Hilltop Herald - Parent Edition

Be Respectful ~ Be Responsible ~ Be Resilient

Volume 1 ~ Issue 15 ~ November 7, 2022

Wonderful Falcon Families,


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey~


One of my favorite movies that reminds us of men and women who chose to serve in the armed forces is the movie Harriet, which was released four years ago. It gave us a glimpse of her tenacity and undeterred and relentless focus on ensuring the freedom of slaves. The movie also elucidated her work as a spy of the Union Army. She became the first woman to lead a major military operation whose goal was to rescue more than 700 slaves in the Combahee Ferry Raid in South Carolina. Her sacrifice is one of many reasons why we annually celebrate Veteran's Day. This week, we will able to once again exercise our freedom to vote in a mid-term election. Regardless of our personal political opinions and preferences, we can all agree that someone has sacrificed their lives so that we can vote. So we are thankful for the men and women who ensure that we can participate freely in the democratic process of this nation.


Happy Veteran's Day to all our military families and all those who have served before. We thank you for serving your country and be willing to sacrifice for all of us so that we can all luxuriate in the freedom we have because of people like Harriet, my husband and other military men and women, many of whom are Falcon parents.


Let's purposefully express our gratitude to all members of the Armed Forces as we celebrate them this week.


Rock-Throwing Incidents during PE

Falcon Families, please read the email that the APs sent last Friday via Jupiter Grades. It is included in this newsletter as a separate section. Students, you cannot use the excuse that you are just kidding or joking. You can seriously injure someone with even the smallest of pebbles. Remember to live our mantra: Be respectful - Be Responsible - Be Resilient


HTM Mock Elections Day

On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, falcons will have to participate in a mock election on campus. If you have not registered yet, please make sure that you see your U.S. History teacher to make sure that you are registered to vote.


Your Semester Grades

We are 24 days away from the end of the semester. This means if you are good grades, you need to maintain them. If you are doing poorly, such as failing classes, it is important that you attend all available academic support. Additionally, you need to talk to your teachers. Please see section "What to Do after Progress Report 2." Eighth graders, any Fs can affect your ability to participate promotion. Please do what it takes to protect this rites of passage into high school.


Fall Spirit Week

Our next Spirit Week is on November 14-18. Please read the flyer below.


Winter Sports Tryouts Starts This Week

Students, cheer tryouts are this week while soccer tryouts are next week. You must be enrolled in Falcon Flight in order to tryout. Please make sure you join in the next two weeks. Please read the Falcon Flight section for more information.


Falcon Flight Program Rules and Changes

Falcon Families, if you are part of the Falcon Flight Program, please make sure that you follow ALL rules to participate in the program. In the Falcon Flight section below, I have included all the rules that must be followed. This is especially important for accurate attendance records. Parents, know that for your child to leave early, you must have completed an early release form; this is important if your child has a regular day where he/she might need to leave early. Early release begins at 4:35pm. If you cannot stay at least until 4:35pm, you might not be eligible for Falcon Flight. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Finally, we have two new coordinators: Ms. Pulido and Mr. Horton. They can be contacted regarding the changes via email: jessica.pulido@sweetwaterschools.org or joshua.horton@sweetwaterschools.org.


FLAGS Activities and Events

Parents and students, please read the flyers below regarding upcoming events sponsored by FLAGS.



Please make sure that you read the newsletter in its entirety to ensure that you are in the KNOW of what is happening at HTM.


Sincerely,

Ms. Finley

HTM Honors our Veterans - Happy Veteran's Day

Thank you to all who have served this country to protect our freedom.

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Celebrating our School Psychologist, Ms. Chihwaro

This week, we honor Ms. Chihwaro for all that she does for our most at-risk students. Thank you for all you do!

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Rock-Throwing Incidents in PE

Parents and students, please go over this letter from the assistant principals with your children. Thank you for partnering with us in keeping HTM a safe place.

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Falcon Flight Program - Winter Sports

Families, our Falcon Flight Before and After-school program is fully open. You must sign up for the program.

Falcon Students and Parents,


Winter Sports is almost upon us and you must be in Falcon Flight in order to participate. Parents, if your child wants to play Boys and Girls Soccer and Cheer, click HERE to sign up. Once a staff member enrolls your student into the program, you will receive an email stating that they are now part of the program.


If you are a Falcon Flight family, it is important that you follow ALL rules pertaining to the program in order to remain enrolled in the program. Please read all the rules in the image below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Reimund and Ms. Pulido who are the coordinators of the programs.


Once your child has been chosen to be part of the team, we will host a Winter Sports Athletic Parent Meeting.

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Falcon Flight Sign In&Out
What to do after Progress Report 2?

Falcon families, this Friday is Progress Report #2. Grades will appear in Campus Portal on Friday at 8:00am.

Falcons,


Now that Progress Report 2 is over, make sure that in the next 5 weeks, you are doing your best to maintain your grades if they are acceptable or make up missing work if your grades are not where they should be.


I have included the California Education Code and our district policy that govern how students grades are assigned. The maint point that I want to emphasize from this is that your teachers are the only adults on campus who can assign your grades. Both Ed Code and Policy state, "The teacher determines the final grade." A principal or assistant principal or counselor cannot do it. So..... it is important that if you are currently failing or receiving a D, that you, the student, needs to talk to your teachers as to how to raise your grades. This also means that you, the student, attend Falcon Scholars and/or Saturday Academy. Finally, it also means that you cannot submit late work just before the final grades are due in December. Furthermore, our board policy also states that excessive unexcused absences can negatively affect your grades. Thus, if you have any unexcused absences, you should attend Saturday Academy.


Falcons, you got this! It is time to show your resilient spirit and get to work.

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ASB Fall Spirit Week is Next Week

Falcons, prepare to participate in our Fall Spirit Week on November 14-18, 2022.

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FLAGS Events and Activities

Falcon Parents, all information is for your information regarding activities associated with the FLAGS program but are open to the entire school

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Bell Schedules for the Week

Here are the bell schedules for this week.

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Click HERE to Access the Student/Parent Handbook

Click on this title bar to access the student/parent handbook. This is the latest iteration of the handbook. In the next few weeks, we will be updating the information. For now, this is what students and families will be accountable for.