June Bulletin

What’s Happening at Hillside

Spotlight on…


Solar Panels



In mid-May, Julie organized a workshop with Nicholas Montoni, a PhD student from the Clean Energy Institute at UW. He came and helped the Environmental Science class build their own solar panels.



Community Service

Brynne and the Community Service elective have cleaned up Hillside, cleared trails, planted a garden
at a women’s shelter, visited an animal sanctuary, and more. In addition to their good work, they need our help with their food drive.
Brynne writes, “We are specifically serving the specific deficits for food in the Renton community, as the East side food banks did not need our help. Our school goal is at least 10 of each item on the wish list, and we are far short of this goal at this time.
Canned food can be directly deposited in the bin by the front door, and packaged, bagged or boxed food goes in the barrel you can see through the window in Huckleberry.
The last day for the food drive is Tuesday, June 19. Note: all donations are welcome, but there are shortages in the “wish list” areas.
Contact Brynne with any questions. Thanks!

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Pioneer Farm Museum

Sigrid, Brynne, and some brave parents took 14 kids on an overnight to Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village. We learned about life in the 1800s for both American pioneers and the Nisqually people. Activities included shaping arrowheads, grinding coffee, learning songs, cooking over an open fire, and carrying a lot of water for the animals. This hands-on experience will be remembered long after the stains on our clothes have been washed out.
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Keeping with the 1800s theme, the 5th/6th is planning a Pioneer Potluck on Wednesday, 6/13 for the students and their families. We will be bringing foods made by the Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie as well as foods that Zitkala-Sa, a member of the Dakota tribe and author of Impressions of an Indian Childhood, might have enjoyed.

Junior Projects Presentation—Noon, Tuesday, June 12finalquilt

 This month our Juniors will be presenting their Junior Projects to their classmates. These projects are self-designed, independent investigations by the student into an area of interest. If any parents would like to attend, please contact Karen at Karen@hillsidesc.org to insure enough space for seating. It is always surprising to see the variety and depth of our students’ interests. 

Animation Night

This yearly event is great fun. Come see the hard work and wonderful imaginations of the student in the Animation elective in this showcase of their work during the year. Animation Night is on June 17th at 7:00 p.m.


You have two chances to see the Hillside production of Midsummer’s Night Dream: Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd at 7:30 p.m.
However, you have only one chance to attend our 2018 Graduation! That is on Saturday, June 23rd at 4:30 p.m.

Civil War

To the 5/6 students, the Civil War project has been almost as epic as the Civil War itself, stretching over months and involving a lot of effort. The culmination of this project was to create 9-square quilts of paper or fabric, with each square graphically representing the student’s learning on a specific topic. The topic for each square was assigned, but the order of what square goes where was up to them.

Events Calendar

Monday, June 4
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 7
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Friday, June 8
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 11
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 12
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13
Little House at Hillside Pioneer Potluck—6:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 14
Fencing—3:00 p.m.
Friday, June 15
Animation Club (Term I)—3:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 16
Animation Night—7:30 p.m.
Monday, June 18
Games Club—3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 21
Half Day—Last Day of School
Friday, June 22
Drama Performance—7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 23
Graduation—4:30 p.m.
Drama Performance—7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 24
Set Strike—11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 26
All-School Outing/Picnic–stay tuned for details!
Wednesday, June 27
Work Party—5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 30
Work Party—11:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 1
Work Party—11:00 a.m.
Monday, July 16
Europe Trip Begins!