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October News Article
October News Article
Debbie Conn
Friday, October 16, 2020

What a great start to our new school year! Hillcrest Elementary has the pleasure of welcoming some new faces for our 2020-2021 school year. Our new principal is Lauren Keen. We are happy to have you join the Hillcrest Hawks. Kenyatta Percy is now our secretary. LeeAnn Holley and Tammy Johnson have joined our first grade teachers and Chelsie Fortenberry and Tammy Patterson have joined our second grade teachers. We have a new Music Teacher, McKenzie Rhodes and a new custodian, Mr. Ernest Williams. Welcome to all of our new Hillcrest friends and please know how excited we are to have you join us at Hillcrest!!!

Boxtops:

Hillcrest Elementary is participating in the Boxtops for Education program. Once a month, students will receive a sheet to fill with boxtops and/or scan your receipts. This is an easy way for our school to earn money to support our students.  

Recycling at Hillcrest:

We recycle inkjet, laser print cartridges and old cell phones. Just bring them by the school to help out!

PBIS News:

In August 187 students earned enough behavior points to attend an ice cream party. Thank you, Jerry Begale and Blue Bell for the donation of ice cream cups! It was delicious!

Our September reward was a hot dog picnic. We had 177 students who attended. They were able to bring a towel and wear sunglasses during their picnic. The rain did not keep the students from having a great time. Thanks to Ashley Avery and FNB for the donation of the hot dog sacks!

Kindergarten Highlights:

Kindergarten has been working hard on routines and procedures. We enjoyed getting to know our school with a Pete the Cat school tour. We have enjoyed building our classroom community. Students have enjoyed participating in wearing blue jeans to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are looking forward to learning about fall and cooler weather.

First Grade Highlights:

Hillcrest first graders have gotten off to a great start this year. They have enjoyed reading 100 books in the first 9 weeks! This has definitely helped create a love of reading. We look forward to having many of our virtual students return to school soon. Everyone is very excited about becoming researchers as we prepare to begin our Animal Research unit. 

Second Grade Highlights:       

Second grade is learning how to write a personal narrative. We will learn to plan, revise, edit, and rewrite our personal narrative. In math we learned about how to measure and which tools to measure with. We learned how to measure around the home using different objects, if we didn’t have a standard measuring tool. The remainder of the 9 weeks we will learn numbers to 1,000. We all have enjoyed Reading Workshop. We have built up to 30 minutes of independent reading time on our level. We enjoy reading fiction and nonfiction books.

Hillcrest Pride Kids:

We are excited to announce our September and October Hillcrest Pride Kids. They are chosen by their teacher for displaying good behavior and having respect for others. Congratulations!

September Hillcrest Pride Kids are: Georgia Beasley, Kennedy Spurlock, Aiden Gipson, Skylar Day,      Ruby Hoover, Carter Alexis, Kortney Gilmore, Abigail Williams, JaDarian Mitchell, Emmaline Lee,     Arthur Wilsek, Lane Channell, Travonte Hampton, and Levi Durbyn

October Hillcrest Pride Kids are: Hunter Barnes, Molly Derveloy, Ivy Lamb, Miguel Sandoval,             Adalyn Smith, Auden Hicks, Paola Garcia, Carson Bagwell, Elliette Shumaker, Amy Martinez, Mia Nelson, Kennedy Derveloy, Jeremiah Brown, and Carson Harper                                          

Star Students:

Angelica Andres, John Mark Adams, Ayden Abney, Adalyn Smith, Levi Durfee

Students at Hillcrest Elementary are soaring to new heights in Physical Education. They have been learning how to volley and strike a balloon. K-2 Hillcrest Hawks can volley with different body parts, create volley sequences with multiple body parts, and work cooperatively with a partner to share sequencing ideas and volley/strike the balloon. They can use angles to successfully volley and strike a balloon to a partner or a target. Watch out, Ruston High! There are definitely some future volleyball and tennis athletes in this group! Special thanks to Jean Chen, Leigh Ann Horton, and Debbie Conn for help in pumping up balloons for our volley/strike unit.