Important Information for Eighth Grade Families

There are many upcoming activities for graduating Eighth graders.  Please visit here for information about graduation requirements, graduation day, the Great America trip, the 8th grade awards assembly and more.

The entire Hillview 8th grade (along with the teachers who they have come to know over the last three years) will be celebrating their upcoming graduation with a BBQ on Friday, June 3 during lunch at 12:40 pm.  We need several parent volunteers to make this BBQ a success and you can sign up to help in a few ways:

  • Food Volunteers.  shop for or donate food supplies for the BBQ
  • Buffet Managers. volunteers to set up, supervise the buffet, and clean up during the event

If you are interested, please click here to volunteer.

Graduation Celebration
The 8th Grade Graduation Celebration is held the evening of graduation – June 14, 2016 – and is a long-standing tradition and a memorable event for all 8th graders.  The party is planned and funded by 8th grade families. We ask for a contribution of $50 per 8th grade student.  All 8th graders are welcome regardless of donation.  To make your donation now, click the Donate button below.  Volunteers are also needed to plan and execute the event.  Click the Volunteer button to send an email to the graduation co-chairs to sign up.

Thank you!

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End of Year Teacher and Staff Gift Fund

Wondering how to recognize your child’s teacher at the end of the school year? At Hillview, we have a tradition of gifting to the staff as a community. The school community is encouraged to contribute to a centralized Teacher/Staff Gift Fund organized by parent volunteers. All proceeds are used to buy gift cards for the entire Hillview team. The benefits of this approach are:
  • It’s what the teachers and staff prefer. With gift cards, they can pick out something they really want or need.
  • No one is overlooked. The Gift Fund recognizes more than 80 Hillview employees, including academy teachers, elective teachers, specialists, and staff.
  • It’s easy! Just make a contribution, and the committee does the rest.  Gift cards are delivered on the last day of school on behalf of the entire Hillview community.
You can contribute to this fantastic program by making out a check to Amy Boyle. Please drop your payment in the school office, or mail it to:
Amy Boyle
c/o Hillview Middle School
1100 Elder Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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.

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!



We need you! Check here for great ways to get involved with programs at school.  There is an opportunity for everyone.


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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