News & Notes
Emergency Text Alerts Through School Messenger
Greenville County Schools (GCS) is now able to send emergency text messages to parents through the school messenger system if a listed home phone number is text capable. If you are a parent who would like to receive emergency texts and currently have a landline listed as your home number, please fill out the form linked below and return it to your child’s school.
GCS does not send phone messages to families late at night or early in the morning, so a last-minute closing decision, especially one made early in the morning, is sometimes missed. Texting parents provides a less intrusive way to send emergency messages during these hours.
As always, the GCS website, social media platforms, and local media will be used to help disseminate emergency messages.
6th Grade Newsletter
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Winter break is right
around the corner and before we know it, June will be here. We have enjoyed getting
to know your children this year.
Please be conscientious of ID violations, cell phone policy, tardies and absences.
Students must provide a note when they are absent and turn it in to Mrs.
Lee in the attendance office. Once a student is absent 5 days from school, we will
have an attendance intervention conference. After ten absences, the student will
be required to have a medical note from that point on for absences. Teachers have
been very generous regarding tardies & ID violations as sixth graders adjusted to
middle school. Please talk to your child about the importance of being on time to
each class and wearing his/her ID each day. This is a district policy. The tardy
and ID policies are located in the student handbook on the HMS website for reference.
As we approach the holiday season, please remember it is very important
to come to school, get to class on time and maintain homework, class work, projects,
tests, etc. The end of the semester is January 15 and this 1st semester will
count towards half of the year’s final grade. Please continue to stay focused, work
hard, do homework and study. Students who complete all assignments and have
NO NHIs (Not Handed In) will get to participate in Chillin’ on the Track.
Michi Cortese, Assistant Principal Jane Hunnicutt, School Counselor
SC School Report Card
According to the new report cards, the ratings of Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, and Unsatisfactory reflect how well schools are meeting criteria to ensure all students meet the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. Those of you who are familiar with this Profile know it attempts to define college- and career-readiness. Graduation Plus, our district’s focus on college- and career-readiness goes beyond preparing students for these challenges to providing meaningful experiences right now. Over the past four years, we have more than quadrupled the number of GCS students receiving industry certifications each year and increased by 34% the number of dual credit hours earned in our district. Additionally, we continue to expand the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams that score high enough for college credit, while simultaneously expanding AP to more students. At the elementary and middle levels our students are exploring robotics and coding, studying the life cycles of animals and plants, immersing themselves in hands-on science projects, developing their talents in music and art, and generally expanding their thinking and experiences.
ACE Awards Nominations
The ACE Awards (Advocates for Character and Education) is an annual award given to 72 male and female students from each of the 35 Greenville County middle and high schools. This award is designed to honor true “unsung heroes” who all too often are not recognized for their accomplishments. The selection process, established by Greenville County school counselors, focuses on identifying and selecting students who often go unnoticed for one reason or another, but have accomplished great things in their community, church or school.
If you would like to nominate a Greenville County 8th or 12th grader, please or go online to coaches4character.com and click the nominate button at the top of the page. You can also complete a paper application, available in the School Counseling Office. All nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2019. An ACE Awards Advisory Committee at each school will choose finalists from among those nominated to complete an application for the ACE Award. One male and one female will be chosen from each middle and high school in Greenville County. All ACE award recipients will be recognized at the ACE Awards ceremony on May 15, 2019.
Clear Bag Policy
GCS Announces Clear Bag Policy for Athletic Events
Beginning with the opening of the 2018-19 athletic season, Greenville County Schools is instituting a clear bag policy for all athletic venues. This means spectators prohibited from entering athletic venues with camera cases, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, large purses, and similar items. Approved bags include clear, gallon-sized zip storage bags, clear totes (12”x 6”x 12”) and small purses. Folding chairs and blankets will be allowed, but are subject to search. For more information, go to this link.
HMS Yearbooks For Sale
Hillcrest Middle School yearbooks are on sale.
Publix is changing their school incentive program. There will be no more keychain cards.
If you already have a Publix account, simply log in, Select- the Go to My Account tab- under your name. Select- My Publix partner box and select or type in HILLCREST MIDDLE SCHOOL.
To support our school, sign up for Publix Partners through your www.publix.com account (set up is easy if you don't already have one) and select Hillcrest Middle School.
Then, enter your phone number at checkout each time you make an eligible purchase.
This is an easy way to support HMS.
2018 Report To The Parents
A HERITAGE OF EXCELLENCE WITH A VISION FOR
CREATING A PROFESSIONAL, COLLABORATIVE
LEARNING COMMUNITY THAT FOCUSES ON STUDENT
ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH THE INTEGRATION OF
TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS WITHIN A RIGOROUS
Bus Arrivals Document