Hollencrest Middle School is a 2007 and 2011 California Distinguished School!
Hollencrest Middle School has been serving Hollencrest families since 1994. We are committed to meeting the needs of today’s middle school students and to using the state standards as a basis for our teaching. We will work hard to create challenging programs that address the developmental, academic, social, and emotional needs of our diverse student body. While we hope our SARC report provides a snapshot of our school. Open the PDF file below and to view our SARC report. We encourage you to come visit us and see what Hollencrest Middle School is really like.
The vision of HMS is to be a campus where teachers partner together to provide a challenging and motivating curriculum in a structured environment with the goal of raising student achievement. HMS fosters a climate that builds, models, provides for and supports a respectful relationship between student, parent, staff and the West Covina community.
Our school staff is committed to serving the community and welcomes any questions and comments. We would love to hear from you.
Principal: Hector Galicia
Assitant Principal: Mario Morales
Office Manager: Karyn Louie
Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Telephone: (626) 931-1760
One Million NIU Graduation
Hollencrest had a graduation for parents from One Million NIU (New Internet Users) class. Telemundo was on site to cover the event. Below is an excerpt from the broadcast. Click on the link to view the broadcast http://www.onemillionniu.org/
Many thanks to Hector Galicia, Principal at Hollencrest Middle School, West Covina Unified School District for opening his doors to the One Million NIU Initiative. As you will hear from the testimony of one of the children of the NIU Graduates, Teodoro Sanchez, the impact to the children watching their parents be continuous learners is profound.
College Making It Happen
Winter Break - December 23, 2013 thru Jan 3, 2014. Students return to school Monday, January 6, 2014.
DECEMBER 20TH NO SCHOOL
DECEMBER 20TH NO SCHOOL TEACHER PREP DAY
Spanish Field Trip Olvera Street
Hollencrest Husky Staff
On Our Way
We are well into the second quarter of the school year. I am extremely proud of everyone’s work and dedication, thus, being able to maintain a high achieving academic level. Our teachers challenge all students academically, and provide them with a rich standard-based instruction. Through the dedication of the staff, students’ efforts, and parent support we have managed to increase our API to 852.
As a school site, we have many academic challenges to meet, and with your support we will achieve our goals. This year we are focusing on transitioning into the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). All teachers are undergoing in-depth professional development on innovative instructional practices which align to the CCSS. Literacy and writing in all content areas is a major focus. In addition, teachers are focusing on Depth of Knowledge techniques, inquiry based questions, collaboration, and communication within their lessons.
Governor Brown signed AB484 a few weeks ago which suspends most of the STAR assessments for this school year. This is a transition year from the State Content Standards to the CCSS; therefore, the CSTs will be irrelevant. We are preparing our students for the new assessment, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). This year we will administer a field test of the SBAC to all students in ELA and Math. More information will be provided throughout the school year.
Regardless of this major shift, Hollencrest staff will continue to provide students with a rigorous curriculum in order to develop academically, and socially successful students. I encourage you to be part of your child’s education by participating in our PTSA, School Site Council, and booster clubs. As always, thank you for your continuous support and let’s keep excelling as a community!
Whittier Narrows Nature Center
Last week, our GATE students had an opportunity to explore the Whittier Narrows Nature Center. We are working collaboratively with Dr. Rick Shope, Diana Padilla, and their personnel from the Youth Science Center to provide our students with science learning outside the classroom. Students interact with hands-on activities as they learn about environmental studies. In addition, Dr. Shope and his colleagues use inquiry-based teaching to ignite students’ interest on the content. Finally, Dr. Shope performs an amusing play about where our water comes from and how it’s managed in the San Gabriel watershed. This was an extraordinary excursion for our students, and we will continue to offer this opportunity to more students as the year progresses.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune made a report on our excursion to the Nature Center, and published it on Sunday, August 25. Please click on the following link to read the article http://www.sgvtribune.com/social-affairs/20130826/students-take-safari-through-whittier-narrows
Congratulations Jung Chae Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Ms. Jung Chae for being selected Teacher of the Year by her colleagues. Ms. Chae is a phenomenal educator who cares for her students’ well-being academically, emotionally, and socially. She builds a non-threatening learning environment for all her students and makes her students feel comfortable. Ms. Chae works diligently to provide the best educational experience for her students and her instructional practices have contributed to her students’ academic improvement. Ms. Chae is a lead teacher amongst the staff in various ways: Math Department Chair, ASB and Yearbook Advisor, and member of the district’s STEM committee. She has demonstrated to have great interpersonal skills by collaborating with colleagues, building a positive rapport with her students, and always being optimistic. As a staff, we are honored to have Ms. Jung Chae as a member of the Husky family.
The mission of Hollencrest Middle School is to offer the best possible comprehensive middle school experience that maximizes each student’s potential by developing individuals with the ability to reason, speak, read, and write effectively. Working together with parents, we promote in our students a strong sense of responsibility and self-esteem as we equip them with the ability to succeed socially, physically and intellectually. We prepare students to function in a technologically advanced society preparing them for the challenges of high school, life long learning and responsible citizenship.
For additional information including access to research-based materials on ways parents can help improve their children's performance in school in English and Spanish, click here.
DECEMBER 20 NO SCHOOL
DECEMBER 20TH NO SCHOOL TEACHER PREP DAY
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