Volume 31 | 5 April 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, April 6
Distance Learning resumes
(through end of school year)

Thursday, April 9
PTO Executive Board Meeting, Zoom meeting details/invite to PTO Board to arrive via email
Looking Ahead
Thursday, April 16
R egular Board Meeting, 6:00 - 10:00 pm

Friday, April 24
Midtrimester - T3

Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Community,

Thursday's announcement from Governor Newsom that California physical school campuses will be closed for the remainder of the school year seemed like a cruel April Fools joke. Yet here we are facing that reality: We will not return to school again for the 2019-2020 school year, and Distance Learning will continue. No doubt many of us, our children and our teachers especially, are mourning the loss of the community we feel when we are all together as a school. These feelings of grief are normal and natural, and we can't simply snap our fingers and get over them. But we must also find a way to move forward. There may not be luminous silver linings to gaze upon at this point, but there are opportunities. Here are some questions we can ask ourselves and discuss in our families and among our friends:

  • How can we make the best of the virtual time we have together and still connect in our school community? 

  • How can we continue to survive and thrive during this pandemic and shelter in place? 

  • How can we continue to learn and make the growth needed to prepare us and put us in a good position to be successful next year? 

I'd love for you to read, "A Message to Families During COVID-19" here from Denise Pope, Co-Founder of Challenge Success and a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. This is wise advice and an important reframe for us as we continue with Distance Learning and finish up our school year. While we will continue to provide engaging learning from a distance, we also understand that these are extraordinary times for us to be in, times when we need to focus more on families, more on self-care, more on doing the best we can given our circumstances.

There are a lot of questions your students may have right now, and we will be addressing them in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, know that we are ready to continue with Distance Learning on Monday. Please be well.

Materials Pick-up and Drop-Off

Given that Distance Learning has been extended through the end of the school year, Hillview has a scheduled car-line pick-up/drop-off this Monday and Tuesday, April 6 and 7, from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Families should only come if their teacher(s) have asked them to do so.
Here are the instructions:

  1. Families enter the Hillivew driveway off Elder and pull forward to the pick-up/drop-off area. 
  2. Everyone is to remain in the vehicle.
  3. Hillview staff will be waiting for you.
  4. Through the car window, communicate the class's or child's name.
  5. Staff will bring the materials needed to you and hand them through the car window, or they will collect the drop-off item from you.

Social Distancing Reminder

Many of us have seen the posts on Nextdoor about people and teens congregating on the Hillview field and around town. Please be aware that the Hillview field and courts are closed due to the March 31 Shelter in Place order here . It's so critical for us to continue to practice responsible social distancing. We are not out of the woods yet, and the fate of our community's health depends on each and every one of us doing our part. I encourage you to read with your children Dr. Scott Morrow's March 23 statement here . Dr. Morrow is unequivocal about the need to keep distance and the consequences that will follow if we do not adhere to these guidelines with fidelity. Thank you, Hillview community, for doing your part.

Willy Haug


Distance Learning will continue through the end of the school year. The first day to report an absence is April 6 and the last day will be April 16 as School Messenger will only allow you to report for 10 days at a time.

Attendance can be reported using several methods here on the Hillview website. I f you use the SchoolMessenger App, follow these step-by-step directions:

  • Select Attendance under the drop down main menu
  • Select Report an Absence +, bottom of the screen 
  • Select your Student’s name 
  • Using the drop down menu select Multiple Day (instead of logging on each day)
  • Using the next drop down menu select Attending School through Distance Learning 
  • On the next screen, select April 6, 2020 first day of absence (first day after Spring break)
  • Just below First Day, select April 16, 2020 as the last day of absence (accepts up to 10 days)
  • In the upper right hand corner, press Send (Return another day to add 10 more days)


Temporary internet services can be made available if you need to access digital Distance Learning, reach out to Flor Espinal, Family Engagement Coordinator here.

MPCSD COVID-19 FAQ for up-to-date information on how our district is handling the situation here .

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