A Message from the Principal


This is a challenging time in public education. Our goal at Hillside High School is to continue to serve the whole child. The life success of our students is based on many factors, and learning how to learn and think is foremost. Our students learn how the depth of one’s knowledge is so much more important than their range of knowledge within a particular academic discipline. That is how people who are successful in any professional area operate. One goes to specialists, not generalists no matter the area.

 At Hillside High School, we will continue with our mission to help students find their passion, and we will encourage them to dig as deeply as they can into those areas where they have a passion. We will continue to watch carefully over the emotional well-being of our students and your children. Society is constantly dispersing images through the many varied media sources that our students need to do more, to do better. Clearly these people have not examined the extremely busy and full plate that most Hillside students now work through daily. We will continue to strongly support our elective offerings and our extracurricular opportunities. This is where many find that confidence and hope for their own future.

 It is truly an honor to work with these students, administrators and teachers daily. We have a special thing happening at Hillside High School. We are not perfect, kids make mistakes and so do adults, but we remain a place where dreams are born and hopes begin. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff at Hillside High School, we hope that you and your families enjoy this very special time of the year.


Christine M. Sidwa

Daily Announcements

Congratulations to

Maxwell Asabor and Traci-Ann Palmer

December students of the month
Good Job!

Marking Period Breakdown 14-15.xlsx


Please join the Hillside Board of Education in congratulating Hillside High School’s Principal, Christine M. Sidwa.  Mrs. Sidwa was honored on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the 27th Annual Citation Awards Scholarship Breakfast sponsored by the National Sorority of PHI DELTA KAPPA, INC DELTA PI CHAPTER for her contribution in the complex field of Education.

Congratulations Hillside High!

Hillside High School placed second  in the national chemistry week competition that took place at the Liberty Science Center on Saturday 10/18/14.

The theme was chemistry in Candy. Students had experiments on how the size of the gummy bears changes in different solutions (Osmosis), candy that floats and the other that sinks(density), Mentos and Soda(Gases), Marshmallow and the syringe (Boyle's law: Volume is inversely related to pressure). The trip was organized by Mrs.Sayedahmed and Mr. Coleman.

Congratulations to Yasmine Robinson-Bacote
for committing to Pepperdine University!

Parents are required to pay for the meals served 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.

Please click on the link for the December Breakfast Menu
Hill Break Menu Dec 2014.pdf

Please click on the link to read an important message
from Principal Sidwa regarding the PARCC testing.

PARCC letter.docx

Please click on the link to read an informative message from the State of New Jersey Department of Education regarding the Common Core State Standards.
Please click on the link to view the December Lunch Menu
Hill_HS_Dec_2014 lunch.pdf


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

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 2014-2015.docx

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 Mrs. Sharon Festante, Anti-Bullying Coordinator if you have any questions.

HIB Self-Assessment Grade

Report forms, policies and other information is located at, 

Tue, Dec 16 - Tue, Dec 23
School Event
Happy Hanukkah!

Friday, December 19
School Event
Varsity/Jr. Varsity/Freshman Boys Basketball
@ Chatham 4:00/5:30/7:00
School Event
Varsity/Jr. Varsity/Freshman Girls Basketball
Home vs. Mendham
Saturday, December 20
School Event
Freshman Girls Basketball
@ West Orange
10:00 AM
School Event
Saturday Morning Detention

School Event
Varsity/Jr. Varsity Girls Basketball
@ Union Catholic
11:30/ 1:00
School Event
Varsity/Jr. Varsity/Freshman Boys Basketball
@ Summit
10:00/ 11:30/ 1:00

Today, 12/19/2014
High: 38 Low: 27
Mostly cloudy
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 12/20/2014
High: 38 Low: 30
Mostly cloudy
14% chance of precipitation.