Dear Hillcrest Families
Wed, Nov 4 11:57am

November 4, 2020


Dear Hillcrest Caregivers,


The day after the national election is fraught with uncertainty.  We can take comfort in knowing that we are a strong, caring community with a commitment to ensuring that each of our students and our families feel a sense of belonging and support from all of us. I encourage each of us to take care of ourselves and loved ones, to support each other, and to continue to hold each other with compassion. 


Our first trimester came to an end on October 30 and we now prepare to share students’ academic and social/emotional progress with you. Teachers are thoughtfully writing comments and completing report cards for all students K-5.  Teachers will be focusing on specific standards at each grade level, a mark of X on the report card will denote that the standard was not assessed during this trimester.  This is not to say that students are not being taught all the standards, rather that specific standards are being looked at closely during distance learning. 


These report cards will be available to caretakers on Monday, November 16th via the Aeries Portal. Please follow the directions for how to access report cards and if necessary, watch the How To Video provided by the District. If you have any questions, please email

How to Access the OUSD Parent Portal for Report Card

Click this link to access your Parent Portal Account. Using the drop down on the upper right hand corner of the login box you can select languages other than English.


Put your email address in the space provided.  Input your password, or click set up account. If you have forgotten your password, click “forgot password”.

(If information is needed contact )

To View Report Cards

  1. Click GRADES
  2. Click STANDARDS BASED REPORT CARD.  It will look a bit different than the printed version.  To download or print out a copy, click on the printer icon on the upper right side. (the “print version” might be easier to read)

How to Video for Families to Review Report Cards 

via Aeries Parent Portal

English: How to View Students Report Card on Aeries Parent Portal

Spanish: How to View Students Report Cards on Aeries Parent Portal

Arabic: How to View Students Report Cards on Aeries Parent Portal

Chinese: How to View Students Report Card on Aeries Parent Portal

Spanish Instructions in Writing

Parent/Teacher Conferences--K-8  11/17-11/20

On the above dates listed, students will observe their short day synchronous/asynchronous schedule; teachers will reach out to schedule with you a time for a conference and will also let you know specific grade level schedule adjustments on conference days.  


Interim Assessments Grades 3-5 in Math and ELA

Over the last two years OUSD has implemented standards-based interim assessments to monitor student learning.  During distance learning we will be implementing interim assessments through the i-Ready platform.  Hillcrest teachers will be administering these assessments between 11/9 and 11/20.  


Family Survey

So far we have 91 responses to this 15-minute survey --- ( 

This  is an opportunity for families to share feedback on:

  • distance learning, 
  • desire to return to in person instruction and 
  • other preferences.



Thank you for your continued partnership in supporting our students.


Maria McCormick