Another Great Field Trip

posted Feb 24, 2017, 8:07 AM by Sarah Mates

The Concord Field Trip

by Brooke Robert and Autumn Ouellette

On January 20th, a group of eighth graders traveled to the Federal Courthouse in Concord to learn about the court system. They were privileged to be able to watch a naturalization ceremony. There were people coming to America from over 30 countries! Then the select choir sang “The National Anthem” and “Prayer for the Children”.

After that the group ate their lunch and were taught about the K-9 unit and the police unit. They met a police dog named Kia who helps locate explosives and other dangerous materials. Mr. Batten, a chaperone on the trip said that, “It was beneficial to the students’ learning and it was a great experience.” Students also learned about military families and some of things soldiers go through.

Then the students went to a different courtroom and took place in two mock trials. Every student had some sort of part in the trials. The first took place in the 1700s, with William Penn as the suspect. He was found not guilty, and was released from the trial.

The second trial took place in 2017. The suspect was William Penn Jr. He was tried because a police dog found drugs in his locker. In the end, the result was indecisive. If it were a real trial, they would have gone back the next day to try and finish the trial. It was never decided whether or not William Penn Jr. was innocent.

A lot of the eighth graders enjoyed the trip, and it was a great experience for them. Hopefully the sixth and seventh graders get to go on this trip as well and get to learn the same things that the eighth graders did. Two eighth graders liked the trip so much that they are going back to visit Judge McCafferty to talk about law.

Book Reviews

posted Feb 24, 2017, 8:06 AM by Sarah Mates

Books Students are Reading

By: Kaylin Gartland, Faith Benson, Jayson Reyes, David Mackie, and James Cefalo

A fellow seventh grade student named Jorvy read a book called The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. It takes place at the Montparnasse railway station in 1930s Paris. Jorvy says the book was about a kid named Hugo who lives in the train station. His parents are dead so he lives with his uncle but he almost gets sent to an orphanage. The police catch him stealing from a toy store. He was stealing gears. He finds the girl who catches him and tells her dad (the shopkeeper) about the automaton.  After the house fire it was sent to a museum and the automaton draws a picture of a bullet going to the moon which is unusual. The automaton signs the shopkeeper's name which was also very strange. The main characters are Hugo Cabret, Isabelle Etienne, Mama Jean, and George Melies. Jorvy says his favorite part was when the machine stopped working for 30 seconds and Hugo hits his head on the wall and almost started to cry. Jorvy’s favorite character is Isabelle's grandmother and his least favorite character/part is the movie guy that kicks Hugo and Isabelle out the movie theater. Overall he loved the book.

                 Another fellow seventh grade student named Liam N. read the book

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen which takes place in Netherfield Park, Rosings Park, and Pemberley, England. Liam says the book was about a girl named Isabella from a middle class family. She is being courted by  five different people which include: Mr. Bingley, Mr. Darcy, and  Mr. Wickham. She does not like Mr. Darcy because he cheated Mr. Wickham out of a large sum of money that is rightfully his. So Isabella plans to trick Mr. Darcy to get the money back. And so, Charlotte (Isabella’s friend ) tricks Mr. Darcy into marrying her instead of Isabella. Finally, Isabella swindles Mr. Darcy out of the money that he stole from Mr.Wickham and Isabella marries no one. Liam says that his favorite part was when Charlotte tricks Mr. Collins into marrying her instead of Isabella because she does not want to marry him. Liam says Pride and Prejudice is a good book but is also a very hard read.

An Update on Builders Club

posted Feb 24, 2017, 4:52 AM by Sarah Mates

Community Service Goes Viral

By: Rachel Gosselin, Genesis Nunez, Ava Tarallo    

Hey Hillside! Have you ever wondered why we have a Builders Club? Have you ever thought about the purpose of Builders Club? We interviewed the Builders Club President, Noah Merrow, and he gave us information about this awesome program! In his own words, Merrow said,“It is a good feeling to be a part of something new, and it’s fun.”

Hillside’s Builders Club has about 60 student members and the advisors are Ms. Hartigan and Mrs. Michaud. The biggest purpose of Builders Club is being a community service club. Some of the organizations Builders Club has helped are the Make a Wish, New Horizon’s Food Pantry, Manchester Animal Shelter and Hillside Middle School. The Make a Wish program grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses. New Horizons is a food pantry that people can get food and have a place to live if they have financial hardship. The Manchester Animal Shelter takes in homeless animals and abused animals in need of a home


The Builders Club has made thousands of dollars for these great organizations. Being a part of Builders Club is enjoyable because it makes people feel good, and it can be really exciting. It makes people feel good inside helping someone in need. Being involved with amazing actions that the Builders Club does, makes other people excited to help. The others being helped also feel good inside. Be sure to support the Builders Club band-aids and book drive that will support Children's Hospital at Dartmouth in the month of March!

Just one of the many advisories...

posted Feb 23, 2017, 10:57 AM by Sarah Mates

Hungry Hungry Hawks

One of Hillside’s proudest advisories is Ms.Seitz and her students: Isabella Diaz, Nyasia Sackey, Kelsay Young, Jazmyne Kilgore, Emin Ahmetovic, Izaiah Gallant, Sandip Subba, and Naomi Doyle. In the past, Hawk Productions has made the following(to sell): chocolate chip cookies and rice crispy treats. They have also made Halloween brownies for the Halloween dance. Another thing they have made were decorated cookies for the Hala-Day dance. Hawk Productions doesn’t just make goodies for the kids, they also made orange cranberry scones for the Hillside’s staff around the holidays.

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Coming Up…

For future products, Hawk Productions would like to make popcorn with toppings.  One more treat that Hawk Productions would like to do is make a product to sell at the Valentine's Day dance. They would not share what they are planning to make….Hmmmm?!?!  Mrs. Seitz’s advisory puts the money they earn selling their delicious treats back into the business to use as a life lesson.  Their total balance is $58.24 at the moment.  


  The Orange-Cranberry Scone Recipe

Prep Time            Cook Time            Total Time

10 minutes            20 minutes            30 minutes

Serves: 8 people


Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup sugar plus more for topping

  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup(1 stick) cold butter

  • ½ cup fresh cranberries

  • ¾-1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

Orange Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar

  • 3-4 tablespoon orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet pan with parchment paper or a nonstick baking sheet.

For The Scones

Step 1: Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter to the bowl and cut into the flour with a pastry blender until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of a pea and the flour mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in cranberries, ¾  cup of heavy cream, orange juice, and orange zest. Press dough together between the palms of your hands. If it doesn’t just hold together, add more heavy cream until it just holds together. Step 2: Pour dough onto a lightly floured counter top or a pastry board. Pat dough into a large round disc, about an inch thick. Cut dough into equal sized wedges  and place onto a prepared baking sheet pan. Melt about 2 tablespoons of butter and brush on top of the dough. Step 3:  Bake scones for 20-25 minutes or until they are just beginning to turn lightly brown.  Remove from the oven.                           

Orange Glaze

Whisk all of the glaze ingredients together in a medium sized bowl until smooth and then drizzle on top of each scone after it has cooled for about five minutes.

By Mario Ferro And Robbie Labarre

Hillside's Fifth Annual PTO Benefit Auction

posted Feb 22, 2017, 11:11 AM by Sarah Mates

Come join us for some fun and help Hillside raise funds in the process.

When: Friday, March 24th 7pm
Where: Derryfield Country Club
            625 Mammoth Rd
            Manchester, NH
What: Dueling Pianos
          Silent and Live Auctions
          Hors D'oeuvres
          Cash Bar
Why: Hillside Makeover Continues
        Let's Finish What We Started

Tickets:$30 a person
May be purchased in the front office.
Discounts for teachers.

Eighth Grade Field Trip to MST

posted Jan 20, 2017, 10:49 AM by Sarah Mates   [ updated Jan 22, 2017, 4:54 PM ]

Eighth Grade Field Trip to MST

By: Da’Zya Horne, Kaylin Gartland, Nael Khenchil & Catherine Whitt

The Hillside eighth graders went to Manchester School of Technology (MST) and what a tour it was! When they first got there they were greeted by the smiling face of MST’s principal Karen Machado who showed them an amazing video about the school and all of the CTE programs. The video included: health professions, careers in education, collision repair & refinishing, cosmetology, and their culinary arts program. Then they split up into their groups and the tour began!

Group three was able to tour the video and digital media production rooms. That is where students learn and make music videos, news, and much more. They also saw the green technology program, where students learn about sustainable agriculture and landscape design. They went on to visit the design communication classrooms where they learn about all different types of design skills such as architecture, civil engineering and even interior design.

Group two went to see HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), residential carpentry, collision repair & refinishing, manufacturing, welding and the auto body program. Many liked the welding course as they got to take home plasma cut batman signals. Sean K. said, “The carpentry/painting was cool because the students do not buy a single color of paint. They mix their own paint from two colors of paint.” These career programs are interesting for students who would like to be carpenters, mechanics or plumbers.

Group one saw many exciting things such as the health profession program where students train for the medical field. They also visited the public safety and law program where students learn how to become police officers and detectives. They even participate in mock trials and mock disaster situations!  The students visited the culinary arts program where there are two sides to the program. The baking side where they bake for the school’s bakery and the cooking side where they cook lunch for the whole school. The cosmetology program is where students learn about different types of hair and different hairstyling skills, then perform them on real customers. Last but certainly not least, they have careers in education where students prepare their own lessons and teach young children just like a school teacher.

MST is filled with possibilities, many eighth graders enjoyed their trip for different reasons. Ariyanah L. said, “ I really enjoyed seeing all the programs even though I’m not planning on going into them.” The field trip to MST showed the eighth graders that there is more to high school and their life after. MST gives eighth graders the chance to preview what they might do as a future career. Of course they may not know what they want to do and that is fine, but this trip may have just sparked some ideas. MST is highly recommended to those who would like an education and a place to start their careers early. Students who are interested in MST must be motivated to pursue the career they have chosen.

Hillside's New School Resource Officer

posted Jan 19, 2017, 11:16 AM by Sarah Mates   [ updated Jan 22, 2017, 4:43 PM ]

Get to Know Hillside’s SRO

By: Rachel Gosselin, Trenton Rice & Kamryn Chretien


Photo Credit: Baril Mawo & Latrell Grimes

Our SRO (School Resource Officer) has an interesting back story. Officer Kozowyk has a lot of adventures every day. We asked him questions on what it is like to be a SRO. Remember he can always solve a problem that you have.   Here are some of the questions we asked.

What did you do before you became a SRO?  I was in a rock band before I became a SRO. I also had several jobs, but being in a rock band sticks out the most.


Do you have to go through extra training to become a SRO? You do not go through extra training. Once you are a SRO you have to go through specialized training for connecting with kids and things like that.

How long have you been a resource officer? This is my first year as a SRO but my fourth year in the police field.

Do you plan on being a resource officer for a few more years? Yes, as long as I can.

When is your birthday? August 2.

What inspired you to be a police/resource officer? I wanted to help people. Life is a big adventure. I also think kids have the most potential.

Is it ever a challenge in a school? How is it different from reality? It’s always a challenge, I need to learn kid vocab. Kids think that grown ups can’t help with their issues. But every grown up used to be a kid!

How do you solve problems with kids?  The key is to listen, kids want to be treated with respect, like young adults. This doesn’t always work, but I do what I can!

Is it difficult to be a SRO?  It can be busy. It can be difficult sometimes, but the schedule of being a SRO is easier than being an officer on patrol. It is definitely more lighthearted.

Come one, come all to the PTO meeting

posted Nov 3, 2016, 8:25 AM by Sarah Mates   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 4:54 AM ]

The PTO will be holding their monthly meeting on March 8th in the library. The meeting starts promptly at 7 and lasts for an hour. Come hear all about the great things going on here at Hillside.

Box Tops for Education

posted Sep 22, 2016, 4:25 PM by Sarah Mates

We are in need of a parent volunteer to manage this on-going fundraising initiative.

If you are interested in further details please contact Maureen Hamel in the school office  at (603) 624-6352

Hillside's Kitchen Staff featured on WMUR's Cooks' Corner

posted Aug 12, 2016, 1:57 PM by Hillside PTO

On Monday August 15th the kitchen staff from Hillside will join Erin Fehlau and Kevin Skarupa on WMUR's Cooks' Corner.  The segment will feature Hillside's pizzas.  Be sure to tune into WMUR News 9 at Noon.

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