Welcome to Hillside Elementary!


Mrs. Mary Fitzgerald
Principal

Hillside School is home to 427 students in Grades K-4, and 65 staff members each school day.

In an effort to educate the "whole child," our staff has developed new techniques in meeting the special instructional needs of all students while building student self esteem. Pupil motivation, enrichment and appreciation of all cultures and the development of the full potential of critical thinking are areas of concentration for our staff members.

At the Hillside School, in addition to educational programming, emphasis is placed on social growth through community involvement and commitment. Some of the worthwhile projects included, collecting food for a local food bank and Toys for Tots, and contributing to the Ronald McDonald House.

School Performance 2012-13

2012-2013 School Performance Report for Hillside School

New Cafeteria Service LunchTime Opens!

Our new online cafeteria service has been installed and the Parent Portal is open!  Any funds left in the Lunchbox account have been transferred to the new LunchTime system and will be available for use as soon as your new account is established.
 

A Community Summit: Understanding the Transformation

 
The Mount Laurel Board of Education wants all members of the community to understand the many changes taking place in public education. The public schools are a reflection of the communities they serve. It is crucial, therefore, that the relationship between the district and the public remains strong, and communication is a key factor.

On May 15, the Board of Education will host the 2014 Mount Laurel Education Summit : Understanding the Transformation at Hartford School, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will be asked to share their reflections and perceptions on public education in general and our schools in particular. The board and administration want to hear your opinions and hope to share some typical experiences with you in a community setting that is designed to move our schools forward for all Mount Laurel children.

Our goal is to have every demographic group within Mount Laurel represented at the Educational Summit, and to have technology available for hands-on use by participants.  For that reason, participation is limited to 100 Mount Laurel community members, and we hope to have ten representatives from ten different demographic groups present.

If you would like to participate, you may sign-up online here. We ask that all attendees respond by April 30.  Should you have questions about the Summit, you may e-mail them here.

We hope that you will join us for this very important community conversation. Your presence will do much to move our district forward in the future.

Extended Kindergarten Option Registration Extended to May 23

The Board of Education has approved the Extended Kindergarten Option (EKO) Program for a September, 2014 start in the Mount Laurel Schools. Registration for the new program will be open on a first come, first serve basis through May 23. After that date, all registration will be on a space-available basis. Registration forms are available here as well as at each of our school offices and at our Extended Day Care (EDC) offices. Completed registration forms must be mailed or hand-delivered to our EDC Office at 436 Masonville Road with the non-refundable registration fee of $75.
 



Here are some questions that have come in so far.

Philadelphia Boys & Girls Choir Auditions Coming Here!

 
Philadelphia Boys & Girls Choir Music Director Jeffrey Smith will hold auditions for boys and girls who have not previously auditioned for the Cho
ir in Grades 1-5 at the Springville School on May 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Boys and Girls interested in joining the Choir's training program will be asked to sing a familiar song and perform a few simple singing exercises. This audition is very informal and will last only a few moments. Those students selected for a final audition will be notified by mail within the month. These local auditions are open to all boys and girls from the area who meet the above criteria. You need not be a Mount Laurel Schools student.
Permission slips for boys are available here.
They should be returned to your child's Mount Laurel School Music Teacher as soon as possible, or completed and e-mailed to Marie Reynolds, or fax'd to 856-235-1837

Last Day of School For Students is June 25

Due to the crazy winter weather we have experienced, our school calendar for the year has been altered. If you were not keeping track, we had ten delayed openings this year, one early dismissal, and six snow days – surely a record for Mount Laurel – at least in the last few decades. As such, at the recommendation of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Antoinette Rath, the Board of Education has revised the 2013-2014 School Calendar.  Approved at the March 25 regular board meeting, the last day of school for this year will now be on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. That will be an Early Dismissal Day. The Last Day for Staff will be Friday, June 27, also an Early Dismissal Day.

Help Us Honor The Upstanders Among Us!

We see it every day - the student who is consistently kind. Another who steps in when insults are hurled to stop potential hurt. That staff member who is always the first to volunteer or has an idea what can be done collectively to help the plight of another. They're Upstanders, and we have plenty of them. Now, a new program in our schools will honor our Upstanders. Find more information on our Upstander Campaign page.

Okay, So What Is The Common Core Really All About?

  Mount Laurel Schools participate in the Common Core State Standards, along with other New Jersey Schools. New Jersey is one of 45 states across the country now taking part in this important initiative. Educational standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful by providing clear goals for student learning. Learn more about the Common Core Standards and what they mean specifically for your child at each grade level on our Common Core Standards webpage.

Events Calendar

April 18 - Good Friday
School Closed

April 21-25 - Spring Recess
School Closed

April 22 - Fishing With Mr. Gary

May 8 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

May 12-15
NJ ASK Testing
Grades 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

May 12-16
NJ ASK Testing
Grade 4

May 16 - PTO Flower Sale

May 19-23
NJ ASK Make-up Testing
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

May 23
Kindergarten Orientation

May 26
Memorial Day
School Closed

Parents: Looking for a program to keep your children safe while surfing the Internet? The program we use here in school is now available to you at home. Here's more information.

How May We Help You?

Just looking for a quick and basic guide to specific information about our schools? The links below will provide you with a basic fact sheet on the topics listed. Don't see something you wish was here? Just yell! We'll get it up right away for you.

Registering a child new to the district

Kindergarten registration
Job Opportunities - Certified
Job Opportunities - Support and Substitute
School Locations and Contact Info

Map of our schools and sending areas

Anti-Bullying

NJ DOE Self-Assessment under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights District and School Grade Report

District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Kelly Neiman
Mount Laurel Hartford School
397 Hartford Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Telephone - 856-231-5899

Student & Parent Info

School Hours:
Grades 1-4: 9 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Kindergarten A.M.: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Kindergarten P.M.: 12:55 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Early dismissal grades 1-4: 1 p.m.

* On half-days, P.M. Kindergarten begins at 10:30 a.m. and dismisses at 1 p.m.

Hillside School's Anti-Bullying Specialist is Brenda Betley, 1370 Hainesport-Mount Laurel Road, 856-235-1341

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