Hughes News

Counseling Newsletter -- November/December 2022


We want all of our students to leave Hillcrest ready for college or careers! Our 9th grade WOW! field trip led us straight into November's counseling focus: planning for the future. We will have at least one guest speaker from Mercedes this month, but we are always looking for other community and industry partners to introduce our students to opportunities in our area.

Want to share your career with our students? Email Mrs. Hughes ( to discuss!

Your student can explore careers virtually through WOW's Virtual Program. Encourage your student to visit all ten worlds, which include videos, information, and challenges to help students explore various careers in our area!


Our 9th graders had a great time at Worlds of Work in October. Over 260 students enjoyed the hands-on displays and job skills stations. We got tons of compliments from volunteers and employees; our kids were the best of the day!

Sick Season

Cold and flu season is upon us--early it seems! If your student is out due to illness, ask them to email their teachers for work if you anticipate that they will be out for several days. Students need to get in the habit of using their school email addresses for school communication, and this is great practice! Many teachers already post to Schoology each day, so students should also look there for work.

Students need a note (doctor or parent) to excuse their absence upon their return to school. Students should bring their excuse notes to the front office in-person before school, and they will be given an excused slip to show their teachers. Unexcused absences add up quickly, so please remember excuse notes to avoid truancy issues!

Teacher email addresses can be found HERE


One of the best ways you can support your student is to be informed about their grades and attendance. Please log in to PowerSchool regularly to check grades and attendance. Encourage your student to check PowerSchool and their school email each week (or each day!). This should be much easier now with student iPads.

Is your student struggling or missing work? Please reach out to your student's teachers individually to address concerns in their classes early.

Can't access PowerSchool? Email me for an access code if you are a first-time PowerSchool user. If you had an account last year, you will need to use your username and password from last year. No one at the school can reset or see your parent portal password; please use the Forgot Password feature if needed.

Is Your Student Struggling?

From academic tutoring to sitting with students at lunch, our Peer Helpers are available to assist our students in various ways! Made up of 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, the class meets during 3rd block both semesters and schedules academic help during students' enrichment periods. Please email me at or ask your student's teacher to submit a form if you think your student would benefit from a Peer Helper!


November 7-9 -- Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) required yearly presentations in social studies classes

November 10 -- Progress Reports

November 10 -- Veteran's Day Program

November 11 -- Veteran's Day -- NO SCHOOL


December 2 -- In-school basketball game

December 7 - 9 -- iReady for 9th-11th graders in English and Math classes

December 8 -- Winter Band Concert (Theatre)

December 14 -- 1st and 2nd Block Final Exams

December 15 -- 3rd and 4th Block Final Exams

December 16 -- Make-up Exams -- 1/2 DAY FOR STUDENTS

December 19 - January 4 -- WINTER BREAK -- NO SCHOOL

January 5 -- Students return for second semester

Meet Mrs. Hughes

am excited to be starting my 2nd school year in the counseling department and my 12th year at Hillcrest. My counseling duties cover all of our 9th and 10th grade students. The first two years of high school are formative, and it is my honor to support our underclassmen on their high school journeys!

I have lived in Tuscaloosa for 16 years, and I have a husband and two children. When I am not at school, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with my family.