Volume 28| 15 March 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, March 16
Distance Learning
(through Thursday March 26)

Wednesday, March 18
“Parenting in the Digital Age: Setting Your Kids up for Success”, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, now an online event (see MPCSD News for detail)

Tuesday, March 17
Hillview School Site Meeting will be postponed
Looking Ahead
Friday, March 27
No School - Staff Development Day

Monday, March 30
No School - Spring Break
(through Friday, April 3)

Trimester 2 report cards will be mailed

Monday, April 6
School resumes (barring any extension of School Closure)

Thursday, April 9
PTO Executive Board Meeting, large conference room, Hillview office

Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Families,

A lot has changed in the past week. Last Sunday, Hillview and all MPCSD schools remained open. On Wednesday, the district announced a plan for Social Distancing, where attendance would be optional. On Thursday night, our Board of Trustees urged Superintendent Burmeister to close our schools, and he did so, announcing Friday, March 13, as the last day before the closure. Friday, with only 25% of students present at Hillview, the County of San Mateo issued an order that all schools in the county would be closed through April 3.

If you want to catch up on some of the more important communications, see below:

  • Superintendent Burmeister’s March 12 School Closure Announcement here
  • Superintendent Burmeister’s March 13 Follow-up Communication with Logistics and Details here
  • Hillview’s March 13 Distance Learning Update here
  • San Mateo County’s March 13 School Closure Order here

As we enter the week of March 16, Hillview is transitioning to Distance Learning. While students will not attend their classes in person, they will be continuing their learning virtually, using their iPads or other devices to access lessons, materials, and resources their teachers provide through their usual learning platforms. If you have any problems with your school iPad, proxy issues, or questions about school materials, email Danielle O’Brien here . Our teachers will be finalizing their preparations for Distance Learning on Monday, March 16.

By 9:00 am on Tuesday, March 17, students will have received their first daily messages from their teachers about their schoolwork, and Distance Learning will begin.

Keep an eye on your inboxes on Monday. We will be providing you with Hillview’s Distance Learning protocols that you will share with your child, and which you must also have a good understanding of so that you can support your child during this time.

Thank you! We look forward to working with you over these next two weeks, or as long as Distance Learning continues.


The Hillview Team
Hillview office open during Distance Learning from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 17, will be postponed to a later date. For any questions about this meeting or the Site Council, contact Tamara Russel here .
Trimester 2 Report Cards 
Report cards will be delayed one week and will be mailed on Monday, March 30. 
8th-Grade Parent Information
High School registration for M-A and other SUHSD Schools

Had school closure not occurred, the next two weeks would have featured in-class visits to provide 8th-grade students with important information about how to register for high school courses, visits to Hillview by the M-A counseling team, and the completion and submission of important forms.

The Hillview team will be re-assessing this process in partnership with M-A. We may move forward with this process virtually, but for now stay tuned for more news.
8th-Grade Washington D.C. Trip

The Spring Break trip has been canceled . Participants should have received an email from Carolyn Malquist. Respond to Ms. Malquist if you are interested in participating in this trip in June.
M-A High School Open House
Thursday, March 19 canceled due to the recommendation of the San Mateo County Health Department.

PTO News
School Lunch

The LunchMaster will cancel all paid lunch orders through March 26. You don't have to do anything. You will be credited for the cost of the meals you have purchased. 

If your student receives Free or Reduced Lunch through the Federal Lunch Program, the lunches will still be available. You will receive direct communication about our unique in-person delivery plan.
Programs & Activities
Hillview Music
The Next Big Think
Sunday, March 15 canceled. T he Hillview Jazz Band had been scheduled for this event at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. 
Hillview Library
Read, Read, Read!
30 minutes each day a simple and effective practice in distant learning.

Strengthen reading comprehension, build vocabulary, a great way to disconnect, manage stress, and an opportunity for parents to enjoy some peace and quiet! 

The Hillview Library is open Monday afternoon for either parents or students to pop in and check out books. Or email Aimee Mathenia here . She is happy to put books in the office for your child. 

Use our catalog here to search for available books.
Sora App

A collection of digital eBooks and audio books are available on Sora.

Download the Sora app from Self-Service and then access the Hillview digital library. The "User ID" is a six digit number: 62 + 4 digit iPad passcode.
MPCSD Superintendent Erik Burmeister communication with the school district in his Friday, March 13 email here .

Below is important information that will serve as a guide for the next two weeks:

Calling in Attendance (Yes, it’s necessary)
Follow the step-by-step directions in Erik Burmeister’s email here .
Students must complete the assigned work if you mark them present. 

Thanks for your assistance in making this happen. The only way MPCSD can get credit for “keeping school open” and not have to make days up during the summer is to have proof of participation in “Distance Learning.”

Social Distancing Really Means Social Distancing
We know that limiting your middle-school student’s interaction with others will be difficult; however, it is medically necessary for them and for the greater community. 

While COVID-19 may not impact children to the degree it does adults (especially older adults), children are vectors of the disease. Their bodies’ ability to handle the virus better than adults gives the illusion that they are fine, when in actuality they can carry the virus, not even know it, and share it with others. To the extent possible limit unnecessary exposure and interaction. 

It’s a great time to take hikes, play on the street, read a book, climb a tree, jump on a trampoline, etc. It is not the best time to be hanging out at Starbucks, meeting friends in Downtown Menlo Park, going to the movies, or visiting the mall.

We recognize that childcare options may have to include a few families helping one another out; however, when a gathering of three or more non-family members can be avoided, please try. 

If you are sick, avoid contact all together. Knowing that kids and teens need interaction, consider organized “virtual” hangouts with friends. Google Hangouts is a great tool that’s easy to use. 

If you require temporary internet services in your home to access Digital Learning, reach out to Flor Espinal, Family Engagement Coordinator here , for directions on how to access.

Special Education Services
If your child receives Special Education services, you will receive separate communication from Dr. Stephanie Sheridan, Executive Director of Student Services, with further information shortly.
MPCSD COVID-19 FAQ for up-to-date information on how our district is handling the situation here .
“Parenting in the Digital Age: Setting Your Kids up for Success”
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Enjoy this talk from the comfort of your own home!

The event will be held via digital platform ; you will receive details on how to connect from Common Sense Media when you register.

Sponsored by MPCSD and Common Sense Media, this talk will address concerns like managing screen time and digital well-being, teaching kids to act safely, responsibly, and kindly online, getting a smartphone, and keeping up with social media. We will provide step-by-step instructions for setting up parental and privacy controls!

Advance registration is requested here . Questions? Email Theresa Fox here .

Online Auction Ends Tomorrow Night!

The Online Auction here (open to everyone) ends Monday, March 16 at 9:00 pm.
Last Call for Bidding!  
Check out the fantastic array of exciting travel items, self care packages, sports experiences, family activities, teacher parties, kids camps and so much more! 

Bid on Online Auction Items here
To donate to this year’s Fund-A-Need “Visual & Performing Arts” here theme , visit here . There will be special drawings for Fund-A-Need donors at these levels:
  • All $5,000 donors will be entered to win $250 gift certificate to Sundance, The SteakHouse here
  • All $1,000 fund-a-need donors will be entered to win a $200 gift certificate to Zola here
  • All $100 fund-a-need donors will be entered to win a 25-class pack to Barry’s here
Winners of the special drawings will be announced in newsletters after the online auction closes.
To see a virtual message from our Celebrity Auctioneer, Liam Mayclem see here .
Review auction rules here .

To preview the auction before it opens, see the Bidding For Good website here . For more information and other updates, refer to the MPAEF website here .
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!

Cameron L. Aboudara DDS MS here

Community News
M-A Drama Presents: "Peter and the Starcatcher" March 13-15, 20-22 is c anceled with plans to reschedule for a later date.
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