First Day of the 2017-18 School Year – August 24!

The start of the new school year is almost here!  We hope you all had a wonderful summer.  Check out the Back to School Parent To Do List!

Here are some important dates for your calendar:

  • August 21
    • 3:30pm, a special welcome for families new to the Menlo Park City School District
    • 4:00-6:00pm, E Komo Mai Luau for all returning families
  • August 23
    • 9:00-10:15am, Hillview New Family Orientation, Hillview PAC
    • 9:00am-1:00pm, 6th Graders WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Day
  • August 24 – First Day of School, 8:25am – 2:30pm (Thursday school hours)

Back to School “E Komo Mai” Luau – August 21

Monday, August 21, note time below. Students pick up class schedules, 7th/8th graders with completed paperwork pick up iPads. Donate to Hillview PTO. Parents and siblings welcome!

Before arriving, print the Luau Checklist and complete/bring documentation included on list:

  • Signed iPad AUP
  • Printed Hillview ASB online Store receipt (PE uniforms, spirit wear, spirit packs)
  • Printed receipts for Hillview PTO and MPAEF donations, for drawin
  • 7th graders require proof of Tdap vaccination to pick up class schedules
  • 7th / 8th graders – outstanding fines/fees from 2016-17, pay at Luau

Enter the Luau at front entrance of Hillview, look for grade level banners, and plan to arrive in your time window:

  • Last Names A – L 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Last Names M – Z 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

LunchMaster will be BBQ-ing in the Quad! Sample lunch offerings, sign up for daily hot lunch.

VeloFix, local mobile bike shop – will provide bike safety checks by Santa Cruz Avenue bike racks/ gym at luau.

Parent To Do List for Back to School. Student Commute to School information. Hillview Dress for Success Norms – the Hillview Dress Code.

Can’t make it to Luau? No worries! Stop by the Hillview office before school begins with all your paperwork.

Volunteers Needed for “E Komo Mai” Luau – August 21

We need you!  We cannot run this fabulous event for our students without the support from our parent community!  Reconnect with friends, meet some new ones while you volunteer your time for as much or as little as you’d like.  Don’t worry about missing out on your child’s experience, you will have plenty of time to walk your child through the process on that day.  

If you would like to volunteer to help at the Luau between 3:45-6:00pm on Monday, August 21, please email Nancy Witeck.  Thank you!

Camp Hillview for 6th  Graders – Starts August 23

For more information check out the Camp Hillview Letter included in the summer mailer.

Starting middle school can be an intimidating time – for students and parents alike. At Hillview, we want all incoming Hawks to feel welcome and excited for their new journey.  That’s why we have Camp Hillview, our 6th grade orientation program that takes place at the beginning of each school year.  Camp Hillview starts the day before 7th and 8th graders officially return to school.  That way, 6th graders and the 8th grade student leaders who help run Camp Hillview – known as “WEB Leaders” – have the campus to themselves as they learn where their classes are, where they can eat lunch, the fastest way from the gym to the woodshop, and all of the other fun details that make middle school such a special time.


  • Wednesday, August 23, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM: Kick-off of Camp Hillview for all 6th graders, led by 8th grade WEB leaders. Lunch will be provided.
  • Thursday, August 24: First day of school for all students. No official Camp HV activities this day, but lots of gradual icebreaking and onboarding in the classrooms by our amazing 6th grade teachers. Bring or order lunch in the usual fashion.
  • Friday, August 25: WEB leaders return for more fun and games. Bring or order lunch in the usual fashion.
  • Monday, August 28 – Friday, Sept. 1: “Going slow to go fast”; we orient 6th graders to classroom and school-wide culture and take care of some housekeeping like iPad assemblies.

We can’t wait to meet you!

Hot Lunch Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to serve Hot Lunch to students.  It’s a 45 to 55 minute commitment at lunchtime. Sign up for once a month, twice a month, weekly or more!  Each time you help serve lunch, you earn a free LunchMaster lunch for your student. Sign-up here.

Volunteer at Hillview in 2017-18

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!

After School Sports

We welcome all Hillview Families to the 2017-2018 School Year! Information about registration dates/times, practices, and game schedules for lunchtime intramurals and Hillview PTO-sponsored After-School Sports will be posted in weekly newsletters.

Intramural Sports
Intramural sports will be held again this year, most likely on Wednesdays and Thursdays during lunchtime in the gym. Please watch for further announcements about the first set of days and activities.

After-School Sports

After-School Sports Activities sponsored by the Hillview PTO will be up and running all year long. Season by season sports will include:
  • Burgess League Volleyball: All Hillview girls are eligible. Register from August 23 to August 30 on Sportability. Mandatory team placement workouts will take place on Tuesday, September 5. Specific times for your grade level workout will be 3:15 – 4:35 (6th graders),  4:45 – 6:05 (7th graders), 6:15 – 7:15 (8th graders). League games begin week of September 18.
  • Flag Football: Open all Hillview Students. Registration begins on August 23 at 8:00 a.m. on Sportability and fills up fast. The first 20 students to register per grade level will be guaranteed a slot. The first practice will take place on Thursday, September 7.
  • Basketball Leagues are open to all Hillview students. Registration is tentatively scheduled to begin on Sportability in early October. Please watch for further announcements.
Activities will include: Tennis, Track & Field, Boys Volleyball, Spring Volleyball Clinic, and the May Madness Basketball Clinic (open to all Hillview students). Watch for further announcements about how to register.
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.


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, Mini-Courses,  and Breakfast Cafe. 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!


Would you like to be an Academy Parent or part of the Academy Support Team?!

Do you wonder what middle school is really like?  Would you like to get a sneak peek of your kids in action and help out with events behind-the scenes?  Sign up to be part of the Academy Support team or Academy Parent.  It’s the middle school version of being a room parent and classroom volunteer – but less work with fewer events! If you are interested in learning more about how you can help starting in late August, please see the Hillview PTO Volunteer page under Academy Support.  If you have specific questions, please contact Academy Parent Coordinators Gina Skinner or Kelly Morehead.  Thank you!

For the future and to help to save our planet: Go Paperless for Announcements

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!

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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