The Hillside Happenings!

Keeping Hillside Connected And Informed (23-24 V 4)

AERIES & GRADES (Semester 1)

Grades in Aeries are not considered final until the Semester. Please consider them as a tool to monitor how your student is doing in each class.

Aeries is the tool where teachers communicate progress. Google Classroom is also a great way to stay up to date on assignments.

Progress Reports are announced at:

  • 5 Week Progress Report viewable in Aeries on 9/11 (teachers update grades in Aeries 8/31-9/8)
  • 10 Week Quarter Progress Report viewable in Aeries on 10/19 (teachers update grades 10/6-10/18)
  • 15 Week Progress Report viewable in Aeries on 11/13 (teachers update grades 11/3-11/12)
  • Semester 1 Grades viewable in Aeries on 1/9 (teachers update grades 12/14-1/8)

Middle School students at High School Football games

High Schools welcome Middle School students at their football games. Please find some guidelines and behavior expectations.

Attendance Guidelines:

  • All students are required to present their school IDs for admission and carry it with them at all times during the event.
  • Only small bags will be permitted inside the stadium. Backpacks are not permitted.
  • Cash will not be accepted at the ticket booth. We recommend securing your tickets in advance through the school's online platform.
  • Airhorns or other noise-producing devices are not permitted.

Expectations of Behavior:

  • Respectful Behavior: All students are to demonstrate respectful conduct towards their peers, other attendees, and school staff.
  • Remaining Seated: All students should be sitting in the bleachers during the game. Loitering in any one area for prolonged periods of time is to be avoided.
  • Positive Encouragement: All students are to use supportive and positive cheers that contribute to a friendly and uplifting atmosphere that demonstrates sportsmanship.
  • Maintaining Cleanliness; All students are to throw away their trash and help maintain the cleanliness of the stadium, school facilities, and surrounding neighborhood.
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See Changes Below


Minimum Day on Wednesday August 30th

  • School is released at 12:40pm/or 1:20pm for 7th period classes

Back to School Night, August 30th-Welcome in Quad at 6:00pm, classroom visits will follow

  • Please see letter below
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Thursday August 31st-No Block Day

Note: Thursday 8/31 will not be a block day, since Wednesday the 30th is not a scheduled block day.
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Friday, September 1st Minimum Day (School starts at 8:10 and is dismissed 12:40)

This will not be a late start Friday.
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No School-Monday, September 4th (Labor Day)

STEP IT UP! FUNDRAISER ends September 5th

We are so excited to be working with Step It Up! for our school wide fundraiser! Our school has always relied on fundraising to provide an excellent educational experience for all students.

PTSA Fundraiser El Pollo Loco on September 6th

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Save the Date: Staff Development on September 15th (No School)

PTSA Reflections-Friday, September 29th at 3 PM

Hillside PTA hosts Reflections Art Program for students grades 6 - 8 and special artist category

Please visit for rules and additional information. Categories include dance choreography, literature, photography,

film production, music composition, and visual arts. Students may enter more than one category. English and Spanish entry forms are available in the Hillside office or online.

Art should be submitted to Mrs. Shonka in the Assistant Principal's office no later than

Yearbook Presale Happening Now

Purchase your 2023-2024 Yearbook NOW to secure the BEST price of the year. This offer is available for a limited time and will end on August 31st! The 2024 Yearbook will be bigger and better than ever expanding to a full 104 pages! Order now and save

Yearbook Dedication Advertisement

Recognize your student and tell them how proud you are of them with a personal dedication ad. Ads are available now for a limited time in a variety of sizes. You just choose a photo to get started, select a layout and write your personal message.

Click here to get started.

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Tardies being enforced

Teachers have afforded grace with students being tardy to class. Monday will be the 8th day of classes, please reinforce the importance of making it to class on time.

Student Handbook with important dates

Please find a copy of our student handbook!


  • In an effort to provide the best academic environment for our students, one that is free of distractions, cell phones should be off and put away during the Bell Schedule day.

  • Electronic devices may be used before school starts, but may not be used during the school day.
  • Policy found in Student Handbook


AERIES DATA Confirmation

Simi Valley Unified District will be utilizing the Aeries computer system again this year for your child’s academic progress, as well as health, contact information and communication. It is required that all families complete the data confirmation in the Aeries portal before school begins on Thursday, August 10, 2023.

NOTE: When updating contact information, it would be helpful to use a cell phone number as the primary number. This will allow you to receive the text messages the school sends out. If you need assistance logging into the Aeries Parent Portal, our school office will reopen on July 24th


How Early Can I arrive on Campus?

  • Students who attend 0 period classes can arrive at 6:45am in the morning on Monday-Thursday.

  • At 7:30am we open the cafeteria for early arrival students and for those who want to get breakfast on Monday-Friday.

  • At 7:45am (Monday-Thursday) we open the main gate to the campus.

  • On Friday we open gate opens at 8:40 am.


We appreciate your patience the first 2 weeks as families get accustomed to coming and going on campus. Please review the graphic below that we hope will assist for drop off & pick up times.

(Front of Campus)

The front parking lot has 4 lanes. Lanes 1 & 3 are devoted towards drop off/pick up and lanes 2 & 4 are devoted for thru traffic. See the map below.

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Pedestrian crossing on Fitzgerald Rd & Whitcomb Ave

For families electing to drop off students on corner of Fitzgerald Rd & Whitcomb Ave.

Please help ensure the safety of students coming to school by:

  • watching vehicle speed
  • not stopping in the middle of the street on Whitcomb Ave or Fitzgerald Rd.
  • respecting right of way of students crossing in the cross walk
  • reminding your student not to jaywalk across Whitcomb Ave.
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Support The PTSA


Great schools have a connected community. By becoming a member of the PTSA, you are supporting the connectedness that helps make Hillside Middle School a great place to learn and grow. Families can join using this link.