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Husky Strong – 1/6/2021

Husky Strong Newsletter

Hillcrest High School, Midvale Utah, January 6th, 2021

***In this Husky Strong Newsletter, you will find Principals Message: APP Pass, Seal of Biliteracy, PTSA News, Hope Squad Newsletter and Upcoming Events.

Principal’s Message

APP Procedures and Supports

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We hope you had a nice break.  The end of first semester is upon us, ending January 14th.  Parents, we hope you are checking student grades and attendance through Skyward and Canvas so you have the information needed to support your students.  HHS continues to support students through our provided Academic Preparation Period (APP).  We want to remind you that APP is graded and students receive 1 full credit per year for APP participation. Students who do not have 90% attendance and participate with good work ethic in APP, as determined by their teacher, may receive a failing grade. During APP, teachers review their grades with students and encourage students who may need extra help to visit those teachers.

During APP, teachers can also use that time to re-teach students key concepts they may be missing to pass class assessments.  This help is delivered one-on-one or in small groups.  However, unless the student schedules a time with their teacher by creating an electronic hall pass, which schedules this needed time for your students with a specific teacher, they most likely are missing out on this valuable teacher support.  Students may also re-take assessments during APP.  The HHS school disclosure will not allow a re-take unless students are working with their teacher on missed concepts and show completed leaning tasks.  Re-takes are not meant to be a second chance of guessing but rather a tool that students can show teachers they now understand and have learned the concepts.  Teachers may also request the student visit them during APP by creating a pass for the student to come to the teacher on a certain day.  Some students ignore these passes and do not receive the help they need.   I recognize some parents may feel their students are unsupported during APP, as described.  However, I feel our teachers are doing good things with their APP students, so if you need help working with a teacher please reach out to the teacher or administration.  

HHS will be sending out instructions to parents next week on how parents can have access to their student’s electronic hall pass.  This access will assist parents as they help students follow through in APP.  We encourage parents to make sure students use the APP electronic hall pass to schedule times with teachers and receive the proper support.  Many students have grades that do not require support.  We recognize this, but note, that APP is still a valuable time to complete work and study for upcoming assessments.  APP should be a time that assists all students.

Seal of Biliteracy:

What is the Seal of Biliteracy?

Can you speak more than one language? If so, consider it a badge of honor — andconsider applying to have an official Seal of Biliteracy added to your high school transcripts. The Seal of Biliteracy is a designation by the Utah State Office of Education signaling a student’s demonstrated proficiency in English and a worldlanguage.

Who can apply?

Students are encouraged to apply their junior year but, all high school juniors and seniors who are proficient in English and a world language are eligible to apply for the seal starting Tuesday, Dec. 1. The application window closes on Jan. 22, 2021. The application is completed online at:


Talk to Diploma Specialist in the counseling office. More information about the requirements and application process also can be found at

PTSA News:

Husky Heroes

HHS PTSA recognizes up to eight students each month with Husky Hero awards. These students exemplify the ability to help those around them, promote school unity, overcome obstacles, and/or improve themselves somehow.

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as Husky Heroes!!!

January Husky Heroes

  • Freshmen: 
    • Sofronia Mahe
    • Max Kratz
  • Sophomores:
    • Campbell Hone
    • Emma Walters
  • Junior: 
    • Sam McDonough
  • Seniors:
    • Jade Rogers
    • Nami Robinson
    • Justin Sebahar

November Husky Heroes:

  • Junior: 
    • Micaela Madariaga
  • Seniors:
    • Gavin Paul
    • Makenlee Bevan
    • Faith Thomas

Do YOU know a Husky who should be recognized as a Husky Hero? Anyone can submit a nomination – faculty, staff, parents, or other students. Everyone chosen for this award gets swag, including a parking pass, prizes, a blanket, and more!

Nominations should be submitted by the 23rd of each month.

Nominations can be submitted online at

Paper nomination forms can also be found in the Main Office and the Attendance Office.

PTSA Meeting next week

Start off the new year by being a part of your student’s educational experience in a new way.

The monthly Hillcrest PTSA meeting will be next week on Thursday, Jan. 14th at 1:00 p.m. 

This will be a ZOOM meeting. Please see the meeting login information below. We hope you will join us.

Join Zoom Meeting at 1:00 p.m. Thurs, Jan. 14th

Topic: Hillcrest PTSA Meeting

Meeting ID: 811 6942 7555    Passcode: 906729

Find your local number:

If you have any questions or suggestions for Hillcrest PTSA, please email us at our PTSA email or contact any of us personally.

2020-2021 Hillcrest Executive Board

President – Karen Conder

President-Elect – Rebecca Martin

Secretary – Tammie  Ynda

Treasurer – Geraldine Madariaga

Membership VP – Peiru Chen

Legislative VP – Becca Staker

Hope Squad Newsletter:

Please visit Hillcrest High School’s Hope Squad website to see their weekly newsletter:

Upcoming Events: 

Please refer to the HHS School Calendar below to see what events are happening this week.

You can find the school calendar by going to HHS Website at:

Once there, go to “School Info” drop down menu and select “School Calendar”. It will then open our school calendar.

  • Our new school website also provides translation services. When you access the website, at the top right, you will see a translate button. Please click that button and select the language you would like to translate to. This will translate all website information into the language selected.


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