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December 12, 2022 : Monday Message from Dr. Hart-Olivis

Good evening Hillandale Families,

This is Dr. Hart-Olivis, proud principal of Hillandale Elementary School with this week’s Monday Message.  You should receive this message in both English and Spanish. 

At Hillandale, it’s important to us that we regularly communicate with you about how you can help boost your child’s achievement at school and how important your support is from home.  As we continue to recover from the pandemic, we’re focusing on ways to help our students learn and grow better than ever.  Every student at Hillandale can learn and grow, and we’re on a team together to help our learners achieve.  As you may remember, we did a pulse check to see what our students have learned so far this year in third through fifth grades through CASE 21 assessments.  We’re still reviewing the results, but it looks like the hard work of our learners, teachers and families has paid off!  Be on the lookout for our “Category 5 Hurricanes” as our results come in.  Students who showed proficiency on CASE 21 will receive special prizes.  As we continue through the year, we’ll also be looking at the goals students have created with their teachers.  Students who meet their goals will also receive prizes.  Finally, as we get into the spring semester, students will get big prizes for growth as well as for earning level 3, 4, or 5 on the EOG.  As the results roll in, please remind your child that their attitude about their work and putting effort toward what they do in school is the most important part.  Those are the blocks that build student achievement.  Take a look at what School Community Network has to share about how you can help your child succeed in school at this link.

As future leaders in our community, our students and their families have contributed to our canned food drive.  Our goal was to collect 500 items to donate to our families in need.  Hillandale’s superpower continues to be unity, and we SURPASSED our goal!  Because of Hillandale power, we collected more than 640 canned goods.

If your family is in need this season, please reach out to Community and Student Engagement Coordinator, Marie Guzski ( or our counselors, Sarah Johnson ( and Jill Lowe ( 

If your child is part of our English Language Learners program, they may have come home with information about test preparation for the ACCESS exam.  

Carpool families, we are seeing waves of traffic, with an upswell of cars right before the bell rings.  Please help us maintain a smooth flow of traffic in the morning.  We begin intake at 7:15 am and the tardy bell rings at 7:45 am.

This Thursday our students in kindergarten through second grade will receive special stuffed animals and Book Harvest books.  Friday, third through fifth grades will be able to participate.  Special thanks to Ms. Attleson, who connected with Scott of Petsmart (a former Hillandale parent) to donate these goodies to our students.  

Stay up to date about what’s happening at Hillandale on our school website, and on Twitter and Instagram @HillandalePOWER.  You can also respond to me directly from this email, but now that we’ve started school, your child’s teacher is the best first contact.

At Hillandale we strive for everything we do to be results-focused, data-informed, and student-driven.  We want to empower your child to excel in the academic and social skills required to be a leader in our community.  As always, thank you for your support, your partnership, and most of all, thank you for being part of The Hillandale Family.

Have a fantastic week!