Hilltop Herald - Parent Edition

Be Respectful ~ Be Responsible ~ Be Resilient

Volume 1 ~ Issue 28 ~ March 13, 2023

Wonderful Falcon Families,

"A the end of the day, we can endure more than we think we can.” Frida Kahlo

This weekend was a natural reflection of the 36 months that has been the COVID Quarantine. March 13, 2020 was the last day I saw students on campus at Eastlake Middle School. I remember thinking, "What are we going to do?" As a brand new principal, it seemed like a burden too much to bear in addition to what I had to learn as a newbie. And as I continue to remember that day, about that fateful day, I have to agree with Frida. We can endure more than we think we can. All of us have learned to live daily, to hang in there, to learn new ways of doing, to be innovative and much more. As we continue to move from COVID pandemic to COVID endemic, let us not forget the life lessons we have learned personally and continuing to become the best individual we can be because of this pandemic, while considered endemic now, is still very present with us.

School is closed during Spring Break March 20 - March 31, 2023.

School will be closed to the public during Spring Break. Please enjoy your family time during this break. In preparation for return, it is strongly encouraged that you test for COVID especially if you participated in large family gatherings or traveled overseas.

Survey of Lunch Schedule Preference

As part of the teachers' contract, the teachers must re-evaluate the use of a new schedule on the third year of its implementation. The new schedule is this current schedule with one lunch. Prior to this schedule, HTM had two lunches that separated 7th graders from 8th graders. We are in the evaluation phase before voting to keep this one-lunch schedule or default back to the two-lunch schedule prior to three years ago. We would like to receive your input for our evaluation. Click HERE to complete the short survey.

Registration and Enrollment for 2023-2023 School Year

ALL students (current and incoming) MUST REGISTER for the following year. Please read the section on Registration Section below.

Royal Court Dance is Almost Upon Us!

The Royal Court Dance will be held on Friday April 7, 2023 at school. This is considered our "formal" event of the year, so please read the guidelines below in the Royal Court Section below.

It's Yearbook Time!

Falcons, do you want a memory of this year? You may now purchase a yearbook for this year's memories. Go to ybpay.com and use our school code 14441323. The cost is $25. The cost will go up in mid-March and again in April. Copies are limited so buy them now. Parents, you will also have an opportunity to buy ads for your 8th graders. More information to come regarding student ads.

Falcon Flight Spring Break Program March 20 - March 24, 2023

Falcon Flight students, you will have an opportunity to participate in field trips and activities during the first week of Spring Break. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Pulido at jessica.pulido@sweetwaterschools.org or Mr. Horton at joshua.horton@sweetwaterschools.org.

Adelante Mujer Conference is Fast Approaching

Lady Falcons, Adelante Mujer is an excellent conference for you to attend in April. It will be held at Rancho Del Rey on April 15, 2023. Bring your mom with you and learn together. Click on the link to register for the conference https://tinyurl.com/AM30Conference.

Falcons, let's have a wonderful and safe week.


Mrs. Finley

Free Old Globe Theater Play This Wednesday

Falcon families, the Old Globe Theather brings a show to HTM this Wednesday evening. This is a free event that comes with dinner. Come and join us. Contact Rosa Ruesga at 619.361.5675.

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2023-2024 Registration Information

This is everything you need to know for registration and enrollment.

Falcon Families,

It is that time again to register your children for the 2023-2023 school year. ALL students (current and incoming) MUST REGISTER for the following year. Online Registration (OLR) opens Monday, March 13, 2023.Below are all the links that are important for registration.

  • Click HERE to access the registration page on our website.
  • Click HERE to access Parent/Student Campus Portal to register.
  • Click HERE to access the district transfer process.

Current 8th Graders:

Starting tomorrow, you can register your child for next year. Go to Campus Portal to register your child. If you have moved, you will need to complete the required documents.

New Students:

You should have received an email from the district with an activation key. If not, wait for it as you will need the activation key to open an account for the district. Click HERE to access all the required registration documents.

New Transfer Students

You will receive your email with the activation key from the district also. If you have not received it, please reach out to your home school and see if they have your email and/or activation key. Once you have that email, click HERE to create your district account. Then apply for an intra-district transfer in your Campus Portal Account. The transfer application is online and can be found in the tab that is titled "More." The open enrollment transfer window opens starting April 3, 2023 until May 5, 2023. Once your transfer has been approved, then you can start the registration process at HTM.

  • Click on either English or Spanish version to access the Open Enrollment FAQs
  • Click on either the English or Spanish version of the Open Enrollment Flowchart.
  • Click either the English or Spanish version of the Open Enrollment Parent Letter.

For more information, please contact at school at 619.498.2700.

Royal Court Dance is Almost Here!

Introducing this year's Royal Court Nominees. Click on the title bar to read the guidelines. Tickets go on sale starting Monday. If you are not able to afford the ticket, please reach out to Ms. Barnachia.

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FLAGS St. Patricks Fundraiser Event

Students, be ready for St. Patrick's Day on Friday and support our FLAGS program at the same time. Sales start tomorrow.

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Available Academic Support for all Falcons

Falcons, you should have received your grades this morning on Campus Portal. If you are doing poorly, please attend Falcon Scholars and/or Saturday Academy.

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Adelante Mujer Conference 2023

Once again, we thank you in advance for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at our 30th Annual Adelante Mujer in-person Conference! You may now register using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/AM30Conference


This is an excellent conference for all our Latina students. Let's send a big delegation this year. Click on the link to register for the conference https://tinyurl.com/AM30Conference.

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Click Here to Access the Student Handbook

Falcons, click on the button to access your handbook.