The end of the year is coming and you don’t want your student to be caught without a school yearbook! Have your student check the list posted outside of the front office to see if they are already getting a yearbook. If you bought an ASB card at the beginning of the year, your student is on the list. If your student’s name is not on the list, you can purchase one here. We only have a small quantity of extra books to sell and they sell out quickly!
This spring, students in California, including our students in Menlo Park, will take Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) online tests. See the attached letter here from Katherine Stratch, Coordinator of Data and Assessment, for more information. Should you have any questions about state testing at Hillview, contact Danielle O’Brien here.
At Hillview, SBAC testing, including English Language Arts and Math tests, will take place Monday, May 6 – Thursday, May 9. Eighth-grade students will also take the CAST, the California Science Assessment, in their science classes Wednesday, May 14 – Thursday, May 15. See the attached testing schedule here. School will begin and end at the same time as usual, and students will go to even numbered class periods on Monday and Wednesday and odd numbered class periods on Tuesday and Thursday to create adequate time for testing.
Tips to encourage a successful student testing experience
Monday, April 8 – Friday, April 26
Help our schools and district better plan and prepare for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. Monday, April 8, all parents of current K-7 grade students will receive their student’s re-enrollment notification email from PowerSchool Registration. Even though your plans for next year may not be finalized, complete the re-enrollment process by April 26. If your plans change, you can still contact our registrar to update your enrollment status at a later date.
Note that using PowerSchool before April 26 is a simpler process. After April 26, you will be required to schedule an appointment with the registrar to re-verify your student’s information and submit new proof of residency as part of completing student’s re-enrollment for the 2019-20 school year. For questions about this process, contact the District Registrar here.
Vaccinations due before Thursday, August 22 (first day of school)
All incoming 7th-grade students in the 2019-20 school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster, or Tdap shot administered on or after the 7th birthday (Td does not meet the requirement) AND a second Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccination. *(This new law is effective July 1, 2019 and is required for 7th-grade entry.)
To avoid exclusion on the first day of school, bring an updated copy of your student’s immunization record showing proof of Tdap administered on/or after the 7th birthday and a second Varicella vaccination to the school office or email a pdf to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant, here.
Do not mark or highlight this record. If there is a verified medical condition against vaccination, you are required to provide a written statement from a California licensed doctor (MD or DO). The specific information required in this statement may be found in the FAQ section on the Shots for School website here.
Acceptable proof of immunization includes the following and must have your student’s first and last name, date of birth, date Tdap and 2nd Varicella was administered, and if not on medical clinic letterhead, a stamp or physician’s signature from the clinic:
For more information about the law and immunizations for school, visit here.
Spring 2019 | After-School Programs
|Starfire Coding – Python Level I here||Mondays|
|Starfire Coding – Python Level II here||Mondays|
|Starfire Coding – Advanced Python here||Mondays|
Spring Conditioning offered by Stella Bergan here
|Mondays & Wednesdays|
|Speech and Debate by Coach Brier Buchalter here||
|NEW! Acoustic Guitar offered by J ACE J Music here||Wednesdays|
|NEW! Rock Band offered by J ACE J MUSIC here||Wednesdays|
Writing Workouts offered by Omega Teaching here
|Wednesdays & Thursdays|
Cooking with Junior Chef Stars here
Contact, Hillview ASP Coordinator, here with questions.
Thursday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Grab your flying umbrella and your children and get carried away into the world of Mary Poppins! Taking the two Banks children on magical adventures, Mary Poppins has a profound impact on the entire family, singing, “Anything can happen if you let it.” Step in time with Hillview Middle School cast and crew as we celebrate this beloved musical. Tickets on sale here now. Adult $17 and Child $12
Hillview Orchestra and Band did run-outs for the elementary schools last week. It is so important for the beginning instrumentalists to hear what they can achieve in just three years of study! Congratulations also to the M-A Orchestra, the majority of which are Hillview grads, on their NYC Carnegie Hall performance this past weekend! Truly remarkable!
Friday, May 10 performances begin at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 performances begin at 8:00 a.m. in rooms G4, G5, and PAC. The festival is free and open to the public. Come and enjoy some of the best choral music in the Bay Area.
Choral Festival – Volunteers Needed
Hillview will be hosting over 25 choirs from schools throughout the Bay Area, including some from as far away as Yosemite. Volunteers are needed to help in variety of stations: check-in, guides, concessions, check-out, runners, announcers, and door monitors. Adults are especially needed, as well as students. This festival truly takes a village. If you can help, sign up here.
Hillview Spring Concert – Date Change
Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. The group order will be Jazz Bands, Concert Bands, Orchestras.
Summer Music Enrichment Programs
Our own Mr. Vaughan has thoughtfully assembled a quick-reference guide for anyone interested in continuing their musical education over the summer. The information is available here. If you are interested in the “Summer In The City” program at San Jose State, Directors Scholarships are available. Contact Mr. Vaughan here to apply.
Audition for the Hillview Talent Show
The talent show is coming Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. Tickets will go on sale in early May. Until then, it’s time to get ready for student auditions! That’s right, just like a theater production at Hillview, students must audition their talent. Students can sign up for an audition spot by filling out the Google Form here.
A student must be logged in to their MPCSD e-mail account to view and submit this form. This means that a parent can encourage their student, but it is ultimately the student’s decision. We share this news with you in case you want to give them a friendly ‘nudge’ to showcase their singing, dancing, musical, comedic, or other awesome talent. Direct your questions to Brian Darmanin here.
Hillview Drama Presents Mary Poppins!
Thursday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC.
Grab your flying umbrella, your children and get carried away into the world of Mary Poppins!
Taking the two Banks children on magical adventures, Mary Poppins has a profound impact on the entire family, “Anything can happen if you let it.”
Step in time with Hillview Middle School cast and crew as we celebrate this beloved musical.
Tickets on sale here now. Adult $17 and Child $12
After a fun few months of finding our inner activist with a guest speaker from We.org, learning about sustainable choices from a compostable toothbrush inventor at Mable.com, and conducting our own “plastic straw alternative” experiment, the Hillview Service Team is moving on from environmental awareness to fighting cancer!
Hillview 5th Annual Relay for Life
Hillview is kicking off our 5th annual Relay for Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Students can still grab sign-up sheets in the office and submit Thursday, April 11 at our kickoff meeting to participate. Flyer here and below.
Service Team Needs Your Help!
Service Team is a parent-supported lunchtime club, and we cannot run this fun and inspiring event without you. You can learn more and sign up here.
May Madness Basketball
Friday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m., Hillview gym
Wear appropriate basketball clothing and bring a great attitude and enthusiasm for two hours of fun. Players should come with a thought or two about what you would like to accomplish. Reminder for those who were on the wait list; your registration must be completed in advance. Coach Diepenbrock will not be able to let you participate without registration. Need assistance with the registration process? Email here.
Track meet on Wednesday, April 24. We would love to have some help from parents on our meet days with recording times/distance/height for our athletes. Results in each event are recorded each week, so that runners can track their progress during the program. Coach Huck Hunt available here.
Last week: JV – Win against Harker; Varsity – Win against Fletcher
Tuesday, April 23
4:30 p.m: Varsity team away against Fletcher
3:55 p.m: JV team away at Cunha
Thursday, April 25, away games at JLS, 480 E Meadow Dr, Palo Alto CA 94306
4:15 p.m: Varsity team away at JLS
Come cheer on your Hawks!
If you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship, email here.
Questions regarding these sports programs, email here.
Ready to ROCK This RUN May 19, 9:00 a.m. at Hillview Middle School?
Click here to register for this year’s Schoolhouse Rocks Run today!
Note that there will be NO race-day registration. Registration must be completed online by May 14 or at Packet Pick Up on May 17 and 18 at Fleet Feet.
Not a runner? There are still lots of ways to ROCK!
1) Volunteer! The success of this event hinges on having a large number of volunteers to ensure the race runs smoothly. If you would like to cheer on our runners and watch the action with a cup of coffee in-hand, click here to sign-up to be a Course Monitor the morning of the race. See map of race course below.
2) Come enjoy the FREE post-race festival! Starts at 10:00 a.m. race day – at Hillview Middle School – where your family can enjoy jumpy houses, climbing wall, Kids’ Zone, Food Trucks, DJ and more!
Thanks for making this year’s “It’s For The Kids” Auction a monumental success!
On Saturday, March 16, over 400 parents gathered at Hotel Nia to raise funds for our schools and celebrate. And, wow… what a success! For the first time in years, tickets to the Dinner and Party were both sold out in two weeks, despite a 20% increase in dinner seats from last year. The new venue at Hotel Nia was a hit. Guests enjoyed the hip new location, not far from home, with its sleek and modern feel. During the event, we shattered last year’s record and raised $118,000 for this year’s Fund-A-Need theme of World Language and Global Citizenship Programs (a 25%+ increase from last year).
Through a combination of strong ticket sales, record-breaking event sponsorships, an amazing Live Auction, dozens of paddles raised for fund-a-need donations and hundreds of donated items and parties available for bid via the auction – our community raised an estimated $412,000!
The “It’s For The Kids” Auction & Party was a success not only because of the team of dedicated volunteers who organized the event, led by MPAEF board members Alison Poirier, Mary Grundy & Maria Lehmkuhl, but also due to our engaged community of parents and MPCSD staff. Whether you attended the party or purchased an item via the online auction, it took everyone’s participation to ensure our event’s success. Thank You!
We want to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for our business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!
TBohannon Development Company here
Elyse Barca, Compass here
Judy Citron, Compass here
Lindsy Martin Interior Design here
Pacific Peninsula Group here