School News

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Global Citizenship


            During the month of February, students at Hillis Elementary were treated to two very special cultural events. Funding for both experiences was provided by a grant from Target stores. First, more than 450 students traveled to the Des Moines Civic Center to see a performance given by the Spirit of Uganda traveling troupe. This … Read more »


Middle School Summer Program


5th grade parents please follow the instructions below to register your incoming 6th grader for summer programming at their middle school. If you need help filling out registration please contact Mrs. Zahs. Below is a note from 21st century director Heidi Brown and instructions on how to register.   Dear DMPS Parents and Students,   … Read more »

Annie, JR.

Hillis Presents Annie Jr., the Musical


Nearly 50 students are taking part in Annie Jr. the musical. Performances are open to the public on April 10th and April 11th at 5 PM at the First Federated Church. $1 Admission at the door. Students will also be performing for Hillis students during the day on April 11th. View Photos of Annie, JR. … Read more »


Hillis Celebrated Read Across America Day


Read Across America Day was celebrated by Hillis on March 3rd. Every classroom hosted a guest reader including Tom Ahart, DMPS Superintendent who read to Sue Gilbert’s 4th graders.  In addition, Lindsay Banks’ 2nd and 3rd graders celebrated Read Across America by picking out their favorite Dr. Seuss quotes and making their own Cat in … Read more »

Homepage Feature

Junior Achievement in Fourth Grade


Sarah Cook, a volunteer instructor for Junior Achievement, taught 5 lessons to all three fourth grade classes in February. Each session focused on different aspects of business.  The students learned about entrepreneurs and three types of resources needed to run a business. They played a ‘Hot Dog Stand’ game.  The students participated in an interactive … Read more »

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Straw Music


First graders and Hillis Elementary have been working on reading and writing rhythms in music class with teacher Brittany Mueller.   These first graders are using straws to write the rhythms they hear.  One straw by itself is a quarter note (ta) and two straws connected at the top by another are eighth notes (titi).   The teacher … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Apr 25
Hillis CiCi's Pizza Night
May 09
Muffins for Moms
May 16
Hillis Picnic
May 29
5th Grade Recognition
Jun 02
Last Day Picnic

2401 56th St, Des Moines, IA 50310
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About Hillis Elementary School


2401 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310

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We serve students in preschool through fifth grade. Our teachers design and facilitate lessons to make learning relevant and rigorous, and use the latest research behind effective math instruction and methodology. Read More…

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