Hillcrest Elementary

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    Vision Statement: Hillcrest Elementary Staff 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. 


    Mission: Engage, Enrich, Empower - Every Teacher, Everyday

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  • Newsletter

    January Newsletter


    Boletín de enero

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    New Student Enrollment for 2022-23

    New Student 2023-2024 Enrollment Coming Soon!

    Kindergarten 2023-2024 Enrollment & Orientation Coming Soon!


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  • Dine & Donate


    Wednesday, February 15th from at Rudy's Pizzeria.



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    Cenar & Donar


    ¡Miércoles, el 15 de febrero de al Rudy's Pizzeria!  

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  • PTO

    We are looking for volunteers to help with our fun school events.  You can pick your level of involvement.  Below are some of the events coming up that we are looking for volunteers for.  All events are subject to change due to Covid 19.  

    Hawkathon (every Wednesday after school during the fall and spring)

    Fall Fling (It's our Hillcrest version of a carnival and needs lots of adult volunteers to make it run)

    Parent/ Teacher Conference Meals (PTO provides a meal and snacks for staff during fall and spring conferences)

    Class parties (Hillcrest has a fall, winter and spring party.  We ask parents to help supply snacks for those parties and also look for grade level representatives)

    Hawk Walk (our spring fundraiser is a walk a thon)

    There are so many ways you can get involved!  For more information, please contact Ann Dominguez.  


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  • Polka Dot Owl With Calendar - Clip Art School Calendar Transparent PNG -  611x472 - Free Download on NicePNGUpcoming FEC Events

    1/26 PTO Family Movie Night Grades K-2 

    1/27 PTO Family Movie Night Grades 3-5

    2/7 PTO Meeting (childcare provided)

    2/15 Dine & Donate at Rudy's Pizzeria

    2/17 Friendship Parties!

    3/7 PTO Meeting (childcare provided)

    3/22 Dine & Donate at Freddy's

    3/22 Hawkathon Resumes










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    Important dates: 

    1/19 K & 1st Music Programs

    1/23 Site Council Meeting

    1/26 & 1/27 PTO Movie Night

    2/6 Annual Title Meeting

    2/20 No School

    3/3 No School



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    Kindergarten Orientation!!!

    ¡Orientación de kinder!

    March 22, 2023 More information coming soon

    22 marzo, 2023 Más información en seguida

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    Fechas importantes:

    1/19 Programa musical de kinder y el primer grado

    1/23 Reunión del consejo de sitio

    1/26 & 1/27 Noche de películas de PTO

    2/6 Reunión anual del titulo 1

    2/20 No hay escuela

    3/3 No hay escuela


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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

    2022-23 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
    Grace Doyle
    Hillcrest Elementary
    Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Kansas (BGCLK)
    (785) 393-0620
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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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 school year are coming together, and we are excited for and very much looking forward to the first day of school on Wednesday, August 18th for kindergartners and Thursday, August 19th 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