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Principal's Message

Welcome to Hillcrest School, where learning opens a “world of opportunities.”  Hillcrest is an exceptional kindergarten through second grade school with approximately 285 students.  Our teachers and staff are dedicated, caring professionals, devoted to working together to support each student as they grow academically, socially and emotionally.

Our curriculum exposes our students to rich, hands-on learning experiences and discoveries.  The Balanced Literacy approach incorporates components which enhance each child’s reading, writing, and language skills.  These components include reading and writing workshop, guided reading, shared reading and writing, interactive writing and Word Study.  In mathematics, students apply problem-solving strategies and computational skills to decipher real-life problems. We offer related arts classes in the areas of physical education, science, library, computers, art and music.  Our character education program employs a positive, proactive approach which is embedded in the Hillcrest School Culture. Hillcrest students receive ‘character coins’ when exhibiting stellar character in the classroom, during recess and in the hallways.  We celebrate academic and citizenship accomplishments each month during our Spirit Day awards assembly.

One of the most important components of an effective school is the partnership formed between educators and parents working together for the best interest of the children.  Hillcrest is proud of our devoted and supportive Home and School Association. Our strong partnership creates meaningful and enriching learning opportunities and events for our Hillcrest students.

We are a community of learners, and strive to provide diverse educational opportunities for our students.  Our goal is to develop the skills, attitudes, knowledge, and character children need to reach their individual potential and create a foundation for lifelong learning.  

Respectfully yours,

Greg Sumski, Principal
Phone:  973-292-2240

Email:  gregory.sumski@msdk12.net