Hilltop Herald - Parent Edition

Be Respectful ~ Be Responsible ~ Be Resilient

Volume 1 ~ Issue 4 ~ August 8, 2022

Marvelous Falcon Families,

“If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.” ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It is hard to imagine that we are beginning the fourth week of school. And as we enter it, I want to spend time discussing the concept of self-respect. According to research, for anyone to be socially and emotionally competent, it is necessary to develop our own sense of self-respect. When we attain self-respect, we develop a sense of social awareness that take into consideration the idea of "OTHERS BEFORE ME." We realize that we are not the only one in our universe or space; rather, others will be in our spaces whether we want to or not. Knowing this, it helps us to make sound decisions that allow us to maintain our self-respect. In speaking with you this week, some of you have said, "Well, he or she need to respect me." Unfortunately, none of us can compel others to respect us. The only person of whom you are in control is YOU. You can compel you to respect yourself. Thus, every decision BEGINS and ENDS with YOU, including respecting yourself. When you respect yourself, it is easy to respect others. When you disrespect yourself, it is easy to disrespect others. This week, when you interact with other students and teachers and other staff ask yourself, "Do my actions show others I respect me? If the answer is YES, then continue with how you conduct yourself. If the answer is NO, then it is time to reflect on actions that disrespect you and do those acts which demonstrate your respect for yourself.

Potential Class Changes in August/September

Last week, the district was negotiating with the teachers union to re-instate librarians to full time status. If an agreement is reached, Ms. Southam's English classes will be given to another English teacher. If the agreement is approved by the board, then we will make these moves as quickly as possible, knowing that we have until the end of Quarter 1 (by Fall break) to make these changes. Thank you for understanding.

Behavior Expectations

Students, by now you have heard directly from both assistant principals about our expectation of you. Furthermore, the week before your teachers covered this topic during advisory. You are capable of being the best in academics and in citizenship. Do not do anything that will lead you to the office.

Dress Code Guidelines for the 2022-2023 School Year

In the behavior expectation presentation with APs, they discussed dress codes in length. While we understand the struggle that parents face with finding appropriate clothes, we also understand that inappropriate dress can disrupt the educational environment. This is a balancing act. Parents, please discuss the dress code guidelines for this year. Click HERE to access the dress code guidelines. The question that should drive you as you prepare to go to school is, "Is what I am wearing appropriate and reasonable for school?"

Cell Phone Policy Reminder

While most of you have followed our cell phone policy, some of you have not. The negative behaviors I mentioned in my introduction were all connected to violating our cell phone policy, which have resulted in loss of cell phone privileges. Students do not allow a small device to control you. If your parents need to contact you, they will call the main office. There is no need for you to have your cell phones out. I expect that all of you will adhere to this policy this week.

Additional Important for the Upcoming Weeks

Families, please read all the sections below as they contain valuable information for the upcoming week, such as Open House, Fall Sports Parent Meeting, Picture Day, Saturday Academy, Weekly Academic Interventions and more.

Let's have a marvelous week Falcons!


Mrs. Finley

Students and Parents,

Fall Sports is about ready to begin. We want to make sure that your child is ready to participate day 1. On Tuesday, August 9 @ 5:30pm, we will be hosting a fall athlete parent meeting for all students and their respective parents to attend an informational meeting about athletics. While the meeting is in hybrid format, we hope that you can join us in-person. See the flyer below for all the information.

Three things you must do BEFORE you can try out for your chosen sport:

  1. Sign up for Falcon Flight Program. Athletics is run by our Falcon Flight Program. If you have not done this step yet, click HERE to join.
  2. Register your child as an athlete on registermyathlete.com. Without registering your child cannot play.
  3. Sign Up to participate in the SDSU-NIH COVID Testing Program so that your child automatically tests at home with the provided testing kit. Your child must test weekly for outdoor sports and twice weekly for indoor sports. Click HERE to sign up for this program. Or, provide a weekly test results provided by your healthcare provider or other verified healthcare organization such as 211.org or pharmacies that provide free testing. Submit test results by 5:00pm Tuesday each week. Also, you may use a store-bought home test kit but you will have to submit test by 5:00pm Tuesday each week. You must take a picture of the results with your full name written on the test kit and the date you took the test.
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This Year's Open House is Virtual

Falcons, unfortunately Open House is scheduled virtually for August 18, 2022. Below is the approved bell schedule. More information to follow closer to Open House.

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Intervention Programs to Begin Week of August 15, 2022

Students, do not get behind in any of your classes. Start Attending Falcon Scholars on August 15, 2022

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Saturday Academy Begins August 20, 2022

Students, if you have missed school, here is a way that you can make up the absence. Attend Saturday Academy

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COVID Information

Students and Parents, please read the latest about COVID and the associated protocols that go with it.

Click HERE on the latest COVID Update. At this point, masking is strongly recommended. As the numbers changes, so will our protocols. Thank you for your patience.

Students, if you test positive for COVID, click HERE to determine which scenario fits your situation. Once you have identified the correct scenario for you, please follow all safety protocols that go with the scenario.

For classwork, you will be placed on independent study. Please contact the attendance office to report the absence or email our assistant principal secretary, Ms. Garcia at patricia.garcia2@sweetwaterschools.org. It is important that once Ms. Garcia sends you the independent study form, you sign it immediately.

At this time, teachers are NOT required to host a virtual synchronous session during her in-person instruction. This is being negotiated with the teachers union right now.

Weekly COVID testing is mandatory for all athletes and extracurricular activities. If you have not done so already, please sign up with SDSU-NIH Testing program [Click HERE] or you will have to provide test results from your healthcare provider or other verified health organizations.

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2022-2023 HTM School Pictures Days

Families, here is the information on the student pictures for this school year. Please keep in mind that there will be one make up day for Semester 1. Also, students will get their student ID cards at the same time.


Make sure that you are here for Picture Day, which will be taken via PE classes.

  1. August 16, 2022 - 7th Grade
  2. August 17 2022 - 8th Grade

If you want to order pictures, below is the picture with all the information:

  1. Go to mylifetouch.com
  2. Enter our school code: EVTNFSZXB
  3. Order the package you want
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ASB August Calendar and Spririt Week

Falcons, dowload these images and put on your IPAD desktop so that you don't miss out on any fun activities. First Spirit Week is AROUND THE CORNER!!

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Falcon Flight Before & Afterschool Program

Families, our Falcon Flight Before and After-school program is fully open. Below is a video of how each day functions. You must sign up for the program.


If you want your child to participate in extra-curricular activities such as athletics, tutoring, drama, strings and other programs, follow the instructions below. We need you to sign up TODAY!!

Click HERE to sign up. Once a staff member enrolls your student into the program, you will receive an email stating that they are now part of the program.

NOTE: SUHSD mandates that all students participating in extracurricular activities such as are offered in the Falcon Flight will be required to test weekly. Here are two ways in which you may test:

  1. Participate in the SDSU-NIH Weekly Testing Program. Click HERE to sign up for the testing program. The results will go directly to the district and will be provided to all schools.
  2. Provide a weekly test results provided by your healthcare provider or other verified healthcare organization such as 211.org or pharmacies that provide free testing. Submit test results by 5:00pm Tuesday each week.
  3. You may use a store-bought home test kit but you will have to submit test by 5:00pm Tuesday each week. You must take a picture of the results with your full name written on the test kit and the date you took the test.
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Click HERE to Access the Student/Parent Handbook

Click on this title bar to access the student/parent handbook. This is the latest iteration of the handbook. In the next few weeks, we will be updating the information. For now, this is what students and families will be accountable for.