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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, 
What a fun time we’ve had here at Hillcrest! Recently, we celebrated one of the best holidays of the school calendar — the 100th day of school! All of our students were busy putting their mathematics skills to good use while building and counting collections of 100, creating 100th day crafts, and thinking about all the learning they’ve done in the first 100 days of the school year. Also, we had the chance to celebrate all of our Hillcrest friendships on Valentine’s Day!
We were recently able to gather for our all school meeting and saw some fabulous presentations of student learning. Our theme for this month’s meeting was science, and we had a chance to show you how the new Massachusetts state standards for science and technology are helping us to grow super scientists.
Now that we’ve moved past the halfway mark of the school year, we’re ready to start welcoming the families of our incoming kindergarten students to Hillcrest. On Thursday, March 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., we will hold our annual kindergarten open house. Then on Thursday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., we will hold our kindergarten registration. We would love your help in reaching out to new families, so if you have a friend or neighbor with a four or five year old, please share this information with them. 
When we return from school vacation week, we have some exciting events planned for our current Hillcrest students. During the school day on Friday, March 2, we will celebrate Read Across America day with an all school reading session. Every child will receive a new book, and we’ll all stop what we’re doing and read together! On the evening of March 2, we will hold our annual Read Across Hillcrest event featuring a free dinner, a reading celebration with community readers, and some free book shopping. We hope to see lots of Hillcrest families at Read Across Hillcrest!
I hope you all have a chance to relax and enjoy some family fun during school vacation week! I look forward to seeing your children back here at school on Monday, February 26.

Sarah Burstein

Sarah Burstein, Principal