Hour of Code

During Qu3ST on Friday, December 9, students can participate in the Hour of Code. Each Academy will host a room for the Hour of Code and the other room will be for those working on homework. Here is our website with various links to support students, parents, and teachers.

Home access is available as well. Students and parents can access the Hour of Code  tutorials . Students can also access  code.org  through the  Clever portal , which is MPCSD new single sign-on portal for all of our on-line subscriptions. Through Clever, they should be able to easily sign up for an account and be able to access the self-paced coding courses that Code offers. These are 20+ hours long and provide instruction at levels from pre-reader through high-school.

After-School Activities

Perfectly Fit
Winter Running Conditioning and Foundational Skills Training Program for kids who would like to keep up their conditioning or improve their conditioning over the Winter months. This program will help improve running, endurance, speed, quickness, strength, and balance. We will be doing running drills on the track, along with foundational mobility, strength, speed, and balance sets. We will meet rain or shine.

A solid foundation of stability, strength, and endurance is essential for athletes to compete at their best. Perfectly Fit’s programs are meant for kids at all levels and are designed for results in a safe and fun environment. This program will also weave in talks on nutritional support, mental strategies, and sleep for optimal health and performance.  The program will be led by Stella Bergan, MEd, NASM CPT.  The Winter Class will run from  January 23 – March 17, Mondays from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m., Wednesdays from 2:40 – 3:40 p.m., program cost is $240. Register here or contact Stella Bergan or  650.245.8603.

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!

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The PTOs for Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview, along with the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation, are working together to make our schools the best they can be for all of our kids. When you support your PTO, you make possible curriculum enrichment, field trips, community building events, and well-supplied classrooms. When you support the MPAEF, you are putting more teachers in our schools – both in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library and science. All of this makes a real difference in your child’s day and, ultimately, in their education.
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Please support these organizations today. Start by clicking the donate button below. Thank you!

PTO donations are due by September 30.

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Volunteer

Hillview is a community-supported school — not just with money but with time. 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. 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? Please click here to fill out our volunteer questionnaire or contact PTO Volunteer Coordinator Patti Buck and she will help identify a meaningful way for you to help!

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New Hot Lunch Vendor!

The Menlo Park City School District is pleased to announce The LunchMaster will be providing lunch service for the 2016-17 school year.

The LunchMaster has been in business for over 20 years and serves many local schools in San Mateo County and the Bay Area. They provide a large selection of meals that are well prepared and tasteful. All meals exceed USDA nutritional guidelines, contain at least 50% organic food content, and include meat and dairy that are antibiotic and hormone free.

To read a letter from the General Manager of The LunchMaster to district parents click here.

For more information about the new hot lunch program click here.

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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