Principal Message

Dear Hillside Huskie Families, 

I hope you were all able to enjoy a long and family filled Thanksgiving Weekend.  Truly, it is hard to believe that we are rolling in to December.  Below you will find some updates and reminders.  

Updates and Reminders 

Student Drop Off and Pick Up 

Please do remember students are not to be dropped off and left unsupervised before 8:10 am in the morning.  Pets are not allowed at drop off or pick as pets are not allowed on campus.  We want to keep everyone safe and really appreciate your help in that process. 

Report Cards coming home December 8 

Please expect to be looking for your child to bring home their report cards on December 8, 2023.   

Awards Assembly 

Our next awards assembly will be Friday, December 1, at 8:30 am.  The trait is Safety.  Your child’s teacher will be in touch with you if your child is receiving an award if they have not already.   

Next Spirit Day 

Our next spirit day will be December 22 and the theme is Winter clothing, hats, scarves, winter sweaters, boots and gloves, etc.   

Highly Capable Program Nominations 

Clover Park School District is now accepting nominations for its Highly Capable Program until Dec. 15 for the 2024-25 school year. Students may be nominated by a parent, teacher, community member or themselves. 

Electronic forms are available in English and Spanish and may be accessed by clicking the following form, 2023-2024 Highly Capable Nomination Form. To request a blank nomination form, please visit the Hillside’s main office. All forms and supporting documentation must be received by Dec. 15. 

For more information about the Highly Capable Program, student identification, placement and the nomination timeline, please visit the Highly Capable page on the district website. 

2024 Replacement Levy 

Clover Park School District will have a four-year Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy for voter consideration in the 2024 special election on Feb. 13. The Replacement Levy continues our community’s investment in our students and will continue essential funding beyond state basic education to support student readiness, safety and security, educational technology and extracurricular programs. You can access more information at the URLs below. 

Contact community relations at 253-583-5040 if you have questions or need additional information. 

Walk With Us in the Lakewood Holiday Parade Saturday, Dec. 9! 

Join CPSD as we walk in the city of Lakewood's Holiday Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 9! This is a great opportunity to show your school (and district) pride. Wear your school swag and festive attire and walk with your school along the full parade route, which runs from Colonial Plaza to City Hall. Arrive to the staging area by 4 p.m. at the Colonial Plaza parking lot on Motor Avenue in downtown Lakewood. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Please complete the following form for you and/or your family if you are interested in participating:

Community Relations will follow up with you to provide you with information and any necessary forms that must be completed. Please call Community Relations at ext. 5040, [email protected], with any questions or for assistance. Thank you for your support of Clover Park School District! 

We know the holiday season is a busy and sometimes emotional time.  Please do let us know how we can continue to support our amazing Hillside Husky families.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us by contacting the main office at 253-583-5280 or I can be reached at [email protected].  We welcome your questions, concerns and celebrations.   


Karen Mauer-Smith 
Interim Principal 
Hillside Elementary School 

Hillside Huskies are Safe, Respectful, Responsible, Problem Solvers and Learners