Monday, March 20
- MPCSD Speaker Series screening of Beyond Measure and discussion, 6:30 p.m. Hillview PAC
Tuesday, March 21
- 8th Grade Panoramic Picture during 7th period
Thursday, March 23
- Menlo-Atherton High School Open House and New Family Resource Fair, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25
- MPAEF Spring Auction and Event, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m., MacArthur Park, Palo Alto
Thursday, March 30
- Hillview Service Team Meeting about Relay for Life, during lunch, Hillview PAC
Friday, March 31
- NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
Monday, April 3 to Friday, April 7
- Mini-Course Week for 8th Graders
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8th Grade Panoramic Picture
Our annual 8th grade panoramic picture will happen on
Tuesday, March 21, during 7th period. 8th grade students received picture packets from their English teachers this week. If you'd like to order a panoramic picture, please return the form with payment to the Hillview Office.
Community Wellness Circles
Our third Community Wellness Circles took place in P.E. classes for 7th and 8th grade students on Friday, March 17. This Community Wellness Circle was focused on being an upstander. Check out the
for more information.
Just two weeks until mini-courses! There are still some forms that have not been turned in. Please check with your child and return all signed forms to Monica Bosch in the front office ASAP! Your child will not be able to participate if his or her forms are not turned in.
Here are some ways to help make this week successful for our eighth graders. You don't need an eighth grader to help out, and you may chaperone or donate for any course, even if your child is not enrolled in it.
- Str8 Shots Table Sports: Are you a talented pool player or a ping pong enthusiast? This year's Str8 Shots mini course (April 3-8) is looking for a few good people to share an hour of their time and their talent with a group of 8th grade students. Please contact the Str8 Shots Coordinator if you are interested.
- Picture This! If you have a DSLR camera to loan for this wonderful photography course, please contact Jill Kispert.
- Stir It Up: Cooking Adventures Around the World: Are you a chef, casual cook or just enjoy food? We need you! The Stir It Up mini-course needs chaperones for several events and also needs loaner cooking equipment and food donations. If you are able to join us at events like Draeger's Cooking School or if you have extra pots and pans and other supplies you are willing to donate or lend for the week, please sign up through one of the Sign Up links below:
- Click here to sign up to chaperone an event
- Click here to sign up to lend cooking equipment or donate food items
SamTrans Rider Survey
If you ride the SamTrans bus to and/or from school -- Bus 82, Bus 83, or Bus 84 -- please complete this
to rate and describe your customer experience. This
Sidewalk Construction on Santa Cruz Avenue
Santa Cruz construction is ongoing, as the city is working to make our streets safer for our students! During construction, please advise your children to ride their bikes single file in the bike lane in the construction zone, as the road and bike lanes are narrow, and to not knock over cones or tamper with construction equipment. For more construction information, please check the Menlo Park city pages - the
project web page
construction update page
Hillview PTO News
Call for Service Award Nominations -
Tell Us About an Exceptional Volunteer!
Every year our District is fortunate to have parents, teachers, staff, and community volunteers give generously of their time, skills, and creativity to our schools. Many programs would not exist if not for this formidable group of volunteers, the "Pillars of our Community". Honorary Service Awards (HSAs) and School Service Awards (SSAs) recognize individuals who have contributed in an extraordinary way to our District. Please take a moment to nominate someone you know who goes above and beyond to make a difference in our schools. To nominate an individual, please complete the online nomination form by April 1.
Hillview PTO Board Nominations
The Hillview PTO is actively recruiting volunteers to serve on the PTO Board and to fulfill other volunteer capacities for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board, with parent volunteers, works with Hillview's administrative and teaching staff to create and support vital school programs and events. Interested in learning more? Or know some great people who are just too shy to raise their hands? Feel free to nominate them as well. Please email
to learn how you can get involved.
Hillview's PTO is excited to offer its students a wide array of after-school programs this Winter/Spring! We have a few new program offerings, as well as, the returning favorites. We now offer both beginning and advanced Mandarin. Junior Chef Stars is offering a cooking and baking class starting in March and The M-A Wresting Coach is offering a fun Mat Club/Wresting class. There is something for every student's interest! Click on any of the links below to gather more specific information about each program, including a description of the program, registration links and pricing. Please keep in mind that each program will only be offered if the minimum student enrollment is reached. For more information, see
Hillview After-School Programs
Kim Hinshaw, PTO After-School Programs Coordinator.
Eighth Grade Grad Party Volunteers Needed
Attention 8th grade parents!
8th Grade Grad Party planning is well underway, but we are in need of extra hands to help us! If you or your spouse are skilled with a hammer, paintbrush or scissors, we are looking for volunteers to help construct props and other decorations. Some tasks may be completed on your own, but we also plan to schedule a couple of work days in March and April. If interested, please email Gina Skinner or Sonya Fletcher for more details.
Please also keep a lookout in future newsletters for other volunteer requests. We hope to soon publish a wish list of items that we would love to borrow (or have donated!) from our parent community for this special party for the 8th graders.
For general information regarding the party or to donate, click here.
Volunteer at Hillview in 2017/18
There are so many different ways that parents and friends can volunteer at Hillview. Click here to check out this list of PTO Board members and committee chairs -- along with their job descriptions -- who give their time to help make Hillview an exceptional place for our students and teachers. We would love to have your help as well. If you are interested in volunteering with the Hillview PTO next year, please contact 2017/18 PTO Co-Presidents Ashley Wagstaff and Chris Sewell who are recruiting right now.
MPCSD Speaker Series: Parent Education Double Feature: a great movie + a conversation with ALL 4 school principals & the incoming superintendent!
Join us for a screening of
, the award-winning film from the makers of
Race To Nowhere
, followed by a panel discussion with the principals of ALL 4 Menlo Park schools - Oak Knoll, Encinal, Laurel and Hillview, moderated by incoming district superintendent, Erik Burmeister.
Beyond Measure sets out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story. Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. It looks at schools across the country that are breaking away from an outmoded, test-driven education and are shaping a new vision for classrooms.
Beyond Measure offers a positive picture of what's possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change.
As always, free childcare for potty-trained children and light refreshments for all attendees.
Missed our last event? The video recording is up on our
. Please note: the film screening will not be videotaped.
Programs & Activities
Student Sign Ups for Relay for Life on May 19
Battle of the Books Round 2!
to vote! Polls will close TODAY, Sunday, March 19, at 8:00 p.m.! Remember:
- You MUST be logged in to your MPCSD account to vote
- Only vote in a bracket if you've read BOTH books
- You may only vote once
- You may edit your vote later
ups for Relay for Life continue this week on Thursday during lunch. The Hillview Service Team will host the
3rd Annual Relay for Life
on Friday, May 19, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight (afte
r the 6th/7th grade dance) benefiting the American Cancer S
year the students raised $35,000 to help fund research and provide service for those battling cancer. This Thursday at lunch in
the quad, students may sign up in teams or they ca
n sign up to suppor
t the event in other ways (sell snacks, set up and clean up on event day, etc.). Each team is required to have an adult chaperone for the evening as they walk around the track. We nee
d some parents who could also help with planning and set up. Students and parents are welcome to join our Service Team meeting on Thursday, March 30, during lunch to learn everything students need to
know about the event (logistics, how to fundraise, etc.). Please email
if you can help or if you have questions.
Lunchtime basketball will be extended one more week, however, the days will change slightly. This week, intramurals will take place on Wednesday, March 22 and Friday, March 24. The following week's activities will probably change to badminton and volleyball. We'll keep you updated.
This year's basketball season is now officially over. We thank and congratulate all players, parents, coaches for their efforts. We're proud to announce Hillview won finals in the following categories: 7th grade girls, 6th grade boys, 8th grade girls and boys. More importantly, players learned more about the game and built lasting relationships with teammates.
Now that the season is complete, if you haven't done so already, please be sure to return your uniforms. Uniforms can be returned to the front office or to the coaches/team parent
coordinators. They should be washed, in a bag, and have your name written on it as well as the name(s) of the coach(es). Thank you for your cooperation.
After-School Tennis Program
Practice and matches will resume this week for all players. Each player should know when his/her permanent practice times are.
After-School Boys Volleyball
Practice officially starts this week. It looks like Hillview will field two teams: a varsity team and a junior varsity team. There is still room for a few more players if there are any boys who are interested. The first practice will take place this Tuesday, March 21 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. The next practice will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. League games will begin
the week of April 17.
Girls Spring Volleyball Clinic
Additional Spring Programs
The Spring Volleyball Clinic for girls begins this Tuesday, March 21 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. and will continue on Thursday, March 23 at the same time. The program is full, but other interested players are welcome to join the waiting list.
Registration for other spring programs continues for Track and May Madness (Friday Basketball Clinic in May).
Track still has openings for about 12 more students and will begin on Monday, April 17.
The May Madness Basketball Clinic also has room for more players and will begin on Friday, May 21.
Registration for all after-school sports is available on
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.
Menlo-Atherton High School News
You are invited to Menlo-Atherton High School's Open House and New Family Resource Fair on Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Resource Fair for New Families, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., PAC Café
|Food Trucks (food available for purchase)
||5:30 - 7:30 p.m. PAC Patio
|Welcome to M-A
||6:00 - 6:30 p.m. PAC
|Meet M-A Teachers, view student work & performances
||6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Classrooms
|Resource Fair for new families
||6:30 - 8:00 p.m. PAC Café
- Sign up for summer enrichment programs
- 9th grade registration information
- Find information about athletics, electives, AVID, BUILD, and other support programs
- Meet Principal Simone Kennel
- Complete Address Verification - bring your documents
Please visit our website or click here to view the event flyer and full program details.
Parents of 8th grade students who will be attending M-A High School this fall please join us on Saturday, August 26 to celebrate our children being brand new freshmen. Join fellow 2021 parents for a casual evening of food and drinks at the home of a fellow 2021 parent. To purchase tickets for this auction item or for more information, click here.
Is your student planning on going to M-A next year?
Come to M-A's Open House this Thursday from
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
and pick up an M-A sweatshirt or other Bear Wear. You can also
. All proceeds benefit M-A Athletics. Go Bears!
Class of 2021 Party; Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation Auction
GREAT SCOTT! ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO AUCTION TIME
It's not too late to flex your superhero muscles at the MPAEF Auction Party on Saturday, March 25, at MacArthur Park. Come to the party and get exclusive access to items open only to partygoers. Feel free to dress as a superhero or just come as you are, but be ready to have fun! Join fellow crime fighters and...
Click here to get your tickets today!
- Indulge in superhero libations, fare and decadent desserts
- Bid like Bruce Banner on early-access items and parties
- Dance the night up, up and away...
Sunday, March 26, the
2017 Online Auction gets underway! Everyone will find something to love and to win: teacher parties, exclusive sports experiences, wine and food opportunities or parties with your fellow parents.
- Browse the auction catalog here
- Register & preview the online auction here
Hear what Hillview students & teachers say about their superheroes in this wonderful video of and by Hillview students. Click
Thanks to Our Realtor and Business Partners
We want to take the opportunity to
some appreciation to just a few of our many realtor and business partners in the community. Thank you for your support!
|MPAEF Auction Party
||MPAEF Online Auction
|Saturday, March 25, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
||Sunday, March 26 to Monday, April 3
|Tickets available here
||Catalog available here
Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, and Hillview will be putting on their school performances of
this month. All shows will be at the Hillview PAC. The casts have been hard at work learning lines, singing and dancing. Please come and support the MPCSD drama department! Pre-sale tickets are available here:
Girl Scout Ice Skating Party at Winter Lodge on March 24, 2017: Older Girl Ice Skating Party for girl scouts and their friends who are fourth grade and older at Palo Alto's Winter Lodge on March 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner and desserts will be served. Come find out more about girl scouting and have fun skating with friends as we have the rink to ourselves! All girls 4th grade and older are welcome to attend! A fun patch is included in the registration fee. Advance registration is strongly preferred but walk ups will be accommodated. To register, send $20 per skater (include all adult and girl names with emergency contact information) to Anne Holmes, 1019 Berkeley Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Make checks payable to South County Girl Scouts. Questions? Call Anne Holmes at (541) 631-9301.
Community Service Opportunities
Object: ART: The Annual Benefit for Art in Action:
March 23, 6:00 p.m., Computer History Museum, Mountain View.
Come support Art in Action at a live auction, featuring a custom wall mural by Flo de Bretagne, painted at your school, business, or home; and a silent auction, including art experiences, tours, and a whimsical selection of Nathan Sawaya's Lego Hugmen. Proceeds benefit Art in Action, bringing arts education to students. Tickets available
Library Volunteers Needed at Green Oaks Academy
: Tuesdays, between 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 2450 Ralmar Ave, East Palo Alto. Green Oaks Academy is looking for a few volunteers to help in the library. The children only have access one day/week, and the library coordinator is also the IT coordinator so he would love some help. Volunteers read a story to the class, and check out and reshelve books. If you are available for all or part of the time slot, please email
for more information.
The library is also looking for book donations, K-5, in both English and Spanish. If you're clearing out your shelves and have books to give, please email
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