School News


Hillis’s Next Principal: Renee Gelfond


Des Moines Public Schools has announced four new principals starting in the 2015-16 school year, including at Hillis Elementary. Renee Gelfond, the dean of students at Cattell Elementary School, will be joining Hillis as our new principal next July. Click the headline to meet all of the new principals at DMPS.

hot chocolate run

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!

Upcoming Events

Jan 29
Math Night
Jan 30
Beach Day
Mar 13
Spring Recess
Mar 13
Spring Recess - No School
May 25
Memorial Day - No School

2401 56th St, Des Moines, IA 50310
P: 515-242-8412 | F: 515-278-5707

About Hillis Elementary School


2401 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310

P: 515-242-8412 | E: 


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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