Kindergarten Fall 2017



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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