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High Tech Meets Visitor Sign-In at Hillis


At DMPS, we work to ensure that students are receiving a great education in schools that are not only first-rate learning environments, but are also safe and secure. Over the years DMPS has taken many steps to better ensure the safety and well being of our students, staff, parents and visitors. This spring and summer, DMPS will begin implementing an Electronic Visitor Check-In system for parents and visitors. Click on the headline to read more.

Teachers and students dressed up as characters from their favorite book.  These two characters are from the book Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom!

Read Across America Day!


  Hillis Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with our annual Read Across America Day celebration!  Students and staff dressed up as their favorite book character.  We had many special readers from our community including parents, grandparents, retired teachers, teacher’s husbands, and soccer coaches from West Des Moines Soccer Club!  We also enjoyed a Dr. Seuss … Read more »

A student dressed up as The Cat in the Hat!

Reading and Eating Never Tasted So Yummy!


The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about Hillis Elementary and delicious food! Food Corp Service Member Jenetta Hargrove served up green eggs, and strawberry/ banana Dr. Seuss hat kabobs. Students rotated through Cora’s Cupboard to celebrate the fun day!

February progress!

Lexia Update!


Students at Hillis continue to work hard on Lexia!  Lexia is a computer program which works on reading skills.  As students level up in the Lexia program, students are able to place a “gumball” in our school wide gumball machine and then receive a piece of gum to chew at school!  Check out the difference … Read more »

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2016 Cookie Caucus


Hillis Elementary 5th graders held their 2016 Cookie Caucus on Tuesday, February 2nd.  Hillis 5th graders spent several weeks learning about the caucus process in Iowa.  They learned vocabulary, caucus processes, information about Presidential qualifications, and interesting information about our election process.  The 5th graders also took their information on the road and created Power Points … Read more »

Poet Words Taylor performing his original works.

January Family Night


January Family Night was another success!  The theme of January was poetry!  Hillis had a guest performer, Words Taylor, perform his original Spoken Word Poetry.  After his performance, Words Taylor, worked with students at stations (designed by our third grade staff) to encourage our young developing poets! The stations included; a Poe “tree” station, Reading Poetry, and … Read more »

Upcoming Events

May 27
Safety Patrol Field Trip
Jun 01
Fifth Grade Auction
Jun 02
Fifth Grade Recognition

2401 56th St, Des Moines, IA 50310
P: 515-242-8412 | F: 515-279-0942

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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