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Dear North Hill Parents and Students,

Our theme at North Hill for the 2018-19 school year is “Choose Kind.” The staff at North Hill truly believe in educating the whole child.   While we will continue to focus on high academic expectations and helping each child to discover their talents and passions, we also feel it vital to highlight how we treat one another.  A life of kindness and gratitude is a full life...

Last year our 5th graders read the book Wonder by R.J Palacio ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_(Palacio_novel) ) as well as seeing the movie.  The story inspired many discussions with our students about the themes... see below for a broader explanation of the "Choose Kind" movement:

“If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind." -Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

This quote by Dr. Dyer, introduced as a precept by Mr. Browne, on the first day of school in Wonder, set the tone for the rest of the year at Beecher Prep. It also set the tone for Wonder, a book that, on the outside is about a boy with a craniofacial difference but in its heart and soul, is about kindness. The theme of kindness and tolerance are what made Wonder resonate with so many people around the world. Since its publication, Wonder has been embraced by teachers and students, incorporated into curriculum plans, and selected for countless school-wide and community reads across the country. It is a perfect book to read aloud or read alone, and a vehicle for discussions about kindness, bullying, responsibility, overcoming challenges, and friendship.

A child’s education is a journey and each journey is unique. Our job is to discover what makes each child tick, where their strengths lie, and where we can help them to improve. Everyone here believes every child has potential to do wonderful things. Together with families, we want to help them build on what they know so their future is limitless!  We are proud to work with you in the shared best interest of your child or children. North Hill is a special place with special people.. It is going to be a great school year!

North Hill is a tremendous school. We are truly blessed to have wonderful students, staff, and parents. We are fortunate to be one of 11 elementary schools in the state last year to be ranked in the 99th percentile in the final Top to Bottom rankings. This is based on a number of measures, including foremost, academic achievement and student growth. We have also been recognized as a PTA School of Excellence (2015-2019) for our outstanding partnership between school and home. As the principal of North Hill Elementary School I am extremely impressed by and proud of the staff, students, parents, and community. In reviewing achievement and perception data, it is evident that we are a high performing school that operates on the guiding question, “Is it good for kids?” I look forward to continuing our work to ensure the continued success of North Hill students. Remember, our home is your home. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is any way that we can help. I can be reached by email at dmurphy@rochester.k12.mi.us, by phone at 248-726-4300, or just stop in!

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."  -Aesop


David Murphy Principal


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