The Hilltop Times March 2023

"We Believe...Success for ALL!"

From Principal Adams

Our 100 Distinguished Men Read event, Family Dance Night sponsored by PTO, field studies to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, and relaunch of our school's PBIS initiative are still the talk of the town! Getting back to some level of normalcy following the impact of the pandemic has been greatly welcome.

We are officially in a new month filled with new opportunities and new starts. At the Hill, we are going into the 4th quarter with a 4TH QUARTER MENTALITY! This means that we are going to give it our all in everything we do to ensure we make it to the finish line successfully. Regardless of what has happened in quarters 1-3, we are ALL IN! #WatchUsSoar Parents and guardians we ask that you continue supporting us by maintaining open communication with your child's teachers, helping your child(ren) remain accountable for academic and behavior expectations, positively affirming your child(ren) as we strive to foster good social-emotional wellbeing, seeking opportunities to volunteer and ensuring daily, on-time attendance with minimal early dismissals. Also, Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon’s Book Club Challenge is back. He has a new challenge for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Our Eagles are ready to SOAR TO THE TOP to win the challenge this year. Watch Dr. Witherspoon’s announcement at and Chairwoman Cheryl Harris' announcement at

Please be reminded it takes each of us to ensure all stakeholders remain safe while inside and outside the school building. I ask that you adhere to the following reminders. More details about our procedures can be found in the Parent Student Handbook that was distributed at the beginning of the school year which is also included as a downloadable file at the bottom of this newsletter.

1. Car riders are to be dropped off in the car loop 7:00am-7:30am. Enter and exit cars on the passenger side under the awning for student and staff safety.

2. Refrain from dropping off at the end of Eagle Road and in the parking lot at the front of the school. This is to ensure proper supervision of students and to prevent cars from interfering with other vehicles who have right of way.

3. Park and come into the school to sign in your child(ren) when tardy starting 7:30am.

4. Make a right turn when exiting campus from the car rider line.

5. Use the entrance on Grammar Road to come onto campus when needing to park or come to the front of the school.

6. Parents and guardians who wish to observe in the classroom must have a prearranged date/time with an administrator and be accompanied by someone from the administrative team. Please note this does not negate our open-door policy.

7. All visitors must check in at the front office.

As always, we cannot do what we do without the support of parents and community. We encourage you to stay connected by visiting our school website and interacting with our school page on Class Dojo, Facebook, and Twitter. Reviewing your child's grades on Parent Portal continues to be an expectation so you can monitor their growth and consult with your child's teacher to address any declines before the end of the grading period. Volunteering in your child's classroom or around the school is always encouraged. Volunteers must undergo a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) background check and a Department of Social Services (DSS) Child Abuse Registry check at

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions please contact me at the school at 803-783-5545.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday 14th - Wear Sports Attire: We're Ready to Tackle 4th Quarter!
  • Wednesday, March 15th - Spring Picture Day
  • Thursday, March 16th - Report Cards go home
  • Friday, March 17th - St. Patrick's Day (wear your green)
  • Monday, March 20th - Early Release for students/Parent Conferences
  • Monday, March 20th - Tuesday, March 28th - State Practice Tests (gr. 2-5)
  • Friday, March 24th - 100 Women Read event
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Richland One Board of School Commissioners approved the district's 2023-2024 academic calendar. Wednesday, August 16, 2023 will be the first day of school for Richland One students. View the 2023-2024 calendar:

2022-2023 Parent Survey

The South Carolina State Department of Education (SCDE) is utilizing a Climate Survey for accountability/report cards this year as in the past. The delivery model for the survey will be the same as last year, with parents completing the survey in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you do not currently have a Parent Portal account, please contact the front office at 803-783-5545 for assistance with setting up an account. The Climate Survey closes at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2023. If you, as a parent/guardian, cannot gain access to the survey in Parent Portal, please click on the following link and complete the form.

Practice Statewide Assessments

Practice standardized assessments in reading and math will be given to students in grades 3-5 later this month. These untimed assessments are opportunities for them to show what they have learned and help staff identify how to best reinforce skills before actual state testing in May. You can support these assessments by ensuring your child(ren) arrives to school on time, has a good night's rest and eats breakfast, use our online resources to practice skills (Dreambox, Freckle, Lexia), and does their personal best. Students in 2nd grade will be given these assessments to help gauge readiness for third grade.

Below is a list of the actual state tests for students in grades 3-5 in May. Please plan ahead to ensure your child(ren) are not absent on these dates:

Writing - May 2

Reading - May 3

Math - May 9

Science - May 11 (grade 4 only)

Technology Update

We have seen an increase in students having conflict with one another that stems from use of social media chats. This has caused loss of instructional time as staff work to investigate reports of conflict and implement resolution strategies with students. Please assist us with monitoring your child's use of apps and chats, if applicable. We appreciate your support!

District Art Show

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Please visit the Koger Center to see artwork submitted by our Eagles! Below is a list of times the gallery at the Koger Center will be open for public viewing to the public. You may also call to see about other times at 803-777-7500.

March 6th thru 9th : 9am-6pm

March 10th and 13th : 2pm-6pm

March 14th and 15th : 9am-1pm

Rewards Ceremony - March 15th: 6pm

Permanent Art Collection Winner - Lundon Wilson

1st Place - Bryan Perez and Patience Wilson

2nd Place - Bency Moye and Gabriella Barnes
3rd Place - DaNiyah Jamison and DaYauna Lawhorn

Honorable Mention - Madison Wilson and Autumn Rabon
Additional Entries by - Emily Simmons, Zariyah Williams, Malachi Williams, Rome Jones, Sabrina Diaz, Bryan Ribon, Alana Maxwell, London Dougan, Libanani Inestroza, Yaeini Barbosa, Diego Melo, Olivia Lipe, Ani Fisher, and DaNiyah Jamison

Dreambox Challenge

Students are required to complete 5-7 lessons on Dreambox per week to reinforce math skills. We started a monthly challenge last month to encourage student participation. Our February winners are:

Student with the Highest Number of Lessons Per Class:

Mariah Dove, Karter Howell, Zayelin Hough, England Sims, Kayla Cobb, Amir Walker, Kenneth Cobb, Nilah Valentine, JaQari McNeal, William Hayes, Dalila Martinez, Dalyn Gamble, Taylor Sumter, Elizabeth Martinez Garcia, Dezyiah Vance, Elijah Sterling, Coleton Felder, Enrique Morales Roblero, Braulio Hernandez Eugenio, Treshaun Horne, Ricardo Alfonzo Yepez, Azariah Jones, DAniyah Livingston, and Xzavier Reddick

Grade Level with the Highest Number of Lessons Completed:

4th Grade

Class Per Grade Level with the Highest Number of Lessons Completed:

Ms. Bracey (K), Ms. Scott-Goode (1st), Ms. Abalo (2nd), Ms. Ogao-Ogao (3rd), Ms. Carpenter (4th), and Ms. Graham-Brown (5th)

Horrell Hill PBIS Program

Students and staff kicked off a relaunch of our PBIS program. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. The purpose of this research based initiative is to clearly communicate behavioral expectations and positively reinforce those expectations with incentives and fun activities. At HHES, students are able to earn points daily which are totaled at the end of each month for a monthly celebration. Students even earn 1 bonus point for arriving to class by 7:30am each day. For more information please review the PBIS Parent Letter in the Miscellaneous Files and Forms section below.


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Daily, on-time attendance is important for our Eagles. They miss valuable, direct instruction from their teacher(s) that is not comparable to a packet of work. Attending school regularly, on time, and with limited early dismissals help your child feel better about school. In the event of an absence, please use the link below to turn in parent notes/excuses:

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Miscellaneous Files and Forms