Volunteer at Hillview in 2017-18

There are so many different ways that parents and friends can volunteer at Hillview. Click here to check out this list of PTO Board members and committee chairs — along with their job descriptions — who give their time to help make Hillview an exceptional place for our students and teachers. We would love to have your help as well. If you are interested in volunteering with the Hillview PTO next year, please click here to fill in the volunteer form.

Any questions?  Please contact 2017/18 PTO Co-Presidents Ashley Wagstaff  and Chris Sewell who are recruiting right now.

Back to School “E Komo Mai” Luau

Hillview welcomes back its students and families just before the start of classes with the E Komo Mai Luau.  The Luau is a tradition that celebrates the end of summer and the excitement of a new year.  There is some administrative business families can accomplish at the Luau, such as picking up class schedules and handing in signed forms.  But the focus is on families catching up and sharing summer stories while enjoying music, entertainment, island snacks, giveaways, and more.  The PTO collaborates with the school to plan and run the Luau.

The date of the 2017-2018 Luau will be posted soon!

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.  More information about volunteering for this event will be posted at a later date.

Hey 5th Grade Parents! Be a Room Parent!

Do you have a child headed to Hillview next year?  Do you wonder what middle school is really like?  Want to know what’s happening in advance and get a sneak peek of your kids in action?  Sign up to be part of the Academy Support team.  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!

Camp Hillview for 6th  Graders

Starting middle school can be an intimidating time – for students and parents.  But we want all incoming Hawks to feel welcome and excited for their journey at Hillview.  That’s why there is Camp Hillview, our 6th grade orientation program that takes place at the beginning of each school year.  Camp Hillview starts the day before the rest of students officially go back to school.  That way, 6th graders and the 8th grade volunteers who help run Camp Hillview have the campus to themselves as they learn where their classes are, where to eat lunch, the fastest way from the gym to the wood shop, and all the other fun details that make middle school such a special time.  While students are getting to know their new campus, parents have an orientation meeting, too, because being comfortable at school isn’t just for kids.

Camp Hillview is a memorable way to start 6th grade because it:

  • introduces school life: teachers, bell schedule, ASB (student council), behavior expectations
  • is facilitated by 8th grade volunteers who want to get to know 6th graders and show them our amazing school
  • kicks-off of the year-long mentoring program “Where Everybody Belongs” (WEB) run by the 8th graders. Hillview’s WEB is part of the Boomerang Project — click here

More information about Camp Hillview for the 2017-18 school year, including dates, volunteer opportunities etc will be added in the summer!

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!

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!


Feedback on Hillview After-School Programs

These programs are provided by independent vendors and cover a wide array of interests. The success of each program is dependent on the participation from the Hillview community. We would love to get feedback on the programs that were offered this year. Feel free to contact Jamey Hawkins or Kim Hinshaw about the After-School programs 2016 – 2017.

After School Sports

Intramural Sports
Intramural sports has officially ended for this school year. Will return in the Fall.

After-School Sports
All After-School Sports programs have officially ended for this school year. We thank all of the coaches, parent volunteers, coordinators, and the players for their efforts and participation. Hillview continues to field the most players of all of the local schools. Sportsmanship and proper competitive spirit were displayed by all. We hope all of the players enjoyed the experience regardless of the sport. We look forward to another great program next year.

Parents and players with suggestions/comments/questions about our program have the opportunity to add input in the after-school sports SURVEY that you print and fill out, then email to Harry Bell or you can drop off Hillview front office to be placed in Harry Bell’s box. 

Friendly Reminder: If anyone has any after school sports uniforms that need to be returned (basketball, girls volleyball, flag football, track) please do so immediately. They can be returned to Hillview Main Office. We thank you for your cooperation.

Fall Sports Registration: registration information and deadlines for next Fall will be noted from the PTO in early August information mailers. Fall sports include Flag Football and Girls Volleyball. Registration will begin before school starts in August. Have a great summer! See you in the Fall.

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.


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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