Hillside Middle School

Fall 2019

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Principal's Corner

Dear Hillside Families,

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, it is only appropriate that we give thanks to all of those who make what we do possible. As the saying goes, "It takes a village." Nowhere else is this more true than in education. We could not do what we do were it not for the constant support of parents at home - checking MISTAR, navigating Canvas, monitoring homework, and encouraging students to contact teachers for additional help. The Hillside PTSA is also ever present when it comes to supporting teachers and students, whether that's through meals on a late conference night or the thousands of dollars they raise through Carnival and later award our teachers through their classroom grant program. Finally, external agencies like the Northville Youth Network and the Northville Educational Foundation support our innovative teachers and their hard work in endeavors like Camp Hillside, the Makers' Club, and classroom grants that directly impact our students' daily lives.

From all of us at Hillside, thank you for all that you do to support us and the work that we do. We wish you a safe, restful beginning to the holiday season.


William R. Jones


Focus on Well-being and SEL

This year we have had a focus on well being and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). With this focus, we shared with our staff the 3R Breaks that the high school introduced to their staff, students, and parents. Our staff supported this approach and we have made a similar commitment.

We are providing time for students to connect to home and allow students a true break over Thanksgiving. No homework, no projects, no assessments upon return. Furthermore, we would ask all of our teachers to unplug from work. No laptops, no emails, no grading, etc.

We will plan to follow a similar approach during the remaining breaks of the year: Winter Break, Mid-Winter Break, and Spring Break.

PSAT Performance

While only one measure of student performance, we are proud of our students' performance on the PSAT over the last several years. Achievement and growth remain high and we look forward to the challenge of maintaining the standard of excellence for which Hillside and Northville Public Schools are known.
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Community Building through shared experiences!

This Fall we have had the opportunity to do some amazing community building through our outdoor education camps! Camp Copneconic for 6th Grade, Tree Runner Adventure Park for 7th Grade, and Camp Ohiyesa for 8th Grade. These experiences have brought our community closer, created new friendships, and allowed for an excellent educational adventure.


Our new building is coming along at a visible pace! It is exciting to start seeing changes.

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6th Grade Camp Copneconic

A great 3 days of team building, community building, and outdoor learning.

6th Grade Stay Camp

Stay camp was a great success! Students were able to beautify our construction wall and interact with the Howell Nature center.

7th Grade Tree Runner

Community building through a shared experience in trees!

8th Grade Camp Ohiyesa

Outdoor education and community building.


"The 8th grade volleyball team had a tremendous season this year! Every girl contributed on the court and always gave her all during every match. Hillside beat Meads Mills in their final regular season match at the high school to bring their final record to 8-3. At the end of the season KLAA tournament, the Lady Raiders had an exciting and thrilling match against Meads Mills in the finals. Hillside came up just short in the final 3rd set of the match, dropping a close one to the Patriots. The future of volleyball at the high school is promising with the amount of talent these girls have. I miss coaching them and cannot wait to see what they do at the next level. Great season Ladies and Coach is very proud of each and every one of you!!"


The combined Northville Middle School football team improved greatly throughout the season. The majority of the games were competitive with the highlight of the season being a 26-0 win over Mason Middle School. I appreciate the team's willingness to work and to improve each week. Hillside football players contributed in a variety of ways. Tony Haupt was our anchor along the offensive line playing center, also along the line were Tashuan Quiney and Max Bates. On the defensive side of the ball Rishab Ashok and Brandon Buszka had great penetration and stopped ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage. The brothers Demetri and Niko Tsilimingras prevented any outside runs and had a sack on the quarterback. Yousef Rammaha, Dillijon Jusfui, and Jadin Bedi also contributed as defensive backs and defensive end limiting the passing game of our opponents. We had a lot of fun and look forward to the 2020 season!

Cross Country

2019 Hillside Cross Country Season

The boys had a fantastic season going 3-1 in dual meets, earning two team trophies at invitationals, and placing 2nd out of 12 teams at the league meet. Brendan Herger lead the way at the league meet with an overall 1st place finish. Captains Luke Schwartz and Nick Yaquinto lead the team throughout the season at practice and at meets collecting a handful of medals along the way. The girls had a tough schedule and finished 1-3 in dual meets. The team finished a very respectable 4th of 12 teams overall at the league meet just behind the three teams that beat them during the season. Captains Lizzie Lewis, Ella Christensen and Sydney Pedrosi lead the girls at practice and at meets this season. The JV boys won the league meet and the JV girls placed 2nd and will look to make next year’s teams even stronger.


Around the Building!!

HMS Drama Club

The Hillside Drama Club wrapped up another successful season on November 6th with a party where much food was consumed and merriment was enjoyed by all. While we were limited in scope and space this year, the club made the best of it was 7 weeks of Theater Boot Camp with NHS Drama Club counselors guiding us through the ins and outs of the theater. Well done everyone! Thank you to everyone who helped out and especially to everyone who participated.

Manufacturing Day 2019

Our students were able to participate in Manufacturing Day 2019 at Schoolcraft College. Rep. Haley Stevens shared a message with them about the future of Michigan and the possibilities that lie ahead for them.

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Hillside's FTC team 10200 the Galvanized Gadgets competed at FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifier competition in Howell on Sunday, November 17. The Galvanized Gadgets were undefeated, 5-0 in qualifier matches and placed second in the final playoffs. In addition to qualifying for the state competition in December, the team received a third-place for Design.

Galvanized Gadgets team members include:

Rohan Gainadi

Ishaan Gupta

Jackson Holder

Tejas Kota

Isaac Miller

Andreja Milojevic

Prathik Nooguri

Grant Smith

Jay Thakral

Please congratulate them on their hard work and perseverance.

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Firesparks, FTC robotics team

In our previous competition, we got 1st place and was awarded the Design Award. We were runner ups in the Control Award, the Innovate Award, and the Connect Award. Ultimately, we made it to states.

This is a team picture at our recent competition.

Andrew, Syona, Jessica, Caroline, Andrew, Aneesh, Steven, Charlie (Grant is not pictured)

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Spooky Science

Happy Halloween. Our Science Department put on a great opportunity for students to show learning through some very spooky demonstrations
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Build a Bridge Challenge

Enrichment students competed in a bridge-building challenge to practice their engineering design process and teamwork skills. Their bridges had to hold at least 20 pennies. Students were given a budget for materials (Minion Bucks!) and a time limit.

Create a Foot Orthosis for Kids

Enrichment students were challenged to design and prototype an ankle foot orthosis for a child with cerebral palsy. They had to consider the design requirements and materials available to make the most functional and comfortable orthosis they could. They presented their final product to the class.


Thank you to the PTA for hosting a great community building event for our students!

Breast Cancer Research Donation

This fall we had a very successful Pink out Day during our Spirit week. We raised $300 for research. Our students and staff also were able to provide names of Honorees from our donation.


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Northville Civic Concern Food Drive

During the Month of October HMS collected canned food for Northville Civic Concern. We were able to collect 900 cans!