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Principal: Mrs. Michelle Rzepka
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Christine Clavenna   

Welcome to Hillcrest School! Hillcrest opened its doors on February 18, 1952 in response to the growth of Downers Grove after World War II. Over the years, the physical building has been expanded twice, first in 1957 and then in 1993. One thing that hasn't changed over the years is the Hillcrest community. The Hillcrest community consists of dedicated staff, involved parents and enthusiastic students. Please take a look around and come back soon!

We BELIEVE That . . .

Children are our highest priority.

Hillcrest must be a safe and friendly place.

Teamwork is an intrinsic part of a successful  school.

Learning is a shared responsibility of the student,  home, school and community.

“Finding the positive” keeps us moving forward.

Students learn best when actively engaged in a  respectful environment.

High expectations within the school community are essential.

Leading by example is powerful.

We are a part of a community where kindness, trust,  respect and patience create an environment for  optimal learning, teaching and working. 

The Hillcrest School Parent Handbook includes information that can help you become familiar with many of the procedures and practices we follow on a daily basis. Please check out the Parent Handbook for A-Z descriptions, and many of the FAQs you might be thinking about will be answered.  Never hesitate to call the office (630-719-5840) with any questions, or for further clarification.
    Please see the "Registration" tab for enrollment forms and school supply lists.
    Staff and students focus on ALL CHARACTER TRAITS all of the the time while teaching, in classroom meetings, small group sessions, and as they move through their daily routines to build those very important teacher-student relationships. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions, and are given examples of real life situations in order to better learn and understand the importance of good life skills. While referring to all character traits, we do pay special attention to one trait throughout each month.
    Courage - September; Respect - October;  Responsibility - November;   Honesty - Dec/ January;  
    Caring - February; Cooperation - March; Environment - April;    Citizenship - May

     We would like to recognize our students that were selected as Hound Dog of the Month for their respective classrooms for the month of October.  To learn a little more about each of these students, stop in to see their paw info. pages on the main entrance bulletin board.


     Anderson- Libby Van Bergen

    Andrews- Clairese Beans

    Barclay- Alex Sherlag

    Braverman- Alaya Carr

    Cerny- Jeevan Kolavennu

    D'Angelo- Nolan Pundmann

    Kupsco- Grace Knuchel

    Flannery- Payton Meller

    Krumwiede- Collin Kamuda

    Macdonald- Nathalie Witlock

    Murphy- Steve Place

    Prosser- Olivia Urbanski

    Redpath- Lucy Sylvester

    Roman- Weston Pundmann

    Rowland- Sophie Hamelka

    Skolimowski- Brooke Spindler

    Smoke- Ashley Chavez

    Walker- Mason Stechschulte

    Student Council Officers  

    Members of the 2016-17 Hillcrest Student Council: 

    Girl President:  Greta Serniute

    Boy President: Marty Blader  

    Vice President of Committees: Sofia Pieranunzi

    Vice President of Communications: Kristen Kras

    Clerical Secretary: Sophie Hamelka

    Recording Secretary:Elizabeth Reilly


    SC Reps

    4th Grade Class Representatives:  

    Jenny Buehler

    Hannah Renner

    Kiera McLaughlin

    Alyssa Zoerb

    Evan Kuntz

    Adela Kowalski 

    5th Grade Class Representatives:  

    Jack Stanton

    Olivia Gornik

    Philip Hannon

    Gabi Major

    6th Grade Class Representatives:  

    Patrick Neustadt

    Nuria Calderon

    Colin McLaughlin

    Kate Wilson


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Principal: Michelle Rzepka
Assistant Principal: Christine Clavenna
Secretary: Lisa Reinhart
Clerk: Mia Churma
Address: 1435 Jefferson Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60516
Phone: (630) 719-5840
School hours: 8:20 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.