have a meaningful experience.

Gregory Leavitt

Principal, HHS
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Hillcrest High School
Community School Community Resources and Events

Parent Meetings

Parents are part of the team in student’s academic success! Join us for our Monthly Parent Meetings. Our next parent meeting will be on Tuesday, November 13 from 6:30-7:30pm.

  • Paying for College 101, Room: AT 200
    • Are you prepared? Workshop will discuss how parents can prepare for the cost of attending college.
    • Tools for Parents—"It’s never too early to help your student prepare for college.”

All 12th grade students (seniors) will be participating in Utah College Application Week (Nov. 5-9). and FAFSA Night (Nov. 8). If your child is in grades 9-11, you can start preparing for college! StepUp to Higher Education is Utah’s go-to source for expert college info and guidance on preparing and paying for college. StepUp helps you discover the college path that's right for your child, whether that means a one-, two-, or four-year degree. Visit their website for helpful information: https://stepuputah.com/

Community Resources Information and Events

Mobile Clinic Visits to Hillcrest

Permission slips will be sent out for students who are interested in being screened.

  • Audiologist Visit
    • Canyons School District’s Audiologist visit
    • Tuesday, November 6th at 8:30am in AT 200 
  • Mobile Clinic Visits
    • Utah Partners for Health’s Mobile Vision & Medical Clinic.
      • January 8th, 2019 from 8:00am-3:00pm.
      • April 9th, 2019 from 8:00am-3:00pm.
  • Medicaid
    • The Utah Medicaid program pays medical bills for people:
      • who qualify for a category of Medicaid
      • who have low income or cannot afford the cost of health care who have resources (assets) under the federal limit for the category of Medicaid
    • Canyons School District Medicaid Outreach Services assists with the application.  The State Medicaid Office determines eligibility.  Together we help children get health insurance.
    • Insurance coverage for Medicaid eligible recipients is provided by Molina Healthcare of Utah, Healthy You (through University of Utah), and Select Access (Intermountain Healthcare)
    • Want more information? Please call us at 801-826-7272 – ¡Se Habla Español!

Utah Parent Center

The Utah Parent Center in partnership with Canyons School District Special Education is pleased to provide FREE workshops for parents and families of children, youth and young adults with disabilities. 


  • “Keep It Safe: Managing an Explosive Child
    • Guest Speakers:  Marian Hunt, M.Ed and Rian Jensen, L.C.S.W. The focus of this presentation is exploring ways to de-escalate an escalation before the child becomes unmanageable. Interventions will also be presented of what to do when the child is having a total “melt down.”
    • Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 PM
      • Canyons Technical Education Center
        825 E. 9085 S. Sandy, Building 1, West Side
        Online Registration:  https://conta.cc/2CuU3rB
      • Tyler Library
        8041 S. Wood Street
        Midvale, UT 84047
      • Tyler Kid's Cafe
        Tyler Meeting Room (Capacity 81)
        Monday-Friday 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Utah Food Bank nutrition program where youth may receive a meal each afternoon, Monday through Friday. Meals are available on Saturdays at some locations.

Teen Time - Reach for the Stars
Monday-Friday 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Drop-in activity for teens (Ages 13 to 17). Homework help. They have prices (for example: they can qualify for lasertag or bingo!).

Copperview Food & Resource Center
8446 S. Harrison St., Midvale

Food Service Hours
MON-THU 8:30AM-11AM, 1PM-3PM, closed 11AM-1PM


Hillcrest Families,

Are you looking for great Christmas or birthday ideas? Attached is an order form for Husky swag for the whole family!  Husky Swag 
Place your order online during the two-week window and pick up your merchandise before the Winter Holiday break!  We’ll all look great in our Hillcrest swag!

Upcoming Events:

  • Nov 2, Sundance Summit Debate Tournament @ Park City
  • Nov 2, Volleyball State Tournament @ UVU
  • Nov 2-3, 3:00 p.m. Swimming @ Wasatch High School
  • Nov 5-7, Boys and Girls Basketball Try-outs in gyms
  • Nov 5, 9:00 a.m. UCAW Assembly Seniors Only
  • Nov 6, 8:30 a.m. Hearing Screening AT200
  • Nov 7, 9:10 a.m. NHS Monthly Meeting AT200
  • Nov 7, 6:00 p.m. Football Banquet @ Hillcrest Cafeteria
  • Nov 8, 3:00 p.m. Swimming @ Kearns High School
  • Nov 8, 6:00 p.m. FAFSA Completion Night
  • Nov 9, 2:30 p.m. UDCA Speech Arts Debate @ Logan High School
  • Nov 12-15, 2:30 p.m. After School Credit Recovery
  • Nov 13, 2:45 p.m. School of Life
  • Nov 14, 5:00 p.m. School Community Council @ ACR
  • Nov 14, 6:00 p.m. Volleyball Banquet @ Heritage Garden
  • Nov 15, 3:00 p.m. Swimming @ Cyprus High School
  • Nov 15, 7:00 p.m. Drill Competition Preview @ Large Gym
  • Nov 15-19,  7:00 p.m. Musical Performance Hair Spray @ Auditorium

School of Life

School of LIfe

Hillcrest High School is offering the School of Life program to any students interested. Join us for School of Life where you can earn 10 hours towards NGs and .25 elective credit.

Fall Session will be held on Tuesdays on the following dates from 2:30 - 4:30 in room AT 200.


  • October 23
  • October 30
  • November 6
  • November 13

More information about the program can be found on the School of Life website - http://schooloflifefoundation.org/index.html

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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

Public Forums

Hillcrest High School has appreciated the 250 students and the 25 parents who participated in our public forums. We value and consider all of the opinions expressed and will be holding more opportunities for students and parents to express their opinions in the future. Hillcrest is a positive and inclusive environment and we would like to be proactive in addressing any concerns.

To that end, both in the parent and student forums, comments were made and questions were asked about how our new building is being constructed. There will be a public forum for comment on the new building plans on April 18th at 6pm at Hillcrest High School

The other topics discussed at both forums are as follows:


  • Students want more training on what to do during a drill, with the teachers and other students taking it seriously. Students specifically want to know what to do during passing times, lunches, and when an intruder is visible. Multiple suggestions were made for an opt-in active shooter drill.
  • Parents also made suggestions for better drills and for the opt-in active shooter drill, although concerns were expressed about the traumatic impact such a drill might have.
  • These are great suggestions and administration will hold more specific training on drills for both students and teachers. We are required by the state to only have four drills per year - we probably won’t increase this but we will make them more effective.

What makes students feel unsafe: 

  • Parking lot is chaotic and people just need to follow rules in general. Not having relationships with counselors, teachers, and other adults. Students want a way for the school to mass communicate in emergencies. Suggestions were made to better advertise the SafeUT app and to provide training for teachers, counselors, and administrators that is similar to Hope Squad training.
  • Parents also expressed concerns about the parking lot and crosswalks around the school. They were shaken and scared by the false alarm active shooter situation last year, but felt that the communication helped. Parents were excited about the reporting possibilities of the SafeUT app.
  • The school community council has addressed the walking routes and sent letters to Midvale city. Mr. Leavitt has also met with the mayor on these issues. We invite parents to contact Midvale city with their concerns regarding walking routes to and from school. We will continue to monitor the parking lot and teach explicit behavior expectations for our student drivers. This will become increasingly important as we will have temporary parking lots during new school construction. We believe strongly that adding two more entrances to Hillcrest High School will greatly enhance safety and this has been included in the building plans.
  • Administration will also develop a plan to talk about the SafeUT app with students and reward students for having the app on their phone. We will train students on how to use the app wisely.

How to make a more positive environment: 

  • Students want everyone to treat each other with kindness. Again, students emphasized wanting relationships with the adults in the building and coping skills to deal with negative social situations. Suggestions were made for empathy lessons and trainings to develop a culture of connectivity (actual student words!).
  • Parents emphasized the diversity of Hillcrest and the positive effects that has had on student relationships.
  • We appreciated the responses celebrating the diversity of our population. Hillcrest is a unique, wonderful place to be. Administration feels that with our new Academic Prep Period (APP) next year, there will be greater opportunities to teach explicit behavior expectations, create positive relationships between adults and students in the building, and build tolerance. As one student said, at the end of the day it is everyone’s responsibility to just be nice.

Social Media: 

  • Students felt that they should be responsible for monitoring their own social media and emphasized that students need to be encouraged to report things that make them feel unsafe or threatened. They also feel that school personnel has an obligation to act on those reports.
  • Parents felt that social media could be used for good – both for communication during a crisis and as a reporting mechanism. Some parents expressed concern for the false information that could go out on social media. Parents also suggested Hope Squad training and better teaching of coping skills.
  • This question was a little misinterpreted. Administration will not be monitoring social media on students’ private phones or accounts. Under state law, we do reserve the right to question students and search their social media accounts concerning posts and activity that have been reported as suspicious. The exploration of the topic of social media is more about students and parents being aware of reportable events being trafficked on social media and then following through with police and school reporting. We encourage students and parents to be more public in their conversations about out-of-the-norm social media activity.

Open Invitation

Canyons District and FFKR will be showing off renderings of the new HHS on April 18th at 6pm at HHS.  The public is invited to come look over the architectural drawings and speak with school officials and architects.  Below is the picture of the site to pique your interest.  

Future HHS Rendering

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