- Pick-up PE clothes, during brunch at Student Store
- Student Handbook presentation, during PE
- Homework Center begins, Mon/Tues 3:20 - 4:45 pm, Library
- MPCSD district After-School Program bus begins
Wednesday, September 4
- MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, "Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live without Barriers", Jo Boaler, 6:30 pm, Hillview PAC
- Homework Center begins, Wed/Thurs 2:45 - 4:30 pm, Library
- Hawkapalooza, 12:30 - 3:05 pm, Hillview campus
- Fall Family Movie Night, 7:00 - 9:30 pm, Hillview field
Monday, September 9
- Math Clinic and Project Success begin
- School Board, open seat - Information Night, 7:00 pm, District Office Board Room, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton 94027
Thursday, September 12,
- Regular Board Meeting, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, TERC Building, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton 94027
- Music Potluck, 5:00 - 8:00 pm, PAC
Hillview School News
Fall Family Movie Night
er 6, 7:30 pm, Hillview field
Our annual outdoor movie this year is
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
. Families may arrive between 7:00 - 7:30 pm, bring
a blanket or beach chairs. All families are welcome to attend! Note that this is not a drop-off event and all student groups must be accompanied by at least one parent per 8 children/students. Admission is 100% free! Concessions like fresh popcorn, Dippin Dots, and baked treats will be for sale.
Come kick-off the school year with the whole family (sorry, no pets!) Questions? here.
Accessing WiFi Off-Campus
Students need to log in to our proxy so that internet content is routed through our district content filter. When the "proxy authentication required" box pops up, students need to enter their username and password to sign in. Email Danielle O'Brien here for questions.
Brian Benelli, is available on campus during 7th period to help with proxy issues.
For other issues with your iPad, complete a Tech Request here.
Students can go see Ms. O'Brien or Mr. Benelli for their PowerSchool access information.
6th-grade students received their iPads this week.
Begins on Tuesday, September 3.
This drop-in program held in the Hillview Library is open:
- Monday and Tuesday, 3:20 - 4:45 pm
- Wednesday and Thursday, 2:45 - 4:30 pm
This program is for students who would like a quiet place to do homework after school. Led by Mr. Eaton, and staffed with several other adults to assist those in need of Homework Help. All students are welcome to come each day; no sign-up is required.
After-School Program Bus
Begins Tuesday, September 3
The MPCSD district after-school program bus route, including drop off times here.
Math Clinic and Project Success
Begin Monday, September 9. More information to follow.
We are excited to announce that our Hillview website is getting a much needed overhaul this school year! Be patient as we make our website more engaging and user friendly.
Student Handbook Presentations
Tuesday, September 3, PAC
Students will learn about the policies and expectations at Hillview at this presentation during their usual PE class. Parents may review the student handbook here.
Tuesday, September 3
Many students received their PE clothes last week. Students may pick up PE clothes from Mr. Chui at the student store at brunch, if they have not received their set.
- Welcome Back Newsletter from Mr. Haug here
- iPad Acceptable Use Policy here
- MPCSD Board Policy about student technology use and and signature page here
- Safe Arrival Information here and Safe Arrival FAQs here (how to report a student absence to school)
8th-Grade Parent Information
Get to Know Menlo-Atherton High School Program dates for 2019-2020
Menlo Atherton High School website here
for full program details:
- M-A 8th-Grade Information Night - Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:15 - 8:45 pm
- M-A Campus Tours - First Wednesday of the month October to March here
- M-A Open House - Thursday, March 20, 2020 here.
- M-A Shadowing - Mondays, Tuesday and Fridays from October 1, 2019 - February 1, 2020. Sign-up opens Tuesday, September 3, 2019 here.
This year, the PTO and the MPAEF have teamed up to create the "One Community Campaign".
the first time, we are raising funds together; that's right - all four PTOs and the MPAEF have joined together so you just need to write
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's PTO and the balance of which will go to the MPAEF.
Did you know as soon as you donate or pledge, you are removed from the contact list? No more emails from our parent volunteers - wahoo!
Donate today here
or send your check made out to MPAEF-PTO Community Campaign to 181 Encinal Avenue Atherton, CA 94027.
Why I Donate:
We give so little of our possessions and time to the PTO and MPAEF and in exchange we are fortunate to have the gift of so many wonderful and truly committed teachers that give tirelessly of themselves for the benefit of a brighter and more fulfilled future for our children. Giving isn't only about a donation, but rather a positive difference in the lives of our children, from the hands-on staff, high grade equipment, abundance of resources and top -quality experiences, this is why we donate. - Janine Olivero and Family
It's Time to Donate to the One Community Campaign!
One gift. One goal. Together we can.
Back-To-School Volunteer Activities
Fall Hawkapalooza Volunteers
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
Get involved for the first time or continue volunteering, we are excited to have you! Read through the Google form
and look at the PTO Volunteer page
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,
or contact Debi Rice 650-321-7140 x5616 for more information.
Programs & Activities
Music News and Notes
Beginning Band and Beginning Orchestra
School has begun and there a number of NEW CLASSES being offered through the music department. See the accompanying flyer for information on new classes: Beginning Band and Beginning Orchestra here.
These are open to ALL grade levels and meet before school once a week.
Guitar and Rock Band
There are new PTO After-School classes for Guitar and Rock Band
. These are held in the Music Room. Check them out!
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
or more information on individual programs, vendors and registration (program subject to change until the enrollment period begins).
- Fall Cross country with coach Stella
- Acoustic Guitar
- Starfire Python Levels 1, 2
- Starfire Advanced Python
- Fall Cooking
- Starfire Electrical Engineering
- Mandarin - Beginning and Advanced
- Rock Music Band Class
- Speech and Debate
- Hillview Writing Workouts
Hillview Library has a collection of books, eBooks, and audiobooks recommended for grades 8 or higher or ages 14+. These Young Adult (YA) books may have more mature themes, profanity, more violence or sexual situations than in the general stacks of the library. The books in this section are marked with a "Teen" sticker.
- 8th-grade students automatically have access to the Teen section unless parents opt-out with the form here.
- 7th-grade students may access the entire Teen Section with parental permission use the form here
- 6th-grade students may get permission to access individual books (title by title) with parental permission, use the form here
You may also opt out by sending an email to Aimee Mathenia or ask about the Teen Section or about finding great books for your kids here.
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. More reading information available on the Hillview Library website here.
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
. Email Tanya Dodge here if you are interested in helping out in any capacity.
Students? Books To Recommend?
Students going into 7th and 8th grade have the opportunity to complete one book recommendation form here.
English teachers will collect this from all 7th- and 8th-grade students in the first couple weeks of school.
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!"
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.
School Board to Fill Open Seat by Appointment
Information Night will be held Monday, September 9, 7:00 pm, District Office Board Room, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton
The MPCSD School Board voted on August 29, 2019 to fill its open seat by appointment. MPCSD now calls for applicants to fill the open Board seat per California law. Applicants must reside within the MPCSD borders to apply. Application packets will be available beginning at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the District Office, and are due back to the District Office no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, September 16, 2019. Attendance at the Information Night is not a requirement to apply for appointment. Candidate interviews will occur at a special public meeting of the Board on Monday, September 23 at 6:00 pm in the District Office Board room. The public is encouraged to attend. More information
or stop by the MPCSD District Office.
MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series
"Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live without Barriers."
Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Stanford Professor Jo Boaler shares research about mindset from her just published book and how we can learn anything new at any time.
Back with an amazing line-up for the 2019-2020 school year! Check out the event descriptions and the full schedule on our website
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 Boy Scouts Troop 109 We invite all boys 6-8th grade to join us at our kick off meeting on Wednesday September 11 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Palo Alto Scout Center for pizza, campfire and s'mores! RSVP by emailing here so we know to expect you!
Scouting programs and outdoor adventures give young people the opportunity and freedom to explore a world beyond the boundaries of everyday life. It presents them with chances to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and develop leadership skills. Visit us
The San Francisco Boys Chorus Unparalleled opportunities for boys for building collaborative skills, self-discipline and friendships as they tour internationally and nationally, attending music festivals and summer music camps and perform in the SF Opera and SF Symphony. Auditions held in September and January and can be scheduled throughout the year. Contact us 415-861-7464 or here.
Does AI Belong in the Classroom? Wednesday, September. 4, 7:00 pm, Stanford University Join us at Stanford University as faculty from the Graduate School of Education, Stanford Engineering and the d.school discuss the role of artificial intelligence in education. Register online here.
The $15 registration fee includes post-event refreshments. Payable online or on site (credit cards only) Questions? Email here.
Kids Under Pressure and What We Can Do About It: Challenge Success Parent Education Evening with Dr. Lisa Damour, September 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Stanford University. There is a rising tide of stress and anxiety surrounding our youth today with unprecedented pressure to achieve. Learn about the value of healthy stress, risks of unhealthy stress, and practical solutions for how families and schools can support kids toward balanced, fulfilling lives K-12, college, and beyond. Get more information and purchase $10 tickets here.
HEADS UP! Concussion Awareness! Have you ever wondered what a concussion is, what to do if your child experiences one, or how a child should safely return to school and activity after a concussion?
Visit the MPCSD website here to find the link to the CDC's educational initiative HEADS UP here. For questions regarding the HEADS UP Initiative and how it is implemented in our schools, contact the District Nurse at (650) 321-7140. Keep our kids safe!
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
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 or small gifts of appreciation, school supplies, or help with classroom parties. The financial commitment is approx. $500. Time commitment flexible. Easy to adopt a teacher with a few friends. Sign up here .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. Visit our website here . Email program director, Dayna Chung here. Enrollment is open for the fall term; space is limited!
M-A Boys and Girls Softball/Baseball Conditioning Tuesdays and Thursdays starting August 27 at 4:00 pm.
M-A blacktop by trainer's office and softball field. M-A softball coach, Steven Griggs, offers free conditioning workouts for boys and girls 10+. Stretching, Speed training, Yoga, Weight training, Flexibility work, Diet/nutrition, Strength training, Cardio, and Injury prevention here. 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 here will be available at the clinics.
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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. The submission deadline is
Tuesday at noon.