The Husky's Howl Week 31- 4/29/19

This week, Hill Cub Scouts participated in a cake baking competition. Thank you for allowing me to be a celebrity judge and taste all the cakes. What can I say...this job is SWEET. ;)

5th Grade Festival of Orchestra

The 5th Grade Orchestra Concert on Wednesday night was outstanding. The Troy Athens auditorium was truly a showcase of orchestras from Hill, Troy Union, Costello, Wass, Larson, and Athens. Way to go OneTroy! The evening was finished off with a beautiful performance by the Athens orchestra playing the theme music from The Greatest Showman.

Hill Robotics Teams at World Competition

Team TEKnIQ (in green - Rishit and Rishab Sheth and Seth Tesoro) made it to division finals, posting an 18th rank out of the 82 teams in their division in the teamwork challenges. They tied for 9th in the division finals. In the skills/autonomous challenge, they achieved a rank of 28th out of all 409 teams! The Quantum Sheep (lab coats and red - Nolan Sackrison, Valentina Mansour, and Quinten Lagesse) had some struggles in the teamwork challenges but posted a 77th rank in skills and autonomous. Both teams achieved the top 20th percentile at least in the skills/autonomous challenge! In a season that began with more than 12,000 teams and 2,500 contests in over 60 countries worldwide, I would say our Hill Huskies did us proud! Go Huskies! (written by: Matt Sackrison)

Way to go Huskies! You made us all really proud!

No Idle Day is May 8th

It happens, we know. You’re picking up a child, waiting for a food order, or just trying to warm up your car on cold morning — and you leave it running for a little while. It’s easy to let those minutes tick by, but getting into the habit of turning your car off when you’ll be idle for more than 10 seconds can make a big difference for your pocketbook and the planet.

Hill Elementary School will participate in a “No Idle Day” on May 8th at drop-off and dismissal sponsored by the Student Advisory Council. Families in cars line for pick up and drop off will participate in this very important event. When you arrive at Hill, please consider turning off your car rather than leaving the engine running. Student Advisory Council members will be outside holding up signs to remind you of this in hopes to contribute to saving our earth! Thank you in advance!

Hill M-Step Schedule

The M-STEP Assessment will be administered to third grade students next week.

3rd Grade - May 7 (ELA) and May 9 (Math)

Remember the 85-15 Rule When it Comes to Discipline

Too often, discipline gets a bad rap. Many parents think it means punishing their children when they misbehave, which isn’t very enjoyable for children or parents.

However, the word discipline actually comes from the Latin word disciplina, which means “teaching.” So try thinking about discipline in a different way. Think of discipline as a way to teach your child the skills she needs to succeed in life.

Most of your discipline—roughly 85 percent—should focus on encouraging the behavior you want to see in your child. You can do this by being a good role model. For example, if you want your child to be kind, be kind to others. If you want her to be responsible, keep your own commitments.

You can also point out others who display the behaviors you’d like to encourage. And when you see your child doing the right thing, notice and compliment her.

That leaves just 15 percent of the time to focus on correcting her negative behavior. While you will still have to set rules and enforce consequences, you’ll get to spend most of your time focusing on the positive.

Reprinted with permission from the May 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

After School Policy

Classroom teachers will close and lock their doors once they leave for the day. We have several after school activities and have been instructed to keep our classroom doors locked for security reasons. It is important that your child takes everything with them that they need for the night as they will not have access to their classroom after 4pm.

2019-2020 CARE Company Registration

Families can register online for the 2019-2020 CARE program by clicking the button below.

Author Maria Dismondy is coming to Hill!

On Friday, May 10th Maria Dismondy will be speaking to students in grades K-5. This fun and educational assembly will guide students through a series of thought provoking interactions about why character is key. Maria's program uses children’s literature as its foundation and will cover the following character traits: forgiveness, integrity, responsibility, respect and empathy.

If you are interested in purchasing a book for your home library, please complete the attached order form and return in by May 7.

Heidi Apol, Library Media Specialists/Teacher-Librarian

5th Grade Troy Fitness Run

Saturday, May 18, 2019

One week to go for our fifth graders to participate in the Troy School District Troy Fitness Run.

Field Day Volunteers Needed

On Friday, May 24th Hill will be hosting its annual Field Day event. This is an event that the students truly look forward to each year. Field Day takes a lot of planning as well as help from our parents. If you think that volunteering for Field Day this year is something that you would be interested in, please sign up for the event that interests you most. The Sign-up Genius below will allow you to choose the event you would like to help with that day. Please note that Field Day will run from 1:00-3:00 PM that day. We may run over the time a little bit. You will have each group of kids at your station from approximately 7 minutes and will then rotate them. Thank you all for considering helping at an that means so much to our students. This year we are asking that all volunteers bring 20 FILLED water balloons with them and drop them off at the Water Balloon station. This station cannot take place without the water balloons.

Click on the link below to sign-up! Thanks, Mr. Van Houzen

  • MONDAY 5/6 - FRIDAY 5/10 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • TUESDAY 5/7 - 9:15am- 12:00pm - 5th Grade Safety/Service Squad Orange Bowl (@ Escape)
  • TUESDAY 5/7 - Art Smarts Presentation for Grades 4th and 5th (LGI)
  • WEDNESDAY 5/8 - 7:00pm - Robotics Parents meeting (Media Center)
  • THURSDAY 5/9 - 3rd Grade International Festival
  • FRIDAY 5/10 - K-5th - Author Maria Dismondy Visits Hill
  • MONDAY 5/13 - 9:00am-12:00pm - 5th Graders Visit & Lunch @ Larson Middle School
  • WEDNESDAY 5/15 - K-12 Early Release Day - School dismissed at 12:39pm
  • WEDNESDAY 5/15 - Box Tops Due to Classrooms
  • WEDNESDAY 5/15 - 1:30-7:30pm - Red Cross Blood Drive (gym)
  • THURSDAY 5/16 - 7:00pm - PTO Meeting (Media Center)
  • SATURDAY 5/18 - 9:15am - 5th Grade Troy Fitness Run (Boulan Park)
  • THURSDAY 5/23 - 1:00pm - Field Day (Rain date 5/24)
  • MONDAY 5/27 - No School, Memorial Day
  • WEDNESDAY 5/29 - Final Due Date for Library Books
  • FRIDAY 5/31 - 5:00pm - Hill PTO Family Fun Fair
  • FRIDAY 5/31 - 5:00 pm - Book Fair Family Night (Media Center)
  • MON 6/3 - WED 6/5 - Book Fair Sales During Media Classes
  • TUESDAY 6/4 - 9:00am - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (Cafeteria)
  • WED 6/5 - FRI 6/7 - 5th Grade Camp (Camp Michindoh)
  • TUESDAY 6/11 - Half Day - School dismissed at 12:29pm
  • WEDNESDAY 6/12 - Half Day - School dismissed at 12:29pm
  • THURSDAY 6/13 - Half Day - School dismissed at 12:29pm

Shari Pawlus - Principal - Hill Elementary


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