Hillcrest STEAM Academy Newsletter

September 2020

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From the Office...

Hello STEAM Families,

September... the weather is slowly getting cooler, the sun is setting earlier, and rituals of a new school year are becoming part of our routine. We are so glad that YOU and YOUR FAMILY are part of our HSA family. We are thankful to have such an incredible school community.

This month, the newsletter contains information on a variety of topics, including our 1:1 initiative, student handbook, and a few other things.

We wish you well!

Dr. Roxanne Pearson - Principal

Dr. TJ Winkelmann - Assistant Principal

1:1 Device Updates

As you know, students at HSA have a Device Fee for our 1:1 initiative. A technology fee has been applied to your child’s account. If you have already paid these fees for the current school year, you can disregard this information. The fee includes insurance for the device. The fees will be on a sliding scale, based on free and reduced lunch program status. The structure is as follows:

User Fee

Regular pay: $30

Reduced lunch: $20

Free lunch: $10

Payments can be made online by credit card in the Parent Portal. All fees must be paid by September 11, 2020. If the fee is not paid, your child(ren) will leave the device at school. Many questions can be answered on the Responsible Usage Agreement website. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the office.

Students attending In Person in 2nd-6th grade received a new iPad during the first week of school. Due to extremely high demand, the keyboards and cases for the iPads have not arrived, therefore, iPads do not have cases. You are welcome to use your own case until the district-provided cases arrive. We do not have an expected date for the cases or keyboards at this time. If you would like your child to leave the iPad at school until the cases arrive, that will be fine! Contact your child’s teacher and send in the charger.

Strategic Plan

We are excited to share our Strategic Plan for 2020-2023. This plan will help to guide us in the years ahead!
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September Character Trait - Self-Discipline

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Thank You

We wanted to take a minute to say Thank You to all of our families. Thank YOU for navigating the 2020-2021 school year with us as PARTNERS in education. We recognize we are having to overcome some hurdles. Please know that we appreciate your flexibility and patience you have shown us so far this year. We sincerely appreciate you support!

Mask Reminders

It's important for Pirates everywhere to wear their masks correctly at all times.

  • Over the nose.
  • Over the mouth.

Yes, even you, Pirate Pete. #Proud2BPirates

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Student Handbook

Most of the important documents and information related to STEAM can be found on the school website. For example, the Student Handbook for the current school year can be found on the left side. If you have any suggestions for enhancing the website, reach out to the office!

Social Media

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter! We will continue to post updates throughout the year.

Important Dates in September


7 - Labor Day - No School

11 - Device Fees Must Be Paid

Our Mission

The mission of Hillcrest STEAM Academy, a leader of STEAM innovation, is to ensure that all students flourish as individuals of character and advocates of their for own learning through the school community distinguished by

  • a culture of independence and collaboration

  • a global outlook based on a foundation of character

  • a focus on problem solving and critical thinking

  • real world experiences with integration throughout all subjects.

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