Volume 35 | 3 May 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Sunday, May 3
Hawks Nest #3 here , weekly newsletter by students for students

Reminder to complete your MPCSD Re-enrollment for 2020-21
(complete by Friday, May 8)

Monday, May 4
Hillview Annual Book Fair, online
(through Wednesday, May 13)

Deadline to submit, 15-second Talent Show Shout-Out to your graduate

National Teacher Appreciation Week
(through Friday, May 8)

Wednesday, May 6
ASB Results to students via email, with optional Google Meet sign-up form for candidates

Thursday, May 7
PTO Executive Board Meeting, online,
9:00 - 10:30, details by email

Friday, May 8
MPCSD Re-Enrollment for 2020-21
(final day)

ASB Results posted on Hawks Nest

Saturday, May 9
Block H Award Application here for 8th-grade due
(6th- and 7th- grade, tally up/log here )
Looking Ahead
Tuesday, May 12
Hillview School Site meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, online

Wednesday, May 13
General PTO Board Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, online

Thursday, May 14
Regular Board Meeting, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, online

Friday, May 15
ASB Talent Show, 6:30 pm, YouTube
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Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Families,

This coming week, May 4 - 8, is National Teacher Appreciation Week. I have been so proud and awed by the exceptional work of the Hillview teaching staff as they have turned on a dime to fundamentally shift their practice during Distance Learning. They have had to learn new technology, rebuild and refine curriculum, double or triple their communication, engage students in Distance Learning, and continue to keep connections strong. They have sought to ensure that all students stay focused on learning, persevering as they bring stragglers back into the fold. All this while managing their own children's distance learning, helping other family members, and - as we all are - navigating the uncertainties and fears of living through a pandemic. Hillview teachers have risen to and above the challenge.

During this week, I encourage your children and you to reach out to teachers and express gratitude. Let your child know about Teacher Appreciation Week. Ask them who has made or is making a difference in their learning and in their lives. Ask them how they would like to honor a teacher(s) this week. They may require some coaching, but I know teachers will appreciate any gesture. Normally during this week you would have opportunities to drop something by the school, but we are more limited at this time in how we can share our appreciation. Certainly a good old fashioned thank you, sent by email, is a way to show gratitude. There are any number of creative ways to explore. If there are other things you'd like to do, please reach out to me and we'll see what is possible.

I hope that Distance Learning continues to go well for your child and your family. We will be re-surveying parents and students in the coming weeks to see how it's feeling since our initial March 27 survey. In the meantime, if you have any feedback, please communicate directly to teachers and also feel free to send questions or concerns here . All Hillview administrators receive these emails, and someone will respond to you.

Thank you, and be well.

Update on Grading

Our Board of Trustees approved a temporary grading policy for the third trimester of the 2019-20 school year. 

The new policy will minimally affect classes that have a standards-based grading system. Teachers in these classes will continue to give feedback in the usual way, and they will also have the option to give a mark of IE (for "insufficient evidence") in the case where there is not enough work from the student to accurately gauge a level of mastery.

For classes that assign a traditional A - F grade, students will receive grades of A, B, C, or IE (for insufficient evidence).

The mark of IE allows for teachers to recognize that individual students may not have adequate support systems in place to demonstrate evidence of learning course content during Distance Learning, and/or that scores below 70% are not representative of what students know or are able to do, but rather a consequence of our current context and being outside the support system of the school environment.
Teachers and Classroom Cleaning

MPCSD has accelerated plans to clean our classrooms and utilize our custodial staff to get a head start on “summer cleaning.” Hillview teachers have begun to safely pack up their classrooms on a schedule that will extend through June 12. 

Cleaning and packing up a classroom is at least one full day of work. On a teacher’s classroom-cleaning day, he or she will not be engaged in live sessions or reading and responding to student and parent email, but will return messages as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
8th-Grade Parent Information
Talent Show Shout-Outs to your Graduate 
Hillview ASB has decided to honor 8th-grade graduates during the May 15 Talent Show. Here's what you need to do:

Deadline to submit is May 4th (May the 4th be with you!)
-Brian Darmanin / Hillview ASB

Create a simple 15-second or less video (use your phone!) and submitting it via a Google Form here

A quick talent show shout-out can be from the heart or something silly while congratulating your graduate. Respect the 15-second time limit!

The shout-outs will be a surprise for the 8th-grade graduates on the ASB and HawkTalk virtual Talent Show on Friday, May 15 at 6:30 pm.
Graduation and End of Year Events
With school closures extending to the end of the school year, the Hillview administration, PTO, and party committee are reviewing how the graduation milestone can be marked in different ways.

The 8th-grade graduation party specifically will not be held as planned on Friday, June 12. A decision will be made at the end of May on whether a graduation party can realistically be held at some point.

Thank you to all those of you who kindly contributed to the 8th-grade party fund - we are holding those for the moment, but if you would like a refund now, contact Tamara Russel here
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Block H Award Application
Saturday, May 9 due for 8th-grade students

The application is available in Hawks Nest Google Classroom here .
8th-grade students should document their 300+ hours of service and involvement during their time at Hillview and complete a short essay application. 

Block H is an award tradition to recognize outstanding involvement and volunteer service to the community while attending Hillview.

Parents of Hawks in 6th-and 7th-grade can remind students to submit their end of the year tally for Block H points using the google form here (must be logged in to student MPCSD to view).
Programs & Activities
Hillview Library
Hillview Annual Book Fair
Monday, May 4 - Wednesday, May 13

Every spring, Hillview holds its annual book fair with Books Inc. to get students ready for summer reading. This year, Hillview and Books Inc are offering a Virtual Book Fair, so exciting! 

Order your books online through Books Inc. here with the code Hillview2020 in the "Coupon Code" field. Although using the code does not give a discount, Books Inc. will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the book fair to the Hillview Library, allowing the library to buy more books for students to enjoy.

Hillview Summer Reading for incoming 6th- through 8th-grade students here

M-A English Summer Reading here
Hillview ASB
Submit Your 60 Second Talent Videos here
Deadline to enter Monday, May 4

All acts are 60 Seconds each! A fast-paced talent show perfect for YouTube!

Our 8th-Grade ASB wants to continue our proud tradition of ending the school year with a talent show. Since we can't host it in our performing arts center, we have decided to make this special event a YouTube LiveStream spectacular with one simple rule....submit a video showing off your talent in 60 seconds or less from your home. 

Our goal is to have 6,000 live viewers tuned in and $6,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank during our livestream on Friday, May 15 at 6:30 pm. Donate early or during the livestream!

Second Harvest Food Bank Donation Page for Live Stream here .

YouTube Live Stream Channel here .

During these uncertain times, your gift will help bring our school community together and help the greater Bay Area community feel secure and stay healthy. 

Re-Enrollment for 2020-21 is due FRIDAY - RESERVE YOUR SPOT
Look for your student’s re-enrollment notification from PowerSchool Enrollment in your email Friday, April 17.

Your plans for next year may not be finalized, but complete the re-enrollment process anyway. You will have the option to update your enrollment status or ask questions here.
State Testing Suspended for this Year

Back in March, we informed you that students in grades 3-8 would be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in May.

Due to school closure, the California Department of Education has suspended all state testing for this spring. This means that in MPCSD there will be no CAASPP testing in grades 3-8 and no state physical fitness testing in grades 5 and 7. 
Free Webinar "Coping with COVID-19: Mental Health Tips for Children and Families"
Tuesday, May 12, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Families are going through challenging times right now and taking on unexpected responsibilities. If you are looking for some tips for handling the triple challenge of parenting, home schooling, and working remotely, Keenan offers parents this free resource. Keenan is the company that MPCSD uses for its mandatory staff training and they are making this webinar available to parents. More to read and register here .

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

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
-Dr. Seuss

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

This week's spotlight is Mama Coco's, Flea Street, Cafe Zoe, and Sundance Steakhouse. Click on logo for more information.
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