Volume 38 | 30 May 2021
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, May 31
No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 1
Gold students on campus this week

Return School Materials, all B-week/gold and 7/8th grade Virtual Academy
(through June 3)

Wednesday, June 2
Last day to send your gift to End-of-Year Staff Gift Fund here

Thursday, June 3
Regular School Board meeting, 5:00 pm, Zoom here

Looking Ahead
Monday, June 7 - Friday, June 11
Last week of school, special schedule here

Monday, June 7
8th Grade Awards Assembly, 5:00 - 6:30 pm Honorees' families will receive notification. All 8th graders and families welcome

Wednesday, June 9 
PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Zoom

Thursday, June 10
Regular School Board meeting, 5:00 pm, Zoom here

Friday, June 11
8th Grade Graduation event here

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Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Family,

We are about to turn the page on the month of May, and only 9 days remain in the 2020-21 school year. Please be sure to review the last week of school schedule, linked above in our “Looking Ahead” section. All hybrid students will attend school June 7 - 11, including 8th graders on an am/pm schedule, Monday-Thursday. 8th grade families, all the information you need is on our Class of 2021 End-of-Year Information webpage here. There is so much going on at the end of the school year, and your attention to all the details is appreciated.

In my weekly messages and in other communications, I have been signposting that the Hillview team is exploring possible changes to our school schedule for next school year, meaning departing from the “normal” schedule we followed at the beginning of 2019-20. We have learned so much during this topsy-turvy school year, and like any great organization, we are discussing how our learnings can be carried forward to create a stronger program for our students. For example, in our Panorama Survey results, both students and parents identified the strong relationships that grew in our stable cohorts and the reduced cognitive load that resulted from not having all one’s classes each day. Our staff has recognized these same benefits, and we also understand that our program needs to be structured in a way that will support students’ return to everyday school after twelve months of distance and/or hybrid learning.

This is an ambitious undertaking at a busy time of year, and while we would like to have already been engaging our community on what the changes will look like, we don’t yet have a “fully baked” prototype to share. We know that many families will be eager to fly the coop once the school year ends, and for those of you who are around, stay tuned as we engage you as our plans come to fruition.

Lastly, I extend my gratitude and sympathy to those families who have lost a loved one while serving in the United States Armed Forces as we honor their legacies tomorrow on Memorial Day.

All the best,

DAILY ParentSquare Health Screener Reminder from Mr. Haug

Hawks, we need to do a better job of completing the ParentSquare daily health screener.

Even though COVID transmission continues to decline in San Mateo County, and even though vaccination rates continue to rise, the health screener is still a necessary requirement this year, and will likely be a part of our protocols in 2021-22. This is critical information for our nursing staff and helps to keep our community safe. Complete the health screener any time your child is scheduled to come to school, even if he or she is home sick.

The ParentSquare health screener app has help documents here and en espanol aqui'.
Return School Materials
Tuesday, June 1 - Friday, June 3, 7:30 - 4:00 (Friday till 3:30), front office

Gold and 7/8 grade Virtual Academy students

  • Textbooks
  • Novels
  • Logitech Keyboards (green/white stand alone keyboard)
  • Library books
  • NO iPads

Families will be required to pay for the missing items. Your family should haved received via May 24 email a list of items due back to Hillview and their costs so you know what needs to be. If you don't receive this email, contact Ms. Bosch here.

iPad Return

6th and 7th grade students will NOT return their iPads this year. Students are asked to keep their iPad at home in a safe and secure location. All iPads will have internet access disabled during the summer. If your family is NOT planning on returning next year, then you MUST return the iPad by the last day of school Friday, June 11.

8th grade students will return iPads Monday, June 14, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. If you need to arrange a different time contact Ms. Bosch here.

Like last year, we will be conducting a car line return process. Students may also bike or walk. Return iPad, case, cable, and charger. Normal wear and tear is expected, however a charge will be assessed for items that have been disfigured or abused.

8th Grade Parent and Student News
Hillview Graduation Registration and Gown Reservation

We still have over 60 families who need to register for graduation! Please take a minute to fill out Hillview Graduation Registration and Gown Reservation here. Per the county guidelines, registration for in-person graduation events is required and even if you are not attending, we need to ensure we get a proper headcount for the day’s events. If you are attending and would like to borrow a gown, you will indicate this on your registration form. Gowns will be distributed during the week of June 7.  

8th Grade End-of-Year Information

We have created a webpage to help with details of the graduation event as well as other 8th grade important dates and news. Visit Class of 2021 here for more information on end-of-year events, deadlines and important to-dos.

Important Dates 
Monday, June 7 - Awards Ceremony via Zoom 5:00 pm
Friday, June 11 - Virtual presentation of Capstone project 
Friday, June 11 - Promotion ceremony, 2:30 - 6:10 pm
Monday, June 14 - Return iPad 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

PTO News
Attention 6th and 7th Grade Parents
8th Grade Graduation Volunteers

We are thrilled to be honoring our 320 8th grade graduates at our celebratory walk on Friday, June 11. In order to ensure this day runs smoothly, we need parent volunteers! In the spirit of “paying it forward” we encourage current 6th and 7th grade parents to help with the day. Choose from four shifts, two set-up and two event shifts. Sign up for 8th Grade Graduation Volunteers here.
Fall Sports Interest Survey

The PTO After-School Athletics Committee is trying to gauge interest/demand for girls volleyball and co-ed flag football in the fall for returning Hawks. We will need parent coaches and volunteers too. Fill out the following form Returning Hillview Students - Fall Sports Survey here.

End-Of-Year Staff Gift Fund

Thank you to all the families who have donated to the end-of-year staff gift fund! There is still time to contribute if you wish. You have the option to donate via PayPal, check or cash. Just visit End of Year Staff Gift here and make a contribution by June 2. 
Thank you for helping us show our staff the appreciation they deserve! 

Special recognition of our stand out 2020-21 volunteers and staff

In light of not being able to have our traditional awards luncheon the Hillview PTO and Principal Haug didn't want to miss the opportunity to recognize a few stand out volunteers and staff members with a Hawk Hurrah! Congratulations to all the Hawk Hurrah recipients. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication you have shown to the Hillview community!
Danny Chui
Karen Dearing
Libby Ellis
Stacy Goldman
Shelby Karros
Kelly Morehead
Francisco Ochoa

Christine Morales
Mario Orozco Mendoza
Suney Park
Emily Record
Jennifer Roberts
Katherine Robinson
Tamara Russel
Kimberly Staff
Alfredo Solache, Jr.
Alexandra Stadelmann
Nayoung Suh
Matthew Tom
Hilda Verdugo-Ortiz
Wilber Villalta
Patricia Zahedan

Hillview Steering Committee 

Johnna Becker, Michael Bratt, Danny Chui, Michael Doroquez, Katie DeAnda, Cathy Garagozzo, Katrina Hagg, Willy Haug, Lexy Keller, Tom Lyons, Danielle O'Brien, Suney Park, Kelley Otis, Katie Rippentrop, and Julie Williams

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.

Yogi Sullivan teaches 6th grade math and has been at Hillview for 8 years! When not teaching Yogi enjoys astronomy, photography, traveling, skiing, hiking, reading, gardening, chess, scuba, and watching the A's, Dubz, Giantz, 49rz!

Favorite Quote: YOU are in life EXACTLY where you WANT to be, if you are NOT then you can MOVE to a place that you want to be;-)

Favorite Movie: Vision Quest (but that was a tough call, too many!)

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Baskin Robbins German Chocolate Cake
Favorite Subjects as a Middle School Student: School was very tough for me but I always loved Science.

What you probably didn’t know about me: I REALLY struggled in school and math was by far the hardest subject for me. I have also broken my arms, legs, ribs, and nose many times
One more thing: I really truly fully believe I am the luckiest person on the planet. (Someone can be equally as lucky as I am but there is no way anyone is more lucky than this happy cat.) 

Programs & Activities
Hillview Music
Calling All Jazz Band Musicians

Play in the Hillview Jazz Band next year. Read the Cover Letter and audition guidelines here. If you have questions, ask Mr. Vaughan here.
This past week the 7/8 Grade Band and Orchestra students had the opportunity to hear a special performance by the Alexander String Quartet followed by an in-person interview with one of the quartet members. This was made possible by the Music at Kohl Mansion performance program. The students got to hear a movement from Dvorak's "American" quartet, Ravel's quartet and Bartok's 6th string quartet. The in-class discussion ranged from questions about the composers and why the pieces were chosen to what the life of a professional musician has been like during COVID and how the Alexander String Quartet was formed. 

Special Thanks to the PTO for funding this event!
Have you checked out the music SOUNDWALL?

There are two sets of posters in the quad with QR codes. Just click on the code to hear the original compositions of some of Hillview's finest musicians! If you want to access the posters and QR codes at home, just follow the link here!

CONGRATULATIONS to this year's winners!

Join us in congratulating our 2021 Menlo Park City School District President and Golden Oak Award recipients. These are parents, teachers and staff who have gone above and beyond to help our schools and district.
District Council
President’s Award: Katie Rottier (Oak Knoll)
Golden Oak Award: Vidya Kagan (Hillview)
Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation
President's Awards: Paige Arata, Sarah Thayer
Golden Oak Awards: Jason Banks, Janelle McCombs, Stacey Wueste
Hillview Middle School
President’s Award: Alison Matthews, Tricia Mulcahy
Golden Oak Awards: Carolyn Malquist, Matt Ericksen, Jennie Lang, Claudia Tedesco and Julia Molise
Encinal Elementary School
President’s Award: Christine Wichrowski Goudey
Golden Oak Awards: Lisa Mount, Cheryl Marelich, Kristen Ocon

Laurel Elementary School
President’s Awards: Krista Rosa, Cassandra Lopez
Golden Oak Awards: Missy Pimentel, Jenn Shoup 
Oak Knoll Elementary School
President’s Awards: Victoria Dorward
Golden Oak Awards: Chris Atkinson, Teri Murphy

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the 
MPAEF Endowment for Excellence in Teaching today!
A donation to the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation’s Endowment for Excellence in Teaching is a wonderful way to honor your children’s school experiences or a teacher/staff member who made a difference in their lives. 
The Endowment was established in 2003 as a permanent, independent, and self-sustaining source of funding dedicated to fostering professional development through an annual gift given to the District each year. Donations from parents like you enable us to grow the Endowment every year, and our hope is that eventually the Endowment will become the primary source of funding for our District from our parent community.
At the end of this unconventional school year, honoring the teachers who successfully transitioned from traditional in-person to a new, virtual experience for your student might also come to mind for your family. CLICK here to watch a video, in which teachers have shared with us how meaningful it is for them to be honored in this way and how they have valued the professional development they have received that’s been funded by MPAEF’s endowment.  
CLICK here to make your tribute gift in honor of your student or a teacher 
by Friday, June 11, 2021. 

Are You Ready for Summer?
As you shop for Memorial Day or Summer, please check out deals at smile.amazon.com here and help raise money for our schools!

Special Wine Promo for Memorial Day Weekend
Through June 30, 2021, place an online order of award-winning wine from Share A Splash Wine Co. 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 is available from Share A Splash’s Menlo Park office at 716 Oak Grove daily from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.
Community News

Camp Newton Summer 2021 at Laurel Lower Campus Join us this summer for an exciting project-based, hands-on learning camp! Challenges from creating mini businesses to filming commercials and recreating carnival games. Lots of fun under the summer sun with water play, relay races, archery, and paintball games! Camp hours from 8-6 pm (multiple schedule options and after-summer school camp), full week enrollments required. More information here and register here.

Youth Community Service-Summer of Service Camp Weekly in-person camp for grades 3-5, 7-8 and 9-10 focused on hands-on, service learning projects. Themes include the Environment (Grassroots Ecology), Hunger & Homelessness (Project WeHope), Animal Care (Palo Alto Humane Society) and Food Shelter (San Jose Health Trust). More information including scholarships here.

Menlo-Atherton Bear Wear
Attention future Menlo-Atherton Bears! If you are looking to purchase some spirit wear to rep your new school, M-A Athletic Boosters sells sweatshirts, jackets, T-shirts, hats, mobile phone wallets, etc. online. And, our Booster volunteers deliver the items free to your home (within the District boundaries) with a $30 minimum order. All proceeds from sales help fund M-A Athletic teams. GO BEARS! Shop here.  

Attention Rising M-A 9th Grade Girls- Water Polo Are you looking for a fun way to meet new people and get involved at M-A? Join the MA Girls Water Polo team. This amazing group of league champs is coached by Lauren Lesyna, M-A Biology Teacher and coach extraordinaire. Our Fall 2021 schedule is not finalized, but we expect to start practices around August 6. No water polo experience necessary. We welcome newcomers! Contact Lauren here with questions and to join our email list for summer updates and fall season details. Go Bears!

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