News & Notes
Local historian, Bob Dicey, will visit the 7th grade Social Studies classes December 8, 2016. Every class will hear the presentation and view the exhibit in the media center.
Hour of Code
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.
But only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works.
That’s why our school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.
Our Hour of Code is making a statement that Hillcrest Middle is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills.
See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.
Free Energy Kit
Please remember to go to MyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548 to request a FREE Energy Kit. Our school is participating in the My Energy Kit Challenge through Duke Energy and The National Theatre for Children. The goal of the program is to save energy by giving our families the opportunity to receive a FREE Energy Kit full of items that can be used to save energy around the home.
If our school reaches 100 sign-ups for the FREE kit from our families and staff, we’ll automatically win $250. Right now, we have 44 sign-ups. Please help us win. Go toMyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548 to sign up and credit our school.
Please note: Duke Energy provides one free kit per household every 36 months. If you’ve received a FREE kit before, you might be able get another one. Even if you can’t yet get another kit, your sign-up will still help our school!
6th Grade Newsletter
We hope everyone has 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 and absences. Students must provide a note when they are absent. 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. The tardy and ID policies are located in the student handbook in the agenda. 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 12 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. Remember our homework incentive program called STARS, Students Taking Assignments Really Seriously. We had 272 students to participate in our STARS incentive program last quarter! Keep doing the homework. For second quarter, students who do not miss more than 2 homework assignments in each class 2nd quarter will be rewarded. Please check your child’s agenda daily for homework/assignments to help support our STARS program and our students. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Michi Cortese, Assistant Principal Jane Hunnicutt, School Counselor
Swamp Rabbit Reading Challenge
Students can earn their FREE game ticket by taking our “Hat Trick Challenge” and reading three (3) grade level books between November 21st and December 9th. The kids will track their progress on their bookmark. Upon completion, they will receive one (1) FREE ticket for the Scholars Book Club Game Night on February 19th against the Florida Everblades.
Each participating student will use the provided bookmark to keep track of their success. Teachers will track the progress of their class on the provided poster and be asked to hand it in by Friday, December 16th. The top three (3) schools with the most participation will be awarded a Swamp Rabbits appearance where Swamp Rabbits players/mascot will read and play with the kids!
Students are also encouraged to take part in our book drive on the night of the game. The donated books will be given to the “Friends of the Library” and sold at their annual book sale. All proceeds from the book drive will benefit the Greenville County Library System.
If they bring three (3) or more children’s books, new or gently used to donate, they will receive one (1) BOGO (Buy One, Get One ticket voucher to a future Swamp Rabbits game). There will also be a FREE post game skate that Sunday evening with the players.
Counseling Department Survey
COUNSELING DEPARTMENT PARENT INPUT
To help us with developing counseling programs and services that will meet the needs of our students and parents we would like to encourage you to complete a Counseling Department Parent Needs Assessment. Please complete this short needs assessment for each child you have here at Hillcrest Middle. These needs assessments will help us better serve all of our students as well as your individual child/children. Please go to https://goo.gl/ZoxULg to complete this needs assessment. A link to this assessment can also be found on our HMS homepage or the Counseling Department website.
HMS Twitter Account
HMS now has a Twitter account. Our username is hms_wildcats. Join us on our journey through the school year!
HMS Yearbooks For Sale
Hillcrest Middle School yearbooks are still on sale. They can only be ordered in house now. Bring your money and order form to Ms. Adams in room 117 during homeroom.
The price is $35.00 which includes the name on the cover of the book.
Hillcrest Middle Youtube Channel
Click here for the link to the Hillcrest Middle Youtube Channel.