Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year at Hillside Innovation Academy!

This is truly going to be an amazing year as we work collaboratively to ensure the success of our scholars, families, teachers and the addition of Hillside Innovation Academy to the Hillside Public School District. 

Our work ahead will be guided by our mission statement, “overvaluing each minute to maximize, prepare and give the gift of education to every scholar.”  Toward this goal, we will approach every interaction with our scholars as an opportunity to provide them with the tools necessary for a successful tomorrow.  

We are committed to delivering instruction that is innovative, and sparks a learning community of curious, creative, and exceptional thinkers. Our work will reflect our unwavering commitment to elevating intellectual thought, while fostering nurturing relationships with our scholars and their families. At Hillside Innovation Academy, we believe in celebrating every child for their unique contribution to our learning environment and the gifts that they will bring to the world. Recognizing the importance of social, emotional, and physical wellness, we will attend to the whole child, in a supportive and inclusive school environment.  

Collaboration will be key to our success as each of us plays a role in educating our children. We are counting on the support of our families, the community, and our partners in education to provide limitless opportunities for our scholars that extend beyond the academic program. We want our scholars to know that boundaries only exist when they are self-imposed.  

I strongly believe that all students can learn and demonstrate their learning at high levels. With that said, we will work with a mindset of continuous improvement, supported by clear systems of accountability, collaboration and utilization of district, parent, and community resources.   

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. At HIA we have an expectation for excellence! We will hold ourselves accountable for acting with consistency in our practices, our messaging and in our expectations of our scholars. 

I thank you in advance for making this a great first year at Hillside Innovation Academy.  

Dr. Nicole Gilmore-Silva, Principal

Hillside Innovation Academy

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