Welcome to Hillcrest Middle School



From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As partners in your child’s education, it is important to ensure that they are prepared for each step along their educational journey.  One way to determine student preparedness is through assessment; therefore, we will be administering the SC PASS and SC Ready tests to students in May, with make-up testing through June 3, 2019.  Your child will be taking SC PASS and SC Ready on the following dates:

SC PASS Science (6th/8th Grades)        May 14   (Tuesday)

SC PASS Social Studies (7th Grade)     May 14  (Tuesday)

SC Ready Language Arts Writing        May 15  (Wednesday)

SC Ready Language Arts                      May 16  (Thursday

SC Ready Math                                      May 23  (Thursday)

Student attendance during end of course testing is mandatory.  Please have your child at school on time each day.  Doctor appointments and other out of school functions should not be scheduled on testing days. Please also make sure your child gets adequate sleep and has a good breakfast on testing days to ensure a successful testing experience.

SC PASS and SC Ready results will provide important information regarding how your child is progressing at his/her current grade level.  Test scores will indicate which important skills, abilities, and knowledge your student has now, and which ones need to be learned for school success in the future.  Results will help your child’s teacher understand where your child is succeeding, as well as where extra help or academic focus is needed.  Please make sure your child’s chromebook is charged each night before testing. During testing, students may not be in possession of any electronic devices that can be used for communicating, timing, creating images, or storing images. These devices will be collected by the test administrator and returned after testing is complete.

We need your support to ensure that your child is present, on time each day, and alert to do his/her best on their tests. At Hillcrest Middle School, we want all students to be successful.  We appreciate your cooperation and support.



School Information

Principal:  Tarsha B. Staggers

Assistant Principal: Neil Baldwin

Address:   4355 Peach Orchard Road

Dalzell, SC 29040

Phone: (803) 499-3341     Fax:  (803) 499-3353

School Day:  8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

School’s Website:  http://hms.sumterschools.net

School’s Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/hillcrestmiddlewildcats

District Website: http://sumterschools.net

School Visits

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

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures

Drop off time for car riders is no earlier than 7:30 a.m.  Adequate supervision is not available before this time. Car riders should be dropped off and picked up in the back of the school at the student drop-off/pick-up area.  The entrance to the student 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.


Tarsha B. Staggers