Volume 5 | 13 September 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, September 14
Grade Level and Subject Area Q & A’s
  • 6:30 - 7:15, 6th Grade Academy
  • 7:20 - 7:50, World Language

Spanish for Spanish Speakers, Level 3 (8th grade) Information Event on Biliteracy Attainment Award and optional AP Exam, 6:00 - 6:45 pm, via Zoom (see email from Mr. Haug)

Wednesday, September 16
Grade Level and Subject Area Q & A’s
  • 6:30 - 7:15, 7th Grade Academy
  • 7:20 - 7:50, Math 7B/8 Compacted

Thursday, September 17
Grade Level and Subject Area Q & A’s
  • 6:30 - 7:15, 8th Grade Academy
  • 7:20 - 7:50, Algebra and Geometry
Looking Ahead
Tuesday, September 22 
Hillview School Site Council, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, via Zoom

Friday, September 25
Hillview Parent Coffee, "How to Support Your Child During Distance Learning," 9:30 - 10:30 am, via Zoom (detail to come)

Friday, October 9
PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am, virtual

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Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Families,

We hope you enjoyed learning more about your child’s classes during last week’s virtual Back to School Night (BTSN). You may still view teachers’ course overview videos, which are posted on their Schoology course pages, as well as my keynote talk. In our “This Week” section of today’s newsletter, you will see the BTSN events for the coming week, which will give you an opportunity for live interaction with teachers. See our Back to School Night webpage here for more details 

Speaking of Schoology, we have over 80% of our parents now connected. Johnna Becker, Hillview’s Instructional Coach, has been working with parents to get their accounts up and running. Please do follow up when she reaches out. While parents can view information by logging in as their student, we also want to enable teacher-to-parent and parent-to-teacher communication through Schoology, and that is why we want all parents to have their own linked accounts.

MPCSD sent out a survey to parents, students, and teachers on Friday, September 4. The survey asked for feedback on topics such as enthusiasm for school, teacher and peer connection, the amount of synchronous instruction, clarity of communication, students’ ability to navigate distance learning independently, helpfulness of staff in responding to questions and concerns, and overall satisfaction with distance learning. Some results were shared at Thursday’s Board meeting. I have dug into these results and want to share some of the key takeaways, which you can find linked here. One action we are taking in response to these survey results is our upcoming Parent Coffee on Friday, September 25, 9:30 - 10:30 am, “How to Support Your Child During Distance Learning.”

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again this week at our numerous BTSN Q & A sessions!

All the best,

Grade Level and Subject Area Q & A’s
Parents are invited to see their children’s teachers live in-person and bring any questions they have after having watched the course overview videos. These optional events have been scheduled so that families can attend multiple grade levels and multiple subject areas. More information on the grade level and subject area Q & A's here:

  • Monday, September 14
  • 6:30 - 7:15, 6th Grade Academy Q & A
  • 7:20 - 7:50, World Language Q & A

  • Wednesday, September 16
  • 6:30 - 7:15, 7th Grade Academy Q & A
  • 7:20 - 7:50, Math 7B/8 Compacted Q & A

  • Thursday, September 17
  • 6:30 - 7:15, 8th Grade Academy Q & A
  • 7:20 - 7:50, Algebra and Geometry Q & A

Zoom links to the Q & A events can be found on teachers' Schoology course pages. For the Academy Q & A's, refer to the ELA teacher's page. Still need help getting connected to Schoology? Contact Johnna Becker, Hillview Instructional Coach here
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PTO News
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.

Amy Kingsley
Teaches French as part of Hillview’s World Language curriculum.

Amy has been teaching at Hillview for eight years. When not teaching Amy enjoys being outdoors: hiking, biking, gardening. She also loves reading and knitting.

Favorite Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” -Gandhi
Favorite Movie: Amélie
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Baskin Robbins Mint Chip
Favorite Subjects as a Middle School Student: Wood shop and math

Words of Wisdom for her students: Learning a second language takes lots of practice, like learning to play a sport or an instrument. Practice speaking French aloud every day. When I was in middle school, I would find a quiet place all to myself and say my vocabulary words over and over while practicing my French accent.  
What you probably didn’t know about me: In middle school, I was on the cheerleading team, played keyboard in my school’s jazz band, and played in a handbell choir. In high school, I was on the swim and track teams and danced and sang in school musicals. 

One more thing:
I love watching DIY home shows on HGTV. I like repurposing old items and finding new ways to use them.  
Staff Birthdays! 
August Susan Churba, Yogi Sullivan, Kathryn Rippentrop, Jonathan Coldoff, Bill Hairston, Richard Vaughan, Ron Christopherson, Courtney Thomas, and Katie Deanda

September Mario Orozco-Mendoza, Arion Espinoza, Rob Lawrence, Amy Kingsley, Danny Chui, Leo Schneiderman, Jacky Schlegel, Lexy Keller, Kim Staff, and Sia Langi

Programs & Activities
Hillview Service Team
Want your kids to learn about giving back to their community? The Hillview Service Team is a student-driven, parent-supported club getting creative about virtual service!

This year's plans include partnering with Samaritan House, Pets in Need, and CalFire among other organizations. Students who wish to join Service Team should contact Mrs. Bustamante here.

All students welcome!
Hillview Library
Check out books from the library with a new and improved system! 

  • Check out Hillview's Library Catalog here
  • Log in with student's username and password (same as PowerSchool or Schoology) 
  • Find a book, put the book on HOLD 
  • Mrs. Mathenia will let students and parents know when it’s ready in the office for pick-up
  • Email Aimee Mathenia here if you have any questions


School Board Update, September 10

At its September 10 meeting, the Board voted unanimously to submit a waiver to the San Mateo County Health Department to return kindergarten and first grade students to campus with a target reopening date of September 28. See the complete presentation about reopening here. The Board feels confident that MPCSD's health and safety protocols are robust, and the district will be adding additional measures during the waiver to further mitigate risk to staff and students, as outlined in the presentation. Kindergarten and first grade parents with students enrolled in the Hybrid model are receiving direct communications about the return plan.
Hiring Yard Duty

The district will be hiring more yard duty staff at each elementary school. If you would like to join the MPCSD family in this role, see the job posting here. Over the years, many district parents have enjoyed working in this capacity. Check it out!
Community News
Object, a youth-led organization working to promote confidence in young girls: Join us for a workshop with Maria Telleria, Founder, and CTO of Canvas, a company building robots for construction. Maria holds a BS, MS, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT. She will share about the future of robotics and automation, her day-to-day life as a mechanical engineer, and the role of confidence in her success. Held Saturday, September 19, 10:15 - 11:00 am, via Zoom. Sign up here.

Menlo-Atherton Grizzlies Youth Lacrosse working with boys / girls in a positive coaching environment, fostering a desire / passion for lacrosse. Beginner through advanced lacrosse Fall Program for 6-14 years old. Sessions on Sundays, September 27-November 8, Hillview Middle School. Following San Mateo County Health Order guidelines - non-contact, groups of 12 or less, division by gender/age. Contact Matt Bond here with questions and more information here.

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