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Sunday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. at Hillview Middle School
Early registration ends and prices go up after April 18
Register here to become a Family Sponsor by April 18
Not a runner? Buy a ticket here ($5) to the Festival at 10:00 a.m. and enjoy jumpy houses, climbing wall, Kids’ Zone, Food Trucks, DJ, and more!
Help make this Run Rock!
Become a volunteer or course monitor, see course map below!
Email here to learn more!
The results are in and this year’s MPAEF Auction, It’s For The Kids!, raised $400k for our schools! We want to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who donated auction items, organized events and volunteered to make this event such a huge success!
A special thank you to co-chairs Alison Poirier and Mary Grundy for all their hard work!
Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26. Sign up here. Yee-haw! Help Hillview students learn how to bike safely to school during the annual Bike Rodeo. 6th-grade students will navigate a bike course set-up by the Menlo Park police department and officers will be on hand to do the instruction. Your job is to take groups of students through the different stations. No bike experience necessary.
For parents, it’s a rare chance to volunteer on campus (the bike rodeo takes place during P.E. class.) For community members, it’s a great opportunity to promote bicycling and a sustainable future. Feel free to sign-up for more than one time slot. Your experience will come in handy for subsequent slots!
“Managing PreTeen and Teen Transitions”
Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC, With speaker Erik Burmeister, Superintendent, Menlo Park City School District.
Do you have a fourth or fifth-grade student who is anxious about the transition to middle school? Are you terrified at the idea of your eighth-grade student heading off to high school? Then this talk is for you. Join MPCSD Superintendent, Erik Burmeister, as he shares stories from the field and parenting strategies for preparing your son or daughter for the demands, opportunities, rigors, and challenges of the “next” chapter. This talk is open to all and is encouraged for parents of fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth grade students.
Light refreshments and beverages will be available. Free childcare for potty-trained children. More information on the MPCSD Speaker Series here.
Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., Hillview Middle School will be hosting a family outdoor movie night on the field. This event is open to all ages, a chance for parents and their children to enjoy time together. We especially want to encourage current 5th-grade students (incoming 6th grade students) and their families to join us for this exciting community event. We do require that there is one adult who is present for every eight children who attend and that they stay with their group throughout the movie.
The movie playing will be Sing! from Illumination Entertainment, a story of perseverance and determination, rated PG. Bring small bills as we will have a bake sale with affordable homemade treats, $2 popcorn, and $1 water. We also are excited to announce that Los Carnalitos, a 5-star Yelp food truck with Mexican cuisine, will be on site at 7:30 p.m. for those that wish to eat dinner at our event. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), an international organization dedicated to raising money to fund and research Type 1 Diabetes.
Hillview is going to pilot SafeArrival after spring break. SafeArrival is an electronic way of reporting absences similar to the system at Menlo-Atherton High School. We are excited to launch this system soon! More information will be forthcoming in the report card mailing.
A collaborative group of parents, teachers, staff and students meets monthly to discuss and evaluate school-wide goals and actions to meet those goals in support of Hillview’s mission to inspire and empower all students to be curious and resilient problem solvers, compassionate and constructive contributors, and lifelong learners during their individual and collective journey of academic and personal growth.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination required. 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 be admitted to school if proof is not received before the first day of school.
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 (see link below.)
Acceptable proof of immunization includes:
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, also known as. the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium), a state assessment will be administered to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Note these dates on your calendar and avoid scheduling appointments outside of school on those days.
It is that time again for the donation of the Lost and Found. Everything will be donated on April 5. Your student should come by to look for jackets, water bottles, lawn chairs, or shoes. It’s all here, waiting either to go home with their owners or to donation.
Coming soon to the Hillview campus a “new” A la Carte Menu. The “daily” A la Carte Bar will have delicious options different from the existing monthly menu. Students and staff must have a LunchMaster account to participate. You will simply scan your new student ID card and your account will be automatically deducted. See flyer here!
Watch the LunchMaster website here for the details!
Service Opportunity at San Francisquito Creek!
Saturday, April 28 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Palo Alto. All families welcome! Block H points available for students. Join Hillview Environmental Club as we restore San Francisquito Creek. We will bioengineer the banks of the creek (build structures out of willow and other natural materials) to prevent erosion along the creek. We will also explore the creek and discuss ways to keep our creeks healthy. Use Eventbrite to sign up and get more information here. The password is “willow.” Questions, contact Hillview teacher Julie Hilborn here. Hope to see you there!
Would you like to earn block H points and help out our wonderful hot lunch program on Friday pizza day? Earn block H, see your friends, or sign up with a friend to work a shift. The hot lunch program will train you. Looking for friendly, responsible students to help us hand out the pizza every Friday. Contact Mr. Darmanin in room G3.
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.
As a school and as a district, we take the safety of all our students and staff very seriously. Hillview follows The Big Five, San Mateo County’s school safety protocols, available here. We practice each of the Big Five drills over the course of the school year. We have done Shelter in Place, Secure Campus, and Evacuation so far, and our next drill will be the Lockdown/Barricade drill. The Lockdown/Barricade protocol would be used in the event of an immediate threat of danger on campus. This drill will take place on Tuesday, March 20 in the afternoon. Our teachers and staff were trained by Officer Ferguson, our School Resource Officer, and she and the Menlo Park Police Department will support us at Hillview as we complete our drill. Over Hawk Talk in the two weeks before the drill, we will be giving students important information about our upcoming drill and campus safety. Should you have any questions about our school safety and emergency preparedness, contact Danielle O’Brien here.
Several important publications are available for your information. The San Mateo County Office of Education released a statement here. The Atherton Chief of Police wrote an open letter to the community here.
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.
Parents/Students – return basketball and volleyball jerseys to the front office, in a bag labeled with player and coach names – we are missing 40 boys and 20 girls basketball uniforms and 15 volleyball uniforms.
Varsity A Team Matches
B2 Tennis Match
May Madness Basketball Clinic
The library has been running “Blind Date with a Book,” and it’s been very popular! The PTO and MPAEF fund all of our books, so they’ve been supporting this activity. For “Blind Date with a Book,” we identify quality books that aren’t popular (e.g., bad covers or titles, older books that were once popular, classics, narrative nonfiction) and wrap them up. (Thank goodness we didn’t go all out because they are flying off the shelves!) We write quick blurbs like want ads, and the kids choose from the blurbs. We ask kids to give each book 50 pages at least before giving up on their “date.” All kids “Rate their Dates,” so we know whether we made good choices. And if they love their books, they can write recommendations, which can become part of our library displays. So far most kids have either loved or liked their books (8 good to 1 bad). We will continue through the end of February Break and then draw winners from the rating cards. Winners receive chocolate.
The 7th-Grade Science Team wishes to thank the PTO for supporting our program by purchasing lab materials. As a part of our unit on States of Matter, students made ice cream. They designed and conducted investigations answering two questions: the role of salt in making ice cream, and why the milk froze. The ice-cream activity is one of the “anchoring” activities for the unit. The students also will be doing a lab with dry ice. This activity helps the students understand the energy involved in changes of state and what happens to temperature during changes of state. Both of these activities lead to a culminating activity in which the students research how refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners work in regard to changes of state and thermal energy. The PTO money was used to purchase milk, ice, rock salt, sugar and vanilla for ice cream and dry ice for the “dry ice” lab.
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:
To help keep our students and staff healthy during cold and flu season, we ask you to report all illnesses and to keep your children home when they are sick.
Your child needs to stay at home when he/she has:
If your child displays any of the above symptoms, or if a communicable disease has been confirmed, report it to the school office right away and keep your child home until they are no longer contagious.
Hillview realizes that helping us to maintain a safe classroom takes a certain amount of effort and diligence on your part, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us maintain a safe, healthy environment for all of our students.
Ramping up your Immune System and Environmental Defenses
with the following suggestions:
Flu information here.
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.
Last year, Randeep Nandal, Hillview ASB Vice President, ran for office on a platform that included a promise to work on having the school day start later. In order to explore the viability of this plan, he has developed a survey here to gauge the thoughts of parents, students, and staff. Randeep’s efforts are supported by the Hillview administration, but please know that while your responses are welcome, they will not commit us to any particular path. Any changes would require a recommendation from the MPCSD Board of Trustees.
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.
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!
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.