Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Upcoming Events

News & Notes

ACE Awards Winners

Advocates For Character and Education

Lucy Sutton and Brice Duprey are the Hillcrest Middle recipients of the 2016 ACE Awards. The students are nominated at the school and awarded the honor based on their overcoming tremendous odds to achieve wonderful things in their school and community.

HMA National Geography Bee Winners

School Winner:  Reese Wilson

2nd place Nick Alexander

3rd place Kory Clark


6th Grade 

1st place Kory Clark

2nd place Myles Holmes

3rd place Cole Espinosa


7th Grade

1st place Nick Alexander

2nd place Emma Polaski

3rd place Jackson Frazier


8th Grade

1st place Reese Wilson

2nd place Alejandro Huavil

3rd place Jacob Smith



HMS Boys' Basketball Championship Game

CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Rick Reames, Coach Lauryn Long, and the Boys Basketball Team on winning the Greenville County Championship! We beat a great Beck team in the last minutes of play!  For photos, see our Hillcrest Middle Athletics Facebook page.  



Student Council Meeting

Student Council meeting Feb. 16th 3:15-3:45 Rm. #409

Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball

February 19, 2016

All HMS Students Invited


Cost: $5.00

A Masked Dance (no full face mask allowed) 

Tickets will be available during lunch Feb. 16-19, 2016 or at the door.

Students should dress nicely and wear an eye or half-face mask. No full face covering masks are allowed.

Bake Sale Feb 12
The HMS PTA will have a Bake Sale during lunch on Friday, February 12. Items will range in price from $.25 to $1.00. All sales are cash only. 

Greenville Drive Reading All Stars

The Greenville Drive Reading All Stars promotion is in full swing. Keep track of your reading and get your logs back into HMS library by March 3, 2016.  Read 5 books to qualify for your ticket to the April 11, 2016 ball game, a free T-shirt and a free book. Attend the game to get our shirt and book.  Need the instructions and a form? Click here!!


Teacher Pam Bowers Authors A Book
albtross Pam Bowers, an 8th grade teacher, has written a childrens' book, Al B Tross In The City. The book is illustrated by a former Hillcrest Middle student, Elizabeth Vera. Mrs. Bowers was interviewed by Fox News and will be holding book signings too autograph her book. Congratulations!!

6th Grade Field Trip

Team 6.1 will be going to Roper Mountain Feb. 11 from 9-1:30.

Team 6.2 will be going to Roper Mountain Feb. 5 from 9-1:30

Team 6.3 will be going to Roper Mountain Feb. 4 from 9- 1:30.

Junior Leage Women's Writing

Young Women's Writing Contest

The Junior League of Greenville is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 4th annual Young Women's Writing Contest.  Female students in grades 6-12 from Greenville County public, private and home schools are encouraged to submit their essays.  Essays should be between 750-1200 words and will be accepted between February 1, 2016 and March 1, 2016.  Winner will be announced by April 15, 2016.

Along with a $500 scholarship award, the winning essay will be published in the Summer 2016 issue of VISIONS magazine, and the winner will be invited to accept her award at the JLG's Annual Meeting held on May 10, 2016.


This year's topic is:

With this being an election year, what should our female leaders do to help develop the potential of women?  How do they rise above the heavy emphasis that popular media places on superficial and physical characteristics?  What can they do to become positive role models and improve the community for the next generation of women?  What would you do?

The contest will open February 1. Go here for more information, https://www.jlgreenville.org/?nd=YoungWomenWriting.

Curriculum Night



WHEN:    Monday, February 8  at 6:00 PM

WHERE:  HMS Cafeteria

WHAT:    Information will be given on 2016-17 course registration and

                 on high school courses offered to rising 7th and 8th graders.

                 Teachers, counselors, and administrators will explain courses offered

                 and answer whatever questions parents and students may have.



6th Grade Newsletter

	Dear Parents and Guardians,
We hope everyone had a wonderful Winter break
and are off to a great New Year. The Sixth Grade
newsletter has registration information, Guidance 
News and recognitions of our Students of the Month
and Positive Referrals. To read the articles and
check the upcoming calendar, please see the newsletter
which is linked below.
	Sixth Grade Newsletter


New HMS Athletics Website

Athletics has a brand new website and a new look. Click here to see the teams, their schedules and what is offered for our students at HMS.

For HMS Athletic info and forms please click the following links:




Wow! It is time for the Hillcrest Middle School 8th Grade students to register for their 2016-2017 high school courses. Parents, you have the opportunity to select an appointment for this required and informative meeting, at a time that works best with your busy family schedule with the following link:


Along with the 8th grade Guidance Counselor, Bessie Skenteris, and the HMS Career Specialist, Barb McPoland, students and their parents/guardians will discuss the following information during the meeting:

·       high school elective choices 

·       the SC Uniform Grading System

·       college requirements

·       scholarships

·       Career Interest Assessment Results.​

Financial Aid Workshops for Parents

February 2, 2016 • 6:00 PM
Hillcrest High
February 11, 2016 • 6:00 PM
Carolina High Academy
February 18, 2016 • 6:00 PM
Greer High
February 25, 2016 • 6:00 PM
Travelers Rest High
For more information, please visit the MHS Guidance web page.

College Fair

Upstate South Carolina NACAC College Fair

Saturday, March 19, 2016

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

TD Convention Center


HMS Yearbooks For Sale
jostensOrder your HMS Yearbook on line. No sending in money and waiting on a receipt. Order directly from Jostens. The price is $35.00 which includes the name on the cover of the book if you order by February.

Click this link to order.