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Husky Strong

Hillcrest High School
Midvale, Utah
October 10, 2018

Principal Message:

In this Husky Strong message you will find information on attendance, APP, picture retakes and school events.


National data shows that students who miss school, more than 10 days a year, regardless of the reason are at risk for not graduating. It is understood that this is a national indicator.  However attendance norms at HHS are on the rise. 

2017-18 (Last year):  Week of 9/25/17 to 9/29/17 

  Weekly Monthly (Sept) YTD
Freshman 94.1 92.4 93.1
Sophomores 91.7 90.7 91.3
Juniors 92 90.7 91.2
Seniors 91 90.3 91.2

2018-19 (This year):  Week of 9/24/18 to 9/28/18

  Weekly Monthly (Sept) YTD
Freshman 94.1 93.2 93.6
Sophomores 93.6 92.3 93
Juniors 94.9 94.1 94.4
Seniors 94.3 93.4 94.3

HHS has promoted perfect attendance by giving away about 1800 tacos for perfect attendance last year.  This year we again have perfect attendance taco Friday’s.  Thank you parents and students for your attention to attending class with more diligence. 

Students who have attendance marks in the current quarter need to meet with teachers to clear the marks before they turn into NG’s.  An NG is a no grade that blocks credit for the class.  Students who have more than four attendance marks in a class after the quarter ends, (i.e. tardies, absence or way late) will receive an NG that negates the grade/credit until cleared.   To clear these NG's student will need to complete one or more of the NG make-up options dependent on the total number of NG’s.  The options are outlined below and found in the full HHS attendance policy, which is on our web page.   The best path is to attend school but if students receive attendance marks, the next best path is to make them up during the current quarter.  After the current quarter is completed and NG’s have not been made up, students will be faced with a more time intensive path.  Parents we hope you look at our new web page.  You will see our attendance policy (scroll down on front page) and other valued information.   http://hhs.canyonsdistrict.org


Thank you parents, APP is going well and reports indicate that students have more time for schoolwork.  Time is coupled with teacher support allowing students to attend help sessions with teachers throughout the week during APP.  Efforts to be strict on students in the hall are continuing.  We are making sure students have planners with stamps or grade cards that indicate they are heading to the right place.  Students who don’t have a planner or a grade card will need to remain in 1st period.  Parents should look at student planners and insist their student has teachers stamp their planner for extra help, test retakes, assignment make-ups, etc.  Parents who feel teachers are not following APP school norms should contact the teacher through email.  It is our hope that all students get the same support during APP.  To that end, please communicate your concerns if necessary.

Gregory Leavitt

Principal, HHS
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Picture Retakes:

Picture retakes are Thursday, October 11 in AT200. Any student without an updated/current picture on Skyward need to have pictures taken. If students purchased a LifeTouch picture packet and want to retake pictures, packet needs to be returned to LifeTouch before retakes are taken. Classroom halls will be scheduled for picture retakes or before school beginning at 7:10 AM.

Upcoming Events:

  • Oct 10, 7:00 a.m. PSAT Test in AT200
  • Oct 10, 5:00 p.m. School Community Council
  • Oct 10, 6:00 p.m. Tennis Banquet in Stem Building
  • Oct 11, 7:00- 12:00 p.m. Life Touch Re-takes (AT200)
  • Oct 11,12 & 13, All State Choir
  • Oct 11, 6:00 p.m. Volleyball Senior Night @ Hillcrest
  • Oct 12, Young Lawyers Debate Tournament @ East High School
  • Oct 12, Lunch time Free Taco’s for attendance
  • Oct 12, 7:00 p.m. Football @ Hunter High School
  • Oct 13, 8:00 a.m. Music Department Mattress Fundraiser @ HHS Small Gym
  • Oct 15, 1:00 p.m. Columbia University Visit @ A102
  • Oct 16-17, Pathway to Professions @ Expo Center
  • Oct 16, 6:00 p.m. Volleyball @ Kearns High School
  • Oct 17, Cross Country Championships @ Sugarhouse Park
  • Oct 19-20, Fall Recess
  • Oct 22-26, Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct 22, 6:00 p.m. Baseball Meeting in HHS Cafeteria
  • Oct 23, 2:30 p.m. After School Credit Recovery Begins B Hall Lab
  • Oct 23, 6:00 p.m. Volleyball @ Granger High School
  • Oct 23, 2:45 p.m. School of Life Begins
  • Oct 25, 7:00 p.m. Haunted House in Gym Area
  • Oct 27, 7:00 p.m. Husky Howl Dance in Large Gym
  • Oct 29, No School for Students
  • Oct 31, All IB Exam Fees are Due

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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