06.21.17

17-18 7th Grade Orientation

Incoming 7th grade students and parents are invited to attend orientation on Thursday July 13, 2017.

Times are as follows:

Last names A-L 9:00 to 11:00 AM

Last names M-Z 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Come and check out what Hilltop Middle is all about and get ready for the first day of school on Thursday July 20, 2017.

The ASB will be selling PE clothes, uniform shirts, college & spirit at all events. Quantities and sizes are limited. Cash and check only.

***The FLAGS program students will have an orientation on Friday July 14, 2017 from 8:00 to 12:00***

 

05.31.17

WINGS Newsletter 05-30-17

38th and last newsletter for SY 2016-17…  Someone once said to me, “Are you crazy?! You’re putting out a newsletter EVERY week?!”  Yes, it’s extra work for a first-year administrator who’s already had to navigate challenging learning curves, but the newsletter was a way for me to get to know Hilltop Middle School community.  So regardless of the work, I have gained so much from doing this every week.  It truly was a privilege!

So, happy last week of school, Falcons!  Please click on the link for the Wings (5/29/2017) Edition: Equity, Culture, and Support Services.  In this edition, we are featuring the following:

  • 7th Grade EOC Schedule for May 30 to June 1st
  • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony information – Check out 8th Grade Picnic tweets!
  • SDCOE’s Program Evaluation Institute
  • SBCS Promise Neighborhood’s “Academic Advocate Night”
  • Falcon FLIGHT’s “WE Day”
  • Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) Reclassification Ceremony and Celebration
  • Good-byes and Hellos – Summer Kick-Off

This is the last week of school for SY 2016-2017.  YEAH!  Thank you for following the HTM WINGS Newsletter every week. See you next school year!

 

05.25.17

Tdap Booster Requirement

Tdap Booster

All children are required to have their vaccinations fully completed before enrolling in grades TK – 12th unless exempted as provided by law.

 The state of California has required a Tdap booster to immunize against Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. Any student entering the 7th grade at Hilltop Middle School for the 2017-2018 school year will be required to show proof of the vaccine by registration this summer. It is the State law.

 If at the time of registration proof of vaccination cannot be provided, YOUR STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER.

 If on the first day of school, Thursday, July 20, proof of vaccination cannot be provided, YOUR STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND SCHOOL.

 Vaccines can be obtained at any SD public health immunization clinic. For times and locations call 760-740-4000. In addition, your local pharmacies are providing the vaccine. Some of the participating stores are: Costco Pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy, Ralphs Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Target Pharmacy, Vons Pharmacy and Walgreens Pharmacy.

 After receiving the vaccine, please give a COPY of verification to the Hilltop Middle School Health Office.  Thank you.

05.23.17

WINGS Newsletter 05-22-17

Happy 37th week of school, Falcons!  Please click on the link for the Wings (5/22/2017) Edition: Teaching and Learning.  In this edition, we are featuring the following:

  • 8th Grade EOC Schedule for May 23rd to May 25th
  • STEAM Team pull-out day
  • AVID Site Team pull-out day
  • Liu’s field trip to Hsi Lai Temple, Ranch 99, and Chinatown
  • FLAGS Portfolio Night
  • Talent Show video tweet
  • PotterCon
  • Author reading video tweet
  • Math Diagnostic Placement Test (MDPT)
  • Kids Matter’s “Give or Take”

 

This is the last week of school for our 8th Graders.  Please wish them well on their journey to High School J Have a great week, Falcons!

 

05.16.17

WINGS Newsletter 05-15-17

Happy 36th week of school, Falcons!  Please click on the link for the Wings (5/16/2017) Edition: Leadership Development and Systems Innovation.  In this edition, we are featuring the following:

 

Important HTM dates  for the week are also included.  Let’s make it a great week, Falcons!

05.16.17

Suicide Prevention – 13 Reasons Why Letter

Dear Sweetwater Union High School District Parents and Guardians,

We would like to make you aware of a new Netflix series that has gained wide attention among teens, while raising serious concerns among mental health professionals and educators. The series, “13 Reasons Why,” is based on a 2007 young adult novel about a 17-year-old girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide and tells the story after her death through audiotapes. Hannah uses the recordings to tell 13 people the part they played in her decision to take her life.

The show’s popularity was immediate, with 3.5 million Twitter mentions in its first week. We want you to be well-informed about the content and potential impact of this show, especially because teens today often watch media by themselves on personal devices.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) strongly recommends that youth who are vulnerable, especially those who have experienced suicidal ideation, not watch the series. However, the series and the attention surrounding it does present an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with your child to reinforce the message that suicide is not a viable solution to one’s problems and that help is available.

There are several reasons to be concerned about the show:

  • The series includes a graphic suicide scene that is difficult to watch and may be inappropriate and traumatic for children and teens.
  • The main character’s death is glamorized and sensationalized throughout the series.
  • The show does not present viable alternatives to suicide or explore the underlying conditions related to suicide, such as mental illness and depression.
  • The audiotapes used in the show blame others for the suicide. However, suicide is never the fault of survivors of suicide loss.

Well-established research shows that duration and prominence of suicide publicity, including through social media, can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals. The series “13 Reasons Why” goes into detail about how the teen died, uses dramatic images, and glamorizes the death, all of which can be especially harmful.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) and the Jed Foundation, a youth suicide prevention group, compiled a list of talking points to help parents discuss the TV series with their children. Go to jedfoundation.org, and click on JED Blog.

Counselors, school psychologists, and other school-based mental health professionals can assist in supportive conversations with students as well as provide resources and expertise in preventing harmful behaviors. Please contact Hilltop Middle School counseling office/school psychologist/admin should you have any questions.

 

 

 

05.08.17

WINGS Newsletter 05-08-17

Happy 35th week of school, Falcons!  Please click on the link for the Wings (5/8/2017) Edition: Equity, Culture, and Support Services.  In this edition, we are featuring the following:

  • “The Untapped Power of Millenials” – video
  • Article on school climate
  • Day of Silence
  • CTA/SEA Day of Action
  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
  • Secretaries Dinner

Important HTM dates  for the week are also included.  Let’s make it a great week, Falcons!