Hillside Middle School

Winter Edition

Principals Corner

Dear Hillside Families,

This quarter has been a difficult one. We have endured loss, counseled our students through grief, and been compelled to reflect on those things in life that are most valuable. We have been encouraged by the outpouring of support from every corner of the Northville community, and through all of the hardship, our students have exhibited the kind of compassion we have come to expect from them. Our teachers and support staff have been there every step of the way, supporting students as they struggled and helping them find a return to normalcy.

More recently, the weather has been erratic, to say the least, and we have navigated unexpected breaks in our instructional routine. Students have remained persistent as deadlines shifted, and then shifted, and then shifted again. Teachers have remained flexible, making the best out of an ever-shifting landscape.

Through it all, our students continued to succeed. In the pool, on the court, or in the auditorium, your kids have given their best, supported their peers, and impressed us all. We look forward to a less eventful third quarter and one in which our kids build upon all of the lessons they have learned thus far.

Most sincerely,

William R. Jones

Thank You to the Northville Board of Education Members School Board Recognition Month - January


Cheer Team

Congratulations to the Northville Middle School Competitive Cheer Team on their first successful season. Even placing 4th out of 6 teams in their 1st competition! Great season girls!!!

Basketball Teams

The 8th grade Boys Basketball team had an up and down season finishing 5-6. 4 of their losses were by a combined 10 points. The Boys worked hard all season and showed signs of improvement throughout the year. Zach Groot, Drew Swancutt, David Clark, and Matt McLaughlin were leading the team all year. The team also had big contributions from Logan Dooley, Cameron Charles, Cole McGowan, and Drew Charnley. It was a good group of boys and I wish them well in high school.

The 2018 edition of the 7th grade boys basketball Raiders proved to be exciting and successful. Posting an 8-3 record, the boys grew together as a team and thrilled the crowd with displays of hustle and teamwork. Their dedication and commitment to each other provided the will to prevail in an overtime victory over Livonia Holmes and a win over rival opponent Meads Mill. Emerging from the largest tryout pool in recent history, the squad represented Hillside well and drew numerous compliments throughout the season from opposing coaches and parents alike. The team also participated in a scrimmage with St. Michael of Livonia as an additional challenge during the season. This team was characterized by a desire to improve and learn every day. These are traits that will serve them well in all of their future endeavors.

Swim Team

Hillside Swim and Dive team finished the season with a 5-1record!!! Aidan Brooks, Diya Ganguli, Ryan Halberg, Ava Jurkiewicz, Ben Liebman, Nathan Ondrus, Meghan Rogala, Anoushka Singh, Julia Tuinman, and Nathan Waller all made it to the State Meet.

Special highlights;

The girls' relay with Julia T, Ava J, Anoushka Singh, and Diya Ganguli got 5th place, with a time of 1.50.82

• Julia Tuinman got a School record in the 200 free times 1.56.09. She finished first at MISCA

in the 100 free, time 54.43 and 1st in 200 free.

• Ava Jurkiewicz finished 3rd in the 100 breast, time 1.11.29 and 5th in the 100 IM, time 1.07.05

• Ryan Halberg finished 6th in the 100 back, time 1.05.57 and 9th in 200 free

Emily Roden got a new Hillside Record in the 50 fly, time 27.1. In our win over our rival meades mill!

Model United Nations

This year, a new Model United Nations Chapter was established at Hillside. The club consists of over 35 students enthusiastic to learn about pressing global affairs, effective debate skills, public speaking, and parliamentary procedure. The delegates' first conference was held at Meads Mill on January 26th. These young delegates debated international issues such as water pollution, global warming, and cyber security from the standpoint of their assigned country. Thanks to Mina McCorry and Andreanna Fekaris for their guidance and support. The Hillside students all did extremely well, several even took home awards.

Congratulations to:

Rishi Narendra Kumar (represented North Korea in the SOCHUM committee) - Honorable Mention Award

Veronica Wu (represented Switzerland in the SOCHUM committee) - Verbal Accommodation

Rhea Misra (represented India the UNEP committee) - Honorable Mention Award

Vansh Kapoor (represented Turkey in the UNEP committee) - Verbal Accommodation Award

Samantha Stevens (represented Venezuela in the UNEP committee) - Verbal Accommodation Award

Nandan Kamath (represented Switzerland in the WHO committee) - Best Delegate Award

Abhinav Attaluri (represented Saudi Arabia in the WHO committee) - Honorable Mention Award

Nathan George (represented Yemen in the WHO committee) - Verbal Accommodation Award

Hillside Model United Nations delegates are now in preparation for RCMUN on February 23rd at Michigan State University.

The ARTS at Hillside

HMS Choir

Hillside Winter Concert Available Below!!

Special thanks to Lisa Meinzinger- Abraham who arranged for us to have our Winter Concert professionally recorded by a student at Madonna University. Thank you to the students for performing so well! Please enjoy watching our concert!


Reflections Art Contest

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the 50th Annual PTA Reflections Art Contest!

Hillside students submitted 27 entries this year, their talent and creativity are truly awe-inspiring. The top 2 entries from all categories have moved onto the State Competition and we wish those students good luck!

Thank you to Tara Anderson, Asha Puranam and Anamika Singhal for all your work to make this happen.

Thank you to the office and media center staff for your help and the judges for taking the time to review the pieces.

A big thanks to all the students who entered! We cannot wait to see your entries next year!

6th Grade

Thara Balasubramaniam

Isabella Mach

Ishaan Kundapur

Sabrina Schreck

Sathvik TirumalaKanduri

7th Grade

Teagan Farrow

Syona Gupta

Rishi Narendra Kumar

Nila Muthusamy

Sydney Pedrosi

Samantha Stevens

Krista Van Dis

Felicia Wang

Sophie Wang

8th Grade

Diya Ganguli

Emily Fokken

Audrey Schreck

Kelsie Thomsen

Students moving to the State Competition


Sabrina Schreck - 1st Place

Krista Van Dis - 2nd Place

Dance Choreography

Rishi Narendra Kumar - 1st Place

Film Production

Nila Muthusamy - 1st Place


Nila Muthusamy - 1st Place

Ishaan Kundapur - 2nd Place

Music Composition

Emily Fokken - 1st Place

Rishi Narendra Kumar - 2nd Place


Sketch Fest

Sketch Fest this year. The final dramatic performance on the old Hillside stage. Well done students and thank you to Mr. Brooks and Ms. Daar and Ithe NHS mentors, including the successful wrap up of this year's drama club would be nice. Our 2 Min Or Less Sketchfest in December was a success. Written, performed, nad crewed entirely by middle school students!

HMS Makers' Club

The Hillside Makers' Club meets weekly and allows students to design, code, craft, build, and make. Students are able to connect with friends in a creative space, take risks, problem solves, and complete challenges. Some of our past projects include painting, Lego building and challenges, origami, Perler Beads, magnet design, paper snowflakes, keychain design, holiday card making, crayon canvases, and free makes. Students can also participate in the STEAM Fair via the club.

Girls Who Code!!

Girls Who Code is a national organization that provides free after-school programs for girls to learn coding, foster sisterhood, and make a difference by creating an impact project together. We meet once a week and each meeting includes: spotlighting a woman in tech (positive female role model); learning, planning, and building code in a collaborative way; and sharing their progress (stand ups). 6th-8th grade girls attend.

Spirit Week before Carnival

Stuffed Animal Day

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Crazy Hair Day

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Ugly Sweater Day

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PTSA Carnival


Our Hillside Carnival was a success! We were able to raise a little over 8.000 dollars to help support our school programs.

A special thank you.....

- To Kathy Halberg, our VP of Carnival, thank you for the countless hours of planning and work to bring a Carnival to life.

- To Jodie Roden, thank you for your amazing corporate fundraising and for coordinating our volunteers the night of the Carnival.

- To our volunteers, without your help, we could have never made this happen. Whether you volunteered at school during that night or sent donations to the school, your contribution was greatly appreciated.

- To our kids, thank you for coming to our event and for enjoying some Carnival fun! We loved seeing all the smiling faces!

We hope to see you next year!!!!

HMS in the Community

Northville Lions Club Peace Poster Winners

Link to all the entries and winner pictures

Northville Lions Club Link

About 260 sixth-graders in the Northville Public Schools district submitted entries for this year's Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. The theme for this school year's contest was "The Future of Peace."

Seth Fodera, a sixth-grader won first place at the school, district and state levels and moved up to international competition, the results of which have not been announced. Seth's poster depicts a world map, partially in full color and partially in gray, with the colored portion sweeping decisively forward to color in the gray areas.

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Candy for the troops Collection

The Hillside students collected about 900 pounds of Halloween candy to donate to the Troops. About half of the candy was donated to Four Stars Military Families-a local non-profit that sends care packages to the Troops. The remaining candy, along with other donations, were packaged up by Mrs. Lawson's Enrichment Class and sent to 7 different Air Forces bases throughout the world including Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Congrats Mr. Tabor

Congratulations to ⁦Mr. Tabor on winning a $3000 grant to support his students. Thank you to the Northville Educational Foundation for supporting Hillside. Let the drones fly!
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Spelling Bee

Congrats! Nila Muthusamy won this year’s school spelling bee. Fifteen students competed in Hillside Middle School's 2018-19 spelling bee. After 46 rounds and over 140 words spelled, Nila spelled “treason” for the win. She will attend the regional competition on March 10th at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit and will be sponsored by WXYZ Channel 7 This will allow her a chance to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Nila is excited to compete in the regionals for a chance to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship in Washington D.C.