A Message from the Principal


Families and schools are both active participants in the education of children and youth.  Parents/guardians and teachers need to collaborate to improve student achievement and school performance.  Family members and educators each have a distinctive yet interrelated role to play, and each has an important voice to be heard.

Good communication between home and school is important to keep you in touch with your child’s educational needs and success.

Tips to enhance parent-teacher communication:

.  Make an appointment so that you have time to talk with the teacher if you have a concern, and let the teacher know what you want to talk about.

.  Talk about your concerns in a positive, problem-solving way.  Avoid blaming or criticizing the teacher-especially in front of your child.

. Let your child know about talks you have had with his/her teacher.  Children should see that open communication between home and school is a good sign of teamwork.

.  Tell the teacher about any major changes in your child’s life (death in family, birth of sibling, divorce, etc.) that may affect his/her schoolwork.

.  Show the teacher your appreciation when he/she does something special for your child.

Christine M. Sidwa


Source:  Laboratory for Student Success (LSS) Temple University Center for Research in Human Development and Education.

Guidance News

Please click on the link to read the current Guidance News!
Current Guidance News.docx

Daily Announcements

Congratulations to the 199 students who achieved Honor Roll status for the 3rd marking period.

Please join us for a Honor Roll Assembly and Breakfast on Tuesday, May 24th at 8:20 in the High School Auditorium.
2016- 3rd Marking Period 2016.xlsx
Congratulations to Hillside High School on being recognized as an Accredited Member of The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools!

middle states.pdf
Congratulations to Kevin Vincent, Jeremiah Hall and Christian Shillingford for creating the Running Man Challenge which was highlighted on the Ellen Show Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  The staff and students of Hillside High School are very proud of you all! Copy and paste the link below to view...


to the May students of the month!

Carlissa Auguste 
Eddie Boykins


Parents, please be reminded that students are required to wear the school uniform each and every day. The uniform consists of Khaki pants/shorts or skirt and a white, black or burgundy polo shirt. Students not complying with the uniform policy will be detained in the auditorium until a parent can bring in a uniform. Thanking you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this regard.

There is an absolute NO HOODIE Policy, students wearing hoodies will not be allowed in class.


Need Money for College?
Attend the 2016 NJ FAFSA Days
Click on the link for more information
FAFSA Days 2016.pdf
Please click on the link to view a presentation on Understanding PARCC

Understanding PARCC.ppsx

Under the federal “No Child Left Behind” Act, public high schools must give the names, addresses and telephone numbers of students to military recruiters, college/university recruiters and prospective employers if the recruiters request the information (P.L. 107-110, Section 9528; 10 USC 503). However, students or their parents have the right to instruct the school in writing that this information is not to be released.Please click on the link to download a form.

NCLB release of students infomation '15.docx
Please click on the link below to be informed of the NEW Graduation Requirements for students in the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. 
New Graduation Requirement-Letter to Parents.docx
May 2016 Hillside Breakfast Menu.pdf
May 2016 Hillside HS Lunch Menu.pdf
Breakfast and lunch menus can now be found on the
district's home page in the lunch box section.

Please check under the Athletics tab for a printable version of the
 Sports Physical Packet and the Sports Schedule for 2015/2016

School lunch applications are now available on line, please click on the link below to complete your application.  
Should you need assistance please stop by the main office and we will gladly assist you.
 If you don't fill out an application your child(ren) will have to pay full price effective immediately. 
We are requesting all parents complete the form even if you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, our funding is based on the number of parents who complete the application.
Hillside High School is striving to reach 100% participation.  
This is an easy, secure and convenient new way to apply for
 free and reduced meal benefits.  
Your anticipated help is greatly appreciated! 

The Hillside School District has new Student Accident Insurance effective July 1, 2015. The Bollinger program is replaced by Monarch Management Corp/Axis Insurance Company. Please click on the link for an enrollment form.

AXIS NJ Voluntary Enrollment Form 2015-2016-Final.pdf

Parents are required to pay for the meals served to their children if they are not eligible for free or reduced lunch.  They may now use the convenience of on-line payments through lunchprepay.com or send money to the school.  Thank you.

Welcome to the Hillside Public School’s Genesis Parent Portal

The Grade book module in the parent portal is now available.  Grade book gives parents real-time access to view their child's class assignment grades. The web site, parents.hillsidek12.org, will provide you with the information you need to access your child's attendance and academic records. Information will continually be updated. In order to create user accounts and passwords, you must email:

·         your first and last name

·         your child/ren’s names

·         your email address

 Please email this information to smcpherson@hillsidek12.org .  Upon receipt of your information, you will electronically receive instructions to set up an account.

Report Cards will no longer be routinely mailed. If you do not have internet access, contact your child’s school.  Arrangements will be made for you to receive a hard copy of the report card.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Ms. McPherson at extension 8413.

Marking Period Breakdown 15-16.docx


If your child is between the ages of three and twenty-one, and exhibits physical, sensory, emotional, communication, cognitive or social problems, the child may be eligible for interventions in the general education program, or an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education and related services.  A referral is a written request for an evaluation that is given to the school district when a child is suspected of having a disability and might need special education services.  Parents, school personnel, and agencies concerned with the welfare of a student can make a referral.  If you believe that your child may have a disability, you may refer your child for an evaluation by submitting a written request to your school principal or to Dr. Sandy Mercedes, Supervisor of Special

Student Activities

All Hillside Public School students are eligible to participate in any extra curricular activities scheduled by the schools or Hillside Board of Education either during or after school.  Please consult the monthly newsletter and your child’s teacher for activities. 

Potentially Missing or Abused Children

Dr. Sandy Mercedes, Supervisor of Special Services, serves as the school district’s liaison and primary contact person between the district and child welfare authorities

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:

The Hillside Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, or social or economic status. The Hillside Board of Education also does not discriminate on the basis of disability with regard to admission, access to services, treatment, or employment in its programs or activities.  Any questions with the scope of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 can be directed to: 

Dr. Sandy Mercedes,

Supervisor of

 Special Services

Saybrook Building

1100 Woodruff Avenue

Hillside, NJ 07205

(908) 352-7664 ext. 8448


In partnership with the greater Hillside community, Hillside High School will support the development of active thinkers/leaders and celebrate student achievement and accomplishment.

Promoting a positive school culture, Hillside High School will encourage citizenship through innovative teaching and learning in a global economy.


Hillside High School students will take the initiative to become respectful citizens, creative problem solvers and inspirational leaders who will be equipped with the skill to compete in an ever-changing global economy.

HHS Student Handbook 2015-2016 revised 3-24-16.pdf

District Coordinator:

Hillside HS H.I.B. Specialist:
908-352-7664  x8415
1085 Liberty Ave
Hillside, NJ

As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122), the Hillside Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades to the school district's HIB webpage, and to each individual school's webpage. Please feel free to contact Dr. Sharon Festante, Anti-Bullying Coordinator if you have any questions.

HIB Self-Assessment Grade 13-14
HIB Self-Assessment Grade 14-15

Since the implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, our school district has made progress in addressing and improving harassment, intimidation and bullying and the school climate and culture by implementing systemic character education programs in all schools resulting in a district wide grade of 73 out of a possible 78 total points.

Report forms, policies and other information is located at, 

Wed, May 25 - Thu, May 26
School Event
Monday, May 30
School Event
Memorial Day
School Closed
Tuesday, May 31
School Event
HSF Awards Ceremony

6:00 - 8:00 PM
HHS Cafeteria
Friday, June 3
School Event
Senior Prom
Saturday, June 4
School Event

Given out of District