Volume 20 | 12 January 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, January 13 
Service Team - Project WeeCare Samaritan House Cereal Drive, drop-off in blue bins, near PAC or rear bike racks

Tuesday, January 14
Winter Social, English Learner Advisory Committee, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Encinal School, large multi-purpose room, 195 Encinal Avenue

School Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Hillview large conference room

Thursday, January 16
Service Team Meeting - Samaritan House speaker, lunchtime, PAC

Friday, January 17
Hillview After-School Program last day to enroll here

Midpoint of Trimester 2
Looking Ahead
Monday, January 20
No School - Martin Luther King holiday

Wednesday, January 22
MPCSD screening of No Small Matter, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Hillview PAC

Thursday, January 23
Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School,
6:30 - 8:00 pm, Hillview PAC

Tuesday, January 28
Menlo Atherton and Hillview Joint Concert, 7:00 pm, M-A PAC

Thursday, January 30
Hillview STEM Fair, 7:00 - 7:45 pm, PAC

Hillview School News
Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 14, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, large conference room, 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!
Hillview School Spelling Bee  
Tuesday, January 21, during 7th period
The Hillview spelling bee, associated with Scripps National Spelling Bee, is a written format, double elimination competition that determines a school champion. The winning competitor will move on to the online Regional Semi-Final Spelling Bee for a chance to compete in the Regional Final in San Francisco.

No registration needed. All students who would like to participate come to the library at the beginning of Qu3ST. It’s totally optional and everyone can join!

The study list is attached here , and more helpful study lists and tips are attached here . The study lists are NOT the same as the word list used in the competition, but designed to give sample words, spelling patterns, and sound patterns typical of the Scripps Spelling Bee wo rds. 

 More study information is available here at the Scripps National Spelling Bee website.
8th-Grade Parent Information
Introduction to Menlo-Atherton High School
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Hillview PAC

Simone Rick-Kennel, Principal of Menlo-Atherton High School, will give an overview of M-A academic, athletic, and extracurricular offerings.

There will Q's and A's with Mrs. Kennel and M-A College Advisor, Ms. Mai Lien Nguyen. A panel of former Hillview students talk about what life at Menlo Atherton high school is really like.

Noemy Menjivar is available here for questions.
Programs & Activities
Hillview Music
Congratulations to violinist Kavi Bidlack 

Selected to participate in the CA All-State Junior High School Orchestra based on a taped audition. Kavi, student of local teacher, Joyce Mallick, will join the orchestra for a performance at the CASMEC All-State Conference in Fresno on February 23.
Get ready Mouseketeers! 
The Hillview Concert Orchestra will be traveling to Disneyland on January 24 - 26. This hybrid ensemble, combining the string orchestra and concert band, will perform on Friday, January 24. Our Hillview musicians will also participate in workshops in Disneyland.
Hillview and Menlo Atherton Joint Concert 
Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 pm, Menlo Atherton PAC

Want to hear our fantastic ensembles, Hillview Jazz Band, 7/8 Concert Band, and 7/8 Orchestra and the M-A Jazz Band, Concert Band and Orchestra? Come to the M-A Joint Concert. It's free at the Menlo Atherton PAC.
Hillview Service Club
chosen 11Dec2019
Service Team Meeting
 Thursday, January 16, lunchtime in the PAC

A guest speaker from WeeCare, Samaritan House will talk to students.

Cereal Drive - Project WeeCare Samaritan House
Monday, January 13 - Thursday, January 30, blue bins near PAC and rear bike racks

The Hillview service team is running an all-school cereal drive as part of Project WeeCare Samaritan House. Items such as oatmeal, granola, pancake, waffle mix, cocoa, instant coffee, and creamer can be dropped off.

Samaritan House Wee Care Program provides tools and experiences to build local poverty awareness and empathy skills in young students. All items will be distributed to families in need across San Mateo.
Hillview Science
The STEM Fair is Looking for Coaches to interview students!

Coaches will interview STEM Fair participants on Thursday, January 30 from 5:45 - 7:00 pm. It's a great opportunity for the kids to talk with an adult about their projects. Adults welcome, no experience necessary. Sign up here now .
Hillview Winter 2020

Enrollment is open and ends on January 17
After-School Program (ASP) enrollment has moved to a single online portal called Homeroom here . Visit here for more information on individual programs, vendors, and registration.
·    Beginner Mandarin
·     New French Club – Intermediate/ Advanced Speakers
·    Hillview Writing Workouts
·    Rock Music Band Class
·    Speech and Debate
·    Starfire Coding – Python Level I & II
·    Starfire Coding – Advanced Python
·    Starfire Electrical Engineering
·    Winter Cooking
·    Winter Cross Country with Coach Stella
After-School Tennis - Registration open
Open on TeamSnap here. Registration is $295 for the season.

Learn more about the program by visiting Coach Yasuo Fukui’s website here .

Team placements will occur for all registered players in early March. The Hillview Tennis season runs from March through mid-May, with no activities during Spring Break.

Scholarships available via Hillview school counselors here. For questions contact Amar Patel here .
Hawk Spirit Squad - Registration Closes on Tuesday, January 14
The Dance and Cheerleading Spirit Squad is looking for enthusiastic students to join the team! Represent Hillview, and learn dance and cheer technique, stunts, sideline cheers, and pom pom routines.
  • Registration is open via TeamSnap here and closes on Tuesday, January 14
  • Practice: Wednesdays from 2:35 - 3:35 pm in the fitness room
  • Dates: January 8 - March 4. No practice February 19
  • Fees are $120 per student-athlete. Scholarships available via Hillview school counselors here
  • Perform at school events, basketball games, and the Hillview Annual Dance Show on February 27, 28, and 29

Contact Hillview Teacher and Spirit Squad Coach Katie DeAnda here for questions.
MPCSD Hosts Regional Conversation about Early Learning - Join Us!
Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 pm, Hillview Middle School

A screening of No Small Matter , the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education.

The film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.

Join Menlo Park City School District, Community Equity Collaborative, All Five, the Primary School and Good2Know Network for the film screening and panel discussion featuring local early learning educators, preschool parents, San Mateo County Office of Education Superintendent Nancy Magee, San Mateo County Supervisor David Pine, and Menlo Park Mayor Cecilia Taylor.

Free, on-site child care is available. Free tickets available through Eventbrite here .
DELAC Winter Social
Tuesday, January 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Encinal School

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) Winter Social will take place at Encinal School in the large multi-purpose room, 195 Encinal Avenue. DELAC is a committee for the parents of students who are learning English.  
Great Donations Make Great Auctions!
The deadline to donate items/parties to the auction is Wednesday, January 15. Fill out the Auction Donation Form here .
Want to throw a party? Need an idea or a few co-hosts? Reach out to the Auction Team  here !

Here are a few ideas of what we’re looking for: 

  • Overnight stay in a fabulous location
  • Theater, concert and sports tickets
  • Adult parties (pick a theme from a favorite movie like James Bond, etcetera)
  • Family parties (this is a new category this year ... Kickball & Keg in Flood Park?)
  • Kids in Training experiences: Do you work at a cool company? Are you a Chef or an Artist, Firefighter, Veterinarian or a Scientist? Willing to spend a few hours showing children your profession?
  • Sideline Sibling Wagon (blanket and activities a sibling can enjoy while on the sidelines of a soccer or basketball game)
  • Tech Basket (iPad, ear pods, portable speaker, battery pack charger)
Auction Party Tickets - On Sale January 23
Mark your calendars to purchase tickets! Last year’s party sold out in record time, so don’t miss out!  
  • Date: Saturday, March 7
  • Location: Computer History Museum (short Uber ride to Mountain View) here
  • Attire: Casual Cocktail 

Ticket options to choose from: 
  • Dinner Plus Experience: $225/ticket. This premier event starts at 5:30 pm and includes a delicious sit-down dinner with exclusive live auction, beer/wine, open Top Shelf bar, and early access to the silent auction - followed by a live band, dancing & late-night snacks!
  • Auction Party Only: $125/ticket. This party ticket gives you access to the silent auction starting at 7:30 pm and includes beer/wine, open Top Shelf bar, live band, dancing & late-night snacks.
Visit the MPAEF Auction webpage here for up-to-date information.
"We need you ... to help us Rock the Festival!"
We are looking for a rockin' Festival Lead Volunteer who will manage the post race / run Festival. Email here or call us at 325-0100 if interested. The run team would love to have this important position filled by early January 2020.
The Festival Lead will…
  • participate in planning meetings (January 20 - May 20)
  • arrange for the entertainment (jumpy houses, rock climbing wall, kids’ zone, food trucks, a DJ, etc.)
  • be present at the Run & Festival (May 17) to coordinate with all vendor
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!
Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors here
Tom LeMieux here
L&P Aesthetics here
Mid Peninsula Orthodontics here
AXIS Personal Trainers here

British Bankers Club here
Community News
Menlo-Atherton Little League - registration 2020 spring season is open until January 24. Divisions offered for players ages 5 to 13. Openings are available for youth umpires age 12-17. Visit the website here to register!
Little Ballers Clinics January 12, 19, 26, Woodside High School Small Gym, 199 Churchill Ave, Woodside, CA designed for young boys and girls (beginner/intermediate) to grow a love for the game, learn the fundamentals, and have fun! More information here .
Winter Theatre classes at Portola Valley Town Center Sessions begin January 13 at 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley Theatre classes for children ages 3 years+. Classes focus on artistic excellence and community building with the student at the center of creativity. Take the stage and let your imagination soar! Register here . Questions? Email here .

The Mid-Peninsula Chapter of National Charity League (NCL) is now conducting its membership drive for girls in the class of 2026, current 6th-grade students. Find out more by attending an informational meeting for prospective mothers on Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Redwood City. For questions or to RSVP the meeting, contact our membership drive team here
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