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New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District Schools | Hillside Grade School

 Hillside Grade School 

150 W. Maple Drive

New Hyde Park, New York 11040

Beth Torreano, Principal

Laura Caines-Giralde, Assistant Principal

Phone: (516) 434-2410


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Upstander Appreciation Week at Hillside Grade School

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To encourage a caring and inclusive school environment, Hillside Grade School hosted its annual Upstander Appreciation Week from Feb. 27-March 3. The event was organized by school social worker Lori Cohen and Student Council advisor Christina DeMartino.

This year’s event was a collaborative venture between the Caring Ambassadors and Student Council. Throughout the week, the two student groups visited classrooms to share tips and strategies on how to be and recognize an upstander.

To further promote Upstander Appreciation Week, themed days were held. On Monday, students dressed in an assigned grade-level color for Confetti Day; on Tuesday, students wore their favorite sports gear for “Upstanders are Good Sports;” on Wednesday, students wore clothes to represent their school spirt for “We Take Pride in Being Upstanders;” on Thursday, students handed in Post-It notes with inspirational messages that were added to a heart display in the main lobby; and on Friday, students wore pajamas for “Upstanders Make Our School a Warm and Cozy Place.”

Cohen and DeMartino also shared video links and anti-bullying book recommendations for classroom teachers to utilize.

Date Added: 3/14/2023 

Global School Play Day at Hillside Grade School

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On Feb. 1, Hillside Grade School participated in Global School Play Day, a day or designated period for educators to devote time to “unstructured play.” This annual celebration, held in February, aims to highlight the positive effects of playtime and provide students with social-emotional learning.

Buddy Classes of first and sixth graders, second and fifth graders, and third and fourth graders joined together to draw, play board games or cards, chat and more.

Date Added: 2/9/2023

Hillside Grade School’s LEGO League

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Hillside Grade School’s LEGO League kicked off during the second week of January. Third graders meet after school on Tuesdays with physical education teacher and adviser Brendan Greene. Fourth graders also meet weekly on Wednesdays with fourth grade teacher and adviser Kimberly Graef.

Both groups are participating in the FIRST LEGO League Explore SUPERPOWERED Challenge. Using Legos and Lego Education WeDo 2.0 software, the students must design and create a town that is energy efficient. Their projects must include a working windmill, which will be powered by an energy storage bank. The students will code the windmill to make it move. Their projects will also include a moving carousel.

LEGO League students will meet for 12 sessions to complete their projects. The students will log their work and what they’ve learned in the Book Creator app.

Date Added: 1/27/2023

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