A Message from the Principal

February is the time to celebrate Love and Black History

As parents, you have unique ways of sending your children messages of love.  Sometimes, a child just doesn’t get the message and thinks his/her parents don’t care.

“There are at least three languages of love,” says child development specialist H. Wallace Goddard.  They are showing, telling and touching:

·         A child who wants to be shown love—wants you to do things with him/her.  So arrange to spend some quality time with them.

·         A tell-me child wants to hear words like, “I love you,” “I’m so glad you’re my child” and “I enjoy being with you.”

·         A touch-me child needs a parent to hug him/her, no matter how old they are.

Notice what your child asks for. 

Watch how your child sends his/her own messages of love. 

Once you’ve figured this out, plan how you will send your child messages of love. 

Source:  H. Wallace Goodard

At Hillside High School we conduct activities throughout the school year that focus students’ attention on the significant contributions members of various race & ethnic groups have made to our society, during the month of February we celebrate the accomplishments of Black Americans.

Christine M. Sidwa

Guidance News

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

Daily Announcements

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 Due to the recent school closures as a result of the snow emergency, the Staff Development Day scheduled for February 12, 2016 will be canceled.  February 12th will be a regular school day for ALL students.  As you are aware, we have used 3 scheduled school days for the emergency closing.  As a result of opening on February 12th two days will be added to the end of the school year.  Since we are just entering February, we must consider the possibility of inclement weather during the next few months which may necessitate additional school closings and the need to further extend the school year.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Zende L. Clark

Superintendent of Schools


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 for information on different activities that will be taking place throughout the district during Black History Month
Black Hist Brochure.docx
Please join us for an informative PARCC Parent Workshop on
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from
7:00 - 8:30 PM 
Click on the link for a registration form.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!
PARCC flyer Jan 26th.pub
to the February students of the month!

Cristiana Santos 
Giovani Edmond 

On Friday, December 11, 2015 Ms. Tenreiro took her Forensic Science Class on a trip to
 John Jay College in New York City along with School Counselors, Ms. Griffith and Mr. Jones.

Please click on the link for more details for ordering
Hillside Winter Gear
winter gear flier.pdf
Please click on the link to view a presentation on Understanding PARCC

Understanding PARCC.ppsx

Report Cards are now available 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

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
Feb 16 Hillside Breakfast Menu.pdf
Feb 16 Hillside HS Lunch Menu R 1-13.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. 

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 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, 

Wednesday, February 10
School Event
Early Dismissal

12:36 PM

Friday, February 12
School Event
Staff Development


School will be in session full day
Monday, February 15
School Event
President's Day
School Closed
Saturday, March 5
School Event

Given out of District
Tuesday, March 8
School Event
Mid Marking Period 3