Hillcrest Family Newsletter

February 8, 2021

The Principal's Message

I put a lot of thought into the message I want to send when writing a note to students, parents and/or staff. I want the message to come from the heart, something I truly believe. At the beginning of the school year, I sent the idea to staff from a line in Clint Eastwood's movie "Heartbreak Ridge". You may have seen it on the marquee. It stated "ADAPT, IMPROVISE, OVERCOME". I felt that the quote was appropriate for the circumstances that we have all endured during this global phenomenon called COVID. Realizing that this phenomenon is not going away anytime soon, I still feel that we have to adapt, improvise and overcome. However, as the year progresses and I see the trends that are taking place with learning, dedication, and achievement, I wonder if the motto needs to change.

You see, over the past few months, I have witnessed the adaptation, improvisation and transformation of a dynamic staff. Where once the situation intimidated staff, they now have their heads "above water" and are looking to see where to go next. When I look at the student data, we have FINALLY made a turn around to an upward trend with iStation, Dreambox, Unit Tests and attendance. Don't get me wrong, we still have a ways to go, but the trend in data has turned and it is exciting! Did you know that the Texas Education Agency released information on student achievement which states that on average, students have lost 3-4 months of learning due to COVID. This does not surprise me with the obstacles that we have faced. But I am here to tell you that your child's teachers and support staff have never stopped....they keep pushing....they keep hoping.....they keep caring about the education and well-being of your children. This makes me so proud!

With this in mind, I think it's time to add a new quote:

"Good teachers are artists who grow in dimension, as professionals, with every moment that they practice their magic." ~Lynda McCarty

By the way, I haven't forgotten about you parents. When I go into classrooms virtually, I see and hear parents supervising and helping their children. I see those parents who make their children show up to class on time virtually. I see and hear those parents who ask questions or keep in constant communication with their child's teacher so nothing is missed. You too are to be commended for your patience and your dedication. I hope you like the quote I picked for you:

"Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first". ~Matthew Jacobson

Parents, thank you for sharing your children with us! We are ALL making a difference!

~ Mrs. Carter, Principal



Things to remember:

  • Attendance is taken twice daily. If your child is learning from home virtually and not logging on through Clever and not present for live classroom sessions and not turning in assignments, then more than likely they are being counted absent.
  • If your child turns in their assignments after 5 days, according to the AISD grading guidelines, the teacher does not have to accept the assignment. Work with your child's teacher to ensure assignments get turned in and on time.
  • Any discrepancies with grades or attendance should be addressed with the teacher first.
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2nd Grade - Zachariah Bazan, Kylie Carriaga, Arya Garza, Alyana Guerrero, Austyn Joslin, Daniel Lopez, Connor McIntyre, Dominic Mendiola, Claire Robinson, Eric Vega

3rd Grade - Haiden Celestino, Bella Chavez, Ava Deleon, Kymberly Garcia, Ava Garza, Desirae Guerra, Josiah Hernandez, George Lichtenberger, Troy Rodriguez, Jeremiah Salazar, Steven Scarbrough, Francisco Torres

4th Grade - Zachary Jaramillo, David Lopez, Jason Cardona, Mia Tijerina, Jacqueline Martinez, Aleeyah Garcia, Mikayla Galvan, Kaiah Galvan

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Monday, February 15th - Professional Development (no school for students)

Wednesday, February 17th - 4th Grade Writing Benchmark

Friday, February 19th - 100th Day of School

Tuesday, March 2nd - Dr. Seuss's Birthday

March 15th - March 19th - Spring Break

Tuesday, March 23rd - Spring Pictures