Hillside students participate in rigorous classroom instruction daily, including STEAM activities that allow students to use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math skills. These activities help our students obtain future ready skills. Each grade level was given a different challenge where students had to work together with their team to design a working product.
- Kindergarten designed a working maze for a marble to go through from start to finish.
- 1st grade was challenged to use recycled materials to design a parachute that safely carried a gummy bear.
- 2nd graders use recycled materials to design the Big Bad Wolf, a product that would create a puff of air strong enough to move a large marshmallow.
- 3rd graders were given the task to build a car that runs on only air.
Winners from each grade level were chosen and will compete in the district STEAMposium. Creativity and innovation are key to the engineering design process.
The Texas Performance Standard Project (TPSP) provides differentiated instruction to gifted/talented students. Each Hillside student participated in a TPSP inquiry project this year.
Hillside teachers use the TPSP to guide independent learning experiences and research projects. A TPSP Showcase night was held where every student was able to display their individual products.
Technology in the classrooms and beyond
Students at Hillside visit the computer lab several times a week. Grade levels Kinder - 3rd have iPads available to them on a daily basis, and 4th and 5th graders have laptops and ChromeBooks available. Hillside has two computer labs, as well as computers available to students in the library.
Hillside teachers are constantly looking for new ways to keep students engaged, learn technology and future ready skills, and ensure that our students are GISD Ready. At Hillside, we believe students should learn to use technology to enhance education and learn the importance of digital citizenship.
Hour of code
Hillside Academy participated in the worldwide event, Hour of Code. Students learned to code using a program. Code.org allows students to learn coding through fun videos and games.
STAAR elementary testing
Please visit the district site to see dates for testing.
Free online research resources
Developing graduates that are prepared for success in a globally competitive workforce is the ultimate goal of the GISD Ready initiative.
Skyward is our student information system. Use Skyward Family Access to find student grades, attendance and more.
DimensionU consists of four engaging and interactive multiplayer video games that focus on core skills in math and literacy. Each game is designed with unique features that bring out distinct academic and strategic skills in students.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
Our middle and high school students collaborate with parents, teachers and school counselors to create a personalized college & career plan with Naviance.