The HillTop Times

May 2023

"We Believe...Success for ALL!"

From Principal Adams

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We are in the final stretch of the school year. Our Eagles have worked hard and are showcasing their #FourthQuarterMentality to finish successfully. As we continue through our final month of the 2022-2023 school year, students in grades 3-5 will take state standardized assessments, and all students will participate in district assessments to determine end of year reading and math performance. Also, we will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, Nurse Appreciation Week, Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and students at their 4th Quarter/End of Year Awards Ceremony. Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 5th grade will have promotion ceremonies.

The last month of school is just as important as the first month. Daily, on-time attendance is critical for Eagles so they can experience these events. Most importantly, our Eagles must receive instruction so they are able to successfully prepare for their upcoming grade level and end of year assessments to determine how much progress they've made this year. In the event of an absence, please use the link below to turn in parent notes/excuses at Please download the 2023-2024 district calendar in the Miscellaneous Files and Forms section below to identify school closures and early releases to plan for your child(ren) to attend school daily.

Last but not least, I want to thank each of you for your support and welcoming me as your principal. My first year on "The Hill" was nothing short of amazing! Your kind words, smiles, waves in the car rider line, and presence at school events are greatly appreciated. I look forward to next school year being even more amazing and bright for our Eagles. I ask that you consider joining our school's Parent-Teacher Organization so HHES can continue to thrive. As always, if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions please contact me at the school at 803-783-5545.

  • Tuesday, May 2nd - SC Ready Writing (grades 3-5)
  • Wednesday, May 3rd - SC Ready Reading (grades 3-5)
  • Tuesday, May 9th - SC Ready Math (grades 3-5)
  • Thursday, May 11th - SC Ready Science (grade 4)
  • Tuesday, May 16th - End of Year STAR Reading Test (grades K-5)
  • Thursday, May 18th - End of Year STAR Math Test (grades 1-5)
  • Thursday, May 18th - PK Promotion Ceremony, 6:00p.m. @ Southeast MS
  • Tuesday, May 23rd - Awards Ceremony for Grades 1-4 (times are forthcoming)
  • Wednesday, May 24th - K Promotion Ceremony, 9:00a.m. @ Lower Richland HS
  • Thursday, May 25tth - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 6:00p.m. @ Lower Richland HS
  • Friday, May 26th - Last Day for Students (Early Release)

Class Placement Requests - Deadline 5/5

You are invited to provide input into the type of classroom in which your child is placed as we begin planning for the 2023-2024 school year. If you would like to do so, please send me an email that describes:

  • your child’s learning style,
  • the type of classroom where you think your child will be most successful, and
  • the type of teaching style most suitable for your child

It is helpful for us to know from your perspective if your child needs a very structured environment or a teacher with a higher tolerance for movement and/or noise. If your child is shy, outgoing, anxious, or struggling in a subject – that is information that is important to us also as we work to make the best grouping possible. When we place children into classes, we examine their achievement, ability, and temperament, and then we work to make the best fit with an upcoming teacher. We consider the current teacher’s success with a child, and I review the parent’s input. Please note that you providing the name of a specific teacher will be considered but may not be granted, even if you have some experience with a teacher through an older sibling or a friend’s child. Each child is different, and each teacher/student relationship is different. Further, there is always the possibility that teachers will change positions or grade levels before we return to school.

Many hours and many discussions are put into creating well-balanced homerooms for the upcoming school year. Emails requesting types of teachers and sharing characteristics about your child will be accepted up until the close of business on Friday, May 5, 2023. We will not be able to consider parent input after that date. Once the school year begins, we will not switch classes. Please email your requests directly to me at I will keep any information you share confidential. Thank you in advance for your input and partnership!

STOPit Solutions

Please be reminded that STOPit is an online reporting tool designed to deter and mitigate bullying, cyber abuse and other inappropriate behaviors. It consists of an app and a back-end incident management system for school administrators. This program teaches students, parents and staff how to recognize the signs of at-risk behaviors and gather information and report, and it allows administrators to assess, manage and resolve incidents.

Our students are able to use the STOPit app to report incidents anonymously. They will have the power to help put an end to harmful and inappropriate behavior they see online through social media and other means. Students also can use STOPit to reach out for help if they or a peer are facing a personal crisis or experiencing bullying, abuse or are otherwise in need of assistance.

No student information is needed to use STOPit. The only way personally identifiable information will be accessible through STOPit is if a student voluntarily includes it within the content of a report or message.

April Dreambox Challenge

Students are required to complete 5-7 lessons on Dreambox per week to reinforce math skills. Our April winners are:

Student with the Highest Number of Lessons Per Class:

Liam Wilson, Kennedy Mayfield, Sofia Villeda, Jarrai Farmer, Timaria Simons, Amir Walker, Chevy Hauprich, Kiyan Rhodes, Lyncoln Schmidt, Hazyen Laumea-Letuli, Dalila Martinez, Dalyn Gamble, Ebony Smith, Elizabeth Garcia, Nick Villeda, Elijah Sterling, Coleton Felder, Enrique Morales Roblero, Kesaun Walker, Tiana Wright, Christian Williams, Omari Lyles, Jared Kelly, and Jaheim Davis

Grade Level with the Highest Number of Lessons Completed:


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

Soan (K), Scott-Goode (1st), Dakwar (2nd), Ogao-Ogao (3rd), Dela Cruz (4th), and Bennett-Lee (5th)

Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8th-12th. Our teachers here at "The Hill" work tirelessly to provide learning experiences for our Eagles while addressing their social-emotional needs. We'd like for you to share your love with our teachers and consider giving a shout out at Your shout out may be featured on the district's social media pages throughout the week. A copy of the letter sent on our school's DoJo listing treats you may wish to provide can be found below in the Miscellaneous Files and Forms section.

Nurse Appreciation Week

A super special shout out goes to Nurse Penny. She goes above and beyond to provide for medical assistance to students and staff. To show your appreciation, consider making a donation to her Eagle Hygiene Kit Program to support students in need of hygiene products. Any donations of the following are greatly appreciated:

  1. bottled water
  2. deodorant
  3. toothbrushes & toothpaste
  4. combs/brushes
  5. shampoo/conditioner
  6. lotion
  7. sanitary napkins

Teacher and Classified Employee of the Year

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Congratulations to Ms. Abalo, 2nd grade teacher, for being selected by colleagues to serve as our school's Teacher of the Year for 2023-2024. Ms. Abalo is always willing to help others, even if they are on another grade level, to ensure our Eagles soar. She is positive in her interactions and shows genuine passion for teaching and learning.

Congratulations also goes to Mr. Sigmund Tucker, ISS Supervisor, for being selected by colleagues to serve as our school's Classified Employee of the Year for 2023-2024. Mr. Tucker is an all-around member of our staff who is always ready to assist in any capacity, and is often the first face students see when they get off the bus. He values providing life lessons to students so they are successful beyond elementary school.

Affordable Connectivity Program

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Richland One is a Community Eligibility Provision district, which means ALL students qualify to eat school meals at no cost regardless of their household income. That also means all of our students qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)! Through the program, families can receive a discount of up to $30 per month for internet service through participating providers. Since some providers have internet service plans as low as $30 a month or less, your internet service could be free with the ACP discount. This is not a Richland One program, but we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to get affordable internet service. To apply, go to If you have any questions about the program or if you need assistance, call the ACP Support Center at 877-384-2575.

Free Housing Clinics

Richland One families who are financially struggling and/or facing problems with their homes can receive free help. In partnership with the Columbia Branch of the NAACP, below are the remaining dates and times for free housing clinics to receive guidance on habitability issues such as mold, broken fixtures, illegal evictions, utility assistance, etc. Click the date and time of your choice to register for a clinic. For more information, contact Deborah Boone at 803-231-6914 or

Parent Family Engagement Survey

Take a moment to provide feedback about our district's Parent Family Engagement Program. The survey can be found below. A digital copy of the flyer can be found in the Miscellaneous Files & Forms sections.

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Miscellaneous Files and Forms