Kindergarten Fall 2017


  • How Do You Rate our Communications?

    Are you getting the information you need and want? The Highline communications team wants to know how we can make communication about our schools work better for you. We’ve launched a survey to help us learn what is working and what we need to do better.

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  • Give Feedback on Dual Language Expansion

    Highline plans to expand Dual Language programs in 2018. Take an online survey to give feedback and come to a meeting to learn more.

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  • Kimberly Gilmore Selected as New North Hill Principal

    We are pleased to announce that Kimberly Gilmore has been selected as the new principal for North Hill Elementary School starting July 1.

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  • What's Up Wednesday

    Parents and families, please join us every Wednesday to talk about what's happening at school.

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  • New Principal for 2017-18

    Principal Nancy Melius will be leaving North Hill at the end of this school year. Your input will be a valuable part of the process to select a new principal. Read Principal Melius's message to families and take an online survey to help us find North Hill's next principal.

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  • Read Our School Performance Report

    The 2015-16 School Performance Report for North Hill is now available on our website. We invite you to read about the progress our students are making, learn about plans we are implementing this year, and find out how to become more involved in our school and the education of your student.

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  • Kindergarten Enrollment is Now Open

    Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before August 31? If so, now's the time to register for kindergarten. The first 500 families to register will receive two free tickets to the Woodland Park Zoo and a new book!

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  • District Graduation Rate Continues Rise

    Did you hear? Highline’s graduation rate has risen for the third year in a row, to nearly 75 percent for the Class of 2016. The official graduation rate of 74.8 percent represents a jump of more than 12 points in two years. The increase comes at a time when standards for graduation are higher than ever and increasing numbers of Highline students are taking challenging, advanced coursework.

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  • School Bond Passes! Thank You!

    We want to shout out a huge "thank you" to our amazing Highline community members who voted to approve the school bond. Thank you, voters! Passing the bond means our district will be able to provide safer schools and room to learn. See the detailed list of projects and next steps.

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    North Hill receives Washington School of Distinction Award for the second year in a row.

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  • North Hill Principal Wins Award

    North Hill Elementary Principal Nancy Melius was named the South King Region Elementary Principal of the Year for 2016 by the Elementary School Principals Association of Washington.

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  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES 2016-2017

    Please click to view supply lists for Kindergarten and for Grades 1-6.

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  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Results

    Click here to see some of the great results of North Hill students.

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  • Before & After School Care Information

    Des Moines Park and Recreation offers a before and after school care program at North Hill for all students. Please call the Parks and Recreation office for more information at (206) 870-6527.

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Opening Minds. Changing Lives.


Nancy Melius  North Hill is a K-6 elementary school located in Des Moines, Washington. Our school programs include four full-day kindergartens, two Integrated Learning Centers (ILC), and regular education classrooms 1st-6th grade.

Our commitment at North Hill is to build student success in relation to the Common Core State Standards in order to prepare students for the next stage of their public education. Whether it is meeting grade level expectations for Reading, Writing or Math, our teachers are invested in students’ reaching their highest potential. As a whole school, we averaged out to 85% of our students meeting F&P (district elementary Reading assessment) grade level expectations, which was one focus for our school Annual Action Plan. We also met our other goal of more than 80% of our students mastering computation fluency in Mathematics, based on high leverage standards chosen by each grade level. For example, in third grade, students were focusing on addition and subtraction; in fourth grade, multiplication.

We are very proud of our North Hill students for their perseverance and hard work during the Smarter Balance Assessment. Three out of four grade levels who took the test are currently exceeding the state averages by 10-15% in both ELA and Mathematics this academic year.

Our Jet Setter behavior program reinforces students that demonstrate The BIG Four:  Safe, Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn.  Each classroom recognizes two students a month and they eat lunch with the principal.  Additional recognition includes “caught being good tickets”, photos posted in the hallway and names announced to our community.  Because of our emphasis on a positive school climate and clear behavior expectations, we had no out-of-school suspensions last school year.

North Hill continues to support the arts with concerts, a talent show and theater experiences.  The Missoula Children’s theater facilitated a week long experience for over 60 students.  In one short week, students learned their lines, songs, and dances resulting in two outstanding performances of Little Mermaid.

We have implemented Rachel’s Challenge for the past four years.  The focus of the challenge is to recognize acts of kindness and compassion of others.  Students write the “acts” on paper links and connect them to a community chain.  Students also have the opportunity to share an act over the PA system during Friday announcements.  Our end-of-the year assembly is an opportunity to celebrate the length of our chain of kindness and compassion. 

North Hill Elementary has a strong tradition of staff, parents, and community working together to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all students. Parents/community volunteers serve as a vital link between home and school. There are a variety of volunteer positions available for interested persons. Contact the school office at 206.631.4600 if interested in volunteering at our school.

North Hill is a great place to learn and grow!

Nancy Melius                          Megan Shea
Principal                                  Assistant Principal

About Us

19835 8th Avenue South
Des Moines, WA 98148
Nancy Melius
Office Manager
School Hours
9:10 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Early Release Days
9:10 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



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  • Seeking Family Action Committee Nominations

    The Superintendent's Family Action Committee works to strengthen our partnerships with families. We are currently seeking nominations for this important committee.

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  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Fall 2017

    Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before August 31? Now is the time to register for kindergarten. Families who register early will received a free book and a kindergarten readiness kit that includes pencil and paper, alphabet flash cards, and a mini counting collection to practice counting.

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  • Supporting Immigrant Students

    We recognize that actions taken by the White House, including a new executive order restricting immigration and orders to increase immigration enforcement, are unsettling to many of our families. We want to reiterate our commitment to our students’ safety. We will do everything in our power to keep our students safe at school.

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  • We Heard You! Here's What We Learned

    It's time for us to share what we heard in a recent online community conversation. Nearly 700 people shared their priorities, ideas, and concerns with us.

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