Hillcrest Elementary School

Burke County Public Schools

Cassandra Caldwell, Principal

201 Tennessee Street                                                                     Morganton, NC 28655

Telephone 828-437-4258                                                                     Fax 828-437-6311

September 25, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

I am writing this letter to let you know that Hillcrest has been designated as a Targeted Support & Improvement Additional Targeted Support (TSI-AT) school by the North Carolina State Board of Education.  As stated in ESSA Section 1111(d)(2), North Carolina had to identify schools for targeted support and improvement. TSI-AT schools in North Carolina are those that have a subgroup that is under-performing as measured by student proficiency on End of Grade or End of Course Testing.  Like the vast majority of schools across North Carolina that serve a subgroup of Students with Disabilities (SWD), this subgroup’s test scores have led to Hillcrest’s identification as a Targeted Support and Improvement school.

As a TSI-AT school, Hillcrest is required to develop a comprehensive plan that specifically addresses how the school will improve student achievement. The plan will also include how our district will support us and monitor the progress of our school. The comprehensive plan will address the following areas:

We have set the following goals for Hillcrest this year:

Our students need to experience higher achievement levels, but it will require hard work on the part of staff, students and families. Here are some strategies Hillcrest will be implementing:

 

Parent engagement is at the heart of our school improvement efforts. Here are some ways we can work together:

·   Make sure that both you and your student are aware of academic expectations set for your student this school year.  A list of learning objectives in student-friendly language is available from your student’s teacher(s).

·   Call Hillcrest if you have questions or concerns about your student or to set up an appointment to meet with a school staff member who will be working with your student.

         ·   Make sure that your student is prepared and attends school each day.

         ·   Monitor your student’s homework.

·   Monitor the progress your student is making and attend meetings with your student’s teacher(s).

·   Keep track of our website and social media sites https://hces.burke.k12.nc.us/, https://www.burke.k12.nc.us/

Sounds like a lot but preparing our students so that they can succeed is not easy and is a group effort. Here are some resources available to help:

          ·   Graduation requirements: www.ncpublicschools.org/gradrequirements/

          ·   K-12 standards in academic subjects: www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/

          ·   State student achievement test results: www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/

          ·   N.C. School Report Cards: https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/src 

We’re excited about this school year and are working to make it a success for your student. Already, we have:

If you have questions about the content of this letter, please contact Cassandra Caldwell at ccaldwell@burke.k12.nc.us or (828) 437-4258.

Sincerely,

 

Cassandra Caldwell