Hillside Middle School
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.
William R. Jones
Thank You to the Northville Board of Education Members School Board Recognition Month - January
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.
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.
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
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!
Rishi Narendra Kumar
Krista Van Dis
Students moving to the State Competition
Sabrina Schreck - 1st Place
Krista Van Dis - 2nd Place
Rishi Narendra Kumar - 1st Place
Nila Muthusamy - 1st Place
Nila Muthusamy - 1st Place
Ishaan Kundapur - 2nd Place
Emily Fokken - 1st Place
Rishi Narendra Kumar - 2nd Place
HMS Makers' Club
Girls Who Code!!
Spirit Week before Carnival
Stuffed Animal Day
Crazy Hair Day
Ugly Sweater Day
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
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.