Hillcrest Elementary

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  • Shade Structure!

    Our PTO is working with KU Architecture to build a shade structure for our Ryan Gray Playground. 

    To read the press release, click here.  

    To see how you can help, click here.


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  • Dine & Donate


    Wednesday, October 11th at Rudy's (4-8 pm)

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    Cenar & Donar


    Miércoles, 11 de octubre al Rudy's (de 4 a 8)  

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    9/29 Fall Fling!  

    10/10 7 - 8 pm PTO Meeting (childcare provided)

    10/11 4 - 8 pm Dine & Donate at Rudy's

    10/27 Fall Parties!

    11/8 4 - 8 pm Dine & Donate at Chipotle on 6th  

    11/14 7 - 8 pm PTO Meeting (childcare provided)  

    11/15 Last Hawkathon for the fall  

    12/12 7 - 8 pm PTO Meeting (childcare provided)    

    12/13 4 - 8 pm Dine & Donate at Papa John's     

    12/15 Winter Parties!



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    Important dates: 

    9/29 9 am Character Strong Assembly (Coffee with Caregives at 8:30)

    10/2 & 10/3 Dental Clinic

    10/13 No School

    10/17 Individual Picture Retake Day

    10/18-10/19 Parent Teacher Conferences

    10/19-10/23 No school

    10/24 Hearing & Vision Screenings

    10/27 9 am Character Strong Assembly (Coffee with Caregives at 8:30)  


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    School pic

    School Supply Sale

    If you would like to buy school supplies through Hillcrest, you will be able to do so during parent-teacher conferences on 8/14 and the popsicles on the playground event that evening.  This is not required, just a service we offer our families.  


    Venta de los útiles escolares

    Si desea comprar útiles escolares
    a través de Hillcrest se podrá
    hacerlo durante las conferencias
    entre padres y maestros el 14 de
    agosto y el evento de paletas
    heladas en el patio de recreo esa
    noche. Esto no es obligatorio, es
    solo un servicio que ofrecemos a
    nuestras familias.

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    Fechas importantes:

    9/29 9 am Asamblea de carácter firme (Café con cuidadores a las 8:30)    

    10/2 & 10/3 Clínica dental

    10/13 No hay escuela

    10/17 Día de retomar las fotos individuales

    10/18-10/19 Conferencias de padres y maestros

    10/19-10/23 No hay escuela

    10/24 Examen de audición y visión

    10/27 9 am Asamblea de carácter firme (Café con cuidadores a las 8:30)  



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  • Hillcrest Elementary School
    1045 Hilltop Drive
    Lawrence, KS 66044
    Phone: (785) 832-5720
    Fax: (785) 596-6565
    Proud Principal: Sarah Kruse
    Sarah Kruse
    Admin. Assistant: 
    Michelle Hindman
    Attendance Secretary:
    Ann Dominguez
    Pat Wittry
    Parent Involvement Facilitator:
    Shannon Berquist

    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
    School Hours
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    8:45 AM - 3:50 PM 
    8:45 AM - 2:20 PM
    Half Day Dismissal
    12 pm
    Records Request

    2023-24 District School Calendar Click Here


    KSDE verifies this district has attained the highest level of achievement in providing services to children with disabilities


  • Morning Hours 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Afternoon Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3:40 PM - 6:00 PM Wednesday 1:15 PM - 6 PM Boys and Girls Club

    Morning Hours
    7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    Afternoon Hours
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    3:50 PM - 6:00 PM
    2:20 PM - 6:00 PM
    Vanessa Reza
    Hillcrest Elementary
    Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Kansas (BGCLK)
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  • Howie        

     Greetings from Hillcrest Elementary to you and your family!

    We wanted to take a moment to say “Hello!” We miss you when you are not here, and we are looking forward to the start of the 2023-2024 school year.

    We hope to visit with you soon to see if you are needing anything from us or if we can assist you in any way. You can always call us at 785-832-5720 if there is anything you need or if you have any questions for us.

    Our plans for the 2023-2024 school year are coming together, and we are excited for and very much looking forward to the first day of school on Wednesday, August 16th for kindergartners and Thursday, August 17th for all of our students.  In continued partnership with our Hillcrest students, staff, and families, we will continue to focus on several areas during this upcoming school year.

    • Social and Emotional Supports: We know that establishing and continuing to strengthen our trusting relationships with students and families is a critical and foundational step to helping our students learn. We will continue to be mindful of and act upon the social and emotional needs of students, staff, and families.

    • Attendance and Engagement: We will continue to be committed to working closely with students and families, and we want our schools to continue to be places where students and staff have fun, thrive, and look forward to learning each day.

    • Communication with Families: We enjoy sharing our successes with families, and we want to hear from you as well regarding your thoughts about successes and challenges. 

    • Curriculum and Instruction: We will continue to plan fun and exciting instruction for each subject area using Kansas Standards. Working together as partners, we can absolutely minimize and/or eliminate any negative impact that the pandemic may have had on student learning.

    • Evaluation of Learning: We will continue to gather reasonable amounts of data and information about your child(ren) through observations, questioning techniques, and discussions, along with more formal assessments or tests. Combined, this information will continue to tell us what your child(ren) knows and is able to do as well as how much they are growing and achieving.

    On behalf of Hillcrest, we miss you and we look forward to seeing you soon. Please continue to have a great summer and please let us know if there is anything that you need or if you have any questions.


    Sarah Kruse