Hilltop Herald - Parent Edition

Be Respectful ~ Be Responsible ~ Be Resilient

Volume 1 ~ Issue 13 ~ October 24, 2022

Wonderful Falcon Families,

“Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” ~Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart~

In spite of the Padres' three straight losses this weekend, I hope that you still enjoyed your weekend. While the Padres would have wished that they moved on to play in the World Series, I know that the players are happy that they made it this far. And it wasn't all wins; in fact, they won by only 16 games more than they lost. There were times during the season when they had more failures than wins. They did not give up; they continued to try to improve and their efforts led them to a division championship by beating the heavily favored 111-win Dodgers. As you approach this second progress report on Friday, I want you to persevere through whatever grades you may have. Remember, this is still a progress report keeping in mind that their is a finishing date of December 16, which is when the grades will be permanent. If you have grades that you are not happy with, then you will have to make the time to improve those grades. Do not wait until December to ask your teachers how you can improve your grades. ASK NOW. Do what you need to do because that is what you can control. This way, regardless of the December 16 grades, you can say that you really tried and gave it your all.

Progress Report 2 is on October 28, 2022

The second progress report is around the corner. Students, look in the HTM Academic Support Section below to see where you can go to get support. Don't wait until the last minute to catch up.

Coffee with the Principal on October 28, 2022

Parents, I will be hosting coffee with the principal on the day of Progress Report 2. It will be a hybrid meeting but I would love to see you in person. This time, we will host two meetings: one on Thursday, October 27 at 6:00pm and then on Friday, Octboer 28 at 9:00am. If you cannot attend either meetings, please join us virtually. See the flyer below; it has all the information including the QR code.

Required Password Change for your School Accounts by Friday

Falcons, by Friday, all of you must have created a 12-character password (numbers, letters, special characters, lower/upper cases). Your advisory teachers will be showing you how to do this.

HTM Chocolate Fundraiser

Falcons, we are close to the end of our fundraising event. If you want to sell chocolates, please see your PE teachers. All monies collected need to be returned to your PE teachers.

Red Ribbon Week is October 24-31, 2022 and includes Halloween Day

Students, Red Ribbon Week is this week. Please read the flyer below to see what to wear each day. We will end with Halloween on October 31. Please make sure you read the costume guidelines so that you can wear your costume during school. Both flyers are below.

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.

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

Progress Report Number 2

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

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It's Red Ribbon Week

Falcons, tomorrow is the start of Red Ribbon Week. This year's theme is Celebrate Life: Live Drug Free. Please wear your spirit GEAR!

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Coffee With the Principal This Week

Falcon Parents/Guardians, please join us in person on either Thursday or Friday. If you cannot make either days, please join us virtually.

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Halloween Costume Guidelines 2022 & Trick or Treating

Falcons, October 31 is fast approaching. Please plan accordingly so that you are able to wear your costumes while in school. If there are any questions, please contact any of the administration: Mrs. Finley, Ms. Cruz and Mr. Toms.

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Cheer Tryouts in Two Weeks

Falcons, we are reopening Cheer Tryouts again. Before you can try out, you must sign up for Falcon Flight Afterschool Program First. Clcik on this title bar to do that.

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HTM Academic Support Programs

Students, do not get behind in any of your classes in Quarter 2. Start Attending Falcon Scholars on your first day back and go home every night with all your work done.

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HTM Chocolate Fundraiser

Falcons, let's join together in raising funds for student activities and events for the rest of the year! We got this!

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Falcon Flight 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.

Falcon Students and Parents,

All Falcon Flight Programs will resume on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. 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.

Parents, if you want your child to join Falcon Flight, 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.

Effective upon returning from break on October 3, 2022, student athletes and VAPA participants are recommended, but no longer required to test weekly to continue to participate. Testing and masking requirements for Covid-positive, symptomatic students and close contacts are still in effect. Please continue protecting your family by testing weekly.

If you wish to continue to test weekly, click HERE to sign up for the testing program.

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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 no longer mandatory but strongly recommended 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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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.