Principal's Message

Mrs. Julie Dougherty, Principal

Greetings Hillside Families & Community Members!

Greetings! Can you believe we are nearly at the half-way point of our school year? Where has the time gone? While things are undoubtedly cooling down outside, activities are heating up inside at Hillside. We continue to maintain an approach centered on creating and maintaining personal relationships. We have held true to our commitment as demonstrated through what we have accomplished and what we are still planning to undertake.

Did you know that Hillside has a community service club? Under the direction of a handful of staff members, 60+ Hillside students in grades 3-5 regularly engage in efforts for the betterment of our community. In a very short time period, they have already met on two separate occasions to develop community initiatives for this coming winter and spring. Additionally, they have already been out and about! You may have heard their voices echoing throughout New Cumberland a few weeks ago during their caroling escapade!

Similarly, many of our staff members have actively participated in a book study that focuses on supporting, understanding, and instructing children who have been influenced by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Much of this study relates to our recent showing of the movie, Resilience, and also aligns with the Growth Mindset ideals that we continue to be ever mindful of. As we continue to echo and reiterate as a building, no learning can take place without relationships being at the forefront.

Hillside’s Girls on the Run and Xcel 2 Fitness teams both enjoyed a successful season and culminating competition a few months ago. Given the success of the team, there will be another Girls on the Run program organized for this coming spring. We encourage you to seek out information on this terrific program and inquire directly to our P.E. teacher, Mrs. Beth Creek, if interested!

As we move forward and dive into what is often the lengthy part of the school year, we ask that you continue to be active in your child’s education. Nothing is more important than the bond between school and the parent/guardian in attaining one common goal: doing what is best for children. Whether it is by way of attending PTO meetings, volunteering, or ensuring you are on top of your child’s regular events through their daily agenda, we ask for your continued support. There are some GREAT things happening here at Hillside, don’t hesitate to hop on in and experience the fun for yourself!

VOLUNTEERS:  Thank you to all the parents who completed the Volunteer approval process this year.  The information can be found

Volunteering at school is an excellent way to experience first hand the educational environment your child is a part of each day.  IF you plan to attend a field trip you MUST be approved.  

Please remember that school opens at 8:30 a.m. each day and students should be dropped off as close to this time as possible as there is no supervision prior to 8:30 a.m.  Also, We dismiss promptly at 3:30 pm, so please plan your pick-ups for this time.  PLEASE be cautious when driving to/from school.  Always stop for any stop signs.

CAFETERIA:   Please make sure you are keeping your child’s lunch account up to date and it does not have a negative balance.  You can do so online at or by sending checks in with the student made out to the West Shore Cafeteria Fund.  If you feel your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch prices please contact the office for the forms to complete.  If your family’s circumstances change during the year, you can always reapply.

Julie Dougherty

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