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,
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.
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
North Hill is a great place to learn and grow!
Nancy Melius Megan