Sunday, March 26, 2017
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Upcoming Events

News & Notes

HMS Student At Greenville ComiCon

HMS student Ari Carroll has a booth at this year's SC ComiCon in Greenville, SC. SC ComiCon runs March 25 and March 26 at the TD Convention Center. Visit her booth to see her artwork and  buy a piece of it.

 Her booth is marked on the attached map of the TD Convention Center hall. 




Dear Parent or Guardian,

 This year, students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in South Carolina will take the SC College-and-Career Ready Assessment (SC READY) assessment which is comprised of the ELA (writing and reading) and mathematics tests.  Students will also take SC Palmetto Assessments of State Standards (SCPASS) science and social studies tests. This year our students will also participate in a state writing field test which is very similar in structure to the SC READY writing test. If your child will be taking an end of the course test for high school credit, the dates for those tests are included as well.

 Both SC READY and SCPASS, which are untimed tests, will be administered in an online-testing format. Items on SC READY will include selected response, short answer, evidence-based selected response, and text-dependent analysis. Evidence-based selected response will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and choose the best answer from answer choices. Text-dependent analysis will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and draw upon that text for their extended written responses. Items on SCPASS will be multiple choice.

 SC READY and SCPASS tests are aligned to state standards, which are taught in your child’s classroom.

 Please refer to the attached chart for your child’s specific testing dates. 

Trees Planted by Fluor Daniel

Fluor volunteered 40 people to plant 26 🌲 at Hillcrest Middle March 19. Axis vollleyball added about 13 more helpers. We appreciate all your hard work.


HMS Orchestra Receives Superior

The HMS Orchestra received a Superior Designation at the competition at North Greenville University.

Watch the performance here.

HMS Alumni Author

Georgia Southern produced a video showcasing Angel McGowan, senior basketball player and children's book author.  She discusses her inspiration for her book, We All Matter,  in the attached video.  

Georgia Southern video

8th Grade Registration for High School

Schedule for 8th graders registering for high school classes:
Monday, March 13th--Mrs. Adams' classes
Tuesday, March 14th--Ms. L. Long's classes
Wednesday, March 15th-Ms. Hayes' classes
Make ups will be Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17.
Parents have access to change electives for this week only. 
Parents, if you wish a recommended course to be changed, contact the teacher if you wish the student to move down. If you wish the student to move up, an over ride conference must be held before April 1st.
Please remember that an IGP meeting is mandatory for all 8th graders. You must use the link to sign up for this. 

HMS Online Course Catalog

Want to know what classes HMS is offering next year? Click this link to view the Online Course Catalog.

Run Hard

Run Hard Running Team

To know more, click here.

Former Hillcrest Students Publish Books

     Angel McGowan and Matthew Linn, two former Hillcrest Middle Students, have written and illustrated their second children’s book, We All Matter. The story itself deals with people’s awareness of and reaction to others around them, a timely tale indeed within today’s political division. Their first children’s book, Stomp Out the Bullying was recognized by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Angel then produced a video that won the Best Message Award at the No Bull Challenge in San Francisco, California.


We All Matter



     Mikey is feeling invisible at school. He is constantly being overlooked and ignored by his classmates, and it is making him feel all alone. One day, troubled and overwhelmed, Mikey finally breaks his silence and blurts out exactly how lonely he has been feeling! Will his confession isolate him even more from his classmates? Or will they change their attitudes toward him and realize that his feelings matter—that we ALL matter?



To Learn More, Click Here. 

Courses for 2017-18

Soon it will be time for students to register for classes for the next school year.  Want to know what your choices might be?  Click on the links below to get a heads up on what is coming.


Related Arts Course Subscriptions and Forms

8th Grade Course Description                                   8th Grade Form

7th Grade Course Descriptions                                 7th Grade Form

Rising 6th Grade Course Descriptions                       6th Grade Form

6th Grade Welcomes Parents

Welcome to our upcoming 6th graders. Our Video Production class produced a video to give you a taste of HMS school life. Click here to view the video.  The agenda for the meeting is attached here.




8th Grade IGP Meetings

Parents/Guardians of 8th Grade Students:

Please click on the link below to schedule your child's IGP Meeting. IGP stands for Individual Graduation Plan. This meeting is required by the state for all students in grades 8-12. It will last 30 minutes and you will have the meeting with 2 other students and their parents.

We will discuss high school  graduation requirements, the new 10-point grading scale, scholarships, high school course options for 9th graders and career clusters. Please schedule this appointment today!

For additional information, call or email the 8th grade counselor, Bessie Skenteris

HMS Twitter Account

HMS now has a Twitter account. Our username is  hms_wildcats. Join us on our journey through the school year!