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Support and Special Areas Team:
Hillside’s Support area team was proud to help facilitate activities promoting educational excellence in the TE community this month.  Elementary Math Support teachers hosted Math in Focus open houses for grades K-4 in each elementary school, engaging parents in a variety of math activities and providing opportunities to answer questions.  Parents actively explored problem solving heuristics, flexible thinking activities, algorithms in action, homework strategies, and children’s literature.

The Annual ESL Family Night took place at Conestoga High School, on December 3, 2015, at 6:30 P.M. The number of students and families that attended from Hillside were a record number! Not only did current families participate, there was also a great representation of children who previously participated in the program. Children wore traditional costumes from their country, and connected with new and old friends. Families were encouraged to bring a dessert representing their country. Posters from each school covered the walls and a multitude of colorful hands were made by our students to represent their country. They were displayed in pots accessorizing the tables. Dr. Oscar Torres and Elementary, Middle, and High School ESL teachers were there to greet and facilitate. The event was sponsored by the CHS Multi-Cultural Club, and they provided the entertainment for the evening. Dancing and music filled the room.

On the evening of December 16, the fourth grade chorus sang for shoppers and families at the Barnes and Noble in Devon.  As always, they wowed the crowd! On December 21, the third and fourth graders presented a wonderful winter concert. They brought the house down with two performances of instrumental and choral pieces, under the direction of Mrs. Mertz (strings teacher) and Mr. Haines (music choral and band director). The cafetorium was decorated by Mrs. Braun (art teacher), using student work depicting winter trees and snowflakes and the stage was lit by beautiful white birch trees and lighted snowflakes. The morning concert was packed with family members and the afternoon, with classmates.  All showed great appreciation for the students' musical abilities and hard work!