Hilltop Herald - Parent Edition

Be Respectful ~ Be Responsible ~ Be Resilient

Volume 2 ~ Issue 14~ October 30, 2023

Amazing Falcon Families,

“Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ~Scott Adams~

As we enter the holiday season, I want to discuss kindness with our students and each other. November and December are known for giving and the world is known to be more compassionate and loving in these two months than any other months in the year. So this transition to the holiday season is the perfect foundation on which to discuss how we act. This week, we did not demonstrate kindness as evidenced by words we spoke. All the challenges we faced last week involved words/actions that were meant to hurt. Not only that, many of the students decided to aggravate the situation by being unkind in their social media and text regarding this situation. We have to act better than we did this week. Parents, please take time to go over the message below about kindness. All of us need a reminder on being kind.

Halloween Day Expectations

Students, as we begin the week with Halloween, I would like to remind you of our mantra: Be Respectful ~ Be Responsible ~ Be Resilient. Being aware of our mantra is the first step because this will lead to being conscious of how you behave and especially on a day associated with candy and costumes. Be respectful of how other students decided to participate today whether they are in costume or not. Be responsible in following the costume guidelines so that you do not have to wear loaners. Be responsible by throwing away your candy wrappers properly. Be resilient in behaving well throughout the day; celebrating Halloween is not permission to act crazy. Let's have fun safely on Tuesday.

Candy Donations Still Needed

Parents, it is not too late to donate candy for our trick-or-treat event on Halloween. If you have candy to donate, please drop them off at the main office. Remember, no candy with chocolate or nuts. Thank you.

Congratulations to Softball and Girls Basketball

Congratulations to our Lady Falcons for making the Fall Sports Playoff Games. Thank you for representing Hilltop Middle School Well! Playoff games are next Saturday.

Winter Sports Tryouts Coming Soon

If students are interested in cheer soccer, tryouts are around the corner. Students must be enrolled in Falcon Flight in order to tryout. Please make sure they join in the next two weeks. Please reach out to Ms. Pulido at jessica.pulido@sweetwaterschools.org or Mr. Horton at joshua.horton@sweetwaterschools.org.

Let's have a wonderful week!


Ms. Finley

How We Treat Each Other

Parents, please watch this video with your children.

Parents, we must be proactive in teaching our children about kindness and how our actions can either positively or negatively impact others. Kindness is a CHOICE. Every day you and I get to decide if we are going to be kind today and all the days that follow. Our choices have ripple effects. Whether we choose to be kind or mean, our choices will have lasting impact on others. By being kind, you may have brought joy to a person who is suffering or sad. Your words may have made a difference in someone's life. What impact do you want to leave to others? Choose to be kind. Please watch the video on how to treat people kindly.

How You Treat People Is Who You Are! (Kindness Motivational Video)
Magkaisa Conference in Review!

What a way to finish Filipino-American History Month with attending the SUHSD 21st Magkaisa Conference. Fashion Designer, Kenneth Barliss, gave an inspiring message of pursuing your passion; to not only dream big, but to dream bigger.

Happy Birthday to our October Babies!

If your birthday is in October, you will receive a birthday card from ASB, which you will use to to get your birthday paleta. Happy Birthday!

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Eighth graders, we have been informing you since seventh grade that it is expected for the 21 credit promotion requirements to be in effect in order for you to participate in the promotion ceremony and receive a certificate of promotion. This is, in fact, the reality. Now that you have received your second progress report of the week, it is important to create a plan of action to make sure that you pass all your classes this semester and year.

If you PASSED ALL your classes last year, then you are on track to participate in all promotional activities. If you FAILED ONE CLASS OR MORE, you may not be on track to participate in the promotion ceremony and receive a certificate of promotion. It depends on which class you failed. If you failed a class or more AND took summer school for that class, then you may be back on track.

This week, middle school principals will be developing a common plan of action for credit recovery that will be applicable to all middle schools. Additionally, if you have failed classes in seventh grade, your counselors will be reaching out to you to discuss your options.

The next five weeks is very important because you must ensure that you are passing all your classes. Below is the list of the 21 credits required in order to participate in promotion activities at the end of the school year.

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2023 HTM Trick-or-Treat Event

Students, we will be hosting our second annual Trick-or-Treat event on October 31 during lunch. Parents, if you are able to donate a bag of candy, our students will appreciate it so much.

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SUHSD Presents Black Talk

This event is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have a safe space to share their experiences of being a Black student in today's world.

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Falcon Scholars Every Monday - Thursday

Students, go to the cafeteria if you need help with your classes.

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Saturday Academy This Saturday, September 9, 2023

Falcons, if you have already been absent, you can make up one absence this Saturday

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Click HERE to Access the Student & Parent Handbook

This handbook is the guide to all the protocols in place at Hilltop Middle School. It is interactive in that you can click on the page number associated with the topic from the table of contents and it will take your there.