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Dr. Otway
Northeast Learning Community
Principal of the Year

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Dr. Maisha Otway was just named the Northeast Learning Community's Principal of the Year! Dr. Otway embodies the qualities that inspire both our students at Hillside and our staff to achieve excellence. Through innovation and dedication Dr. Otway has lead Hillside in accomplishing great things over the last few years! We are honored to work alongside Dr. Otway and could not be more proud of her.
What makes Dr. Otway so great and why did she win this award?
From our Kindergarten Team: "Dr. Otway  is deserving of the Principal of the Year because she is dedicated to enriching the lives of her staff and students.  She believes in impacting the lives of the students on a daily basis.  She also is willing to lend a helping hand with academics and administrative tasks." Dr. Otway knows her students. She knows their names, their stories, their strengths, and their weaknesses. Throughout every day - you will see Dr. Otway giving hugs and having a conversation about a recent test score or athletic event. 
From our 1st/2nd Grade STEM Team - "We believe Dr. Otway received the Principal of the Year award for the NELC because she is not afraid to take risks when it comes to fulfilling innovative ideas. She is a results driven leader that does her best to build a positive work environment and support the culture of our school."  Instruction in the school is data-driven.  Hillside's administration disaggregates data school-wide so they can give our teachers a "big picture" understanding of instructional needs. Teachers are empowered to use data with individual students in their classrooms as they plan lessons that promote student growth.
From our 1st/2nd Grade Humanities Team -"We feel like she received this award because she is a supportive and encouraging leader."   Teachers are treated as professionals.  Dr. Otway is an instructional leader who guides her staff in the best interest of student learning.
From our 3rd-5th Reading/LA Team:  "Through her leadership, Dr. Otway has demonstrated dedication to our kids and has been willing to take risks to enhance the learning experience at Hillside. In addition, she adapts to meet the needs of her staff even when it requires her to step outside her comfort zone."  Our academic and innovative culture is celebrated as Dr. Otway rewards academic success in ways that motivate students and staff.
From our 3rd-5th Science/Social Studies Team:  "Dr. Otway has been a phenomenal leader and support to our staff. Her door is always open for questions and concerns. She works hard to ensure that students and staff are cared for and are pushed to their highest potential."  Dr. Otway promotes school spirit and teamwork; everything is a celebration! Teachers and students know they are valued and academic success is cheered!
From our 3rd-5th Grade Math Team:  "We think Dr. Otway was chosen for this award for her leadership in guiding the work necessary to do what's best for kids." Hillside is a community of caring. Dr. Otway is always accessible and students feel at home in the building, aware that their principal cares about them. 
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 2018/19 Student Placement


Each spring there is considerable discussion about the placement of students in next year's classes.  Proper placement of students to ensure academic success is our top priority.  The staff and administrative team spend hours forming well-balanced classes in which all students have an opportunity to learn and grow both academically and socially.

It is our hope that by providing a detailed explanation of the procedure that we follow in the formation of classes and the placement of students, we give parents a better understanding of the factors that must go into these decisions as well as the reasons why we cannot entertain requests for a specific teacher.

When classes are formed, we follow a clear set of guidelines.  Classes are formed into deliberate heterogeneous groups across grade levels keeping the following in mind:

•             an even male\female ratio

•             a balance of ethnicity

•             a full range of aptitudes in each class

•             balanced proportion of abilities and learning styles across the classes

•             teacher input for placement

•             equal number of students in each class

Once all of these factors have been considered, the placement committee begins to build classes of students who show promise of working well together.  At this point, attempts are made to match student and teacher personality and style.  These decisions are based on observations made by the teachers during the course of the year.  While we welcome your input about your student's individual needs, we remind you that your comments are one of many factors and are not the basis of placement.  When forming classes, the final decision on class placement will reside with the school.

As explained above, requests for specific teachers cannot be considered.  We do appreciate any input concerning general learning characteristics and learning environments that will benefit your student.  The Student Placement Request Form is open until April 6th via the link below.  


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Upcoming Parent Meetings for Rising 6th Graders at

Haynes Bridge MS - Wednesday, March 28th 





Niche Ranks Fulton County Schools Among State's Best

Fulton County Schools ranks 11th in the state, according to the online ranking and review site, Niche.

Please click here for information about Hillside ES




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5/21/2018 12:00 AM Copy: Last Week of School Celebration - Grade Level Theme Dress Up 

5/21/2018 8:30 AM Copy: HOST Hillside/Centennial Graduates 

5/21/2018 12:30 PM Copy: EOY Party - Grades PK - 2nd 

5/22/2018 12:30 PM Copy: EOY Party - Grades 3rd-4th 

5/23/2018 12:30 PM Copy: EOY Party - Grade 5th 

5/24/2018 8:00 AM Copy: Last day of school 

5/24/2018 8:30 AM Copy: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony/Reception 

5/25/2018 7:00 AM Copy: Post Planning 

6/14/2018 9:30 AM Julia Bernath Community Meeting - North Learning Center 
9/10/2018 7:00 AM Hillside ES - RFF Day 
(More Events...)


​Principal - Dr. Maisha​​​ Otway
Assistant Principal -Matthew Donahoe​


​School Hours

Instructional Hours: 7:40 am - 2:20 pm
Earliest arrival for students:  7:10 am





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Next Hillside Meeting

Tuesday, May 1st 7am

Action Items from 3/21/18 Mtng.

SGC Action Items 3.21.18.pdf

Approved Minutes from 2/21/18 Mtng.

SGC minutes 2.21.18.pdf


Hillside ES Feeder Schools:






9250 Scott Road, Roswell, GA 30076, Phone: 470-254-6362, Fax: 470-254-6366
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