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Monday, August 26 
  • Flag Football mandatory evaluations for 6th and 7th grade, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Hillview field, UPDATE 8th grade strongly encouraged to attend
Tuesday, August 27
  • Flag Football mandatory evaluations for 6th and 7th 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Hillview field, UPDATE 8th grade strongly encouraged to attend
  • Hillview Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Hillview office
Wednesday, August 28
  • Back-To-School Night, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Hillview 
Thursday, August 29
  • Girls Volleyball Workout, Hillview gym
    • 6th grade 3:30 - 5:15 pm 
    • 7th grade 5:30 - 6:45 pm
    • 8th grade 6:45 - 7:45 pm
  • Regular School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, District Office, TERC Building, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton
Friday, August 30
  • No School - Staff Development Day

Monday, September 2
  • No School- Labor Day
Wednesday, September 4
  • MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, "Limitless Mind:  Learn, Lead, and Live without Barriers", Jo Boaler, 6:30 pm, Hillview PAC
Friday, September 6
  • Hawkapalooza, 12:30 - 3:05 pm, Hillview campus
  • Fall Family Movie Night, 7:00 - 9:30 pm, Hillview field

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Back-to-School Information
  • Welcome Back Newsletter from Mr. Haug here (what's happening this year, FAQ's, new staff introductions - and much, much more!)
  • iPad Acceptable Use Policy here (the expectations we have for all students around iPad use) and signature page (student and parent sign this to indicate acceptance of the policy). This includes our *NEW* annual Home Internet Survey - this MUST be completed and returned.  
  • MPCSD Board Policy about student technology use and and signature page here (student and parent sign this to indicate acceptance of the policy)
  • Safe Arrival Information here and Safe Arrival FAQs here (how to report a student absence to school)
Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, August 27, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Hillview office. The Hillview Site Council, which is comprised of Hillview parents, teachers, staff and students, meets monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals. All parents in our community are welcome!

Fall Hawkapalooza!
Friday, September 6, 12:30 - 3:05 pm (various shifts)
New this year, Hawkapalooza has moved to the fall! This all-school field day is organized and supervised by the teachers and ASB, but they need a lot of parents to help with line control and operating the carnival games to make it a success. Sign-up and more details here.

Samtrans News
Changes to SamTrans Route
Westbound 83 route at 7:28 a.m. has been canceled due to low rider numbers. 

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One Community Campaign

Introducing the One Community Campaign! 
Part of what makes our schools so special is the support provided by our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF). This fall all four school PTO and the MPAEF have teamed up to create the One Community Campaign (OCC) so you just need to make one donation to better your student's education. It's a huge step forward in simplifying the process to support our schools. 

Our goal for the One Community Campaign is 100% participation from all families and we encourage you to donate at whatever level is possible for you.  The suggested donation is $2,000 per student - the first $250 of which will go to Hillview PTO and the remainder will go to the MPAEF. Donate or pledge here  today!

Your donations to the OCC support...
 Critical District Wide      Programs:

  • 31 teachers in art, science, music, library and world language
  • A 15% reduction in class size (compared to CA average)
  • Cutting-edge STEM programs in the classroom
  • 10 psychologists and counselors to provide a mental health safety net at every school

      Important Programs at Hillview:

  • 47 electives spanning music to coding and over 20 teacher-led lunchtime clubs where students can connect over common interests 
  • Traditions that foster community, including Grad night, Hawkapalooza, Relay for Life, and the Decades dance
  • After-school programs such as drop-in Homework Center, Math Clinic and mentorship in HawkStars and Flight School

Feel free to reach out with questions here  or (650) 325-0100 and thank you in advance for your support.  

P.S. Don't forget your corporate match! Check with your HR Department or search here to see if your company will match your donation.

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Hillview PTO 

Back-To-School Volunteer Activities
Get On Board for This Year!
The PTO has begun gearing up for 2019 - 2020. Get involved for the first time or continue volunteering, we are excited to have you! Read through the Google form here and look at the PTO Volunteer page here for descriptions of the many different volunteer opportunities available. Checking a box indicates interest, not a commitment; the coordinators will contact you closer to an event to see if you are available. E mail Emily Moberg Robinson here.

Be an Academy Lead Parent
Help Hillview by volunteering to be one of the Academy Lead Parents. It is the best way to interact with your students and see their teachers in action. The work is simple and takes overall less than two hours per trimester. We take multiple parents for each academy. If you are interested and have specific questions, contact Hillview Academy Parent Coordinator Hongran Stone here. Sign up with the Academy Lead Sign-Up Form here.

Volunteer at Hillview Hot Lunch
Choose a day of the week to serve, sign-up with friends and say hello to your student at lunch time. Sign-up with Becky Galvez, Hillview Hot Lunch coordinator,  here or contact Debi Rice 650-321-7140 x5616 for more information.

Offers convenience, flexibility, and peace of mind for parents. One entree, fresh fruit, fresh vegetable, snack, and choice of cold beverage delivered to your student''s school, set-up your account here.

New Mobile App  
Find The Lunchmaster mobile app at the App Store or Google Play. 

Help Our Environment!
"The Earth is What We All Have in Common" - Wendell Berry

Hillview will no longer be providing disposable water bottles at lunchtime. 
We encourage all students to bring reusable water bottles and refill them on campus. Other ways we can help decrease environmental waste at lunch:
  • Milk cartons, plastic film on the entree and fruit are recyclable
  • Sporks and left-over food are compostable
Thank you for helping us keep campus and our environment clean!

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Hillview After-School Programs
Fall 2019 Programs
Saturday, August 17, enrollment begins. 
After School Program (ASP) enrollment has moved to a single online portal called Homeroom here . F or more information on individual programs, vendors and registration (program subject to change until the enrollment period begins).  
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Python Levels 1, 2
  • AdvancedCooking
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Lacrosse
  • Mandarin - beginning and advanced
  • Rock Music Band
  • Speech and Debate
  • Writing Workouts
Hillview Library
Library Hours
Before school at 8:00-ish, at brunch, lunch, and for 15 minutes after school 
Mrs. Mathenia is looking forward to seeing the students and hope they enjoyed some awesome books over the summer. 

Interested in Volunteering? 
The library has various drop-in/flexible tasks and regular weekly, monthly, and seasonal projects. Little or no training required, details are located here .  Email Tanya Dodge here ( if you are interested in helping out in any capacity.

Summer Reading Assignments
Students were expected to read at least two books before school begins.  If your student has not completed the required reading, there is still time to read. Students choose one book from the grade list and one free-choice: 
  • 8th-grade summer reading list here
  • 7th-grade summer reading list here
  • 6th-grade summer reading list here
Students may also read any book by an author that is featured on the reading list.

Students? Books To Recommend?
Students going into 7th and 8th grade have the opportunity to complete a (1) book recommendation form here. English teachers will collect this from all 7th- and 8th-grade students in the first couple weeks of school. 

More information on reading available on the Hillview Library website here

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Meet Amar Patel - New Athletic Director
"Hello Hillview Family!  My name is Amar Patel and I am extremely excited to be the next Athletic Director at Hillview Middle School! I have been passionate about sports and teaching my entire life. I have been coaching soccer within the community for the past six years and I look forward to bringing positive insights to our youth.

The Hillview staff and I are excited to continue to build on the past and create an inclusive, constructive, and positive sporting environment. We believe that not only should our programs teach the specific sport, but also teach life skills to aid our students into developing into great young adults. 

Many thanks to all who have already registered for sports, volunteered their time or committed to coaching. GO HAWKS!"

Girls Volleyball Registration 
Through Thursday, August 29 here
Volleyball - mandatory workouts, Hillview Gym on Thursday, August 29
  • 6th-grade 3:30 - 4:45 pm
  • 7th-grade 5:00 - 6:15 pm
  • 8th-grade 6:30 - 7:45 pm
Players will be put through some drills hitting, setting, serving. Team practices will be at Hillview Gym and games at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium. Practice times will be available with team assignment and will begin after Labor Day

Flag Football Registration 
Through Thursday, August 29 here
Flag Football Mandatory Evaluations for 6th, 7th and UPDATE for 8th grade - strongly encouraged to attend.

Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm, all players must come to at least one evaluation. 8th grade strongly encouraged to attend Players will be put through agility drills, stations and scrimmage. Practices and home games will be at Hillview and away games at surrounding school sites. Practice time will come with team assignment and will begin after Labor Day.
Parent Coaches Needed 
Donate your time and passion for sports to help our students have a fulfilling experience. Coach flag football or girls volleyball. For now we can only guarantee the first 20 registered players in each grade a spot in football. We will put the remaining players on a waitlist until we can support a second team with coaches. Interested? Contact our new Athletic Director Amar Patel here.

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Menlo Park City School District Parent Education Speaker Series 
The MPCSD Parent Ed Speaker Series is back with an amazing line-up for the 2019-2020 school year!  Check out the event descriptions and the full schedule on our website  here.

All events are free to the public and held at Hillview PAC. Free onsite childcare and pizza are available for potty-trained children. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees. 
Join Us for our First Event
Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
 "Limitless Mind:  Learn, Lead, and Live without Barriers." Stanford Professor Jo Boaler shares research about mindset from her just published book and how we can learn anything new at any time.

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Community Opportunities
Menlo Park Police Department Saturdays, September 7 - October 12 The Menlo Park Police Department is having a Youth Community Police Academy. Youth will learn about our police department and be able to participate in some great hands on activities. Contact Community Resource Officer Trask here for more information.

Ravenswood Education Foundation REF adopt a teacher needs your support. Make a difference in a teacher's life and impact students by "adopting" a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park for a school year. Provide your adopted teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts or appreciation, school supplies, and possibly help with classroom parties. The financial commitment is approximately $500. Time commitment is very flexible. It's fun and easy to adopt a teacher with a few friends. Sign up here for the upcoming 2019-20 school year! Questions? Contact Jazmin Sosa here.

Classic Math School Green Middle School, Palo Alto Attention parents K-10: Classic Math School is starting a new school year Math Enrichment program. A few spaces in some groups are still available. Free Placement Test is required. More information here  or 650-224-4226.

Community Equity Collaborative Boys and Girls Club, Menlo Park Free early childhood education courses. Join the Teacher Pipeline Project, a program offered by Community Equity Collaborative that bundles Early Childhood Education college courses with meals and childcare plus individual coaching at no cost and in a convenient location.  For more information, visit our website here or contact the program director and MPCSD parent, Dayna Chung here Enrollment is open now for the Fall Term and space is limited!  

M-A Boys and Girls Softball/Baseball Conditioning Tuesdays and Thursdays starting August 27 at 4:00 pm.  M-A High School blacktop by the trainer's office and softball field M-A softball coach, Steven Griggs, is offering free conditioning workouts for boys and girls 10 years and up. Sessions will cover Stretching, Speed training, Yoga, Weight training, Flexibility work, Diet/nutrition, Strength training, Cardio, and Injury prevention. Interested, contact Steven Griggs here or just show up!

M-A Girls Softball Saturdays, 9:00 - 12:00 pm, August 27 - January, M-A softball field
Menlo-Atherton coaching staff along with varsity softball players will be holding Saturday clinics covering the fundamentals of softball. Girls ages 10 and up can receive instruction for catching, pitching, fielding, throwing, hitting, and bunting. Clinics cost $1. Contact Steven Griggs here or just show up! Necessary paperwork will be available at the clinics.

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T his newsletter is published by Hillview School parent volunteers every Sunday of the school year, except for Sundays preceding a full week of vacation.

Submissions to the Newsletter : The deadline to submit to the Hillview Newsletter is Wednesday at noon . Email your submission to . Note that submissions may be edited for content and/or length. Submissions received after the deadline will be eligible for inclusion the following week. Submissions are eligible to run for up to two weeks. 

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