Hillcrest News

Hillcrest Cancer Drive

Congratulations to all Hawks that participated in this year's 21st annual cancer drive.

On April 30th, students, alumni, staff and parents came out on a beautiful sunny evening to blitz our neighbourhood for the Canadian Cancer Society. More than 200 students and alumni hit the streets to canvass our neighbours, and many canvassed more than one route. We also had 45 staff and parent volunteers drive and work at tables, and several alumni and former staff came out to make monetary contributions.

Thank you to Katie Pittman and Amanda Byrne, our co-Heads and the entire cancer drive committee who organized a fantastic event at Hillcrest. Continuing with the tradition, over $24,000 was raised in just 4 hours for the Canadian Cancer Society adding to the half million raised in the last 20 years.

Congratulations Hawks, you should be very proud of what you've accomplished.

CHEO presentation on Health & Wellness for Children, Youth and Families

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) psychologists, in partnership with Hillcrest High School School Council and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, will be presenting a free public session for parents, care givers, service providers and educators at Hillcrest High School on Tuesday March 24 from 6:30 to 9:00pm. CHEO psychologists will present a variety of relevant topics ranging from concussions to anxiety to understanding the development of the teenage brain. For more information, view this informational poster or go to this link to register.

Aboriginal Elder Visits Hillcrest

Hillcrest is please to welcome Algonquin Elder "Skip Ross" from Pikwakanagan First Nations on Tuesday February 17. The elder will be running three workshops on Aboriginal Awareness for staff and students during the day.



Black History Month Assemblies

The Black History Club is pleased to announce upcoming assemblies: the first for our feeder schools on Wednesday February 18 in the auditorium, followed by a second assembly for Hillcrest students on Wednesday, February 25.

The theme this year is "Roots" and it highlights the story of Thomas Peters , a man who was captured in Nigeria by slave traders in the 1700s and brought to America. Peters eventually escaped to Nova Scotia where he founded a platoon of ex-slaves to fight alongside the British against the Americans. After the war, Peters left Canada to create and settle a new colony in Sierra Leone.


Important Notice for all Presto Card Users

The Ontario Student Transportation Authority has changed the procedures for replacing a lost or stolen Presto card. Now students must register their Presto card or they will not be able to replace it when lost or stolen. Register your card on-line at www.prestocard.ca . For more information on this procedure click this link.


Grade 8 Day and Grade 8 Night

Hillcrest will be holding an open house for feeder schools on Wednesday January 7 from 9am to 1pm. Grade eight students will get a chance to visit our classrooms, meet our Link Crew and see what a day at Hillcrest looks like.

An information session for all parents of grade 8 students will be held the following night, Thursday January 8 starting at 6:45pm. Meet the faculty with refreshments and coffee in the front foyer, followed by presentations from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in the school library. This session is open to all parents. For more information, call 613-733-1755.


Exam Schedule

Exam week begins Monday January 26. Click this link for the exam schedule and accompanying exam instructions page .


Information Night for Parents of Graduating Students

All graduating students and their parents are invited to an information session on Tuesday November 25 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm in the Hillcrest Library. The session will cover many topics such as scholarships, loans and bursaries, the admission process and deadlines to be aware of. View the informational poster here.


Fall Awards Presentation

The Hillcrest Annual Fall Awards assembly celebrates the achievements of Hillcrest students in the 2013/2104 academic year. The award ceremony will take place Wednesday November 19 at 10:30am to 11:30am in the main auditorium. Parents and other family members are invited to celebrate with us. For more information please call the office at 613-733-1755.


Principal's Message

An open letter to parents and students from Mr.Bickerton with respect to the recent events at Parliament: Message from the Principal.

Parents are also encouraged to view this document from the school board regarding helping their children cope with traumatic events.


Take Our Kids to Work Day

Take Our Kids to Work (TOKTW) day will take place this year on Wednesday November 5. It is an annual event encouraging grade nine students to think about their future and explore career opportunities by visiting the workplace of a parent, relative or family friend. Permission forms will be distributed to all grade nine students which interested parents are asked to sign and return as soon as possible. For more information on this event, please click this link here.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews are being held on Thursday October 23 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Students can schedule an interview now with their current subject teachers. For more information, call the school office at 613-733-1755.


Walk for Water 2014

The Impact Club is very pleased to announce that its 5th annual Walk for Water (W4W) will be held on Wed. October 22 from 9:00 to 11:40 am.

What is Walk for Water?

780 million people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water. To raise awareness about this issue, students, through donations, will raise money to walk empty water cooler bottles to the Rideau River (about 5 km total) and bring them back full of water in order to simulate the journey many women and young children must endure every day to bring water back to their village. To participate in this worthwhile event, students need to individually raise $10 to get out of class, or if your class can raise the equivalent of $5 per student in your class, then they can have a class buyout. All monies raised will go towards funding a new water project to give hundreds of families access to clean drinking water in Llullin, Ecuador.


Message from the Principal

Mr. Bickerton's welcome letter to students and parents: read it here .


Yearbooks are on Sale!

You can purchase your yearbook on-line here or see Mr. Olson to order yours today. Get them while the price is right!


Delegation from Oslo, Norway visits

On the afternoon of Tuesday 16 September, 10 Norwegian delegates visited Hillcrest High School to learn about how the school addresses student achievement, student success, mental health and well-being and inclusive practices and what it looks like in daily practice. Prior to visiting Hillcrest High School, the Norwegian delegates visited Charles Hulse Public School.

Over lunch at Hillcrest our guests received presentations from seven members of the Hillcrest team as well an intinerant ESL teacher (secondary) addressing the following:

  • Student Success/English language learners/Steps to English Proficiency - Christine Newman and Jennifer Meechan
  • Impact Club - Nicole Charron
  • Black History Club - Mary Enns
  • Community Living - Derek Stoppels
  • Mental Health & Well-being - Tim Brock
  • International Certificate Program - Kristine Klassen
  • Teacher Librarian's role supporting teaching learning across all grades and levels - Dan de la Fuente


  • A rich discussion followed the presentations as staff and delegates discussed common priorities within each educational system, the impact on learning and the boarder school community and the shared emphasis on student achievement, student success, pathways, inclusion and mental health and well-being within both educational systems.

    Following the luncheon meeting, Hillcrest staff visited a variety of classes with our Norwegian guests prior to their departure before school dismissal.

    As a token of appreciation, Hillcrest High School received a book featuring the work of renowned Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. This book is proudly on display in the Hillcrest High School library. (photo shows principal Barry Bickerton receiving book from Victoria Evenson, Member of City Council).


    Black History Month Club

    • Who? Absolutely Everyone!!!
    • When? Every Wednesday at lunch
    • Where? Room 219 (Ms Enns’ room)
    • What? Discussions, speakers, games, activities, videos, potlucks, assemblies, drumming, field trips, book club, leadership development, community networking…

    Hillcrest Jumps for Health and Fitness




    Thanks to funding from the OFSAA Try Day Program, Hillcrest had the opportunity to try the Insanity fitness program this year. The pilot project was a success and next year the Physical Education department hopes to run Fitness Fridays in the gym at lunch as well as continue to incorporate the program in their Healthy Active Living and Personal Fitness classes.


    Hillcrest Tree Planters Help Re-Forest Pleasant Park Woods



    A handful of Hillcrest students spent their sunny Saturday morning planting trees at Pleasant Park Woods. The past few years the Alta Vista area has been hard hit by the emerald ash borer. Thanks to these students' efforts, our urban forests can make a comeback. Thanks guys! For more information on this effort and the emerald ash borer, click this link




    Hillcrest Goes Gaga over the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala



    On Saturday May 10, a group of 15 students and staff had the wonderful opportunity to represent Hillcrest at the National Arts Centre for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala . The students were dressed to the nines for this Black Tie event. If we thought we were in for an exciting evening, we were proven correct when the opening reception found us posing for a picture with none other than Rick Mercer! From the star-filled processional led by the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Canadian Air Force, to the grand finale – a surprise performance by Blue Rodeo, two messages were clear. The first was that Canada is profoundly proud of its vibrant Arts Scene, and the second was that the Arts unify us and make us stronger as individuals and as Canadians. Hillcrest students sat in an area designated as 'Inspiration Seats' – and inspired we truly were. We will be walking on air for weeks to come.


    Hillcrest Hosts Jane's Walk

    Students of the International Certificate Program at Hillcrest hosted a Jane's walk on Saturday May 3rd, leaving from Hillcrest HS and exploring the Hillcrest community. The purpose of the walk was to introduce members of our community to Hillcrest, its students and its neighbourhood. Listen here to a CBC interview with English teacher Ms. Klassen and student leaders who organized the walk. For more information on the Jane's Walk movement, click this link.


    Hillcrest 20th Annual Cancer Drive



    Congratulations to students and staff of Hillcrest High School who celebrated another success with their 20th annual Cancer Drive! This year our students raised $22 976.41 canvassing plus proceeds from many bake sales and a pancake breakfast the morning after. Hillcrest has raised over $500 000 for the Canadian Cancer Society and continues to raise funds each year with this remarkable event! Without the help of amazing teachers, custodial stuff, the Canadian Cancer Society, our community and of course our students, this event would not be possible! Thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated!

    View this interview on CTV Morning Live with David McHugh, Stephanie McHugh and Catherine Cellucci (courtesy of CTV).

    Hillcrest Wrestling takes Gold at OFSAA

    Update: Augusta Eve takes Gold at Nationals, Set to Represent Canada at the PanAm Games!



    Hillcrest athlete Augusta Eve taking the top of the podium at OFSAA wrestling.

    Hillcrest had a banner year in wrestling sending four athletes to OFSAA, winning ten of their matches and earning a gold medal. Congratulations to Augusta Eve, Melbourne Eve, Monica Nguyen and Amanda McIntyre as well as coach De Souza. More on their results here.


    Hillcrest at the Oscars!



    Former Hillcrest alum Trent Correy showing off his Golden Globe and Oscar with "Frozen" director Chris Buck. Trent won the awards for his work on the Disney animated film, which won Best Animated Film for 2013.

    Trent graduated from Hillcrest in 2006 and entered Algonquin where he studied animation. He quickly gained experience, animating for various local animation projects before moving to Vancouver to work for Disney. Looks like a lot of dedication and hard work has paid off. Congratulations, Trent!


    Get your Yearbook!

    Yearbook forms are available now! Download this document to get your order form. Fill in the form and submit with your cheque to the main office. Yearbooks can also be ordered online using a credit card or Paypal account. See Mr. Olson for details.



Outdoor Education Slide Show

Click on the picture to view the slide show.


Hillcrest’s Outdoor Education students braved the cold during a 3-day winter camping trip in February. The students slept in quinces (snow caves) both nights and enjoyed the pristine Nordic ski and snowshoe trails at Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club in Cantley, Quebec. Judging by the smiles in these photos, the students felt proud of their accomplishment!


Other News
Fast for Freedom 2014

Impact Club organized their third annual 24 Hour Fast for Freedom and this year we held a school sleepover! Students fasted for 24 hours to stand in solidarity with the millions who go without food each day and to raise money for Impact's water project in Llujin, Ecuador. Those sleeping over broke the fast together the next morning at school. To date we have raised about $1400 towards our goal! Well done, Hillcrest!


Hillcrest students attend UN International Day of the Girl Conference

Rebecca Wong, Iqbal Mohammed and Karina Castellanos attended the UN International Day of the Girl "Innovating for Girls' Education". The girls, seen here with Canadian UNA president Kathryn White, are part of Ms. Enns' Gr.12 Equity & Social Justice class.

Impact Club raises funds for Ecuador

The Hillcrest Impact Club has achieved its goal of raising $8500 to build a school in Ecuador! Congratulations to the students and teacher organizers past and present for this great achievement!

Walk for Water



In spite of the wet and cloudy weather, over 100 students took part in the Walk for Water 2013 and raised over $800 for our Water Project initiative to bring fresh water to the village of Ilullin, Ecuador through the Free the Children organization.

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