Hillcrest Elementary

Excellence. Equipty. Engagement.

  • Listening to staff and parent concerns about safety, the board decided that the school year will start on September 8, 2020, with six weeks of 100% distance learning.

    This instructional delivery model and local public health data related to the spread of COVID-19 will be evaluated by the board on September 28, 2020. Visit TOGETHER AGAIN: Fall 2020 Planning Task Force for more information.

  • Mrs. Sarah Kruse   Mrs. Sarah Kruse

    Dear Hillcrest School Families,   

    I hope this message finds your family staying safe and healthy and enjoying your summer break. I am excited to meet you, get to know your children, and begin working together to provide the best possible learning experience.

    Strong partnerships between home and school help our scholars achieve and succeed! Open communication will keep our school community safe, informed, and moving forward toward our teaching and learning goals. From what I have already learned about Hillcrest, I understand that this is a special place – a school that serves as a community center by welcoming, supporting, and celebrating families and staff. I am proud to serve as Hillcrest principal.

    Prior to joining Hillcrest I was the assistant principal of Brookside Charter School in Kansas City, Missouri, where I served two years as an instructional coach and six years as a teacher leader. Since 2016, I participated in a selective residency with Kansas City Plus (Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools), a leadership development and principal preparation program for educators who want to become transformational school leaders. I previously served as a paraeducator for three years at Marillac Therapeutic Day School in Blue Springs, MO. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, master’s at Rockhurst University, and a specialist degree in educational administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

    I am proud to be joining the Lawrence Public Schools and support its mission as a learning community committed to ensuring educational equity and excellence so that students of all races and backgrounds achieve at high levels and graduate prepared for success in college, careers, and life in a diverse and rapidly changing world. This work is too important to take lightly, the sense of urgency will be clear, and what is best for students will be at the center of all decisions.

    I have met with Miss Becker, teachers, school staff, and district staff so that I will be prepared to lead Hillcrest. I have received multiple emails from Hillcrest families, and they all contain positive statements about this beautiful and impactful school. I am thrilled to be joining a team that is committed to working with our diverse community to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of every child while providing a safe and innovative environment that prepares students for their unique life journey. 

    My husband, Jim, son, Charlie, and I have been furiously packing for our move to Lawrence. We are excited to have found a home in the Hillcrest district and cannot wait to see some of you during our morning strolls through the neighborhood. 

    This is a very unique time to be joining a new school and community. I’m sure there are many questions and  concerns about what next year will look like. Due to the pandemic and increases in local and state COVID-19 cases, contingency plans are needed. Here is a link to the Together Again: Fall 2020 Planning Task Force website with the most up-to-date information. Please know that my priority, and the priority of the school district, is the health and safety of our school community.

    I would love to hear from you and your child/children. Feel free to respond with some information so we can begin to get to know each other. A few parents have sent pictures that will help me begin to learn everyone's names. I look forward to hearing from you. 


    Sarah Kruse


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  • Hillcrest Elementary School
    1045 Hilltop Drive
    Lawrence, KS 66044
    Phone: (785) 832-5720
    Fax: (785) 832-5722
    Principal: Mrs. Sarah Kruse
    Admin. Assistant: Mrs. Beth Hoinoski
    Secretary/Translator: Mary Ann Carter

    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
    School Hours
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    8:45 AM - 4:00 PM 
    8:45 AM - 2:30 PM
    Boys and Girls Club Program
    Area Director: Scharla Paryzek
    PH: (785)813-6874

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