Volume 1 | 16 August 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday August 17
iPad and materials pick-up, 6th-grade and new families,
A-D 9:00-10:30; E-L 10:30-12:00; M-S 1:00-2:30; T-Z 2:30-4:00

Small group tours, 6th grade and new families, optional, required sign-up in Hillview School News section

Orientation, 6th grade families, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, (NEW TIME), via Zoom

Tuesday, August 18
Orientation, 7th-grade families, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, via Zoom

Wednesday, August 19 
W.E.B. Day, 6th grade, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom

Ask Away!, 6th-grade girls, 12:15 pm, via Zoom

Materials pick-up, 7th and 8th grade (optional),
A-D 9:00-10:30; E-L 10:30-12:00; M-S 1:00-2:30; T-Z 2:30-4:00

Orientation, 7th and 8th grade new families, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, via Zoom

Orientation, 8th-grade families, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, via Zoom

Thursday, August 20
First day of school, A-week schedule

Friday, August 21
Second day of school, B-week schedule


Quicklinks at bottom of newsletter
Hillview School News
Hillview School Orientation
Hillview is hosting grade-level orientations via Zoom to help answer the many questions families might have going into this year. Zoom information was sent via email and is available on the Back-to-School Page here.

  • Monday, August 17, 6th-Grade Family Orientation, 6:30 - 7:30 (NEW TIME), via Zoom

  • Tuesday, August 18, 7th-Grade Family Orientation, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, via Zoom

  • Wednesday, August 19, 7th and 8th Grade New Families Orientation 3:00 - 4:00 pm, via Zoom

  • Wednesday, August 19, 8th Grade Family Orientation, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, via Zoom
Welcome Week
6th-Grade and New Families 
Monday, August 17 - August 19

Hillview would like to welcome you, our 6th grade students and new students, with activities that are designed to introduce you to the Hillview community.  

Come to campus to pick up your iPads, textbooks, and a fun welcome “swag bag”. Students may bring two guests, limited for social distancing, at the designated time by last name:

A-D 9:00-10:30; E-L 10:30-12:00; M-S 1:00-2:30; T-Z 2:30-4:00

You will need two documents reviewed, printed, and signed in order to pick-up to your iPad. Either bring the documents to iPad pick-up or print and sign the last page of each handbook and email the signed pages to Danielle O'Brien here.

  1. Hillview iPad Handbook- last page here
  2. New Student and Parent Hybrid and Distance Learning Handbook signature page here

We offer the recommended, optional iPad insurance, purchased here provided by MPCSD.

We recommend that students bring along a piece of paper with their name clearly printed to present to the iPad and textbook stations. With masks it can be hard to hear and understand everyone.

Remember that masks required on campus.

If you are unable to come at your specific time, make other arrangements with the office.
Small Group Tours for 6th grade and new Families
Monday, August 17, sign-up

Sign up for optional tours given by our WEB team (Where Everybody Belongs). Families of three members (including the student) per tour slot to ensure social distancing. 
Tours A-D Sign up here
Tours E-L Sign up here
Tours M-S Sign up here
Tours T-Z Sign up here
Volunteer opportunity: Interested in helping with the 6th-Grade Tour/Materials Pick-Up, visit here.
W.E.B. Day for 6th Grade Students
Wednesday, August 19, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom

We encourage all 6th grade students to participate in our first-ever virtual W.E.B. Day!

Join our team of 8th grade students for a fun morning filled with ice breakers, Q&As, and what it’s like to be a Hillview Hawk! Zoom information was emailed to families and is available on our Incoming 6th Grade Resources page here.
"Ask Away!" Program for 6th Grade Girls! 
Wednesday, August 19, 12:15 - 1:15 pm, via Zoom

Two of our 8th grade WEB Leaders, Abbie and Lauren, will host an opportunity for incoming 6th-grade girls. It will be a small group (about 5-6) and a great place to meet new friends and get questions answered. If your 6th grade daughter would like to join, or you have any questions, RSVP email Abbie here or Lauren here. Hope to hear from you!
7th and 8th Grade Opportunities
Textbook Pick-Up 
Wednesday, August 19, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

7th and 8th grade students, who prefer to use a physical textbook versus the online textbook, have the option to pick them up at school. 

Students may bring two guests, limited for social distancing, at the designated time by last name:

A-D 9:00-10:30; E-L 10:30-12:00; M-S 1:00-2:30; T-Z 2:30-4:00

Bring two documents with you and your 2019-20 ASB card (or a paper with name clearly printed) to present to the iPad and textbook stations:

  • Hillview iPad Handbook last page here reviewed, printed, and signed
  • New Student and Parent Hybrid and Distance Learning Handbook, last page here

Or you may print and sign the last page of each handbook and email the signed pages to Danielle O'Brien here before you attend.

Remember that masks are required on campus.
Required Vaccinations - 7th Grade Students

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is closely following the rate of immunization during the Covid-19 pandemic; immunization requirements will remain in place, even during Distance Learning. All incoming 7th-grade students in the 2020-21 school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster shot (Tdap), administered on or after the 7th birthday (Td does not meet the requirement). Schools are a mechanism through which the state ensures public health and herd immunity, so we all need to do our part.
  • Provide an updated copy of your student's immunization record with your student's first and last name, date of birth, and proof of Tdap administered on or after the 7th birthday

  • The updated vaccination record should be received in the District Office before the first day of school on Thursday, August 20, 2020

  • If you are unable to meet this deadline, but are actively pursuing the immunization, we will extend your deadline to September 4. If you have not submitted proof of your child's TDAP immunization by September 4, your child will be disenrolled from MPCSD until we do receive it. We recommend that families immediately contact their health providers to set up appointments if they have not already done so.

  • If you received a notice stating that your child has unrecorded vaccinations for any immunization (Tdap, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella (chicken pox), and/or needs a signed, written statement for a permanent medical exemption, you must also provide that information with the proof of Tdap booster.
Do not highlight or mark the vaccination record. 
Provide the record by email to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant here, mail to the attention of Nancy McMahon, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton CA 94027, or by fax to 650-292-2200.
Materials and Library books from last year
Must return by Thursday, August 20

If your family still has not returned textbooks and library books from last year, come to the office immediately to return them. This year’s students need them! After August 20, any unreturned items will result in a bill to your family.

2019-20 Yearbooks
Available in the office, waiting for pick-up for those families that purchased.
Hillview School Information
Schedules and School Hours 
Hillview and MPCSD is following a 2-week schedule. All students will have an “A” Week and a “B” Week.

Students will be divided into two groups, the BLUE group and the GOLD group. The group determines what courses students will take during their A Week and B Week. To see the schedule by group (BLUE or GOLD), visit School Hours & Schedule here.

Families will receive an email stating which group, BLUE or GOLD, their student is in. Student class schedules will be published by Wednesday, August 18.
2020-21 Parent and Student Hybrid and Distance Learning Handbook

Each year, Hillview asks students and families to read and agree to our handbook, which explains all our expectations. This year, we are providing a condensed version of these expectations that are most important to starting the year successfully in a distance or hybrid blended learning mode.

Sit down with your student and read our 2020-21 Parent and Student Hybrid and Distance Learning Handbook here. Print and sign the last page to acknowledge that both student and parent understand the expectations.

  • Print and sign the last the last page of the handbook (along with the last page of the Hillview iPad handbook) and email the signed pages to Danielle O'Brien here.

  • 6th-grade students can deliver this document at iPad pickup as one of two required signature pages (the other being the iPad Handbook signature page here to receive their iPads

  • 7th and 8th grade students can deliver this document if they pick up textbooks on August 19. Or the document should be delivered to school when school is in hybrid mode. Students will need to do a verbal acknowledgement with their first period teacher when distance learning begins on August 20 and 21.
FAQ for 2020-21 School Reopening

Hillview has composed a running list of Frequently Asked Questions around school reopening planning, learning models, schedules, and more. Visit 2020-21 Reopening FAQ here for more information.
School Supplies List
A comprehensive list of recommended school supplies compiled by your Hillview staff is here. For students who cannot obtain particular supplies, email Cathy Garragozzo, front office, here. Hillview will be happy to provide them.
New Hillview Spirit Wear Store
Hillview Middle School has recently joined SquadLocker to offer Hillview spirit wear! 

T-shirts, sweatshirts, pj bottoms, bags, and even face masks are available and will ship directly to your home. New items will be added often.

Let’s show our Hawk pride! 20% off your order starting on Sunday, August 16 (expires August 30) by using the code HILLVIEW20 at checkout. Visit the Hillview Middle School Spiritwear shop here
2020-21 ASB Card, PE clothes, Yearbooks on hold

ASB Card, PE clothes, and 2020-21 Yearbooks purchases are currently on hold.

Our goal is to be able to provide these purchases during the school year when our students return to campus, so stay tuned for more information.
PTO News
We got this Hawks!

We wouldn’t be able to start the year off without taking a moment to recognize the gratitude we all feel for our amazing Hillview staff. When this pandemic began, Hillview was given little notice to shift very quickly to distance learning and figure out how to keep students engaged. Just like the rest of us, they had to balance home life and how to do their life’s work from afar while simultaneously caring for their own families, graciously navigating their own worries and stress over the pandemic while also converting their homes into virtual classrooms and offices. We also recognize that for many of them their summers were far from normal and were filled with countless hours of planning and replanning and just like us, waiting in anticipation and stress to know how we would be allowed to start off our 2020/2021 school year. We consider ourselves beyond blessed to have such dedicated and hard working staff members at Hillview. Thank you for everything you do!

While the start of our 2020/2021 school year may be disappointing to all of us, we know the spirit of the community will rise above these challenging times and come out stronger and more resilient because of it. The PTO team has been working on ways to adapt to the changes and come up with some creative ideas to help bring us all together. Our athletics team is developing new ways to offer Hillview athletics for the start of the year virtually, we partnered with ASB to offer a new and convenient way to purchase spirit wear and have been working on more detailed ongoing information on our website so parents have up to date resources to refer to as state and county guidelines change and our students schedules adapt to these changes.

Our commitment to the staff and our Hillview community is inviolable. We also really need your support now more than ever. Our One Community Campaign - the annual fundraising effort between the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) is in full swing. We know these times have been challenging for all of us, our hope is we will come together and each family will be able to contribute whatever amount is most meaningful to you. Thank you for considering donating to our ongoing support to our Hillview staff and students. More information here.

Ailson Matthews and Tricia Mulcahy, Hillview PTO Co-Presidents
Volunteer at Hillview 2020-2021

This year looks different than past years, but our teachers and students need us more than ever! To get a sense of the different types of opportunities available and to express interest, visit Volunteer at Hillview here.

Checking a box on the form only indicates interest, not commitment. Closer to the time of the event, coordinators will contact those interested to confirm availability. Given the uncertainty of the year, volunteer opportunities may have to be changed or canceled, so we appreciate your support and flexibility.

Email our volunteer coordinator, Kelly Morehead here with any questions.

Programs & Activities
Hillview Library
Hillview Summer Reading

Over the summer, Hillview students were encouraged to read, read, read! The minimum reading requirement is two chapter books that students have not read before, but we hope students read more! Here is a review of the information about Hillview's Summer Reading. 

All students will turn in the list of books they read over the summer the first or second week of school. Seventh and eighth grade students have a short book review assignment to turn in. 

eBooks and audiobooks available through the Sora app 

Here is a video on how to access Sora eBooks and audiobooks through your school iPad. Note: Hillview Digital Library on Sora here can be accessed from any computer, tablet or smartphone. If you have any questions, email Aimee Mathenia, Hillview Librarian, here.
Requesting books for 2020! 
We want to keep your kids reading throughout the year. If your student needs books, the Hillview Library will offer curbside pick up. We will start by offering this to one grade at a time. : 

  • 8th Grade: Submit a request for books using the form here by August 17 at noon. Pick up books on Tuesday, August 18 or Wednesday, August 19

  • 7th Grade: Submit a request for books with the form here by August 19 at noon. Pick up books on Friday, August 20 or Monday, August 24

  • 6th Grade: Submit a request for books with the form here by August 24 at noon. Pick up books on Tuesday, August 25 or Wednesday, August 26.
Hillview ASP
Fall 2020 
Enrollment begins on August 15 and ends on September 11
After-School Program (ASP) enrollment has moved to a single online portal called Homeroom. Visit Homeroom here for more information on individual programs, vendors, and registration.
After-School Lacrosse and virtual fitness
French Club – intermediate/ advanced speakers
The following vendors are also offering virtual after school programs. You can visit their websites for more information and registration:
Starfire Education
Starfire will be offering Starfire Coding, Math, Art and Design, and Electrical Engineering classes in our virtual classroom via Zoom. Register by visiting here.
Omega Teaching - Writing Workshop
Omega Teaching will offer online writing classes. For more information and to enroll visit here
After-School Sports

MPCSD has announced that all Hillview after-school sports are on hold until further notice here per the 2020-21 School Reopening Plan document from Friday, July 31.

Hillview after-school sports is looking into creating a sport activity online platform. Stay tuned to the newsletter and the website for further information. 
Welcome back to school! 

Our teachers and staff are excited to meet your students and plan for a strong start to school in Distance Learning mode. The District sincerely thanks all parents for their attention over the summer to the reopening discussion and helping us by answering our surveys. We know this is not an easy time and decisions are emotional and personal and we appreciate your support.

Thank you for being such a wonderful community. We look forward to journeying through the 2020-21 year together.
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