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Welcome to Hillcrest Elementary School

Thanks for stopping by the Internet home of Hillcrest Elementary School! We are part of the Gill-Montague Regional School District located in the New England town of Montague, Massachusetts. Montague enjoys a rich colonial and industrial history, featuring historic mills and rich farmland. Our school and our dedicated teachers and staff serve a student body of pre-kindergarten through first grade students. We invite you to get to know us better and learn more about the enriching and fun experiences all of our young students take part in each day at Hillcrest.

We invite you to explore the pages of our online home to learn more about our school as well as the exciting news and upcoming events that keep our students busy and happy and striving for excellence.

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Hillcrest Families,

It seems like we were just welcoming you all here to school a short time ago, and now we are getting ready to say good-bye for the summer! For some of our students, that good-bye is temporary since we’ll see them back here in the fall. For others, who are moving on to second grade or moving to new homes outside of Montague, it’s a “bigger” good-bye. These transitions are bittersweet for all of us. We are so proud of the growth of all of our students, and as excited as we are to see them move on to new adventures, we will definitely miss being part of their daily lives!

As we look ahead to the new school year, we’ve been planning some special events to welcome our new and returning students. Our preschool and kindergarten teachers will invite students and their families to individual getting to know you visits on August 31 and September 1. Our first grade teachers will invite first graders and their families to classroom meet and greet gatherings on August 23. In addition, throughout the summer, I will be hosting Welcome Wednesdays for any Hillcrest student and their “grown-up” to stop by Hillcrest for a short story time and some fun on the playground. We’ll gather in the Hillcrest Library at 9:00 a.m. for a story, followed by some outdoor fun on the back playground. This will be a great way to connect with other Hillcrest families and to ask me any questions you may have about the upcoming school year. Feel free to drop in on any of the following Wednesdays from 9:00–9:45 a.m. 

  • Wednesday, July 11
  • Wednesday, July 18
  • Wednesday, August 8

Before the school year ends, we have one last all school meeting on Friday, June 22 at 9:00 a.m. Please join us as our students present their learning. We’ll enjoy presentations from Ms. Chanda’s preschoolers, Mrs. Lesenski’s kindergarten students, and all three first grade classes. We hope to see many Hillcrest families there!

Sarah Burstein

Sarah Burstein, Principal