Hillside News Brief

December 11, 2020

Hillside Elementary School Website

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Dates for You

December 18 - Final day of school before Winter Break

Dec 18 - Jan 4 - Winter Break for Students

Jan 4 - Work Day for Teachers

Jan. 5 - First day back from Winter Break for students

Jan. 18 - No School for Students: Martin Luther King Day

Heading for Winter Break!

As we head into our last week before winter break, please help us to keep students on track and working hard, even through their last learning day before the break (Friday, December 18). Teachers will be planning and delivering instruction up through the very last day of the semester!

Parents: We need your help with students learning from home!

Parents and guardians:

We have many students doing well with learning from home; they are logging in for lessons and participating appropriately. We thank you for your support.

We also have some students who are logging in for lessons but not participating appropriately in online learning. The expectation for online learning is that students will be in a space in their home that is conducive to learning and learners will have their camera on unless they are directed to an application outside of their teacher's WebEx meeting. It is a privilege to watch our teachers give their all to online and in-person lessons simultaneously; students who are at home are expected to watch, participate, and give eye contact appropriately.

Parents and guardians, we need your assistance in helping students make good choices about online learning. Please make sure students are in an appropriate place for online learning, have materials ready, and have cameras on. If you are able to monitor their interactions, that would be very helpful to teachers. Thank you for your support; we appreciate it every day.

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Updated District Calendar

Use the link to access Westside's school calendar with details on schedules that will be in effect through the remainder of 1st semester: NEW School Calendar through Dec 18 (1).pdf
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Meals Available

Westside staff, families and students,

Beginning Wednesday, 12/02, the first week Westside Community Schools transitions back to “Yellow” status, Westside Nutrition Services will continue to offer take home meals for students for days that they are not in-class learning. This is for both those students attending in “Yellow” as well as all Extended campus learners. All meals are free for the entire school year.


  • K-8 learners can pick up meals on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the following locations. For All K-8 Learners.
    • Oakdale Elementary School; 9801 West Center Road
    • Swanson Elementary School; 410 South 86th Street
    • Westgate Elementary School; 7802 Hascall Street
    • Westbrook Elementary School; 1312 Robertson Drive

  • Additionally, Westside Nutritional Services will be offering extended hours for pick up, Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM for..
    • All K-8 Learners can pick up free meals each Wednesday from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Westside Middle School
    • Grades 9-12 Learners can pick up free meals each Wednesday from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Westside High School

All students/parents/households picking up meals will receive breakfast and lunch for either three days, for those students attending in-class learning during the “Yellow” status, or five days, if your student is attending Extended Campus At Home learning. Please come to the front entrance of the schools listed to be directed to the where meal pickup is located.


Now, through the rest of the school year, all Westside current K-12 students will receive breakfast and lunch meals for FREE. All students, K-12, qualify. Meals included are all student meals served in Westside Community Schools as well as those meals taken home for extended campus learning. (Any extra servings, bottled water, or grab and go items above and beyond a complete breakfast and lunch will be charged accordingly.) We are hopeful this will help our students and families as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Please remember picking up school meals supports the Westside nutrition program. More meals = more funding = helping feed more students!

We strongly encourage you, if you have not already, to fill out our Free/Reduced Meals Application. This could benefit your family when this extension ends. CLICK HERE to review.

Thank you, and have a great week!

Westside Community Schools

Hillside's Parent Compact


We need your assistance! Please take a look below at the Hillside Title I Parent Compact. Just click the link to go to the page where you can input your student(s) and agree electronically to support your student(s) with learning here at Hillside. Thank you!


Hillside Title I Compact 2020-21

Hillside's Parent Engagement Policy

Here is a copy of Hillside's Parent Engagement Policy for this Year of the Pandemic, 2020-21:

Hillside Parent Engagement Policy 20-21

Hillside Yearbook

Order your Hillside yearbook early! Online sales go throughout the year. Here is the website:


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Remote Learning Online Etiquette for Students

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