Volume 36 | 10 May 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Sunday, May 10
Hawks Nest #4 here , weekly newsletter by students for students, and Hillview channel here

Hillview Annual Book Fair, online
(through Wednesday, May 13)

Tuesday, May 12
Hillview School Site meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, online

Wednesday, May 13
MPCSD Parent Survey for Opening Schools in Fall 2020 due 3:00 pm here

General PTO Board meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, online

Thursday, May 14
Regular Board Meeting, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, online

Friday, May 15
ASB Talent Show, 6:30 pm, YouTube

Saturday, May 16
Hillview Distance Learning Surveys, parents here and students here due
Looking Ahead
Saturday, June 20
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits, applications due
(See MPCSD News below)

Wednesday, August 19
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap vaccinations due for incoming 7th-grade students

Thursday, August 20
First day of school, view MPCSD 2020-2021 instructional calendar here
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Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Families,

Happy Mothers Day! I hope all you moms out there are getting lots of love and appreciation today.

This week we'd love your feedback and input to inform our continued work on Distance Learning, as well as our district's plans for the 2020-21 school year. 

On Friday, Hillview sent a survey to both parents here and students here that mirrored our March 26 surveys. Those initial surveys were only 9 days into our Distance Learning journey, and we have since made a number of adjustments to our program. We'd love for you to complete the survey and help us evaluate how things are going at this point. Please note: Students will need to log in to their mpcsd Google accounts to complete their survey. Some parents have reported some glitches in accessing the survey; we recommend changing browsers. Plenty of parents have already submitted feedback. We ask that you complete these HV-specific surveys by Saturday, May 16.

Last Friday, May 1, Superintendent Burmeister sent out a communication seeking feedback from parents on the reopening of school in the fall. He wrote, "As we start designing our plans, your input on the parent survey here will go a long way to supporting our efforts. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, May 13 at 3:00 pm. We do not yet know when we’ll be able to advertise our plans for returning in the fall, but the Board and leadership are prepared to work into summer to prepare and communicate." Thank you for providing input to inform our fall plans.

Thank you, and be well.

ACTION REQUIRED! Attention: Parents of Current 6th-Grade students
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination
Due Wednesday, August 19

All incoming 7th-grade students in the 2020-21 school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster shot (Tdap), administered on or after the 7th birthday (Td does not meet the requirement). 
In order to receive a class schedule and to avoid exclusion on the first day of school, provide an updated copy of your child's immunization record with your child's first and last name, date of birth, and proof of Tdap administered on or after the 7th birthday.

If you received a notice stating that your child has unrecorded vaccinations for Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella (chicken pox), and/or needs a signed, written statement for a permanent medical exemption, you must also provide that information with the proof of Tdap booster. Do not mark the record. 

The record must be received before class schedules are distributed and/or before the first day of school. Provide the record by email to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant here , or by fax to 650-292-2200. 

Visit the Shots for School website here f or more information.
Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 12, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, via video.

The School 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. Contact Tamara Russel here for questions.
Teachers and Classroom Cleaning

MPCSD has begun "summer cleaning" our classrooms utilizing our custodial staff. Hillview teachers have begun to pack up their classrooms on a schedule that will extend through June 12. 

Cleaning and packing up a classroom is at least one full day of work. On a teacher’s classroom-cleaning day, he or she will not be engaged in live sessions or communicating by email, but will return messages as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
8th-Grade Parent Information
The Menlo Park Police Officers Association is offering a scholarship to students who embody motivation and commitment.

Their goal is to assist young adults whose well-rounded performance in academics and other activities indicate their potential to complete undergraduate studies or active duty military service to further their career choice in service to their country or community.

Scholarships are awarded in amounts up to $1,000 payable to an accredited college or university (for tuition, books and supplies) or to the recipient upon completion of military training.

Email Officer Victoria Trask here for more information.

Hillview PTO
We  ❤️ our Teachers!

For Teacher Appreciation week, the PTO sent Fresh Fruit and Veggie Boxes from Sigona's to all of our teachers and staff. There was much thanks and gratitude from our teachers for such a unique and useful gift. 

This couldn't have happened without all of you who support our PTO!  

Your Hillview PTO Co-Presidents
-Carolyn Kryger and Lil Perazich

"This is an awesome gift! Thank you!" -Anna Kogan

"I just have to say thank you for such an amazing gift. I feel really appreciated." -Grant Coscia
Programs & Activities
Hillview Library
Hillview Annual Book Fair
Monday, May 4 - Wednesday, May 13

Every spring, Hillview holds its annual book fair with Books Inc. to get students ready for summer reading. This year, Hillview and Books Inc are offering a Virtual Book Fair, so exciting! 

Order your books online through Books Inc. here with the code Hillview2020 in the "Coupon Code" field. Although using the code does not give a discount, Books Inc. will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the book fair to the Hillview Library, allowing the library to buy more books for students to enjoy.

Hillview Summer Reading for incoming 6th- through 8th-grade students here

M-A English Summer Reading here
Hillview ASB
Talent Show

Our 8th-Grade ASB wants to continue our proud tradition of ending the school year with a talent show. Since we can't host it in our performing arts center, we have decided to make this special event a YouTube LiveStream spectacular.

Our goal is to have 6,000 live viewers tuned in and $6,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank during our livestream on Friday, May 15 at 6:30 pm. Donate early or during the livestream!

Second Harvest Food Bank Donation Page for Live Stream here .

YouTube Live Stream Channel here .

Your gift will help bring our school community together and help the greater Bay Area community feel secure and stay healthy. 

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Block H Award
6th-and 7th-grade students should tally up their Block H points in Hawks Nest Google Classroom here . Your student must be logged in to their student MPCSD to view.

Block H is an award tradition to recognize outstanding involvement and volunteer service to the community while attending Hillview.
JUST ANNOUNCED - H elp for Families to buy food

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond has approved additional benefits for families who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch. Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will receive up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. The application for these benefits will be available in late May. Read more at the California Department of Social Services website here . Check the MPCSD website here regularly, we will update as additional information about the program becomes available.

You can reach out to us via our by email  here .

State Testing Suspended for this Year

Back in March, we informed you that students in grades 3-8 would be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in May.

Due to school closure, the California Department of Education has suspended all state testing for this spring. This means that in MPCSD there will be no CAASPP testing in grades 3-8 and no state physical fitness testing in grades 5 and 7. 
Free Webinar "Coping with COVID-19: Mental Health Tips for Children and Families"
Tuesday, May 12, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Families are going through challenging times right now and taking on unexpected responsibilities. If you are looking for some tips for handling the triple challenge of parenting, home schooling, and working remotely, Keenan offers parents this free resource. Keenan is the company that MPCSD uses for its mandatory staff training and they are making this webinar available to parents. More to read and register here .

Community News
Calling all Hawks - Let's show our support!

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
-Dr. Seuss

Let's all support the local restaurants and businesses that support our schools.

This week's spotlight is Refuge, The Willows Market, Sigona's Farmer's Market, and Cafe Borrone. Click on logo for more information.
Virtual Girl Empowerment Workshop with Dr. Andra Blomkalns , Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford. Offered by Object, a youth-led organization on May 23, 9:30 - 10:15 am on Zoom. Open to girls in 6th-grade and up. Working to promote confidence in young girls. You can sign up here .
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