Principal Message

Travis Campbell

Happy November, Amazing Hillside Families:

Remembering our Veterans…

I would like to begin by saying that after one year and two months of service at Hillside Elementary, I feel that I continue to discover the immense weight our families carry from active service to our country. It is deeply appreciated and celebrated at Hillside Elementary.

My adoptive father served in Vietnam combat as a volunteer (not a conscript) eventually earning the rank of SSgt, the lowest Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) rank in the Air Force. He served in the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG), conducting unconventional operations prior to and during the Vietnam War. He suffered significant disability in combat that continues to plague him today. He now proudly serves in the American Legion and Purple Heart organizations to provide leadership and service. Please know that your sons and daughters will appreciate you and your service in years to come as I do for my dad.

On 11/10/22, students will participate in a Veterans Day Gallery Walk where students can share photos of their family members who are veterans or active service members. Be expecting messages from your teachers to solicit pictures of our valued solders in uniform.  

On to the weather…

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), La Niña's climate pattern means colder-than-average temperatures in the PNW. Yes, we may be in for more snow and sleet this winter season. This also means fall will likely be cooler and wetter. This said, be thinking about equipping your student(s) with a winter jacket and appropriate footwear as we transition to winter.

If anyone has a need for assistance with resources for winter wear, please contact our counselor, Wendy Bullman, at [email protected]. She is connected with our valued partner organization, Caring for Kids, that can supply needed winter wear.

Important Calendar Points:

  • Nov. 1, 2022, Breakfast will begin to be served in the cafeteria. Please see my previous communication details.
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 4 Spirit Week
    • Monday "Book Character Day"
    • Tuesday "Pajama Day"
    • Wednesday "Husky Day"
    • Thursday "Superhero Day"
    • Friday "Sports Day"
  • Nov. 10 Veterans Day Gallery Walk: Our plan is to have a Veterans Day Gallery Walk where students can share photos of their family members who are veterans or active service.  
  • Nov. 15-17 In-person parent-teacher conferences (scheduled with teachers in Skyward)
  • Nov. 22 Lockdown Drill
  • Nov. 30 Picture Make-up Day

Parent Volunteers:

Next month, we expect updated guidance on parent volunteers at Hillside Elementary. I have been actively communicating with the area mayors of Hillside, New Hillside, and Discovery Village to forge collaborative partnerships in order to develop a pipeline of parent volunteers to Hillside Elementary to fulfill our kiddos’ needs. This process will follow the CPSD Volunteer process. I will send out more specific information as we are updated by Superintendent Banner.

Fall Conferences (11/15-11/17):

Teachers will be in contact with you to determine the best date/time for in-person conferences, 11/15-11/17. During these conferences you can expect the teacher will present current growth and proficiency data for your child. This may include, for example, “STAR” data (academic proficiency data), “Freckle” data (academic growth data), and “Zern” data (academic proficiency data).

NOTE: Kinder students may have “WaKIDS” (baseline data).

Teachers will also share classroom-based assessments, project-based assessments, and other informal assessments aligned to grade-level standards being taught.

Teachers will clearly identify the standards met and not met following the CPSD standard report card for Trimester I, with an plan to assist your child to approach/meet grade-level standards or individualized metrics per IEP or Section 504. It’s all about growth before proficiency!


Please keep our staff informed, specifically, if your family is expecting a deployment. We stand ready to serve in any capacity to support your family in conjunction with JBLM resources.  

Parting thoughts:

I want you all to know how much I appreciate your family partnership and that I consider it an amazing strength of our school. If you ever have a need to reach out, call my desk phone 253-583-5282 and I will be in touch within 24 hours.


Mr. Travis Campbell, Principal