Hilltop Herald - Parent Edition

Be Respectful ~ Be Responsible ~ Be Resilient

Volume 1 ~ Issue 36 ~ May 22, 2023

Amazing Falcon Families,

"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. ~Arthur Ashe~

While it is hard to imagine that we are almost at the end of another school year, we are here. To my first group of promoting 8th graders, while your middle school journey is wrapping up, your life journey is continuing on to high school. You have so much life to live and so many dreams and goals to accomplish in the next four years. Regardless how you started, I encourage you to finish strong by doing well on your end-of course exams this week. To my first group of 7th graders, your middle school journey is halfway through. And while you had to transition from elementary to middle school, you persevered and many of you will finish on par by having passed all your classes. There are some of you who will need to attend summer school so that you can catch up. Seventh graders, you still have one week to catch up on work for classes that you are on the verge of failing. So, catch up and then finish strong by studying for your end-of-course exams and doing well in it. You got this Falcons!

Textbook Return Day on May 22, 2023

Falcons, bring your books tomorrow to return. Please watch the video below to see and hear the instructions. Or you can click on this LINK to watch the video. A reminder to all 8th graders, unpaid debts may prevent you from participating in promotion. If you have lost a textbook or more, please see an administrator to develop an alternative payment plan.

Future Falcon Fair on May 22, 2023

Families, if you have a future Falcon coming next year, please read the section below on this important esvent. We hope to see you there!

End-Of-Course Exams begins May 23, 2023

Falcons, EOCs begin Tuesday, May 23, 2023 and ends June 1, 2023. We will have schedule F, which has a minimum day release of 12:55pm. There are no advisory periods after Monday.

Eighth Grade Awards Night on May 25, 2023 @ 6:00pm

Eighth graders, if you are receiving an award and be recognized at promotion, you will receive an invitation to attend an Awards Night on May 25, 2023. Please put a hold on your calendar for this celebration event.

The following awards, which includes all of 7th grade year and the first semester of 8th grade, will be given:

  1. Department Awards
  2. Presidential Award (Scholarship GPA: 4.0)
  3. Scholarship Award (Scholarship GPA: 3.7 - 3.99)
  4. Citizenship Award (Citizenship Award: 4.0)
  5. Reclassified Proficient Award (Students who became English Proficient this year)
  6. Top Falcon Award (New Award for 8th Grader who exemplifies what it means to be a Falcon; nominated by teachers; interviewed and then selected by Ms. Finley)

Important Dates for All Families

Families, please read Important Dates for All Families section below and mark the dates on your calendar. Thanks.

Eighth Grade Promotion Information

Eighth Graders, promotion is just around the corner! Make sure that you take care of business with regards to you academics and behavior so that you can fully participate in all the festivities for promotion including the ceremony itself. Here is the LINK to the details of promotion. Promotion tickets will be passed out to all eighth graders during Advisory on May 22, 2023. Parents, please make sure that you have received it. If you have questions about getting more tickets or promotion, in general, please email Ms. Cruz at amy.cruz@sweetwaterschools.org.

Promotion Tickets Information

Families, promotion tickets will be given to your student during advisory on Monday, May 22, 2023. Students will have to sign for it and it is in a yellow-orange envelope. If you have any questions about promotion tickets, please email Ms. Cruz.

Summer Bridge Program for Incoming 7th Graders

Families, if you have an incoming 7th grader, HTM will be offering Summer Bridge this summer for the very first time. It is a one-week program where students will be enrolled in two classes: 1) SEL/Study Skills Class and 2) Curriculum Camp. If you would like your incoming 7th grader to participate, please click HERE to enroll him. Our Summer Bridge Coordinate is Ms. Esparza. For questions, please email her at lilly.esparza@sweetwaterschools.org

Current 7th Graders Who Have not Submitted Elective Forms for 8th grade

Seventh Graders, if you have not submitted your elective forms for next year, please complete it by this week. We have received 133 transfer students from other schools and they will be given unclaimed spots in electives in the next two weeks. Click on this LINK to submit your elective preference.

Summer School for Current 7th Graders with Fs

7th Grade families, if your 7th grader has received an F in Science, World Cultures, Math and English, they will be signed up to attend summer school to recover up to 2 Fs. Please talk to your counselors regarding summer school. Summer School begins June 5 and ends June 23. 2023. Please see the Summer Programs Flyer below.

Math Acceleration Summer Program

Current 7th Graders, if you are currently receiving a C or higher in Integrated Math 7 and would like to take Integrated Math 1 (a high school class) in 8th grade, please check with your teacher to see if you qualify to attend. Please read Summer Program Flyer below.

Registration Days for HTM

Parents, if you have not completed the registration process yet, please take advantage of our one-on-one services on these dates: June 6 - 7, 2023 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm. Let's make sure that your child is ready to start on day 1.

Incoming 7th Grade Orientation Days in July

If you have an incoming 7th grader, there is an orientation schedule for them and for you in July. Please read flyer below.

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


Mrs. Finley

Textbok Return Information

Falcons, all textbooks must be returned on Monday, May 22, 2023. Eighth graders, if you have lost a textbook, make sure that you need to pay the cost of the text before promotion. If you cannot pay it now, meet with an administrator regarding this.

End-Of-Course Exam Schedule

For your information

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Future Falcon Fair on May 22, 2023

Families, if you have incoming 7th graders, we will be hosting a community event for you to check out our elective classes, after school program, sports and clubs. Please join us!

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Important Dates for All Families

Please use the information below to mark all the dates on your calendar.

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Eighth Grade Promotion Information

Falcon Families, please read the letter below regarding promotion. Tickets will be given to 8th graders on May 22 during advisory.

Eighth grade families,

Read the information below regarding promotion. Once again, many of you have been asking if there has been a change in promotion requirements. To date, the requirements for participating in promotion is that you have to pass all your classes this semester. If we receive new information, I will pass the information to you as soon as we get it.

Below is the promotion letter with all the specific details about the ceremony in addition to all the end-of-year events. Click on this LINK to access the letter.

Promotion tickets will be given to 8th graders on May 22, 2023 during advisory. Students will need to sign-off upon receiving their tickets.

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SummerPrograms @ Hilltop Middle School

This is our summer school offerings for Summer 2023.

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Incoming 7th Grade Orientation

Future Falcons, join us for Orientation in July!

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Click HERE to Access the Student/Parent Handbook

Falcon Families, click the title bar to access the student/parent handbook.