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Hillcrest High School
Midvale, Utah
April 11, 2018

Principal Message:

We hope you make time to come and participate as Canyons District and FFKR will be showing off renderings of the new HHS on April 18th at 6pm here at Hillcrest.  The public is invited to come look over the architectural drawings and speak with school officials and architects.  We have posted a picture of the site on our web page to pique your interest.  hhs.canyonsdistrict.org

NG’s and GRADUATION INFORMATION:  All NG’s for classes needed for graduation not cleared before the final graduation practice can result in the lost privilege of walking during the graduation ceremony. Seniors who choose not to walk in graduation or who are prohibited from walking will be issued their diploma through the registrar’s office of HHS. For the diploma to be issued, all NG’s in classes needed for an accredited diploma must be cleared. To clear NG’s issued in the 4th quarter of a student’s senior year, the senior must work with the teacher. To clear all other NG’s related to classes needed for graduation seniors may follow the guidelines of the NG option make-up card or pay a fine of $25 per NG. After the third week in May, 4th quarter NG’s may be canceled by paying a fine but not before.


Gregory Leavitt

Principal, HHS

Hi Huskies,

Men’s soccer needs your help!  We’re hosting a spirit night at the Zupas.  Please stop by Zupas in Quarry Bend any time between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. on April 17th to get your dinner.  Tell the cashier at the time of purchase that you are from Hillcrest and a percentage of your purchase will go to raise funds to buy equipment for our team.   Thank you so much!


Upcoming Events:

  • April 11, 1:00 p.m.  Golf @ Stonebridge Golf Course
  • April 11, 3:00 p.m. Volleyball open gym
  • April 11, 3:30 p.m. Baseball @ Hillcrest High School
  • April 11, 3:30 p.m. Tennis @ Hillcrest High School
  • April 11, 3:30 p.m. Softball @ Hillcrest High School
  • April 12, Keys to Success Assembly
  • April 12, 3:00 p.m. Drill Team Try Outs
  • April 12, 3:30 p.m. Tennis @ Cyprus High School
  • April 12, 3:30 p.m. Softball @ Hillcrest High School
  • April 13-14, Instrumental Auditions State Theatre
  • April 13, 3:30 Baseball @ Granger
  • April 13, 5:30 p.m. Soccer @ Hillcrest High School
  • April 13, 5:00 p.m. FBLA/DECA Boondocks Night
  • April 14, 9:00 a.m. Track & Field @ Taylorsville High School 
  • April 16, 2:30 p.m. NHS Pre-Induction Meeting in room C 203
  • April 16, 2:30 p.m. VE Auditions
  • April 16-18, Volleyball Skills Camp in Large Gym
  • April 16, 4:30 p.m. IB Incoming Junior Induction @ AT200
  • April 16-18, 6:00 p.m. Cheerleading Try-outs in Large Gym
  • April 17, 3:30 p.m. Baseball @ Grantsville High School
  • April 18-20,  AP Pre-Admin AT200
  • April 18, 3:00 p.m. Region Band Festival @ Hunter High School
  • April 18, 12:00 p.m. Golf @ Glendale Golf Course
  • April 18, 3:00 p.m. Unified Soccer @ Hillcrest High School
  • April 18, 3:30 p.m. Track & Field @ Hunter High School
  • April 18, 5:00 p.m. School Community Council
  • April 19, 7:00 a.m. World Language Fair @ B YU
  • April 19, 3:30 p.m. Baseball @ Hillcrest High School
  • April 19, 3:30 p.m. Tennis @ Hillcrest High School
  • April 19-21, 7:00 p.m. Dance Company Concert @ Hillcrest High School
  • April 20-25 DECA Nationals in Atlanta Georgia
  • April 20, 8:00 a.m. Class Officer Assembly
  • April 20, 3:30 p.m. Soccer @ Granger High School
  • April 21, 9:00 a.m. Track & Field @ Stansbury High School

Academic Letter

Hillcrest High School Academic Letter Award

The Hillcrest High School Academic Letter Award represents academic excellence. Applicants who meet the following criteria and who submit a completed application will be considered for the award. All applications need to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office before 3:00 pm Friday, May 4th 2018, in order to be reviewed and verified in time for the Academic Letter breakfast.


  1. Applicants MUST be enrolled in a minimum of four academic core courses (as listed below) all three quarters.
  2. Applicants will have maintained a 3.5 GPA for three consecutive quarters for attendance at Hillcrest High School during the current school year.
  3. Applicants may apply each year they are in attendance at Hillcrest High School.
  4. An applicant's official report card record must consist of passing grades only. (An Incomplete or an "F" or an "NG" in any subject disqualifies any applicant.)
  5. "P" grades will not be accepted except in classes where only Pass/Fail grades are required.
  6. Applicants must have regular attendance.

Academic Courses:

All courses in the following areas

  • English/Language Arts (classes that count as English credit in the Canyons District Catalog_
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics (classes that count as Math credit in the Canyons District Catalog)
  • Science (classes that count as Science credit in the Canyons District Catalog)
  • Social Studies (classes that count as Social Studies credit in the Canyons District Catalog)
  • CTEC and JATC courses qualify as 2 credits in Core subject areas only (classes that count as Enlighs, Math, Science, or Social Studies credit in the Canyons District Catalog)

To view the Canyons Course Catalog, click here.

Click here for the Academic Letter application or it can also be picked up at the Registrar's window.


**Applications are due before 3:00 pm on May 4th**

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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