Welcome to Hillcrest Middle School! 

From the Principal's Desk


August 4, 2015

Dear Hillcrest Students and Parents

Greetings and welcome to the 2015-2016 school year.  I trust and hope that you had an enjoyable summer and are anticipating an exciting school year.  All students will begin the school year on Monday, August 17th at 8:00 AM.  Please find below some very important information.

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 AM - 3:00 PM
School's Website:   http://hms.sumterschools.net

New Student Orientation
New student orientation for 7th and 8th graders will be held on Wednesday, August 12, at 2:00 PM.  During orientation, the faculty will be introduced, an overview of the student handbook will be provided, the school uniform policy will be reviewed, and the transportation department will be available to answer bus questions.  Other important information concerning the opening days of school will be covered as well.  Payment of required fees will be accepted in the gym immediately following orientation.

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 AM.  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.

School Meals
All students in Sumter School District will be provided a free breakfast and lunch.


Tarsha B. Staggers

Box Tops For Education

Welcome back, Wildcats, to another year of earning and saving!  Our goal for this school year is $1600.00.  Below are some programs for helping us reach this goal:

"Summer Savings Contest" - Deadline to submit is Thursday, September 24th.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three students, top staff member, and three randomly drawn winners!  All prizes will be distributed the following week.  Please see the Box Tops bulletin board in the main hallway for more information.

"Email Sign-Up for 5 Bonus "E" Box Tops" - Sign up on the Box Tops for Education website by Wednesday, September 30th and you will get updates directly from Box Tops, including coupons, sweepstakes, recipes, and details of our school's earnings!  Sign up now at:


Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year!!!

Mr. Robert Easley
8th Grade Science

We are proud of you!

Honors Summer Reading List

Click below to see summer reading assignments.

Summer Reading List

Honors Summer Reading

Peachjar eFlyers

One-To-Global Parent Orientation

One-to-Global Parent/Student Handbook

 Annual Report To Parents

Click here to read.

2015-2016 School Supply List

Click here for supply list.

Come join us for School Spirit Night at Sweet Frog!!!

We're there every Wednesday night from 4pm - 8pm.

Sponsored by the Hillcrest Middle School PTSA

HMS Welcomes New Staff Members

Linnaea Andelmann, ELA

Beverly Dawkins, Curriculum Coordinator

Janie Hiers, Social Studies

Belinda Josey, Special Services

Earl Smith, Groundskeeper

Johnny White, PE/Health

Jonathan Zazinski, Math

All schools in Sumter School District are required to perform emergency drills with our staff and students over the course of the year.  These drills consist of:


One-to-Global Letter to Parents

Click here to read.


 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


HMS Calendar

Tuesday, October 13
Hillcrest vs. Bates


Pep Rally @ 2 PM

Wednesday, October 14
Thursday, October 15
Military Deployment Group

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Friday, October 16
Homecoming Dance

3:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, October 20
Benchmark 1 Begins
Hillcrest vs. Manning Jr. High


Last Day 1st Quarter