School News

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 »

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Level Up with Lexia!


Students have been working hard on our latest Reading initiative.  Lexia is an individualized reading program on the computer.  Every student is prescribed a certain amount of time to spend on the program which is tailored to their specific reading needs.  Students who pass a level within Lexia during the week get to come to … Read more »

Second graders assembling some delicious salsa!

Assembly Line Masters


Second graders at Hillis have been studying assembly lines and how they work during Social Studies.  As a culminating activity, they worked their own assemble line!  Miss Janetta from Food Corp helped the second graders experience a real life assembly line by making salsa for the rest of the school.  Students learned how assembly lines … Read more »

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The student council at Hillis has been raising money for a school laminator by selling Smencils!  The student council sold the Smencils for $1.25 before school the week before break as well as at the last family night!  Be watching for additional selling times!

Cookies at Jan Brett night!

December Family Night


Family Night, December 17, 2016 Family night was themed around Jan Brett. She is the author who wrote The Mitten. Since she wrote The Mitten we made a mitten with little animals in it. There was also a station where you could build a reindeer with a mint for a nose. We had cookies with … Read more »

Perla and Tomas Ramirez-Valdez and their family enjoy our reading "campfire".

November Family Night


On Thursday, November 19, Hillis had a Literacy Family Night!  The theme was a reading “Camp out!”  We had S’mores mix, a cozy “campfire” to read by, Bingo, and a Poem in Your Pocket station.  Families spent time together enjoying reading and all it has to offer!  Fun was had by all!  We hope you … Read more »

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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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