All school materials – textbooks, iPad equipment (cables, charging block, shield, case, and iPad) library books, ELA novels – are due at school now. Teachers have already begun collecting these items from your students. Failure to return school property will result in charges for the missing items. 8th-grade students will have their graduation diplomas withheld until the materials are returned or the fine paid. 7th- and 6th-grade students will have their schedules and iPads withheld at the August Luau.
Due dates for iPad and accessories collection:
8th Grade – due last Friday, June 7
7th Grade – due Wednesday, June 13
6th Grade – due Monday, June 11
For questions or concerns, contact Ms. Bosch at 650 326 4341 x2002 in the office. Bills will be going out to parents starting the week of June 11.
For students who leave before the final day of school, an independent study plan is an option that allows students to complete all assignments and assessments. If your student will be missing three or more days at the end of the school year, they may complete an ISP. However, note that the work, including assessments, must be completed before the student departs. Completed ISPs are due Friday, June 15. More details here.
Friday, June 15, 9:25 – 11:45 a.m. In addition to our middle-school students, former Hillview students, who are now college or high-school students, can revisit during this fun-filled day, planned by the leadership students with Mr. Darmanin. There a few volunteer spots open, see the sign-up sheet here for the various stations. Queries? Contact Alice here.
Friday, June 15, our 8th-grade students will be celebrating the end of middle school! It is a Hillview tradition that the 8th-grade parents plan and fund a party immediately following the formal graduation commencement ceremony. It is a special evening, one last chance to spend time with Hillview friends before moving on to high school. The evening includes dancing, food, and fun entertainment. All grad-night questions are welcome – email Rina here.
Students entering 7th grade next school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster, or Tdap shot (Td does not meet the requirement). Students will not receive their class schedule at the Luau on August 21 or will not be admitted on the first day of school if proof is not received before these events.
Bring an updated copy of your child’s immunization record showing proof of Tdap to the school office now. Do not mark or highlight this record. If there is a verified medical condition against vaccination, you are required to provide the school with a doctor’s written statement. The information required in this statement may be found in the FAQ section on the Shots for School website here. Acceptable proof of immunization includes:
All these documents must have your child’s name, date of birth, date Tdap was administered, and a stamp or physician’s signature from the clinic. For more information about the law and whooping cough, visit here, or contact Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant, here or (650) 321-7140, x5912.
Tuesday, August 14 at noon for publication Friday, August 17, 2018. Email here if you would like the newsletter to send a reminder in August to prepare your submission for deadline.
If you have a 6th grade student coming to Hillview next year, maybe you’d like to be involved. We need an enthusiastic, responsible volunteer to take on the one-day job of Camp Hillview Lunch Coordinator for Wednesday, August 22. Contact Aimee Mathenia here if interested.
We are looking for parent volunteers for the Hillview Academy Support Program for the 2018-19 school year! Sign up to be part of the Academy Support Team – a group of parents who help with academy activities and events – or volunteer as the Academy Lead Parent – the middle-school version of a room parent, but with fewer events and less work. Starts in late August, learn more here. For questions contact Gina here or Ashley here.
Tuesday, June 12 is the last day to pick up any items at Lost & Found, located in the student center. ALL items will be donated on Wednesday, June 13.
We are looking for parent volunteers for the Hillview Academy Support Program for the 2018-19 school year! Sign up to be part of the Academy Support Team – a group of parents who help with academy activities and events, or volunteer as the Academy Lead Parent – middle-school version of a room parent, but not as many events and less work. Starts in late August, learn more here. For questions contact Gina here or Ashley here.
Get Ready for Summer!
Over the summer, Hillview expects all students to read at least two books, but we hope students read a lot more! Find more info on the summer reading program at the library website here. Although the library will be closed over the summer, OverDrive is available 24/7 to check out eBooks and audiobooks for summer reading. See a librarian for help with OverDrive, and check out this guide to our Audiobook collection here. We have a great collection of books. If you would like your child to have access to the Teen books, sign the form here and return to the librarians before summer.
All Library Books Are Due Now
Check email for an overdue notice! We appreciate your help getting books back before summer begins.
Books to Donate?
If your Spring (or Summer!) cleaning has left you with books, consider donating to Hillview. We will take gently-used middle grade and YA books and distribute them to classroom collections. Preferably in August, but let us know if you have some now!
Hillview is a community-supported school – not just with money but with time. Our volunteers contribute hundreds and hundreds of hours of time that save our school, and our district, literally thousands of dollars, and free up time for our teachers and administrators to concentrate on what is most important: educating our children.
To be able to continue to offer our students the most innovative education in a supportive environment, we need each family to contribute 5 hours of volunteer time per year. There are dozens of ways to share your time with our community – in a classroom, on campus, or from home. Would you like to co-lead your child’s academy? Can you serve hot lunch once a month? Chaperone two dances, or a field trip? Coordinate a special event for a teacher via email from home? Fill out our volunteer questionnaire here or contact Hillview’s PTO Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Witeck, and she will help identify a meaningful way for you to help!
MPCSD responds to the most recent school shooting and to what degree school sites will participate in upcoming organized events for political expression, you will find it here.
Register for PTO-Sponsored Spring Programs!
The links below will provide more about each program including a course description, registration links, and pricing information. Note that each program will only be offered if the minimum student enrollment is reached. Contact Hillview PTO After-School Programs Coordinator, Jamey Hawkins here.
Wrestling Program/Mat Clubs
Mat Club mission is to help you become more athletic, stronger, and faster through the high-energy learning experience of wrestling. Our practices consist of constant movement, strength training, flexibility, and dynamic agility exercises. By the end of six weeks you will have basic defense and offense skills such as a double-leg takedown, arm throw, and escapes. Invite your friends! You will need partners! Practices consist of a significant amount of partner workouts such as having to lift, roll, and carry your partner across the mat. We play games such as the Queen/King of the mat, Sumo, mat ball. As a team, we will have an opportunity to compete in tournaments or against local teams. Join us for the most fun and challenging workout of your life! Girls are especially encouraged as wrestling is the fastest growing sport nationwide. Get more information and register here. Contact Abby Ericson here with any questions! See you there!
MPCSD and Hillview Summer Drama Program
Register now! MPCSD and Hillview Drama will once again be offering a Summer Drama Program. This summer drama camp is for incoming 4th graders through exiting 8th graders who are enrolled in one of the MPCSD schools. Session 1 will present Disney’s the Lion King KIDS & JR and will run June 25 – July 6. Session 2 will present Disney’s Cinderella KIDS and The Little Mermaid JR and will run from July 9 – July 20. Join us and enjoy a summer of fun, singing, dancing, and acting (backstage roles available, too)! Register online here. You may also email Rachel M. Knight here or William Hairston here for any questions. Flyer is available in the school office.
Hillview After-School Sport Jerseys
Return your sports jerseys to the Hillview front office.
After-School Sports 2018-19
Current 6th- and 7th-grade students interested in playing Fall sports – girls volleyball or flag football – should be prepared to register as soon as school begins.
We wish everyone a wonderful summer. Congratulations to the 8th-grade students on their graduation and best of luck in high school!
For questions regarding After-School Sports:
Hillview Athletic Director
The school calendar here was approved at the School Board meeting February 13. Elementary parent/teacher conference dates will take place in December; this conferencing model was used by the district in years past. By December, teachers have more information and believe it is a more valuable time to discuss your student’s school experience with you.
Good school attendance is critical for student success at Hillview. We know that good school attendance is learned early in a child’s school career. Students who go to school every day develop healthy patterns for life and positive mindsets that continue throughout their educational career and beyond. Thank you for modeling this for your child by making sure they are at school and on time every day.
At times it is difficult to decide whether to send your child to school. Your child needs to stay at home when they have:
Our school office has competent and qualified personnel. If your child becomes ill or injured at school:
If your child needs to take medication at school:
If your child requires any medication at school, prescribed and/or over-the-counter, medication authorization from your child’s health care provider is required. Forms may be printed from the district website here.
If you received new forms in the mail in June 2017 and you have not brought your completed paperwork and medications to the school office, please do so immediately. Medications should expire in June 2018 or later.
If your child no longer requires medication at school, please indicate so in writing here to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant.
Per our personal electronics policy here, Smart Watches, such as Apple Watches are not allowed at school. Smart Watches, like cell phones or other personal electronic devices, should be “off and invisible” during the school day.
Still interested in purchasing an ASB card to support our student activities program? With an ASB card, you not only support ASB, but you also get your yearbook, a spirit shirt, and discounts to events like dances and the Talent Show. ASB cards with student photos will be delivered to students in their Launch class in late September. You can purchase here and bring your receipt to the student center to pick up your spirit shirt. Any questions? See Mrs. Fichou in the student center.
If you did not get a chance to go paperless yet and would like to save time and MPCSD money, please use this link to request your household receives only digital copies of announcements from the Hillview Office. This includes the Summer Mailer so keep an eye on your Inbox!
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.