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Husky Strong

Hillcrest High School
Midvale, Utah
September 18, 2019

Principals Message:

Parent Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching. Please note that the dates are on Monday, September 23, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 24, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Hillcrest teachers will be in their classrooms except Healthy Lifestyles teachers. They will be in the E Hall (hall west of breezeway leading to gyms). Student leaders will also be in halls to assist parents in finding rooms. Please plan to bring your students to Parent Teacher Conferences to help facilitate discussions with teachers and find classrooms. A teacher room list will be available in the front halls if needed. We encourage all students and parents to make arrangements to attend PTC on either Monday or Tuesday.  This is a valuable time to meet with teachers in the classrooms and discover what it is like to be a Husky.

Gregory Leavitt
Principal, HHS 801-826-6001

 

Parking Update and Important Information:

This year, and until the new building is finished, students will no longer be able to park in the driver’s education range.  This will now be exclusively for staff and visitors.  Student parking will be in the triangle lot off Husky Drive and also the back parking lot in the northwest section of the property. Students must have a parking permit to park in the parking stalls close to the school.  Fifty stalls have been painted with small dots, which will allow cars without permits to park.  Students who chose not to purchase a permit, must park in those designated stalls marked with a small dot or they will be ticketed. The “free” free parking stalls are 1st come 1st serve.  Parking permits will not be sold to students who have not cleared their NG’s. 

***The parking & traffic flow map can be found here Map and on our web page @ https://hillcrest.canyonsdistrict.org

Student May Park In:

  1. Parking lot off of Husky drive (southwest corner of the property.  Students will enter and exit this parking lot from Husky Drive.
  2. The main rear parking lot (410 parking stalls), formerly our baseball field.  Students will access this lot by driving along the west property line to the rear of HHS.  Students must enter and exit this parking from 700 east.  

Faculty May Park In:

  1. The driver’s ed range, which will be designated for faculty parking.  (This parking lot is closed at 3:30)
  2. The west side of the school behind the shop fences.
  3. The back parking lot between AT building and Cafeteria.

Visitor Parking and Parent Drop Off

  1. Visitors will park in the driver’s ed parking lot as designated. Parent drop off will be at the west end of the driver’s ed range.
  2.  Parents entering the HHS parking lot from 700 East will drop off students and must exit on to Husky Drive. It is one lane only exiting the property on Husky Drive.
  3. Parents entering (two lanes for entry) HHS parking lot from Husky Drive will drop off students and must exit onto 700 East.

Safety and Time Considerations:

  • Due to these traffic constraints, drivers should add 20 minutes to their time schedule.
  • When entering and exiting on to 700 East, drivers should remain patient and watch carefully for pedestrians.
  • All drivers should give busses and construction vehicles the right of way as they exit onto 700 East.
  • The driver’s ed range must be cleared by 3:30pm on days driver’s ed will be held. These will be announced via the school PA system.
  • When exiting the back parking lot onto 700 East, drivers should watch for cars coming from the parent drop off lane turning left on to 700 East.
  • Depending on traffic patterns and the number of cars exiting onto 700 East, HHS may choose to limit drop off traffic in the afternoon to one direction. This would likely mean parents picking up students would be required to enter on 700 East and exit on to Husky Drive.

Safe Walking Routes:

  • Safe walking routes are shown in red on the parking & traffic flow map.  Students should use cross walks and designated walking areas.
  • Students in the rear parking lot should use the gravel pathway to the rear of the building and enter the school through the cafeteria. 
  • For evening activities the public should use the rear parking lot and enter the gym area through the North gym doors.  

Finally, HHS expects your patience and cooperation. Students who do not have parking passes or disregard safe and reasonable parking and traffic rules will not be allowed to bring a vehicle to school.

 

I.B and A.P Parent Information:

Attention all AP and IB students and parents:

As I promoted last year, College Board who is the company over Advanced Placement (AP) exams has changed their ordering process.  This testing year, 2019-2020, ALL students will need to decide whether or not to take and order their exams by the preferred order date of November 1, 2019. 

PLEASE BE MINDFUL THAT ALL STUDENTS WHO REGISTER FOR THEIR EXAM AFTER NOVEMBER 15, 2019, will be assessed an additional $40.00/exam late fee. In accordance to the late fee, a $40.00/exam cancellation fee will be assessed for any exam order cancelled and/or unused after Nov 15, 2019. The absolute final day to cancel or order an exam with this additional fee is March 1, 2020

All Students must first get on line to College Board and set up an account at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In about three weeks, your student’s AP teacher will explain how to sign up for their exam by using join codes specific to their AP Course and Teacher.  If your student is an IB student and wishes to take an exam they are not in a class for, they must see Mrs. Huff in the counseling office prior to October 4, 2019 in order to access a join code to sign up for their exam. 

In addition to ordering your exam on line through College Board, students will sign up to pay for their exam on Total Registration. Unfortunately, some of the questions may be redundant; but this will allow you to pay for the exam, indicate whether or not you need a fee waiver, and help us to determine if your student has AP and IB conflicts.  You will need to go to totalregistration.net/450193 to pay for your exam by November 15, 2019.

Again, your student’s AP and IB teachers will be providing them with the information on how to order their exams and pay for their exams in about three weeks.  Please ask your student for this information as well. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Huff at 801-826-6119.

 

AP Test Payment Schedule:

 

2019-2020 AP Test Payment Schedule
Registration Window is September 5 – November 1, 2019
Fee per Exam During this window - - $98
AP Late Fee Occurrence November 16 – March 6
Fee during the Late Window - - $138
***Refunds from November 16 – May 16 will be $58

Registration for AP exams is now to be completed on-line with AP/College board through join codes.  STUDENTS WILL NOW REGISTER WITH THEIR AP or IB TEACHER IN THEIR CLASSES!

In order to pay for your AP exams, you will still use Total Registration:
www.totalregistration.net/AP/450193

This will be the only way you will be able to pay for your AP exams this year!!  Payments must be made by November 1 so that your exam will not be cancelled!!!

Students will be asked some similar questions on Total Registration as on the MyAP site.  Make sure that students are indicating on Total Registration, all of their AP and IB exams they plan to take.  This enables us to determine if there will be a testing conflict between AP and/or IB exams.  THIS IS CRUCIAL!!!

If your student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, you may qualify for a lower test fee.  Please check the appropriate box on Total Registration.  You (the parent or guardian) will need to authorize a release of information regarding your free or reduced lunch status.  Forms for authorization have been mailed home with a letter regarding Total Registration this week, but are also available in the Counseling Center as well.  Please see Mrs. Romero, in the Counseling Center, for questions regarding free or reduced/fee waivers for AP.

For any other AP questions, please contact Nicole Huff in the Counseling Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 801-826-6119. 

 

Community School Parent Meetings and Mobile Clinics:

Husky Strong Parent Meetings
Rigor. Relevance. Relationships

This year we will continue to have our Husky Strong Parent Meetings covering important topics and providing resources to parents/guardians to help support the academic success of all students. These meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:00pm.

We have also added youth development field trips and special parent and student meetings for specific target groups.

Our community school will also host multiple mobile clinics such as: Community Nursing Services’ immunization and “Say Boo to the Flu” clinic and Utah Partners for Health’s vision and medical clinic.

For more information about our Community School, contact Dr. Andrea G. Martinez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

SCHEDULE

  • Thursday, September 5, 2019                          9:00-10:00am
    Latino Parent Group, Room: ACR
    • This meeting is with a small group of Latina/o parents to discuss the school’s parent meeting with Latino families in October. The group will meet with the Community School Facilitator and ALS Facilitator to discuss strategies to increase outreach and engagement of Spanish-speaking Latino families from Hillcrest.       
  • Thursday, September 5, 2019                            6:00-7:00pm
    “Let’s Talk:” Community Meet and Greet at Canyons Crossing Apartments*
    • “Let’s talk” is an informal opportunity for our Refugee families from Hillcrest H.S. to meet Hillcrest’s 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.
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019                             6:00-7:00pm
    Preparing for College, Room: A105
    • This workshop encourages families to discuss the importance of college with their teens. Parents review the importance of a student’s grade point average, class rank, course sequence when applying for college and scholarship.
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019                              6:00-7:00pm
    Supporting Dreamers in their Pursuit of Higher Education at Midvale Elementary
    • Join members of the Dream Center at the University of Utah for a review of relevant policies, scholarships, and resources that supports undocumented students in their pursuit of higher education.
  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019                                     6:00-7:00pm
    “Let’s:” Community Meet and Greet at St. Therese"
    • “Let’s talk” is an informal opportunity for our Latina/o families from Hillcrest H.S. to meet Hillcrest’s 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.
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019                                   6:00-7:00pm
    Skyward Parent Training, Room: AT 200
    • This workshop discusses the importance of parents learning how to utilize Skyward to access student grades, attendance, track assignments, and communicate with teachers.
  • Thursday, October 24, 2019                                  6:00-7:00pm
    Annual FAFSA Completion Night, Room: Hillcrest Library.
    • Seniors, it’s FAFSA Time! Join us for Annual FAFSA Completion Night. FAFSA Representatives, the college access advisor, and counselors from Hillcrest will be available to answer questions about the FAFSA and help complete the application. This event will be held in English and Spanish. For more information, contact Olivia Cordova at (801) 826-6092.
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019                               6:00-7:00pm
    Communication & Connection with Your Teen, Room: AT 200
    • This workshop discusses effective ways to strengthen communication with your teen. We will have counselor Ms. Stephanie Johnston discuss recognizing the signs and symptoms of risky behaviors and helping your child. 
  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019                                6:00-7:00pm
    Choose Gang Free Parent Workshop, Room: AT 200
    • Choose Gang Free provides prevention and intervention for students and youth across Salt Lake County.  They provide education for students, parents, teachers and communities on the effects of gang membership, recruitment and means to protect children from experiencing these things. Learn how to identify possible gang membership, if your child may be going down that path and how you can help them or any child in need.
  • TBA                                                                         6:00-7:00pm
    “Let’s Talk:” Community Meet and Greet
    • “Let’s talk” is an informal opportunity for our Pacific Islander families from Hillcrest H.S. to meet Hillcrest’s 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.
  • TBA                                                                          6:00-7:00pm
    “Let’s Talk:” Community Meet and Greet
    • “Let’s talk” is an informal opportunity for our Black families from Hillcrest H.S. to meet Hillcrest’s 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.

 Student Meetings

  • Refugee Student Group
    • August 28, 2019
      A-lunch and B-lunch
  • Pacific Islander Student Group
    • September 13, 2019
    • A-lunch (11:11-12:15pm)
  • Latina/o Student Group
    • October          TBA
  • Black Student Group
    • November  TBA

Youth Development Field Trips

  • Refugee Student Group Field Trip
    SLCC Culinary Arts Institute
    Friday, October 4
    8:00am-1:00pm
  • Latina/o Student Group Field Trip
    TBA
  • Black Student Group Field Trip
    TBA
  • Pacific Islander Field Trip
    TBA

ELD Basic Computer Skills Lab

Refugee Students
September 17, 19, 24, and 26
7:10-7:45am
B-108 (Computer Lab)


ELD Students Level 1-2
October TBA
7:10-7:45am
B-108 (Computer Lab)

 

Refugee Parent Group (in partnership with IB/NHS Tutors)

October TBA
6:00-6:45pm
Canyons Crossing Apartments

 

Medical & Vision Mobile Clinics

Mobile medical clinic by Utah Partners for Health will visit Hillcrest High School on October 23rd, 2019 from 8:00-3:00pm. Free Primary Medical Care Services Include: High Blood Pressure Care // Diabetes Screening and Care // Anxiety and Depression Care // Pap smear and Clinical Breast Exams // Cholesterol Screening// Acute or Chronic Care. Call for your free appointment! 385.204.6257

For vision only: If your child needs glasses, this is the opportunity for them to have an eye exam and get a FREE pair of glasses. All they need to do is pick up a form from Dr. Martinez in B106. The vision clinic will be October 23 from 8:00-3:00pm. Parent/guardian permission to visit the mobile clinic is required. Space is limited to 25 students.

Say Boo to the Flu

“Say Boo to the Flu” Clinic will be at Hillcrest High School on October 22nd from 3:30pm-7:00 pm in A102. This event is open to all families, including staff and faculty at the school. If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed. Please bring your insurance card with you. If you do not have insurance- the shot will be FREE. CNS will donate $2 per eligible immunization back to Hillcrest!

 

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 Job Openings:

(2) Cafeteria Cashier Positions @ 3 hours per day

If interested please contact Jan Hansen @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 801-826-6013

 

Upcoming Event

  • September 18th Musical Rehearsals 2:30-5:00pm
  • September 18th Shakespeare Team Rehearsal 5:00-7:00pm
  • September 18th Powderpuff Football 7:00-8:30pm
  • September 18th Movie on the Field  8:30-10:00pm
  • September 19th  ELD Basic Computer Skills B106 7:00-7:45am
  • September 19th CVHS Testing S101 2:30-6:00pm
  • September 19th Musical Rehearsals 2:30-5:00pm
  • September 19th  Girls Tennis @ Murray 3:30-5:30pm
  • September 19th  Girls Soccer – Cottonwood @ Hillcrest (East Midvale Elem) 4:00-6:00pm
  • September 19th  Sophomore Football – Prov. Hall @ Hillcrest 3:30-5:30pm
  • September 19th  Cheer/Drill Dinner (STEM) 5:00-6:00pm
  • September 19th  Volleyball @ Brighton 6:00-8:00pm
  • September 19th  Football Team Dinner (Cafeteria)  6:30-8:30pm
  • September 19th  Burning of the H 7:30-9:30pm
  • September 20th  Musical Rehearsals 2:30-5:00pm
  • September 20th  Cheerleading Alumni Social (STEM) 4:00-6:30pm
  • September 20th  Homecoming Tailgate 5:00-7:00pm
  • September 20th  Homecoming Game – Providence Hall @ Hillcrest 7:00-9:00pm
  • September 21st  Cross Country – Wasatch Rendezvous
  • September 21st  IB Conference 8:00-12:00 noon
  • September 21st  Shakespeare Team Rehearsal 8:00-3:00pm
  • September 21st  Homecoming Dance – Main Gym 7:00-10:00pm
  • September 23rd  Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30pm
  • September 23rd  Financial Aid Night  (AT200) 6:00-7:00pm
  • September 24th  Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00pm
  • September 24th  Financial Aid Night (AT200) 5:00-6:00pm

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 
 

 

New Parking & Traffic Flow

Hillcrest Temporary Parking Guide

Hillcrest Temp Parking guide

Beginning Monday, November 26th, the front east parking lot (450 parking stalls) at HHS will be closed due to construction.  The parking & traffic flow map can be found on our web page @ https://hillcrest.canyonsdistrict.org

Maps will be distributed on Thursday Nov. 15th during APP to Junior and Senior drivers to study and take home.  Parking & traffic flow maps can also be picked up in our main office.  

Student May Park In:

  1. The lower lot off the main entrance into HHS – this has been our overflow lot min the past.  Students will enter and exit this parking lot from Husky Drive.
  2. The south portion of the driver’s ed range, which will be designated for students.  Students will enter and exit this parking lot from Husky Drive.  (This parking lot will be closed at 3:30 so all cars must be removed from this lot before that time)
  3. The main rear parking lot (410 parking stalls), formerly our baseball field.  Students will access this lot by driving along the west property line to the rear of HHS.  Students must enter and exit this parking from 700 East.  

Faculty May Park In:

  1. The north portion of the driver’s ed range, which will be designated for faculty parking.  (This parking lot is closed at 3:30)
  2. The west side of the school behind the shop fences.
  3. The back parking lot between AT building and Cafeteria.

Visitor Parking and parent drop off:

  1. Visitors will park in the north driver’s ed parking lot as designated.
  2. Parent drop off will be at the west end of the driver’s ed range.  Parents entering the HHS parking lot from 700 East will drop off students and must exit on to Husky Drive.  Parents entering the HHS parking lot from Husky Drive will drop off students and must exit onto 700 East.  

Safety and Time Considerations:

  • Due to these traffic constraints, drivers should add 20 minutes to their time schedule.
  • When entering and exiting on to 700 East, drivers should remain patient and watch carefully for pedestrians. 
  • All drivers should give busses and construction vehicles the right of way as they exit onto 700 East. 
  • The driver’s ed range must be cleared by 3:30pm on days driver’s ed will be held. These will be announced via the school PA system.
  • When exiting the back parking lot onto 700 East, drivers should watch for cars coming from the parent drop off lane turning left on to 700 East.
  • Depending on traffic patterns and the number of cars exiting onto 700 East, HHS may choose to limit drop off traffic in the afternoon to one direction. This would likely mean parents picking up students would be required to enter on 700 East and exit on to Husky Drive. 

Safe Walking Routes:

  • Safe walking routes are shown in red on the parking & traffic flow map.  Students should use cross walks and designated walking areas.
  • Students in the rear parking lot should use the gravel pathway to the rear of the building and enter the school through the cafeteria.  
  • For evening activities the public should use the rear parking lot and enter the gym area through the North gym doors.  

One addition to our new parking guidelines starting on the 26th of November.  You should know that in the past we have provided overflow parking for students who were not allowed to purchase parking permits due to NG’s.  The rule of not selling parking permits to students who have NG’s is still in force.  Due to the need for parking stalls for students who have permits, HHS will not provide a non-permit overflow parking lot until further notice.  HHS will announce the selling of parking permits to students who are eligible to purchase a parking permit after the new parking guidelines go into effect , if and when we determine that we have empty stalls.  Those who have been using the overflow parking off of Husky drive will need to arrange alternative transportation other than driving a car without a parking permit to school.  

Finally, HHS expects your patience and cooperation. Students who do not have parking passes or disregard safe and reasonable parking and traffic rules will not be allowed to bring a vehicle to school.  

Gregory Leavitt
Principal HHS
801-826-6001