Hilltop Herald - Parent Edition

Be Respectful ~ Be Responsible ~ Be Resilient

Volume 1 ~ Issue 8 ~ September 6, 2022

Wonderful Falcon Families,

"You know, I'm fairly intelligent, but I don't think my grades reflected that" ~Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions Running Back~

Happy Labor Day! I hope that you enjoyed your three-day weekend and took time to rest even though it was really hot.

With Friday's progress report, I know that many of you feel the stress of grades. This is one of the most difficult transition into middle school. Some of you are seeing and Ds and Fs for the first time. Know that many teachers are working hard to get the work graded, including the late submissions. The most important achievement by students in the first six weeks is for them to learn self-advocacy and organization. Parents, the most important message your children need to hear from you is that you still love them in spite of their grades. Progress reports are temporary snapshots of the final semester grades. At the parent meeting, I shared how to hold this conversation with your children. Click HERE to access the presentation. Also those who were present had the opportunity to write a love note to their children at school, which were then passed out to them at the end of the day. If you would like to do the same act for your children, please click HERE to access the template for the love note. Send the note to us and we will deliver to your children. There is something profound about receiving a note of love.

Increasing Tardies

We have been observing an increase in the number of tardies at the start of the school day as well as in between periods. Students with multiple tardies during the week will be getting detention after school on Fridays. Parents, please help us by regularly checking up on your child's attendance in Campus Portal. If you are seeing tardies in between periods, I am asking that you have a conversation with your child about these. Thank you so much for your support on this critical area of schooling.

Falcon Scholars is Open for Tutoring

With progress report 1 already complete, there are many of you who might need the space to catch up any missing work. Please take advantage of this space to get caught up so that you can enjoy your fall break.

HTM Fall Sports Game Day is this Saturday, September 10.

The first game day of fall sports is this Saturday, September 10. We will find out later this week the location and time of our games. It is important that all athletes submit their COVID tests on Tuesday, September 6 by 5:00pm.

VEX Robotics Interest Meeting this Week

If you are interested in coding and building robots, please join us for two meetings this week. We have found a volunteer coach who will be working with you. Ms. Cruz will host the meetings these next two weeks until your coach is cleared. All meeting information is in the Robotics sections below. There is also a video of the competition for this year. We hope to have three teams this year.

Superhero Spirit Week is Next Week!

Students, we will finish Quarter 1 with Superhero Week. Please look at the flyer in the ASB section below. I can't wait to participate in this spirit week.

Celebrating Patriot Day on September 12

This upcoming Sunday, we will be remembering the 21st anniversary of 911. Many children do not know the significance of this day. We will be remembering this day by holding a Spirit Activity where we are asking everyone to wear a Real Superhero Outfit. Real heroes, in this instance, include firefighters, policemen, first responders, doctors, nurses, just to name a few. Advisory teachers will have a video to show to students and hold a discussion about the significance of this day. Please take time to share your memory of 911 with your children.

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.


Ms. Finley

Falcons of the Week

Congratulations to Martin Cen Peng and Benjamin Baldwin for being recognized by their teachers as excellent representation of what it means to be a Falcon.

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Snapshots of HTM

Families, here is a glimpse of what is happening in school. A lot of great things!

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We Need You for our VEX Robotics Team!

Students, if you like coding and building robots, here is your chance to showcase what you know. Join us for an interest meeting this week in Ms. Cruz' classroom.

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VEX Robotics Competition: Spin Up | 2022 - 2023 Game
ASB Calendar of Activities

Below is the September Calendar Week of Activities. We have a Spirit Week on the last week of the quarter.

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HTM Intervention Programs

Students, do not get behind in any of your classes. Start Attending Falcon Scholars on August 15, 2022

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HTM Sports Practice and Game Schedule

Families, below is the information for our Fall Sports. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Reimund at sarah.reimund@sweetwaterschools.org or Ms. Pulido at jessica.pulido@sweetwaterschools.org. Can't wait to see you at the games.

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Falcon Flight Before & Afterschool Program

Families, our Falcon Flight Before and After-school program is fully open. Below is a video of how each day functions. You must sign up for the program.


If you want your child to participate in extra-curricular activities such as athletics, tutoring, drama, strings and other programs, follow the instructions below. We need you to sign up TODAY!!

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.

NOTE: SUHSD mandates that all students participating in extracurricular activities such as are offered in the Falcon Flight will be required to test weekly. Here are two ways in which you may test:

  1. Participate in the SDSU-NIH Weekly Testing Program. Click HERE to sign up for the testing program. The results will go directly to the district and will be provided to all schools.
  2. Provide a weekly test results provided by your healthcare provider or other verified healthcare organization such as 211.org or pharmacies that provide free testing. Submit test results by 5:00pm Tuesday each week.
  3. You may use a store-bought home test kit but you will have to submit test by 5:00pm Tuesday each week. You must take a picture of the results with your full name written on the test kit and the date you took the test.
Falcon Flight Sign In&Out
COVID Information

Students and Parents, please read the latest about COVID and the associated protocols that go with it.

Click HERE on the latest COVID Update. At this point, masking is strongly recommended. As the numbers changes, so will our protocols. Thank you for your patience.

Students, if you test positive for COVID, click HERE to determine which scenario fits your situation. Once you have identified the correct scenario for you, please follow all safety protocols that go with the scenario.

For classwork, you will be placed on independent study. Please contact the attendance office to report the absence or email our assistant principal secretary, Ms. Garcia at patricia.garcia2@sweetwaterschools.org. It is important that once Ms. Garcia sends you the independent study form, you sign it immediately.

At this time, teachers are NOT required to host a virtual synchronous session during her in-person instruction. This is being negotiated with the teachers union right now.

Weekly COVID testing is mandatory for all athletes and extracurricular activities. If you have not done so already, please sign up with SDSU-NIH Testing program [Click HERE] or you will have to provide test results from your healthcare provider or other verified health organizations.

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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.