Hillcrest STEAM Academy Newsletter

November 2019

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From the Office...

Hello STEAM Families,

October was a full month, as we accomplished so much! Between Parent Teacher Conferences, the Book Fair, Spelling Bees, and Homecoming at BHS, we stayed very busy.

Looking ahead, teachers have a lot of projects planned for November. Students are immersed in a variety of units that focus on STEAM. Continue to stay involved by communicating with classroom teachers, and volunteering if you are able to! We always welcome volunteers.

Also, our Fall Festival is coming up on Thursday, November 7, 2019. We hope to see you between 5-7pm.

We truly believe Hillcrest STEAM Academy is a special place, and great things happen each day. Do you have an idea to make it even better? Feel free to reach out to Dr. Pearson or Dr. Winkelmann.

Wishing you well,

-Dr. Pearson and Dr. Winkelmann

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Digital Citizenship and Devices

The Internet can be overwhelming, especially for our students. At HSA, we teach Digital Citizenship in a variety of ways. We use Common Sense Media in all grade levels to teach students how to be safe online. This website is filled with important information and is frequently updated.

Do you have digital concerns about your child on the Internet at home? Check out this website that is filled with information on highly relevant topics on parent concerns.

Changing Seasons

As the weather is changing quickly, please remember to send your child to school in a coat, hat, and gloves. Students will have outdoor recess as long as the wind chill is above 20 degrees. The students will not be allowed to stay in during colder temperatures unless there is a note from the doctor specifying that your child cannot go outside for recess due to medical reasons. We want to help every student stay healthy, and wearing a coat is an easy way to accomplish this. We will not take the students outside if there is thunder, lightening, or heavy precipitation.

Please remember that if your child is sick to notify the office. You can email us at hillcrest@bsd124.org or call the school at (816) 348-1130. Our office hours are from 8:40-4:40. You can call outside of those hours and leave a voicemail to notify us of your child’s absence.

BSD Cell Phone and Smartwatch Reminders

REMINDER: Transfer Request Deadline

We have had an amazing first quarter and are already in the second quarter. Our students have shown great creativity and innovation; we can’t wait to see what they will create in the future! Though we hope to keep all of our incredible students, we understand that some families may want to transfer their child in district. If you wish to transfer your child to their home school in the Belton School District, this request must be completed by Monday, December 2, 2019. To place a request, you will need to contact the Hillcrest STEAM Academy office at (816) 348-1130. All students transferring will be transitioned at the start of 3rd quarter in January. Thank you all for your unbelievable support you have given us with your student’s education! We truly value the partnerships with our families!

Did you know?

Each day, we have video announcements at Hillcrest STEAM Academy! These are hosted by HSA students of all ages. They are posted each morning on the Hillcrest STEAM Academy webpage.


5 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30pm

7 - Fall Festival - 5-7pm

7 - Picture Retakes

15/18 - Healthe Kids

27-29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

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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