Volume 18 | 15 December 2019
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Sunday, December 15
After-School Programs enrollment open (ends January 17, 2020)

Monday, December 16
Report cards mailed today

Hillview Advisory session today

Tuesday, December 17
Band and Orchestra performance, after lunch

Winter Concert, 7:00 pm, PAC

Wednesday, December 18
No Block Day, school dismissal 2:30 pm

Newsletter submissions due for January 5, noon

Thursday, December 19
No Block Day, school dismissal 2:30 pm

Friday, December 20
Minimum Day, 11:45 am dismissal
SamTrans and Yellow bus as usual AM
No SamTrans PM
Yellow bus leaves at 11:50 AM
Looking Ahead
Monday, December 23
No School - December break (through Friday, January 3)
Monday, January 6
No School - Teacher Work Day
Tuesday, January 7
No School - Staff Collaboratively Developed PD Day
Wednesday, January 8
First day back to school after break

Thursday, January 9
PTO Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am

School Board Meeting, 6 pm, TERC Building

Hillview School News
Hillview Winter Concert
Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 pm Hillview PAC 

Come hear the 6th-grade Orchestra and Band and the Jazz Band perform. A special treat will be the combined 7/8 Orchestra and Band performing selections from the program being readied for their January performance in Disneyland! 

Bring a neighbor and friend to hear our wonderful musicians!
Report Cards  
Monday, December 16

After ten day delay, Hillview report cards will be mailed home. Be on the lookout for these in your mailboxes this upcoming week. We understand that this is not an ideal timeline and will make every effort to have report cards mailed sooner in the following trimesters. Contact Danielle O'Brien for questions here .

Hillview Advisory Session
Monday, December 16

Students will have an advisory session with their teachers before the December break.
The Homework Center, Project Success and Math Clinic WILL be open! 
Monday, December 16 - Thursday, December 19

Monday and Tuesday 3:15 - 4:45 pm; Wednesday and Thursday 2:45 - 4:30 pm.

The late yellow bus will run as scheduled each day. 
Minimum Day
Friday, December 20, 11:45 am dismissal
Bus Schedule for minimum day:

  • SamTrans and Yellow Bus will run as scheduled AM
  • SamTrans will NOT run after school
  • Yellow Bus will leave at 11:50 am from Hillview and run the regular route
Early Departures from School
The Hillview office would like to review the options for requesting a student early from class:

  • Safe Arrival - using the toll-free number 1-844-290-7698 before 9:00 am on the day of the absence. An account is not required to use the phone line to report absences.

  • SchoolMessenger app - by Safe Arrival, which does require an account, but does enable you to manage absences from your mobile device.

  • In Person Sign-out Hillview office - allow 10-20 minutes for locating a student, sending an office aide to retrieve your student. Calling in the departure to Safe Arrival in advance helps Hillview have your student ready to leave at the necessary time.

Have a safe and happy winter holiday!
iPads over Winter Break  
Internet access will be turned off from 9:00 am Saturday December 21 through 9:00 am Tuesday, January 7. We hope that our students connect with families and friends over the holidays and enjoy some time away from technology.
8th-Grade Parent Information
High School Placement Tests
December 16 - 20

All 8th-grade students will take high school placement tests in Math and English. These tests are used to help determine high school placement for all students attending SUHSD high schools.

In the spring, families have the opportunity to decline placement in SUHSD. For more information about placement tests, contact Danielle O’Brien here . For all other high school transition information, contact 8th-grade counselor Kellie Raczkowski here
Hillview PTO
Wishing everyone a warm and wonderful Holiday Season! May all your days be happy, healthy and bright!

Best wishes from
Carolyn Kryger and Liliana Perazich 
Hillview PTO Co-Presidents along with the entire PTO Board
Programs & Activities
Hillview Music
Congratulations to the 7/8 Orchestra

The orchestra had a wonderful noontime performance last Wednesday at San Francisco City Hall. Truly a memorable and musical experience that the students will remember!
Hillview Science
Thursday, January 30

The science department is looking for coaches to interview students!

All adults are welcome, no experience necessary. Coaches will interview STEM Fair participants from 5:45 - 7:00 pm. It's a great opportunity for the kids to talk with an adult about their projects. If you are willing and able to participate. Sign up here .
Hillview Winter 2020

Enrollment begins on December 14, 2019 and ends on January 17, 2020
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

Save the date for the 2020 Schoolhouse Rocks Run & Festival on Sunday morning May 17, 2020 at Hillview. Join us for a 5K Race or Fun Run and celebrate afterwards at our Festival. 

We are looking for a rockin' Festival Lead Volunteer who will manage the post race / run Festival.

Email or call us at 325-0100 if interested. We’d 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, DJ, etc.)
  • be present at the Run & Festival to coordinate with all vendors
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!

Mary and Brent Gullixson, Compass here
Lyell Wealth Management LP here

Community News
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker! December 15 and 21-22, Menlo-Atherton PAC, 555 Middlefield, Atherton. Blending the magic and awe of a traditional Nutcracker with inspiration from Frank Capra’s 1940’s iconic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” embraced by audiences for its warmth and whimsy. Adults appreciate the humor, poignant message, and world-class dancing, while youngsters perch on the edge of their seats. A holiday production that you will want to see! Tickets are available here .

Peninsula Cantare Saturday, December 21 at Covenant Presbyterian Church on East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. A sixty voice community chorus under the direction of San Jose State Choral Chair, Dr Jeffrey Benson, will perform a wonderful Holiday Concert. This choir has recently toured in Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. Mr. Vaughan sings with them and highly recommends it! For more information and tickets here .

Legarza Winter Sports! Come experience winter camps at Legarza for some holiday fun! Join us at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto or Central Middle School in San Carlos and enjoy the contagious enthusiasm and quality instruction that have been synonymous with Legarza Basketball for the past 30 years! More information here .

Redwood City Girls Softball League  Players from Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, and East Palo Alto. Girls, ages 4-14, interested in playing softball recreationally or competitively, sign up for the 2020 spring season. We offer play-offs for 10U and up, and All-Star tournament teams for summer and fall. Enrolled players and families enjoy the free all-skills clinics, free pitching/catching clinics, coach training, meeting new families. Information here . Scholarships and payment plans available. 
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