Volume 37 | 17 May 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Sunday, May 17
Hawks Nest #5 here , weekly newsletter by students for students, and Hillview channel here

Thursday, May 21 
MDTP online math assessment,
6th-grade 10:00 - 11:00 am
7th-grade, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Hillview Open House - Canceled

Friday, May 22
Registration for electives for 2020-21 due, current 6th- and-7th grade students
Looking Ahead
Monday, June 8
8th-Grade Awards (by invitation only),
2:30 - 4:00 pm, Zoom event

Wednesday, June 10
iPad and Materials return, 8th-grade students and students not returning to Hillview
(through Thursday, June 11)

Friday, June 12
Hillview Graduation Celebration,
1:30 - 5:30 pm

Saturday, June 20
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits, applications due
(See MPCSD News below)

Wednesday, August 19
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap vaccinations due for incoming 7th-grade students, email document here

Thursday, August 20
First day of school, view MPCSD 2020-2021 instructional calendar here
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Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Families,

Happy weekend! Wow! Did you watch the Hillview Talent Show here last night? What a production and an amazing showcase of Hillview's talents! Big, big thanks to Activities Directors Brian Darmanain and Katrina Hagg, as well as our 8th-grade ASB, for all the time and energy put into this work. I'm so incredibly proud that we could find a way to connect our community through this annual highlight production, and it is a feel-good must-watch. You will be impressed and moved by our students' courage, creativity, and talent. In addition, there are a number of inspiring celebrity cameos, 8th grade-parent tributes to their children, and a special bonus from the Hillview staff - all woven together by emcees Dylan and Olivia. Again, Wow!

Not only did our ASB host a memorable and entertaining show last night, they also blew their $6,000 fundraising goal for Second Harvest Food Bank here out of the water. As of Saturday, the total raised was over $21,000! Thank you for your generosity. We have such a compassionate community.

As usual, be safe and be well. We miss you.

Best,

Willy
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MDTP Details  
Thursday, May 21

All 6th- and 7th-grade students, except those enrolled in Algebra or Geometry, will take an online math assessment, the MDTP, Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project.

The window for 6th-grade students is 10:00 - 11:00 am, and the window for 7th-grade students 11:00 am - 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 21. 

Hillview administers this assessment annually. The results from the MDTP will be one data point to inform our math placement decisions for next school year.

You will be receiving information from the MPCSD Data and Assessment department about how to log in. Your child will need the test code, as well as, first and last name , and an enrollment ID

If you believe that your child would benefit from an on-site, in-person MDTP assessment, reach out to your counselor. MPCSD will be hosting some in-person sessions in June as well.

Important Note : This assessment is meant to be 45 minutes in length, and we are giving all students one hour to complete it. When we get the results, we will be able to see how much time each student has spent on the assessment. Therefore, unless a student has extended time on assessments as documented in an IEP or 504 plan, we ask that students be on the honor system and keep within the hour time frame. The testing session will not automatically end after an hour.
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Registration for Electives 2020-21
Complete the form here by Friday, May 22 

It is time for current 6th- and 7th-grade students to indicate their elective course preferences for the 2020-21 school year via Google form. 

Choose from Visual, Performing, Technical Arts courses, World Language and Physical Education options. We ask that parents and students spend time this week reviewing our online course catalog here and discussing elective options.

All students who submit their choices by May 22 will have equal priority for electives. More information, including who to contact with questions, can be found within the form.

PowerSchool and IE Grades

Check PowerSchool and stay up to date on your student's grades. You may see a grade of IE, meaning Insufficient Evidence. 

IE indicates that there is not enough evidence to determine a grade. Any grades below 70% will be graded as an IE. Encourage your student to reach out to teachers if there are any questions. 
Electives and PE   
Encourage your students to complete their work for their PE and elective classes distance learning . The PE and elective teachers have engaging assignments during this time and look forward to connecting with students and seeing their work.
ACTION REQUIRED! Attention: Parents of Current 6th-Grade students
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Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination
Due Wednesday, August 19

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). 
 
In order to receive a class schedule and to avoid exclusion on the first day of school, provide an updated copy of your child's immunization record with your child's first and last name, date of birth, and proof of Tdap administered on or after the 7th birthday.

If you received a notice stating that your child has unrecorded vaccinations for 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 

The record must be received before class schedules are distributed and/or before the first day of school. Provide the record by email to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant here , or by fax to 650-292-2200. 

Visit the Shots for School website here f or more information.
8th-Grade Parent Information
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Graduation Plans 

We believe we have finally arrived at a plan to celebrate our 8th-grade students for all their accomplishments. There are some details to iron out before we share with you. More information to come this week.

Hillview will be having what is now termed a "vehicle-based gathering." We will need to work within the newly released San Mateo County health guidelines. We anticipate that the entire "ceremony," will take place over a 3-hour period, but each 8th-grade family will need to commit to only 60 - 90 minutes of time. For now, block out the time frame of 1:30 - 5:30 pm on June 12.
Scholarships
The Menlo Park Police Officers Association is offering a scholarship to students who embody motivation and commitment.

Their goal is to assist young adults whose well-rounded performance in academics and other activities indicate their potential to complete undergraduate studies or active duty military service to further their career choice in service to their country or community.

Scholarships are awarded in amounts up to $1,000 payable to an accredited college or university (for tuition, books and supplies) or to the recipient upon completion of military training.

Email Officer Victoria Trask here for more information.

Programs & Activities
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Block H Award

It's time for 6th-and 7th-grade students to tally up their Block H points in Hawks Nest Google Classroom here . Your student must be logged in to their student MPCSD to view.

Block H is an award tradition to recognize outstanding involvement and volunteer service to the community while attending Hillview.
Hillview Talent Show
Premiered Friday night on Youtube! But you can still check it out here .

To send gratitude to our ASB students, email it directly here

If the stream goes down, we will post a replacement link to an alternative platform on your Google Classroom Hawks Nest page.


MPCSD News
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Assistance for Families to Buy Food

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond has approved additional benefits for families who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch. Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will receive up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. The application for these benefits will be available in late May. Read more at the California Department of Social Services website here . Check the MPCSD website here regularly, we will update as additional information about the program becomes available.

You can reach out to us via our by email  here .

Community News
Calling all Hawks - Let's show our support!

Let's all support the local restaurants and businesses that support our schools.


This week's spotlight is Coffee Bar and Mardini's Deli Caf e. Click on logo for more information.
Virtual Girl Empowerment Workshop with Dr. Andra Blomkalns , Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford. Offered by Object, a youth-led organization on May 23, 9:30 - 10:15 am on Zoom. Open to girls in 6th-grade and up. Working to promote confidence in young girls. You can sign up here .
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