Hillcrest Staff ARTery

We are the heART of Hillcrest!

The week of November 30th - December 4th

Bus Duty:

AM - Tracy, Emily & Beth

PM - Kari, Amy B. & Rachel

Treats: Cory & Angie

Word of the Week: Truthfulness


Monday, November 30th (Day 1)
  • Hillcrest Lottery Takes Place
  • 2:45 - 3:45 - 3rd Grade Grandfriends' Day

Tuesday, December 1st (Day 2)

  • 8:20 - 9:05 Staff Meeting - Close Reading (Part 2)\
  • 12:00 - 2:15 CoCAT Testing in Computer Lab
  • 4:00 - 5:00 Tech Team Meeting

Wednesday, December 2nd (Day 3)

  • 8:20 - 9:00 - SWIM team meeting/Caroline's room
  • 12:00 - 2:15 CoCAT Testing in Computer Lab

Thursday, December 3rd (Day 1)

  • Fundraiser Pickup
  • 8:00 - 1:00 - Calvin out of building
  • 9:30 - 11:30 - Snow Queen Performance @ Jefferson (ELA)
  • 9:40 - 11:15 - Grade 3 to "The Nutcracker"
  • 11:55 - 2:00 - Snow Queen Performance @ Jefferson (Grades K - 4)
  • 3:00 - LOCKDOWN Drill
  • 10:15 - 3:15 - 5th Grade Biz Town

Friday, December 4th (Day 2)

  • 8:20 - 9:00 - BLT Meeting (Conference Room)

Upcoming Events

December 10th - 1st and 2nd Grade Festivals

December 18th - Winter Party

December 21st - January 1st - NO SCHOOL

Staff Meeting Schedule (Topics)

12/15 - First semester Data Dive

1/5 - VTS revisited and Artful Learning

1/19 - Close Reading w/Rachel Gens (3 of 4)

2/2 - Achievement Gap at HC

Winter Skate Party Schedule

You can find our 2015 winter skate party schedule at this link.

Here is the sing-a-long schedule:

9:45-10:35 Rachel L, Jody, Emily S., Beth

10:55-11:45 Amy G., Trista, Anna, Lee, Tracy

1:00-1:50 Amy W., Angie, Katie, ELA

2:10-3:00 Cici, Cory, Kari, Jenn, Amy B, Ally

Update your email signature!

Two updated signature examples are on display (below) as options you might consider!

Follow these steps for your very own hip-happenin' email signature:

  1. Download the attached .jpg and save it to your desktop.
  2. Click to open the settings menu. (It's the "Gear" symbol in the upper right corner of the window while you are in your isd271 Gmail account.)
  3. In the "General" settings (the window that will open when you click on "Settings") scroll down to your signature.
  4. Place your cursor wherever you so choose, then use the "Insert Image" icon (looks like little mountains) to upload an HC .jpg that will blast you into 2016 a month and a half early.
  5. Resize the image accordingly by clicking on the image and selecting "small," "medium," etc. found below it.

Followed the steps? Now you're rolling with the big dogs, yes you are.

Third Grade Teacher
Hillcrest Community School

"Hillcrest is more than a school, we are a joyful community of learners.

Together through the arts, we inspire, challenge and empower."

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Tech Team Information

Information on the Tech Team. The tech team structure is a replacement for the former CT program, with the Media Director and a a teacher co-lead heading it up in every elementary school. (Lee Nelson is our HC NTL co-lead---shout out to him!) We meet on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss where we're at now as a building, and to make decisions about how things will look with more devices at Hillcrest. This is our year to get ready, and we'd like to do it well.

How it'll happen. By putting logistics into place that best suit how our school works, anything from deciding how we will organize and hand out Chromebooks to what we will teach our Hillcrest families about the devices. Our goal as a team is to think of it so you don't have to next fall.

I'll send out an information blurb every other Wednesday starting in December, in addition to Calvin's Artery newsletter updates. We have also assigned tech team members to groups of HC staff for questions and reporting. They are:

  • Trista: K-1
  • Cory: 2
  • Lee: 3-4
  • Jenn: 4-5
  • Belle: HC_Staff, Specialists, Parents
  • Calvin: Central Office & Support Staff, Peer Admin, Parents, Special Ed
  • Allie: FAQ

Stay tuned for more sharing as the weeks pass!

Volunteers from District Network

If you will have students that can us additional support please share your volunteer needs using this link to the Teacher Request Google Doc.

Personal Leave Requests (change delayed)

Starting December 1st all principals will be approving personal leave requests. Be sure to submit your leave requests through MyLeave in MyView (TIES). If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. [Note - you do not need to ask Calvin in person. Unless you feel that you need to do so.] Jane is continuing approval for the month of November.

Building Reminders (Updated)

A friendly reminder from our engineering staff . . .

  • No gum in the hallways and cafeteria
  • Please have students brush off bark chips before coming into the school (also have them help pick them up chips off the floor at clean up time)
  • Please do not daisy chain or link your power chords to each other
  • Please put trash and recycling cans by your classroom door at the end of the day
  • Please put chairs up on tables at the end of the day

Winter is coming . . .

  • Please make sure students take their coats and boots home regularly, so that the hall can be kept clean.
  • Please make sure that students stomp and wipe their feet before entering the hallways.

Registration Ends on NOVEMBER 28th

We have guaranteed space in Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. There will be very limited space in 1st or 2nd grade, depending on if any students leave. Spread the word!

You can learn more at this link


[you can include this in your classroom newsletters]

Elements is a program for 2nd and 3rd grade students whose academic talent and performance indicate their need for in-depth, complex and rigorous curriculum and instruction. Dimensions Academy (DA) is a program for students in grades 4-8 who are highly/profoundly gifted. If you are interested in learning about these programs, please note the dates and times of several informational meetings and tours.

Dec. 7 - DA/Elements INFO Mtg 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Oak Grove

Dec. 9 - Oak Grove Elementary Tour 10:00 a.m.

Dec. 11 - DA Middle School Applications Due (for new DA students only)

Our weekly staff newsletter!

This newsletter will come to you every Friday afternoon for the upcoming week. If you have any information, small business items, or events to share, please email the title, narrative, and specifics to Jane or Calvin.