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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,
At our December all school meeting, we had an opportunity to see mathematics learning in action. Our preschoolers showed their understanding of one-to-one correspondence while counting forward, our kindergarteners demonstrated their understanding of patterns, and our first graders presented their knowledge of counting backward. These are just three examples of some critical early mathematics skills that your children are developing here at school, and they can certainly continue that learning with you at home. Incorporating basic math into your daily routines can be really fun and can often be combined with household tasks like setting the table, sorting the laundry, or creating a budget for household purchases. Most families already have regular habits around building early reading skills -- the nightly bedtime story or the weekly trip to the library are familiar examples. Promoting early mathematics learning, on the other hand, is not always a regular routine. When math homework begins in the elementary school years, some parents tell us, “I’ve always struggled with math," and "I’m really not sure how to help my child with math homework.”
With that in mind, I wanted to share some ideas for building some at-home math habits. Here are a few easy ways to incorporate math into your family’s life:
Wishing you all happy holidays!
Sarah Burstein, Principal