Hillcrest Elementary School
Serves grades Kindergarten-through 3rd grade.
Tina Fehringer, Principal
1045 Bennett St -  American Falls, ID 83211-1765 - Phone. (208) 226-2391

  • Hillcrest Elementary School provides extensive enrichment opportunities and investigations for all levels of learners. 
  • The Faculty is highly qualified and works collaboratively to better meet the needs of Idaho's kids. 

American Falls School District #381 School Wellness Policy

Fired UP

Child Find

We have implemented a new district-wide library program. 
Hillcrest Media Center

 It is web-based,
 anyone can access the library catalogs anywhere with internet service
 by using the link below

Online Games
This is a list of available educational online game sites for kids accessible from within the districts network. If you have any good educational sites to add, please send them on to the Systems Administrator for addition.

Games and fun stuff: 




Learn how just about anything works at:


Photo courtesy of Randy Jensen

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Hillcrest Elementary School
 1045 Bennett St
 American Falls, ID  83211-1765   
 Phone. (208) 226-2391


Messages for students should be held at a minimum. If you have an important message for your student, please call before 2:00 p.m. (12:00 on Wednesdays). If you need to talk to your child's teacher, we will be happy to take a message or they will return your call. Thank you for your understanding. 

  • Here at Hillcrest we encourage parent involvement. Volunteer opportunities include 
  • PTO and volunteering in the classroom.
  • Parents can also help ensure a more successful year for their child by reading with/to or listening to their child 15-20 minutes each day, practicing with math facts, and 
  • looking for and going over the weekly red folder with their child at home each week.

Lunch prices 
for the 2016-2017 school year will be $2.50 per lunch for students and $3.75 per lunch for adults.   Milk may be purchased for $.35. 

Congratulations to our PTO officers 

Shelly Schutte - President
Alicia Chroninger - Vice-President
Krisanne Grigg - Secretary
Angela Mortenson - Treasurer
Cassie Radtke - Assistant
Jesalee Smith - Box Tops

Our PTO is the BEST and we appreciate EVERYTHING they do for Hillcrest. 
Please join us for the next PTO meeting on Thursday, November 10th from 2:00 to 3:00 in the school cafeteria. 


Hillcrest is joining a new telephone text service that will send you a text in case of an emergency at Hillcrest. This would include getting a message due to weather or other emergency event. You can sign up by completing the following steps:

TEXT: 208-932-1846

SEND MESSAGE: @hcalert

*note- Once signed up you can opt out at any time

3rd Grade Musical - Friday, October 21
10:20 - Kettl, Waford, Shafer
2:20 - J. Blauer, Burke, Butikofer
3rd Grade Balinese Gamelan - Friday, December 2nd
1st Grade Winter Concert - Friday, December 16th
2nd Grade Multicultural Concert - Friday, April 7th

*Newsworthy Info*
Upcoming dates for our 
Physical education department:

Jungle Adventure Week in P.E.
October 31 to November 4

School is Back in Session
 It is that time of year again and by following some simple safety tips
 we can all make sure children are safe.
 • Slow down. • Be especially careful when driving on neighborhood streets and around school zones, always expect the unexpected. 

• Be alert for children walking to and from school as you back out of your driveway or leave your parking garage.

 • Watch for children on bicycles, especially at intersections and driveways. Young bicyclists have a tendency to dart out of driveways without looking for traffic.

 • Stop your car when you see lights flashing on a school bus. Red flashing lights indicate that the bus is stopped and students are getting on or off.

• Do not start driving until the red lights stop flashing. Be aware that a child may dash across the street.

 • When you approach a school bus picking up a child, it is the law to stop. When the flashing lights come on and the red stop sign extends that means STOP.

 Drivers (If you drive your child to school.): 
• Allow yourself enough time to get to school and then to work. Leave earlier to avoid the potential “to speed” getting to your destination on time

 • Make sure that your child is in their safety seat or restrained properly when you are taking them to school. Every person in the vehicle must buckle up.

 • Pay extra attention at crosswalks. Take an extra look to be sure that no students are crossing. 

• Obey all signs, safety patrol and officers in your school zone. They are there to make the drop-offs and pick-ups run smoother.

 • Drop children off as close to school as possible. If possible, avoid the need for children to cross the street.

• Follow all posted speed limits. Parents: 
• Does your child ride a bicycle to school? Remember: State law requires anyone under the age of sixteen to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. It is not just the law--it is a good idea for everyone. 

• Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by buses on the right. 

• Make sure they leave home on time so that they can walk to the bus stop and arrive before the bus is due. Running can be dangerous.

 • Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may be caught in the handrail or door of the school bus as they are exiting. 

• Warn children that if they drop something near the bus they should never ever pick it up. Instead, they should tell the bus driver and follow the driver's directions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the bus pulls away from the stop.

 • Go to the bus stop with a young child and have older children walk in groups. There is safety in numbers because groups are easier for drivers to see.

• If you decide to meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. 

PLEASE READ.... If using the drop-off area in front of the school, do the following:
No lingering in the drop-off area.
  We have over a hundred cars needing to drop students off each day.  We simply can't allow cars to remain in the drop-off zone waiting for the bell to ring or for students to get ready.  If you need more time or want to walk you child to their door or classroom, park across the street or up the hill from the drop-off zone.  With everyone's cooperation, we will maintain a safe and efficient drop off area for our students!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to the following local merchants for supporting our Box Tops program
  • Tres Hermandos 
  • Rockland Pharmacy 
  • R & B's, Kens 
  • Bingham Co-op
  • Great Rift Transportation
  • Christiansen Implement
  • NAPA
  • Simplot 
  • Bank of Commerce 
  • Les Schwab, Jacksons
  •  ALCO.

Students who earn AR awards are posted in the
office window. Follow the Beaver Tracks!! Also,
students' names can be found here on the website
under "Accelerated Reader/AR Awards for Little
Beavers". Names will be updated monthly.
Check it out!!

PhD Awards --- Prepared...Here....Daily. 
At the end of each trimester, Hillcrest Elementary acknowledges those students that have perfect attendance and have received 3 or less tardies during that trimester.  We award the students with a fun prize(s) and a certificate. The first trimester will end on November 20th. All students K through 3rd grade are eligible. We encourage regular attendance at school for a child to succeed in school. We understand that children are absent due to illness or an emergency. In that case, please notify the school and if appropriate bring in a doctor's note.

Make Every Day Count Boost School  Attendance

To stay on track in school, students need to be present every day. Missing 18 or more days of school in a year puts a child’s high school graduation at risk, according to BoostUp.org, a national dropout prevention campaign. Being absent for just two days every month of the school year can put a child behind academically

Students with regular attendance are more likely to read well 
by third grade and score higher on tests. They also tend to be 
more engaged in school and feel better about themselves.
Put your child on the path to success 
with these attendance strategies.

Make school a priority. Every absence (excused or not), can impact a child’s 
academic achievement. Talk to your child about how important their education is. 
Make daily routines for 
homework and waking up on time for school. Maintain communication with teachers and keep an eye on your child’s academic progress. If your child seems disconnected from school or is prone to skipping class, try signing him or her up for an after-school activity. A report by the University of Minnesota found that students in an after-school program attended 18 more days 
of school and missed nine fewer than their peers. 

Make a plan. If your schedule or transportation situation makes getting your child to school a challenge, ask for assistance. Make a carpool or transportation plan with other parents or family members, or ask your school principal for community programs or school initiatives that may help.

Report In. Know your school’s attendance policies. If an absence or early dismissal is unavoidable, contact your school. If your family’s religious observances fall on school days, let teachers know early in the year which days your child will miss.

Before keeping your children home, make sure they aren't 
faking symptoms. Regularly feigning sickness may be a sign 
that your child is anxious about facing a challenge at school, 
such as bullying. 

Carefully weigh sick days. If your child is sick, talk with your health care provider to determine whether they should stay home from school. If the doctor or nurse recommends that your child stay home, Find out exactly how long and on what 
conditions he or she can return to class (for example, after 24 hours of antibiotics).

Schedule wisely. Know your school’s calendar, and arrange doctor and 
dentist appointments after school, on weekends, or during holiday 
breaks, if possible. Resist the urge to schedule vacations when students 
will miss school. This gives students the impression that school is not a priority.

Help students complete assignments. 
When your child has to miss school, make arrangements with teachers 
to pick up a packet of make-up work. Ensure that your child follows through, and be available to explain concepts or monitor their work. If your child’s absence will be lengthy (for surgery, for instance), alert teachers as soon as you know and 
pick up assignments as the days go on.

Hillcrest Theme

 2016-2017 is............
"Royal Reading Kingdom"


Check out Back to School Newsletter -- click on red NEWSLETTER button 
on the left of this page

October 21 - 3rd Grade Concert at: 
10:40 for Kettl, Waford, and Shafer
2:00 for J. Blauer, Burke, and Butikofer
October 31 - Happy Halloween!!!

October 31, November 1, November 2 - RED RIBBON WEEK
             October 31 -     Say "BOO" to drugs - Wear Halloween Costumes (No masks
                                     outside the classroom please)
             November 1 -  "Red, White, and Blue - Drugs are Not for You" - Wear
                                      red, white and blue (Election Day, November 8th)
             November 2 -  "Sock it to Drugs" - Wear wild or mismatched socks

November 6 - Daylight Savings Time ends....TURN CLOCKS BACK
November 11 - NO SCHOOL, Teacher workday/Veterans Day
November 15 - Picture Retakes
November 17, 18NO SCHOOL, Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 24, 25 - Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL



  September 6 through November 4
Hillcrest is once again planning a perfect attendance incentive!!! All students who get perfect attendance during September 6th through November 4th
will be eligible for a small prize and a grand prize drawing. We want to start the year off right by letting students know that coming to school every day is VERY IMPORTANT. You can help your child by scheduling appointments, trips, or other activities after school hours.

isit bookitprogram.com for more information.

Our annual Walk-A-Thon was once again a huge success with approximately 580 in attendance!!!  We raised over $7,500 for our school. The top fund raising students that raised over $100 each were treated to a pizza party on November 13th.  Those students included: Ketziah Martinez, Marley Anderson, Charlie Chamberlin, Alaira Kress, Reyden Fousek, Dailylnne Scherer, Hailynn Workman, Skylar Smith, Kylie Hansen, Carlson Allen, Konner Kendall, Ali Clinger, Madison Schutte, Cutler Kelsey, Arianna Soltero, Ryker Radtke, Halle Smith, Kinlee Sanchez, Beau Lusk, Konnor Walker, Yareli Carrillo, Cooper Chroninger, Michael Schmitt, Nicolas Tirado, Kimber Palazzo, Kayden Nulph, Lucas Hartley, Italie Giesbrecht, RayAnna Schmitt, Rafael Nieto, Adley Selga, Mckenna Schute, Jhett Burgeeister, Andre Montelongo and Makenna Torres.  Great Job!!  
The class that raised the most money was treated to a doughnut party!! That class was Mrs. Morgan's morning kindergarten!!!
The winner of the Kindle Fire (picked randomly from the top fund raisers) was Marley Anderson........Congratulations!!!!
Thank you to the American Falls community for supporting Hillcrest students!!!!

Hillcrest Focus for Continued School Improvement
  1. Effective Implementation of The Write Tools Improving Literacy Instruction Curriculum
  2. Daily purposeful writing at all grade levels
  3. Increase close reading opportunities in the classrooms
  4. Increase use of effective active participation strategies in the classrooms
  5. Scaffolding and teaching students to speak academically in full sentences


Check out the PTO website!!! (See link at top, left hand side of this website)

The PTO provides art projects for students in 1st-3rd grade. 
Moms (or Dads!) can volunteer to teach these art projects to their child's class. 
There are only four projects for the entire school year. 
The first project is done in Sept. or Oct, the second in Nov. or Dec., the third in Jan or Feb, and the last one in Mar. or Apr.
We provide the project and all the materials for the art project. 
You job is simply to show-up and have fun volunteering in your child's classroom while completing the project!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact one of the head Art Mom's on the contacts page.

Burger King is offering a program called "100% 
Scholarship Club" for all first through sixth 
grade students.  When your student receives a 
100% on any test and has it signed by their 
teacher, they can bring it into to any Burger King 
                                  and receive a FREE small hamburger!  

The Seeds for success in the classroom are sown at home. Encouraging children to read at home is one of the is one of the most powerful ways that parent can support student's learning. Just 15 minutes of reading at home per day can make a difference in student's reading fluency. Prioritize reading with these tips. 

Always have books on hand.
Keep a book in your bag or your car's glove compartment so your child can read in the car. or wile waiting in line at the grocery store. Make regular trips to the library, keep an eye out for books at bargain sales or garage sales.
Or Consider or holding a "Book Swap"
with neighbors and friends. For birthdays
or holidays give your child new reading material.

Keep it up. Find ways to encourage 
your child to pick up new reading 
material to read once one book is 
finished. For instance, introduce him 
or her to a series or ask your librarian 
for books by the same author. Draft a 
“to-read” list that your child can check 
off . Consider subscribing your child to 
a magazine for kids. 

Focus on their interests. Encourage 
your child to check out books from the library that 
feature characters or topics he or she is interested in. 
Whether it’s NASCAR to NASA, the topic doesn't matter 
(as long as it’s age-appropriate), as long as your child is 

Read out loud together. Schedule time to read aloud 
together, taking turns to read passages. Invite your 
entire family to participate. Use different voices for 
different characters, or invite your child to make sound 
effects for the story. 

Make it a routine. Consider how to make reading 
habitual. Your family could have a weekly read-aloud 
session, or you and your child could read each week 
before bed.

Be a patient listener. No matter how slowly your young 
learner reads, avoid finishing sentences for your child.

Gently correct mistakes, sound out words together, 
and let your child know you’re proud.

Cut the distractions. During reading 
time, turn off or put away electronic 
devices. Make sure you follow the rule, 

Ask questions. Ask your child about 
what he or she is reading in school or 
what you are reading together. Try 
open-ended questions such as, “Why 
do you think the character did that?,” 
“What would you do if you were in that 
situation?,” or “What do you think will 
happen next?”
Read beyond books. Invite your child 
to read menus, greeting cards, movie 
listings, newspaper comic strips, or 
directions to a destination. Word 
recognition is an important step for 
reading fluency, so consider using strips of paper and 
tape to label everyday objects in your home to boost 
your child’s familiarity with words.