Sunday, May 20th, 2018 for the School House Rocks Run and Festival. Details to follow!
We want to take the opportunity to shout out some appreciation to some of our many business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!
W. L. Butler Construction, Inc.
March 12, applications due. Looking for a BIG impact, LOW commitment way to be involved at Hillview? Want to follow up on your parent survey response with action? Then consider applying to serve a two-year appointment to the Hillview Site Council.
The Site Council meets after school once a month to provide input and oversight to the School Site Plan, which specifies the goals and metrics that drive major decisions on academics, the school environment, social-emotional well-being, technology, and any other significant areas related to the school. This is a meaningful opportunity to provide thoughtful reflection and input on how we as a school community can better serve all our Hillview students.
Interested parents should submit their name, a brief description of their background, and reasons for wanting to serve on the council by Monday, March 12. Note that you must have a child in attendance at Hillview during the duration of your term. You may nominate someone by submitting their name and reasons why you would like to recommend them. We will hold an election during the site council meeting on Tuesday, March 13. Candidates must be present at the meeting on March 13. All parents of current Hillview students or of incoming Hillview students for the 2018 – 2019 school year who are in attendance at the meeting are eligible to vote. New members should plan to participate in the Site Council meetings on March 13, April 17, May 8, and June 5.
The Site Council will meet on Tuesday, March 13, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Hillview front office conference room to review the results of the January Parent and Student Site Survey. All meetings are open to the public. For more information and to submit your application, contact Theanne Thomson here.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedback allows us to adjust Safe Routes to School (SRTS) education and encouragement program features to best meet the needs of each individual school. Your feedback will also be shared with decision makers throughout the county who can address infrastructure issues regarding safe walking and biking. This survey will take approximately five minutes to complete. English survey here.
Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para llenar esta encuesta. Su participación nos permite ajustar las características de educación y fomento del programa Rutas Seguras a la Escuela para cumplir mejor con las necesidades de cada escuela. Sus comentarios también serán compartidos con autoridades que pueden abordar cuestiones de infraestructura acerca de caminar y andar en bicicleta con seguridad. La encuesta no tomará más de five minutos en completarse. Espanol aqui.
Saturday, March 24. Does your student enjoy the TV quiz show Jeopardy? This is their chance to pick up the buzzer and answer trivia questions. Hillview will be hosting a middle school quiz bowl tournament. Quiz bowl is like Jeopardy, but with easier questions. Student can sign up individually, or as a team of three or four students.
Schools from all over Northern California will be participating, so this is a fun way to meet students from other schools. Pass this along to other middle school families in the area. Since Hillview is hosting, there is no entry fee for Hillview students, but teams from other schools pay an entry fee to cover the cost of the questions, moderators, room rental fee, and pizza lunch.
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.
Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC. Eighth-grade students and families participating in the Washington, D.C. trip are required to attend this meeting. Students, and at least one parent, must attend. We will review the schedule of activities, outline expectations and safety rules, collect baggage fees, issue identification and luggage tags, collect and inspect medications, and much more. Plan to attend this important meeting.
“…for everything you do for us teachers and for our students! Thank you for our wonderful luncheons and for providing coffee for us… Also, thank you for providing us with budgets to use in our classrooms! I’m always thinking of ways to give my students access to the content….how can I say this differently or show something another way to them so that they get it. I find myself thinking of new or different ways to teach them, or convey concepts to them so that more of them comprehend what I’m trying to convey. It’s so comforting to know that if I need anything, if I need to buy something that will help these students better understand, my PTO will support me in buying it to make that happen. That is so incredible! And I know that doesn’t happen at all schools and districts. So, thank you, sincerely! I’m so appreciative of the constant support from you all year, and year after year!”
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination
Students entering 7th grade in the 2018 – 2019 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 web site (see link below).
Acceptable proof of immunization includes:
All these documents must have your child’s name, date of birth, and date Tdap was administered, and a stamp or physician’s signature from the 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.
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.
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:
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.
“Parenting in the Age of Social Media”
Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC, with Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet. Our kids are “digital natives,” they have grown up in a world of online access and ever-changing media devices. Do you wonder how to teach your child responsibility and ethics online, how to ensure they are aware of their actions, and how best to parent them in the digital age?
Come join My Digital TAT2 for a highly engaging and informative presentation, recommended for anyone interested in gaining an overview of the digital landscape and learning about thoughtful ways to navigate media with your children.
Topics include the evolving digital landscape and current trends, emotional and psychological responses to social media, responding to challenging issues such as techno-perfection, digital distraction, sleep, and sexting; strategies to engage your teen with constructive conversation and promote media balance for the entire family. You’ll come away with strategies that support both you and your child. This is an event you won’t want to miss! For more information about My Digital TAT2, visit here.
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.
We need a host family for our Hillview/Oak Knoll intern, Eva, early twenties, who comes from Soria, Spain. Her previously arranged hosts are not able to take an intern after all, so we have a great opportunity for another family. We ask host families to share their home with our intern for a three to six month period. The interns have been with us since the start of school and will depart back to their countries in mid-late June. Our interns assist in the Spanish Immersion classrooms at Laurel and Encinal, Spanish specialist classrooms at Laurel, Encinal, and Oak Knoll, and in all language classrooms at Hillview. They speak English and they are taking English enrichment classes through Palo Alto adult program. Interns get around town by bicycles that are provided for them.
Be a host family and share your American culture with our interns. For questions regarding hosting an intern or additional information, contact parent volunteer coordinator, Liliana Perazich here or call 415-297-0125. Feel free to pass this info to anyone you may feel would be interested. The families do not need to be a MPCSD family.
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)!
The Hillview Service Team is gearing up for the 4th Annual Relay for Life event on Friday, May 18 from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m., at Hillview. It will benefit the American Cancer Society. Last year, our students raised over $65,000 to help fund cancer research. It’s time for students to form teams and register. Sign-up sheets are available in the office.
Relay for Life Spirit Day, Thursday, March 15. Wear “Relay for Life” T-shirts or “purple” in support in fighting cancer. Relay for Life team sign-up sheets will be collected in the quad on Thursday at lunch. Each team, can be up to 10 students, is required to have an adult chaperone for the evening. There are other ways to participate in the event too – selling snacks, set-up/clean-up, etc.
After-School Basketball League Playoffs
Parents and Students – Return basketball jerseys to front office or coach/team coordinator. Should be in a bag and labeled with player and coach names.
Website to check standings for 6th/7th grade here. 8th-grade standings are sent to coaches.
After-School Tennis Program
Practices have begun and matches will begin soon. Hillview will host matches on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Registration is open here for the following three Spring sports:
Inform the Hillview office if you have lost or have not returned your uniform.
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.