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Friday, October 31, 2014
Hillcrest Middle • 510 Garrison Road • Simpsonville, SC 29681 • (864) 355-6100 • Fax: (864) 355-6120

Upcoming Events

6th Grade Newsletter

 Dear HMS Parents and Students,

Happy Fall! We have the first quarter behind us now and the students have done wonderfully getting adjusted to life as a middle schooler. We have had a wonderful start to a new year and look forward to the remainder of the year. It has been a pleasure meeting so many of you at Open House and at individual conferences. The Children’s Little Theatre spoke to us about bullying and the signs of bullying, and the GET SMART program was here to speak to our students about choices they make in life. Both of these programs were outstanding. We are in the midst of planning our Career Day that will be held on December 5th. If you would like to volunteer to present on Career Day, contact our Career Development Facilitator, Barb McPoland at 355.6194. Please remember if you ever have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us at school by phone or email.

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Michi Cortese, Assistant Principal

Barbara Douglas, Guidance Counselor

HMS October Newsletter

A Letter from Our Principal

                 Wow!  Time is flying!  It is difficult for me to believe that we have already completed one quarter of the 2014-15 school year.  In this short amount of time, Hillcrest Middle has already undergone significant changes, and we have already accomplished more than we could have imagined. 

                 Our teachers are participating in collaboration hours, team-building activities, peer observations, and weekly instructional feedback sessions.  Our goal is to utilize the strengths of our faculty to work together to create the most rigorous, yet enjoyable and engaging, learning experiences that we can for our students.

Our students are participating in numerous exciting classroom and community activities.  We have integrated technology in our “Techno Device Days” and “Bring Your Own Device” activities.  Students are working collaboratively in the classrooms to solve real-world problems as they relate to their curriculum standards.  Outside of the classrooms, we have new clubs such as our Robotics/Computer Science and Movie-Making clubs.  Additionally, we have worked together to donate almost $500 and 900 cans of dog and cat food for Greenville Animal Care.  We have raised $5000 for United Way through “Stuck for a Buck”, “Kidnap the Teacher”, and fun “Teacher Torture” activities.  Of course, through all of this, our PTA is extremely busy supporting both our teachers and students as we try new ideas and gain new partnerships. 

Hillcrest Middle School is focused on excellence in everything that we do.  We are proud of our students, our families, our faculty, and our staff.  We are excited to work together and move forward, progressing each and every day inside and outside of the classrooms.

Mrs. Farmer

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8th Grade Newsletter

As Eight Grade progresses, there are new challenges. Students will take cumulative exams in each academic subject at the end of the first semester. These exams will test students’  knowledge of material covered during the first and second quarters. The exam counts up to 20% of the semester grade.

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Agendas help you stay organized!!!!! Use them effectively & consistently!!!!!

Janet Kirby, Administrator 355-6116

Jane Hunnicutt, Guidance Counselor 355-6117


Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week

I Believe In Me, Drug Free

October 27-31, 2014

Calendar of Activities


Fine Arts Center Visitation

Please see the attached information regarding the Fine Arts Center Middle School Visitation Day on November 20th from 9:15 -11:05 (AM only) for eighth grade students.   Click here to print the  Visitation Form and the Absence Form.

 If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Collins, school counselor for the Fine Arts Center, at 355-2553 or

Lovely New Scarves
scarves  Our lovely outdoor monitors wearing their beautiful HMS hand knitted scarves. Much thanks to the Mom who knitted these scarves for our staff.

BETA Club Animal Fundraiser

Please help us collect the following: Canned dog and cat food Canned puppy and kitten betafood Kitten formula¨ New and used towels (clean ones!)¨ Baby blankets or small fleece throws¨ Donations to the “Second Chance Fund”  for needy animals. This promotion runs through November 11.  For more information, click here.




HMS Strings Ensemble Performs

The Superior 9 Strings Ensemble, under the direction of teacher Cliff Hintson, performed on October 21 for the visit by author Kimberly Teter. They performed Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major. Their performance can be viewed on the HMS Facebook page or our youtube channel.



HMS Week of Giving!!

Sharing our "Spirit" through a week of giving--October 27-31, 2014.  Dodging for Dinners!!! Fall Dance!! Surrender your candy and support our troops!! Click here for more information!



ACE Awards

The ACE Awards (Advocates for Character and Education) was created by Greg Blatt, Founder and Executive Director of Coaches 4 Character. It is an annual award given to 66 male and female students from each of the 33 Greenville County middle and high schools. This award is designed to honor true “unsung heroes” who all too often are not recognized for their accomplishments. The selection process, established by Greenville County school counselors, focuses on identifying and selecting students who often go unnoticed for one reason or another, but have accomplished great things in their community, church or school. Please click here for more information.

HMS Facebook Page
aqua pawHillcrest Middle now has a Facebook page. Search for Hillcrest Middle School and choose the one with the aqua Wildcat paw. Keep up with all our going ons and see  photos from our sports, music and academic events.

Baseball Workout Schedule

baseballInterested in baseball?  Workouts begin soon. Complete the risk acknowlegement form that is available from Mrs. Janet Kirby and pay the insurance cost of $10.00.  Attached is the schedule.  

Hillcrest Middle YouTube Channel

The Hillcrest Middle Media Class now has a YouTube Channel where they post the Monday morning news show!! Want to see what is happening? Go here!

The channel is not enabled at school for student use, but anyone can watch from home.

Buy Your Yearbook Now

Order your Hillcrest Middle yearbook now!  Order directly from Josten's at


Or order one from the Hillcrest Middle Office by sending $30 to Mrs. Bruce in the office. The deadline to orderyearbook is January 15, 2015.