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Welcome to the Hill Student Showcase. Teachers and staff at Hill have the wonderful opportunity to experience the academic achievements and creativity of our students. On this page, we share with you just some of the work Hill students do. We hope you'll visit often and see why we are so proud of our Huskies.



 This essay represents a unique assignment done in an 8th grade science class. The students watched a bicycle demonstration on video created by their teacher that demonstrated Newton's Laws of Motion. As one of their assignments they wrote an essay that demonstrated that they understood the principles.


Newton's Bicycle

In the 18th century, a scientist named Sir Isaac Newton discovered three laws of motion. These laws are important because they explain why things move or stay at rest. Newton's first, second, and third laws all apply when one is riding a bicycle.

Newton's first law says that an object in motion tends to stay in motion and an object at rest tends to stay at rest unless an unbalanced force acts on it. This means an object will keep doing what it is doing unless something makes it change its motion. This law is also called the Law of Inertia. Inertia is the tendency for an object to stay in motion. When you are riding a bicycle, you will not move unless you push down on the pedal. If you stop pedaling, you will stop because of the friction on the road and tire and air resistance. If it weren't for these forces, you would continue to move forever in the same direction. Therefore, in order to change motion, an unbalanced force needs to act on an object.

Next, Newton's second law of motion explains that force is directly proportionate to mass and acceleration. Force equals mass times acceleration (F = ma). This means that if an object has a lot of mass, more force will be needed for that object to accelerate at the same rate as an object with less mass. When riding a bicycle, a certain amount of force is needed to make it go. If you add another person to the bicycle, even more force needs to be exerted to make the bike move. Also, if you want to go faster, even more force needs to be applied. Hence, when an object has more mass more force needs to be applied to that object in order to make it go faster.

Finally, Newton's third law explains that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. For example, a book is sitting on a desk. Gravity is pushing down on it and normal force is pushing back up on it. When you are on a bike, the tire is pushing into the ground. The ground's reaction is to then push up against the tire. This chain reaction makes the bike move. So, Newton's third law is needed for objects to be able to move.

In conclusion, these three laws all apply when one is riding a bicycle. We need to know about these laws because we need to understand why objects move or stay at rest.


Using the mobile set of lap tops, students created powerpoints in math class defining 4 types of angles (complementary, supplementary, adjacent and vertical) and identifying them in the real world. 


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Students in both Level I Spanish classes have an "amigo de correspondencia" (a penpal) to whom they communicate with via postcards over the entire year. The students in one class write to the students in the other class using a "nombre secreto" so as to conceal their true identity. Postcards are written with specific requirements, are tied to the content in the unit and a 12 point rubric.

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The 8th grade students were to make a box ten by seven inches with a bottom and hingeless lid. Through making this box students will use the miter box saw, router and various hand tools. They will then sand and apply a clear coat finish. She burned the image into the lid by herself.



Another interpretation of the Box Project in Woods. This is an unfinished pool table. The student plans to finish it at home by adding the felt and nets for the pockets.










Students were studying the effect of light by creating highlights and shadows on a tree.

They were experimenting with the mark making of the Impressionist movement.






Three times a year, all of our students participate in the All-School Write. Students are presented a prompt and must write an expository essay given a set period of time. For more information, please see the School-wide Writing Program. This prompt asked students to explain how they would use $5,000 to help someone else. As you read this please keep in mind that the author is twelve and was given approximately one hour to write.


If someone was given money, they will probably spend it on themselves or their family. Most people don't realize that there are many people in need including animals. There are many organizations, people, and places that help people and animals in need. If I were given $5,000 to donate to help other I would give some of it to a local animal shelter, the Humane Society, and to an organization that helps people in disasters.

Firstly, I would donate part of the money to a local animal shelter. One of the reasons I would chose this place is because many dogs and cats have to be put to sleep since they don't have enough money to care for them all. If I gave them money they will be able to buy more things to care for more animls. Another reason I chose them is because I would like to donate money to a place that is local. I would be able to adopt dogs at a place that I helped. Lastly, it is a cause that I care about alot. When I'm older I would like to help and work with animals so this is a really great place to donate money to for me. A local animal shelter is one of the places I would give part of $5,000 to.

Secondly, I would donate it to the Humane Society. Not only would I like to donate money to help local animals but animal from many other places. A part of $5,000 would help many animals across America. Also, the Humane Socriety is one of my favorite organizations. I know alot about the many things they do and they don't just help dogs and cats. Another reason I would donate to the Humane Society is because I know it will be put to a really good cause that I care about. They are a well-known organization. The Humane Society is one of the people I would chose if I were given 5,000 to donate.

Lastly, I would donate some fo the money to an organization that helps people in disasters. One of the reasons I would donate money to this organization is because disasters happen all the time. For example, here in California there are earthquakes that can happen anytime. Another reason s that many people get affect by this. For example in Hurrican Katrina many lost thier homes. The last reason is that disasters can happen where I live. If I was in a disaster I would like it if there is someone out there that cares. A organization that helps people in disasters is one of the places I would give part of 5,000 to.

In conclusion, a animal shelter, the Humane Soceity, and a disaster relief organization are the places I would chose if I were given 5,000 to give to help others. Many people are really lucky to be living the way they are. Most people take for graned what they have. If more people help others more often our society and our world might become a better place.