A Message from the Principal




As we approach the final months of school, it is a good idea for parents to take the time to review the expectations they hold for their children in both the academic and behavioral areas with them.  Include a review of our Student Handbook in this discussion.  It is helpful for children to realize that their parents and teachers share the same set of positive expectations for them.





Parents, please be advised that your child should be wearing the school uniform each and every day, khaki pants/skirts with a white or maroon collared shirt. Attire must be clean and neat. The administration of the school reserves the right to exclude any student whose clothing is disruptive to the educational process.



Hats/head scarfs are not to be worn in the school building.



Any student violating the dress code policy may be excluded from school.


Christine M. Sidwa

Daily Announcements


On Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM in room 112, Dr. Deo, Superintendent of Schools, will meet with parents at Hillside High School to discuss the many advancements that Hillside is making in the area of education.  This is a great opportunity to meet with the Superintendent and to learn about the district of Hillside.
Please clear your calendars and join us for this important meeting.
  Refreshments will be served.

Pop Warner Registration, Saturday, April 25th
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Community Center

Congratulations to

Aleah Carter
Francoise Zebaze

April students of the month
Good Job!

April 1, 2015


High School Window Replacement Project

The Hillside Board of Education is currently involved in a window replacement project at Hillside High School.  In order to proceed with required work that is compliant with regulatory guidelines, the window contractor must properly handle encased asbestos containing materials, panels and caulking as may be encountered in the existing window system. All asbestos-related work will be conducted by a State of New Jersey certified and licensed asbestos abatement company with the oversight of an independent licensed asbestos monitoring company.  The asbestos-related work areas will be properly isolated within the building structure and the exterior perimeter.  As a part of the isolation methods, occupants and visitors to the building will encounter yellow and red cordoning tape outside where the work is in progress.  All work will be conducted in accordance with the New Jersey and Federal asbestos standards with the permission of and subject to inspections by the New Jersey Department of Labor.

Thank you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Christine M. Sidwa


Attention Class of 2015

Please be aware that if you have any un-met obligations from this school year or any previous years, i.e. lunch fines, text books etc., you will not graduate in June.  If you have any questions or concerns or would like to check you un-met status please check with the main office.

Thank you!

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.

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

Marking Period Breakdown 14-15.xlsx
Please click on the link for the April Breakfast Menu
Apr15 Break Menu.pdf
Please click on the link to view the April Lunch Menu
Apr 15 Hillside HS Lunch Menu R 3-25-15 (2).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


Vacancy Announcement – Hillside Board of Education

The Hillside Board of Education (the “board”) is seeking candidates for one board member vacancy, created due to a resignation, to serve until January, 2016.  The minimum qualifications, as set forth in state law, are that candidates must reside in the township for at least one year at the time of their appointment.  They are to be able to read and write and must be registered to vote in the school district.  Candidates also may not be employees of the board, or members of the township council.


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, 

Friday, May 1
School Event
CInco De Mayo Celebration
Saturday, May 2
School Event
SAT testing 7:00AM-3:30PM

Mon, May 4 - Fri, May 8
School Event
AP Testing

Wednesday, May 6
School Event
HSF End of Year Banquet

Thu, May 7 - Fri, May 8
School Event
Spring Fling Talent Show/Dance

Today, 4/26/2015
High: 62 Low: 41
Partly sunny
18% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/27/2015
High: 62 Low: 44
Rain showers
36% chance of precipitation.