Hillside Apparel for Sale

posted Sep 20, 2018, 7:59 AM by Sarah Mates

Have you ever wanted to own your very own Hillside sweatshirt, t-shirt? How about sweatpants? Or even a draw string backpack? Well, your dreams are about to become reality.  Orders are being taken until October 3rd.
Please fill out and return to the office.

The Luke Capistran Memorial 5K Run, 3K Walk & Kids Fun Run

posted Jul 11, 2018, 5:46 AM by Sarah Mates   [ updated Sep 20, 2018, 11:06 AM ]

The Luke Capistran Memorial 5K Run, 3K Walk & Kids Fun Run

Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:00 AM

Derryfield Park, Bridge Street, Manchester NH 03104

All proceeds go to the Luke Capistran Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships for students to attend summer camp.

Please use the link below to register online.

Or use the form below to mail in your registration.

A Huge Hillside Shout Out

posted Jun 22, 2018, 8:09 AM by Sarah Mates

Hillside Community,

Thanks to so many for all your help and support of our events and activities here at Hillside this past school year. Would not have been possible without all of you!

Hillside students organized, planned, promoted, operated, contributed and participated in the many dances, fundraisers and assemblies.

Hillside staff volunteered their time and made donations of all kinds to help out with the various causes here at Hillside, including dances, fundraisers, assemblies and organizations. 

Hillside parents supported our causes with many types of donations and gift cards throughout the school year, including but not limited to dance raffles and fundraisers, and the recent 8th grade field day and semi-dance, 

Thanks to all students, staff and parents who supported our Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program, CHaD Hospital, Make-A-Wish and Special Olympics fundraisers.

Thanks to all of the establishments, businesses, companies and friends of Hillside in the greater Manchester area who have made significant donations to our various events and activities here at Hillside throughout the school year.

Please remember to keep the following patrons (who have contributed to our Hillside causes) in mind when planning your summer fun, family functions and business transactions:

Alley Cat Pizzeria
Angela's Pasta Shop
Auburn Pitts
Bagel Cafe
Ben & Jerry's
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cactus Jack's
Cake Fairy
Cummings Printing
Domino's (Amory Street)
El Sabroso
Fire Fly
Jerome's Deli
La Carreta
La Fiesta
Master Wok
McLean Communications
Michelle's Bakery
Mr. Mac's
O'Neill Cinemas
Pappy's Pizza
Pizza 911 (Pinardville)
Portland Pie
Sandy's Variety
Szechuan House
The Kitchen
The O'Connell Group

Donors Choose Subpage

posted Dec 5, 2017, 8:50 AM by Sarah Mates   [ updated Aug 31, 2018, 4:32 PM ]

Please take a moment to notice our new Donors Choose subpage under the Main Navigation bar. This is where you can find all the projects that teachers currently have listed on Donors Choose.

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.

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.

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