Volume 40 | 7 June 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, June 8
Graduation Package mandatory pick-up,
8:30 - 11:00 am

CORRECTION AAPPL Spanish assessment for 8th-grade students only

Scholastic Reading Inventory diagnostic assessment for all 6th- and 7th-grade students

8th-Grade Awards, all 8th-grade families invited 2:30 - 4:00 pm, Zoom event here, p assword: 6HGKPz

Tuesday, June 9
8th-grade "Hillv-YOU Project" presentations via Zoom

AAPPL Spanish assessment for 6th- and 7th-grade students only

Q&A Session with the Superintendent & School Board President for Parents, Zoom here and to submit questions in advance go here

Wednesday, June 10
iPad and Materials Return, 8th-grade and students not returning to Hillview

Pick up student medications-at-school,
3:30 - 1:00 pm, location per your email

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap vaccinations due for incoming 7th-grade students, email document here

Friday, June 12
Hillview Graduation event:
Explorers Academy, 1:45 - 2:45pm
Pioneers & AIMS Academy, 3:00 - 4:00pm
Trailblazers Academy, 4:15-5:15pm

MPCSD Survey deadline, 4:00 pm here
Looking Ahead
Saturday, June 20
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits information and applications here , due today

Monday, August 10
Deadline to submit to the Hillview newsletter by noon here

Thursday, August 20
First day of school, view MPCSD 2020-2021 instructional calendar here
Quicklinks at bottom of newsletter

Hillview School News
Dear Hillview Families,

Our final week of school of the 2020-21 school year is filled with activity. Please be sure to read your newsletter thoroughly so you don't miss out on a thing, including educating yourself on current MPCSD plans for reopening school in the fall. Traditionally, the end of the year is a time of excitement and celebration, and while we are gearing up to celebrate our 8th-grade Class of 2020 this week, the fact that we are still living through a pandemic and also witnessing the protests in response to police killings in Minneapolis and Saint Louis (and even this past week in Vallejo) are casting a pall on our community and nation.

When racial violence and injustice occur locally or in our larger society, people will often look to the schools for their formal response to these events. Please know that Hillview is aware of the strong feelings in our community and the desires to push into racial injustice, and we are committed to continuing the dialog and helping educate our students to address unconscious bias and become part of the solution. This past week, both our School Site Council and our PTO discussed these topics and how we might help our students better understand and grapple with these complex issues. Also, our Counseling Department has put together some resources for you and your children. Please see our Anti-Racism Resources web page here for more resources. These include ways for students to take action, resources for you to talk to your child about racial injustice, and a list of recommended books.

As we head into our final week of school, I want to again express my gratitude for our students' and families' partnership and engagement during these unprecedented times. 2019-20 has been a memorable year for all of us, and while it has been very challenging, we have shown incredible resilience in continuing to support each other. I am so proud of our staff's work in these past three months, and equally proud of our students and families for hanging in there and even thriving. Be on the lookout for lots of communication over the summer as our plans for next year unfold.

All the best,

iPad and Materials Collection 
Wednesday, June 10

8th-grade and non-returning students - return all school property or pay the associated fee if you have lost or damaged the items, including:

  • iPad, iPad cable, charging block and case
  • Textbooks - Math, Science, Social Studies, French, Spanish
  • English language novels
  • Library books
  • Music books and borrowed instruments
  • Cameras for Mr. Darmanin
  • Any other items that your student borrowed from Hillview or the District 

Drop off items at the Hillview car line, remain your car, a staff member will greet you at the curb.
  • 9:30 - 12:00 Student Last Names A - J 
  • 1:00 - 3:30 Student Last Names K - Z

Questions? Contact Monica Bosch here .
Yearbooks GOING FAST. Order before June 10

Order a 2020 Yearbook! online and now with the option of having the yearbook mailed directly to your home for an additional $8.00 (to cover shipping costs and packaging supplies). 

If you have NOT purchased a yearbook yet go  here , and use school code 10070. Select "Yearbook shipped home" ($53) or "Yearbook shipped to school" ($45).

If you HAVE purchased a yearbook previously and would like to pay the additional $8 to ship home, see here  to and use code 10070. Select "$8 shipping to home." Change the quantity to the number of books you previously ordered. For example, if you bought a book for your 6th-grade student and also one for your 8th-grade student, change the quantity to 2.

Not sure if you bought a yearbook already? There are 3 ways to check:

  • If your student bought the ASB sticker at the beginning of the year, the book was included in that package
  • If you think you bought your book online in January or February, you should have a confirmation email. You can also see here, use school code 10070, and click the button "Find existing order."
  • If you're still not sure, email our HJ rep, Michele Paolini here include your student's name, grade, and school.

Books are currently planned to be available the week of August 10.

Despite the challenges of the year, our students put together a wonderful book full of memories. This will truly be a keepsake for years to come. 
Medications at School - Final Pick up
Wednesday, June 10, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

This is the final opportunity to pick up your student's medications. Check your email for instructions on how pick-up will occur.

Do not go to your student’s school office or the District Office to pick up medications as there are no medications at either location. 

If you have any questions, contact Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant, here
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Tdap Vaccination
All incoming 7th-grade students in the 2020-21 school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster shot (Tdap), administered on or after the 7th birthday (Td does not meet the requirement). 
In order to receive a class schedule and to avoid exclusion on the first day of school, provide an updated copy of your student's immunization record with your student's first and last name, date of birth, and proof of Tdap administered on or after the 7th birthday.

If you received a notice stating that your student has unrecorded vaccinations for Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella (chicken pox), and/or needs a signed, written statement for a permanent medical exemption, you must also provide that information with the proof of Tdap booster.

Do not highlight or mark the vaccination record.  

The record must be received before class schedules are distributed and/or before the first day of school. Provide the record by email to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant here , or by fax to 650-292-2200. 

Visit the Shots for School website here for more information.
8th-Grade Graduation
Congratulations Class of 2020! 

What an amazing year you have had - your resilience shines through! This week is dedicated to our graduates who will complete their Hillview experience on Friday.

The schedule for this week, below, is also on the Hillview website here:

Hillview 8th-grade Memory Book here . Ideas for graduation day - car decorations or a lei made of candy here .

Graduation Package pick-up, Monday, June 8, 8:30 - 11:00 am

8th-Grade Awards Ceremony, Monday, June 8, 2:30 - 4:00 pm, via Zoom here with password: 6HGKPz. Hillview will honor its 8th-grade students who have earned recognition for their outstanding accomplishments. We encourage all students and families to attend. Come together as an 8th-grade class one more time this year and celebrate so many of our friends and classmates

iPad and Materials Collection, Wednesday, June 10
  • 9:30 - 12:00 Student Last Names A - J 
  • 1:00 - 3:30 Student Last Names K - Z

Graduation. Friday, June 12:
  • Explorers Academy, 1:45 - 2:45 pm
  • Pioneers and AIMS Academy, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Trailblazers Academy, 4:15 - 5:15 pm

8th-Grade Party refunds coming. The party has been canceled due to the pandemic. Thank you to all who kindly contributed to the party fund, contact Tamara Russel here for questions.

Questions? email here . Hillview Principal Haug letter to the 8th-grade families here.

PTO News
As this year comes to a close, we want to share our appreciation of our entire parent community. This week in particular, we are grateful for being respectful and sharing kindness with each other.

We hope you enjoy the last week. Be sure your student completes his or her page in the Hillview Memory Book. This will create a digital “yearbook” designed for the Class of 2020. Combined with – the Hillv-YOU project, we hope this will give your family a great opportunity to reflect on the great memories your students have created.

Finally, we want to shout out to all of our teachers for their work and dedication this year. Distance learning created a new challenge for us all. As a final thank you, parent contributions from throughout the year will be used to honor our teachers with an End of the Year Gift. Unlike the past tradition, we will not be asking for or accepting additional funds at this time. We are so appreciative of the gifts you have given.

Enjoy your summer and stay healthy.

Signing off,
Carolyn Kryger and Lil Perazich
Hillview Co-Presidents 2019-2020

Special Recognition of our Stand Out 2019-2020 Volunteers

In light of being unable 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.

We came up with a new award for the 2019-2020 school year called 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 this year!
Susie Danzig
Alexandra Norcross
Emily Robinson
Laurel Holman
Julie Gosler
Amy Thornborrow
Alexandra Stadelmann
Peter Diepenbrock
Shelby Karros
Ward Bullard
Derrik Shirley
Claudia Tedesco
Tamara Russell
Sharon Schick
Hongran Stone
Amar Patel
Lynn Eisner
Angharad Musladin 
Brian Darmanin
Lianne Jemelian
Maria Martinez
Naomi Donohoe
Bill Williams
Michele Paolini 
Robyn Watts
Mark Schack
Programs & Activities
Hillview Library
Summer Reading @ Hillview!
During summer, Hillview students are encouraged to read, read, read!

The minimum reading requirement is two chapter books that students have not read before, but we hope students read more and make reading a part of their daily routine.

There is more information about Hillview's Summer Reading here , some book recommendations for middle school students, and a short assignment to complete for incoming 7th- and 8th-grade students.

Digital Collection of eBooks and Audiobooks
The Hillview Library has a digital collection of eBooks and audiobooks here through the Sora app. The books can be accessed 24/7 from any smartphone, tablet or computer, including throughout summer. 
Here is a quick screencast from Mrs. Mathenia on how to access the books.

You can also connect to the Peninsula Library System for a wide selection of books.

Hillview Athletics Survey

Hillview PTO After-School Athletics program is looking to support students for the 2020-21 school year through the guidelines set forth by the district (as determined by the county/state COVID-19 protocols).

The athletics program emphasizes the importance of staying active and healthy and supports both the physical as well as the social-emotional well-being of all students. Athletics also plays an important role in staying connected with other students.

Take a minute to fill out this short Hillview Athletics Survey here that will help with understanding the landscape for the athletics program as we approach the upcoming school year. 

If you have any general feedback of feelings about your student's involvement in the athletics program during these uncertain times you can also express your thoughts by emailing here .  
Workout at home with Hillview Athletic Director, Amar Patel
Athletic Director of Hillview after-school athletics program is providing bi-weekly workout videos here to help kids (and parents too!) stay healthy and active.

The videos will go "live" every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 pm and can be accessed through our Online Workouts here page on the Hillview website.

Hillview and MPCSD Reopening Plans for Fall 2020

As you are aware, the MPCSD COVID-19 response team presented a plan for reopening schools in the fall to the Board of Education on June 4 here . The plan, which was informed by thorough research and deliberation here , envisions a scenario where students will return to school in the fall (provided that families deem it safe to send their children back), and that the in-person program will entail dividing the students into two groups, with each group attending school every other week .

In addition, students whose families do not feel safe sending them back will engage in Distance Learning. The Board is expected to approve a resolution at the June 11 meeting here endorsing this plan. The Hillview team will be diving in this summer to work out the details and we will be in constant communication with you.

Complete the survey here that Superintendent Burmeister emailed Friday, June 5. If there is any survey you need to prioritize the most, it's this one , because the results will drive our preliminary planning for next year's program.

If you have questions about the plan, see our MPCSD COVID-19 FAQ page here , which now features questions and answers specifically related to the reopening plans.
Community News

Centered Wisdom Teen Support: Staying Centered Amidst Chaos , here , is a virtual peer support group for high school age teens. Led by Centered Wisdom’s founder, Nina Keebler, LMFT and psychotherapist, Michelle Mangiardi, APCC. The mission of the group is to help teens feel grounded. When we cannot control the world outside, managing our inner world becomes essential. The virtual group meets for 4 weeks on Fridays at 10:30 - 11:30 am starting July 10 to July 31. 

Wheel Kids If the County allows small groups to gather this summer, Wheel Kids will give a Middle School Bike Skills workshop in Menlo Park, on Sunday, July 26. Three workshops were conducted last summer and had great success. Wheel Kids has modified the structure of the class to maintain social distancing and to help maintain the safety of the participants and instructors. More information here .

M-A High School Leo Club will hold virtual meetings with students to do science and art-related activities throughout the summer. Two different online sessions every Tuesday throughout the summer to do science experiments with kids; one for kids in grades K-3 here to sign up and the other for grades 4-5, sign up here . Also a week-long camp from July 13 to 17 where we will be doing a variety of art and science-related activities that students can sign up for. Email here with questions.

AYSO Fall Core 2020 Let's play soccer! The American Youth Soccer Organization provides a great soccer experience for children ages 5 through 18. In the Menlo-Atherton AYSO region, we are cautiously optimistic about being able to conduct our Fall Core 2020 program, with appropriate health and safety precautions. So we can prepare for a scenario where it is feasible to resume playing soccer, registration here is in progress with no fees required now. More information here .

Menlo Music Mentors Summer Music! Connecting high school music mentors with middle school musicians; instruction in all band instruments; curriculum complements materials used in the Hillview and La Entrada music programs. Begins June 15, consisting of a weekly private lesson and a weekly group session. More information here or email here .

NEW! Castilleja School's Casti Camp 2.0 : Virtual Camp for girls grades 2-9 Casti Camp 2.0 here is for girls entering 2nd-6th grades and Camper in Leadership Training (CiLT) is for girls entering 7th-9th grade. Campers create their own daily schedule of engaging classes in art, dance, yoga, exercise, science, writing, theater, and games led by experienced camp counselors. Camp runs in one-week sessions from June 15 to July 10 meeting daily from 9:00 am-12:30 pm.

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