Eighth Grade Grad Party

Thank you so much for the recent generous donations made by so many 8th grade families! As a reminder, the Grad Night Party is put on by the parents of the graduating students. It is NOT paid for by the school or PTO. The PTO simply acts as a “pass through” for funds, so that the committee doesn’t have to open a bank account. If you haven’t had a chance to donate, click here to do so now.

A very special Thank You to Sundance Steakhouse for offering to pay for the dance floor!  If you, or your company, would like to sponsor a specific portion of the event, there are several larger items available for sponsorship such as the DJ and entertainment booth(s). Please contact Cristy Barnes for more details.

8th Grade Grad Party Volunteers Needed The 8th Grade Grad Party planning is well underway, but we are in need of extra hands to help us! If you or your spouse are skilled with a hammer, paintbrush or scissors, we are looking for volunteers to help construct props and other decorations. Some tasks may be completed on your own, but we also plan to schedule a couple of work days in March and April. If interested, please email Gina Skinner or Sonya Fletcher for more details. Please also keep a lookout in future newsletters for other volunteer requests. We hope to soon publish a wish list of items that we would love to borrow (or have donated!) from our parent community for this special party for the 8th graders.

6th & 7th Grade Parents – Save the Date!It is a long standing Hillview tradition that following the graduation ceremony, all 8th graders head into a Grad Night party. The party takes place in the gym, which is transformed in the days prior, according to a surprise theme. To pull off this night for the graduates, we especially need the help of the 6th and 7th grade parents. Much of the final touches and food prep takes place while the 8th graders and their parents are attending the graduation ceremony. We will send out a sign up in the next few weeks, but please consider keeping the late afternoon or early evening of Friday, June 16, open, to help pay it forward by volunteering to help with the party and food set up. Please contact Beth Shvodian if you’d like to help out.

For general information regarding the party or to donate, click here. Thank you!

Hillview PTO Board Nominations

The Hillview PTO is looking for two capable volunteers to serve as Co-Vice Presidents of the Hillview PTO Board for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board, with parent volunteers, works with Hillview’s administrative and teaching staff to create and support vital school programs and events. If you are the parent/guardian of a rising sixth grader or rising seventh grader and want to serve on the board of the Hillview Middle School PTO in this important role, please email PTO Nominating for more information.

Volunteer at Hillview in 2017/18

There are so many different ways that parents and friends can volunteer at Hillview. Click here to check out this list of PTO Board members and committee chairs — along with their job descriptions — who give their time to help make Hillview an exceptional place for our students and teachers. We would love to have your help as well. If you are interested in volunteering with the Hillview PTO next year, please contact 2017/18 PTO Co-Presidents Ashley Wagstaff  and Chris Sewell who are recruiting right now.

The MPCSD Parent Education Series Continues With a Star Line-Up For 2016-2017

Visit the Speaker Series website and mark your calendar now for all the great events of the 2016-17 school year.

All events are held in Hillview PAC and begin at 630 p.m.

  • Get Connected: Talking with your Adolescent about Sexual Health, Perryn Reis, Associate Director and Abi Karlin-Resnick, Executive Director of Health Connected.  Monday, April 24

On Your Marks, Get Ready – Let’s Rock This Early Registration!

Lace up those running shoes for our Schoolhouse Rocks 5K! On May 21, 2017, hundreds of students, families and community members will be hitting the streets of downtown Menlo for the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K run for education. Our new, exciting route has expanded to start at our very own Hillvie
w Middle School and run through the heart of our town. Early online registration opens today for the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K. Register prior to May 4, 2017 to secure the discounted entry fee of $30.00. After May 4, the entry fee will rise to $40.00.To register and learn more about the run, visit our event website.

After School Sports

Intramural Sports
Intramural sports continue with indoor soccer and hockey which will be played on Wednesday and Thursday. All students are welcome. If there are too many players, we’ll rotate. Spectators should stay on the bleachers or stage. As always, no food/drink in gym.

After-School Sports

After-School Tennis Program
Practice and matches will resume this week for all players. Matches for all three teams are on this week’s schedule.

After-School Boys Volleyball
Second week of League matches for both teams. The Varsity Team will have three matches. The Jr. Varsity team will have two matches.

Girls Spring Volleyball Clinic
The Spring Volleyball Clinic for girls will continue this Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

After-School Track
After-School Track begins this week on Monday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25. All participants should be prepared and plan to meet each day at Menlo-Atherton High School from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

May Madness Basketball Clinic
The May Madness Basketball Clinic will continue this Friday April 28 from 3:15-5:30 p.m. in the Hillview Gym. All participants should come prepared as soon as school is over.

Friendly reminder: If anyone has any after school sports uniforms that need to be returned (basketball, girls volleyball, flag football, track) please do so immediately.

Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049. Scholarships are available for all Hillview supported sports.


All over Hillview, every week – on campus and off, in classrooms and in the PAC – parents, neighbors, and friends are making the Hillview experience a better one for our teachers and kids by volunteering their time and energy. There are so many different ways to help – like serving hot lunch, chaperoning a dance, delivering snacks for the teachers and the students, and coordinating parties and events. To continue to provide our programs and services we need every family to contribute 5 hours of volunteer time a year. If you are still looking for a way to get involved fill our volunteer questionnaire here or contact PTO Volunteer Coordinator Patti Buck and she will help identify a meaningful way for you to help!

If you are interested in a larger volunteer role with the Hillview PTO next year, please contact 2017-18 PTO Co-Presidents  Ashley Wagstaff and Chris Sewell who are recruiting right now.


The Hillview PTO – What Do We Do?

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 10.16.06 AMThe Hillview PTO supports academic enrichment and activities, such as field trips, lunch clubs and festivals; and special programs such as Camp Hillview. We also support expanded electives and the programs in music, art, and performing arts.

We sponsor and organize after-school classes, after-school academic support, after-school sports, and an engaging array of speakers for parents. In addition, we organize the parent volunteers for academy support, daily hot lunch service, after-school sports, staff appreciation, Breakfast Cafe, and Mini-Courses. We publish this website and draft a weekly newsletter to keep everyone informed of what’s going on at Hillview.

We can do all of this and more thanks to your generous donation of your time and financial support!


The PTOs for Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview, along with the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation, are working together to make our schools the best they can be for all of our kids. When you support your PTO, you make possible curriculum enrichment, field trips, community building events, and well-supplied classrooms. When you support the MPAEF, you are putting more teachers in our schools – both in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library and science. All of this makes a real difference in your child’s day and, ultimately, in their education.

Please support these organizations today. Start by clicking the donate button below. Thank you!

PTO donations are due by September 30.


Hillview Paperless Mailer Opt-In

In the past, Hillview has been very intentional about sending physical mailings home via USPS. It is easy for things to become lost in an in-box of an email, so we have previously sent our annual Summer Mailer, Important Announcements/Reminders of Back-To-School-Night & Open House, Report Cards, and so on. In this way, important information that we wish to share with you gets your attention.

We normally send you this information by USPS “snail mail,” but this year, in order to be more environmentally friendly and cost-conscious, we are offering a “Paperless Mailer” opt-in. By completing the form linked below and choosing the paperless option, you will receive the Summer Mailer and other essential communications in a digital format.

While it is too late to receive the summer mailer in digital format, you can still sign-up for paperless mail for the rest of the school year.  Please click THIS LINK to sign-up.

Hillview Earns Apple Distinguished School Status

We are proud to announce that Hillview has been designated as an Apple Distinguished School for 2015 – 17!

This recognition validates the Hillview staff’s work in using the iPad to transform teaching and learning. From visionary leadership, to innovative teaching and learning, to ongoing professional development, Hillview – with the support of the district Tech Department, the PTO, and MPAEF – has in three years rolled out iPads to all its students, developed a suite of Apps that supports the development of such skills as collaboration and creativity, and implemented a Digital Drivers License program to enable our students to be efficient, productive, and responsible users of technology. Hillview is thrilled to be among 300 schools and districts worldwide to be cited for its exemplary 21st century learning environment, and looks forward to continuing to improve the experience of our students and teachers through the 1:1 iPad program.

Lunch Clubs

Hillview has expanded its Lunch Club offerings!  Remind your students to check them out!
New to the lineup are: Club 41, Club Tech, Coding, Community Service, Electronic Makers, Fiber Arts Club, French Culture, Girls Learn International, Law Enforcement, and Pokemon & MTG. Continuing clubs include: Anime Club, Art Club, Book Club, Cheer/Dance Club, Chess Club, Drama Club, Game Room, Intramural Sports, Math Club, Quiz Bowl, and Science Rocks. Click here for more information about these and other Lunchtime Clubs. Lunch Clubs are supported by the Hillview PTO.

Transportation to and from Hillview

Fewer cars make Hillview feel more welcoming, safer, and easier to approach on foot. Please consider alternatives to single-family car rides for your family’s commute to and from school. More information can be found at the following links: Hillview transportation overviewHillview’s car drop off and pick up information, and Hillview’s bike and walk information. Hillview is well-stocked with bike racks, and many students do bike to school. If your child bikes, please review with him or her such bicycle safety guidelines as wearing the helmet properly and observing the rules of the road. We want all students to arrive safely at school each and every day.  Find clear and simple information on taking SamTrans to Hillview by clicking here. For the MPCSD Transportation web site, click here.  Registration for seats on the yellow bus serving Tinsley Transfer students is handled by the Hillview office; please call (650) 325-3861.


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