The Hilltop Herald 9/17/21

"Where We Learn, We Grow"

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A Great First Week of School

Our year has started off well. Our hallways are filled with laughter, the cafeteria full of smiles, and the playground full of fun!

Students have come to school ready to learn, grow and help each other out! Thank you for helping your son or daughter show up each day!

Together in Learning, Mrs. Rittmiller

Visitors to Hilltop Elementary

During the student day, 8:00 to 3:00, we will not be allowing non-essential visitors into the Le Sueur Henderson school buildings. This includes parents.

If you need to visit Hilltop Elementary School during the student day, please approach the front doors. The wall (on your right) has a camera and speaker system. Simply push the button. We will be able to communicate with you through this system.

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Caught you Being Good Slips and You Matter!

Be on the look out for these slips! Students are working to show Giant PRIDE and the 7 Mindsets to earn slips and prizes!

You Matter! This week we recognized the following students at Hilltop for Mattering to our Hilltop Community! Great job to: Reece Rehm, Eva McCormick and Lance McInnis

Opportunities for Learning and Behaviors

At Hilltop Elementary S.T.E.M. School, we recognize that students sometimes need reminders about desired and appropriate behaviors. When students are exhibiting behaviors that need multiple reminders, a student will have re-teaching opportunities and could have a reminder, a minor or a major note sent home or a parent contact of some sort. We are working together with you to instill behaviors that focus on treating others with respect, dignity and always doing our best.

Below you will see a graphic that outlines some behaviors that could need reteaching opportunities. Students have been learning about what Giant PRIDE is using a chromebook, using the bathroom, cafeteria, on the playground and working with students and adults at Hilltop. As a staff we know the importance of communicating with our students and families. We will give more explicit ideas within this structure and provide more details moving forward.

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Grade 5 - Eagle Bluff

As a school community, input from our local health community, survey results from our 5th grade families, changes in Eagle Bluff requirements, and staff input, we are ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff. We have made the decision to postpone the Eagle Bluff field trip this fall.

After receiving the final surveys we had families both in support and not in support of the field trip at this time. Eagle Bluff has also made changes to their initial plan with housing and wearing face coverings at all times in public spaces inside all buildings (classroom, lobby, hallway, and in dorm rooms unless showering or brushing teeth).

We will be working on scheduling a field trip or experience similar in the spring of 2022 for this 5th grade class.

We appreciate your time in helping us make an informed decision with Eagle Bluff.

Dates to Remember


17th - Two Hour Early Out

  • Students will be dismissed at 1:00 pm


6th -Walk or Bike to School Day

  • Bus riders will have the option to walk a couple laps at Hilltop to be the equivalent of a half mile to earn a prize

8th - FunD Run & Two Hour Early Out

  • FunD Run from 10:45 - 11:15 am
  • Students Dismissed at 1:00

Past Hilltop Herald Newsletters

Assistant Principal Mrs. Rittmiller

Secretary at Hilltop Elementary: Rachel Scheffler