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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.
    Kindergarten Round Up
    April 21, 9am  
    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.
    Here's our plan:
    Courage - September; Respect - October;  Responsibility - November;   Honesty - Dec/ January;  
    Caring - February; Cooperation - March; Environment - April;    Citizenship - May

    Congratulations to our April Hound Dogs of the Month!  These students are being recognized for their continuous efforts and demonstration of truly PAWSOME character.  Please stop by to read the bulletin board in the main entrance to learn more about each of these spectacular students.





    Barclay AM- Aran Ponnapoondar

    Barclay PM- Will Howe

    Walker-Charlotte Stanton

    Flannery- Charlotte Garst

    Prosser- Aiden Feltz

    Redpath- Millie Oko

    Krumwiede-Sofia Galasso

    D’Angelo- Camee Baker

    Anderson- Xavier Pekofske

    Peksa-  Isabel Richmond

    Macdonald-  Jackie Kent

    Skolimowski- Jeevan Kolavennu

    Rowland- Eryn Becker

    Cerny- Spencer Donaldson

    Smoke- Hailey Welp

    Murphy- Sean Steele/Bobby Sayre

    Demlow-Stephany Rios

    Andrews- Grace Knuchel



    LAST CALL!!!  

    Order the 2015-16 Hillcrest Yearbook by Monday, April 18!

    Click Here to Order Use ID code: 1029216



    Online registration for 2016-17 school year now open

    Parents are asked to please submit their child’s registration by Friday, May 13.

    The online system (Infosnap), allows families to securely submit their children’s registration information, as well as pay applicable fees either at the time of registration or in August.

    All returning families received a personalized email with instructions on how to access the system on Monday morning. In addition, information was sent home via backpack this past Monday.  These messages include each child's personalized "snapcode," a password that lets parents log onto their child's unique registration page.

    Parents who prefer to register using paper forms may download the forms on the Hillcrest website and/or stop into the Hillcrest School office between 8am-4pm.  New families must register in person.


    Finally, the doors of Hillcrest will be open to the community on the evening of May 5 from 6:30-8pm for our annual Open House.  This is a low key and relaxed event that highlights our students work through colorful classroom and hallway displays.  In addition, as part of a PTA fundraiser, framed student work will be avilable for purchase.  Please save the date and plan to join us for this PAWSOME showcase!



    April 19 5th-6th Grade Band Spring Concert at OMS- 7pm

    April 20  DGCC Spring Choir Concert at HMS

    April 21  Kindergarten Round Up- 9am

                   2nd Gr. Field Trip to Downers Grove History Museum

                   PTA Meeting- 7pm

    April 22  Child’s Play Touring Theater Assembly

                   Fun Lunch

    April 27  4th Grade Orchestra Concert at O’Neill

    April 29  PAWSOME Lunch


    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Mrs. Rzepka



    Members of the 2015-16 Hillcrest Student Council:

    Girl President:  Ryann Wendt 

    Boy President:  Hugh Lang

    Vice President of Committees:  Emery Teague

    Vice President of Communications:  Jack Benge

    Clerical Secretary:  Audrey Stanton

    Recording Secretary:  Hillary Morris


    4th Grade Class Representatives:  

    Philip Hannon, Sonali Marion, Jack Stanton, Avery West


    5th Grade Class Representatives:  

    Georgia Genin, Zachary Leinart, Elizabeth Reilly, Matthew Crowley


    6th Grade Class Representatives:  

    Jackie Kuczkowski, Brooks Johnson, Sean Steele, Kyla Sherry



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