Volume 17 | 8 December 2019
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Tuesday, December 10
Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, large conference room, Hillview office

Wednesday, December 11
College Bound Breakfast, 7:45 - 8:35 am

Hillview 7/8 Orchestra performs, 12:00 pm San Francisco City Hall

Regular Board Meeting, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, TERC Building, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton 94027

Thursday, December 12   
PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am, large conference room, Hillview office

Final Service Team Meeting, lunchtime, PAC
Looking Ahead
Wednesday, December 17
Winter Concert, 7:00 pm, PAC
Friday, December 20
Minimum Day, 11:45 am dismissal
Monday, December 23
No School - December break (through Friday, January 3)
Monday, January 5
No School - Teacher Work Day
Tuesday, January 6
No School - Staff Collaboratively Developed PD Day
Wednesday, January 8
Students return to school after break

Hillview School News
Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, December 10, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Hillview Office
Our community of parents, teachers, staff and students, meet monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals.

All Hillview parents are welcome!
Safe Routes to School Parent Survey
Hillview would like to collect data from parents about how students get to and from school. Last year this data was instrumental in helping the district provide a map of routes to each Menlo Park City School District school. Help us continue to provide safe routes information by filling out this quick, 5-10 minute survey here .
8th-Grade Parent Information
High School Placement Tests
All Hillview 8th-grade students will be taking high school placement tests in the next two weeks in both Math and English. These tests are used to help determine high school placement for all students attending SUHSD high schools.

In the spring, families have the opportunity to decline placement in SUHSD. For more information about placement tests, contact Danielle O’Brien here . For all other high school transition information, contact 8th-grade counselor Kellie Raczkowski here
Hillview PTO

School lunch without the time crunch here .
Programs & Activities
Hillview Service Team
Service Team Meeting
Thursday, December 12, lunchtime, PAC

Students have assembled 75 toiletry kits to donate to Streets Team. 

A Streets Team representative will speak to the service team this Thursday, sharing their unique model of homeless individuals empowering other vulnerable people through street cleanup, peer support and job training.

Any and all students are welcome to join our final meeting of 2019 and leave with a holiday treat!
Hillview Broadcasting
Congratulations to Hillview Student Reporters
T he Hillview Broadcasting team of Kurt Frewing, Ascher Lafayette, and Aaryan Patel won 3rd place nationally in the Student Television Network (STN) news feature category. 

These reporters produced a story about Hllview 6th-grade student, Lucy Lunt, on the assigned topic, “Role Models”. Following a strict timeline and list of requirements, they told her story authentically while showcasing their emerging talents. 

This marks the third time Hillview Broadcasting has placed in the top 5 in the country and is the highest finish to date for Hillview! 

STN has contests for middle and high schools across the United States where both public and private schools compete for top honors.

Students are given just six days to prepare, film, and edit a story fitting the assigned topic. They are judged on their storytelling, shot composition, interview quality, and newsworthiness among other technical aspects. 

Visit our new YouTube channel here or contact Mr. Darmanin here .

Note - our Vimeo archive containing years of our student portfolio work was recently taken down due to a copyright dispute over our channel.
Hillview Athletics
Hillview 8th-Grade Tournament Basketball Teams
Registration is available and open now here.   

Friday, December 13, Hillview Gym
Girls 6:30 - 7:30 pm 
Boys 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Calling all 8th-grade basketball players! Represent Hillview at basketball tournaments throughout the Bay Area during the winter. Girls teams will be led by Coach Tim Robbins and boys teams by Coach Peter Diepenbrock.

Each team will play concurrent to their existing regular season team, and will play 2-4 tournaments. Cost is $200 per athlete, which will be invoiced after making the team. Scholarships are available by contacting Hillview School Counselors here .  

Contact athletic director, Amar Patel here
MPAEF Endowment for Excellence in Teaching is a permanent fund dedicated to supporting professional development in our District. Its goal is to ensure that the best teachers lead our children during their critical elementary and middle school years, establishing a strong foundation for our entire community. 

Learn more about the Endowment for Excellence in Teaching here .
Thank You
We want to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for our business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!

Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors here
Nancy Goldcamp here
RGM & Associates here
Community News
Legarza Winter Sports!
Come experience winter camps at Legarza for some holiday fun! Join us at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto or Central Middle School in San Carlos and enjoy the contagious enthusiasm and quality instruction that have been synonymous with Legarza Basketball for the past 30 years! More information here .

Dancers Repertory Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas December 8 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, December 14 at 3:00 pm, December 15 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, Woodside Performing Arts Center A delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences! Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, includes Santa, prancing reindeer, and a cast of over 85 children and adults. Come and support your MPCSD schoolmates! Tickets and reserved seating here .

It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker! December 13-15 and 21-22, Menlo-Atherton PAC, 555 Middlefield, Atherton. Blending the magic and awe of a traditional Nutcracker with inspiration from Frank Capra’s 1940’s iconic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” embraced by audiences for its warmth and whimsy. Adults appreciate the humor, poignant message, and world-class dancing, while youngsters perch on the edge of their seats. A holiday production that you will want to see! Tickets are available here .
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