HMS in Uniform

Mandatory Uniform Policy 
(Updated June 2014)

We have a mandatory uniform policy here at Hillcrest Middle.  Please contact an administrator at 499-3341 if you have any questions.

Click here to view our uniform policy.

From the Principal's Desk


January 16, 2014

Dear Parent(s):

Providing the best instruction for all of our students here at Hillcrest Middle School is one of our top priorities.  We believe our students are some of the best and brightest in Sumter School District.  In order to better plan intentional instruction and prepare our students for success, we will be administering formative assessments in the areas of Reading, Math, Social Studies and Science beginning January 21, 2014.  These benchmarks are a part of the TE21 testing series for core content areas.  TE21 is correlated to our state curriculum standards and will provide data our teachers will be able to use for targeted instruction. 

Our goal is to provide our students with a "PASS like" testing environment while providing our instructional staff with additional feedback on our content areas of strengths and challenges as we begin our second semester.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.  Thank you for allowing us to serve your child and work closely with you, as together we impact the future.


Tarsha Staggers

Today, 9/14/2014
High: 82 Low: 68
Chance thunderstorms
59% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 9/15/2014
High: 85 Low: 68
Chance thunderstorms
47% chance of precipitation.

Arrival Time

7:30 am is the earliest arrival time for our students. Adequate   supervision   is   not   available before this  time. Please do not drop your students off before 7:30 am.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures:  Drop off time for car riders is from 7:30 AM until 8:15 AM.  Car riders should be dropped off and picked up in the back of the school at the parent drop-off/pick-up area.  The entrance to the parent drop-off/pick-up area is on Old 521 and goes around to the back of the school.  Please do not use the teacher parking lot to drop-off/pick-up students.

Daily Announcements

2014-2015 Course Catalog

Click below to view
: CourseCatalogJan28-2014[1].pdf

2014-2015 School Start and End Times

Elementary          7:15 AM - 2:15 PM

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

High                     8:45 AM - 3:45 PM

Hillcrest Hoodies are in!!!  Cost is $27.00 each; get yours today!

Hillcrest Middle School Mission Statement

Believing, Achieving and Succeeding
Academics, Citizenship and Service.

Hillcrest Middle School Vision Statement

We envision a school
where the major emphasis is on
the development of the total child
and students achieve
simultaneous gains
in academics, citizenship
and service.

HMS School Renewal Plan

Click the link below to view.

Hillcrest Middle School Renewal 2014[1].pdf

SIC Minutes

Follow the link below to read minutes from the last meeting.

SIC Minutes.docx

The Jr. Civitans are recruiting new members.  Please see Mrs. Ragin Choice in room 803 for membership applications.

Check out the latest edition of The Wildcat! 

Click here.

Welcome to Hillcrest Middle School, Home of the Wildcats! 

Wildcat Announcements

The South Carolina Department of Education has awarded Hillcrest Middle School the 2011 Palmetto Silver Award in recognition of academic achievement.

In its 11th year, the Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver awards program was created by the South Carolina General Assembly to recognize schools that attained high levels of absolute performance, high rates of growth, and substantial progress in closing achievement gaps between groups of students. 

Annual Report

Click the link below to view:

2013-2014 Annual Report to the Public PDF[1].pdf

Box Tops for Education!

Way to go, Wildcats!  We raised over $1500.00 last year, beating our goal of $1200.00 in only our second year of doing Box Tops!  Let's really show all the other schools how its done this year and raise $1600.00 or more! 
That means better prizes, better parties, and more help for our school, but you've got to SAVE and SUBMIT as many Box Tops as you can!

Hope you've been saving Box Tops all summer long because our first contest, "Summer Savings Contest" ends September 4, 2014! You still have time to save Box Tops and remember to hand them over to your fourth period teacher.  Please label a snack baggie or sealed envelope with student's full name, grade and fourth period teacher's name with a sharpie marker to ensure credit is given for the Box Tops. 

Click the link below to go to the Box Tops website for a full product list, register for contests and find recipes/coupons to print which can earn us even more Box Tops:

Go Wildcats!!!

Click below to view our school supply list.
Copy of School Supply List 14-15.xlsx

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year!!!

Mrs. Sheila Ragin Choice
District Finalist Honor Roll Teacher

We are proud of you!

Hillcrest Middle, in accordance with district, state and federal guidelines, will practice the following emergency drills with our students:

Fire Drill - Monthly
Earthquake Drill - Annually
Tornado Drill - Annually
Intruder/Lockdown Drill - Once per semester
School Bus Evacuation - Once per semester

All screening forms for the 2014-15 school year are due before September 22, 2014.  Any forms turned in after this date will be screened for the 2015-16 school year. Click below for information: 

Click here for program information:

Click here for overview:



 ALL seventh graders are REQUIRED to get the Tdap vaccine to protect against whooping cough (pertussis).

Students who have not had a Tdap vaccination may not be allowed to attend school.


July 15, 2014
For more details, please call (803) 499 -3341.

Click here for bundle descriptions.

Parents are always welcome at Hillcrest Middle School.  We invite you to visit your child's class or have lunch with your child.  Guests should report to the front office immediately upon arrival and secure a visitor's pass.

What Real Wildcats Know

It All Starts With Breakfast!
Research has shown the benefits of a healthy breakfast for school children. More students are eating breakfast and South Carolina's school officials have seen how this has had a positive impact on our students.
Hillcrest Middle School serves breakfast to our students each morning, at no cost.  Please encourage your child to eat breakfast every day.

Electronic Communication Devices

The board believes that the possession of electronic devices by students during the school day may have an adverse effect on classroom instruction.  Electronic communication devices are defined as  telecommunication devices, to include mobile telephones that emit an audible signal, vibrate, display a message or otherwise summon or deliver a communication to the processor.

Therefore, any student who is in possession of an electronic communication device as outlined in the district's policy and the Guidelines as noted below is subject to discipline as provided under the district's code of student conduct.

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 15
Jr. Civitan Meeting

Following dismissal / Rm. 803.

Step Team Auditions
Tuesday, September 16
HMS vs. Bates
Step Team Auditions
Thursday, September 18
Interims Issued
Parent-Teacher Conferences

4PM - 6PM

Parent Updates

Attention:  Power School Parent Portal is now available!
Using this valuable tool parents can check their students' grades, check on homework, email teachers, and much more! 
If you already have a user name & password from a Sumter School District school you may POWER UP with Parent Portal for the 2013 - 2014 school year. 

If you have not yet established an account  for the Power School Parent Portal you must come by Hillcrest Middle School and complete an access request form and obtain a password.  Forms are available in the Media Center.
To access the Parent School Portal click on "Power School Parent Portal"  under Wildcat Parent Resources on the  left. 

PowerSchool & Parent Portal FAQs

What is PowerSchool?

PowerSchool is the student information system used by Hillcrest Middle School. PowerSchool is used for scheduling, taking attendance, storing grades and more. PowerSchool Parent Portal provides parents and students with immediate access to grades, assignments and attendance records.


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Sumter School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or age in admission to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.  For inquiries regarding the policy, contact the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel or the Director of Specialized Programs, Sumter School District, 1345 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150 or call 803-469-6900.