MONTCLAIR TOWN (13-3310-123)

Hillside Elementary School

Hillside School's gifted and talented magnet program presumes ALL children have special gifts and talents. It is the school's responsibility to identify and nurture every child's special abilities.

Due to the wide variety of choices at Hillside, students of all abilities, interests and backgrounds are able to discover areas in which they will excel. With its high academic standards and strong related and performing arts programs, Hillside provides students with a positive environment where responsibility and maturity are stressed.

Students are assigned to a homeroom teacher in groups averaging twenty-three. Generally, half the day is spent with a Basics team for instruction in language arts, math, science and social studies. Full-time staff in Mandarin, Spanish, dance and other arts areas, provide instruction in Aesthetics and Creative "I" course offerings. Support staff for students with special needs is also available.

Language Arts, math, social studies and science form the core of the Basics components at Hillside. Instruction is planned to challenge each child's skill level.

Academic support is provided through aesthetic classes such as Math Behind the Scenes, Wilson reading, Read 180, our Hillside Tutoring Program, and Soar to Success, which provides students with academic support in reading/writing and mathematics.

Students are exposed to a wide range of experiences and subject areas in the Aesthetics program. Studies in Aesthetics are designed to allow children to develop new interests and knowledge. Children do not have to show a special talent to participate in this program. They should be willing to learn and take part in new situations.

During the trimester cycles, children have the opportunity to take courses in art, foreign language, philosophy and logic, science, math, social studies, language arts, leadership, music, drama, dance computers, contemporary living, film and video.

The Creative "I" program supports children's individual interests and talents. The students use what they have learned in Basics and Aesthetics to apply knowledge in new ways and pursue ideas in greater depth through individual projects, small group assignments and excursion into the community.


Drums of Thunder
Drums of Thunder began in 1980 as the brainchild of Mr. Louis D'Amico. Each year, the group has broken new creative ground and has ventured further out into the performance world. The development of character in his musicians is equal in importance to their skills in drumming. The goal for the program is to provide each child with a strong sense of self-esteem and the pride of accomplishment which comes from practice and hard work. The members develop team-building skills, which we know are critical to success in careers and throughout life. For many of our members, their participation in Drums of Thunder literally becomes a life altering experience. Drums of Thunder is nationally known and continues to grow.

Hillside School Waste-Free Lunch Program
Hillside participates in a lunch program that reduces the amount of garbage that is produced during lunchtime and to sort the trash that goes out more effectively into recycling, compost, and garbage. On average, after dumping the liquids, pulling out the cartons, recycling, and compost, WFL creates a total average of only 54 pounds of actual trash per day compared to an average of 130 pounds.

The President's Challenge
The President's Challenge is the premier program of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. The President's Challenge helps people of all ages and abilities increase their physical activity and improve their fitness through research-based information, easy-to-use tools, and friendly motivation.