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Husky Strong

Husky Strong

Hillcrest High School
Midvale, Utah
August 15, 2018

Principal Message:

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year at HHS.  We are excited to welcome the students back next week.  We know you send your students to school trusting they will be safe and educated.  Challenge accepted!  We believe in our students’ abilities to make sound decisions and excel in achievement. 
I hope you will read the information in our Husky Strong message directly from me.  My intent is to be helpful and transparent about the events and needs of HHS.  I will also provide information on how parents can best support our main goals of safety, relationships, and classroom rigor and relevance.

This Husky Strong will talk about the following topics:

  1. Construction
  2. Safety and awareness
  3. APP(Academic Preparation Period) & New bell schedule

Construction:

One topic on everyone’s mind is school safety given HHS is under construction.  Currently, parents should be aware that construction trucks will be sharing both the Husky Drive entrance and the 7th east entrance with patrons.  Construction trucks will be in the far south lanes of the south parking lot going back and forth from the old soccer field.  Those trucks will also be traveling in the west property but cement barriers will divide the traffic.  We have asked that constructions traffic be halted during student arrival and exit times to and from school. 

Parking for students and parents will remain in our south parking lot until Thanksgiving.  After Thanksgiving, students, parents, and teachers will need to use the temporary parking on the northwest side of our property.  This was formerly our baseball field.   Instructions for access to this lot, along with drop off and pick up rules, will be provided.  Changing parking from the front of the building to the back will also change school entrance and exit doors.  Parents and students will receive instructions and maps for these upcoming routines.   A plan for busing drop off and pick up will also be provided. 

Safety & Awareness:

Keeping our students safe, collectively and individually, should be a full time commitment for all of us.  HHS is committed to providing many avenues of preparedness and safety checks so we are prepared to support individual family needs as well as school wide threats.  Last year we held a few open forums for parents and students that allowed for open comments on school safety.  These forums communicated to us feelings of vulnerability by students and parents.

Parents and students should be aware that one of our most important responsibilities is to be aware of and report if something seems off.  HHS will be encouraging all students to download the Safe Utah App.  This app allows parents and students to report troubling events, comments, or sightings.  After the report is generated, the school is contacted.  Last year HHS investigated over 100 reports - from suicidal thinking to student threats and unsafe behavior.  School administrators and counselors will be training students on the Utah Safe App in our opening assemblies. 

Parents and students have communicated that the nature of emergency drills need to be respectful and serious.  Students will be involved in practicing fire drills, lock down drills and earthquake drills.  We welcome feedback from the community on how teachers and students respond.

New Bell Schedule:

HHS will be establishing a new bell schedule this year.  This schedule will accommodate room for the new Academic Preparation Period (APP).  The bell schedule will be:

1st/5th Period 7:50 - 9:05
APP 9:10 - 9:50
2nd/6th Period 9:56 - 11:11
A Lunch 11:11 - 11:43
3rd/7th Period 11:17 - 12:32
B Lunch 12:32 - 1:04
4th/8th Period 1:10 - 2:25

APP is a daily intervention to help students of all levels of achievement improve their academic performance.  1st period teachers will assist students by assigning them to the proper intervention depending on the student’s need.  Students will have planners that teachers will stamp to direct students to the level of support needed. Some of the interventions students will be directed to attend include study halls, individual study, individual help from teachers, test re-takes, and make up assignments, and further instruction from the teacher.  Students will sign in using their student number on a keypad in the classroom where they will be spending APP.  Students who do not sign in will be marked absent.  APP is a required class for all students at HHS.

Thank you and welcome to another great school year at Hillcrest!

Sincerely,

Gregory Leavitt

Principal, HHS
801-826-6001

 

Upcoming Events:May 18- 29, Arena Scheduling is Open for Next Year

  • Aug 15-19, Production/Stag Crew New York Tour
  • Aug 17, Cross Country Highland Invitational Sugarhouse Park
  • Aug 17, 3:30 p.m. Soccer @ Hillcrest East Midvale Elementary
  • Aug 17, 7:00 p.m. Football @ Hillcrest
  • Aug 18, Volleyball Tournament @ Skyline
  • Aug 21, 8:00 a.m. Freshmen Orientation Large Gym
  • Aug 21, 3:30 p.m. Soccer @ Hillcrest East Midvale Elementary
  • Aug 21, 3:30 p.m. Tennis @ Hunter High School
  • Aug 22, 7:30 a.m. First Day of School
  • Aug 23 -24, 2:30 p.m. After school schedule change in cafeteria
  • Aug 23, 7:00 p.m. Welcome Back Stomp
  • Aug 23, 3:30 p.m. Tennis @ Granger High School
  • Aug 23, 6:00 p.m. Volleyball @ Hillcrest High School
  • Aug 24, 7:00 p.m. Football @ Murray High School
  • Aug 27, 3:30 p.m. Soccer @ Cyprus High School
  • Aug 28, 3:30 p.m. Tennis @ Kearns High School
  • Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Volleyball @ Hillcrest High School
  • Aug 28-29, 2:30 p.m. Musical Auditions in Auditorium
  • Aug 29, Volleyball Freshmen League @ Hillcrest High School
  • Aug 29, 3:30 p.m. Soccer @ Hillcrest East Midvale Elementary
  • Aug 30-31, 2:30 p.m. Musical Call Backs in Auditorium
  • Aug 30, 3:30 p.m. Tennis @ Cyprus High School
  • Aug 30. 6:00 p.m. Volleyball @ Hillcrest High School
  • Aug 31, 7:00 p.m. Football @ Highland High School

Counselor Changes

HILLCREST HIGH SCHOOL
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

Schedule Changes

ON FRIDAY, MAY 18TH ALL STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE A COPY OF THEIR PROPOSED 2018-19 CLASS SCHEDULE

Incoming freshman can pick them up at their respective middle schools' counseling centers or log on to Skyward.

Schedule Changes

If you would like to change your schedule you will need to do so through Arena Scheduling, 5/18/18-5/29/18

It is possible that you may drop a class and not be able to add it back to your schedule because it is full, so use caution.

Also, if you are unable to add other classes it is because the class is full.

Arena Open Window
May 18th at 3pm – May 29th at midnight

How to use Arena:

  1. Login to Skyward Family Access
  2. Use your Student Login and Password to access your information
  3. Click on Arena Scheduling in the left hand menu and select 2018-19 School Year
  4. Select “View/Print Schedule” to view your scheduled classes
  5. To drop a class click on the class name. You will then be prompted if you are sure you want to remove the class. If you drop a class, there is no guarantee you will be able to add it later. Be careful in what you drop!
  6. To add a class, close the “View/Print Schedule” Search for classes by period, subject, teacher and click on the add button if available
  7. There is no save button, when a change is made it is automatically saved
  8. Specific instructions can be found here.
  9. If you need help adjusting your schedule the Career Center will be open before and after school May 21st – 25th with counselors available to answer questions
  10. There will be NO schedule changes with counselors at the beginning of the year so be sure to make the changes NOW

Arena Scheduling

Class Schedules for 2018-19 School Year

On Friday, May 18th  ALL students will receive their schedule for the 2018-19 school year in their 1st period class.  Middle school students can pick up their schedule from their respective counseling center or view online through Skyward.

2018-19 Schedule Changes

If you would like to change your schedule for next year you will need to do so through Arena Scheduling, 5/21/18-5/29/18

It is possible that you may drop a class and not be able to add it back to your schedule because it is full, so use caution. Also, if you are unable to add other classes it is because the class is full.

How to use Arena:

  1. Login to Skyward Family Access
  2. Use your Student Login and Password to access your information
  3. Click on Arena Scheduling in the left hand menu and select 2018-19 School Year
  4. Select “View/Print Schedule” to view your scheduled classes
  5. To drop a class click on the class name. You will then be prompted if you are sure you want to remove the class. If you drop a class, there is no guarantee you will be able to add it later.  Be careful in what you drop!
  6. To add a class, close the “View/Print Schedule” Search for classes by period, subject, teacher and click on the add button if available
  7. There is no save button, when a change is made it is automatically saved
  8. Specific instructions can be found through this tutorial
  9. If you need help adjusting your schedule the Career Center will be open before and after school May 21st - 29th with counselors available to answer questions
  10. There will be NO schedule changes with counselors at the beginning of the year so be sure to make the changes NOW

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:

Drills: 

  • 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

Click here to access the full-size image

NG Makeup

HHS After School Classes for NG Make Up

For who: (1) Students needing to clear current NGs that have a C or better and (2) Students with prior NGs
When: Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting November 29th
Time: 2:35pm-3:20 pm
Where: A105
With whom: Lizbeth Velazquez, Social Worker
What: Curriculum based NG make-up covering the following topics: Barriers to getting to class(es), Student Engagement Plan, and Goal Setting.

Students must fill out (from your CSDDocs account) this form: tinyurl.com/HHSNGmakeup at least a day prior to attending a session. No drop-ins will be allowed. Limited spots available, first come, first served.