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Principal: Mrs. Michelle Rzepka
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Christine Clavenna   

Welcome to Hillcrest School! Hillcrest opened its doors on February 18, 1952 in response to the growth of Downers Grove after World War II. Over the years, the physical building has been expanded twice, first in 1957 and then in 1993. One thing that hasn't changed over the years is the Hillcrest community. The Hillcrest community consists of dedicated staff, involved parents and enthusiastic students. Please take a look around and come back soon!

We BELIEVE That . . .

Children are our highest priority.

Hillcrest must be a safe and friendly place.

Teamwork is an intrinsic part of a successful  school.

Learning is a shared responsibility of the student,  home, school and community.

“Finding the positive” keeps us moving forward.

Students learn best when actively engaged in a  respectful environment.

High expectations within the school community are essential.

Leading by example is powerful.

We are a part of a community where kindness, trust,  respect and patience create an environment for  optimal learning, teaching and working. 

The Hillcrest School Parent Handbook includes information that can help you become familiar with many of the procedures and practices we follow on a daily basis. Please check out the Parent Handbook for A-Z descriptions, and many of the FAQs you might be thinking about will be answered.  Never hesitate to call the office (630-719-5840) with any questions, or for further clarification.
    Please see the "Registration" tab for enrollment forms and school supply lists.
    Staff and students focus on ALL CHARACTER TRAITS all of the the time while teaching, in classroom meetings, small group sessions, and as they move through their daily routines to build those very important teacher-student relationships. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions, and are given examples of real life situations in order to better learn and understand the importance of good life skills. While referring to all character traits, we do pay special attention to one trait throughout each month.
    Here's our plan:
    Courage - September; Respect - October;  Responsibility - November;   Honesty - Dec/ January;  
    Caring - February; Cooperation - March; Environment - April;    Citizenship - May

     We would like to recognize our students that were selected as Hound Dog of the Month for their respective classrooms for the month of September.  To learn a little more about each of these students, stop in to see their paw info. pages on the main entrance bulletin board.


    Anderson-  Mason Feltz

    Andrews- Elijah Hsu

    Barclay- Emily Trubuch

    Braverman- Vada Monroe

    Cerny- Olivia Gornik

    D'Angelo- Caleigh Schuchard

    Demlow- Angelina Martinek

    Flannery- PJ O'Donoghue

    Krumwiede- Ivana Jakelia

    Macdonald- Cora Hader

    Murphy- Elizabeth Reilly

    Peksa- Simon Linder

    Prosser- Avery Willard

    Redpath- Henry Hamelka

    Roman- William Guenther

    Rowland- Aniya Newman

    Skolimowski- Evan Kuntz

    Smoke- Colin McLaughlin

    Walker- Madison Kutella

       Student Council

    Members of the 2016-17 Hillcrest Student Council: TBD

    Girl President:  Greta Serniute

    Boy President: Marty Blader  

    Vice President of Committees: Sofia Pieranunzi

    Vice President of Communications: Kristen Kras

    Clerical Secretary: Sophie Hamelka

    Recording Secretary:Elizabeth Reilly


    4th Grade Class Representatives:  TBD


    5th Grade Class Representatives:  TBD


    6th Grade Class Representatives:  TBD



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Principal: Michelle Rzepka
Assistant Principal: Christine Clavenna
Secretary: Lisa Reinhart
Clerk: Mia Churma
Address: 1435 Jefferson Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60516
Phone: (630) 719-5840
School hours: 8:20 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.