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We Need Your Help - New Hillside Website

The WDMCS is redesigning the elementary school websites. We want to improve and make it easy for you to use. Please take a few moments to answer the following questions about Hillside Elementary School’s website (schools.wdmcs.org/hillside/). Thank you.

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Hillside Elementary School SINA/DINA Plan
Download the plan here.

Hillside - An Artful Learning School
The staff of Hillside is pleased to welcome all of our new and returning families to the Hillside learning community!  We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for a year full of tremendous learning experiences.

This year we will be celebrating our 10th year of being an elementary school in the West Des Moines Community School District as well as our 10th year of being selected as a legacy school for Artful Learning by the Leonard Bernstein Foundation. Artful Learning is a comprehensive school improvement model specially designed to engage students at a deeper level of inquiry and understanding that can be achieved with standard educational approaches. By providing educators with a unique framework to present academic content, Artful Learning links the arts and the artistic process to the daily classroom experience. Artful Learning  employs an interdisciplinary approach that is anchored by a central Concept while posing a Significant Question that allow educators to teach a board spectrum of rigorous academic content. Studying through the lens of the arts generates a measurably deeper level of comprehension and retention with our students.

When your child comes home from school each night try asking them a new question this year, “How did you learn today?” Then smile as they describe their learning journey with you.

We are going to have a great year together! Be prepared to celebrate your child’s learning every day through Artful Learning!  

Dr. Davis

Stay in Touch with Monday Folders
Parents, be looking for information to come home regularly to keep you current on school-related events. You can expect your child to bring home his/her “Monday Folder” every Monday after school. In the folder, you will find the school newsletter, information from your child’s teacher, opportunities available through local community businesses and agencies, as well as samples of your child’s work in school. All of this information is meant to help keep you connected to school.

Elementary Music Guidebooks
The following links may be used to view Guidebooks for the Elementary Music Programs.

  1. Elementary Orchestra Guidebook
  2. Elementary Band Guidebook
  3. Elementary General Music Guidebook
Aug. 20 First Day of School
Sept. 2 Labor Day - No School
Sept. 5 Kindergarten Curriculum Night, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 PTO Meeting, 3 p.m.
Sept. 16 Professional Development - No School
Oct. 1 Title I Fall Open House
Oct. 10 PTO Meeting, 3 p.m.
Oct. 14 Professional Development - No School
Oct. 24 End of First Quarter
Oct. 30 Fall Parade and Parties, 2:15 p.m.
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Hillside Elementary School
713 Eighth Street