#HillHasHeart Edition - September 2022

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A Note from the Principal

Hello Hill Families,

It's hard to believe that we have been in school for nearly three weeks. We are off to a great start at Hill School. Our students have settled in amazingly well. I'm really proud of all of them!

You can expect a monthly Hill Happenings newsletter from me. Don't forget to also watch for a weekly newsletter from your child's teacher. Please review classroom newsletters weekly for information or questions regarding school activities.

Parent drop-off and pick-up is running smoothly and we appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation! In the morning, it would be helpful if your child was unbuckled holding their backpack, ready to get out of the car to keep our line running smoothly. As a reminder, we ask that you do not get out of your vehicle in the pick-up/drop-off line. This slows the process down. Thank you for using our car signs at dismissal, it certainly helps with expedite our system. Kudos to our Hill School Families!

As we head into the Labor Day weekend, I want to remind you that there is no school on Friday, September 2nd or Monday, September 5th. I hope that you all enjoy the holiday weekend with family and friends.

I sincerely appreciate all of your support as we embark on a wonderful school year together!


Mrs. Burke, Proud Principal

Welcome Officer Steve Howe

Please join me in welcoming one of our newest staff members. Mr. Steve Howe joins us as building security. Officer Steve brings years of experience in law enforcement. You will see him outside at arrival and dismissal and he will have a presence throughout our building each day. He is enjoying his new role and looks forward to working with our students.

Counselor's Corner

My name is Karen Thompson. I am excited to be the full time counselor at Hill this year! Previously, I was at Hahn Intermediate and taught Art from 1999 to 2018, after which I moved into a counseling position at the middle school. I was also split between the middle school and Hahn as a counselor, then split between Hill and Hahn last year.

Do you want health, happiness and a long life? We all do!

*Social support, being around people, helps us counter stress.

*Being a good friend who listens and helps out when a friend needs assistance can benefit the helper as well.

*Connections with others can give you the confidence you need in a stressful situation.

*Surround yourself with people who are positive and inspire you, the positive benefits go both ways!

Mrs. Thompson

Hill Counselor


MTSS Interventionist/Coach

I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself for those of you who don’t know me. My name is Julie Buzzell and I will be the MTSS (multi-tiered systems of support) interventionist at Hill this year. In this role, I will be analyzing building, classroom and individual student data to determine academic support needs.

Students that come to work with my team and I will attend a reading intervention session outside of regular classroom instruction in a smaller group setting. During these lessons, the children will work on literacy skills at their instructional level. Your child will participate in guided reading, phonics, fluency, comprehension and writing activities. We will be using a RISE model based on Jan Richardson’s framework of study. If your child will work with me for the first session, you will be receiving a letter that states more details about the program.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with Hill children at all levels. We will get started as soon as all incoming assessments have been completed.

Mrs. Buzzell


Music Notes from Mrs. DuPrey

My name is Lisa DuPrey and I am the music and STEM teacher here at Hill. I have been teaching at Hill for 16 years. I have two daughters and one son and my oldest two children attend Hill as well. My favorite part about my job is getting to work with the kids and families year after year, and watching the kids grow during their time here.

We are off to a great start in music!!! This week we will begin our aptitude testing in first – fourth grade. Students will take two tests, one focused on tonal passages and the other focused on rhythmic passages. Test scores will not be used for a grade but are used only by me to know how each individual child is progressing in music class. This test is given at the beginning and the end of the year. At the end of the year, I look to see if the scores improved from the start of the year, to see if the kids are absorbing the content in music class. So far, the scores have been outstanding!!! After all aptitude tests are completed, kindergarten, first, second, and third grade will continue working on tonal patterns and rhythm improvisation, and fourth graders will begin their first composition unit!

It's great to be back!

Mrs. DuPrey


Fitness Fun with Mr. Whitman

Welcome back. My name is Mr. Whitman, and I’m excited to be at Hill Elementary for a 9th year teaching Physical Education.

The first few weeks have been spent establishing routines and reviewing our Cardinal Code. First and foremost, I always ask the kids to give their “best effort.” We have spent a lot of time these first few weeks talking about what trying their “best” means and what may cause it to be different from day to day. We also talked a great deal about safety, and what students can do to keep themselves and others safe in the classroom.

Speaking of safety, for the safety of your child and others around them, gym shoes are required for PE class (see class schedule at bottom). Gym shoes are classified as those with either laces, velcro, or some other way that keeps the shoe securely on their feet. Casual slide on shoes or crocs, even if they have a rubber bottom, are not allowed. We hope the students are able to have a shoe that both supports and doesn’t mark the floor up. This has always been a district policy at Davison, so I appreciate your support on this simple matter.

This fall you can expect to hear your child talk about football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and golf since those are the sports we are focusing on while we can still go outside. I’m excited to be working with your child this school year! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

2022-2023 PE SChedule

Mrs. Galbreath- Wed/Thurs

Ms. Robertson- Mon/Tues

Ms. Fulcher- Mon/Tues

Mrs. Wright- Wed/Thurs

Mrs. Schaepkens- Mon/Tues

Miss Wheaton- Thurs/Fri

Miss Richards- Thurs/Fri

Mrs. Halverson- Mon/Tues

Mrs. White- Mon/Tues

Ms. Turkovics- Thurs/Fri

Go Cards!

Mr. Whitman

Library Corner - Mrs. Crystal

My name is Denise Crystal, and I am the Media Paraprofessional. Welcome back to school from the Hill Media Center! This week your child checked out their first library book. During library time, we have learned how to take care of our library books.

Along with their library book, your child brought home a note providing book care guidelines, book due dates, etc. Please help enforce these guidelines at home. Also, please help your child remember to return their book(s). They will not be able to check out another book(s) until they return the current book(s) they have checked out.

I look forward to sharing my love of reading with your student!

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Denise Crystal


PTO Updates

  • 2022-2023 Officers:
    • President: Danielle Wenzel
    • VP: Lindsay Brandon
    • Treasurer: Autumn Spears
    • Secretary: Haily Willford

  • Our next two PTO dates are noted below . We'd love for you to join us, and we encourage and welcome any and all ideas/feedback!
    • Monday, Sept 12 @ 5:30pm - Hill Elementary
    • Wednesday, Oct. 5th @ 5:30pm - Hill Elementary

  • Walk-A-Thon update!
    • This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! ALL funds collected support classroom/teacher needs, educational programs and apps, field trips, assemblies and programs like Science Alive, and much more! We are continuing to save for new playground equipment (our goal is $50k) for a great piece of new playground equipment and installation! Just a few weeks left to collect your donations, and there are some amazing prizes up for grabs! All money is due by September 14th to qualify for prizes!
  • Upcoming Dates/Events:
    • Walk-A-Thon: September 16th
    • First Popcorn Day: September 30th
    • Harvest Day (more info TBA): October 7th

Cardinal Code Expectations

The start of each new school year brings a review of school and classroom procedures. In Davison we teach our students the Cardinal Code. The Cardinal Code is a positive behavior support for students in which certain behaviors are expected, taught and insisted upon. For those students having difficulty following the Cardinal Code, teachers and staff work with students and parents to assist in learning and following the code.

For those new to Davison Community Schools, the Cardinal Code “CARDS” stands for ... Courteous, Attentive, Respectful, Dependable, and Supportive of Our School.

A matrix of the code and behavior expected in specific areas of the school can be found in the DCS Student/Parent HANDBOOK.


At Hill, students and staff LOVE to celebrate birthdays! Due to ongoing concerns regarding food allergies, medical conditions and dietary restrictions, Davison Community Schools no longer allows food treats, including cake and cupcakes, to be sent in. Please talk with your child’s teacher about alternate ideas for celebrating your child’s birthday.

Intersession 1.0 is going to be out of this world!

Registration has opened up for Intersession 1.0. Intersession will run Monday, October 31st - Thursday, November 3rd. You can find registration information at dcer.davisonschools.org. The deadline for registering is Friday, September 30th!

Intersession 1.0

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ALICE Drill and Training

Davison Community Schools has implemented a federally endorsed safety protocol called ALICE to train staff and students in what to do in the unlikely event of an armed intruder. This training encourages staff and students to respond based on their situation, rather than rely on centralized instructions in dynamic times of crisis.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate:

● Alert – inform people of the threat, giving as much information as possible.

● Lockdown – Students and staff can choose to lockdown and barricade the room that they are in if they determine that it is not safe to evacuate.

● Inform – pass on as much information as possible to others and to First Responders, including calling 911.

● Counter – an effort of last resort, if an armed intruder is able to get into the space they are in, individuals can counter with distraction or other tactics. Staff are being trained to use every effort, instead of relying on the traditional lockdown and hide response.

● Evacuate – If it is safe to do so, all are encouraged to evacuate the building, and remove themselves from the threat.

ALICE is not intended to be a checklist of things to do. It is a list of choices, with accompanying strategies that are options for our staff to help themselves and students stay safe in the highly unlikely event of an armed intruder. We believe that all of our school buildings are the safest place for our students to be. Just like practicing what we should do in a fire, we want to be sure that we will know what to do if an armed intruder is in the school. All of Davison schools are equipped with a number of safeguards, some seen and others unseen, to keep our students safe. Hill staff and students are scheduled for a Lockdown (ALICE) drill on September 14th. State law requires all schools to conduct three lockdown drills a year. The first drill of the school year is always announced. Davison Community Schools Liaison Officer, Matt Giguere assists in conducting these drills at Hill. Staff will share what they have learned with our students in an age appropriate way, and teach them the ALICE procedures through the course of the year. We want our children to be prepared for everything, including if an unsafe person was to enter our school. Teachers and staff will take the principles and tactics taught in the ALICE training and present the information in non-fearful, empowering ways. We will take into account a children’s developmental readiness to ensure that students feel safe and have opportunities to talk about their feelings and reactions. There is no plan to have simulated shooters in our buildings while students are learning about ALICE. All learning will be staff directed and student-centered. It is our recommendation that parents engage in age appropriate conversations with their child or children following all safety drills. Should a parent have a specific question please contact your child's building principal.

Attendance Line - Available 24/7

If your child is going to be absent for any reason, please be sure to contact our Attendance Line (810-591-0522). Calls can be place on that voicemail at any time day or night. Please be sure to include the reason for your child's absence so it can be noted and the absence excused. Attendance calls should not be placed on the main office line.

Transportation Tags

Just a reminder that your child needs to have their 'transportation tag' on their backpack everyday! This is how we know if a child is parent pick-up or will be riding the bus. If you have to change how your child is going home, please call the office by 3:00. Do not leave transportation changes on the teacher's voicemail. This is often not checked until after school is out.


All Hill students enjoy a 20 minute outdoor recess each school day. It is important that all students arrive at school prepared for the weather as students do go outside everyday unless it is raining or the temperature dips below 0 degrees. We ask that students do NOT bring personal items to play with at school or outside at recess. Students who need to stay in during recess for medical reasons will need a note from the parent (good for only 2 days) or a doctor’s note, for anything beyond 2 days, stating the reason the student must remain indoors and the dates it includes.

Trading Items

Each year, it seems that the trading of items, small toys, Pokémon cards, or even video games becomes an issue. Students are reminded that trading items is not allowed or encouraged as they are not always aware of the value of items they hold. The school can not be responsible for traded items. Trading cards, small toys, etc should be left at home where parents are free to advise children of the value of such items. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Mark your calendar:

  • Friday, September 2nd - No School

  • Monday, September 5th - Labor Day

  • Monday, Sept. 12 - 16 - Homecoming Spirt Week

  • Monday 9/12: Space Jammy: PJ day

  • Tuesday 9/13: Black Out the Universe Day

  • Wednesday 9/14: Wear your favorite Outer-Sports Team Jersey

  • Thursday 9/15: Shine like a Star Neon /Tie-dye

  • Friday 9/16: Paint the Galaxy Maroon and Gold

  • Monday, September 12th - PTO Mtg in our Media Center

  • Wednesday, September 14th - Walk-A-Thon fundraiser forms and money are due to qualify for prizes

  • Friday, September 16th - Walk-A-Thon

  • Wednesday, September 21 - Early Release Dismissal @ 1:28 PM

  • Friday, September 23 - Progress reports sent home

  • Wednesday, September 28 - Table of Honor, Science Alive

  • Friday, September 30 - Intersession Registration Ends, Popcorn Friday (Free to all students)

Safety Patrol

Safety Patrol is an important leadership role for our 4th grade students at Hill School. In order to be selected as a member of safety patrol, students must be a model of Cardinal Code behavior. They need to keep up on their school work, have good attendance, lead by example, maintain a positive attitude, show respect to others, and follow directions the first time. Congratulations to our Team 1 of students who have been selected as safety patrol for the first marking period: Brooks Horwath, Kaylyn Piger, Brooklyn Lambaria, Noah Wheaton, Margaret Cournoyer, Charlie Thompson, Joaquin Ascensio, Niah Minto, Paige Oliver, Jayden Spaunburg-McLilly, Aiden Bruce, Nova Verdusco!

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Positive Office Referrals

It's one of my favorite things to do! I love having students come down to my office and I get to call their parent/guardian to brag about them! Our teachers can write up students for doing good things. Congratulations to our first positive office referrals for the school year: Gentry Mills, Ava Baysdell, Cruz Saldana, Talulah Bissett, Alexis Newsome, Luke Stegall, and Sawyer Travis. Thank you for being leaders at Hill School!
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2022-23 City of Davison Ground Water Protection Calendar

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Great work from our Artists: Brooklyn Lambaria, Noelle Lashley, Margaret Cournoyer, Raegan Dowdall, and Elijah Eastridge. Their art is featured in the 2022-23 calendar! Calendars were sent home with each of these students to share with their families! Way to go Hill Heroes!

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