Hilltop Herald - Parent Edition

Be Respectful ~ Be Responsible ~ Be Resilient

Volume 1 ~ Issue 12 ~ October 17, 2022

Wonderful Falcon Families,

"At a critical juncture in your life, if you want to go to the next level, they have to give something up to get there. The higher you go, the higher the price." ~John Maxwell~

I hope you have enjoyed your weekend especially with our San Diego Padres winning their series against the Dodgers on Saturday. The two wins this last week were the first post-season wins in Petco Park and we hope the winning streak will continue. It has been 24 years since the Padres has been in the World Series and there are a lot of sacrifices that these players have had to give up in order to get there as they are determined to get a championship ring. So it is with us, if we want to get to the next level of what it is we aim for, then we will have to sacrifice something or someone to get there. Maybe it is a friend who is negative. Maybe it is a habit that we need to kick. Maybe it means staying after school and work on missing assignments so that you can get the grades that you want. The sacrifice is matched only by the magnitude of the next level. The higher the level, the bigger the sacrifice. That is why it is important to improve our habits and learn to handle hard better. What do you need to give up to get to the next level?

Padres Day is on Tuesday, October 18, 2022

In honor of our San Diego Padres, we will have Padres Day on Tuesday. Students, please wear your favorite Padre gear, an appropriate one please. Let's cheer them on to have a winning day.

Cell Phone Policy Reminder

This is a reminder that all cell phones need to be turned off and in your backpacks before you enter the school. If you are caught with it in your hands on campus, you will be asked to submit it to the staff who saw you. If you are caught with it in the bathroom, your parents will have to pick it up and you will not be able to have it on campus during school hours, which means you will either have to leave it home or turn it in every morning. Our school board policy is clear about where cell phones should be during school hours.

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. Please see flyer below.

HTM Chocolate Fundraiser

Students, our schoolwide fundraiser begins on Monday, October 10, 2022. Participation is completely voluntary. If you want to help bring funds to the ASB for student events and activities, please talked to Ms. Reimund or your PE teachers. They will be distributing boxes tomorrow after school in the PE area. If you sell your one box by Wednesday, October 12, you will receive a breakfast burrito. You have two weeks to sell as many boxes as you wish but sell at least one. All monies collected need to be returned to the ASB. Fundraising ends in two weeks. Please see flyer below.

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

Students, Red Ribbon Week is around the corner. 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

Students, 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. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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

Cell Phone Policy Reminder

Falcon families, this is a friendly reminder about our district cell phone policy. Please read the flyer below.

Big picture
Upcoming Events in the Falcon Kingdom

Falcon Families, please read all the flyers below for all the events in October.

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
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.

Big picture
Big picture
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!

Big picture
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.

Big picture
Falcon Flight Sign In&Out
Big picture
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.

Big picture
Big picture
Bell Schedules for the Week

Here are the bell schedules for this week.

Big picture
Big picture
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.