Hilltop Herald - Parent Edition

Be Respectful ~ Be Responsible ~ Be Resilient

Volume 2 ~ Issue 5 ~ August 14, 2023

Wonderful Falcon Families,

"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up." ~John C. Maxwell~

As we begin the fifth week of school, it is time to talk about responsibility and what that looks like in action. As stated in John Maxwell's quote, taking total responsibility for our attitudes will be the greatest day in our lives. Why? Because when we accept the attitudes we display on a daily basis, we will also accept the actions that we demonstrate because these two, attitude and actions, go hand in hand. When we display excellent attitudes, our actions reflect excellence. When we display negative attitudes, our actions reflect mediocrity or less. As we move past the beginning of the school year, it is harder and harder to maintain a great attitude if we are behind or doing poorly in certain classes or if we are having a bad day or if we had a fight with a friend. Demonstrating responsibility means that regardless of the negative moments in my life, I will continue to do what is right and what is expected of me. Parents, this week, please discuss this topic with your children. Your are the BEST EXAMPLE of responsibility at home; you are also the first to show it to them.

Messy Aftermath this Week during Lunches

Parents, please have a discussion with your children about picking up their trash from lunch and nutrition break. We had several days this week where a lot of trash was left behind. As we talk of responsibility, please discuss this particular responsibility with your children. I did tell them after lunch on Friday that if there is a mess on Monday, we will be having a sit-down lunch on Tuesday. I appreciate your support in this matter.

We Need Elected Parents for Various School Committees

Parents, if you interested in running for a position for one of our school and district committees, please click on this LINK to learn about the different positions. Voting will occur on Open House and will be sent to you as well. Then contact Ms. Claudia Garcia at claudia.garcia3@sweetwaterschools.org.

Open House is this Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Families, Open House is in-person this Wednesday. We hope to see you here. Please read the Open House section below. Your children will receive a paper copy of the Open House Schedule and a list of their classes that they will complete in Advisory. Take this with you to guide your classroom visits. A reminder that Open House is not the venue with which to have in-depth conversation with each teacher. Each period is only 10 minutes long. You will need to make an appointment with teachers to do that. See you then.

First ASB Spirit Week is Fast Approaching

Students, Barbie Spirit Week is invading HTM the week of August 21-25, 2023. I look to see you in the different Barbie categories for each day. Let's have tons of participation. Read the flyer in the ASB section below.

Picture Day is August 22-23, 2023

Students, next week is picture week. Your face MUST BE VISIBLE on your ID. No coverings, including masks for COVID, are allowed. Parents, if you want to order pictures, please read information below title Picture Day. Click HERE to access the website where you can order your picture packets.

Athletics Tryout is this Week

Fall Sports Tryouts are this week. Please see flyer in Falcon Flight section. Remember, you have to complete the athletic clearance process to tryout AND you must be enrolled in Falcon Flight, which takes several days to complete.

Finally, below are important information regarding HTM. Please read the information on the images provided so that you know as much information as possible.


Mrs. Finley

HTM Open House on August 16, 2023

Falcon families, below is the flyer for this year's Open House. Please join us for the Title 1 Parent Meeting. We will also vote for our parent representatives for various councils and committees we have.

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Falcon Flight Athletics Information

Falcon Families, please read the information below regarding athletic clearance to play.

Dear Falcon Families,

Fall Sport Tryouts for girls and boys basketball, baseball and softball begin in a few weeks. Softball and Girls Basketball will be August 14th and 15th. Boys basketball and baseball will take place August 17th and 18th. Here's what you need to know:

  1. Students need to be enrolled in Falcon Flight Program (8 hr/week attendance requirement) 3 days.
  2. Students must be cleared through Register My Athlete/Aktivate online (no physical is needed). Click HERE to enter Aktivate.
  3. Fall Games begin September 9.

I've included a calendar, steps to clear on Aktivate and application for Falcon Flight.
If you are already enrolled in the after school program, all you'll need is clearance on Aktivate. Please get that taken care of by the end of next week. Students not cleared will not be allowed to participate.

I apologize for any inconvenience for those who have already gotten a physical. With personnel changes at the district level, we couldn't schedule our athletics meeting any sooner than this week.

Ms. Pulido

2023-2024 ASES ENROLLMENT FORM.docx.pdf
Steps to Clearing a Student Athlete on Aktivate.pdf

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ASB Spirit Week is August 21-25

Barbie Spirit Week is About to Invade HTM!!

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Falcons Scholar Begins Monday, August 7, 2023

Studentsl, go to the cafeteria if you need help with your classes.

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Saturday Academy Begins August 12, 2023

Falcons, if you have already been absent, you can make up one absence this Saturday

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Picture Day is August 22 & 23, 2023

Parents, here is the information for picture day. Please go to mylifetouch.com to pre-order your children's photo.

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School Map

For your information

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Click HERE to Access the Student & Parent Handbook

This handbook is the guide to all the protocols in place at Hilltop Middle School. It is interactive in that you can click on the page number associated with the topic from the table of contents and it will take your there.