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Hillview offers a variety of After-School Activities.  These programs are provided by independent vendors, and cover a wide array of interests and disciplines.  The success of each of these programs is dependent on participation from the Hillview community, and the programs will only be offered if the minimum participation numbers are reached.  More specific information about each program, including registration links, dates, and pricing, can be found below.  Additionally, please check the After School Activities section of the weekly Hillview Newsletter for announcements about upcoming programs.  There are scholarships arranged by the PTO for qualifying students.  For more information on scholarships, please contact your child’s counselor, or click here.

Contact: Jamey Hawkins, Hillview PTO After-School Activities Coordinator – click here to send an email.

Programs for 2017-18 School Year

Times and Locations for Fall Programs:

     Monday     Tuesday       Wednesday     Thursday       Friday  
 Coding By StarfireEd Python III
Location D-2
3:10-4:40
 Speech and Debate
Location TBD
3:15-5:00
 Bookopolis Book Club
Location B-3
2:4o-3:45
Cross Country
Hillview Track
M:3:15 – 4:30,  W 2:40 – 3:55
Cross Country
Hillview Track
M:3:15 – 4:30,  W 2:40 – 3:55
Writing Workouts  Location D-7
2:45-3:45
Fall Masters Cooking
Hillview Kitchen
3:15-4:30
 Writing Workouts  Location D-11
2:45-3:45
 Lacrosse
Hillview Turf Field
3:15-4:15
Mandarin
Location C-10
2:45-4:30

Bookopolis Book Club 

Our Fall theme is LIFE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. We will read, discuss, and compare three engaging stories full of real life middle school drama. POSTED tackles bullying, friendship, and social media with humor. ALL THE ANSWERS  uses the touch of a magic pencil to help answer life’s big questions. The group will pick the third book together. Books will be provided at the first session for students to keep as part of the class fee.  Open to 6th – 8th grades.

  • Day/Time: Wednesdays 2:40 – 3:45 PM
  • Location: B-3
  • Dates
    • Fall Session: 9/13 – 12/20 (no classes on 10/25 or 11/22)
    • Winter Session:  TBD
    • Spring Session:  TBD
  • Price: $250/student (includes 3 books)
  • Class size limited to 12 students
  • Register online here or email kari@bookopolis.com for paper registration.  Payments can be made to Bookopolis, 6 Claremont Place, Menlo Park, CA,94025 or via Paypal to kari@bookopolis.com.

Chess, offered by Bay Area Chess

Unfortunately this class will not be offered this fall as Bay Are Chess were unable to find an instructor for this program.

Cross Country, offered by Stella Bergan, MEd, NASM CPT 

*Fall Session Only

Is your child interested in improving their running strength and endurance, along with mental strategies that will help them with other sports and life in general?

Then, Stella Fit’s Cross Country Program is for you! Improving running strength and endurance can help your child excel in other sports, whether it is football, soccer, basketball, tennis, or lacrosse.A solid foundation of stability, strength, and endurance is essential for athletes to compete at their best. Stella Fit’s Cross Country Program will teach your child the fundamentals of long distance running in a fun and safe environment. We will also weave in talks on nutritional support, mental strategies, and sleep for optimal health and performance.Our goal will be to compete in one cross country meet and run a 5K at Stanford at the end of the 8 week program. The program will be led by Stella Bergan, MEd, NASM CPT and assisted by Chelsea Fleher who is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist.

  • Day/Time: Mondays 3:15 – 4:30 and Wednesdays 2:40 – 3:55 p.m.
  • Location: Hillview Track
  • Dates: 9/18-11/10 (No class the week of Oct. 24-27)
  • Price: $250/student ($29 per class for 12 classes)
  • Click here to register at www.stellafit.com.

Energy, Environment and Chocolate!

*Winter and Spring Sessions

In this course, we’ll learn about energy and the environment, and make it fun by incorporating chocolate throughout!  Through classroom activities (involving chocolate!), video clips and discussions, students will explore coal, oil, natural gas, sun and wind as primary energy sources, and electricity as a secondary energy source. We will trace the environmental impacts of these energy sources through their life cycles. We’ll get up to date about some of the latest challenges, advances and solutions regarding energy and the environment.  We’ll learn what sustainability means when it comes to chocolate and other common products. Students will devise ways to conserve energy and protect the environment in their own lives, and brainstorm solutions to bigger issues.  Suitable for grades 6-8.

This course will be taught by Janelle London.  Janelle is the Chair of Menlo Park’s Environmental Quality Commission and California state director of the nonprofit Coltura. She is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Berkeley, and a former attorney and dialysis company executive. Currently, she leads Hillview’s Environmental Club, and serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of PAEC (the Peninsula Advanced Energy Community) and the Peninsula Clean Energy Citizens Advisory Committee. She has taught students about energy, the environment and chocolate at La Entrada Middle School and the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. She is passionate about protecting the environment, teaching youth, and of course, chocolate. Contact: jlondon@stanfordalumni.org.

  • Day/Time: TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • Dates: 9/14 – 12/7 (No classes on 10/26 or 11/23)
  • Price: $220/student for 11 sessions ($20 per session)
  • To register, please click here.

Fall Masters Cooking, offered by Junior Chef Stars

Join us this fall as we dive in and explore the depths of culinary expertise. Beyond learning the basics of cooking, your chef will swiftly master professional dishes as we uncover a world of flavors and ingredients in Fall Masters Cooking. This class has a minimum age of 11.

  • Day/Time: Mondays   3:15 – 4:30 PM
  • Location: Hillview Kitchen
  • Dates: 9/18 – 11/20
  • Price: $290/student ($29 per class for 10 classes)
  • To register, please click here.

Lacrosse, offered by Matt Bond from SixFifty Lacrosse

SixFifty is thrilled to announce its 6th year of our After School program at Hillview Middle School!  Using our time-tested curriculum developed by Coach Bond, players are led through skills & game sessions embedded with teamwork, decision-making, and leadership lessons designed to foster athletic & personal growth.  In addition to lacrosse fundamentals, teaching includes age-appropriate athletic development, athletic movement, and coordination.  And best of all, lacrosse is so much fun! Questions? Please email Matt at mtbond@jhu.edu.

    • For beginners: come out and learn the basics of individual skills and team play
    • For experienced players: learn more, improve individual skills and team play from SixFifty director, Matt Bond and current Stanford, NDNU, and M-A players.
    • EQUIPMENT:  Beginners: Loaner sticks will be available for your use and just need a mouth guard to participate with no-contact. Experienced Players: Please bring your gear bag with stick, pads & helmet (girls need stick, goggles & mouth guard).
  • Day/Time: Mondays 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Location: Hillview Turf Field
  • Fall session: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13
  • Winter session: TBD
  • Price: $265/student (9 sessions)
  • Click here to register online at SixFifty Lacrosse

Mat Club, offered by Phil Hoang of the M-A’s Bears *Spring only

Mat Club’s mission is to help you become more athletic, stronger, and faster through the high-energy learning experience of wrestling.  Our practices consist of constant movement, strength training, flexibility, and dynamic agility exercises.  On the first day of club you will learn how to safely move, roll, land, somersault on a shock-resistant mat.  By the end of 6 weeks you will have basic defense and offense skills such as a double-leg takedown, arm throw, and escapes. Invite your friends!  You will need partners!  Practices consist of a significant amount of partner workouts such as having to lift, roll, and carry your partner across the mat. We play games such as the Queen/King of the mat, Sumo, mat ball.  You will be flexible like a gymnast, be as explosive as a sprinter, and move and roll like a boxer. A s a team, we will have an opportunity to compete in tournaments or against local teams.  Join us for the most fun and challenging workout of your life! Girls are especially encouraged as wrestling is the fastest growing sport nationwide.

  • Day/Time: Mondays & Wednesdays 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: TBD
  • Dates: Spring only
  • Price: TBD
  • Registration information will be available in the Spring.

Mandarin, offered by Hwa Shin Chinese School

Learn to speak Mandarin Chinese, or join our Advanced group and practice Chinese with your classmates!  Hwa Shin Mandarin Chinese language instruction is tailored for students who do not speak Mandarin at home, and focuses on teaching Mandarin in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Hwa Shin has been teaching Mandarin in Menlo Park and Palo Alto schools for over 30 years.   We will be offering 2 classes on Friday afternoons this year at Hillview:

  • Beginning Mandarin – perfect for students who have never taken Chinese before, and who are interested in learning the most widely spoken language on the planet
  • Advanced Mandarin – We continue to provide an Advanced Mandarin session to Friday’s Mandarin program (3:15pm-5:00pm) offered by Hwa Shin Chinese School at Hillview. The Advanced Mandarin program is for students who have had at least 3 years of Chinese classes already, and who want to gain confidence in their speaking and writing in a fun and engaging classroom. This class will use Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1 Simplified Chinese version, a widely-used Chinese book in well-known Universities such as UC, Harvard and others.  This is a small class with less than 6 students. Transfer students are welcome.

Contact Thomas Lee 408-807-1088 for more information.

  • Day/Time: Wednesdays 2:45 – 4:30 p.m. (both Beginning and Advanced).
    • Please advise Thomas what days would work for you. 
  • Location: C-10
  • Dates:
    • Fall Semester: (15 weeks) 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31
    • Spring Semester: (15 weeks) 2/9, 2/16, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, and 6/8
  • Price: $590/semester
  • Click here to download the flyer or click here to register online.

Speech and Debate, offered by Coach Brier Buchalter 

Come take part in an exciting experience that will help your grades, while teaching you how to learn faster and better than before!  At the same time, be part of a team that works together in a fun, exciting and mind blowing academic competition, which will give you skills that will last a lifetime and help you Change the World!
  • Day/Time: Tuesdays 3:15-5 p.m.
  • Location: TBD (more details in registration form here)
  • Dates: 
    • Fall:  9/12 – 12/19 (No class: 10/24 & 11/21)
    • Winter:  1/9 – 3/20 (No class: 2/20)
    • Spring:  4/17 – 6/5
  • We welcome scholarship students!
  • Come join us on the first day for a trial class provided you complete a registration form!
  • Click here for Program Details, Policies, Discounts & Payment Info
  • Click here to register online or to download the registration form. 
  • Any questions?  Please contact brierbuchalter@gmail.com or call (408) 771-2904

Starfire Coding Level III: Python

This is a hands-on, project based class where kids learn by solving problems.  This class is for students grades 6-8 who have some experience coding with visual languages and want to learn Python to build games and apps. Students are eligible for this class when they have mastered Scratch or another visual based language. Students learn to think critically and creatively by solving challenging problems. Open to grades 6th – 8th.

  • Day/Time: Mondays 3:15 – 4:30pm
  • Location: D-2
  • Dates: 9/18-12/15 (no class Nov. 27)
  • Price: $535/student
  • Click here to register at Starfire Coding Registration

Winter Conditioning Program, offered by Stella Bergan, MEd, NASM CPT  *Winter Session Only

Stella Fit is offering a 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. Stella 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 and assisted by Chelsea Fleher who is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist.

Writing Workouts, offered by Jennifer Tsay of Omega Teaching

Highly interactive, fun seminars using the concept of VASE to teach writing in any genre: Voice, Audience, Structure, and Editing.  No homework.  Small class size.

  • Day/Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays 2:45 -3:45 p.m.
  • Location: Wednesdays in D-11, Thursdays in D-7
  • Fall Session Dates: 9/13 – 12/14 (No classes 10/25, 10/26, 11/22, 11/23)
  • Price:  $295/student
  • Instructor is Jennifer Tsay, Hillview parent, former attorney, Stanford BA English, Harvard JD
  • Register your child by emailing the instructor or call her at 650-324-1662.
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