Serves grades Kindergarten-through 3rd grade.

  • 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 2015-2016 school year will be $2.40 per lunch for students and $3.65 per lunch for adults.   Milk may be purchased for $.35. 

Congratulations to our PTO officers 
Alyssa Kendall------------- President
Trista Schmitt---------------Vice President
Cassie Radtke--------------Secretary
Neisha Richardson -------Art Moms
Jessalee Smith ----------- Box Tops

Our PTO is the BEST and we appreciate EVERYTHING they do for Hillcrest. 
Please join us for PTO meetings the first Tuesdays of every month at 9:00 a.m. in the 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

2015-16 Hillcrest 
Music Concerts 

Kindergarten Program
Thursday, May 19,2016
10:15 and 2:15

*Newsworthy Info*
Upcoming dates for our 
Physical education department:
e in the Jungle - 
November 9-13
Jump Rope for Heart - February 8th-12th, 2016, during P.E. Classes

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, 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

 2015-2016 is............


May 2 through May 13 - ISAT Testing for 3rd grades
May 14 (Saturday) - Teddy Bear Clinic at Power County Hospital 
               Lobby at 11:00 to 2:00 - Children can bring their favorite
               stuffed toy for a check-up! A canned food item would be
               welcomed for a donation.
May 17 - "Reading is my Super Power" Literacy Event,                                         at  6:00-7:00 at Hillcrest....dress up like your favorite
                  super hero and enjoy free pizza, a free book, and photo
                  bookmarks.  Prizes will be given for the best outfit!!
May 24 - End of the Year Reading Activity - all grades
Field Trips and End of the Year Activities - see side bar for all May                                                                                    activities for students 

Congratulations to the following students who won the Lion's Club Essay 

1st Grade:  
1st Prize:  Eden Jensen (Mrs. Pratt's Class)  $25 award
2nd Prize:  Ryan Crump (Mrs. Pratt's Class)  $15 award
3rd Prize:  Payzlee Castorena (Mr. Stutzman)  $10 award

3rd Grade:
1st Prize:  Laila Cardona (Mr. Blauer)  $25 award
2nd Prize:  Joce Ledesma (Mr. Blauer)  $15 award
3rd Prize:  Abby Silva (Mr. Blauer)  $10 award

Check out ISU's Summer Reading Skills Online Programs!  These individualized programs includes engaging online instruction, independent reading, and a skilled and encouraging teacher for 4 year olds entering Kindergarten, to high school students.  For more information or to register, call 1-800-903-0942.  

Jump Rope for Heart --- Kick off assembly on January 14th at 1:00.  The goal this year for Hillcrest'sl fundraising is $6,500.  We have never set it this high, but the past two years Hillcrest students have raised $6,000 +.   The actual jump roping will be during PE block the week of February 8th-12th.  Letters/envelopes will be sent home with the students the week of January 11th. Hillcrest students will be collecting donations up until Friday, February 26.  If the students meet their goal this year, each class gets to set off a fountain made from Coca Cola and Mentos at the same time!!
Thanks for all your support!!  

Results of Jump Rope for Heart 2016
Top Ten Student Fund Raisers
  1. Nicholas Hamilton ($440),
  2.  Wyatt McKenna ($332), 
  3. Jennifer ALvarez ($320), 
  4. Griffin Pollard ($305),
  5.  Kiara Crosland ($253),
  6.  RayAnna Schmitt ($232),
  7.  Cooper and Paige Anderson ($200),
  8.  Michael Schmitt ($177),
  9.  Caetlyn Warren ($165),
  10.   Kayden Nulph ($160)
The Top Five students will receive a $20 gift certificate to Outer Limits, courtesy of Power County Hospital District, and the top 6 through 10 students all receive an additional gift from the American Heart Association.
 Congratulations!!  Students can expect their Jump Rope for Heart Prizes to arrive some time in late March or early April.

Power County Hospital District has been a great partner the last 8 years with our JRFH event. The hospital donates money for a class Subway Sandwich party each year for the classroom that raises the most money.   This year that honors goes to Mr. Blauer's 3rd grade class!! raising $975 -- Congratulations!!

As an added incentive this year, the students had a goal of $6,500 to raise for the American Heart Association.    Our students achieved the goal by over $1000!! As a reward for their hard work, every class gets to erupt a soda/mentos geyser.  The top ten students get their very own soda/mentos geyser to erupt.  We plan on having all the geysers go off simultaneously so it will be quite exciting to watch.  The incentive event will be held on April 6th.     

Thank you American Falls for helping our students achieve and surpass our goal.  Over the past 20 years, the community of American Falls has donated over $100,000 to the American Heart Association through our annual Jump Rope for Heart event.  Thank you for helping to make our JRFH event so successful!!!!!!!!     

Congratulations to the following students who won our 
Media Center Coloring Contest
Tthey received a "groovy" tie-dyed t-shirt from our librarian, Mrs. Hoag:
Kindergarten:  Logan Anglesey and Emma Beas-Flores

1st Grade:  Ryker Nielsen and Lizbeth Tapia

2nd Grade:  Brian Alvarez and Shaylee Taylor

3rd Grade:  Soren Briggs and Marely Belmonte

Staff Winners:  Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Kettl

Announcing the 6th annual PIGGY BANK BEAUTY CONTEST!! Sponsored by the Bank of Commerce and the Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition. Information sheets will be sent home with students along with a coloring book.  Any student in the 1st-4th grade is eligible to enter.  Homemade Piggy Banks submitted should not be larger than 12x12x12 and must have a slot to receive change and money and do not have to be in a form of a pig.  Piggy banks should be dropped off at our local American Falls Bank of Commerce the week of
February 22-26.  
Prizes will be awarded at each Bank of Commerce location.  
                                      1st Prize -$50 Cashier's check and a trophy
                                      2nd Prize - trophy
                                      3rd Prize - trophy
Every child entering a Piggy bank will receive a prize when picking up their piggy bank.

Update!!!!!!!!!!  Micael Torres, a 3rd grade student in Ms. Butikofer's class, won 1st place with his award winning Spider Bank.  He received a $50 cashiers check and a trophy from our local branch of the Bank of Commerce!!  Congratulations Micael!!

This summer you helped us read nearly 1.4 million minutes. Thanks to this effort, we got one step closer to beating the summer slide. Thanks for reading throughout the summer.
REMEMBER, the 2015-16 BOOK IT! Program starts on October 1st. 
Visit for more information.

Our annual Walk-a-Thon fundraiser was a HUGE success!! We exceeded our goal to meet last years amount, raising over $8,000!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to our awesome PTO for sponsoring this family fun event. Money raised will be used for playground upgrades, the Art Mom program, Foster Grandparent program, and other items that Hillcrest students would not be able to enjoy if not for the generous support of our community. A special thank you to Idaho Power for generously donating the scooter for the grand prize. Each student who raised any amount of money earned a prize.
Following is the list of students that collected $100 or more and got to attend a pizza party and have their name entered into a drawing for the scooter:
Citlali Hernandez,- Nicholas Hamilton, -Marisa, Huse, Italie Giesbrecht, Samanta Torres, Emmie Wilinson, Jaiven Farley, Kinley Barclay, Michael Schmitt, Konner Kendall, Adley Selga, Ryker Radtke, Porter WIlliams, Madison Shutte, Logan Nichols, Arianna Soltero, Londyn Kendall, Arianna Encinas, Kinlee Sanchez, Cooper Chroninger, Brady Chroninger, Kiara Crosland, Katherine Elgan, Kayden Nulph, Kimber Palazzo, Jimmy Kendall, Ali Clinger, RayAnna Schmitt, Kami Batterton, Mckenna Schutte, Benson Taylor, Alaini Silva, Kourtney Ralphs, Jhett Burgemeister, Averee Nelson, Garrett Wegner, Ashton Morris, and Lynzee Olson.
The winner of the scooter was Jaiven Farley!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations everyone!!!!!! And good job!

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.