Tuesday, May 30, 2017





May and June Currents
With the end of the school year vastly approaching, we would like to emphasize important school information for our announcements.
END OF COURSE EXAMS

From Tuesday, May 23-Thursday, May 25:  End of Course Exams (8th graders)
From Tuesday, May 30-Thursday, June 1:  End of Course Exams (7th graders)

PROMOTION
Thursday, June 1, 2017
According to US History Teacher
8:30 AM:  Ms. Munoz, Ms. Chavez, Ms. Kuklenski, Mr. Murrillo, Ms. Rohrer
12:00 PM:  Ms. Cervantes
2:00 PM:  Ms. Manjarrez

SEMESTER GRADES
Friday, June 2, 2017 (Last Day of School)

KEEP in MIND
8th grade:  Please be aware of middle school requirements.  Any student who does not fulfill middle school requirements, will be ineligible for the promotion certificate.
Please be advised of the middle school requirements for promotion.
·        Remember that students will be given credit for passing grades of D grade or Higher.  Total credits needed for promotion:  21 credits
Here are the promotion requirements:
English Language Arts (4 semester credits)
     English 7 (2), English 8(2)
Math (4 semester credits)
     Integrated Math 7 (2), Integrated Math 8 (2)
PE  (4 semester credits)
     PE 7 (2), PE 8 (2)
Science (4 semester credits)
     General Science 1 (2), General Science 2 (2)
Social Science (4 semester credits)
     World Cultures (2), US History (2)
Elective (1 semester credit)
     (D Grade or Better)

7TH GRADE INFORMATION for summer school
Students who receive an “F” in core classes (for semester 1 and 2 of 7th grade) should fill out an application for summer school (in the counseling center) to recover that credit.  Parents must fill out application and return to the counseling center immediately for placement for summer school.  Please ask Math teachers for summer school applications for the accelerated math classes offered in the summer (based on recommendations from math teachers).

LAST thoughts

On behalf of the counseling center, have a wonderful and restful summer break!

Thursday, April 6, 2017


March and April Happenings
With Spring in the air, it is wonderful to see the counseling center transition to the upcoming school year with registration and parent nights in full swing.  We are constantly amazed with the exciting classes this school has to offer.

We had a huge turn-out for our first parent night (for our upcoming 7th graders) that took place on March 2nd, 2017.  Thank you to the 150 people who came in attendance to join us for our festivities.  A huge thank-you  to our teachers and staff who made the night successful!

Important Dates
 Wednesday, APRIL 19th, 2017

Don’t worry!  If you missed that event, we have one last parent night happening this Month.  It will take place on April 19th, 2017, 6-7 pm, in the cafeteria, if you’re are interested in your child attending HTM next year.  You will be able listen to our school orchestra play as well as learn about special programs our school has to offer.
Friday, APRIL 14th, 2017:  Progress Report

Please be advised that students will receive their progress reports on Friday, April 14, 2017.  This is a great opportunity to encourage your child to do their best before the semester grades come out.  Please be advised of the middle school requirements for promotion.
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·       Remember that students will be given credit for passing grades of D grade or Higher.  Total credits needed for promotion:  21 credits
Here are the promotion requirements:
English Language Arts (4 semester credits)     
   English 7 (2), English 8(2)
Math (4 semester credits)
   Integrated Math 7 (2), Integrated Math 8 (2)
PE  (4 semester credits)
   PE 7 (2), PE 8 (2)
Science (4 semester credits)
   General Science 1 (2), General Science 2 (2)
Social Science (4 semester credits)
   World Cultures (2), US History (2)
Elective (1 semester credit)

  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Welcoming 2017 and Celebrating Counselor Appreciation Week

January and February Currents


The Hilltop Middle Counseling Center is welcoming the New Year with good energy and lots of activities.  We are doing our feeder school visits, tackling pre-registration, attending our important district Counselor meetings and helping our students navigate (academically and personally/socially) through second semester.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
High School Counselors are currently registering the incoming 9th grade students for the upcoming school year.  Additionally, we are also registering our incoming 8th graders on February 23.  Parents, please ask for paperwork needed for registration.
PROGRESS REPORT:
Please be aware that our next progress report is Thursday, Feb. 16.
Check out the valuable academic interventions available to our students:
Academic Enrichment Center (AEC):  AEC is an afterschool program designed to give students an opportunity to complete missing and/or incomplete missing assignments.  Students are assigned AEC through their teachers.  Students may also attend for homework help from college tutors.
Target tutoring:  Target tutoring is an intervention for Special Ed (RSP) and English Learners (EL) who may need targeted tutoring.
RSP Tutoring:  ROOM 806 (Mon.-Thurs.) 3:10-4:10 PM
EL Tutoring:  Room 802 (Mon.-Thurs.) 7:30-8:00 AM
English Academy:  Room 209 (Saturday) 8-12:00 PM
FLAGS tutoring:  Please check schedule http://www.htmflagsprogram.org/tutoring.html
Credit Recovery:  Credit recovery is for students who failed a class/classes needed for 8th grade promotion.  Students need to complete a total of 60 hours including 40 hours of seat time and 20 hours of independent study work.  Please note that after two hours absences, students are dropped from credit recovery.  A passing grade is a “D” or higher to earn credit.  Dates and times vary for subjects.  Please consult calendars/contracts obtained by students or go to the main office for a complete schedule. 
Spring Credit Recovery Schedule: (8th grade)
General Science :  Room 607 (February 9th to April 18)
Math:  Room 408 (February 6th to March 22)
ELA :  Room 402 (February 11th to May 13th)
Social Science:  Room 106 (March 11th to April 29)
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Counselor Appreciation Week
February 7-10: Last but not least, thank you for all of your well wishes on Counselor Appreciation Week.  On behalf of the HTM counseling team, we are so appreciative and blessed to have a  job that supports students well-being.  It is our hope that we motivate our students to be the best that they can be!!!



Friday, December 16, 2016


Warmest Wishes
For the Holiday Season!
It’s always a great feeling to wrap up the semester with a heartfelt thank you to parents, students and staff who made our counseling activities worthwhile and successful.  The counselors had a wonderful time discussing setting the pathway toward College and Career exploration with “College:  Making it Happen” Night!  We’ve also had enormous success in meeting with students about setting goals for the semester.
To continue on with the spirit of academic achievement, we’d like to share a few tidbits of information for the end of the semester:
·        First semester grades are coming out on Friday, December 16.  These are the grades that will be counted towards credit on their transcript.  Remember that students will be given credit for passing grades of D grade or Higher.  Total credits needed for promotion:  21 credits
Here are the promotion requirements:
English Language Arts (4 semester credits)     
   English 7 (2), English 8(2)
Math (4 semester credits)
   Integrated Math 7 (2), Integrated Math 8 (2)
PE  (4 semester credits)
   PE 7 (2), PE 8 (2)
Science (4 semester credits)
   General Science 1 (2), General Science 2 (2)
Social Science (4 semester credits)
   World Cultures (2), US History (2)
Elective (1 semester credit)
   (D Grade or Better)
Here are some points of information about the California Junior Scholarship Federation.  Hilltop Middle School provides a recognition program for students with academic accomplishments.
To qualify for CJSF membership students must follow these guidelines:
A.
--  Membership is based on 3 semester grades.  Students must qualify both semesters of 7th grade and the first semester of 8th grade.
-- You must earn TWICE the number of points in scholarship classes than courses in which you are enrolled that meet membership requirements.
--CJSF points are granted as follows:  A=3 points, B=1 point, C=0 points
·        Earning a “D” or “F” grade in academic or citizenship including AR will prohibit student from membership.
B.  Also remember:
PE, Art, Student Aide, Computers, Band, Workshop, Music classes, AR and any other electives (except World Languages and Avid) do not count as points.
An application form must be turned by the student to their counselor for point verification at the end of every semester.  Those who qualify receive an Honor Member certificate during 8th grade awards ceremony and an honor seal is placed on the promotion certificate.


On behalf of the counseling center, we would like to wish you a happy holiday season and a restful break with your friends and family.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

In Complete Gratitude



As November comes to a close, the counseling center is in complete gratitude for all of the parents, teachers, students and staff who have supported our efforts to support students in this transition period from Elementary to High School.  Our goal is for our students to be successful in high school and beyond.  Some of what the counselors do include:

·         Adhere to ASCA national standards:  Academic Counseling, College and Career Counseling, Personal/Social Emotional Counseling
·         Facilitate Student Conflict Mediations
·         Make contact through parent/teacher/student conferences
·         Inform parents of academic interventions
·         Provide referrals for individual and group counseling
·         Meet with D &F Students
·         One-on-One counseling regarding peer relationships, family dynamics, school problems
·         Input courses for all caseload; master schedule
·         Provide an orientation for newly enrolled students and their families
·         Participate in Compact for Success activities and early college planning
·         Facilitate referrals to outside agencies for additional support
·         Provide Credit Checks for students
·         Identify students for credit recovery
·         Handle transcript evaluations
·         Conduct presentations about education essentials, incoming feeder school presentations, college and careers, and A-G requirements.         Register  students for classes.  Identify qualifying students for CJSF.
·         Participate in SST, PLC, middle school curriculum, and district meetings

On behalf of the counseling center, have a wonderful Thanksgiving Week Break with your loved ones!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fall Festivities


It's no surprise that I love the fall season.  I love the slight chill in the air.  I love the smell of pumpkin spice lattes circulating through the coffee shop.  And I love, love, LOVE the annual Compact for Success field trip we have for our seventh grade students at San Diego State University!  Our students and their parents get the full college experience as they tour the expansive campus, go to stimulating seminars, eat a fabulous lunch and get familiarized with the Compact For Success program.  http://compactforsuccess.sdsu.edu/compact/

For those of you who want a quick snapshot, Compact For Success is a guaranteed admission program between San Diego State University and the Sweetwater Union High School District.  
Here are the benchmarks:
*  Must be enrolled in SUHSD in the 9th -12th grade
*  Attain a CSU GPA of 3.1 or higher
*  Complete all CSU A-G course requirements with a "C" grade of better
*  Pass the EPT and ELM Test
*  Take the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Test

Students who fulfill these requirements are guaranteed admittance in to San Diego State University!

Our field trip takes place this Saturday, October 29, 2016.  Thank you for turning in your permission slips and picking up your snazzy T-shirt!  I can't wait to show our school spirit and spend another enlightening experience with our college-bound seventh graders!