Hillside Elementary
713 8th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265 (view map)
Call 515-633-6200 (Fax 515-633-6299)

Principal: Dr. Graham Jones

 

Hours: 9:05 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

Collaboration Schedule: Wednesdays 9:05 a.m.-3:10 p.m.

Grades served: K-6

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The staff of Hillside is pleased to welcome all of our new and returning families to the Hillside learning community! We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for a year full of meaningful learning experiences.

This year we will be celebrating our 15th year of being an elementary school at West Des Moines Community Schools. Our school is located in the Historic Valley Junction neighborhood and emphasizes our four pillars of Respect, Responsibility, Safety, and Caring. As we partner with families and community members, we strive to provide educational opportunities that will prepare our students for post-secondary training, careers, and life beyond Hillside. Our staff seeks to engage students at a deeper level of inquiry and understanding that can be achieved with strong educational approaches. We believe that engaging academics, positive community, culturally-responsive teaching and family partnerships will help our students be successful in their life journey.

Hillside Elementary engages students through Artful Learning—an approach that integrates the arts, to encourage deeper thinking and understanding in core subjects. At Hillside, our students are experiencing, questioning, creating, and reflecting through fine arts, visual arts, and kinesthetic activity. Our hallways and classrooms are filled with creative expression and students’ original creations that showcase what they know, understand, and can do. Students at Hillside explore; they enjoy; they make friends, and begin to discover who they are as they grow as students and as members of the community.

The Hillside staff works to collaborate with our families to provide the necessary supports for each and every child. It is our hope to breakdown any barriers that our students may have and ensure access to all. We invite you to partner with us at Hillside and be part of your child’s educational experience.

We are going to have a great year together! Be prepared to celebrate your child’s learning every day through their educational journey!

Sincerely,
Dr. Jones

Learning Across the Curriculum through the Arts

Welcome to Hillside Elementary where our students are engaged in Artful Learning—an approach that integrates the arts, to encourage deeper thinking and understanding in core subjects. Here students are experiencing, questioning, creating, and reflecting. Our hallways and classrooms are filled with creative expression and students’ original creations that showcase what they know, understand, and can do. Students at Hillside explore; they enjoy; they make friends, and begin to discover who they are as they grow as students and as members of the community. We invite you to explore Hillside. Discover how integrating the arts and this unique approach to learning are making a difference in students’ lives. Learn with us. Visit our school blogs and click on the Artful Learning in Action link to find out more about how we learn at Hillside.