Attention Parents of Eighth Graders

posted Jun 1, 2018, 6:26 AM by Sarah Mates

Please read the letter from Mr. McCafferty detailing our promotion ceremony as well as the awards ceremony. A copy of this letter was also sent home with the students.

Important Events for 8th Graders

posted May 3, 2018, 7:56 AM by Sarah Mates   [ updated May 31, 2018, 11:00 AM ]

As we move towards the end of year we have some exciting events coming up for our 8th graders.

On June 6th, we have the famous Hillapolooza also known as 8th Grade Field day. The students will be outside all day participating in numerous activities. We are looking for donations of water, cans of soda, individual bags of chips/pretzels, condiments, plates, and napkins. Please bring any donations to the main office.

On June 8th, we have the spectacular 8th grade dance from 6:30 -9pm. Students must be signed in by a parent/guardian and rides must arrive promptly at 9pm. This year's theme is Game Night. The gym, cafe, and lobby with be beautifully transformed by our awesome art teachers and members of our dance decorating teams.

On June 11th, we have the highly regarded Evening 4 Excellence from 6:30-7:30pm. It takes place in the cafe. This is the second annual staff served dinner to the 8th graders who have made the honor roll every quarter that they have been at Hillside. This is quite an accomplishment and most worthy of recognition and celebration.

On June 14th, we have two phenomenal events. First, the 8th grade awards ceremony takes place in the gym from 9:00-10:30am. Second, the ever popular 8th grade promotion ceremony takes place from 6:30-7:30pm.

All are welcome to attend the awards ceremony, however tickets are needed to attend the promotion ceremony. Each student will receive 3 tickets.

Upcoming End of Year Events

posted Apr 30, 2018, 8:20 AM by Sarah Mates   [ updated May 31, 2018, 10:59 AM ]


5/10—Orchestra/String Step Up ** AT CENTRAL** 6:00

5/10 Open House for Parents of 5th Graders 6:30

5/15—Band Concert 7:00 **AT HILLSIDE**

5/16—Chorus Concert 7:00

     5/17—Orchestra  Concert 7:00

5/25—Walk Against Hunger & Memorial Day Assembly

     5/28—Band Participating in the Memorial Day Parade 2:00

5/29—Firefighter Challenge with MFD—Hillside Battle

6/1—STAY graduation

     6/1—8th Grade Field Day Changed to June 6th

6/8—8th Grade Dance 6:30-9:00

6/11- 8th Grade Evening 4 Excellence 6:30-7:30pm

6/14- 8th Grade Award Ceremony 9:00 am- 10:30 am

6/14—Promotion Ceremony 6:30 p.m.

     6/15—Final day of school for students

Attention Parents of 5th Graders

posted Apr 30, 2018, 7:59 AM by Sarah Mates

Hillside Open House Just For You 
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Hillside Gymnasium

We hope to see you! Please tell your friends. Members of the Green Machine will be giving tours.

Spring Sports

posted Feb 23, 2018, 4:43 AM by Sarah Mates

Are you interested in joining Track and Field this spring or possibly Flag Football???

If so, registration starts March 1st.  You will need to sign up on FamilyID in order to tryout. 

Spring sports start on 3/26, more information will come regarding tryout dates and times.

If you are not familiar with FamilyID please come to the office to get an informational sheet.

Use the link below to register on FamilyID.

Absences, Dismissals, Detentions

posted Sep 19, 2017, 8:36 PM by Steven Tighe   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 8:43 PM ]


If student is absent, parent should notify the school by calling 624-6352 and pressing 1 for the attendance line.  State student’s name and reason for absence so it can be excused.

If parent does not call, then a note to the office to excuse the absence is required upon returning to school.  Five or more unexcused absences will result in a parent conference with guidance.


Student should bring dismissal note to front office at the beginning of the day to receive a dismissal pass.


If student arrives after 7:35, they must go to the office for a tardy pass.  To excuse the tardy, either a parent walks in with the student or the student must have a note from the parent otherwise this tardy is unexcused.  An unexcused tardy results in an office detention the day after the student is tardy.  

Office Detentions:

Held afterschool from 2:30 to 3:05 in either 207 (Ms. Hartigan-Demers) or 213 (Mr. Tafe).

The Beak Speaks

posted Apr 6, 2017, 7:57 AM by Sarah Mates

The hard copy of The Beak Speaks will be going home on April 11th with report cards.

Talent Show Update

posted Apr 4, 2017, 4:58 AM by Sarah Mates

Who’s Got The Talent?

By: James Garcia, Jacob Wong & Ethan Seya

Hillside is having a talent show. The auditions run through the beginning of April with the finals being Friday, April 21st during the Hillside week assembly. Acts could  include: singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, magic, comedy, martial arts, or gymnastics. Students can  either be with a partner, in a group or perform as a solo act. Some previous performances have included raps, skits, singing, and dancing.

The person that won last year was Tikiyah Santiago and she sang a self composed song with electronic background music. It was awesome! Teachers volunteer to be judges for all rounds of the talent show. What kinds of talent make good acts? Any talent as long as the performer is confident.  There are usually about 10 acts in the talent show.  The assembly is a great time to celebrate the hard work and talent of our classmates.  Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with the winner of this year’s talent competition in the next Beak Speaks.

Mr. Buteau & The Salmon Project

posted Apr 3, 2017, 4:59 AM by Sarah Mates

                          Saving The Endangered

                                       By: Da’Zya Horne, Faith Benson, Brooke Robert, and Nael Khenchil

Salmon are an endangered species, but how are they still in New Hampshire? Mr. Buteau conducts his own project to keep them alive. Some of you may know him as the teacher who wears funky ties every day. He is not recognized as much as he should be for all of the hard work he puts into this project. According to Brooke, “He’s a very nice and genuine man.”

                 Some interesting things to know about Mr. Buteau are that his favorite books are The Theory Of Chaos and One Flew The Cuckoo’s Nest.  Aside from saving fish he also likes to eat it. His favorite fish is in fact salmon, but only the west coast variety! He also enjoys other seafood such as trout, haddock, clams, and scallops. His favorite tie is one that has children on it from many different cultures and backgrounds.  His birthday is March 19th, and he just turned seventy-seven! When asked what his favorite thing to do at Hillside is he replied with, “Being in the classroom. I think that’s the best thing to do.”

Mr. Buteau is the teacher in charge of Hillside’s very own Salmon Project. This is something he is dedicated to doing annually. He has been raising salmon for over 18 years. The project is about raising and releasing salmon back into the river. It teaches students about endangered species and caring for something other than themselves.

It all begins when Mr. Buteau obtains the salmon eggs from the Nashua National Fish Hatchery. He raises the fish in a tank that has to be constantly monitored. He has to monitor the filter and the temperature to make sure the salmon stay healthy. When a fish dies, Mr. Buteau has to get rid of it right away. If he does not, fungus will grow inside of the fish and eventually break out, spreading the fungus throughout the whole tank. If the fungus were ever to get to the tank all of the fish would become sick and die. Water chemistry and invertebrate studies are also included as a part of the Salmon Project.

At the end of the year the students who raised the salmon go to a nearby river in Goffstown to release them back into the wild. While salmon have become endangered in New Hampshire, Mr. Buteau and his students are helping to revive the species. He is teaching his students to be more involved and caring for the environment as well as increasing the population of an endangered species.

Mr. Buteau has worked at Hillside for 15 years and has been teaching for over 54 years.  He enjoys teaching and working with a diverse group of students. Oh yeah, I love working at Hillside! The attraction here would have to be the diversity of students.” We thank Mr. Buteau for his dedication to the salmon and to all of the students of Hillside.

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