Calliope, Hillcrest High School’s literary-arts magazine won a First Place with Special Merit award from the American Scholastic Press Association. The award was given to this annual publication for its 2008-2009 school year edition, and it’s the highest award presented by the group.

The Hillcrest High School Band needs donations to help pay for uniforms and instruments. This year, the band has an annual budget of $1,200, which comes out to about $11 per student. If you would like to help, contact Hillcrest parent Tamara Johnson at

Hillcrest teacher Susan Blanchette has been elected vice president of the National Council for the Social Studies, the country’s largest professional organization for social studies educators. Blanchette has taught both middle and high school in DISD, and she has more than 30 years of experience as an educator.

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