• Good Morning PATS! 


    Masks are optional, but strongly recommended.  Please consider wearing a mask when in close proximity to others.  Along with social distancing, practice washing your hands regularly with soap and water.  If a student tests positive in your class and was on campus 48 hours prior, we will give an exposure letter to every student in the class – even if you did not sit near the student.  Please take that letter home to your parents and do self-checks to make sure you are not experiencing any symptoms.  Even if you receive the letter, you may still come to school.


    If you ride the bus, you must wear a mask while riding the bus.


    Tardies count in each class.  Tardies do not start over this nine weeks.  You have five minutes between bells.  Get to class on time.  Students with 4, 6 or 8 tardies will be assigned After-School Detention.

    Hillcrest Middle School is taking on a Kindness Challenge for the month of October.  We will dress up in orange on Wednesday, October 20.  Also on Wednesday we will have a pledge signing day.  Students who take a stand against bullying and against drugs are encouraged to sign the board.  Those who participate  in either activity will receive a small candy treat during lunch that day. 

    The Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority will have a Bonfire for 11-13 year olds on Friday, November 12 from 6 to 8:30 pm in the back of the Phelps Activity Center.  The fee is $7 per person and includes pizza, a movie and smores around the fire.  Students who bring the flyer with them will receive $2 off.


    Baseball tryouts will be held on October 20th, 21st and 23rd at the Taylorville Ballpark.  You must have a current physical to tryout.  See Coach Haley to sign up.


    Golf tryouts are going to be November 2nd and 4th.  You must have a physical and your own clubs to tryout.  See Coach Gibbs to sign up.


    Next week is Red Ribbon Week, which is a week designated for students to publicly take a stand against being drug free.  We will have dress up days each week.  Make plans to show your school pride by participating in dress up days.

    On Monday, October 25, the theme is “True Patriots Don’t Do Drugs.”  Sixth graders wear red, seventh graders wear white and eighth graders wear blue. 

    On Tuesday, October 26, the theme is “Our Future is Bright Because We Don’t Do Drugs.”  Wear neon colors.

    On Wednesday, October 27, the theme is “Follow Your Dreams and Be Drug Free.”  Wear pajamas to school.  All pajamas must be in dress code; now gowns are allowed. 

    On Thursday, October 28, the theme is “Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Drugs.”  Find your person and dress alike!

    On Friday, October 29, the theme is “Team Up Against Drugs”.  You can wear a team jersey to school that day or you can wear your Halloween costume.  Head coverings and masks are not allowed.

    Here are some basic rules to remember:

    • Respect the personal space of others – keep your hands and feet to yourself.
    • Cell phones are allowed before the 7:55 bell and after the 3:10 bell.  Between those times, make sure your cell phone is put away – out of sight and turned off or on silent.
    • Follow the dress code policy.  Short shorts, short skirts, crop tops and spaghetti straps are not allowed, long shirts must be worn with tights. Holes in pants and shorts should be below the knee.  Bring a change of clothes and put in your locker.  If you are out of dress code, you will be asked to change.


    Today for lunch we are having: Hamburger Steak with Gravy and Warm Roll, Chicken Nuggets with Warm Roll, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans, Fresh Side Salad and Fresh Fruit.                                          

    Remember, we are PATS – we are proactive, we are accepting, we are teachable and we are successful.


    Have an awesome day at Hillcrest Middle!