Hillside Family Newsletter

3rd Quarter Edition

Principal's Corner

Dear Hillside Families,


Please enjoy this issue of the Hillside Family Newsletter focused on student achievement. Our students do many things in and out of the classroom for which they should be proud, and while I am sure I have not captured all of them, I am happy to shine a light on their accomplishments. Have a safe and restful Spring Break!


Gratefully,


William R. Jones

Principal

Culture, Character and Service at Hillside

Student Initiated Service and School Store

Spelling Bee Champ

Natasha Kobelsky made Hillside very proud as she finished 3rd runner up of over 70 spellers. She was poised, a great sport, and just an overall joy to watch!


Here were her words (in order): worrisome, flotilla, apostrophe, regime, gourami, oratorio, maelstrom, pentathlon, lederhosen, furlough, dichotomy, and kovsh.


Well done!

Geography Bee

Ved Muthusamy, 8th grader, recently qualified for the Michigan State Bee, held on Friday, April 6. We wish him the best of luck and are proud of his accomplishment regardless of the outcome.


One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship, which will be held May 20-23 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Academic Games

Congratulations to the Hillside Middle School students who competed at the Michigan Leagues of Academic Games (MLAG) State Super Tournament in Grand Rapids. After three days of intense competition against more than 200 students in games of math, set theory, logic, language arts, and American history (Presidents), Hillside brought home four state championships in the games of Equations, On-Sets, WFF ‘N Proof, and Linguishtik. This marks the first time in MLAG history that one school earned championships in all four cube games in all three grades! The team will next represent Hillside at the National Tournament which will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee April 27th - 30th.

8th grade team Dank Themes - Bianca Brie, Winston Wong, Dillan Lau

Equations: Division Winner (Gold Medal) and State Champion

On-Sets: Division Winner (Gold Medal) and State Champion

Linguishtik: Division Winner (Gold Medal) and State Champion

WFF ‘N Proof: Division Winner (Gold Medal) and State Champion

Presidents: Honorable Mention

Theme: Honorable Mention

8th grade team Letter Transfer L -> W – Joshua Chacko, Shreyas Akkaraju, Sana Singh, Zhane Ymin

Equations: Second Place in Division (Silver Medal)

On-Sets: 4th Place in Division

Linguishtik: 4th Place in Division

Basic WFF ‘N Proof: Division Winner (Gold Medal) and State 3rd place

7th grade team - Sabrina Loftus, Natasha Kobelsky, and Vansh Kapoor

Equations: Third Place in Division (Bronze Medal)

On-Sets: Third Place in Division (Bronze Medal)

Linguishtik: 4th Place in Division

Basic WFF ‘N Proof: Division Winner (Gold Medal) and State Champion

Presidents: Honorable Mention

Propaganda: Honorable Mention


Hillside Masterminds - Emir Tascioglu, Zahra Kagal, Caroline Chacko, Grant Flynn, Isaac Song

Equations: Division Winner (Gold Medal) and State Champion

On-Sets: Division Winner (Gold Medal) and State Champion

Linguishtik: Division Winner (Gold Medal) and State Champion

WFF ‘N Proof: Division Winner (Gold Medal)

Hillside Fiery Pandas - Grant Hu, Steven Fu, Syona Gupta, Charlie Sands, Vishalakshi Meyyappan

Equations: Division Winner (Gold Medal)

On-Sets: Second Place in Division (Silver Medal)

Linguishtik: Division Winner (Gold Medal)

WFF ‘N Proof: Division Winner (Gold Medal) and State Champion

Hillside We Da People - Mahek Verma, Rohan Menon, Ayush Rayathatha, Katherine Zhang, Jason Ye

Linguishtik: Second Place in Division (Silver Medal)

Presidents: Honorable Mention

Anda Brie, Nila Muthusamy, Jadyn Johnson, Rishi Narendra Kumar

Equations: Second Place in Division (Silver Medal)

On-Sets: Second Place in Division (Silver Medal)

Linguishtik: Second Place in Division (Silver Medal)

WFF ‘N Proof: Second Place in Division (Silver Medal) and State 3rd Place

Presidents: Honorable Mention

Math Counts

Math Counts took 2nd place at STATE 2017-2018 MATH COUNTS competition earlier this month! Congratulations to all of the students (Sameer Torke, Sambhav Gupta, Aarav Shah, Andrew Xiong, and Steven Fu) and their coach (Diane Xu) on their accomplishments this year:


1st Place in Canton Math Count Invitational

1st Place in Detroit Metro Chapter (Regional)

2nd Place in Michigan STATE Math Count competition


Andrew Xiong: 6th place individual award


MATH OLYMPIAD: Sameer Torke was the only student to get a perfect score on all the tests.

Battle of the books

Three HMS 8th graders and three 6th graders won the recent Battle of the Books held at Northville High School and sponsored by the Northville Public Library. Thank you Viji Velayutham for coaching!


Siddharth Tirumala Kanduri

Ved Muthusamy

Nila Muthusamy

Vishalakshi Meyyappan

Sophia Alexander

Andrew He

Science Olympiad

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad Team. Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams placed 2nd in Regional competition and the Varsity team is advancing to the State competition on April 28.


Best of luck for continued success!


Varsity Team: Sharon Santosh, Aarav Shah,Sameer Torke, Kaustav Mukherjee, Julia Tuinman, Eric Hu, Sambhav Gupta, Jeff Ren, Nilan Nandish, Andrew He, Ved Muthusamy, Andrew Xiong, laasya Vadrevu, Mehmet Tasciogolu, David Shen


Junior Varsity Black: Sohan Madishetty, Aryan Shah, Adhi Kunju, Lokesh Gummadi, Sophia Alexander, Nila Muthusamy, Ayush Garg, Joseph Yi, Rishi Narendra Kumar, Sabrina Loftus, Ram Patel, Pooja Kapoor, Aaria Shah, Nathan George, Yohann Kattukaran


Junior Varsity White: Ishita Ancha, Zephan Catalina, Roshan Nair, Zahra Kagal, Jeeya Patel, Sabrina Wang, Rohan Menon, Anushka Malay, Rhea Nair, Anisha Thoom, Vaibhav Chigulapally, Yuvraj Kapila, Ayush Rayathatha, Ananya Parlay.

Reflections Art Awards

Congratulations to the students below who just qualified for States in the Reflections Art Contest!


Dance Award of Excellence: Libby Morante Closest I get


Visual Arts Award of Merit: Diya Ganguli Reaching For Peace On Earth

Hillside Choir, Solo and Ensemble

Hillside Choirs Receive Top Ratings at Festivals


Encore and the combined 8th Grade Choir and 8th Grade Ensemble both received Division I "Excellent" ratings at District Choral Festival on Friday, March 23. The students worked hard to perfect their music and practice sight-reading before attending this festival in Clarenceville. The choirs are rated in the categories of Tone Quality, Pitch, Rhythm, Diction, Interpretation, and Presentation, each having 4 separate indicators to be considered. The students also had to sight-read, which means they have to read a page of music they haven't seen before using solfegge syllables.


Because of these ratings, both choirs qualified for State Choral Festival which will take place on Friday, April 27 at Brighton High School. We are very proud of our Hillside Choirs!


Eighth Grade Ensemble Receives a Perfect Score!


The 8th Grade Ensemble rocked a perfect score at Solo & Ensemble Festival in Monroe last Saturday! This festival is meant for small ensembles (duets, trios, small ensembles, etc). The ensemble was also rated in the categories of Tone Quality, Pitch, Rhythm, Diction, Interpretation, and Presentation, each having 4 separate indicators to be considered.


Perfect scores are rarely achieved so we are especially proud of these students. In middle school, students do not go to States for Solo & Ensemble. The high school students who receive top scores advance to States so we are confident that these students will be qualifying and attending next year!


8th Grade Choirs Save the Date


The 8th Grade Choir and 8th Grade Ensemble will be singing at Cedar Point on Friday, June 1st. Parents, please put this on your calendar and consider being a chaperone. We look forward to singing and having fun on the rides that day as a reward for their outstanding work the last 3 wonderful years in Choir. This class of singers will be missed next year!

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