Volume 34 | 2 May 2021
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, May 3
Gold students on campus this week

Hillview Site Council application due here

Schoolhouse Rocks Run Around the World
(through May 16)

Teacher Appreciation Week
(through May 7)

Relay for Life grade-wide fundraising contest
(through May 7)

Tuesday, May 4
District English Learner Advisory Committee, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Zoom here

Wednesday, May 5
Hillview PTO General Meeting, 9:00 am, via Zoom here

7th Grade Opportunities - ASB Student Council, HVTV, HawkTalk, mandatory parent/student information meeting, 6:00 - 6:45 pm, Zoom here

Thursday, May 6
Gold week lunchtime Relay activity by cohort

Friday, May 7 
Deadline to submit an act for May 21 Talent Show in Schoology

Looking Ahead
Monday, May 10
Kidpower Community Safety for Hillview students, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Zoom here

Tuesday, May 11
School Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Zoom

Thursday, May 13
Blue week lunchtime Relay activity by cohort

MPCSD Board Meeting, Open Session, 5 :00 pm

Friday, May 14
Virtual Relay for Life Celebration, 6:30 pm, here

Friday, May 21
Deadline to order 8th grade graduation gown

Friday, June 11
8th Grade Graduation event


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Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Families,

We’ve made it to May, and I hope you are already “running around the world” in support of this year’s MPAEF Schoolhouse Rocks Run! Looking ahead this month, Hilllview’s annual Open House is scheduled for Thursday, May 27. Because we regrettably cannot welcome you on to campus this year to view exhibits of your child’s learning, we have reimagined the event with a reflection activity for our students. Starting May 10 for BLUE students and May 17 for GOLD students, teachers will share the Open House Reflection assignment, and it will be the student’s responsibility to complete the work over the next week. They will have the days of May 24 - 27 to polish it up, and on the evening of Thursday, May 27, their job is to share their reflective assignment with you! Their presentation should have examples of work and photos linked to make for a rich conversation. We’ll also have some virtual programming for you to frame the evening. Be sure to mark your calendars and talk it up with your child in the weeks leading up to May 27.

8th Grade Families, be sure to scroll down to see details about our in-person graduation event on Friday, June 11. We have planned a festive, celebratory on-campus experience, where students will walk a route to receive their diplomas in person on stage, accompanied by their guests. Note your academy’s time slot and how to prepare.

Finally, as the coming week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, I wish to remind all families that it is the perfect opportunity for your child or you to reach out to one or more teachers and express appreciation for their heroic efforts this year. Teachers cherish these personal notes and take inspiration from them. Thank you.

All the best,

Kidpower Community Safety for Hillview Students
Monday, May 10:00 - 6:00 pm, Zoom here

Hillview is partnering with Kidpower to put on a parent education night to help with some community safety issues that have cropped up recently. If you are free on Monday, May 10 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, join us on Zoom here for an informative and engaging session on public safety, family safety plans, and student empowerment!

The flyer provides more information here.
Hillview Site Council Seeking Parents Interested in Serving! 
 The Hillview Site Council, an advisory group of staff, teachers, parents, and students continues to seek parent volunteers to serve a two-year term beginning in the fall of 2021. If you've ever thought about how to get involved at Hillview but don't have a lot of spare time on your hands, this is a great group to join! Interested parents should submit their nominations by tomorrow Monday, May 3. More information is provided here. Questions? Contact Karen Dearing here

8th Grade Parent and Student News
Class of 2021 News In-Person Graduation Event

Plans to honor our graduating 8th graders are quickly developing and we will continue to update parents as these plans unfold. Hillview is excited to announce that we will be holding an in-person graduation event on Friday, June 11. The event will be a graduation “walk” culminating in graduates receiving their diplomas on stage. Friends and family may attend the event and walk with their graduate. More guidance and details on the event will be provided soon. But for planning purposes here is the proposed schedule of the day:

2:30-2:50 arrival: Trailblazers Blue
2:50-3:10 arrival: Trailblazers Gold 
3:30 Trailblazers ends
3:50-4:10 arrival: Explorers Blue
4:10-4:30 arrival: Explorers Gold 
4:50 Explorers ends
5:10-5:30 arrival Pioneers Blue
5:30-5:50 arrival Pioneers Gold (including Distance Learning Students and A/B Students)
6:10 Pioneers ends
Graduation Gowns
During the ceremony, all of our 8th graders will wear blue graduation gowns either for purchase from Herff Jones or borrowed from the school. While not as formal as a high school or college graduation that involves a “cap,” Hillview’s ceremony includes this added element of pomp and circumstance and provides a feeling of uniformity and purpose for this special occasion.  

If you choose to purchase a gown follow these steps:
1 - Go to Herff Jones here
2 - Click on the link that says “Gown”
3 - Click “Add to Cart”
4 - Click “Continue Shopping”
5 - If you are ready to check out go to CART at the top of the page and follow the prompts to check out (sizing information will be collected at check out)

* If you are ordering more than one gown, you will need to place separate orders in order to ensure the sizing is accurate.

Order by May 21 to avoid expedited shipping charges. All gowns are SHIPPED TO THE SCHOOL and will be ready for pick up the week of June 7.

For students who are borrowing gowns, you will indicate this during graduation registration (coming soon) and gowns will be available for pick up the week of June 7. More details on pick up times to follow.

PTO News
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week May 3-7

This week is our chance to honor the incredible teachers, as well as every member of our hardworking Hillview staff. This past year has been incredibly challenging to say the least for our HIllview community. Our staff has worked around the clock to keep up with safety protocols including physical distancing, mapped pathways, temperature checks, handwashing, the list just to operate has been long and tedious yet they have made it work in such and amazing way since last October while many schools around the state are just starting to open their doors for in person instruction. We are truly in awe of their hard work and dedication to our kids.

The Hillview PTO always has a tradition of spoiling our staff every year during teacher appreciation week and this year is no exception. We have a lot of fun things in store to spoil our staff. From a coffee cart, to sweet treats, to a food truck with an amazing menu and additional personalized gifts, we are hoping to shower our staff with the attention and appreciation they deserve.

While the PTO does their part to show our staff appreciation we also strongly encourage our Hillview families to do the same. Please encourage your kids to send messages of appreciation either virtually or in person or decide for yourself how you would like to express your gratitude to any of our amazing hard working staff members.

Let's make sure to make this year's Teacher Appreciation Week the best we possibly can!


Alison Matthews and Tricia Mulcahy
PTO Presidents
PTO General Meeting
Wednesday, May 5, 9:00 am, via Zoom here

Proposed 2021-22 PTO Board
Rollover positions in bold

This PTO General meeting will review the proposed 2021-22 budget and the approval of the proposed 2021-22 PTO Board slate above. 
Hillview Spirit Wear Store - 20% Off Spring Styles
Starting today through May 9 the Hillview Spirit Wear store here powered by Squadlocker here is offering 20% off your order using the code Hawk20
Get your gear this spring and show your Hawk pride!

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.

Courtney Thomas
Courtney is a paraeducator and has been at Hillview for two years. When not in the classroom she enjoys reading, coloring, and keeping up with her shows.

Favorite Quote: Enjoy the little things.

Favorite Movie: Anything Marvel or Harry Potter

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Rocky Road
Favorite Subjects as a Middle School Student: History

Words of Wisdom for Hillview Students: I want students to be courageous, bold, and not afraid to speak their mind when they have feelings about topics however I also believe that there are some battles not worth fighting. My advice is choose the battles you think are worth it. Your mental health is way more important than any battle that you can face. 
What you probably didn’t know about me: I have lived in three different parts of California. Born and raised in Southern California, undergrad in Northern California, and now living in the Bay Area. 

Programs & Activities
Hillview Service Team
Lunchtime Relay for Life Activity
Grade-wide Fundraising Contest

Thanks to your students who have joined Relay and stepped up to fight cancer! This year we join together as one Hillview team to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Who will raise the most money this week - 6th, 7th or 8th graders? Winners will be announced on Hawk Talk!

The pandemic may have shut down much of our lives, but it didn't shut down cancer for many families needing treatment, care and hope. As we bring the FUN into Fundraising for this important cause, we are excited that loosening COVID constraints will allow for a lunchtime Relay for Life Activity! Students will "relay" around the track with their cohorts one lunch period during their in-person week, culminating in a virtual celebration of our efforts on May 14.
No need to wait for our May 14 deadline to participate! Hillview's fundraising link is above, and anybody can donate. Just make sure to enter your student's name in the comments section so they get credit and we can properly thank you! Students who want to learn more, get fundraising tips or join Relay for life can sign up via their school email or email here.
HVTV/ASB Student Council/HawkTalk
7th Grade Student Opportunities for 2021-2022

Parent and Student Information Meeting, Wednesday, May 5, 6:00 - 6:45 pm, Zoom here

Attention current 7th graders and parents! Have you considered joining ASB Student Council or running our award winning broadcast studio, HVTV and HawkTalk for 2021-2022.

Learn more about the application process, the election, and ask questions about this exciting leadership opportunity. Did you know there is a group position that doesn't require an election at all called "The Cabinet"? Note: This is for current 7th graders and their parents only.
The first half will be showcasing our Schoology code and how to join the candidate pool. We will review job responsibilities for each position and some of the before/after school requirements (don't worry...we can work around any schedule!). We will also go over the application and some modifications due to the pandemic. 

This meeting is required for all candidates with at least one parent. If you cannot attend this meeting, contact Brian Darmanin here or Katrina Hagg here prior to May 5 so that we can discuss these important materials.
ASB Talent Show
The Talent Show is approaching! Make sure to submit by May 7 in preparation for the May 21 talent show! We can’t wait to see your talent, whether it is a video of you baking, dancing, singing, playing an instrument, creating any type of art, or anything else! Although no acts will be cut from the show, we are asking that videos submitted are 60 seconds or less to be fair to all student submissions! If you submit something longer, we may have to edit/shorten your video to a 60-second highlight only. Consider singing a portion of your favorite song or doing a dance to only a part of the song. This allows more time for all.

To continue to get announcements about the Talent Show and the link for submissions, join the Schoology Group with the code: PBRR-557X-KJ275

We can’t wait to see your talent!

District English Learner Advisory Committee
Tuesday, May 4, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Zoom here

DELAC is a committee for the parents of students who are learning English. At our May meeting, Ashley Guilliot, counselor at Laurel, will be discussing “Courageous conversations: How to talk to your children about race and racism.” In addition, we will be reviewing how to read about your child’s results on the ELPAC score report that will be mailed home later this spring.

Spring Summative Testing

During the spring, students in grades 3-8 and 11 in California usually participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP testing system. These tests provide important information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ academic progress.

Due to challenges of the pandemic, the California Department of Education advised districts to determine the “most viable option” for assessing students this spring, by administering the statewide summative assessment (CAASPP) or local assessments.   

Throughout this pandemic-year, MPCSD has remained student-centered in our approach to serving our students and families. We recognize that the most viable option in MPCSD is to administer local assessments in order to prioritize students’ in-person time on instruction as well as due to the technological challenges of remote state testing for our Virtual Academy students. This plan was approved by MPCSD’s school board on April 15, 2021.

As a result, this spring MPCSD students will take benchmark assessments in reading (SRI), writing (local benchmark), and math (3rd-5th local benchmark, 6th-8th Mathematics Diagnostics Testing Project) that will provide teachers with diagnostic information about student learning during hybrid and distance learning. MPCSD will administer the CAA ELA, Math and Science to students with moderate to severe learning disabilities, as designated in their Individual Education Plan (IEP) in grades 3-8 to students who are receiving in-person instruction.

If you wish to discuss your child’s progress or have questions about spring testing, please contact your child’s teacher. 
MPCSD Joins Instagram

Hey MPCSD fans! Your favorite school district now uses Instagram to feature fun photos from daily life here in MPCSD. Search for mpcsdinsta to find us! Got a great pic from your school? Send photos here to help us keep the account fresh. No photos of students' faces. You must provide approval for photos of your own children. See you on the 'gram!
Learn about Teen Substance Abuse Prevention

A Parenting Series on preventing teen substance abuse presented Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Join us by registering here.

May 5: How to Talk to Your Teen
May 12: “Normal” Adolescent Development
May 19:Basics of Substance Use: When Should I Worry? How to Identify Signs
May 26:Trauma: How to Define it, Impacts on Teens and Intersection with Substance Us

The flyers provide all the details in English here and in Spanish here.

On your marks, get set, go! 

You can still register for the run!
Schoolhouse Rocks Run Around the World!
May 1-16, 2021

Here is a new video. The kids are getting excited about this year’s run!
It’s not too late! You can still register here. 

Have questions about the registration process?   

Here are some FAQ’s to help you register for this fun event!

Two More Dates to Pick-up Your Schoolhouse Rocks Run T-Shirt!  
We have added 2 more dates/times that you can come to the MPAEF office at Encinal campus (181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton) next week if you registered for a Race T-shirt. Look for the "T-Shirt Pick-Up" sign hung outside one of the doors of the TERC building (adjacent to the District Office) and head inside to the MPAEF office. Shirt sizes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Tuesday, May 4: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Friday, May 7: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Looking for a run route near your school? Here is a variety of 1-, 2- and 3-mile loops that start at or near each of the schools.  

Every mile we run as a community counts towards our goal of walking 21,000 miles around the world! Hope to see you out there!

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift idea that also supports our schools?

“Pssst....Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 9!” 

Has she tried the Angels & Cowboys Brut Rosé? Wonderfully fresh, balanced, and complex, the inaugural Brut Rosé is the perfect way to celebrate Mom.

Through June 30, 2021, place an online order of award-winning wine from Share A Splash Wine Co. here using promo code MPAEF20 and receive 20% off your order. Plus 10% of your entire order goes back to our schools! And for all orders over $250, you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of Angels & Cowboys Brut Rosé.  
Place your order today here.
Delivery options: Delivered to your home for a shipping fee - or free pick-up available from Share A Splash Menlo Park office at 716 Oak Grove daily from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm M-F.
Support your school and beloved local institution: 
Galata Bistro! 
Mention “Menlo - Atherton Schools” when ordering dinner from Galata Bistro on Wednesdays in May and 15% of your entire order goes back to our schools!
Three easy ways enjoy dinner at Galata Bistro and earn 15% back to our schools:
  1. Dine in at Galata Bistro at 827 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
  2. Call (650) 322-1959 to place your take-out order
  3. Order dinner online for take-out via their website here.
** Don’t forget to mention “Menlo - Atherton Schools” when placing your order!
For more information, visit here.

We want to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for our business and realtor partners in the community.

Compass here
Sue Crawford, Realtor here

Community News

Boy Scouts of America Troop 109 is welcoming new scouts for the 2021-2022 scouting year. Boys entering 6th-8th grades in fall 2021 are welcome to join. Scouts can expect outdoor adventure, camping, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, Shooting Sports, Water Sports, Summer camp, and more while building new skills, participating in community service, and building character through teamwork and leadership. Join us for a virtual open house on Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 pm. Interested in joining or have questions, see here. Send an email here to register.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 222 is currently welcoming new scouts for the 2021-2022 year. Our Troop brings the same program and opportunities that boys have enjoyed for 110 Years to the young women in our community. Boys and girls entering 6th-8th grades in fall 2021 are welcome to join. Kids will enjoy developing strong friendships as well as organizational skills as they become troop leaders themselves in their high school years. Visit here or email here for more information.
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