A Message from the Principal

Please note:
In the event of a delayed (2 hour) opening
Hillside High School will began classes at 10:10
as stated in the Student Handbook.


As Hillside High School prepares for the implementation of the new assessment system this month, March 16th – March 19th, here are some facts you might find informative.


PARCC is made up of states working together to develop new high-quality, computer-based assessments of student learning. While PARCC states together are setting some common policies, many key decisions about the assessments rest with individual member states and local school districts. As a result, these policies may vary from place to place within the PARCC network.

The new assessments serve as an "educational GPS system," assess students' current performance, and point the way to what students need to learn by graduation so they are ready for college and/or a career. 


The PARCC assessments are designed to give schools and teachers more information to improve instruction. Moreover, PARCC is designed to let parents know how their child is progressing academically.


The PARCC assessment will allow parents to engage in their child's education by giving parents more information about how their child is progressing in school.


Since much more is expected of the work force today than was expected years ago, it is safe to project that even more will be expected from tomorrow’s work force.  We therefore must provide our students, members of tomorrow’s work force, with the tools and skills they will need to succeed.  Throughout their school years students will be involved in numerous testing situations.  Their performance will be assessed on everything from weekly tests/quizzes prepared by the teacher to chapter tests prepared by the textbook’s authors to standardized achievement tests which are prepared by “experts in the field of test development” to be used by our nation’s schools.


So remember to eat a good breakfast, get plenty of sleep and come prepared to do your best.


Daily Announcements

 Congratulations to all 25 Seniors inducted into the Hillside High School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. A dinner preceding the ceremony permitted families and loved ones to share a special meal and celebrate their children’s accomplishments. The ceremony incorporated speeches, music, dance, and poetry to highlight the four criteria for NHS membership - scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

The following students were recognized:

Adedimeji, Rukayyat

Agyemang, Adwoa

Ainette, Jazmine

Akenami, Franca

Carter, Aleah

DeLima, Patricia

Galvao, Veronica

Givens, Shemar

Henri, Vianie

Mintz, Eboni

Nicholson, Jada

Nicholson, Jasmine

Ortiz, Madelyn

Pereira, Katherine

Robertson, Damien

Robinson-Bacote, Yasmine

Ruales, Gabriela

Sanico, Arvy

Santiago, Yailine

Santos, Kathy

Squire, Isaiah

Stafford, Imani

Sy, Aminata

Turner, Jawan

Wiafe, Sandra







The following students were also recognized at the February 25th ceremony as Junior Candidates for the National Honor Society:

Ahmed, Salmah

Amayo, Roberto

Auguste, Carlissa

Baluarte, Melissa

Bell, Kaela

Bruce-Vanderpuije, Naa

Calle Acevedo, Cristopher

CalleFernandes, Martha

Cervendieu, Evelyne

Crawford, Khyri

Duval, Nataly

Eulalio, Rafael

Fahim, Fady

Ghotra, Nina

Goncalves, Nadya

Goncalves, Nayara

Halstead, Andrew

Hay, Fayte

Henri, Angnola

Jones, Makayla

Joseph, Kayinie

Joseph, Ketanya

Kidd, Kristen

Mayers, Malik

McKenney, Ahjana

Olivera, Laila

Ortiz, Heidy

Otoigiakhi, Mark

Phillip, Karima

Pires, Steven

Pujols, Tania

Quansah, Maxwell

Rodrigues, Anthony

Ruales, Ramiro

Sanchez, Catherine

Santos, Cristiana

Singer, Kyria

Szablowski, Alana

Tejada, Ernes

Valdez, Esterly

Valdez, Esther

Wilson, Yanni

Winns-Canterbury, Jasmine

Zamudio, Katheryn

Attention Students:

For safety sake, please be aware of your surroundings. Don’t have your music too loud that you can’t hear what’s going on around you, also don’t have your face buried in your phone texting as you’re walking, you make yourself an easy target. Finally, remember there’s safety in numbers, walk with friends or travel in a group.  The staff and Administration of Hillside High School care about you!

Congratulations to Hillside High School's Teacher of the Year,
Ms. Elizabeth Silva

Congratulations to

Gabriela Ruales and Shemar Givens

March 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 March Breakfast Menu
Mar 2015 Breakfast Menu- Hillside.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 March Lunch Menu
Mar 2015 Hillside HS Lunch Menu.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, Mar 3 - Thu, Mar 5
School Event
HSPA testing

Saturday, March 7
School Event
Saturday Morning Detention

Tue, Mar 10 - Thu, Mar 12
School Event
HSPA make ups

Saturday, March 14
School Event
SAT testing
Given out of District
Mon, Mar 16 - Wed, Mar 18
School Event
PARCC Testing
ELA Testing for 9th, 10th and 11th grades
Monday, March 16
School Event
JETS Competition

Today, 3/2/2015
High: 37 Low: 17
Mostly sunny
1% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 3/3/2015
High: 31 Low: 30
Snow likely
78% chance of precipitation.