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Field Trips Punctuate Summer School


The Hillis Summer School experience has included some fantastic field trips, including recently a visit to the Botanical Center of De Moines and The Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens. At the Botanical Center the students spied exotic birds, enjoyed a refreshing rain forest mist and learned about many exotic species. Click the image to see and read more.


Registration July 23rd & 24th


REGISTER THIS WEEK! July 23rd from 10 – 2. July 24th from 1 – 7.


Summer School is Learning and Fun


Hillis Elementary School students are making the most of their summer school days; building a potatoes tower, harvesting eggs and studying worms! They’re also learning about food, nutrition and exercise. Click on the image to check out more fun photos.


Back-to-School Health Fair at East on July 26


East High will again be the site of the Jumpstart Back-to-School Health Fair, held this year on Saturday, July 26 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sponsored by the Polk County Health Department and Des Moines University, the event offers free physicals and other health services for students in grades K-12. Click the image for more details.

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Bell Times Change at Hillis this Fall


Students at 19 elementary schools, including Hillis Elementary, will adjust their schedule by 10 minutes this fall. It’s a move that will give bus drivers much needed time to get from school to school. Click on the image to read more about how the small time change will improve student safety and save the district hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Chickens Arrive at Hillis Elementary


The chickens have arrived and now they have a new home. Students were able to visit our hens while they were out in the yard for the Every Child Outside exhibition. They also enjoyed a healthy snack, yoga practice, composting lessons and garden maintenance review. And what a beautiful day for it!

Upcoming Events

Aug 12
Kindergarten Jump Start
Aug 13
Kindergarten Jump Start (come for both days)
Aug 16
Welcome Wagon coming to your neighborhood
Aug 18
Meet Your Teacher
Aug 20
First Day of 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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