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Assistant Principals' Bulletin

Falcon's Families,

As you know, we are in the home-stretch of the school year. While I am sure everyone is looking forward to a well deserved summer break, it is important to remember that we finish strong. For the safety of all students, we encourage our Falcons to uphold the behavior expectations and help us set that positive tone for all.

Let's make it a great week, Falcons!


Ms. Conlon & Ms. Cruz

Week at a Glance: Week of May 23-27, 2022


  • Falcon Scholars Tutoring


  • Block schedule, 8th grade finals period 1 & 2
  • 12:55 dismissal
  • COVID Test Kit Distribution after school


  • Block schedule, 8th grade finals period 3& 4
  • 12:55 dismissal


  • Block schedule, 8th grade finals period 5&6
  • 12:55 dismissal
  • COVID Test Kit Distribution after school


  • Minimum day Periods 1-6
  • ELAC Meeting 9 AM (Cafeteria)
  • 8th grade iPad return
  • 12:55 dismissal

Looking Ahead...

  • May 30: Memorial Day; No School
  • May 31 - June 2: 7th Grade Final Exams & textbook return - Minimum Day 12:55 Release
  • June 1: 8th Grade Promotion at Hilltop High School @ 11:30am
  • June 3: Last Day of School - Minimum Day 12:55 Release

8th Grade Promotion is Next Week!

Dear 8th Grade Families,

As we near the end of the school year, we are focused on ensuring that all of you will finish strong and on a positive note. The link above includes the 8th Grade Letter sent last week. Please review carefully if you haven't already done so.

Below you will find information for some questions that have some up regarding promotion and the last days of school for 8th graders.

If you have additional questions, please email Ms. Conlon at estephany.conlon@sweetwaterschools.org or you may contact your counselors.

Can I be prevented from participating in promotion?
  • YES. If you participated in serious, negative and unsafe behavior between now and promotion, administration will make the determination to not allow you to participate in the celebration and promotion.

Do I need to attend the promotion ceremony? Is it mandatory?

  • NO. Families may choose to not participate in the ceremony. Please note, Hilltop Middle School will not be open to 8th graders to attend school on Wednesday June 1st due to the ceremony and teachers attending the ceremony to supervise.

When is the last day of school for 8th graders?

  • Officially, the last day of school for all students is Friday June 3rd. BUT - the last day that students will be attending all their periods is this Friday May 27th - Periods 1 - 6 with dismissal at 12:55.

What do 8th graders do on Tuesday May 31st?

  • You will come to school at 8:10, as usual, and report to period 1. Your teachers will give you more information about what to do for promotion practice and the 8th grade celebration taking place that day.

What do 8th graders do on Thursday and Friday June 2 - 3?

  • Thursday June 2 is the promotion certificate pick-up. Students will come to Hilltop Middle School between 9am - 12pm to pick up promotion certificates. Distribution will take place in the cafeteria.
  • Friday June 3 is book and device return make-up day. If you have any textbooks, library books, iPads, charging cords or charging bricks to return, items can be returned in the cafeteria between 9am - 12pm. You may also pay any outstanding library fines during this time. Cash only payments are accepted.

What if I don't pay all my unpaid balances in the library?

  • The balances will transfer to your high school where it will remain until you pay it. Any unpaid debt will affect your ability to pick up your high school diploma after your graduation ceremony. You will not be able to receive your diploma if you have unpaid balances.

COVID Updates

As we see the door closing on the 2021-2022 school year, we can already see 2022-2023 on the horizon. COVID testing for athletic and extra curricular participation will continue. Your enrollment in the SDSU study will roll over to next year.

Students who register for the SDSU study can pick up kits after school on Tuesdays or Thursdays. These tests may be used if you or someone in your household are experiencing symptoms, if you are preparing for travel or a gathering and for your own peace of mind. Once you submit 8 results, you are eligible to pick up more.

To enroll in the study, click on this link:


Falcon Feature

What an exciting week we had at Hilltop MS?!

Tuesday evening some our Falcons were recognized at our award ceremony. Proud parents beamed in the audience.

Probability Carnival

On Wednesday, students attended a Carnival hosted by Mr. Lopez's math classes. We all got to see probability in action while playing games and eating candy!

C.A.R.E.S. Lesson Study

Thursday, Ms. Villanueva's period 2 Science class was on display during a lesson study with the C.A.R.E.S Network. The HTM team, consisting of Ms. Villanueva, Ms. Julian and Mr. Sargent spent hours studying lesson design and planning for this really great opportunity to grow as professionals.


Ms. Van Ginkel's band and orchestra also showed off their talents at an outdoor concert with a special performance by the HTH Marching Band. Bravissimo, Ms. Van Ginkel.

Color Run!

Our Falcons capped off the week with a Color Run. This ASB fundraiser brought smiles, squeals and a lot of color to HTM. Thank you to Ms. Reimund, Ms. Pulido, Ms. Giles for giving us the opportunity to get a little messy and have a lot of fun!



Registration is open! Please see our school website's registration tab for more information.

Required documents (proof of residency, immunizations) can be uploaded online or dropped off in person June 7 and June 9 from 1:00-6:00 PM.

Current 7th graders attending Hilltop MS as 8th graders need to complete the process in this link.