Five Facts about the PTO and MPAEF

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.

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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.

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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.

Do You Have An 8th-Grader? 

We are looking for two volunteers to help plan and organize this years 8th-Grade Graduation Dance Party. Find friends and sign up to plan this fun-filled 8th grade event. One person should be an organized numbers person who can watch the bottom line with donations and spending, and the other could be a more creative type. You two will assemble a team of volunteers to help with everything. 7th-grade parents can volunteer to help out, too, to learn the process! We need volunteers to make this happen. Contact Nancy Witeck here.

ASB Cards

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.

After School Sports

Flag Football
Registration is now closed. Teams are full, but you are still welcome to be placed on the waiting list here. We will field one or two 6th grade teams, one 7th grade team, and one 8th grade team. Experience in football is not necessary to participate. Practice will begin Thursday, September 7, 3:30 – 5:00 for all teams. Players must have a mouthpiece to participate.

Girls Volleyball
Registration is now closed. Players are still welcome to be placed on a waiting list here. We can only field as many teams as we have coaches. If we don’t have enough coaches for all players registered we will give priority to those who registered first. Practice will begin after September 5. Games will begin Monday, September 18 for 7th/8th-grade teams and Tuesday, September 19 for 6th-grade teams. Season ends before Thanksgiving.

Mandatory Team Placement workouts will be held in Hillview Gym, Tuesday, September 5:

  • 6th grade 3:15 – 4:35
  • 7th grade 4:45 – 6:05
  • 8th grade 6:15 – 7:30

No refunds are available for all after school sports after the registration deadline. Scholarships are available for all Hillview-supported sports.

Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049. PTO Registration Coordinator is Matt Erikson.

Get to Know Menlo-Atherton High School

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.

  • Signups for shadowing begins on Tuesday, September 5.  Please note, every year slots fill up very quickly.
  • 8th-Grade Information Night is Wednesday, October, 18, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Campus Tours are on the first Wednesday of the month, October through March.
  • M-A Shadowing are on Mondays, Tuesday, and Fridays, October though February
More information here and on the M-A website.

Volunteer at Hillview in 2017-18

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!

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, Mini-Courses,  and Breakfast Cafe. 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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Would you like to be an Academy Parent or part of the Academy Support Team?!

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!

For the future and to help to save our planet: Go Paperless for Announcements

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!

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.

New Sidewalks and Bike Lanes on Santa Cruz Avenue

Remind your students to be safe on the way to and from school. Bicyclists should use our brand new bike lanes when on Santa Cruz Avenue and pedestrians should use the brand new sidewalks. Review bike safety with your students, including stopping at all stop signs, wearing a helmet, and riding single file in bike lanes and not in the street or on the sidewalk.

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