720-423-9680 (Main Office)
Visit our website at: http://hill.dpsk12.org/
Email teachers at: Firstname_Lastname@dpsk12.org
The mission of the Denver Public Schools is to provide all students the opportunity to achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing citizens in our diverse society.
At Hill, we are connected to each other through common goals:
Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences opened in January of 1955. Our school was named after Mr. Roscoe Conklin Hill, who served as the principal of East High School from 1920 to 1944. During his career with Denver Public Schools he continuously fought for more and better education for young people. At the end of his tenure, he had signed approximately 15,000 diplomas. We at Hill honor his memory by being exemplary students.
The focus of Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences is to introduce children to self-directed, rigorous learning and provide an environment of support for them as they progress to the upper grades. Our Honors programs are designed for serious, motivated students who are above grade level in math, reading and writing. An accelerated math sequence in which students receive credit for high school algebra anchors this program. A separate application is necessary, and students are expected to maintain an excellent GPA and participate positively in all school activities.
The following policies have been established at Hill based on District standards and guidelines. Individual teachers and core teams have policies consistent with the building rules and traditions. However, teachers and teams may also have additional policies designed to enhance the learning environment for our students. An excellent overview of DPS policies and guidelines may be found at the District website at: https://www.dpsk12.org/parent_handbook/.
The Denver Public Schools does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of disability in the educational program and activities of the district. Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences recognizes that all people, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disabling condition are equally entitled to a quality education and learning environment. If any person feels that their rights have been violated, they need to immediately express their concerns to the administration, counselor or student advisor. Individuals with disabilities may call the school in advance of any meeting to request reasonable accommodations which may be needed.
At Hill, adults help students solve problems. Students are encouraged to talk to teachers, counselors, the nurse, the psychologist, the social worker, the student advisor, the assistant principal, the principal and our office staff.
Hill welcomes parents. However, all visitors must report directly to the main office for a visitor’s pass. A parent must accompany student visitors under the age of 21. Any other arrangements to visit must be made through the school counselor or an Assistant Principal.
The Collaborative School Committee (CSC) is an advisory board that sets and approves goals through the yearly School Improvement Plan and Annual Community Survey. Contact the office for more information.
Hill’s fantastic PTA meets regularly. Information is available in the office.
Teachers welcome your interest and concern. Parents are encouraged to schedule conferences with teachers before and after school.
Students will not be called to the telephone except in cases of extreme emergency, as it is a disruption to the learning process of all children. The use of cell phones is prohibited during school hours. Students are not allowed to receive, or send calls, messages or text messages at school. We understand that some parents want their students to carry cell phones with them. Our policy, strictly enforced, is that the phones must be kept turned off and out of sight during school hours, so as not to disrupt the learning environment. When students violate this rule, we take the phone from them and return it after school, or to a parent or guardian. Parents that need to contact their students should call the main office for assistance first.
Students must come equipped to learn with pencils, pens and paper. It is the responsibility of students to come with appropriate materials, which individual teachers will assign.
Students should cover all books to prevent damage. Students will be charged for damaged and lost books. Checks for lost or damaged books must be made payable to “Hill Campus” and given to the school treasurer before records and/or withdrawal papers are released. Any unpaid amounts will be recorded on the student’s transcript. Students will not be allowed to graduate from high school until all charges, fines or fees have been paid. Please take good care of your materials.
Academically successful Hill students with all GPA of 3.5 and above or better are rewarded after grading periods. Perfect attendance and good citizenship also receive recognition throughout the year.
Students receive Standards Based Report Cards at nine-week intervals to inform parents of their children’s progress. Progress reports are also given during each grading period. If you do not receive a report card or a progress report, please contact the school at 720-423-9680. The final grade for each semester is the only grade that appears on the student’s permanent record. Final grades are mailed home at the end of the school year. Low proficiency indicators do not guarantee mastery of a subject according to the Denver Public Schools, and retention may be recommended.
A parent can request weekly progress reports by having their child pick up a Progress Report Card in the main office. If a child is struggling in any subject, parents are encouraged to contact the teacher immediately.
All learning cannot be accomplished within the limited time allotted for classroom instruction; therefore, homework is routinely assigned to all pupils in the Denver Public Schools. As the word implies, homework is to be completed outside the classroom. Parents should expect pupils to have daily homework assignments and should question the lack of such assignments.
Official daily attendance at Hill is taken during every period. A list is compiled and the parents of students may be called to discuss excessive tardies or absences. In order to keep in touch with you about your student, it is essential that the office have accurate phone numbers. Please make a point of letting the main office know if any of your child’s pertinent information has changed during the school year.
The day the student returns from an absence, he or she must bring a note giving the reason for the absence, the date, student’s telephone number and parent signature. This is essential for records required by the school district and the State Department of Education. Please be advised that THE EXPLANATION ON THE NOTE DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY EXCUSE THE ABSENCE. Excuses will be allowed according to the State School Attendance Law, Title 22, Article 33.
This section places the responsibility of approving absences on the administrator at the school of attendance. The appropriate school personnel will investigate unexcused absences.
When students need to be excused early, for any reason, they must obtain a partial day absence pass before leaving the building. Unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, the student must bring a note from home asking to be excused at a particular time, stating the reason for leaving, and approximate time of return. This note must be brought to the main office before the student goes to his or her first class. Partial day absence requests must have a parent/guardian signature and phone number where the parent can be reached. Hill may contact the parent/guardian to verify the partial day absence request. This is to protect your student.
When students are late to school, they are to report to the Main Office to obtain a tardy slip. Excused tardies are given to students who are with a parent/guardian or who have written excuses, which may be verified by telephone. Otherwise, the student will be marked Tardy by the classroom teacher and appropriate consequences will be assigned.
Students should not attend school when they are ill and can endanger themselves or others. A note must be brought to the main office upon return to school from an illness or other excused absence. It is the student’s responsibility to make up all missed work to receive credit.
Teachers are usually available before and after school to help students. Other arrangements can be made mutually with the teacher and student. When requesting make-up work, allow adequate time (24 hours) for the staff to contact the teachers. In cases of extended absences, please call or email the school and let us know the status of your child.
If a student becomes seriously ill or injured at school, home contact will be made as specified in the school emergency database. Please keep the school informed of any changes in work, home or emergency phone numbers. Every effort will be made to inform parents quickly. When you are out of town, please send a letter to Hill indicating who has custody of the child and include information that pertains to the release of health and academic records in emergencies and affects the release of your child from school.
The school’s Health Office is open on designated days only for students who are ill, injured, or have health concerns. Except for emergencies, students must have a pass from a teacher to go to the health office. If students have a problem that requires prescribed medication during the school day, he or she must have a permission slip signed by the physician and given to the health practitioner. The medication must then be brought to the office at Hill as soon as the student arrives at school. It must be in the original prescription container, and labeled with the recommended dosage. It is the student’s responsibility to go to the health office when it is time to take the medication.
Middle Schools do not go on storm delay. If the decision is made by the Superintendent later in the day to cancel school or to dismiss school early in the event of foul weather or other emergency, local radio and television stations will be asked to announce the closure. Local stations will also be notified by 5:00 a.m. in the morning if there will be no school.
All personal property brought to school is brought entirely at the owner’s risk. The Denver Public Schools cannot assume responsibility for cell phones, backpacks, clothing, bicycles, jewelry, electronic equipment, sports articles, skateboards, roller blades or any other property belonging to students. Distracting or inappropriate objects will be taken from students and returned to the students or parents at the appropriate time. This includes trading cards and permanent magic markers. Pagers, iPods, laser pens, cell phones and other electronic equipment may be taken from students and put away to be retrieved by the parents. Repeated violations will require a parent conference. Students should not bring large sums of money to school. If, on occasion, it is necessary to do so, the money should be taken to the treasurer for safekeeping.
Courses in industrial education, art and computers require payment for the materials used. Physical Education teachers also recommend that gym uniforms sold through the school be worn. CASH ONLY may be brought to the treasurer and a receipt will be issued.
Students should check in the Lunchroom for lost large articles and in the main office for lost small articles.
It is anticipated that one student will be assigned to each locker if possible. It is the responsibility of the student(s) to keep the combination secret and the locker in good order. Sharing with unauthorized students may result in the loss of locker privileges. No padlocks will be used at any time and, if found, will be removed. With the exception of broken lockers, there will be no changes in locker assignments or combinations. If there is a problem with the locker, notify a teacher, the student advisor, the Welcome Center or the assistant principal.
All bicycles brought to school must be locked and stored in the fenced bicycle cage. The school assumes no responsibility for damage or theft. Bicycle riders must also observe regular traffic rules and regulations. No skateboards will be allowed on campus without permission.
Rules protect all students. The driver is in full charge of the bus and its passengers. Any violation of the bus rules may result in suspension of bus-riding privileges. Parents and students must read, sign, and return bus contract/conduct forms indicating an understanding of safety rules. Students MUST behave properly at all times in the vehicle. Bus information may be obtained in the main office or by calling 303.825.2611. After school activity buses are ONLY for the use of students who participate in sanctioned after school activities and regularly ride a school bus to and from school. 1st bus referral = removal for 1 week. 2nd = removal for semester. 3rd = removal for year.
RTD bus passes are available from the school Treasurer at the end of each month. As with DPS buses, students must be respectful, courteous and well behaved. Students on RTD buses may be videotaped in case of infractions. Unruly students will have their pictures taken and their parents will be called on the spot. Tickets may be issued by the Denver Police Department if uncooperative behavior persists.
All students must have a valid pass to be in the halls for any reason during a class period. The student planner, a “room-to-room pass,” “referral slip” or office “excuse slip” is a valid pass. Students will not be admitted during class time to the principal’s office, assistant principal’s office, health clinic and social worker’s or counseling office without a pass.
Parents must inform the Main Office in a timely fashion before withdrawing their student from Hill. Ideally, the student’s last day at Hill should be spent taking a Withdrawal Form to each teacher, who will then sign off for returned books, gym locks and library books, and give the child a final grade for the class. Failure to pay assessed fines for lost books or locks at the time of withdrawal will delay the release of records and/or withdrawal papers. Any unpaid amounts will also be recorded on the student’s transcript and graduation from high school will not be possible until all charges have been paid.
Hill provides many opportunities and programs for students who qualify for Gifted & Talented, Honors, English Language Acquisition, Hearing Disabled, Mild/Moderate, Multi-Intensive and Affective Needs services.
Field trips are a privilege. If a student is failing one or more classes, that teacher may ask that the student stay in school to address class work.
Many special programs exist at Hill. Students who participate enjoy the rewards of teamwork, school spirit and new friends.
We believe that every student has the right to learn and that every teacher has the right to teach. To do this, everyone must know what is expected of students, teachers and parents. Complete copies of District Policies are available.
Questions of inappropriate dress will be referred to the Student Advisor or administration. Students may be sent home and parents notified to correct attire and/or cleanliness.
The authority to suspend is designated by the principal. Statutory grounds on which a suspension may occur include: (a) continued and willful disobedience or open and persistent defiance of authority, (b) willful destruction or defacing of school property and (c) behavior which is detrimental to the welfare, safety or morals of other pupils. Prior to any suspensions, the pupil is afforded due process including an oral or written notice of the charges. The student will be given an explanation of the evidence and an opportunity to present his/her version of the incident. In extreme cases when a pupil’s presence may threaten his/her safety or may be a disruption to the school, processing for immediate removal will occur. Suspension may end with a parent/pupil conference, at which time the terms of the reinstatement are specified. Extensions of suspensions may occur if the school is in the process of preparing a request for expulsion or if time is needed for proper investigation of facts. Out-of-school suspension may be required for multiple violations of any part of the school discipline policy. More information is available online.
The primary goal for the Denver Public Schools is to improve student literacy. There are many strategies that you, as the parent of a middle school student, can use at home to help your child improve his/her reading skills. The only cost for you is investing a little time each day.
Help your child understand how what he or she is reading relates to real life experiences.
Students read and understand a variety of materials.
Students write and speak for a variety of purposes and audiences.
Students write and speak using formal grammar, usage, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
Students apply thinking skills to their reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing.
Students read to locate, select, evaluate, and make use of relevant information from a variety of media, reference, and technological sources.
Students read and recognize literature as a record of human experience.
Students use appropriate technologies to extend comprehension and communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing.
HILL CAMPUS OF ARTS & SCIENCES
451 CLERMONT STREET
DENVER, COLORADO 80220
720-423-9700 – ATTENDANCE
720-423-9680 – MAIN OFFICE
720-423-9705 – FAX
720-423-9706 – TTY
Visit our website at: http://hill.dpsk12.org/
Office Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All Hill staff members have email and are faithful in its use.
The email format is the same for every Denver Public Schools employee: Firstname_Lastname@dpsk12.org