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Last updated on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

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John Manzin - 905.549.3076 | Email John Manzin


JoAnne Aucoin, Lori Nurnagiel


Paul Denomme - 905.527.5092 x 2304 | E-mail Paul Denomme


Ray Mulholland - 905.547.2237 | E-mail Ray Mulholland

School Council Chairs

Mrs. Paige Murphy

Administrative Office Staff

  • Mrs. Julie Bishop-Dove
  • Mrs. Colleen Nagel

Our School

Hillcrest Elementary School, one of our Board’s newer buildings, is located in the east end of Hamilton.  Hillcrest is proud in becoming the Board’s second Sport Academy.  Various initiatives often occur to help support families in our community with basic food and clothing needs.  In addition, our staff and parent volunteers manage a daily nutrition program available to all of our students.  The cost of such a program exceeds $15 000 annually which we receive through fundraising endeavors and personal donations. Our students enjoy after school Literacy Improvement programs, inter-scholastic and extra curricular activities and various club activities supervised by the teaching staff.  Our school serves over to 500 students.  We support 2 self-contained Special Education classes.  Our Learning Resource teachers and Educational Assistants along with our classroom teachers provide programs for students that are firmly based on Ontario Curriculum expectations and have a strong basis on integration.  Through divisional and full-staff meetings we have established consistent communication and decision-making processes designed to support and deliver the best possible programs for our students.  Our staff is committed to implementing strategies such as DRA, EQAO, The Literacy Improvement Project that support current school and Board literacy initiatives.

Hillcrest enjoys a healthy relationship with its School Council.  This partnership allows many student-centered initiatives that support both fundraising and curriculum needs.

Programs & Services

Student Success Supports

  • Transition program with local High School
  • Partnership with Hamilton Police
  • EA mentoring program for At Risk youth
  • OEYC

Program Highlights

  • Sport Academy
  • Literacy and Numeracy wide goals
  • Roots of Empathy Program


  • Glee club
  • Band
  • Choir

Before/After School Program or Activities

  • Interscholastic and Intramural programs
  • All Sports
  • Music – Band and Choir
  • Social Justice

Our School Plan

Curriculum Focus

  • TLE – Transforming Learning Everywhere
  • Balanced Literacy
  • Numeracy – 3 Part Math Lessons
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Learning Goals and Success Criteria used daily
  • Use of Descriptive Feedback giving students the information they need to improve

Environment Focus

  • Safe Schools Initiatives
  • Peer Mediation
  • Nutrition Program for all students
  • Recycling Programming

Parent & Community Involvment


  • Community Partnerships
  • Community Coaches
  • Co-op placements from local High Schools
  • McMaster Nursing Student program
  • Reach Program


  • School Council
  • Parents are involved in volunteering in the classrooms, Library and running the Nutritional program
  • Fundraising
  • Various Information Nights