Hillcrest Staff ARTery

We are the heART of Hillcrest!

The week of May 23rd - 27th

Bus Duty:

AM - Angie, Katie & Jenn

PM - Amy G., Trista & Ally

Treats: Anna & Emily

Word of the Week: Sportsmanship


Monday, May 23rd (Day 3)

  • DRA II testing in the Media Center
  • 8:30 - 9:15 - VISION K-2 Team Meeting
  • 9:50 - 1:30 - Grade 2 to Arboretum

Tuesday, May 24th (Day 1)

  • DRA II testing in the Media Center
  • 8:20 - 9:00 - Artful Learning Committee/Conference Room
  • 2:00 & 5:45 - Grade 5 Festival - "It's a Wrap"

Wednesday, May 25th (Day2)

  • 8:20 - 9:00 - SWIM team meeting/Caroline's room
  • 9:30 - 11:45 - Hawks to Skateville/Rollerskating
  • 9:30 - 3:30 - Patrols to Valley Fair

Thursday, May 26th (Day 3)

  • DRA II testing in the Media Center
  • 5:15 - 7:15 - ELA end of year party/stage

Friday, May 27th (Day 1)

  • 8:20 - 9:00 - BLT Meeting/Conference Room
  • 9:30 - 12:30 - New SPED teacher visit (Lindsey Palasek)
  • 12:45 - Olympic Day!!

Upcoming Events

MAY 30TH - MEMORIAL DAY (no school, fa la la la la)






Staff Meeting Schedule


  1. Wrapping it all up with a bow
  2. Schedule for Summer

Congrats and Thank You to Anna!

A large thanks to Anna for organizing and leading a wonderful Variety Show. The students did an amazing job and the whole production went incredibly smoothly. Hip hip hooray!

We have a new sign!

Thanks to Jeff and Jeremy from Building and Grounds for installing our new yellow Hillcrest signs by Door #1. They look great! We can't wait to get the banners up next! (Also a huge shout out to Brian Prentice for designing the signs for us!)

Cory made the BPS news!

Hillcrest Community School third grade teacher Cory Wade and a class of his students from his time teaching at Westwood are featured in two Responsive Classroom books:The First Six Weeks of School and The Joyful Classroom: Practical Ways to Engage and Challenge Students.

Wade underwent several years of coaching and training with The Center for Responsive Schools to become a Responsive Classroom consulting teacher and certified trainer. The Responsive Classroom approach emphasizes academic, social and emotional growth in a strong school community.

Also, rumor has it that the rocking hair style in the photo is coming back next year :)

Saying Goodbye

We're going to be saying goodbye to some amazing and awesome staff members this year. They have made a huge difference in our students' lives and our lives. They are . . .

  • Lisa H. (Psych)
  • Caitlin M. (SW)
  • Abby O. (EL)
  • Carolyn P. (Intervention)
  • Caroline R. (SPED)
  • Natalie S.-P. (EL)


High Blood Pressure Education Month

National High Blood Pressure Education Month marks the “kickoff” of high blood pressure prevention and control activities for the year. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) launched the first “Month” campaign in May 1974. About 100 national organizations cooperated in the campaign and over 200 organizations coordinated activities in their communities during the month.

NHLBI invites community groups, civic and faith-based organizations, hospital outreach programs, public health departments, and workplaces to renew activities to prevent and control high blood pressure. Below is a list of NHLBI resources that program planners may use in their activities for National High Blood Pressure Education Month:

Information for Patients and the Public

Information for Health Professionals

Tech Update

Keyboarding Skills

As we plan to move to 1:1 devices next fall in grades 3-5, teachers, principals and parents have expressed a desire for students to develop proficiency in using keyboarding skills. In response to that feedback, please see the attached presentation for a recommendation from Learning and Teaching and Technology about teaching keyboarding skills in grades 3-5.

Contact Holly Skadsem or Rachel Gens with questions or concerns.

Our weekly staff newsletter!

This newsletter will come to you every Friday afternoon for the upcoming week. If you have any information, small business items, or events to share, please email the title, narrative, and specifics to Jane or Calvin.