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

October 13, 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian

Hillcrest Middle School is administering the AdvancED Parent Survey in an effort to improve system practices.  Your opinion is important to us, and we ask that you take the time to complete this survey.  The online survey will be available from October 13, 2014 through October 27, 2014.  In order to complete the survey, please go to the school's website: ,
scroll down towards the bottom of the page to where it says AdvancED Survey and click on the link provided.

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous and your honest opinions are appreciated.
If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Mrs. Libby Ortmann at or (803) 499-3341 ext. 115.


Tarsha Staggers,

Today, 10/25/2014
High: 77 Low: 43
Patchy fog
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/26/2014
High: 81 Low: 48
0% 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.


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

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:

Monthly Fire drills
Earthquake Drill (fall)
Tornado Drill (spring)
Bus Evacuation Drills (each semester)
Intruder/Lockdown Drill (September)
Shelter in Place Drill (new this year) performed during the month of November.

During the Lockdown and Shelter in Place Drills, no one will be permitted entrance to the building until the drill has been completed.  Please contact Mr. Baldwin at ext. 617  if  you have questions regarding these emergency

Drama Club Practice

When:   Mondays
Where:   Art Room
           Time:     3:30 pm - 5:00 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

Important News From Guidance
Please click below to view.

"Military Kids"

Operation Military Kids

Permission Form

SIC Minutes

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

SIC Minutes.docx

Check out the latest edition of The Wildcat! 

Click here.

HMS Marquee Announcements

Attention Parents! The deadline for completing the AdvancED Survey is October 27, 2014

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!

Hey Wildcats!!!
Want an incentive to try for $400.00 for the month of October?  Well, I've got 2...
First, anyone who brings in
50 Box Tops or more will get a Dress Down Day!
Second, for the TOP 3 Winners who bring in the most, all three will get a large grab bag of school supplies, treats and toys with lots of fun a Dress Down Day!!!

We raised over $400.00 in our Summer Savings Contest so we can do this if EVERYONE participates!

Make sure you LABEL your baggie with your name, grade and fourth period teacher's name.
Deadline to bring in Box Tops is Thursday, October 30, 2014.
Click below for more information:

Questions?  Please contact Mrs. J. Barger @ 803.464.1318
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!

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:


Upcoming Events at HMS

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AdvancED Survey

The purpose of the Stakeholder Feedback Data Document is to provide External Review Team members an overview of stakeholder perceptions about your institution before the on-site portion of the review and to help them understand your responses to the Stakeholder.

Survey link:

Click here for more information.



 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.


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

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, October 27
Doughnut Fundraiser Begins
Tuesday, October 28
Social Studies Benchmark 1
Wednesday, October 29
Science Benchmark 1
Thursday, October 30
Math Benchmark 1
Report Cards Issued

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.


*e-Mail Alert Information

Hey Wildcat Parents!
Want to keep updated with class homework & announcements? Sign up for our Parent E-mail Alerts! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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.