Connections Family

This year students will have an opportunity to choose a fun, interest-based advisory group called Connections Family. During the first week of school students can access the link to see which connections families are available as well as watch a video to see that teacher explain the class!

Connections families are year long and meet every morning from 7:50 tp 8:20. Each quarter, the connection family will be doing a community project that gives back to Hill and our school/neighborhood community.  Sign up for connections family will begin on Wednesday, August 21st. Browse the videos and descriptions and get hype for the school year!


Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences
Connections Families
Teacher Name Name of Connections Family Max # of Students in Family Quarter 1 Community Project Video
Nick Petersen No place for hate 16 Lunch mixer No Place for Hate
Jaron Hill Teacher Hospitality 30 end of quarter gifts for teachers specified to their preferences Teacher Hospitality
Calvin Henley Geography Bee 20 Potentially hosting our own tournament for regional schools in a geography bee!
Carlos Lujan Hill Fan Zone 18 Students will be supporting fall sports at Hill in a multitude of ways that include: Creating in-game fan signs, posters supporting student athletes, goodie bags for away games, fan giveaway prizes, etc. Fan Zone
Annie Elam Mindfulness 25 Mindfulness Workshop for all?? Mindfulness
Ilyanna Kreske Creative Writing 25 Writer’s Cafe — after school or evening “cafe” during which students can share their writing with school and families Writers Cafe
Aaryn Novy Community Awareness Group 18 Advertise school events in/out of the building when applicable School Advertising
Vanessa Moore Mindful and Kind Connections 15 Kindness/compliment challenge. Students will create 5 compliment cards and each person they give a compliment card will be challenged to create 5 more compliment cards to new people. Kindness
Rafael Ramirez Destination Imagination 14 TBD
Elizabeth Brennan-O’Connell For the Love of Animals 20 Making supplies for no kill animal shelters, penny drive, food drive, toy drive… all for animals For the Love of Animals
Charles Schoenherr Outdoor Crew 15 Fly Fishing 101
Amanda Franklin Green Team (Environmental Justice/Conservation/Recycling) 25 Neighborhood cleanup
Esther Smith Yoga and Meditation 12 Yoga in the Park Yoga and Meditation
Luis Rios Bilingual Picture Book Club 25 Publish bilingual books to share with students in local dual language classrooms. Bilingual Picture Book
Bridget O’Connor Self-Care 20 Promote self care techniques in the community; put on a self care workshop of their favorites Self Care
Joshua Trinidad Recording with Mr. Trinidad | RAP, EDM, HIP HOP and PUNK 7 Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences Mix Tape Music Recording
Felicia Civil Cooking Connections 10 Breakfast for another Connections Class /Teachers
Maya Yoshitake Anime Otakus 15 Anime art night? Anime
Matthew Placido Cities of the Future (Urban Imagineering) 20 Students will spend quarter 1 and quarter 2 running through the design cycle of planning a city of the future, in preparation for taking their models to competition at Future City for a chance to win awards and prizes in Quarter 3 at the future city competition. Students then will organize a design-based approach to solving a local problem around Hill or the Hilltop Community and design a mock-up for quarter 4. Future City
Theodore Van Horn Basketball 20 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. Each team must have at least 1 teacher / parent on it. Basketball Club
Kerry Memphis Armchair Adventurers Book Club 20 Book drive, read to elementary students, or advertise library books
Mamie Howard Math League 15 Math League Competition Math League
Michael Cavaleri The Art and Culture of Skateboarding 15 Sticker Design and Sales Fundraiser Skateboarding
Jeremy Hansen STEAM Projects 20 STEAM Fair w/ for elementary/middle school students STEAM
Sable Edwards Semantics (Spelling Bee) 20 Vocabulary Visuals for Classrooms Spelling Bee
Kelo Ryals DIET (Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, & Togetherness) Club 15 Free Hugs Community Bake Sale?
Alison Doyle Board/Card Games 20 Family game night Board Games
Jacob Acosta Action Storytelling 12 Storytelling Night Action Storytelling
Meghan Gates Secret Smile Society 15 Surprise Celebration Secret Smile Society
Shawanda Buggs Pen Pals with future Hill students from Steck Elementary 15 At the end of every quarter we will meet with our Steck Pen Pals throughout the year ro create jewelry, cards etc…for the Nursing Home we adopt.
Pablo Lillo Latino Empowerment 15 Make Hill Bilingual by helping with translations Latino Empowerment
Ms. Desiree HERd 15 Painting the girls bathroom stalls with black chalk paint and writing positive quotes on the doors! HERd
Alvin Barnett Trashcan Football 25 Trashcan Lacrosse is a very athletic and collaboratively active game. Trash Can Lacrosse will be a fun activity that will provide students with good exercise and competitiveness. There will be a lot of running and cutting that will help improve students’ speed, communication skills and endurance which are great assets in Life.
Gregory McCoy Restorative Justice league 15 Big brother community project (mentoring) Restorative Justice League
Jimmy Rooney Fortnite Gaming League 20 Practicing data collecting, graphing, & analysis every meeting and tracking & charting S.O.A.R. behaviors monthly
Thomas Schwartz 3D Printing 15 Print Hill gear for sale at fundraisers.
Justin Walker Task Force 15 Teacher Problem Solvers Task Force
Carolyn Warpinski Movable Music Mentors – Band 15 Visit elementary/daycare/ childrens’ hospital to perform music, present instrument petting zoos, student-to-student lessons or hands-on experience. Movable Music Mentors – Band
David Nussbaum Debate 20 Debate the parents Debate Team
Silvia Stantcheva Charity Club 15 We will pick a charity as a group that we are passionate about and raise awareness and money for that charity. We can have a different charity each quarter. Charity Club
Kate Redmond Tech Team 10 Daily Monitoring of Computer Resources, building student capacity with Tech needs Tech Team
Lulu Kay Peer Mentoring 7 Helping at Adapted Field Day and putting on our own adapted field day for elementary kids Peer Mentors
David Hamdan One Act Plays 15 Perform one act plays for some of the Hill community or nearby elementary schools One Acts
Parker Fulton Social Justice Law & Policy 20 Guest Speakers and a Community Report or iMovie; maybe a presentation at Steck. Social Justice
Kalen Davis Fortnite Gaming League 30 Community Competitions
Aaron Amadio Student Government 20 Student Government Campaigning for Elected Positions Student Government
Ajani Speller Speller’s Flow Sessions 20 A created original poem or song video/ presentation Flow Sessions
Austin Shulman Science Fiction Club 20 Organizing a movie night where the whole school watches a science fiction movie.
Nycole Bradshaw Black Student Alliance 25 Are you are interested in participating in a club that creates a forum for dialogue regarding issues pertaining to African American students and promoting diversity and unity among students? If so, come and be a part of the Black Student Alliance. We will have guest speakers who will assist with being able to articulate to the staff and peers what does equity and inclusion look like, sound like, and feel like? Black Student Alliance
Randy Runyan Movable Music Mentors – Strings 15 Visit elementary/daycare/ childrens’ hospital to perform music, present instrument petting zoos, student-to-student lessons or hands-on experience. Movable Music Mentors – Strings
Austin Shulman Science Fiction Club 20 Organizing a movie night where the whole school watches a science fiction movie.
Shalelia Dillard SCDEP Honors Prep 35 Family Heritage Project College Readiness
Evans Baugh Graphic Novel Creation 15 TBD
Sean Kavanaugh Ping Pong 8 Parent/ Student Ping Pong Tournament Ping Pong
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