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Be GLAD Training Hosted at Hillis


Teachers throughout the district came to Hillis Elementary to learn highly engaging strategies that help students learn English and engage all students in learning. Ms. McKinnon’s third grade class hosted the teachers that attended the training. Here are some photos of Ms. McKinnon’s third grade students collaborating and using sign language to teach their classmates.

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The Hillis Community Celebrates Fall


The third annual Hillis Harvest Festival took place October 18th from 5:00-6:30. Many families attended the event. Several community organizations were present handing out information to families. Hillis staff dressed in create costumes and handed out candy to all of the attendees.

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Hillis Staff and Students Participate in the Healthiest State Walk


  At 9:40 am on October 4th all staff and students began walking north on 56th street toward DSM First Church.  Everyone walked around the church parking lot and back to Hillis Elementary.  The rain stayed away and the sun was nice and warm for the walk!

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Hillis Represented at the Beaverdale Fall Festival Parade


Staff and families walked in the Beaverdale Fall Festival Parade on September 15th.  The Hillis PTO held a candy drive for two weeks before the parade so those walking in the parade could throw candy to the community. One classroom in the lower unit hallway, and one classroom in the upper unit hallway will be … Read more »

Fifth Graders March Ahead at Leadership Retreat


First thing the morning the morning of August 28, the 5th grade class from Hillis Elementary School marched over to the old Franklin Junior High School. The students took part in an all-day leadership retreat, working on ways that the “seniors” of elementary school could be of service to support and improve Hillis for all students. Click the headline to read and see more.

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School Board Meeting
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2401 56th St, Des Moines, IA 50310
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About Hillis Elementary School

2401 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310

P: 515-242-8412 | E:
New School Hours: 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM


We serve students in kindergarten 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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