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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.

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NEW STUDENT SCHOOL HOURS The Des Moines Public School District is providing our school staff with a unique opportunity to enhance professional learning and delivery of instruction. This opportunity will increase the student hours by ten total minutes per day to accumulate the additional time needed to provide staff with three uninterrupted professional development days … Read more »

Hillis students serving the community this summer


Hillis Summer School students have been working on service projects all summer. They continued that commitment July 13th when 4th and 5th grade students boarded a bus to visit residents at Plymouth Place, a senior rental property in Des Moines. Students brought along favorite books to read – although based on some of the animated … Read more »

School Supply List


Click the link below for Hillis’ School Supply list for the upcoming year. You can bring these school supplies to Meet the Teacher Night on Monday, August 21 from 4:30-6pm. Hillis School Supply List 2017-2018 PDF

NO SCHOOL Memorial Day


Reminder: There is no school on Monday, May 29, 2017 due to our observance of Memorial Day.

Upcoming Events

Aug 21
Meet the Teacher Night
Aug 23
First Day of School
Aug 23
First Day of School
Aug 26
Graduation Walk
Sep 04
Labor Day

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About Hillis Elementary School

2401 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310

P: 515-242-8412 | E:

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…

We are glad to share with you a bit about our school and why we think Hillis is the place where Dreamers Learn To Dream Big!

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