The Hilltop Times February 2023

"We Believe...Success for ALL!"

From Principal Adams

We are over 100 days smarter! Students and staff celebrated the 100th day of school dressing up to celebrate this milestone for the 2022-2023 school year. During the month of February, students will be busy learning as we countdown to our state practice tests which will be administered in March. Until then, teachers will continue to engage in instructional planning as a team and professional learning.

Please be reminded it takes each of us to ensure all stakeholders remain safe while inside and outside the school building. I ask that you adhere to the following reminders. More details about our procedures can be found in the Parent Student Handbook that was distributed at the beginning of the school year which is also included as a downloadable file at the bottom of this newsletter.

1. Car riders are to be dropped off in the car loop 7:00am-7:30am.

2. Refrain from dropping off at the end of Eagle Road and in the parking lot at the front of the school. This is to ensure proper supervision of students and to prevent cars from interfering with other vehicles who have right of way.

3. Park and come into the school to sign in your child(ren) when tardy starting 7:30am.

4. Make a right turn when exiting campus from the car rider line.

5. Use the entrance on Grammar Road to come onto campus when needing to park or come to the front of the school.

6. Parents and guardians who wish to observe in the classroom must have a prearranged date/time with an administrator and be accompanied by someone from the administrative team. Please note this does not negate our open-door policy.

7. All visitors must check in at the front office.

As always, we cannot do what we do without the support of parents and community. We encourage you to stay connected by visiting our school website and interacting with our school page on Class Dojo, Facebook, and Twitter. Reviewing your child's grades on Parent Portal continues to be an expectation so you can monitor their growth and consult with your child's teacher to address any declines before the end of the grading period. Volunteering in your child's classroom or around the school is always encouraged. Volunteers must undergo a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) background check and a Department of Social Services (DSS) Child Abuse Registry check at

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions please contact me at the school at 803-783-5545.

  • Monday, February 6th - Friday, February 10th - School Counseling Week
  • Tuesday, February 7th - Quarter 3 Interims go home
  • Friday, February 17th - Early Release for Students
  • Monday, February 20th - Presidents' Day Holiday: No School for Students
  • Friday, February 24th - 100 Men Read event
  • Friday, February 24th - HHES Family Dance Night @ Southeast Middle School (6-8pm)

Standard Response Protocol (SRP)

The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) provides clear, consistent, and shared language and actions that can be applied among staff, students, and first responders in emergency situations. The five actions that can occur in a school setting are HOLD, SECURE, LOCKDOWN, EVACUATE, AND SHELTER. Please contact your child's teacher if you did not receive a parent flyer explaining each of these components. Below is a concise version of the information already shared. Contact Principal Adams if you have any questions or concerns about this new approach for Richland One schools.
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R1 Champs Training Sessions

Three training sessions for Richland One’s new R1 CHAMPS (Caring Hearts Making Positive Shifts) initiative will be held in February. Training dates and times are listed below:

**Tuesday, February 7 at 6 p.m., Lyon Street Student Services Center (1310 Lyon Street, Columbia, SC 29204)

**Tuesday, February 21 at 6 p.m., Lyon Street Student Services Center (1310 Lyon Street, Columbia, SC 29204)

**Saturday, February 25 at 1:30 p.m., Reid Chapel AME Church (704 Gabriel Street, Columbia, SC 29203)

The goal of R1 CHAMPS is to place more positive male role models on school campuses and help staff empower, inspire and encourage students to achieve their full potential.

R1 CHAMPS volunteers will provide an additional adult presence and an “extra set of eyes” on campuses during the school day. They will greet students at the beginning of the day and assist staff during dismissal; monitor the halls during class changes and help ensure that students report to their classes on time; and assist staff during school assemblies and special events. Volunteers will wear R1 CHAMPS shirts that identify them to students, staff and visitors. For more information, contact Kerry Abel, Richland One’s dropout prevention coordinator, at 803-231-7182, 803-553-0072 or

"Souper" Bowl of Caring

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In celebration of Super Bowl 2023, Richland One's Parents and Students Succeed (PASS) Project, Office of Strategic Partnerships and Extended-Day Programs, and Nutrition Services Department are collaborating with the Souper Bowl of Caring for a "SUPER" canned good and hunger relief campaign. This campaign will run until Friday, February 17th. This is designated as Richland One's REACH THE GOAL- TACKLE HUNGER campaign period.

The Souper Bowl of Caring collection box will be placed at the front of the school.

Friday, February 17, 2023- Souper Bowl Game Day Friday- Wear your favorite National Football League sportswear and paraphernalia.


Daily, on-time attendance is important for our Eagles. They miss valuable, direct instruction from their teacher(s) that is not comparable to a packet of work. Attending school regularly, on time, and with limited early dismissals help your child feel better about school. In the event of an absence, please use the link below to turn in parent notes/excuses:

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HHES PTO Presents: School Family Dance

This event is for HHES students and their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians must remain with their child(ren) for the duration of the event. All RSVPs and cash payments are due on or before Friday, February 17th. See file below for the original flyer to access the RSVP form. You may also contact your child's teacher. If you are interested in joining the HHES PTO, please email Mr. Feggin Durant (PTO President) at
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2022-2023 Parent and Student Handbook

See below for the English and Spanish versions of the 2022-2023 Parent and Student Handbooks which provide general information about our school, behavior expectations, ways to communicate, and instruction-related topics. Please contact the school if you need a hard copy sent home with your child.

Miscellaneous Files and Forms