Principal's Message

Welcome to Hillcrest Elementary School!

Hello Hillcrest Families!

I am incredibly honored to join the Hillcrest family as the Acting Principal for the remainder of the school year.  Hillcrest Elementary has a longstanding tradition of excellence and I am looking forward to working with the community to continue in that direction.  In my years at OCPS, I have had the pleasure of working at the middle and high school levels and have seen students through the end of their educational journey.  I’m excited to now be a part of the beginning of their story.  I have been impressed with the talent and commitment that the teachers and staff bring to Hillcrest each and every day. The teachers and students have worked hard in the first semester to ensure that a strong foundation is in place as we move towards the end-of-year testing season. 

As we move forward, I encourage you to continue to be a part of the learning process.  Join PTA, attend events, volunteer, and continue communicating with the teachers.  We value your involvement and support in your child’s education. Your active participation is key to the success of your young Hero during their school years. 

Be sure to regularly check the school website, teacher newsletters, Talking Points, and Facebook for updates throughout the remaining months of school.  The time is going to fly by and summer will be here before you know it!  Your commitment to ensuring that Hillcrest remains a celebrated and flourishing school is paramount to our success. I look forward to meeting and working with you. Together, we will ensure that all of our children will have a year of growth and personal achievement. 

As a reminder, here are some important times for arrival and dismissal:

Student Arrival:           8:15 AM to 8:43 AM 
                                   (gates and car loop are closed at 8:43 and students must enter
                                    through the main office)

Breakfast:                   8:15 AM to 8:35 AM

Tardy/Late Bell:           8:45 AM (students should be in seats ready to begin learning)

No Early Release:       After 2:30 PM to 3:00pm (1:30 PM to 2:00PM Wednesday)

Student Dismissal:      3:00 PM (2:00 PM on Wednesday)

Have a great day!


Bethany Chappetta


Office Hours
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Regular School Hours
8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.)
8:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Wed.)


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