Welcome to Hillis

Welcome to the Hillis Elementary website! We are glad to share with you  a bit about our school and why we think Hillis is the place to learn and where Dreamers Learn To Dream Big! My name is Renee Gelfond and I am the new principal at Hillis. This is my first year as principal and I am excited to be starting at Hillis.  I am eager to begin the school year and begin working with the staff, students and families. Our priority is student learning at Hillis and as a staff we will continue to talk about what is it our students need to be successful.  As a building we will continue to focus on improvement of teaching strategies that are best practice for kids.

Math instruction at Hillis is a combination of several effective teaching practices including Mental Math, Math Review, Core Math Instruction and Cognitively Guided Instruction. All of these math structures are allowing our teachers to help students be problem solvers and develop their math understanding on a deep level.

This school year we will continue the wonderful opportunity where every Wednesday afternoon our entire school participates in ECO Hour. ECO Hour is an initiative that helps us develop an understanding of how our actions affect our classroom, our school, the community and our world. During ECO Hour, lessons are highlighting learning related to gardening, citizenship, wellness and nutrition. Students at Hillis are learning about the Hillis ecosystems and are participating in hands on projects that are making ECO Hour so much fun. We believe in helping develop the whole child at Hillis and ECO Hour is an example of that effort.

We hope that as you navigate our website you will find useful information. If for some reason you are not finding what you need please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at Hillis. Our school is filled with eager students, an outstanding staff, parents who team with us and we hope you will sense that as you view our site.

Hillis…Where Dreamers Learn To Dream Big!