After-School Programs

After-School Programs

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: Kim Hinshaw, PTO Coordinator. Click here to send an email.

Programs for 2016-2017 School Year – Spring

     Monday     Tuesday       Wednesday     Thursday       Friday  
 Cooking and Baking
Speech and Debate
Location G-4/PAC
 Bookopolis Book Club
Location B-3
 Writing Workouts
Location C-4
Location C-10
Mat Club
Writing Workouts
Location C-3
Mat Club

Bookopolis Book Club

Our Spring theme is GENRE MIX UP.  We will read, discuss, and compare three stories that expose readers to different genres.  We will read Well, That Was Awkward, a funny, coming of age story that is like Cyrano de Bergerac for middle-schoolers and All We Have Left, a thoughtful and engaging historical fiction story about the events of Sept 11th and how they continue to impact families today. The group will pick the third book together. Open to 6th-8th graders.

  • Day/Time:  Wednesdays 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  • Location: B-3
  • Dates:
    • Spring Session: 4/5 – 6/7, no class on 4/12
  • Price: $190 (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.

Cooking and Baking, offered by Junior Chef Stars  

Calling all beginning bakers, seasoned gourmets, and all around food lovers! This session is the perfect mix of learning professional cooking and baking techniques. From pastries and cakes to gourmet meals, your junior chef will be able to put together a delicious four course meal for their friends and family! If you have taken our course in a previous session, this class will include all new recipes!

  • Day/Time: Mondays 3:15-4:45 p.m.
  • Location: Kitchen
  • Dates:
    • Spring Session:   4/3 – 5/22 (No class 4/10)
  •  Price: $189 (for 7 classes)
  • Minimum class size: 8
  • Click here to register.

Mandarin, offered by Hwa Shin Chinese School

Learn to speak Mandarin Chinese, or join our Intermediate 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: Fridays 3:15 – 5:00 p.m. (both beginning and advanced)
  • Location: C-10
  • Dates:
    • Fall Semester: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/9, 12/16, 1/13,1/20,1/27,and 2/3
    • Spring Semester: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24,  4/21, 4/28, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/2,and 6/9
  • Price: $495/semester
  • Click here to download the flyer or click here to register online.

Mat Club, offered by Phil Hoang, Coach of the M-A Bears Wrestling Team      

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. As 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: Twice per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, and Some Friday’s.  Time 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Location: Hillview Gym & Menlo-Atherton Wrestling Room (TBD)
  • Dates: March 20, 2017 – April 28, 2017
  • Price: $185/session
  • Click here to register.

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 -5:00 p.m.
  • Location: G-4/PAC
  • Dates:
    • Fall Session:  9/13 – 12/13   (No Class:  10/25 & 11/22)
    • Winter Session: 1/10 – 3/21   (No Class:  2/21)
    • Spring Session: 3/28 – 6/6   (No Class:  4/04 – 4/11)
  • Price:  $395/session ($410 if paying by credit card).
  • Click here to register online. For detailed payment options, click here.

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: Wednesday or Thursdays 2:45 -3:45 p.m.
  • Location: Weds: C-3, Thurs: C-4
  • Dates:
    • Fall Trimester: Start date 9/14 or 9/15 (No class Weds: 10/26, 11/23, Thurs: 10/27, 11/24)
    • Winter Trimester:  Start date 1/11 or 1/12.  Last date 3/15 or 3/16
    • Spring Trimester:  Start date 3/22 or 3/23.  Last date 6/7 or 6/8. (No class Weds: 4/5, 4/12, Thurs: 4/6, 4/13)
  • Price:  $305/trimester (10-12 weeks)
  • 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.
  • Click here for the flyer.
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