At a special "Hello Hillside" Assembly earlier this month, students and staff celebrated the school's 50th anniversary, welcoming back "home" many former teachers and staff members.
At the assembly, Principal Dr. Shireen Fasciglione outlined some of the school's history for students, including the fact that the Hillside property was part of a much larger parcel of land purchased originally by the Dutch Reformed Church of Schenectady from England's King George in 1738. Dr. Fasciglione talked about some of the changes that have taken place to the building and property over time.
"But there's one thing that hasn't changed: the kind of people who make up our school community," she said. "Our students have always been bright-eyed, curious, wonderful young people with parents and families who commit their time and energy to supporting their kids and our school. Our teachers and staff have been exceptional, who devote hours to providing a well-rounded education to all children."
The program included the traditional "Hello Hillside" activities of celebrating student and staff birthdays for the month and recognized achievements and special activities.
It also included a very special musical performance by all current staff members, who sang "Consider Yourself [at home]" from "Oliver," to the former Hillside staff members who returned for the occasion. Nearly 20 teachers and staff members who had worked at Hillside throughout its history were there, including a couple people who worked at Hillside when it opened its doors in 1963.
"What better way to celebrate who we are than by welcoming back some of the
people who have been a part of our Hillside community over the years," Dr.
Fasciglione said. "Thank you so much for coming today. It means a lot to us that
you are here."
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