Volume 26 | 28 February 2021
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, February 28
Gold students on campus this week

Thursday, March 4
“Extreme Science" Virtual Assembly in 6th Grade Science

Friday, March 5
8th Grade Expectations and Graduation Requirements meeting, Blue students, 12:00 - 12:45 pm, Zoom

Yearbook orders - last day here, use Hillview number 10070

8th grade student's baby picture, last day to submit here, with code hillviewmiddle21, and information here

End of Trimester 2/Hexmester 4

Looking Ahead
Monday, March 8
Beginning of Trimester 3, new elective and PE classes begin

Tuesday, March 9
District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Zoom here

Wednesday, March 10
MPAEF "It's For the Kids" online auction
(through March 15)

Thursday, March 11
California Healthy Kids Survey, given in SMART or PE/Electives, for 6th and 7th grade students
(and Thursday, March 18)

Friday, March 12
Draw Together with Mark Kistler, workshop for K-3rd grade, 5:30 - 6:20 pm, and workshop for 4th-8th grade, 6:30 - 7:20 pm, Zoom

Monday, March 15 
MPCSD Speaker Series, "Are You Using Technology or is Technology Using You?”, 6:30 pm, Zoom register here

Submit your photos to the yearbook here with code hillviewmiddle21, information here.

Quicklinks bottom of newsletter

Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Families,

As February and Black History Month end, I feel it’s important to highlight some of the outstanding work our teachers have been engaged in this month - and in fact all year long - that relate to MPCSD’s commitment to creating anti-racist classrooms, schools, and communities. Among other efforts, Hillview teachers have shared the following:

  • We added the book Stamped this year-which helps kids look at various historical figures and their actions in relation to racism-the theme of the book revolves around 3 main definitions: racist, assimilationist, and anti-racist.
  • I taught the novel Blended by Sharon Draper while integrating the Teaching for Tolerance Social Justice Standards focused upon the domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action.
  • My unit this year was called ""Good Trouble...Justice Served"" as a nod to former U.S. Representative John Lewis. My students have learned about Black leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Nelson Mandela, and Harriet Tubman.
  • For Black History month, we studied, watched, and rendered our own version of Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb” on video.
  • As an ELA team, we are trying to choose material from voices not as often represented in the educational setting with The House on Mango Street by Chicana author Sandra Cisneros and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson about mass incarceration.
  • I have incorporated criminal justice into the science curriculum, specifically our drugs and the nervous system unit. My goal to introduce anti-racism into the science curriculum consists of examining the history of drug legislation, and through this taking note of the discrepancy in criminal sentencing between drugs and race.   

These quotes above are but a few of the rich examples that underscore Hillview’s work to teach students about systemic racism and white privilege, and I’m so proud that we have persevered with this work even during a pandemic year when teaching and learning is more challenging than ever.

Finally, I again wish to extend my gratitude to Hillview families for being so supportive of our need to move to an asynchronous learning day this past Wednesday, February 24, so that all in-person staff could receive their vaccines. In one month, on March 24, which will fall just prior to spring break during an in-person week for BLUE students, it may be time for us to get second doses, and/or recover from some of the stronger side effects of the second shot. Please make note of this, and we’ll be communicating more as soon as we have definitive information.

All the best,

Expectations and Graduation Requirements Meeting

We are bringing our 8th grade students together for a third trimester meeting about expectations and graduation requirements and a refresher on campus and Zoom protocols. 

Blue students will meet this Friday, March 5, 12:00 - 12:45 pm. Gold and virtual academy students met last Friday.

Social studies and world language classes will be asynchronous so all 8th grade students can join the call. Students will be informed of these mandatory meetings and changes in their classes.

Together with your help, we can ensure that all students attend. 

PTO News

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.

Johnna Becker
Johnna Becker is an instructional coach and has been at Hillview for one year. When not working with students and staff she enjoys gardening, exercising, reading, hiking, painting ceramics, and most recently raising chickens!
Favorite Quote: "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou said this and it is something I try to live by as well as encourage my students to live by. I was lucky enough to see Maya Angelou speak in person when I was in college at UCSD. She was very inspirational!

Favorite Movie: Bronx Tale

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Gold Medal Ribbon and Chocolate Peanut Butter

Favorite Subjects as a Middle School Student: Math and Art

Words of wisdom for Hillview students: My favorite sayings are *Mistakes are just opportunities to learn. *Asking for help is a sign of strength, and most importantly to *always make yourself proud. I often talk to my students about the process of learning and how we all make mistakes when we are learning something that is new.

Teachers want to help their students learn, but sometimes they don't know that a student needs help. I was always so happy when a student would ask for my help. It meant that I had developed a trusting relationship with the student. Everyday when I leave the house, I always tell my three sons to "make themselves proud". I think if you can make choices and decisions that make you proud, you will rest easy each night!
What you probably didn’t know about me: I have been to almost all 50 states. I drove around the country with my college roommate after graduation. We called it our "preview" tour. Since then, my family and I have been traveling back to some of my favorite spots from that trip. It has been fun to explore these places with my husband and my sons. It is my goal to make it to all 50 when the pandemic is over and we can travel again!

One more thing: This is my 20th year in the district and I'm thrilled to be a "newbie" at Hillview. I am learning so much from all of the wonderful staff and it's so fun to see my former students all grown up!

Programs & Activities

Hillview Art
Draw Together with Mark Kistler
Friday, March 12
K-8th grade MPCSD students, families and staff 

Let’s draw together on Zoom on Friday night, March 12. You are invited to participate in one of the drawing workshops with world-renowned artist and drawing teacher, Mark Kistler. Bring a paper and pencil and a positive attitude as we draw in 3D. Kids, invite your family to draw along so we can have fun together. Let’s make this a community event! See you on March 12! 

Workshop #1 K-3rd grade, 5:30 - 6:20 pm, Zoom here
Meeting ID: 965 9320 3690
Passcode: draw3d

Workshop #2 4th-8th grade, 6:30 - 7:20 pm, Zoom here
Meeting ID: 946 8498 0296
Passcode: draw3d

Workshops will be recorded. Sponsored by MPAEF Jeanie Ritchie grant and Fund-a-Need.
Attention All Hillview Artists!

Do you like to do art on your own time? Are you looking to share it with the Hillview community of other students who like art? Then, check out the new website here just for Hillview students and their art. Password: H1llv13w@rt

It is password protected and monitored daily by Ms. Kogan, the art teacher.


District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Tuesday, March 9, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Zoom here

DELAC is a committee for the parents of students who are learning English. At our March meeting, we will be learning about and providing input on the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) as well as learning about state CAASPP state testing.

School Board Update
February 25

The Board meeting opened with a special public comment by two students from Encinal, Gabriel and Natalia, who advocated for skin tone bandage choices for students. Gabriel and Natalia each read a letter to the Board. Gabriel said, “We are learning about racism in my class and we noticed that there’s only one color bandaid for everyone. This one bandaid does not match my skin and maybe other people in my class. I am the only Black person in my class, so I might not feel so good about my skin tone without a bandaid that matches me.” Natalia added, “The school only has one type of band-aid color and because some people are different colors they feel bad sometimes. We need different kinds of bandaids because of different kinds of people who are special like us.” Superintendent Erik Burmeister and Board President Sherwin Chen were pleased to let the students know that they will now be purchasing a variety of bandages and make them available to all students, so each child has choice and feels included. President Chen thanked the students and urged them to never stop advocating for what they believe in and making a difference for themselves and others.

Superintendent Burmeister presented cost savings measures and specifically asked the Board for a green light to move forward with the necessary notifications to staff whose positions may be modified for next year. The Board agreed to give him flexibility on these potential cuts. The district is required by law to give layoff notices to teachers on March 15. Any teachers that receive these notices are not necessarily losing their jobs, but the district may only remove a job if the notice has been given by the deadline. Frequently, the positions will not end up being cut or the affected staff member will be hired in a different position within the district. There was a robust discussion about the potential cuts, but no final decisions were made at this meeting. The Board will continue considering cost savings at the next several meetings. The amount of the replacement parcel tax will affect how much the Board needs to cut. Help inform our decisions by participating in the Parent Survey about MPCSD Cost Savings and Parcel Tax here.

The Board decided to hold separate discussions in the future for the potential redesign of the World Language program independent of any associated budget cuts.

Superintendent Burmeister provided a pandemic response update. The county’s move to the Red Tier does not trigger any changes to our current reopening model. The county, and MPCSD’s MOUs with the labor partners, continue to require 6-foot distancing, meaning that MPCSD can’t bring back all students full time because our facilities don’t accommodate all students at one time with 6-foot distancing. MPCSD is still planning to open in Fall 2021 with all students full time, although many mitigations will likely continue such as masks, hygiene, and some degree of distancing. County guidelines and the pandemic’s trajectory will continue to guide our plans; MPCSD remains nimble to make adjustments as necessary. There is a Fall 2021 Opening Scenario Q&A with Superintendent Burmeister on Tuesday, March 2 at 6:00 pm, Zoom link here.

The next Board meeting is Thursday, March 11 at 5:00 pm, Zoom. Check the district website for Agenda and Zoom link 72 hours prior to the meeting.

MPCSD Speaker Series
 "Are You Using Technology or is Technology Using You?” 
Monday, March 15, 6:30 pm, Zoom register here

A screening of the documentary "LIKE" about social media overuse and addiction followed by an expert Q&A with Dr. Naama Barnea-Goraly, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and former Stanford brain researcher as well as the founder of “Girltelligence” - a girl empowerment app where GenZ girls and young women form a community, support, advise, and inspire each other. We are excited to invite Dr. Barnea-Goraly back to the MPCSD Speaker Series. She will help decipher the information presented in "LIKE" as well as answer the audience’s pressing questions about social media addiction. Dr. Barnea-Goraly will draw upon the latest evidence-based research to advise parents how to help our children use social media in healthy ways.
MPAEF Auction is 1 ½ Weeks Away! Here's a Sneak Peek  

Preview the Online Auction here. A little “sneak peek” of a few items here you can bid on March 10-15, 2021:
Montage Healdsburg
Value: $2,376 Starting bid: $1,000
Ultimate Grill Master Bundle
Value: $1,360 Starting bid: $650
Online Auction March 10-15, 2021 here. Email us here if you have questions!
Our virtual Run team needs your help!  
We are looking for a few rockin' volunteers who can help organize some fun details we have planned such as race routes, scavenger hunts, and celebrations. Volunteers will assist with planning/execution - and can be expected to participate in weekly planning calls over the next couple of months.  
Email here if you are interested or have questions.

 We look forward to sharing more details about this year's virtual event soon!
For your support!

We want to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for our business and realtor partners in the community.
Tom LeMieux, Realtor here

Alkalign Studios here

Community News

Alpine Strikers FC Calling all Future Soccer Families! Register NOW for the beautiful game of soccer. Register for Spring Season here. Runs from March - June; pre-competitive teams ages 3-6, competitive teams ages 6+; tryouts/games. We are back to playing GAMES! Get more information on our plan for return to playing games safely!

Marine Science Institute (MSI) in Redwood City Registration is open for the Marine Science Summer Camp, an outdoor camp for K-8. Young scientists will explore the Pacific Coast and San Francisco Bay marine habitats and will observe live animals using scientific equipment in a safe and fun environment. Every week at camp includes at least one day aboard the R.V. Robert G. Brownlee, MSI’s 90-foot research vessel. One and two-week long camps are available. Visit the MSI website here for more details and to register.  

Norcal Crew is happy to announce the return of our middle-school program for Spring 2021. All practices will be held at Westpoint Harbor, and each session will be limited to 12 athletes, so don't hesitate to register your athlete prior to the start date. The season runs from February 8 to April 29. Register here.
Quick Links