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Frequently Asked Questions


Who do I call if...

I want feedback on my son's progress in school?      Your son's advisor

My son will be absent from school due to illness?      Ms. Cuikay at (508) 303-5727

You want permission for your son to miss some portion of a day due to a doctor's appointment, family function, etc.?      Mr. Hundley at (508) 303-5713

You want to take your child out to dinner on a weeknight?      Ms. Cuikay at (508) 303-5727

You want to  invite a 7-day boarder to your house for the weekend or you want your 7-day boarder to come home for the weekend?       Ms. Cuikay at (508) 303-5727 or Mr. Hundley at (508) 303-5713

You wish to make travel arrangements that involve planes, trains, or buses, or you wish to host a student for a long weekend?      Ms. Cuikay at (508) 303-572

You have health or medical questions?     Betsy Abdou at the Health Center at (508) 303-5721

You have an emergency after 4:30pm and the switchboard is closed?       Administrator on Duty Cell Phone at (508) 868-7794

 You want to know if a sporting event has been canceled due to weather or for any other reason?      Information will be posted at www.hillsideschool.net.

What are student drop-off and pick-up times?

  • The morning drop-off window (Monday through Friday) is from 7:30-7:50am at the ATL. Classes begin at 8:00am sharp.
  • The afternoon pick-up window (Monday through Friday, unless otherwise specified, see calendar) is from 5:00-5:30 although sometimes teams with away games return later (see item #3).
  • Sundays: Boarding students who have gone home (or to a friend’s house)for the weekend are expected to return between 3:45 and 4:15pm, unless other arrangements have been made. The houses are open during this time, but will close promptly at 4:20pm when the boys are expected to go to Study Hall. In the case of a change in plan during the weekend, please call the Administrator on Duty at (508) 868-7794. 

How do we know if a sports team will be late returning from a game?

Mr. McCarthy does his best to give estimated times of return for each away game. When in doubt, please call the Administrator on Duty at (508) 868-7794. 

On average how much homework should I expect my child to have each night?

  • 5th and 6th graders – 1 hour per night
  • 7th, 8th, and 9th graders - 1 ½ hours per night

Are there any items that students are not allowed to have at school during the academic week?

Please refer to student handbook for this information.

Is my son allowed to bring items with wheels to school?

Yes, wheeled vehicles are permitted during designated times in designated areas on campus. Helmets are required when riding any wheeled vehicle around campus. Students must register their wheeled vehicle with Ms. Cuikay when it is brought to school.

What events are all students required to attend during the year?

Attendance at the following events is required for all students during the year.  Families are also encouraged to attend these events.

  • Fall Family Weekend – October 9-10, 2015
  • Fall Awards Ceremony – December 17, 2015 at 4 pm
  • Winter Awards Ceremony – March 28, 2016 at 4 pm
  • Spring Fling Weekend – May 6-7, 2016
  • Spring Awards Ceremony and Prize Day Ceremony – June 3, 2016
  • Graduation – June 4, 2016

What is the "formal" dress and when are the students required to wear it?

At each of the Awards Ceremonies and at Graduation, students are required to wear formal attire: blue blazer, gray pants, and white shirt along with a tie (of choice), belt, socks, and dress shoes.

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