Support Our PTO and the MPAEF
1. The Menlo Park City School District is “community-funded”, meaning approximately 88% of our school funding comes from local sources, including property and parcel taxes and your support of our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF).
2. Our PTO is a volunteer non-profit organization.
3. It organizes important school programs and activities and funds equipment and supplies for programs such as physical education, science, and the library.
4. The MPAEF is a parent-led non-profit organization, raising funds to support education in our District schools – Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview.
5. It funds comprehensive education programs in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library, and science.
For more information about the PTO and to donate, please click here.
For more information about the MPAEF and to donate or pledge, please go to mpaef.org/donate.
A collaborative group of parents, teachers, and staff who meet monthly to discuss, assess, and establish school-wide goals and actions to meet those goals in support of our 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.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m., in the large conference room in the Hillview Office. We will be discussing the school survey and making recommendations for changes to the survey to be administered by Panorama in January. All parents in our community are welcome to attend these meetings.
If your student is applying to private school for 2018-19 school year, there is a process that Hillview requires you to follow listed here including the submission of the Student Information Form here. The final deadline for this information is December 1. The teachers and office would greatly appreciate receiving the information before Thanksgiving. This allows us time to provide meaningful and rich information to your student’s prospective schools as well as meet the application deadlines. If you are applying to schools that DO NOT use the Ravenna electronic system, you will need to provide the office with stamped envelopes, pre-addressed with the receiving school’s information.
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.
Families of fourth through eight graders will be receiving Smarter Balanced Student Score Reports within the next two weeks. The Educational Testing Services (ETS) alerted all school districts that there was error on some of the reports. As a result, we delayed mailing the reports until we had the complete details. We discovered that not all reports contained the error. Only reports of students scoring in the Level 4 (Standard Exceeded) Performance Band contained a minor text error. The scaled scaled score and performance bands were not impacted. The scores, as indicated on the report, are correct and were not impacted. Therefore, we will be sending the reports even if they contained the text error. ETS is reprinting and sending corrected reports. The corrected reports will be sent to impacted families as soon as we receive them. These Score Reports will provide information on how your child performed against the California Common Core State Standards. You can view Examples here and Explanations of the Scores reports here.
Thank you to those who volunteered…we look forward to celebrating them at the 2018 Graduation Party and Dance.
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.
Congratulations to all musicians in Band 2! We had an outstanding week of performances starting with the Menlo Park Downtown Halloween Parade followed by a brisk march around the block at Oak Knoll leading their Halloween Parade. The next day, we travelled to Upper Laurel and performed for the students. Well Done!
On Thursday, November 2, Hillview was treated to the sounds of M-A’s Jazz 3 Band. They played at lunch in the Quad. Did you know that they are touring Spain this March 2018! 3/4 of the total band (13) are Hillview grads! Congrats to M-A for Keeping Music Strong In Our Community!
This Thursday, November 16, Hillview Choir’s Fall Concert is at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC. We are being joined by Laurel’s Chorus as well. Come and hear the wonderful music of our children. Bring a friend and hope to see many family, friends and neighbors at our concert.
Click here to find details for Menlo-Atherton High School’s Get to Know M-A program for the 2017-2018 school year. Included are important dates and information for prospective M-A students and their parents.
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!
Do you wonder what middle school is really like? Would you like to get a sneak peek of your kids in action and help out with events behind-the scenes? Sign up to be part of the Academy Support team or Academy Parent. 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!
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.