Volume 31 | 11 April 2021
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, April 12
Blue students on campus this week

Hillview Conversation Chat, "How to Manage Pressure While Developing Personal Growth and Achievement," 6:30 pm, pre-register here

Tuesday, April 13
Hillview Site Council Meeting, 3:30 pm, via Zoom

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 4:00 - 5:00 pm, via Zoom here

Wednesday, April 14
Due - Spring 2021 Return Parent Interest Survey

Thursday, April 15
Relay for Life informational meeting, 3:30 pm, via Zoom

Friday, April 16
PTO Executive Board Meeting, 8:30 - 10:00 am, via Zoom

Caleb Campbell Virtual Assembly for GOLD students, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, via Zoom

MPCSD annual re-enrollment due, grades K - 7

Looking Ahead
Thursday, April 22
Relay for Life meeting, 3:30 pm, via Zoom

Friday, April 23
Caleb Campbell Virtual Assembly for BLUE students, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, via Zoom

End of Hexmester 5- New PE/Elective classes for students beginning Monday, April 26

Friday, April 30
No School - Staff Collaborative Day

Monday, May 3
Due - Applications for Hillview Site Council volunteers
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Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Families,

Here we are on the other side of Spring Break, headed toward the finish line of a school year like no other. Our context continues to shift as COVID-19 numbers currently remain low in the state and county, resulting in a revision to San Mateo County’s Pandemic Recovery Framework (scroll down to link to this document). We nevertheless must continue to remain vigilant and follow all health and safety protocols, as two positive cases in our school community over the past two weeks have demonstrated. I hope you received and have completed the Spring 2021 Return Parent Interest Survey here for Hillview sent out by the district. We are interested to know how Hillview families feel about a potential return to everyday school this year, a move that would significantly change the experience and routine of students. Please complete the survey by 12 noon on Wednesday, April 14. Our Board of Trustees will discuss possible changes to the learning program of MPCSD’s hybrid students at its meeting on Thursday, April 15.

I hope you will join us tomorrow - with your children - for our PTO Conversation Chat with Caleb Campbell at 6:30 pm. Please check out that announcement below. Caleb has an amazing story, and we think it is particularly relevant for our students who face both internal and external pressures in their lives and sometimes struggle to show their authentic selves. Caleb will follow up this event with two student-only virtual assemblies on Friday, April 16 and Friday, April 23.

Please continue to stay engaged and be on the lookout for opportunities to support Hillview’s programs as one of our amazing parent volunteers. We still have PTO Executive Board and Site Council member openings to fill for 2021-22. Our parent volunteers are critical partners in maintaining Hillview’s excellence; please be open to raising your hand and joining our talented team. We need you! Thank you.

All the best,

Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday April 13, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Zoom

The Hillview Site Council comprises Hillview parents, teachers, staff, and students. The site council meets monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals.
All parents in our community are welcome! Email Karen Dearing here with your name and Hillview affiliation for the Zoom link to join the meeting.
Join the Hillview Site Council - for two year term
Applications due Monday, May 3

Hillview Site Council is looking for three parent volunteers to serve a two year term beginning in the fall of 2021 through school year 2022-23. Interested parents should submit their nominations by Monday, May 3. To apply, find more information here. And for questions? Contact Karen Dearing here

Yearbooks are moving out FAST!
We are down to the last 50 books. When they are gone, they are gone! Order today at our yearbook order center here. Use code: 10070
Graduation Celebration Survey - Please respond ASAP

A few 8th grade families are considering hosting a non-Hillview affiliated off-campus celebration for 8th grade students on or after June 11. In order to plan and gauge interest they have requested that 8th grade parents fill out the following short survey here.

PTO News
Hillview Conversation Chat
The Hillview Conversation Chat is an opportunity for parents AND students to engage in thoughtful discussions about issues affecting our middle schoolers today. These events are intended for parents and students of Hillview Middle School to attend together.

"How to Manage Pressure While Developing Personal Growth and Achievement"
An evening with Caleb Campbell here
Monday, April 12, 6:30 pm
Pre-register for the webinar here

With the digital world creating a fractured, image-based field that vies for so much of our attention and promotes perfection, it is harder than ever for our pre-teens/ teens to navigate their inner worlds and promote self-care and awareness while trying to motivate themselves through all levels of personal achievement. Because of the continued challenges facing our Hillview community during the pandemic and the pressures to still live up to normal life expectations, the Hillview PTO welcomes Caleb Campbell, West Point graduate and former Kansas City Chief linebacker, nationally known for his work around student mental health and resilience to help us work through motivating our lives high achievements and disappointments while balancing our mental health and self care. This Conversation Chat is a way for both parents and middle school students to attend together to understand balance and the pressure we both feel to succeed especially during difficult times.

Caleb Campbell is a West Point graduate, former army officer, and ex-NFL linebacker. After a college football career at West Point full of accolades and awards, Caleb made history when he was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 2008 NFL Draft. He is the American dream that most students strive to become, but it wasn’t until he was cut for the last time by the Kansas City Chiefs that he was forced to face the hard truth: He had a life of strength on the outside but internally he was falling apart.
Despite living out his childhood dream and having a life many would envy, a day never went by where Caleb felt he had found his place in this world. Having lived through rejection, depression and thoughts of suicide, Caleb understands the pressure that your students are facing. He has endured an internal struggle to hide his truth, and has overcome it by finding his voice. Caleb is a leading mental health advocate for teens and student athletes around the world, and has been serving as Teen Truth’s here #1 mental health speaker since 2018. Learn more and watch his speaker reel here.

The Hillview PTO is excited to welcome Caleb to Hillview virtually!

Each week a staff member will be randomly selected to share a little bit more about themselves so the Hillview Community can get to know them better.

Alma Suney Park
Ms. Park teaches 6th grade math and has been at Hillview for 3 years. When not teaching she enjoys swimming, cycling, walks with dog, listening to audiobooks, and bargain shopping.

Favorite Quote: “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world.” (Joel A. Barker)

Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Coconut with plenty of coconut chunks and toasted almonds

Favorite Subject as a Middle School Student: Math

Words of Wisdom for Hillview Students: Nothing changes if nothing changes. Change requires some discomfort and pain, but without pain there is no gain.
I also love encouraging my students by telling them that they know more than they think or feel they know. 
What you probably didn’t know about me: I got to meet President Obama, and when we met, he taught me how to do a proper fist bump. He told me that after bumping our fists together, that we needed to shout, "Booyah!" He also complimented me on my name, "You're 'Suney' from California...I like that." I liked that too. 

One more thing: When news of troubling events in recent weeks and the past year came up in class, I told my students that I continue to have hope because of them and who they will become. I had to hold back tears as the thoughts of my heart came out in words. The goodness I see in them gives me hope for the future. 
Staff April Birthdays

Michael Hickam, Christine Morales, Nico Valdes, Medea Yob, Johnna Becker, Mike Doroquez and Monica Bosch

Programs & Activities
Hillview Service Club
Hillview Hawks! Join our 6th annual Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society! 

Students may sign up here via their school email account and parents can learn about Relay here. The pandemic has caused Relay for Life to look different this year, but the need to fight cancer remains the same! This year, we come together as one Hillview team, with the goal of raising $25,000 to fund cancer research! Join the team, participate in fundraising contests, and celebrate Hillview's efforts in a virtual celebration, Friday, May 14 at 6:30 pm! Email here with questions.

Hillview After School Athletics Update

Thanks to all Hawk Families for completing our survey in March. Based on parent feedback, we will be pursuing a 4-week outdoor basketball program that focuses on skills and drills and some intramural competition at the Hillview courts starting the week of May 3 ending before Memorial Day.

The program will follow state and local COVID-19 protocols. Students currently participating in another athletic team/club will not be able to participate. A TeamSnap registration link will be provided in next week’s PTO Newsletter. Price will be $40 for 8 sessions (two sessions per week). Dates and times to be determined. Questions? Email here.


District English Learner Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 13, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Zoom here

DELAC is a committee for the parents of students who are learning English. At this additional April meeting, we will be presenting our Extended Learning/Intervention Grant plan for parent input. We hope you will be able to join us for this additional session!

San Mateo County Releases Updated PRF

On April 6, the County Health Department and Office of Education released the latest version of the Pandemic Recovery Framework here that all schools must follow. The most impactful change is the reduction of required distance between students in classrooms to three feet. This allows MPCSD's School Board to consider a further "dial down" of its pandemic response as early as this spring. The Board will discuss this at its April 15 meeting at 5:00 pm. Zoom details will be posted to the district homepage under "Announcements" by Monday evening.

Another change in the April 6 PRF is to refer all families and staff to the CDPH website for travel guidance (updated April 2). If you travel, see CDPH here for guidelines on quarantine. MPCSD COVID FAQ page here reflects these updates.

Construction Announcement from Menlo Park Safe Routes to School Program

A repaving project on Oak Grove Avenue will start soon and last about two weeks. Construction will be between Alma Street and El Camino Real, a route that is used by many students biking and walking to school. The bike lanes and sidewalks will not be closed, but may be more challenging for students during this time.

For more information on Safe Routes to School, including biking and walking maps for MPCSD schools, see the City of Menlo Park website here.

Re-enrollment for 2021-22

MPCSD annual re-enrollment process began March 25 and will close on April 16. All parents/guardians of current K-7 grade students received their student’s re-enrollment notification email from PowerSchool Enrollment. Please complete your student’s re-enrollment no later than this Friday, April 16.

Even though your plans for next year may not be finalized, please complete the re-enrollment process. You always have the option of contacting our registrar here to update your enrollment status should it change.

After April 16, parents/guardians who have not completed their student’s re-enrollment will be contacted directly by MPCSD staff. If you have any questions about this process, contact the registrar here.


Register for the Schoolhouse Rocks Run Around the World! 

Register to participate here and look for some FAQ’s here. View the video by clicking the red box.

Sip and support your school this spring with locally owned
Share A Splash Wine Co.
Spring is in the air - longer days, blooming flowers, Little League games … and sipping wine on your back patio at the end of the day!  
Place an online order of award-winning wine from Share A Splash Wine Co. here using promo code MPAEF20 and receive 20% off your order through June 30, 2021. Plus, 10% of your entire order goes back to our schools! And for all orders over $250, you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of Angels & Cowboys Brut Rosé.  
Place your order today here.
Delivery options: Delivered to your home for a shipping fee - or free pick-up available from Share A Splash’s Menlo Park office at 716 Oak Grove from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
Thank you, Share A Splash Wine Co here for supporting our schools!
for your support!
We want to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for our business and realtor partners in the community.

Compass here

Hessler Plastic Surgery

Mary Gilles, Realtor here

Community News

M-A Incoming Freshman Football Team Interested in being on the Championship M-A Bears Football Team? No experience necessary and it’s a great way to start your high school experience. To sign-up, visit our website here. Go Bears!!

Cantor Arts Center Second Sunday at Home: Make Your Own Viewfinder A viewfinder helps artists visualize compositions and make amazing artwork. Supplies: string, thread or floss, paper, scissors, ruler and tape. Join us here for Second Sunday art-making fun!

Stanford Parenting Center: Parenting in a Pandemic We know parenting is hard. Add a global pandemic, schooling changes, working from home and the never-ending news cycle and parenting can be overwhelming. Experts will cover a variety of subjects pertaining to mental health, including managing childhood anxiety; helping with social isolation for kids and teens; and tips for reintegration into a "post pandemic" life. Tuesday, May 18, 8:00 - 9:00 pm. Virtual Panel Discussion: Register here.

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory The Show Will Go On! Step outside and onto the stage with Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory. We are thrilled to offer safe and fun opportunities to create theatre together this spring and summer! Register online here. Questions? Email here.

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