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Hillcrest High School
Midvale, Utah
September 19, 2018

Principal Message:

Parent Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching. Please note that the dates are on Monday, September 24, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 25, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Hillcrest teachers will be in their classrooms except Healthy Life Styles teachers. They will be in the E Hall (hall west of breezeway leading to gyms). Student leaders will also be in halls to assist parents in finding rooms. Please plan to bring your students to Parent Teacher Conferences to help facilitate discussions with teachers and find class rooms. A teacher room list will be available in the front halls if needed. We encourage all students and parents to make arrangements to attend PTC on either Monday or Tuesday.  This is a valuable time to meet with teachers in the classrooms and discover what it is like to be a Husky. School will not be held on Friday, September 28; however, there will be a football game @ Hillcrest that night at 7 PM. Come and support the Huskies!

Husky Rewards:

H-Town Community! What a privilege to be a part of such a great institution and the culture that is Hillcrest High School. We, as well as you, are looking forward to a great school year. As parents and students, you define “great school year” as a school that is organized, supportive, student oriented, and academically focused. This is our hope and determined goal: to make a great school year happen for all students. HHS is working hard this year and beyond to be about rigor, relevance, and relationships.

In these endeavors of rigor, relevance, and relationships, we are expecting students to have an experience here at H-Town that may be new to them. These include but are not limited to:

  • Student recognition program: “APP Planner Stamps” introduced to students first week of school.  Teachers stamp planners for students doing good work in APP.  Students show planners at the husky hut.  Planners stamped by teachers in the reward section are redeemable for food and prizes.
  • WWHD! "What would Harvey do”: This acronym was initiated by student leaders two years ago and represents the behavior expectations we have for all students.  See student video on web page.
  • Taco Friday for students with perfect attendance over the previous week: Students can easily earn free tacos!  This program offers free tacos on most Fridays in recognition of those students with perfect attendance. This program continues until we run out of funds. 
  • School and department WWHD awards given to students during games and assemblies for behavior, attendance, improvement, academics, etc.
  • Engaging note-taking strategies: Every class at Hillcrest will have the expectation that students should take notes recording main points, questions and written summary statements of texts and discussions. These notes should then be used to help students achieve success on assignments, quizzes, and tests.
  • Inquiry based reading skills: Students develop questions, as well as analyze informational based texts, to increase understanding and depth of knowledge.
  • HHS is an IB World School and will teach students how to inquire, to become knowledgeable thinkers and communicators, and be principled, open-minded, caring risk takers, who are balanced and reflective.  Check out the Learners description in the IB section of our web page.


Gregory Leavitt

Principal, HHS
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Parent Teacher Conference College Financial Planning

A special college financial planning seminar will be held during Parent Teacher Conference on Monday, September 24th from 5-6pm and Tuesday, September 25th from 6-7pm in AT200. Financial aid representatives will teach about how to save for college, how to utilize the FAFSA, and how to utilize other resources to help pay for college. This information is valuable for all high schoolers and their parents! Seniors, the FAFSA Application is available on October 1st, so you'll want to get any questions answered before you begin the FAFSA so you can complete it as soon as possible! In addition, there will be a short presentation about the SafeUT App and firearm safety.

Join us for our next Parent Meetings on Tuesday, October 9 from 6:30-7:30pm. We will have TWO workshops that you can select from along with our “Say BOO to the Flu Clinic!

  • Workshop #1: Preparing for College, Room: AT 105. This workshop encourages families to discuss the importance of college with their teens. Parents review the importance of a student’s grade point average, class rank, course sequence when applying for college and scholarship.
  • Workshop #2: Supporting Dreamers in their Pursuit of Higher Education, Room: AT 200. Join members of the Dream Center at the University of Utah for a review of relevant policies, scholarships, and resources that supports undocumented students in their pursuit of higher education. (In partnership with Hillcrest’s Latinos in Action student group)
  • “Say Boo to the Flu” Clinic, Room 102 from 6 pm- 8 pm to serve individuals who would like to receive the flu shot this year. If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed. Please bring your insurance card with you. If you do not have insurance- the shot will be FREE. This event is open to all families.


Tips for a successful parent-teacher conference:

  • Create a list of questions/concerns: Before parent-teacher conferences, review your child’s grades, assignments, and attendance using Skyward. Ask your child if there is anything that they would like you to discuss with the teacher(s). Create a list of questions and/or concerns you have; for example:
    • How is my son/daughter doing?
    • What is your late work policy?
    • Can my child retake a test and/or resubmit an assignment?
    • What is the best way to contact you (teacher)? Email?
  • Prioritize Classes/Teachers: All students have 8 periods (e.g., 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5B, 6B, 7B, and 8B). Once you have reviewed their progress on Skyward, prioritize the teachers you will like to meet with. For example: you might want to meet first with the teacher where you child might have a failing grade, multiple missing assignments and/or has unexcused absences/tardies.
  • Action Plan: During parent-teacher conference, be sure to ask each teacher for specific suggestions on ways to help your child complete and submit all their assignments and/or projects on time. This becomes your action plan. Then, discuss this plan with your child.
  • Communication: After PT conferences, stay in touch with the teachers to discuss the progress your child is making and/or if you have new concerns. You can message individual teachers using Skyward.

Dear Senior Class Student and parent(s):

Jostens, our official cap and gown and class ring supplier, recently visited Hillcrest High School to collect orders for graduation regalia and class rings.
If your student missed Jostens on order day, please call 1-800-567-8367 or visit www.jostens.com to place your order.   To take advantage of Jostens lowest prices of the year, please complete your order before December 1st, 2018.  
Thank you!


Upcoming Events:

  • Sept 19, 1:30 p.m. Golf @ Stonebridge Golf Course
  • Sept 19, 3:30 p.m. Soccer @ Kearns High School
  • Sept 19, 5:00 p.m. School Community Council in ACR
  • Sept 20, Freshman Class Officer Election Assembly
  • Sept 20, 3:30 p.m. Tennis @ Highland High School
  • Sept 20, 3:30 p.m. Sophomore Football @ Pleasant Grove High School
  • Sept 20, 6:00 p.m. Volleyball @ Cyprus High School
  • Sept 21, No School Day for Students
  • Sept 21, 7:00 p.m. Football @ Pleasant Grove High School
  • Sept 24, 9:00 a.m. Region Golf @ Fox Hollow Golf Course
  • Sept 24, 3:30 p.m. Parent Teacher Conference
  • Sept 24, 5:00 p.m. Financial Aid Night @ AT200
  • Sept 24, 6:00 p.m. Regents Parent Meeting @ AT200
  • Sept 25, 3:30 p.m. Parent Teacher Conference
  • Sept 25, 6:00 p.m. Financial Aid Night @ AT200
  • Sept 26-29, Shakespeare Competition in Cedar City
  • Sept 27-28, Region Tennis @ Granger High School
  • Sept 27, 3:30 p.m. Sophomore Football @ Hillcrest High School
  • Sept 27, 6:00 p.m. Volleyball @ Hillcrest High School
  • Sept 27, 7:00 p.m. Zero Fatalities Driver Ed Night in Auditorium
  • Sept 28, No School
  • Sept 28, Park City Invitational Cross Country
  • Sept 28, 7:00 p.m. Football @ Hillcrest High School

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 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

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.

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