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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 


Husky Strong

Husky Strong

Hillcrest High School
Midvale, Utah
November 28, 2018

Principal Message:

Please see the message below for important information regarding our December Fundraiser.

Students, Parents and Guardians,

Hillcrest High School Student Government is pleased to provide you with information about the upcoming December Fundraiser. Our goal for this month is to involve students in service and fundraising through a variety of events and activities. We will kick everything off with our “All-Day Assembly” on December 4th. This event replaces the various winter assemblies we have held in the past and will start the month with an exciting introduction to our charity and planned events. After being called into the gym at the start of the day, students will participate in various activities, events, and games that have been planned to fundraise for the charity that we have selected this year: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

This foundation was established to provide the means to control the debilitating disorder, cystic fibrosis, and to potentially develop a cure. This disorder damages the respiratory and digestive system, requires extensive daily treatment to manage, and eventually kills everyone who suffers from it. It affects roughly 70,000 people worldwide, including multiple people at Hillcrest. By raising money for this charity with this assembly, we are hoping to not only contribute towards curing a devastating disease, but also to engage the Hillcrest student body in a global cause. Being an International Baccalaureate school, Hillcrest High School participates in an international study of the world, and learns about the problems affecting the global community. Therefore, at the assembly we will teach the students at Hillcrest about this international issue and about how each student has the ability to make a difference on the world stage.

We have a wide variety of events and activities planned for the day with an overall goal to raise enough money to continue the assembly throughout the entire school day. Students can participate in the assembly and cooperate to help this cause, regardless of whether they donate money or not. We do recommend that students bring money to participate in some of the activities prepared, but students can also donate their time through other service activities at the assembly such as creating holiday cards for deployed service members. The Student Body Officers are excited to bring the whole school together and give every single student a chance to make a difference!

Landon Nipko, Student Body President

The Hillcrest Administration encourages all students to participate in this event and is committed to providing students with valuable experiences that build reflective, balanced, and caring thinkers. Attendance will be taken throughout the day, and teachers will be supervising and participating in the assembly alongside students. A supervised study hall will be provided in rooms G103 and G105 for any students who prefer to use the school day for academic study time. While the overall goal of the assembly is to raise funds for a global cause, individual students can still participate and will not be penalized for not making monetary donations. Thank you for your continued support of all we do here at HHS.

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, December 11 from 6:30-7:30pm in Rm. AT 200. We will discuss “Career and Technical Education Programs.” This workshop will discuss Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) designed to prepare students to enter the workforce immediately upon completion.

Tools for Parents—Parent Connections Website

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. “Tip of the Month: It can be difficult to stay involved an monitor your children's tech use and screen time.  How can you keep up with so many different devices and apps that are constantly changing?” Visit their website for more information and helpful videos: http://parentconnections.canyonsdistrict.org/

Canyons School District’s Family Learning Center—Adult Education Classes

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


Community Resources Information and Events

Mobile Clinic Visits to Hillcrest

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

  • 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!

Tyler Library
8041 S. Wood Street
Midvale, UT 84047

Tyler Kid's Cafe
Tyler Meeting Room (Capacity 81)
Monday-Friday 3:30 - 4:00 pm

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 High School—Escuela Comunitaria
Junta de Padres

Los Padres son parte del equipo en los logros académicos de los estudiantes. Acompáñenos a la próxima junta de padres que será el martes, 11 de Diciembre de 6:30-7:30pm en el salón, AT 200. El tema este mes es sobre “Programas de Educación y Carreras Técnicas.” En este taller hablaremos sobre la educación y carreras técnicas en SLCC que son diseñadas para preparar a os estudiantes para inmediatamente entrar un trabajo.

Herramientas para los Padres—La Pagina de Internet “Parent Connections”

La pagina de internet “Parent Connections” fue diseñada para el distrito escolar de Canyons como un recurso de tecnología para los padres/familias. Esta pagina provee recursos e información sobre el aprendizaje académico, comunicación, seguridad, y tecnología en el distrito.  “Consejo del Mes: Puede ser difícil estar involucrado y monitorear cuando tiempo usan la tecnología y tiempo en las pantallas (por ejemplo; ipads/tabletas, teléfonos, televisiones, videojuegos). ¿Como puede uno como padre/familia monitoria esta tecnología de teléfonos y “apps” cuando constantemente están cambiando?” Visite su pagina de internet para mas información y videos en español: http://parentconnections.canyonsdistrict.org/

Centro de Aprendizaje para las Familias del Distrito de Canyons—Clases para adultos 

Los centros de aprendizaje para las familias proveen diferentes clases para los adultos para recibir su diploma de la high school, computación, ingles, nutrición, clases para padres, y mucho mas. Visite su pagina para mas información: http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/family-literacy 

Recursos y Eventos Comunitarios

Visita de Clínica Móvil a la escuela Hillcrest

La Clínica Móvil de Utah Partners for Health estará en la escuela Hillcrest los próximos días:

  • 8 de enero del 2019 de 8:00am-3:00pm.
  • 9 de abril del 2019 de 8:00am-3:00pm.


La Oficina de Canyons School District Medicaid Outreach Services ayuda a llenar la aplicación de Medicaid. La oficina de estatal de Medicaid determina si la persona(s) califica para el programa. La seguranza medica de Medicaid para personas elegible son proveídos por Molina Healthcare of Utah, Healthy You (University of Utah), y Select Access (Intermountain Healthcare). Para mas información llamelos al 801-826-7272 – ¡Se habla español!

Biblioteca Tyler
8041 S. Wood Street
Midvale, UT 84047

Tyler Kid's Cafe
Cuarto de Juntas de la biblioteca Tyler
Lunes a viernes de 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Los jóvenes reciben comida gratuita de parte del banco de comida Utah (Utah Food Bank) los lunes a Viernes. En ciertos lugares se provee comida a los jóvenes los sábados. 

Hora de los Adolecentes—Llegar a las estrellas
Lunes a viernes de 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Actividades para los adolecentes (Edades 13 a 17). Ayuda con la tarea. Tienen premios.

Copperview Comida y Centro de Recursos
8446 S. Harrison St., Midvale
Servicio de Comida

Upcoming Events:

  • Nov 28-31, Cross Country Trip to CA
  • Nov 28, 7:00 p.m. Girls’ Basketball @ Brighton High School
  • Nov 29, 7:00 p.m. Dodge Ball Tournament Large Gym
  • Nov 29-30, Debate @ Alta High School
  • Nov 29, 3:00 p.m.  Swimming @ Jordan High School
  • Nov 30, 12:00 p.m. Vocal Ensemble perform at Temple Square
  • Nov 30, 7:00 p.m. Boys’ Basketball @ Hillcrest High School
  • Dec 1, Wrestling @ Salem Hills High School
  • Dec 3, 6:00 p.m. Baseball Parent Meeting @ Cafeteria
  • Dec 3, 6:00 p.m. IB Informational Meeting @ Rm A102
  • Dec 3, 7:00 p.m. Freshman Boys’ Basketball @ Stansbury High School
  • Dec 4, Second Quarter Mid-Term
  • Dec 4, 3:30 p.m. Swimming @ Gene Fullmer Rec. Center
  • Dec 4, 7:00 p.m. Boys’ Basketball @ Tooele High School
  • Dec 4, 7:00 p.m. Girls’ Basketball @ Hillcrest High School
  • Dec 5, 6:30 p.m. Wrestling @ Provo High School
  • Dec 5, 7:00 p.m. Girls’ Basketball @ Hillcrest High School
  • Dec 5, 7:00 p.m. Instrumental Music Concert @ Auditorium
  • Dec 6, 7:00 p.m. Girls’ Basketball @ Riverton High School
  • Dec 7, 9:00 p.m. Sterling Scholar Assembly @ Auditorium
  • Dec 7, Wrestling @ Juab High School
  • Dec 7, 7:00 p.m. Boys’ Basketball @ Hillcrest High School
  • Dec 8, 10:30 a.m. Freshman Basketball @ Hillcrest High School
  • Dec 8, 7:00 p.m. Spontaneous Dance @ Large Gym
  • Dec 10, 2:30 p.m. Play auditions
  • Dec 10, 7:00 p.m. Fundraiser Game Night
  • Dec 11, 2:00 p.m. PTSA Student Council Meeting
  • Dec 11, 6:30 p.m. Parent Community Meeting
  • Dec 11, 7:00 p.m. Boys’ Basketball @ Hillcrest High School
  • Dec 12, 7:00 p.m. Winter Fundraiser in Large Gym
  • Dec 13, 2:30 p.m. Play Cast Meeting
  • Dec 13, 3:30 p.m. Swimming @ Hunter High School
  • Dec 13-15, Girls’ Basketball Tournament @ Corner Canyon High School
  • Dec 13, 6:30 p.m. Wrestling @ Hillcrest High School
  • Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. Zero Fatalities Driver Ed Night in Auditorium
  • Dec 14-15, Swimming @ Judge Holiday Invite
  • Dec 14, 1:00 p.m. Wrestling @ Christmas Clash @ Legacy Event Center
  • Dec 14, 7:00 p.m. Boys’ Basketball @ West Jordan High School

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

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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