Volunteers Needed

Hi Hillside Families,
Can you believe it’s time to think about PTA Volunteers for 2015-16 already?!
Why volunteer?
•  Meet people like you — parents who live nearby and have kids close in age to yours.
•  Get to know Hillside’s administration team and teachers more personally.
•  Experience Hillside’s culture of innovation and learning firsthand. And see what your child’s days are like, who they play with, and how they learn.
•  Parents involved in education works!  Studies show that kids with parents involved in their education do better at and enjoy school more.
CLICK HERE to check out opportunities to get involved at Hillside.
To learn more, please contact Sandy at SandyCraig02@yahoo.com or Jon Randel at JonRandel@gmail.com.
Here’s looking forward to meeting lots of new faces this coming year!
Your Hillside PTA Team


THEME: “The world would be a better place if…”

Reflect on the theme. Create an original work. Be recognized.

October 8 is the due date for Reflections projects. Reflections is a national PTA program that encourages students to create and submit works of art in one of six categories. All students who submit an entry will be recognized in their classrooms and have their work on display at the Reflections gallery at  International Family Fun Night. Visit hillsidepta.com/reflections for forms, and contact Shana Spalding at spaldingrf15@yahoo.com for questions.

Hillside Kids

We think Hillside PTA is better with more members. Check out our great video featuring Hillside kids!


Hillside Elementary School is a state-of-the-art facility servicing the elementary aged students of Roswell and Johns Creek, Georgia.

As a Title I school, Hillside offers a quality academic education that honors diversity while instilling a commitment to behavior that encourages learning through a partnership among students, teachers, parents, and the community.

The Hillside Elementary PTA is a consistent top-performer, earning recognition as Outstanding Local Unit, Model PTA, Connect with Council, and 2nd Place Outstanding Local Unit statewide.

Hillside PTA By-Laws Amendment

Posted on the PTA door at Hillside and on the PTA website at hillsidepta.com is a proposed by-laws amendment.  This change will allow for up to two people to share the Vice Presidents roles for each program area.  The posting is done with at least 30 days’ notice and to allow the general membership to review the change prior to being put to a vote at Hillside’s curriculum nights, August 26th and August 28th.  If there are any questions, you may contact Sandy Craig at sandycraig02@yahoo.com or Leah Ward at lhward@bellsouth.net.

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College and Career Readiness Performance Index

College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) is the rating process that the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) began using to report school performance beginning with 2012 data. The report for 2013 performance will be released with changes to the criteria formula.  To allow for an equal comparison between 2012 and 2013 ratings, the GADOE recalculated the 2012 ratings of all schools to match the 2013 formula. This recalculation resulted in a change in the original 2012 reported rating and lowered original scores for most schools throughout the state. While this may result in lower ratings for 2012, it will give an apples-to-apples comparison to show growth. This adjustment reflects the states focus upon growth rather than simply achievement.

The following documents should be reviewed by all stakeholders to prepare for the release of the 2012 and 2013 CCRPI ratings:

Explanation and Rationale of CCRPI Changes

Overview of CCRPI Changes

Hillside CCRPI 2013 to 2012 Comparison

At Hillside we are committed to working collaboratively with the administration, teachers, staff and parent organizations to review the new newly published formula and continue to build our school improvement plan to meet the needs of our school community.

For more detailed information please take time to review the GADOE website on CCRPI

Did you know it’s already that time of year again?

The Nominating Committee will begin searching for PTA Volunteers for the 2014-15 Academic Year in February! If you’re interested in becoming involved at Hillside, take a look here PTA Working for You 2014 at all the cool opportunities (big and small!) available at Hillside.

Hillside Elementary School is a state-of-the-art facility serving elementary-aged students of Roswell and Johns Creek, Georgia. As a Title I school, Hillside offers a quality academic education that honors diversity while instilling a commitment to behavior that encourages learning through a partnership among students, teachers, parents, and the community.

Your PTA is a consistent top-performer, earning recognition as an Outstanding Local Unit from both the North Fulton Council of PTAs and State of Georgia PTAs and as a Model PTA from the State of Georgia PTA. We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to connect our community and bolster our children’s education!

International Family Fun Night

Hillside Elementary is hosting an International Family Fun Night on Friday, October 4, 2013 from 5:30-8pm. As we prepare for this event, we would like to know if you would be interested in participating in an evening of cultural food, music and dancing. We are looking for families to prepare food samples to share with “tourists” traveling around the world where they receive stamps for their passport. We are looking for fun table settings with artifacts and a list of fun facts about your heritage and the country you are representing.

Example: My family is from Brazil we have prepared Açacá, Three Fun Facts about Brazil are
1) host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, 2) has the largest rainforest in the world, 3) approx. 1 million residents are Asian.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Byas at lisabyas@gmail.com.

International Parent Interest Letter_Form FINAL

International Parent Interest Letter_Form FINAL-Spanish

Be Sure to Renew Volunteer Training/Verification

IMPORTANT Information for ALL Hillside Volunteers!!!

Before volunteering at Hillside Elementary, volunteers are required to view this Fulton County Schools video found at http://media2.fultonschools.org/DistrictContent/Training/ChildAbuseandNeglect/player.html. Following viewing of the video, a two question quiz, and instructions for printing a certificate will be provided. This will verify that the parent/volunteer has completed the training. The parent/volunteer should bring this certificate to the school prior to volunteering.

Also, in order to volunteer, each parent will need to complete the Volunteer Safety Form; provide the Child Abuse Reporting Protocol Training Certificate; and provide the Training Verification Form.