Counseling Center

What's happening in the Counseling Center???

Welcome to HJH Counseling! Your counselors are excited to help you have a great school year!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your counselor:

Wendy Stott (Last names A-Hi, wstott@murrayschools.org)

Keri Alder (Last names Ho-Sa, kalder@murrayschools.org)

Angela Rizzuto (Last names Sc-Z, arizzuto@murrayschools.org)



Current 6th Graders: 7th Grade Registration for 2022-2023


We have planned a presentation for parents and families of current 6th graders who will be attending Hillcrest next year for 7th grade during our parent teacher conference on February 24th at 6. Parents and students are welcome. We will go over registration, picking classes, and information about our school.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your counselor!


Wendy Stott (Last names A-Hi, wstott@murrayschools.org)

Keri Alder (Last names Ho-Sa, kalder@murrayschools.org)

Angela Rizzuto (Last names Sc-Z, arizzuto@murrayschools.org)




Current 7th Graders: 8th Grade Registration for 2022-2023


It is time to start getting ready for 8th grade! The counselors are excited to help you prepare for the 2022-2023 school year. We will have a meeting on Wednesday, February 23rd during plus period (10:04-10:33) for all current 7th graders and their parents/guardians. We will be reviewing helpful ways to start preparing for next year, as well as how to fill out our registration card to pick classes for 8th grade These cards will then be handed out during your student's CCA classes, and will be collected March 8th.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your counselor!


Wendy Stott (Last names A-Hi, wstott@murrayschools.org)

Keri Alder (Last names Ho-Sa, kalder@murrayschools.org)

Angela Rizzuto (Last names Sc-Z, arizzuto@murrayschools.org)




Current 8th Graders: 9th Grade Registration for 2022-2023

It is time for Freshman Registration! This is for current 8th graders who will be in 9th grade at Hillcrest next year. A presentation was offered on Wednesday, February 9th for all parents and students, and we have attached a link to a video going over everything that was discussed for those who missed it. Your student will be bringing home their class registration card, which will be due back in their Math classes February 18th

Please take a moment to watch this video, and fill out the card as explained with your student. If you have any questions, your counselors are always available to help!

A-Hi – Mrs. Stott (wstott@murrayschools.org)

Ho-Sa – Ms. Alder (kalder@murrayschools.org)

Sc-Z – Ms. Rizzuto (arizzuto@murrayschools.org)


Links to informational videos: https://watch.screencastify.com/v/0dKrVT5cOXqidmoexs3i

https://watch.screencastify.com/v/MpvREzXzyVfENmiOqCK1


Current 9th Graders: 10th Grade Registration for 2022-2023

9th Grade Plan for College and Career Parent Meeting - SIGN UP NOW!!

Angie Rizzuto • about 1 month ago • Wednesday, Jan 5 at 9:39 AM • 9th Grade Hillcrest Jr High 2020-2021

The Counselors will be meeting individually with all 9th graders and their parents between January 3rd through the 28th. The purpose of this very important meeting is to:

• Discuss current academics

• Discuss 4-year plan for high school & review graduation requirements

• Discuss registration for 10th grade

• Discuss financial preparedness for college

• Discuss academic preparedness for college

Parents – please schedule a time for this PCCR with your student by doing the following:

• Go to Hillcrest Jr. website https://hjhweb.murrayschools.org/

• Click the “PCCR” scheduling link in on the left hand side of the page

• Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Canyon Creek Software link below our names.

• Choose HILLCREST JR HIGH and click GO

• The password is: hillcrest (all lower case)

• Enter your student’s ID number or use the lookup feature to find your student’s ID number

• Follow the prompts to complete the scheduling


The online schedule will be available from now until January 25th to schedule your individual appointments. There will be some evening availability on January 11th. If you would prefer to meet over zoom, schedule an appointment in Canyon Creek and then reach out to your student's counselor directly to make those arrangements. If you do not sign up for an appointment, the Counselors will still meet with your student to discuss this information. If you have any questions, please contact the Counseling Center at 801-264-7494.

Students with the last names:

A-Hi – Mrs. Stott (wstott@murayschools.org)

Ho-Sa – Ms. Alder (kalder@murrayschools.org)

Sc-Z – Ms. Rizzuto (arizzuto@murrayschools.org)




Hello Hillcrest Parents and Guardians!


We wanted to remind you of the resources we have available for you at Hillcrest. Through our Home Goods program, we have food, clothing, and other household items available for you if needed. Additionally, we have food bags that can be taken home at any time that have non perishable items for meals and snacks.


Please contact your counselor with further questions. Thank you!


Featured Resource: Big Brothers Big Sisters Utah

As a parent or guardian, you know the potential your child possesses, but do they? Youth don’t always recognize their own potential: however, through the example of the “Big” Mentors in our programs, Littles can start to ignite their potential.

Providing your child with an additional mentor is an easy way to help supplement their development and growth. With your support, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah will be able to create and maintain the best possible match for your child. To continue to place them on the path to success, enroll your child today!

Visit https://bbbsu.org/enrolling-your-child/ to get started!


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Featured Resource: Boys and Girls Club

Great Futures Start Here

When school is out, Clubs are in! Since 1967, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake has offered positive alternatives to children who may be surrounded by negative influences, showing them how to live successful and productive lives. Since 1860, Boys & Girls Clubs have provided safe havens for young people by offering quality programs and critical relationships with nurturing and reliable adults.

Boys & Girls Clubs give their members, ages 3 - 18, access to dedicated, trained professionals who can provide guidance in adopting healthy lifestyles and pursuing educational objectives. Most importantly, Boys & Girls Clubs equip young people with the skills they need to resolve conflicts peacefully, improve relationships with every aspect of their day-to-day lives and function as responsible citizens.


Higher Education Week!


The counselors will be holding a "Higher Education Week" May 10th-14th! We are hoping to get the students to start thinking of different options for higher education like going to college, learning a trade, or earning a certificate. We want them to get excited about the possibilities.


Be sure to wear your college gear for prizes, and visit the counseling center for activities, and watch for college lessons that will be delivered during Advisory!




Pandemics can be stressful

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause the following:

Take care of your mental health

You may experience increased stress (Links to an external site.) during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions.

Get immediate help in a crisis

Find a health care provider or treatment for substance use disorder and mental health



Exciting new opportunities for Hillcrest students and families:





Exciting new opportunities for Hillcrest students and families:



Find out who your counselor is! We go by the first few letters of your students last name and the breakdown will be as follows:

A - Hi = Mrs. Stott

Ho-Sa = Ms. Alder

Sc - Z = Ms. Rizzuto

If you have questions or concerns regarding next year or your schedule for next year, please feel free to contact your Counselor.