Volume 33 | 25 April 2021
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Sunday, April 25
Priority elective registration extended through today here

Monday, April 26
Blue students on campus this week

New PE/Elective classes for students

Hillview After-School Athletics, basketball registration here

Become a WEB leader, applications for 7th grade students in Schoology

Join the Hillview Site Council, apply here

Friday, April 30
No School - Staff Collaborative Day

WEB Applications due, 7th grade students, in Schoology

Saturday, May 1
Schoolhouse Rocks Run Around the World
(through May 16)
Looking Ahead
Monday, May 3
Join the Hillview Site Council, application due

Teacher Appreciation Week
(through May 7)

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

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

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


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Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Families,

I hope this Sunday’s newsletter finds you well. I want to alert you to some changes to our calendar for the final week of school, June 7-11. The week prior to this, June 1-4, is an In-Person B week, which means that on Friday, June 4, we will have completed the two-week instructional cycle. In the following week, therefore, there is no new content to teach, and that week had been an In-Person A week. We are making an adjustment to June 7-11 as follows:

  • The schedule for 6th and 7th graders that week will be A, A, B, B, A. The main change to note here is that Wednesday and Thursday, June 9 and 10, are now In-Person B days, with GOLD students on campus and BLUE students learning from home.

  • All hybrid 8th graders will attend school Monday - Thursday, June 7-10, but for half-days. BLUE 8th graders will attend in the morning, and GOLD hybrid 8th graders will attend in the afternoon. Friday morning will be virtual for 8th graders, as they will be presenting their “Hillv-YOU” capstone projects before our afternoon graduation events. Exact times for the am/pm sessions will be forthcoming.

  • The schedules of at-home students will reflect the in-person schedule this week.

The final week of school is always about class parties, reflective activities, and saying goodbye to students. With our adjustment to the final week, we’ll now be able to give our GOLD students a fond send-off. Please note that Friday, June 11 is a minimum day, with staggered early releases depending on grade level (see our School Hours and Schedules webpage here, at the very bottom, for Minimum Day schedules).

Students on campus June 7-11
Thank you, and a reminder to current 6th and 7th grade families, we have extended the deadline for priority elective registration to today, Sunday, April 25. If you have not already sat down with your child, selected preferences, and submitted the form, please do so today. All the information you need can be found on our Electives and Course Offerings webpage here.

All the best,

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 Monday, May 3. More information is provided here. Questions? Contact Karen Dearing here
The Schoolhouse Rocks Run Around the World

The run is back this year, in virtual format. Help raise funds for our school district by lacing up and clocking miles. Every little bit helps! For more information, check out the flyer here.
Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3 - 7
A Note from Mr. Haug

Did you know that national Teacher Appreciation Week is around the corner? We are only one week away from this annual celebration of our amazing teaching staff. You may be assured that the school and the PTO will take good care of teachers during this week, especially in light of their heroic efforts this year. I also encourage families and students to begin thinking about how they would like to express their gratitude. What means the most to teachers is when students and families take the time to notice all the things they do to build relationships, make learning engaging, and much, much more. Thoughtful notes that highlight a teacher’s efforts are appreciated and treasured. What teachers have made a difference in your child’s school experience this year? Engage your child in this conversation and ask them how they would like to show their thanks.
App Update Needed

Update your ParentSquare mobile app to the latest version.

Sign In As of Tuesday, April 20, you were automatically logged out of the website and app and will need to log back in to access the Health Screener and other features.

Confirm Upon logging in, you will have the option to confirm information, edit information (this will send your updated information to the front office of your school), or skip the process for now.

Combine Existing Accounts If you receive an invitation email or text, this may mean that you have more than one account. Open the invitation and click the link, "Sign in to Combine Existing Account." You can also combine accounts later in My Account settings.

Thank you for verifying your contact information in ParentSquare and helping us ensure accurate communications. Reach out to Theresa Fox here for assistance.

PTO News
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!
PTO General Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 5, 9:00 am, via Zoom here

This meeting will review the proposed budget for 2021-22 as well as the approval of the 2021-22 Board slate proposed below. 

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.

Nilou Tarani
Nilou is Hillview’s school psychologist and this is her first year at Hillview. Nilou enjoys swimming, hiking and reading.
Favorite Quote: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

Favorite Movie: Persona

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: French Vanilla
Favorite Subjects as a Middle School Student: Literature
Words of Wisdom for Hillview Students: The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall (by Nelson Mandela)

What you probably didn’t know about me: I like spiders.

Programs & Activities
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!
Become a WEB Leader
Applications for current 7th Grade Students
through April 30

Where Everybody Belongs is a national middle school transition and orientation program. WEB leaders welcome the 6th grade class on WEB day, Wednesday, August 18, and support them throughout their first year at Hillview.
Apply to be a WEB leader!
  • Join the WEB Application Course in Schoology
  • Go to Courses, then select My Courses
  • Click "Join A Course" with the following code: R6HW-G2XM-HZ2CB

The application will open April 19, and close April 30. Here are more tips on how to "Join A Course." If you have any technical issues, contact Mrs. Connelly (CC) here.
Dates for the 2021-2022 school year for our WEB Team:

Wednesday, August 11: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, WEB Leader Training via Zoom
Thursday, August 12: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, WEB Leader Training on campus 
Wednesday, August 18: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, WEB Day with 6th grade students
5th Grade Visit will take place sometime in May (advanced notice will be given)

Hillview After-School Athletics
Basketball Registration NOW OPEN

Register here on TeamSnap. Hillview PTO is offering a 4-week outdoor basketball program that focuses on skills and drills with some intramural competition. There will be 8 sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm held at the Hillview outdoor courts. The program begins Monday, May 3 and will run through Wednesday, May 26.   

After registration is completed, students will be placed in "grade-level teams'' for both boys and girls. The program will follow state and local COVID-19 protocols. In compliance with the California Department of Public Health guidelines here, students currently participating in another athletic team/club will not be able to participate. Price is $40 for the four week program. We are unable to prorate the cost on a per session basis. Scholarships are available for qualified students via Hillview school counselors here. Questions? Email here.

Parenting Series
Teen Substance Abuse Prevention
A series of five: April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26, each will run from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Register here.

The flyers provide all the details in English here and in Spanish here.
School Board Meeting April 15

At its regular April meeting, the Board heard input from Superintendent Burmeister and campaign consultants about the amount, duration, and ballot language for the upcoming replacement parcel tax. While no final decisions were made, the Board coalesced around an amount of $598 and a likely duration of 12 years. Superintendent Burmeister will take Board feedback on ballot language and return at the May meeting with various language options, ranging from more general to specific items that the parcel tax could support. The Board is scheduled to vote on parcel tax language, amount, and duration on May 13.

Superintendent Burmeister presented the findings of the parent spring dial down survey as well as other input about the potential of bringing students back more fully to campus. Parent desire for a full return of hybrid students was strong for grades 2-5, with over 92% of hybrid parents wanting students to attend every day. Parent support indicated over 60% in kindergarten and middle school prefer to stay with the current hybrid model. The Board decided to dial down the response for Grades 2-5, returning hybrid students to class daily as early as April 26. Please refer to Superintendent Burmeister's ParentSquare message from Saturday morning for more details. The Board did not approve a further dial down for grades K, 6, 7 and 8. The Board voted to use COVID funds to offer more support, or potentially learning pods, to allow students in grades K and 6-8 to come to school more fully, supervised by MPCSD and/or our childcare partner staff, without changing the current hybrid schedules. See the pandemic response presentation deck here.

In other updates, the multi-year budget projection was shared, highlighting the importance of cost savings and a replacement parcel tax especially in the out years. See the budget summary here. The enrollment numbers for Fall 2021 are looking very similar to current numbers, with an overall projected increase of 14 students. See the enrollment projections here.


Schoolhouse Rocks Run Around the World! 
Even 5 time Olympic gold swimming champion Katie Ledecky is excited about this year’s Run! See here for the short video!
Run Route Ideas Near Your School!
Not sure how far you want to run, walk, bike, skip, parkour? Want to bump into some other families while running? Click here for a variety of 1-, 2- and 3-mile loops that start at or near each of the schools. We've picked these routes to help guide you and steer clear of (most) traffic. Every mile we run as a community counts towards our goal of walking 21,000 miles around the world! See you out there! Registration for the run here.

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

The Bohannon Group Foundation here
Peninsula Pet Hospital here

Community News

Boy Scouts of America Scouts BSA 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.
Legends Summer Baseball Camp The 2021 Legends Summer Baseball Camp is an unforgettable 5 day experience where campers ages 7-13 develop new skills, friendships and a deep love for baseball! Perfect for both beginners and experienced all stars, Legends Baseball has a perfect Covid safety track record and over a decade of experience running fun, memorable and safe camps! Register here for the 2021 Legends Summer Baseball Camp at Encinal Elementary! 

Stanford University Covid Research Registry Stanford University is currently conducting research on COVID vaccines and children. If you would like your children to participate in the vaccine trials, sign up here at the Stanford Covid Research Registry.

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