Mini-Course Week is next week! 

Some courses could still use your help to be successful! Please consider donating or volunteering. This week depends on all of us to run smoothly.

  • Amazing Race:  Do you love mind-benders and/or friendly competition, and being outdoors?  We are in dire need of volunteer chaperones for our Stanford Day and our Great America Day! Please click here to chaperone. If you have any questions, Please contact the Amazing Race Coordinator.
  • Stir It Up: Cooking Adventures Around the World: Are you a chef, casual cook or just enjoy food? We need you! The Stir It Up mini-course needs chaperones for several events and also needs loaner cooking equipment and food donations. If you are able to join us at events like Draeger’s Cooking School or if you have extra pots and pans and other supplies you are willing to donate or lend for the week, please sign up through one of the Sign Up links below:
    • Click here to sign up to chaperone an event
    • Click here to sign up to lend cooking equipment or donate food items
  • Str8 Shots Table Sports: Are you a talented pool player or a ping pong enthusiast? This year’s Str8 Shots mini course (April 3-8) is looking for a few good people to share an hour of their time and their talent with a group of 8th grade students. Please contact the Str8 Shots Coordinator if you are interested.
  • Picture This! If you have a DSLR camera to loan for this wonderful photography course, please contact Jill Kispert.
Please email minicourse@mpcsd.org with any questions regarding mini-courses.

After School Sports

Intramural Sports
Intramural sports will start new activities this week. Indoor soccer and hockey 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
We thank all of you who have returned basketball jerseys. We still have a number that need to be collected. Please return them as soon as possible. There are at least 30 girls jerseys we still need to collect. We thank you for your cooperation.

After-School Tennis Program
Practice and matches will resume this week for all players. Some matches will be at home at Nealon and some on the road.

After-School Boys Volleyball
Practice continues this week on Tuesday and Thursday. We may have room for more players if there is interest.

Girls Spring Volleyball Clinic
The Spring Volleyball Clinic for girls will continue this Tuesday and Thursday.

Additional Spring Programs
Other Spring Programs currently open for registration include: Track and May Madness (Friday Basketball Clinic in May). Track still has openings for about 10 more students and will begin Monday, April 17. The May Madness Basketball Clinic also has room for more players and will begin on Friday, April 21.

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

Eighth Grade Grad Party Volunteers Needed

Attention 8th grade parents! 8th Grade Grad Party planning is well underway, but we are in need of extra hands to help us! If you, or your spouse, is 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.

For general information regarding the party or to view the 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, click here.

To donate to the graduation celebration, click here. Thank you!

After-School Activities

Hillview’s PTO is excited to offer its students a wide array of after-school programs Winter/Spring! We have a few new program offerings, as well as, the returning favorites. We now offer both beginning and advanced Mandarin. Junior Chef Stars is offering a cooking and baking class starting in March and The M-A Wresting Coach is offering a fun Mat Club/Wresting class.   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 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

Volunteer

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.

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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!

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

PTO donations are due by September 30.

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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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