• What's Up Wednesday

    Parents and families, please join us every Wednesday to talk about what's happening at school.

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    Monthly Newsletters

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  • What Are Your Thoughts About Our School?

    We now have a way for you to share your thoughts and ideas about North Hill online, in English or Spanish. You'll be asked to share your thoughts through three open-ended questions. Look for your email invitation from Principal Nancy Melius.

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  • Families: Get Smart About Online Safety

    Pause Before You Post. Think Before You Type. Share Responsibly. All families and students are invited to our Internet Safety Workshop where you will find out how to stay safe online. This free workshop is Tuesday, January 24, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Pacific Middle School cafeteria.

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  • Kindergarten Enrollment is Now Open

    Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before August 31? If so, now's the time to register for kindergarten. The first 500 families to register will receive two free tickets to the Woodland Park Zoo and a new book!

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  • Apply Now for Middle Schools of Choice

    Did you know you have options for middle school? We encourage you to find the best fit. The application window is now open for middle schools that require an application including Big Picture Schools and CHOICE Academy. The deadline to apply is January 31.

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  • Prevent Mumps: Know the Facts

    An outbreak of mumps has developed in King County, mainly in the Auburn area, but the outbreak can easily spread to other schools and areas in King County. Get informed about how to prevent mumps, what the symptoms are, and what state vaccine requirements and exemptions are for schools and students.

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  • District Graduation Rate Continues Rise

    Did you hear? Highline’s graduation rate has risen for the third year in a row, to nearly 75 percent for the Class of 2016. The official graduation rate of 74.8 percent represents a jump of more than 12 points in two years. The increase comes at a time when standards for graduation are higher than ever and increasing numbers of Highline students are taking challenging, advanced coursework.

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  • School Bond Passes! Thank You!

    We want to shout out a huge "thank you" to our amazing Highline community members who voted to approve the school bond. Thank you, voters! Passing the bond means our district will be able to provide safer schools and room to learn. See the detailed list of projects and next steps.

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    North Hill receives Washington School of Distinction Award for the second year in a row.

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  • Kindergarten Kit Video

    Video instructions on how to use the All Day Kits you received at conferences.

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  • North Hill Principal Wins Award

    North Hill Elementary Principal Nancy Melius was named the South King Region Elementary Principal of the Year for 2016 by the Elementary School Principals Association of Washington.

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  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES 2016-2017

    Please click to view supply lists for Kindergarten and for Grades 1-6.

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  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Results

    Click here to see some of the great results of North Hill students.

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  • Before & After School Care Information

    Des Moines Park and Recreation offers a before and after school care program at North Hill for all students. Please call the Parks and Recreation office for more information at (206) 870-6527.

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Opening Minds. Changing Lives.


Nancy Melius  North Hill is a K-6 elementary school located in Des Moines, Washington. Our school programs include four full-day kindergartens, two Integrated Learning Centers (ILC), and regular education classrooms 1st-6th grade.

Our commitment at North Hill is to build student success in relation to the Common Core State Standards in order to prepare students for the next stage of their public education. Whether it is meeting grade level expectations for Reading, Writing or Math, our teachers are invested in students’ reaching their highest potential. As a whole school, we averaged out to 85% of our students meeting F&P (district elementary Reading assessment) grade level expectations, which was one focus for our school Annual Action Plan. We also met our other goal of more than 80% of our students mastering computation fluency in Mathematics, based on high leverage standards chosen by each grade level. For example, in third grade, students were focusing on addition and subtraction; in fourth grade, multiplication.

We are very proud of our North Hill students for their perseverance and hard work during the Smarter Balance Assessment. Three out of four grade levels who took the test are currently exceeding the state averages by 10-15% in both ELA and Mathematics this academic year.

Our Jet Setter behavior program reinforces students that demonstrate The BIG Four:  Safe, Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn.  Each classroom recognizes two students a month and they eat lunch with the principal.  Additional recognition includes “caught being good tickets”, photos posted in the hallway and names announced to our community.  Because of our emphasis on a positive school climate and clear behavior expectations, we had no out-of-school suspensions last school year.

North Hill continues to support the arts with concerts, a talent show and theater experiences.  The Missoula Children’s theater facilitated a week long experience for over 60 students.  In one short week, students learned their lines, songs, and dances resulting in two outstanding performances of Little Mermaid.

We have implemented Rachel’s Challenge for the past four years.  The focus of the challenge is to recognize acts of kindness and compassion of others.  Students write the “acts” on paper links and connect them to a community chain.  Students also have the opportunity to share an act over the PA system during Friday announcements.  Our end-of-the year assembly is an opportunity to celebrate the length of our chain of kindness and compassion. 

North Hill Elementary has a strong tradition of staff, parents, and community working together to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all students. Parents/community volunteers serve as a vital link between home and school. There are a variety of volunteer positions available for interested persons. Contact the school office at 206.631.4600 if interested in volunteering at our school.

North Hill is a great place to learn and grow!

Nancy Melius                          Megan Shea
Principal                                  Assistant Principal

About Us

19835 8th Avenue South
Des Moines, WA 98148
Nancy Melius
Office Manager
School Hours
9:10 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Early Release Days
9:10 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



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