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Hillcrest High School
Midvale, Utah
March 11, 2020


***In this Husky Strong Newsletter, you will find the Principal Message, CAYCI Parent Survey, Husky Strong, HHS Social Media, HHS Opening, and Upcoming Events***

Principal's Message

Dear  Parents/Guardians and Students,

Changes are upon us.  Starting Monday, March 16th, all physical education classes will be held in our new field house.  Our new gym will open up to students and classes on April 13th.   The current gym will be dismantled over spring break.  These changes will bring new walking routes, changes in student procedures/rules in physical education classes, cleaning out P.E. lockers, increased student parking and a new entrance into HHS off of 9th east.  See map in PDF version here.

HHS Map 3 11 2020

Students will be required to have P.E. lockers cleaned out before the end of day on Thursday.  Remaining items left in lockers will be bagged and available for one week before items are donated to shelters.

With physical education classes moving to our new facilities on Monday the 16th and April 13th, students will need to exit the school in the cafeteria and walk north around the new gym, head east down the sidewalk into the field house.  When our new gym opens on April 13th, students will still exit the school using the cafeteria doors and walk north to the gym for physical education classes and other activities. 
The traditional east doors of HHS will only be used to exit during emergencies moving forward. 

50 more parking stalls will open in front of the new gym.  The back parking lot and the new parking are connected.  HHS may now be entered and exited off 9th east.  Cars may turn left and right into and out of HHS.  The light is on South Union Ave.  Patrons and students, starting Monday March 16th, may enter off 9th east and drive through the property over to 7th east and vice versa.

Students will not be required to dress for P.E. until the new gym and locker rooms are available to us on April 13th.  Teachers’ will still be teaching curriculum concepts and doing light activities, as the students do not have shower access for a few weeks. 

Principal Greg Leavitt


CAYCI Parent Survey:

Canyons School District is very interested in your opinion! We are asking for your help to identify how we can improve our schools and better support students and families. See the official letter here for more information.

¡El Distrito Escolar Canyons está muy interesado en tu opinión! Estamos pidiendo su ayuda para identificar cómo podemos mejorar nuestras escuelas y apoyar mejor a los estudiantes y sus familias. Vea la carta oficial aquí para más información.

 Complete Survey here - http://go.osu.edu/canyons-parent-caregiver-2020 


2020 Census:



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Husky Strong:

Husky Strong Parent Meetings
Rigor. Relevance. Relationships

  • Wednesday, March 11th     6:30 - 7:30pm
  • "Let's Talk" Community Meet and Greet 
    • "Let's Talk" is an informal opportunity for Black families from Hillcrest H.S. to meet Principal Greg Leavitt and other school personnel. There will be a brief introduction by Principal Leavitt and the opportunity for a question and answer session.
    • See informational flyer here
  • Tuesday, March 17th    6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • College Access Parent Night
    • Come learn about:
      • Preparing for college & career while in high school
      • College admissions
      • Financial Aid
    • Light dinner will be served for parents and students
    • Child care is provided
    • More information can be found in this flyer

  • Martes el 17 de Marzo    6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Acceso a la universidad noche de padres
    • Ven a aprender como:
      • Preparate para la universidad y una carrera mientras estas en la escuela secundaria
      • Admisiones
      • Ayuda económica
    • Comida ligera para los padres y los estudiantes
    • Proveeremos cuidado infantil
    • Se encuentra más información en este folleto

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/week - Cashier 10:30pm-1:30pm
  • 1 position @ 10 hours/week - Breakfast Aid 6:45am - 8:45am

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

  • March 11th, FBLA State Competition
  • March 11th, 2:00pm-7:00pm, Region Theater @ Olympus
  • March 11th, 3:00pm-6:00pm, Track Meet @ Hillcrest
  • March 11th, 3:45pm-7:00pm, JVHD/Mini Drill Clinic @ Main Gym
  • March 11th, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Hillcrest High Mountain Bike Team Meeting @ Cafeteria
  • March 11th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, SBO Smash Brothers Night @ Small Gym
  • March 12th, IB Field Trip to UofU Library
  • March 12th, FBLA State Competition
  • March 12th, 3:00pm-9:30pm, Drill Year End Show
  • March 12th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Boys Tennis @ Skyline
  • March 12th, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Softball @ Skyline
  • March 12th, 3:30pm-8:00pm, UHSSA Region Instrument Competition
  • March 13th, 9:05am-11:20am, Prom Assembly
  • March 13th, 9:30am-12:30pm, Pre-School Field Trip @ Aquarium
  • March 13th, 2:00pm-7:00pm, Region Theater @ Olympus
  • March 13th, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Softball @ Green Canyon
  • March 13th, 5:00pm-6:30pm, Boys Soccer vs. Cottonwood
  • March 14th, 7:00pm-10:00pm, Jr. Prom Dance @ The Garden Place
  • March 16th, IB Art Show @ AT200
  • March 16th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Baseball @ Granger
  • March 17th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Boys Soccer @ Olympus
  • March 17th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Boys Tennis @ Cottonwood
  • March 17th, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Softball vs Highland High
  • March 17th, 6:00pm-9:00pm, UHSAA Region Madrigal Festival @ Olympus
  • March 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm, HHAA Alunni Association Meeting @ ACR

Hope Week

Hillcrest High School's Hope Squad put on an amazing assembly to help students celebrate Hope Week. Here are a couple videos to show the powerful messages shared of hope, acceptance, and encouragement.



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