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.


After School Sports

For the 2nd year Hillview offers a Spring LeagueVolleyball program for boys. Registration is open on Sportability. Practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting March 21. We will field one or two teams depending on how many players register. We’ll try to allow everyone to play either as game players or practice. If we get too many however, we may have to limit the number of players. League games will begin following Spring Break and continue through mid/late May with normally 2 matchers per week.

Tryouts begin this week. Each player should have two tryouts. Varsity A and Varsity B teams will be determined by the end of the week. Official practice will begin Sunday, March 5. League matches will begin in mid March.

Burgess League and 8th Grade MPMSL Basketball
Games continue this week. 8th graders, 6th and 7th grade boys will play their final league games this week. 6th and 7th grade girls will have their first playoff games this Tuesday and Thursday. 8th graders play on Monday, 6th boys on Wednesday, and 7th boys on Friday.

Other Spring Programs to keep an eye out for include: Track, Spring Volleyball, May Madness (Friday Basketball Clinic in May). Open Play Spring Volleyball will be on Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. starting March 21. Track will begin Monday, April 17 following Spring Break.  Madness Basketball Clinic will be four Fridays in late April and early May. Watch for further announcements for all three programs. Open Play Spring Volleyball clinic opens soon on Sportability, just like boys volleyball.

Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049.

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.

  • Raising Empowered Girls, Lauren Hersh, Director, Anti Trafficking Policy Advocacy at Santuary for families.  Tuesday February 28
  • Beyond Measure, Film Screening and Panel Discussion.  Wednesday, Monday, March 20
  • 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

After-School Activities

Hillview’s PTO is excited to offer its students a wide array of after-school programs this Winter! We have a few new program offerings, as well as, the returning favorites. We now offer both beginning and advanced Mandarin. There is something for every student’s interest! Click on any of the links below to gather more specific information about each program, including a description of the program, registration links and pricing. Please keep in mind that each program will only be offered if the minimum student enrollment is reached. There are scholarships arranged by the PTO for qualifying students; please contact your child’s counselor, or click here. For more information, see  Hillview After-School Programs.

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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