Hillview PTO Executive Board Slate for 2017-2018

The Hillview PTO Nominating Committee is pleased to present the slate for the 2017-18 Hillview PTO Executive Board. The PTO’s General Membership will vote on this slate of officers at the Hillview PTO General Meeting on Thursday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the Hillview PAC.

Co-Presidents: Chris Sewell & Ashley Wagstaff
Co-Vice Presidents: Suzanne Watson & Laura Paul
Treasurer: Christine Tonsfeldt
Vice Treasurer: John Donald
Financial Secretary: Gina Skinner
Auditor: Matt Ericksen
Recording Secretary: Julia Molise
Communications Chair: Johanna Woll
Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Witeck
After-School Activities Coordinator: Jamey Hawkins
Parliamentarian: Julie Nelson

Note: Co-Presidents and Treasurer were elected to serve 2 year terms in May 2016; the Parliamentarian is appointed by the Co-Presidents.

Hillview Book Fair is This Week – May 22-25

Explore new books and stock up for summer reading for the whole family. The Book Fair will offer the Hillview Summer Reading books plus the assigned book for incoming M-A freshmen. This year we will also have a hand-picked selection of books for younger elementary age siblings. The Book Fair will run from Monday, May 22 to Thursday, May 25. We’ll be open each day before school from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m., during brunch and lunch, and for 30 minutes after school. The Book Fair will also be open during Hillview’s Open House on May 25 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Eighth Grade Grad Party

With just under 4 weeks to go, planning is almost complete, for what should be a night to remember for every Hillview 8th grader!  Few reminders about the night and how you can help:

  • PLEASE HELP 8th GRADE PARENTS! We need your help to decorate the gym the week of June 13-16. We need everyone to put in a few hours if possible, and especially would love a few dads to help with some of the heavier lifting (evening slots are available)!  Please click the Sign Up Genius to help. 
  • LEND AN ITEM? We are looking for various items to borrow for the grad party (i.e. garden cafe light strings, small card tables, power strips). Please check this wish list link and see if you have any items to lend us.

6th & 7th Grade Parent Chaperones Needed
Please help pay it forward! It is a Hillview tradition that parents from the 6th and 7th grade classes chaperone the Grad Night party, so that the 8th graders can celebrate without the watchful eyes of their own parents.  Please tell a friend and sign up here for one of the following shifts during the evening of Friday June 16.

8th Grade End of Year Information

The end of the school year is fast approaching! For our 8th graders, we have a number of great activities coming up, including the class trip to Great America, the 8th grade Awards Assembly, the promotion ceremony, and the Grad Night Party! On the Hillview Webpage, under both QuickLinks and Parent Information, please find the Parent Letter, Great America Permission Slip, and other important end of year information.

Hillview Teacher and Staff Year End Gifts

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. Parents are encouraged to contribute to a centralized Teacher/Staff Gift Fund (organized by PTO volunteers) and ALL proceeds are used to buy gift cards for the entire Hillview team. The benefits of this approach are that:

  • 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 is used to recognize all 80+ Hillview employees, including the academy teachers, elective teachers, specialists, custodians 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.

There are several ways to participate. PayPal here. Cash can be left at the Hillview Office. Check (made out to Molly Gibbons) can be left in the Hillview office or mailed to Molly Gibbons, 115 Pineview Lane, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

Any questions? Contact Molly Gibbons. Thank you!

Hey 5th Grade Parents!

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!

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

After School Sports

Intramural Sports
There will be a change from the normal routine in intramural sports this week to include a special activity of high jump practice for those 6th graders participating in the Greek Olympics Finals. The high jump will be the intramural activity on both Wednesday and Thursday. Students not in the Greek Olympics are also invited to jump. Any grade level is welcome.

After-School Boys Volleyball
The boys volleyball seasons are now completed. For a program that has only existed for two years, it is going extremely well. Last year, we had 12 students registered and this year we had 18. The varsity team was undefeated in league competition and won the league championship in playoffs. We thank all players and parents for their efforts and their enthusiasm. Special thanks to coaches Lauren Heller, Edward Falefa, and Hillview Staff member Russ Peterson. Without their guidance this program would never have been able to exist.

Girls Spring Volleyball Clinic
The Girls Spring Volleyball Clinic is now officially over. We thank Kutlu Aricanli for directing this program for the third year. We also thank Henry Wang, Tara Galvez, Jia Druell, and Ayda Aricanli for coaching throughout.

After-School Track

After-School Track continues this week on Monday and Wednesday, May 22 and 24. The final meet will take place on May 22. On May 24, group relays and the team party will be held at M-A High School at the usual time from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. This will be the final week of this year’s track program. We ask all participants to please return their track jerseys on May 24 at the team party.

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.
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.


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!


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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