Hillcrest High School
SCHOOL-WIDE DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT
Welcome to Hillcrest High School!
OUR VISION IS EVERY HUSKY, EVERY DAY, FOCUSING ON RELATIONSHIPS, RELEVANCE, AND RIGOR.
We look forward to working with our school community to prepare students to be college and career ready by ensuing our students receive a quality and equitable education.
The primary goal of grading is to provide high-quality feedback to parents/guardians and students; enabling them to clearly understand a student’s progress, appropriately support the learning process, and encourage student success.
Student’s grades will demonstrate what a student knows, and performs within the current quarter. In order to earn credit students must pass their class with a D- or higher.
Teachers will be given the flexibility to evaluate students with a grade that reflects their engagement, regular attendance, and grit. This includes students with IEPs and/or 504s, English language learners, and refugees.
SCHOOL-WIDE WRITING RUBRICS
Writing matters for success in school, the community, and workplace. The school-wide rubric provides explicit instruction that focuses on demonstrating how to communicate effectively with power and purpose.
The writing rubrics can be found on the HHS website under the student/family resources tab.
HOW ARE GRADES WEIGHTED?
Grades will be weighted at a minimum:
80% formal assessments
20% daily instruction and practice work
Teachers will give a minimum of four formal assessments per quarter, three of which can be retaken following the teacher retake policy. (See test retake policy below).
All students will receive equitable treatment.
Traditional Grading Scale
Test Retake and Late Work Policy
Departments will be responsible to publish their own retake exam criteria. HHS minimum retake reach criteria includes no missing daily practice work, and first test must be taken. Daily practice work will only be accepted when turned in during the current unit. Remember 80% of your grades are based on formal assessments. During daily practice work turned in late or incomplete will not produce effective grades. Refer to individual department disclosures for deadlines.
Positive Behavior Intervention System
ASSEMBLIES AND DANCES
Husky Cards are given to any student who demonstrates our school model; Be responsible, be respectful, be safe. Husky Cards can be used at the Husky Hut and will enter students in drawings for gift cards, free dance passes, and other prizes.
Teachers are encouraged to use Husky cards as a reward in their class.
Welcome Back Assembly
Winter Charity Assembly
Burning of the H
Senior Dinner Dance
Students attending school events can receive food, prizes, and HHS swag. SBO’s will notify the student body of school activities, competitions, and events using HHS SBO’s Instagram and YouTube
Husky-Grams are postcards that teachers send home to acknowledge the good things students are doing. Weekly Husky-Gram winners are selected and announced on Wednesdays. These students will receive Husky swag.
HHS PTSA (Student Parent Teacher Association) recognizes 8 students each month with a gift bag. Students can be nominated by teachers, administrators, parents, or other students. Nomination forms can be found in the main office and in the attendance office.
International Baccalaureate Treat
At the end of each term, all HHS students who achieve an average of 3.0 GPA or higher during the term are celebrated with a treat provided by the HHS IB program.
Keys to Success
State program that enters students in drawings for college scholarships, a car, gift cards, and many other prizes!
STUDENT SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
RESTITUTION UNDER FACILITATION
RUF is a program for students who are at risk due to academics and behavior. It encompasses a restorative justice framework that empowers students to resolve conflict and repair damage.
Contact Lanny Sorenson (email@example.com) for more information!
STUDENT SUPPORT STAFF
HHS mentors make it easy for students to advocate for themselves through responsibility and positive relationship building.
SAFE UT APP
Students can use this app to report concerns anonymously to school administrators.
APP CAN BE DOWNLOADED ON ANY SMARTPHONE
Works with students who need social emotional support. The psychologist also works directly with students, parents, and administrators to develop academic accommodations for students (504s).
To make an appointment, contact April Zmudka: firstname.lastname@example.org
Freshmen are invited to communicate with counselors, teachers, students, support staff, and administrators. This is a great opportunity for 9th graders to get helpful tips on how to navigate their first year at HHS.
The members of Hope Squad are the eyes and ears of a school. They are made up of students who are trained to keep an eye on at-risk students, provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults.
For more information, contact the counselors:
Lisa Gardner (email@example.com)
Kimberly Walters (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is an outside counseling service for students who need an individual therapy plan, medication management, skills development, and crises services.
Contact the Assistant Principal for Information and Referral Process.
ADDITIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
ACADEMIC PREPARATION PERIOD (APP)
Each day students are given 35 minutes to receive additional academic support (see school wide rules and expectations for details).
HOURS: 7:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
- Research instruction and project guidance
- Reading recommendations and book club
- Extensive database resources for school or home
- Print and ebook collections (over 19,000+ volumes)
- Computer and printer access
- Long-term Chromebook and Hot Spot checkouts
For additional information visit: hhs-library.weebly.com or call 801-826-6051.
MAKE UP CREDITS/ONLINE CREDIT
Students who fail courses need for graduation must make up those credits. They may not retake the same course as part of their regular day program. Options for make-up credits include:
- Student Support Lab Class (contact your counselor)
- After School credit recovery sessions (contact your counselor)
- HHS Summer School ($35 for all you can complete, refundable)
- Hillcrest High School make-up packet ($35 per quarter)
- Summer School at Valley High School (contact your counselor or contact Valley High at 801-572-7035)
- Course work at other institutions accredited by the Utah State Board of Education, including BYU Independent Study Courses.
- For grade replacement and test-out options contact your counselor.
SCHOOL WIDE RULES AND EXPECTATIONS
Hillcrest High school is a place of respect, responsibility, and safety. We strive to maintain a positive environment where students and staff can enjoy school and treat each other with mutual respect. All consequences received by students are a by-product of respect, responsibility, and safety.
Hillcrest High School teachers are expected to take accurate attendance daily. The expectation is that students will follow HHS’s attendance policy, and understand how attendance impacts their academic progress. Students will not receive credit if they exceed HHS attendance limited outlined in HHS policy (see HHS website for full policy)
A: Unexcused Absence
W: Way Late Tardy – Entered class 10 minutes late
A-VT: Verified Truancy (students came to class and left or was seen wandering the halls)
E: Excused (parents must provide documentation of event to the attendance office for this mark to occur)
N: School – Excused Absence
Z: Absent to APP class
Food may only be consumed in the cafeteria or outside in the courtyard areas. Students who bring food back from restaurants should consume that food outside or in the cafeteria. Students are not allowed to consume food in the hallways or stairwells.
Hillcrest High School observes and follows the Canyon’s School District Dress Code Policy (500,2-8). Teachers and/or administrators will have the authority to enforce the dress code policy.
Please note the following are highlights of the District’s Dress Code Policy.
- Hats of any kind are not allowed.
- Gang-related clothing or paraphernalia are not allowed.
- Dress must be clean and modest.
- Clothing shall not distract from the educational mission.
ACADEMIC PREPARATION PERIOD (APP)
APP is a school-wide intervention that is offered to all students at Hillcrest High School.
- APP built into student’s schedules both an A and B day (9:09 a.m. – 9:44 a.m.)
- APP is considered a class period, students will receive either a pass or fail grade.
- Regular attendance and participation is required to receive a passing grade and credit each quarter.
Students that attend APP less than 90% will receive a failing grade for APP.
HOW TO REQUEST AN APP HALL PASS:
Students are encouraged to request additional help from their respective teacher during APP. They must request a Hall Pass to visit a teacher that is not their APP teacher.
- Download myHomework app.
- Log-in using HHS student CSD Docs account.
- Request APP Pass
- Teacher will accept or deny request.
HILLCREST TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES
Allows use of cell phones and other technology during non-academic time. During academic time students are asked to follow reasonable classroom rules that require distracting devices to stay unmonitored and out of sight.
Students will receive direct instructions from teachers on appropriate technology use during class time.
Students will be allowed to ask questions and check their understanding of the classroom rules.
- Electronic device classroom rules will be explained.
- Students distracted by device will be given a warning to put device away and out of sight.
- If the warning is not heeded, students will be given a Vaultz 5×8 lockable pouch in which to place their device.
- The pouch will be unlocked by the teacher at the end of class.
- Students who do not comply may be referred to the administration for disrupting class.
The pouch with the device locked inside will remain always with the student for the remainder of the class period. Upon the second offense the pouch for the remainder of the school day.
HHS understands emergencies happen and students at times need to contact parents. In those cases, students should ask the teacher for permission to contact a parent or guardian.
Hillcrest High School is dedicated to a safe learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Starting in the first term, August 16, 2021, the HHS administration will support all state mandates, and district requirements to provide a safe learning environment from COVID-19. As policy and mandates change updates will be provided.
Utah Legislature: Covid-19
Last spring, Utah lawmakers approved a bill that eliminated a school district’s ability to enforce a mask mandate. Only if a health department issues an order – not a recommendation – can a school district enforce a mask mandate for all students at a school. Right now, there is no such order from the Salt Lake County Health Department. However, masks are welcome at school, and school administrators will encourage all students and staff to support each individuals’ decision regarding face coverings.
Enhanced Environment Hygiene and Safety
Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant will be readily available to staff/students/visitors in controlled environments to ensure safe use. Students are expected to practice social distancing in the lunchroom and hallways.
All chemical agents utilized for sanitizing and disinfecting are approved and maintained through the CSD material datasheet.
Students will be expected to assist in sanitizing their work area(s). Parents need to notify an assistant principal if their student can not participate.
Containing Potential Outbreaks
- Teachers will take attendance daily and have assigned seating charts to assist with contact tracing.
- Positive cases will be reported to the Utah Heralth Department and school nurse.
- The Utah Health Department will contact students/parents who have been in direct contact with a positive Covid-19 case.
Identity of positive Covid-19 cases will be protected and kept private.
What is the process that will be followed to notify students of exposure?
According to the health department, a school will be notified of a positive case and give the information to a school nurse. The school nurse reviews the seating charts and sends a list of students who may need to be notified to the health department.
What constitutes a “close-contact” exposure?
The health department will determine whether a student or employee experienced a close-contact exposure. The health department says a quarantine or other mitigation strategies will be recommended for unvaccinated and unmasked people who shared a classroom, participated in an indoor activity for more than 15 minutes, or participated together in an extracurricular activity.
Students who are quarantined or who contract Covid-19 will be able to continue access learning from home through Canvas.
Temporary Closure (if necessary)
School administration will follow all recommendations of the Salt Lake County Board of Health in conjunction with the School Board and the Office of School Performance to determine logistics regarding school dismissal and protocols that must be in place to return to school.