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Husky Strong


Hillcrest High School
Midvale, Utah
January 22, 2020

***In this Husky Strong Newsletter, you will find the, Principal’s Message, PTSA Reflection, Youth Protection Seminar, Husky Strong, Hope Week, Free Tutor, HHS Social Media, HHS Opening,Upcoming Events***

Principal’s Message:


Hillcrest High School uses Arena Scheduling as a way for students to choose their courses for the following school year.  The Skyward Arena Scheduling will open on February 4, 2020 for grades 8th – 11th to choose their courses for the next school year.  Additionally, counselors will be in student’s English classrooms for a course request presentation and to help students maneuver through the arena process in choosing their courses for next year.  The following is a schedule of when counselors will be in classrooms:

  • February 5 and 6, 2020 – Grade 11
  • February 7 and 10, 2020 – Grade 10
  • February 11 and 12 – Grade 9
  • February 13 – 8th grade Midvale and Union Middle School
  • February 14 – Albion Middle

Additionally, all 8th grade students are encouraged to come to the Hillcrest Husky Fair, February 4, 2020.  Students and their families will be able to get information about all clubs and activities that Hillcrest offers, get their registration packet information for course selection from 4:30 – 6 pm, and then attend the orientation from 6-7 pm.

**Beginning next school year, 9th grade math class will be everyday with the exception of Honors Math. Honors Math will be every other day.**

The following information will be on the Hillcrest High School Counselor Web Page beginning February 4, 2020.  For additional help and information go to the Counseling tab - Registration:  http://hhs.canyonsdistrict.org/index.php/counseling/registration


  1. Log into Skyward – www.skyward.canyonsdistrict.org
  2. Review Graduation Requirements (tab on the left hand side) to ensure you do not DROP classes that are required for graduation
  3. Click on Arena Scheduling – select “2020-21”
  4. Select red tab “View/Print Schedules”.  Print your schedule to use as a reference.
  5. Choose which class you want to drop or move by clicking on that class.  IF you DROP a class you risk not being able to reschedule it in another period if those classes are FULL.
    - A dialogue box will appear to confirm you really want to delete that class
  6. Close that window
  7. To ADD classes you can search by either period, subject or teacher last name.  Once you select one then press “APPLY FILTER
  8. Under options tab select “ADD”. 
    - Below the “FIT” tab will indicate whether it will fit into your schedule or not.  If it says “YES” you know it will be a good class to add.
  9. Return to “View/Print Schedules” to review your schedule.
  10. Repeat steps 5 through 9 until satisfied with schedule.  

Principal Leavitt


PTSA Reflections Arts Program “Look Within” Award Winners:

Congratulations to the Hillcrest Reflections Award Winners! These students were honored at the PTA Region Awards Ceremony in January. Three students will be moving on the state level of judging that will be announced in March. Congratulations to all of these students for their creative talents in representing Hillcrest.   


Award of Excellence
These 3 students will be moving on to the state level of judging
     Award of Merit
hese students were recognized for advancing to region and an Award of Merit
  • Abigail Slama-Catron   -  Literature
  • Jayashabari Shankar  - Photography
  • Laney Cluff  -  Visual Arts
  • Sathy
    a Tadinada - Literature
  • Sofia Moeinvaziri - Literature

Certificate of Recognition
These students were recognized for advancing to the region level
  • Alaina Stonebraker – Visual Arts    
  • Chase Cragun – Visual Arts   
  • Ashley Selander – Visual Arts     
  •  Warren Ellsworth – Visual Arts
  • Abigail Slama-Catron  - photography
  • Abigail Slama-Catron – Dance choreography


Youth Proctection Seminar:

A Youth Protection Seminar will be held on Wednesday, January 29th 2020 at 7pm in the STEM Building of Hillcrest High School. This is a free parent seminar with information on substance abuse, bullying, mental health, and internet safety from professionals in the field of mental health. Specific topics include: mental health issues/suicide warnings, including prevention tips, how to get help and access to community resources; substance abuse prevention and intervention tips; bullying, what it is as well as prevention and intervention help; internet safety tips and resource materials. Community organizations such as HOPE Squad, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, SafeUT representatives from the University of Utah, Hopeful Beginnings, Encircle, Latino Behavioral Health, Valley Behavioral Health, Canyons Family Center, Quit Trip’n, Youth Services, and other community and school resources will all be in attendance. We look forward to seeing you there!

Un seminario de Protección de Los Jóvenes se llevará a cabo el miércoles, el 29 de enero, 2020 a las 7:00 de la tarde en el edificio de STEM de la escuela de Hillcrest High School. Este es un seminario gratuito con información acerca del abuso de substancias, la intimidación (bullying), la salud mental, y la seguridad en el internet dado por profesionales en el campo de la salud mental. Temas específicas que se tratarán incluyen: la salud mental/amonestaciones de suicidio, pistas de prevención, como conseguir ayuda y acceso a recursos en la comunidad; la prevención del abuso de substancias y pistas para intervenir; la intimidación (bullying), que es tal como prevención y ayuda de intervención; pistas para la seguridad en el internet y materias de recursos. Organizaciones de la comunidad tal como HOPE Squad, La Fundación Americana Para la Prevención de Suicidio, representativos de SafeUT, Hopeful Beginnings, Encircle, Servicios Latinos de la salud de comportamiento, Valley Behavioral Health, El centro de la familia del distrito de Canyons District, Quit Trip’N, Servicios para los jóvenes, y otros recursos de la comunidad y escuela estarán en asistencia. ¡Estamos animados de ver a sus familias allí! Habra tradución de las presentaciones en español. 

Husky Strong:

Husky Strong Parent Meetings
Rigor. Relevance. Relationships


  • **Date Changed** Our next Husky Strong Parent Meeting will be Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30-8:00 pm at the STEM Building Atrium. We will have an Anti-Vaping Information Night (Sponsored by Hillcrest PTA). We will have a free Kidscare zone. The presentation will discuss:
    • What is vaping?
    • Vaping Health Risks 
    • How to talk to your children about vaping. 
    • Practical advice to help keep your child from vaping.
  • **Nueva Fecha** La próxima junta de padres Fuerza de Husky será el Miércoles 12 de febrero a las 6:30-8:00 pm en el edificio de ciencias de la escuela Hillcrest High. Acompáñenos a este taller para aprender más acerca del Mundo del Vapor y  cómo puede afectar a nuestros hijos en la escuela. Abra cuidado de niños disponible. Temas que serán cubiertos:
    • Que es "vaping" (vapear)?
    • Efectos de la salud de "vaping" (vapear).
    • Cómo hablar con sus hijos sobre "vaping" (vapear).
    • Pasos prácticos para ayudara prevenir que sus hijos obtengan aparatos para "vaping" (vapear).

Hope Week:

Hillcrest Hope Squad will be hosting their Hope Week Jan. 27-31. The theme this year is “People Need Other People”. Students will participate in a school wide assembly and lunch time activities including Therapy Dogs. Hope Squad members share messages of kindness and inclusion throughout the week. The Hope Squad will also be holding their 2nd annual Youth Protection Seminar on Wednesday Jan. 29 at 7 pm. We would like parents to join us as we hear from a dynamic speaker. There will also be tables from many local resources that can answer questions and provide information about their services.

Free Tutors:

Did you know that Hillcrest provides free tutors for any subject? Parents and/or students can go to https://tinyurl.com/hhstutoringrequestto request a free tutor in any subject--available immediately.”


HHS Social Media:

Follow Hillcrest High School on Social Media!
Facebook: Official Hillcrest High School
Instagram: @hillcrest.huskies
Twitter: @HillcrestHighSc
SBO Instagram: @hillcrestsbo

Make sure to read the latest news articles and view photo galleries at https://hillcresthuskies.com/

HHS Openings:

HHS has openings for immediate hire in the following areas:

  • 1 positions @ 15 hours a week. Cashier @ 10:30pm-1:30pm

Those interested, please contact Jan Hansen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 801-826-6013


Upcoming Event

  • January 23rd, 2:30pm-6:00pm, CVHS Testing @ S101
  • January 23rd, Navajo Family Language Class @ A105
  • January 23rd, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Wrestling Battle of the Ax @ Hillcrest
  • January 23rd, 7:00pm-9:30pm, Production Show @ Little Theater
  • January 24th,  7:00pm-9:00pm, Boys Basketball vs. East  @ East
  • January 24th , 7:00pm-9:00pm, Girls Basketball vs. East @ Main Gym
  • January 24th, 7:00pm-9:30pm, Production Show @ Little Theater
  • January 25th, State Cheer Competition @ SLCC
  • January 25th, 7:00pm-9:30pm, Production Show @ Little Theater 

Sterling Scholars 2019-20

Congratulations to Hillcrest High School's 2019-20 Sterling Scholars. These students will go on to compete at the region level in their respective categories.

Business & Marketing: Rishab Balakrishanan      Computer Technology: Sanjana Kargi
Dance: Leah Christensen   English: Natalie Griffiths
Family & Consumer Science: Kaylee Brooke West   Instrumental Music: Horace Gao
Mathematics: Nathan Diggins   Science: Victor Petrov
Skilled & Technical Science: Allie Jones   Social Science: Francisco Meza
Speech, Theatre & Forensics: Momina Sial   Visual Arts: Milena Johnson
Vocal Performance: Emma Thomas   World Language: Theresa Fassler

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