A Message from the Principal

A Time for Giving Thanks

          During this time of year, as your families celebrate new and old traditions, let us remember to show attitudes of gratitude, tolerance, humility and understanding to our children, so they can go out into the world and radiate these characteristics as well.

     Often times, we don’t take the opportunity to sit back and think about the good things we have or the many things we should be thankful for.  This season we should all remember to be thankful for what we have and for what is to come.

     On behalf of the entire faculty and staff at Hillside High School, we hope that you and your families enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday.

Middle States Information

From November 16-November 19 Hillside High School will be in the process of being
re-accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Accreditation is the affirmation that a school or other educational institution is providing the level of quality in its educational programs, services, activities, and/or resources expected by its community of stakeholders and endorsed by the education world. When the Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (CESS) accredit a school, they certify that the school meets the prescribed standards of quality of the Middle States Association.


Christine M. Sidwa

Guidance News

Please click on the link to read the current Guidance News!
October 2015 Guidance News.docx

Daily Announcements

Report Cards are now available (11/18/2015) in the Parent Portal, please click on the link below for log in directions.

If you do not have a parent access account please email smcpherson@hillsidek12.org to obtain a login and password. 

Please provide in the email parent/guardians full name, students full name and school.  In the subject line please type NEW PARENT ACCESS.  

You may list all of your children in the same email even if they attend a different school.

Directions for Parent Portal.doc

On Tuesday evening, November 10, 2015 Hillside High School held their annual NCAA Eligibility Workshop. Pictured is Mr. Dennis DuBois, Head Boys Basketball Coach, educating students about the NAIA Sports Division program. Also in attendance were: Coach Alim, Assistant Football Coach who spoke about academics, Paul Perrier, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Rutgers University, New Brunswick Campus who educated students on division I and division II eligibility and recruitment specs . Coach Juan Edney, Head Men & Women Track and Field Coach for Rutgers University, Newark Campus who discussed the benefits of going to a division III school. Finally Coach Jason McFall, Head Men & Women Track Coach for Union County College who spoke about the divisions within county colleges and the benefits.

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

Effective Monday, November 2nd, there will be new arrival and dismissal times at Hillside High School.
The new arrival time is 8:00 am.
The new dismissal time is 3:02 pm.
Please see attached Bell Schedule.
Bell Schedule 2015-2016 REVISED.xlsx
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
Nov 2015 Hillside Breakfast Menu.pdf
Nov 15 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! 

Students, Parents, and Staff:

Do you have photos you would like to share with the Hillside High School yearbook?

Download the yearbook app:  Balfour Image Share on the App store or Google play

Our job number #621689

Password:  yearbook2016

Thank you-

Dawn Knowlden

Yearbook Advisor

The 2016 Hillside HS Yearbook is on sale for $75. The Yearbook can be PAID IN FULL online by CREDIT CARD at Balfour.com. CASH or MONEY ORDERS can be brought to ROOM 234. A FIRST, NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT of $40 will be due on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2015, and is REQUIRED to secure a copy of the 2016 Yearbook. A FINAL, NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT of $35 will be DUE on DECEMBER 15, 2015. 


ATTENTION SENIORS: BABY PICTURES ARE ONLY $5! Submit baby picture, with student name and short "blurb" (NO more than 120 characters), with CASH or MONEY ORDER to ROOM 234. Baby pictures are due NO LATER than TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015. 

to the November students of the month!

Makayla Jones 
Moises Azcona 

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[2].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, 

Saturday, December 5
School Event

Given out of District
Tuesday, December 8
School Event
Financial Aid Workshop

6:30 - 8:00 PM
HHS Cafeteria
Saturday, December 12
School Event

Given out of District
Tuesday, December 22
School Event
Mid Marking Period 2
Wednesday, December 23
School Event
Early Dismissal