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Commissioner of Education Visits Hurden Looker Innovation Learning Lab “The H.I.L.L.”

Commissioner of Education Visits Hurden Looker Innovation Learning Lab “The H.I.L.L.”

At the request of Dr. Gayles, Dr. Lamont Repollet, Commissioner of Education, visited the H.I.L.L. at Hurden Looker School on Tuesday, December 4th.   The Innovation Learning Lab at Hurden Looker Elementary School, a no textbook zone, is a place where third- and fourth-graders can let their imaginations run wild through experimentation and discovery.   It’s a place that harnesses student creativity and fuses it with STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Hurden Looker Principal, Mrs. Tracey Wolff , Supervisor of Science, Mrs. Lisa Corona and Mrs. Marta Tran, Hurden Looker Hillside Enrichment Program Teacher, were joined by Board President, Mrs. Hawaiian Epps, Board Members Ms. Joi Stanley, and Mrs. Rayba Watson, along with Dr. Gayles, Principals and Administrators to observe the outstanding Hurden Looker students teaching the Commissioner coding, the intricacies of 3D printing, programming and navigating a sphero around a maze, connecting circuits and coding figures to dance at the H.I.L.L.

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Faculty Gift Basket From The Mayor


This holiday season, the Honorable Hillside Mayor Vertreese, donated a beautiful gift basket of school supplies to George Washington School.  Ms. Karen Martone, a sixth grade science teacher, was the recipient of this awesome gift. The basket will be shared with the rest of the faculty.


Thank you to the Mayor's office for recognizing our teachers in a very special way!


Dr. Sharon Ann Festante

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Will be taking place on Wednesday, December 19th 6:00PM at the George Washington School Library

1530 Leslie St.


dualDual Language Immersion Instruction Comes to AP Morris.

Under the leadership of Principal Ms. April Lowe, Hillside Public Schools is proud to announce that A.P. Morris has been awarded a $198,255 State grant through the Preschool Education Expansion Aid.  With this funding, the district will create a new Pre K3 Dual Language Immersion Program for the 2018-2019 school year. Research affirms that the ability to speak and read in more than one language offers social, cultural, cognitive, and economic benefits.  This new program will use a dual-language model, in which the Pre K3 children will receive instruction in English and Spanish.Ms. Lowe and the AP Morris staff believe this new program will help the children increase their literacy skills and become proficient readers by the end of third grade. Hillside is excited about this opportunity as we continue to implement innovative best practices, meeting the needs of all our students.





The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta PI Chapter Xinos and Kudos recognizes the participation of our Hillside High School Students at the September 29th, Town Hall meeting regarding their remarks on community safety. 


Click Here to Read the Letter of Recognition 




Hillside Public Schools has partnered with the United Way of Greater Union County to provide employment and career planning services to twenty (20) Hillside High School students ages 14-21 years old.  Students and parents must pre-register and meet eligibility requirements as defined by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act to participate. 


More information about YEPP can be found at https://www.uwguc.org/yepp.