Community Meeting Announcements
Monday, March 2, 2020
Today’s After School Activities
Homework Club- pick up at 5 pm
Conferences and Standardized Testing
An email regarding Spring Conferences and Standardized Testing has been sent out. Please read the email carefully as it contains a lot of information. Please call Gail Barnes (610-527-3230) ASAP to schedule your family’s conference time. Phone calls only (after 9 am)– no emails requesting dates will be accepted.
Spring sports begin next week. The spring session of Nellie’s Dog Walking Training Course is now welcoming 8th graders to register. The Spring Athletic Enrollment Forms have been emailed home, and are also available in the lobby. Contact Mr. Van Dyke with questions at email@example.com.
Young Writer's Award
Mrs. Nelson reminded all students about the annual Young Writer's Award sponsored by her teachers' organization, Alpha Delta Kappa. Last year two Hill Top students won First Place ($100.) and Honorable mention ($50.). This year's prompt is "In what ways do you think you might change over the next five years How and why?" Submissions can be in the form of any genre--essay, poem, short story, letter, etc. She suggested a letter from the students 2025 selves to their 2020 selves. Entries should be emailed to bnelson@hilltopprep by this Friday.
March Madness Student-Faculty Basketball Game
Tomorrow, March 3rd is Hill Top’s annual Student-Faculty basketball game! The game will take place during activity period. Contact Mr. Van Dyke with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls' Night Out-3/16
The next Girls' Night Out will take place on Monday, March 16th, from 4-7:00 pm. The girls will have a fun afternoon of shopping and dinner at the Plymouth Meeting Mall. Students should see Mrs. Gillespie for details.
Admissions Open House-3/4
An Admissions Open House will take place on Wednesday, March 4th at 9:30 am.
This week, the Middle School will be recognizing the importance of kindness, respect, and empathy. Each day will have a theme related to these topics and students are encouraged to dress up in honor of that theme.
Tuesday will be “We’re all on the same team!” and students should wear team jerseys or sports shirts.
Wednesday will be “Celebrate our differences” and students will be invited to dress as wacky as possible.
Thursday will be “Wake up, Be Kind” and students can wear pajamas.
Friday will be “Hawk Pride” and students are encouraged to wear Hill Top gear.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Ms. Gargiulo, Mrs. Nelson or Mr. Cohen. Thank you!
Imprint Competition and Exhibition
The Imprint Competition and Exhibition is held every year by the Wharton Esherick Museum in Malvern. Esherick was a sculptor and printmaker who worked in wood. This year, the contest received entries from 11 schools Chester, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery & Philadelphia Counties.
Hill Top entered three prints in the competition from our 9th-grade class. Of the three, Colin Emmanuel’s print, Roosting Falcon, was selected as a finalist and will be on exhibition at the Esherick museum from March 8th through May 24th.
Guys Night & Sleepover at the Dorm-3/5
The boy’s upstairs are always excited to show their friends the dorm and they're happy to announce an event opened to interested students in grades 8-12. It's going to be a blast and it will give our dorm students the opportunity to plan and host the event. It will also provide our guests with a taste of dorm life. If you are interested in your son participating, please contact Mrs. Tompkins with any questions at email@example.com or Mr. Penney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hill Top Prom
Although it seems early in the year to talk about Prom, plans are being put in place now.
Mr. Sedgwick is currently running a contest to design this year's prom ticket. The contest is open to students in the Upper School, and the prize is one free ticket to the event.
Rules for Prom Ticket Contest
• Ticket size cannot be more than ½ of a regular sheet of paper.
• Ticket must be reproducible--can be digital or scannable.
• Ticket must include the following details:
Hill Top Preparatory Prom 2020
May 8, 7-11 pm
Radnor Valley Country Club
• Add other visual detail, decor, or art as you see fit!
Prize: One free prom ticket.
Due date: last day of Feb.
Student poets in grades 9-12 meet on Thursday’s during mentor period.
Contact Mrs. Selinsky with any questions at email@example.com.
Updated Hill Top Job Board
The Hill Top Job Board has been updated with part time/afterschool and weekend
positions. The board is located in the Upper Linden hallway and is divided into the 5 surrounding counties. The jobs posted are suitable positions for students. Students who are seeking a job are encouraged to take a posting as well as let Mrs. Navarra know if they have a job to post. Mrs. Navarra also offered to assist any student in seeking employment.
Box Tops for Education Campaign
We have collected $49.10 made out to Hill Top for the Box Tops for Ed that everybody put in the box on Mrs. Barnes’ desk last year. Thank you for cutting them out.
Now there's an easier way. No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. Here’s how to do it:
Get the free Box Tops app on your phone from the app store.
Tap the scan button and take a photo of your store receipt within 14 days of purchase.
Box Tops earnings are identified and automatically added to our school's earnings online.
All unexpired clipped Box Top coupons are still being accepted. Thank you again for your participation.
Middle School Student Council Promoting Amazon Smile
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on Amazon Smile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate half of a percent of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.
The MSSC is supporting a sign-up campaign for students, faculty, family and friends to go to Smile.Amazon.com and designate Hill Top as your non-profit charity. It is important to type Hill Top Preparatory NOT Hill Top Prep; otherwise, our school does not appear in the search.
It’s free to sign up, fun to shop and free money for Hill Top.
On June 1st, we will be hosting our annual college day. As of right now, 13 colleges are registered to attend, including Millersville, Guilford, University of Alabama, and New England Institute of Technology. If any student is interested in a particular school, they should talk to Mrs. Gillespie who will extend an invitation to that school.
Lebanon Valley College is hosting A Day at the Valley on March 27th. This is an opportunity for students to see the campus, sit in on two classes, talk with professors, and sample the food in the cafeteria (their sundae bar gets high marks from past students). Any juniors interested in attending should talk with Mrs. Gillespie. (Any parents interested in attending can email Mrs. Gillespie or go to https://www.lvc.edu/admission-aid/visit-lvc/)
Looking for summer programs on a college campus? This list is updated as programs come in: https://padlet.com/agillespie4/summerprograms
A non-comprehensive collection of test optional schools: https://padlet.com/agillespie4/nosat
Save the Date!
Comic Con Family Game Night is coming and you don’t want to miss it. What is it you ask... it’s an Annual event that celebrates all fandoms and game playing.
• There will be a video game truck, food, candy bar, traditional games and a fun time just to hang out.
• Costumes are totally optional and the whole family is invited to come.
• Be there Saturday, March 7th, 6:30-8:30