A Message from the Principal

Attention Students, Parents and Guardians
Mid-term Exams will follow the original schedule
Tuesday's Exam will be made up on
Monday February 2nd.

Being a parent to a teenager is truly difficult work. The time and effort you spend tracking, congratulating, and nagging your children to always keep trying and improving is time well spent, but it is also hard and sometimes thankless work. However, for both adults and students, with the beginning of each New Year comes the opportunity for improvement. This commitment is commonly called a New Year’s resolution. One of the many challenges a parent faces is teaching children how to set and obtain goals like New Year’s resolutions. It is well researched that those children who plan out and obtain their goals have healthier self-esteem and tend to be more resilient when faced with life’s challenges.

 Establish goals that are realistic and stand a good chance of success. Success in school tends to breed more success therefore it is very important that students experience early victories. Break goals into smaller tasks or steps so that students can feel like they are accomplishing their objectives. Recognize even the small successes. This step is particularly important for students who are trying to improve persistent under performance in specific areas. Help students prepare for setbacks. Perseverance is the key to achieving a goal. Many young people, after experiencing a setback, have a habit of giving up. One of the best skills a student can learn from setting goals is how to remain focused in the face of challenges. In the end, the most important aspect of setting and achieving goals is diligence. Life is all about achieving goals and setting new ones. Those who learn this skill tend to be the most successful.

 Speaking of goals and success, the first 17 weeks of school have flown by and the end of the first semester is upon us. Trust me when I tell you that teachers and students have been working very hard to prepare for exams and I am confident that the majority of our students will do well because of the work they have put in throughout the first semester. Parents, keep in mind that rest is one of the primary keys to a high school student’s success and this is particularly true during exam week. In fact, rest is as important to a high school student’s ability to think and brain development as an elementary student. During exam week rest is critical.

 The basketball season is also in full swing. Along with the planning and studying for mid-term exams our winter athletes are working very hard to bring their best to our opponents. If you want some fun, inexpensive evening entertainment check the web site for our home schedule and come to a game. The students will appreciate the support and I know you will enjoy the time.

 In closing, I hope everyone has a happy and Healthy New Year!


Christine M. Sidwa

Daily Announcements

Congratulations to

Patricia DeLima and Damien Robertson

January 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 January Breakfast Menu
Jan 15 AP HS WOK Break Menu.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 January Lunch Menu
Hill HS Jan 15.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, Jan 27 - Fri, Jan 30
School Event
Mid term Exams
Early Dismissal
Saturday, February 7
School Event
Saturday Morning Detention

Wednesday, February 11
School Event
Parent Teacher Conferences
Early Dismissal High School Only
Thursday, February 12
School Event
HSF Skate Party
Skate 22
Friday, February 13
School Event
Sophomore Class Valentine's Day Dance

Today, 1/28/2015
High: 28 Low: 15
Blowing snow
14% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 1/29/2015
High: 32 Low: 12
0% chance of precipitation.