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Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!

  • Hillcrest School is in full swing as we approach the end of September.We have an ambitious group of students guided by a professional and positive staff. In a short time, we’ve gotten through first day jitters, our first fire drill, Student Council and Green Team meetings, MAP and AIMSweb testing, and have introduced a new format for our Morning Announcements. Morning Announcements include the Pledge of Allegiance, Birthday Celebrations, a Special Awareness of the Monthly Character Trait, and Important Daily Announcements. Once per month, various students from all grade levels will have an opportunity to share their thoughts about each character trait via the announcements.   
     
    Speaking of character traits, staff focus on ALL of these ALL of the time as they teach, have classroom meetings, small group sessions, and as they move through their daily routines to build those very important teacher-student relationships. While viewing all of the traits as important and necessary life skills, we do pay special attention to one trait throughout each month.  
     
    Here's our plan:

    Respect - October;  Responsibility - November;   Honesty - Dec/ January;  

    Caring - February;    Cooperation - March;     Environment - April;    Citizenship - May
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     ~ DATES TO REMEMBER ~
      
    9/8    BOE Meeting @ 7PM
    9/10:  Camp Edwards Parent Meeting  6:30 @ Hillcrest
    • 9/18:  School Improvement Day - HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS
    • Students attend in A.M. only (8:20-11:40A.M.)                                                                       
    • A.M. Kindergarten Follows Regular Schedule (8:20-11:10 A.M.)
    • No P.M. Kindergarten
    9/19:   Picture Day 
    9/25:   Gifted Curriculum Night @ Whittier
    9/27:   PTA Event 
     
     
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  • Quick link: MAP testing information
     
    K-8 students throughout District 58 will be participating in the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment program. Click here for additional information on MAP in District 58.
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Please take a few minutes to view the 1:1 Parent Video.  It is a summary by District 58 James Eichmiller, touching upon such areas as: Why Are We Going 1:1?, A Blended Approach, Preparing Our Students, Learning Toward Individual Growth, Digital Citizenship, and Safety and Security, along with iPad support for parents at home.
 
 


 

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Hillcrest School . . . Home of the HOUND DOGS paws
 
paws Principal: Mrs. Paula Thomas 
                                                   Assistant Principal: Mrs. Melissa Capizzi     
 


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!
 
The following items were selected to be highlighted on our homepage in order to provide you with a quick reference to some FAQ's. These and many more descriptions of procedures and practices specific to Hillcrest School can be found in the Hillcrest School Parent Handbook below.   There will also be a limited amount of hard copies available in our school office.
 
paw bullet  Arrival and Departure ~ We welcome students to the playground in the morning before school begins. Students must not arrive before 8:10 A.M. as there is no supervision until then. Students will line up with their class and be led into the building to begin their school day. Parents and other adults are not allowed to enter the school through any side doors. after school, students are encouraged to promptly leave school premises. There is no supervision after school.
 
paw bullet  Parking and Traffic ~ We ask for your cooperation during student drop-off and pick-up times. There is no parking on either side of   Jefferson between 8:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. For safety purposes, do not let your children in or out of vehicles on the north side of           Jefferson or east side of Dunham, forcing them to cross the street in between other cars and in the middle of the block. As parent      role models, please encourage them to cross with one of our two crossing guards.  The goal for the smoothest traffic line in a                residential school area such as ours is safety and consistency.  Please think: PULL UP ... DROP OFF ... DRIVE ON.  
DO NOT ENTER THE SCHOOL DRIVEWAY, PARKING LOT, OR BUS TURNAROUND IN A VEHICLE OR ON FOOT FOR ANY REASON. 
 
PAW BULLET  Visitors / Building Security ~ Enter school through the main doors on Jefferson. Ring the bell on the left and pull door as you are       buzzed in by someone in the office. Stop in the office on the right to sign in and receive a Visitor Badge. Badge must be visible at all times while in the building.  Upon leaving the building, visit the office again in order to sign out. Items such as forgotten lunches, musical   instruments, homework and projects must be left in the school office. Students will retrieve the items or office staff will deliver them     at a time that is least interruptive to learning.
 
paw bullet  Absences ~ Parents /caregivers must call the school office (630-719-5840) BEFORE 8:00 A.M. to report that a student will be absent or late. Voicemail is available between 4:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M. and absences can be reported the preceding evening to avoid any possible line overload at the start of the school day. If the office is not notified of an absence or tardy, staff will call home as well as all emergency numbers provided on the student's emergency sheet until the student's absence has been verified.  We must be sure that all students are safe, and that their whereabouts are known.
 
paw bullet  Medication ~ Medication is not administered to children by the school staff. If it is imperative that medicine be given during the school day, a  Medication Permission and Instruction form must be completed by the parents and the physician authorizing the school to administer the medication. Only prescription medication may be administered to children by school staff.
 
paw bullet  Edible Treats ~ Due to the increased amount of students who suffer from allergies, edible treats (home made or store bought) are not allowed in celebration of birthdays. Goodie Bags containing other non-edible items may be given, or donating a book to the student's classroom library is another suggestion. 
 
           
   

District Resources


Principal: Paula Thomas
 
Assistant Principal: Melissa Capizzi
 
Secretary: Lisa Reinhart
 
Clerk: Lauren Filip
 
Address: 1435 Jefferson Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60516
 
Phone: (630) 719-5840
 
School hours: 8:20 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.

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