Hilltop Virtual Academy
From the Desk of Mr. Steven Riley:
Welcome back!!! The weather continues to be hot and muggy but the calendar says it’s time for the school year to start. Each and every new school year is an exciting time for us as we get the opportunity to provide a high quality education to the young people of our community. It is also exciting to see the physical growth and maturation that takes place in our students over the summer months. Our high school student-athletes and band members have already begun the transition to the school year, with our band members participating in a week long band camp the last week of July and our football, golf and volleyball players pushing through the first few weeks of practice. We at Hilltop are excited for the start of the 2016-2017 school year and hope you and your child are as well!!!
Students entering the 7th and 12th grade need to have updated vaccination records provided to the high school office by September 16th. Students entering 7th grade are to receive a dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and a dose of Meningococcal vaccine. Students entering the 12th grade are to have a dose of Meningococcal vaccine. Vaccines are available through the Williams County Health Department, appointments times can be scheduled by calling 419-485-3141.
Students enrolled at Four County Career Center will have bus transportation from home to Hilltop resumed when school starts at Hilltop on August 24th. When Hilltop has a weather related delay, our Four County Students are also delayed and transportation from home to Hilltop will occur according to the delay schedule. On these days the bus from Hilltop to Four County will leave at 10:00 am. If Hilltop cancels for weather, four county students are not required to attend school.
Hilltop does have five built in 2-hour delays for staff professional development on October 5th, November 9th, January 25th, March 8th, and April 5th. On these days, students attending Four County will not have transportation from home to Hilltop in the morning. Students will need to get their own transportation to Hilltop and the bus from Hilltop to Four County will leave at 8 am.
All students in 7th-12th grade will be issued a school owned Chromebook similar to last year. High school students will be able to take the devices home each day, while 7th and 8th grade students will keep their devices here. Junior High students will pick up their Chromebook daily from a charging station and return them at the end of the day. Due to the lower risk of damage, students in 7th-8th grade will only pay $15 to participation in the Chromebook Protection Plan. Students in 9th-12th grade will continue to be able to take their Chromebooks home and be assessed $35 for plan coverage. The agreement form can be obtained in the high school office or on the school home page at http://www.hilltop.k12.oh.us/ under the parents tab>>forms and handbooks>>forms. Chromebooks will be distributed at the beginning of the school year.
If you have any questions, please call the high school office at 419-924-2365. The following is a list of activities and events leading up to the start of the school year. Additional school events can be found on the school website under “District Events” and by clicking on “All Events”.
Click here to download the testing schedule.
Click HERE to open a PDF of the exam schedule.
We had a smooth beginning to the school year here at Hilltop High School and the end of the 1st grading period is quickly approaching. A reminder to students and parents, the 1st grading period will end for Hilltop students on Friday, October 17th. Honor roll and athletic eligibility lists will come out the following week.
Students striving to be included on the honor roll need to hold a grade point average of 3.0 at the end of each grading period. To maintain athletic eligibility, students in grades 9-12 need to maintain a 1.25 grade point average in subjects earning a minimum of 5 credits and cannot fail more than 1 subject in the preceding grading period. Students in 7th and 8th grade must have passing grades in all subjects from the preceding grading period.
Please remember, semester grades do not factor into eligibility or the honor roll but they are used to award credit for a course and to determine a student’s accumulative grade point average. Accumulated grade point averages are used to determine academic awards, graduation as an honor student, and eligibility for National Honor Society.
Parents wishing to keep up on their child’s daily assignments may do so now with a new feature we are utilizing, the Homework Matrix. This feature can be found on the school’s homepage (www.hilltop.k12.oh.us) by clicking on “Our Parents” tab, then “Homework Matrix”. This will open up a google spreadsheet that lists each teacher by subject area, along with the courses they teach. To the right of this will be the daily homework assignments for the selected week. Please make sure you select the appropriate week’s tab at the bottom of the page to bring up the current assignments for that week.
If you have any questions about the Homework Matrix or another issue, please call the high school office at 419-924-2365.