Volume 26| 1 March 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Tuesday, March 3
District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 5:30 - 7:30 pm, TERC building, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton

Wednesday, March 4
MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, "Small Animals: Parenting in the Age of Fear", 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Hillview PAC

Friday, March 6
Art Showcase , 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Art Room, B2, Hillview

End of Trimester 2

 Saturday, March 7
MPAEF Auction and Party, 5:30 pm, Computer History Museum 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
Looking Ahead
Wednesday, March 11
Conversation Chat, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, gym

Hillview Collaboration Concert, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, PAC

Thursday, March 12
PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am, large conference room, Hillview office

Regular Board Meeting, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, TERC Building 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton

Wednesday, March 18
MPCSD & Common Sense Media host: “Parenting in the Digital Age: Setting Your Kids up for Success”, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Encinal Elementary 195 Encinal Avenue, Atherton

Monday, March 23
ASB Elections
(through Thursday March 26)

Friday, March 27
No School - Staff Development Day

Monday, March 30
No School - Spring Break
(through Friday, April 3)

Hillview School News
Hillview Site Council - Seeking Parents
Applications due Friday, March 13

Hillview Site Council is looking for parent volunteers for two open positions for the 2020-2022 term.

All interested parents should submit their nominations by March 13. Interested in joining our team or have questions, contact Tamara Russel here . More information here .
Biking Safety
Hillview requests that parents reinforce bike safety expectations with their children.

The Menlo Park police have been observing biking violations by Hillview students, such as, 2 and 3 riders across in the bike lane, ignoring traffic lights and stop signs, riding on the wrong side of the street. 

Menlo Park Police have been kind in providing guidance through observations. Going forward their traffic division cannot continue to ignore the violations.

We want to protect the physical health of our students while encouraging a healthy way to get to and from school.
Introducing Peaceful Paws - A Therapy Dog Pilot Program at Hillview
Hillview announces participation in a pilot program to bring a highly-trained service dog from Canine Assistants to campus.

A Menlo Park family has a dog named Eclair. They are generously donating Eclair to Hillview for some time each week

A pilot group of Hillview students will have optional, regular visits, on campus, with Eclair, the service dog.

Eclair will be on campus under direct supervision of counselor Kellie Raczkowski or 6/7th grade teacher Jacky Schlegel on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Tuesday, February 25.

Learn more here .
8th-Grade Parent Information
Hillview 8th-Grade Promotion
We encourage you to check in with your student to ensure they are on track to meet the promotion requirements:

  • Achieve 1.5 GPA over the course of their three trimesters of 8th grade, in all classes that students receive an achievement grade 

  • A 50% grade or higher in all four core classes (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) during the third trimester

If your student does not meet BOTH of these requirements, they will not be allowed to participate in the annual 8th-grade Great America trip, the promotion ceremony, or the graduation night party.

For questions or concerns about your student meeting these graduation requirements, reach out to their teachers or the 8th-grade counselor, Kellie Raczkowski here .
M-A High School Course Planning and Placement Night
Thursday, March 12, 6:00 - 7:15 pm, M-A PAC and library

Join M-A counselors for an informational presentation with Q and A will help to explain the high school course placement process. Parents and students are welcome.
M-A High School Open House
Thursday, March 19, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, PAC

Current and potential students are welcome to take a self-guided tour of campus and meet teachers in their classrooms, giving a school-wide view of M-A. 

Families may attend our new family resource fair in the PAC cafe. Families will receive information about course selection, address verification, summer programs and much more here
PTO News
Conversation Chat for Hillview Parents and Students
March 11, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Hillview Gym

Our speaker is Julie Metzger, RN, MN, founder of Great Conversations and helped build the curriculum of Heart to Heart at LPCH here .

This seminar will give families the tools to change the way they take on disagreements, and help create opportunities to connect. Bring your favorite Hillview student and walk out with new ideas for engaging in healthy conflict.

The LunchMaster offers convenience, flexibility, and peace of mind for parents. Parents and students can select delicious and nutritious lunches here .

Programs & Activities
Hillview Art
Art Showcase
Friday, March 6 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Art Room, B2
Stop by the art room to see the amazing art, makerspace, and photography projects created during the second trimester. Students will be able to show off their pottery skills on the wheel and claymation movies will be showing throughout the event. 
Hillview Music
March is Music In Our School Month!

Join the celebration of events at Hillview!

  • Wednesday, March 11, NYC-based Jessica Jones Jazz Quartet comes to Hillview thanks to the Jeanie Ritchie Grant. The quartet will work with our musicians. Later that evening in a Collaboration Concert featuring the Jessica Jones Quartet, the quartet will be joined by the Hillview Jazz Band, La Entrada Jazz Band, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop's Giant Steps Middle School Band.

  • Thursday, March 12 Richard Vaughan presents the new Arts Standards and Framework at MPCSD board meeting. Hillview musicians will perform.

  • Friday, March 13 Hillview 7/8 Concert Band at 5:00 pm and 7/8 Orchestra at 7:30 pm in the CMEA Band/Orchestra Festival at Graham Middle School. Free and open to the public. Come hear us!

  • Sunday, March 15 Hillview Jazz Band performs at noon, San Mateo County Fairgrounds, Fiesta Hall as part of the SMCOE BIG THINK - Arts and STEM Fair event! For details here. Free and open to the public.

  • 7/8 Concert Band and 7/8 Orchestra perform at elementary school assemblies - March 19, the orchestra at Oak Knoll, March 25, the Concert Band at Laurel.  

Support Music in Our Schools!
Hillview Library
March Madness in the Hillview Library 
This year we have four brackets for our March Madness/Battle of the Books: middle grade book, graphic novels, YA books, and books in a series. 

Voting for the first round starts soon, but there's still time to read! 
Check out the Hillview Library website here for the list of books voted in and come on in the library to see the brackets.
Parent Education Speaker Series
“Small Animals: Parenting in the Age of Fear”
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 pm, Hillview PAC
A presentation by Kim Brooks, author, writer, public speaker. Named an NPR Best Book of the Year 2018, Small Animals is Kim Brooks' personal story.

Goodreads calls her book "a provocative, compelling portrait of parenthood in America and calls us to examine what we most value in our relationships with our children and one another.”
Childcare offered free by Steve & Kate's Camp for potty-trained children. Free pizza will be served to children. For more information check our website here. All events are free. Light snacks and beverages provided.
“Parenting in the Digital Age: Setting Your Kids up for Success”
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Encinal Elementary 195 Encinal Avenue. 

Sponsored by MPCSD and Common Sense Media, this talk will address concerns like managing screen time and digital well-being, teaching kids to act safely, responsibly, and kindly online, getting a smartphone, and keeping up with social media.

Step-by-step instructions for setting up parental and privacy controls!

Advance registration is requested here . Questions? Email Theresa Fox here .

This Year's Fund-A-Need: Visual & Performing Arts
At each MPAEF Auction, we raise funds to support a program need within our schools. This year's fund-a-need is the Visual and Performing Arts here , including art, dance, and music programs.  
Learn more about the different levels of giving here and how the funds raised will be used in the 2020-2021 school year.
3 Ways to you can support the 2020 Fund-A-Need

  • Attending the March 7 Auction Dinner? here You can “raise your paddle” in support of the programs.
  • Attending the March 7 Auction Party only? here You can make a donation during the event.
  • And for anyone, anytime - you can make a donation via our Auction Website here - click the "Donate Cash" button on the right.
At MPAEF auction last year, we raised over $116K (!) for “World Language & Global Citizenship” activities. Look here to see how the funds have been used.
A Few Auction Tickets Left
Whether you attend the Dinner & Party here (or just the Party here ) on March 7, you will have access to the Silent Auction with TONS of new items. Don't miss out! There are only 19 dinner + 44 party tickets left! Ticket information here .
The Online Auction (open to everyone) is coming March 11-March 16
The Online Auction includes Kid Parties, Teacher-Hosted Parties, Kids Camps and a limited number of items that did not sell on March 7. It starts at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 11, and ends at 9:00 pm on Monday, March 16, hosted on BiddingForGood. For more information, visit the MPAEF Auction webpage here .
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!

Colleen Foraker here

Community News
The Coding School Learn to code with the most supportive, personalized, and risk-free coding experience possible. codeConnects Summer 2020 program offers one-on-one and small group coding lessons for grades 4-12 from top computer scientists at Google, JPL, Stanford, and more! Delve into cutting-edge tech fields, including Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, FinTech, and more. Learn more here and register here .  
Woodside High School presents The Addams Family, a New Musical Comedy March 13, 14, 15, and 20, 21, PAC, 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside. Based on the classic Addams’ cartoon characters and the vintage TV series. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Tickets are available online here .   
Berkeley Business Academy for Youth (B-BAY) is an intensive and stimulating program where students are introduced to the fundamental principles of business, entrepreneurship, teamwork and leadership and are challenged to critically think. Collaborate with Haas faculty, PhD students, guests from corporate America, and international and domestic peers. Visit our website here .
Volunteers Needed for Stanford Research Recruiting healthy individuals, ages 6-65, to participate in a research study about individuals with hypothalamic-pituitary disorders to better understand the underlying causes of social impairments in individuals with these disorders. Participation includes a one-time study visit where individuals will complete questionnaires, behavioral tests, and provide a blood sample. Participants will be reimbursed $50 for fully completing study. Call (650) 498-5187 or visit here .
PVTC Theatre Conservatory A variety of fun camps for actors ages 3 years old - high school. Join us for a Summer of the Absurd - Escape from the hubbub of daily routine into worlds where the impossible can (and does!) happen. Take acting, singing, dancing, design, and attend special workshops with master teaching artists. Campers' hard work culminates in performances at the end of each camp session. Register online here

Torch Basketball Summer Camps for Boys and Girls Week-long (Monday – Friday) events where we pack as much basketball, team-building, and fun into each six-hour day. Kids will learn the basics of basketball, how to compete, and how to rely on one another. Awards are given at the end of each Torch Camp. Camps are located in Menlo Park and San Mateo. For more information visit here
Menlo Park Safe Routes to School Sunday , March 22, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, "The City of Menlo Park's SRTS Program is hosting a screening of the documentary Motherload here (the story of a Marin County mom who found freedom and connection via cargo bike). The event is free and family-friendly. Register here . https://www.eventbrite.com/e/motherload-movie-screening-tickets-89616755127"

“Your Permanent Record: Defining Healthy Boundaries in the Digital Age” , Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall. Discusses kids and reputation and privacy. A national expert in kids’ media, Dr. Devorah Heitner here is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and founder of Raising Digital Natives. The Parent Education Series here . Free admission and light refreshments. 
M-A Leadership Class Charity Wiffleball Event March 1, 10:00 am to mid-afternoon, Red Morton Field, Redwood City. Sign up in teams of four within three age brackets (7-11, 12-14, 15+). Parents are encouraged to play. We are asking for a $5 buy-in per person. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. More information and sign up here or contact Shane here .

Legends Baseball Camps Going into our 11th year, the Legends Experience Baseball camps have built a reputation based on positive coaching, innovative teaching methods, and holistic development of the entire athlete. All-Star, Legends camp offers a high energy, positive learning environment for kids of all levels! Early-bird pricing and registration is now open for the 2020 summer here .
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