School News

Kicking Off Our Monthly Hillis Coffees


We had fun welcoming our parents to school on Tuesday with coffee and donuts. Stay tuned for more information as we plan to do events on a regular basis for parents to become better acquainted with each other and with Hillis. Click the photo to see more of our inaugural “drive thru” service on Tuesday morning.

Supplies are headed to HOUSTON


We are very proud and humbled to announce that Hillis Elementary has received enough school supplies to fill 24 BOXES!!! The families in the Hillis community have been extremely generous with all of their thoughtful donations. We were even able to send some fresh Iowa sweet corn to our friends in Houston, Texas. Today after … Read more »

School Supply Fundraiser for Houston Schools


School Supply Fundraiser for Houston Schools The Houston Independent School District has an immediate need for school supplies. Des Moines Public Schools and Houston Public Schools are both members of Great City Schools along with other urban school districts throughout the United States. We are asking the Hillis community to join together and help donate … Read more »

NO SCHOOL on Labor Day


There will be no school on Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.

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FREE Breakfast in the Classroom


We’re pleased to tell you every Des Moines Public Schools elementary student will now have access to breakfast at no cost to the students or their families. This expansion means almost every school in the district offers at least one no-cost meal option during the day. Click on the headline to find more details.


Virtual Backpack Replaces Paper Flyers


No more pulling crumpled paper flyers from your student’s backpack! Opportunities in the community will now be available online, instead of jumbled up with homework and artwork. Read about child-friendly community events and opportunities, or post a flyer of your own. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack.

Upcoming Events

Oct 18
DMPS Job Fair
Oct 18
Oct 19
Oct 27
No School – Professional Development Day
Oct 27
NO SCHOOL: Professional Development Day

2401 56th St, Des Moines, IA 50310
P: 515-242-8412 | F: 515-323-8622

About Hillis Elementary School

2401 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310

P: 515-242-8412 | E:
School Hours: 8:45 AM to 3:40 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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