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Hot Chocolate Run


The Hillis track team helped to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation by hosting a hot chocolate run.  Participants enjoyed a run around the walking trail and then warmed up with some hot chocolate.  Thanks to students, teachers, and the community for helping to make this event a success!


Hillis Walkathon


Hillis students raised money for the school and learned about the importance of staying active during the Walkathon.


DMPS, Parks & Rec Partner for Basketball


Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer a youth basketball league for the 2014-2015 season. The program is for students in grades 1st through 7th. The registration deadline is October 17 and fees are $50 per student or $450 per team. Click the image to learn more and register to play.


Hillis is Delicious!


Look what our second graders built after one class at Cora’s Cupboard! These delicious veggies are right out of the Hillis garden. They looked so good, we set them out for our parents to see. Students are learning to cook healthy foods at Cora’s — a school kitchen that looks a lot like the one they have at home!


Hillis Elementary on Parade


Thank you to everyone who turned out to support Hillis during the Beaverdale Fall Festival Parade! We had a blast!


Bike Smoothie Night Lives Up to Name


Bike Smoothie Night at Hillis Elementary lived up to the name. Our student is pedaling to turn a blender blade, making strawberry-banana smoothies! BSN is one of the school’s many parent networking nights.

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About Hillis Elementary School


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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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