Volume 24 | 9 February 2020
Better Resolution Hillview Hawk
Middle School Newsletter
This Week
Monday, February 10
Student Advisory lesson - Upstander

Students! Design Schoolhouse Run T-Shirt Contest deadline February 21 here

Tuesday, February 11
Hillview School Site Council, 3:30 pm - 5:00, large conference room, Hillview office

College Bound Family Cafe', 5:30 - 7:30 pm, TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton

PTO/MPAEF/District Council Recruitment Social, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Simon Breitbard Gallery, 779 Santa Cruz Avenue

Thursday, February 13
PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Hillview large conference room

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

Friday, February 14
Expect Respect Workshop, 12:30 - 3:00 pm, Hillview PAC
Looking Ahead
Monday, February 17
No School - February break
(through Friday, February 21)

Friday, February 21
Students! Design Schoolhouse Run T-Shirt Contest here deadline today

Wednesday, February 26
MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, "Let's Talk About Sex...and Puberty", 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Hillview PAC

Thursday, February 27
Service team meeting, lunchtime, PAC

Hillview Annual Dance Show, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, PAC

Friday, February 28
Hillview Annual Dance Show, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, PAC

Saturday, February 29
Hillview Annual Dance Show, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, PAC

Wednesday, March 4
MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, "Small Animals: Parenting in the age of Fear", 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Hillview PAC

Hillview School News
Parent Survey about Hillview Middle School
 Complete by Friday

You have received your unique login information by email to take the annual School Parent Survey by this Friday, February 14. Your responses are confidential and Panorama Education is managing the survey process to ensure data privacy and security.

The survey will take about 5-10 minutes and you will be able to provide feedback to your child’s school as a whole and to their specific teachers. To ensure that Hillview continues providing high-quality, rigorous learning experiences to our students, your participation is essential.

Every parent received a unique code. Complete your survey even if another parent for your student already has completed their survey. We want feedback from every perspective.

Thank you for your time and input
Hillview Annual Dance Show
February 27, 28, and 29, times above in calendar, Hillview PAC

Tickets are available here . Prices: $8/Adults, $5/Students, $4/ASB

If you are interested in helping with the show, sign up here . Questions? Contact Katie DeAnda here .    
Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 11, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Hillview office. 

The Hillview Site Council, which is comprised of Hillview parents, teachers, staff and students, meets monthly to develop and evaluate progress on school-wide goals. All parents in our community are welcome!
8th-Grade Parent Information
Graduation Party Class of 2020!

After the graduation ceremony on June 15, the 8th-grade students will gather for a celebration party. This long-standing tradition at Hillview is a memorable event for graduating students, including the secret transformation of the gym, revealed on that night.

This party is 100% planned and funded by 8th-grade parents. We ask for a contribution of $50 for each student to make this a fabulous evening. Consider donating additionally to support student scholarships.

More information and your contribution here. A check to the office payable to "Hillview Middle School PTO". Note online or check payment is for "8th-Grade Grad Party". Email Tamara here

Programs & Activities
Service Team
Samaritan House and Project WeeCare
Service team kicked off 2020 by continuing to focus on issues of poverty and homelessness.

Students were proud to partner with Samaritan House and Project WeeCare here to provide four bins of cereal to Samaritan House of San Mateo food closet for local families.

Thanks to all who donated!
Hillview Library
OverDrive/Sora App
The Hillview Library has a collection of eBooks and audiobooks through the Sora app. Sora can be downloaded onto any device and also connected to the public library for a great selection of books. 
Battle of the Books

The Hillview library is preparing for the yearly Battle of the Books! Nominations are in for best books of 2019 that will battle it out in our March Madness brackets. But now is the time to read! 

Check out the Hillview library website here for the four brackets including best middle grades books (grades 6-8), best books from a series, best YA books, and the best graphic novels of 2019.

Hillview Athletics

After-School Track Registration Now Open here
Registration is limited to the first 50 sign-ups.

  • Season - April 6 - May 20.
  • All events are at Menlo Atherton High School
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • Fee for the season - $200

This program is a co-op, run and organized with other schools in our area. Various track and field events are planned to introduce our students to the sport. Beginners welcome!

Volunteer as event coach, assistant coach, or scorekeeper. Reach out, we value your help to provide the students with the best possible experience!

Boys Volleyball Registration Now Open here
Hillview is planning one Varsity team and one JV team, if coaching recruitment supports it. You will be notified of team placement after tryouts. If you would like to coach, let us know, we would appreciate your help!

  • Tryouts early to mid-March, practices start soon after
  • Fee for the season - $225
  • Practices - twice a week, schedule determined by team
  • Games played at Hillview and area schools,1- 2 times a week, Monday-Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, April 13 - May 18
Scholarships are available via Hillview school counselors here .

Contact Hillview Athletic Director, Amar Patel here .


MPCSD Coronavirus Information
For the most up-to-date information on MPCSD guidelines about Coronavirus look for information on the website here .
Host Families Wanted

Seeking host families for three Spanish interns from March to June. The Amity Interns provide Spanish-speaking support to MPCSD schools. You will have the opportunity to share your culture and support the interns while they are away from home.

Email Liliana Perazich here or call 415-297-0125.
Seeking Intern Coordinator
The Intern Coordinator works with the MPCSD office in finding host families, intern selection, and providing support for Spanish interns during their time with our school district.

This is a rewarding opportunity in which you will be personally involved with these young adults. Training will be provided as you learn the tasks of the job which begins next year.

Email Liliana Perazich here or call 415-297-0125.
Auction Party tickets a re going fast!   Only 31 dinner + 49 party tickets left! Buy tickets here.
Live Auction Sneak Peak
Those who attend the Dinner at the Auction here on March 7 will get access to the energetic Live Auction, run by celebrity auctioneer Liam Mayclem. Don't miss out!
South African Safari
A trip you and your family will never forget! Are you up for the adventure? Three nights at Gondwana Game Reserve here in their most exclusive property The Ulubisi House here , a privately staffed villa (with your very own field guide, chef and butler) with three guest suites (sleeps six adults or four adults/four children). Also includes a round of golf at Pinnacle Point Estate here and a stay at the stunning Cape Grace Hotel here in Cape Town.

Value : $12,000  Starting bid : $5,000
Mindego Ridge Winery Dinner Party at Private Hillside Home
Looking for something closer to home? Bid on this exclusive evening for 14 guests at the winemaker’s private residence in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Includes a walking vineyard tour by the owners, an outdoor sunset meal overlooking the Chardonnay vineyard featuring wood-fired pizzas and farm-to-table salads prepared by a private chef, and amazing wine here .
Value : $6,500  Starting bid : $3,000
We're Thrilled to Partner with Wine Access as Our Signature Wine Sponsor here !
For our upcoming Auction Party, MPAEF is excited to partner with Wine Access here as our signature wine sponsor.
Special Promotion
Shop and sip to support our community! Here is a unique link to receive 5% off all your orders through March 31 and Wine Access will donate 5% of your order back to MPAEF!
Students! Design Schoolhouse Run T-Shirt Contest
Be a part of our Schoolhouse 5K Run history by helping to design the concept for our 2020 Run

The guidelines for the T-shirt design are here.

Winner will be selected to work with designer Krista Skehan of local branding firm, PERSONIFY.

You will implement the concept into a T-Shirt design that will be worn by the entire school district at
the Schoolhouse 5k Run this spring.
You're invited to PTO/MPAEF/District Council Recruitment Social
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Simon Breitbard Gallery

We need you! The MPAEF, PTOs and District Council are volunteer-run organizations and our amazing work supporting our district schools requires a lot of great parent volunteers.

There are many opportunities from large to small and for all skill sets at each organization, open for the 2020-21 school year. Join us to learn more. RSVP here .
Meet the Candidates!
Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm, Redwood City Downtown Library

Join the Redwood City Education Foundation for a forum on K-12 education with the candidates in the State Senate District 13 race to replace Jerry Hill. MPAEF is part of a coalition of education-focused community organizations hosting the event.  
Learn more about the candidates' views on K-12 education in California and their plans to put kids and schools first in Sacramento. Mark Simon, a San Mateo Daily Journal columnist, will moderate.
More information is on the attached flyer here or at the Facebook event page here . We hope you can join us! 

Community News

Via Heart Project  Nonprofit organization dedicated to the awareness, education, treatment, and prevention of sudden cardiac arrest. SCA is a leading cause of death in youth under 25 and the #1 killer of student athletes, but heart screenings are not part of regular yearly physical exams. We are offering a FREE Teen Heart Screening at College of San Mateo, Sunday, February 23, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. For individuals ages 12-25. More information here .

All Students Matter Volunteer - An Hour a Week Could Change a K-5 Student’s Life 80% of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park students are performing below grade level in reading and math. As a classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and students every week for an hour during the school year. It’s an opportunity to build a relationship with a student and impact his or her life. Training provided. Sign up now, start mid-September. Information and to sign up here . Contact Keri Tully here .

Palo Alto Summer Camp Fair Thursday February 27, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Palo Verde School Multi-Purpose Room. Discover terrific summer camps (for grades K-12) all around Palo Alto, meet camp vendors in person, and get help planning a summer your entire family will love. Free to attend. Free pizza, plus activities for kids, giveaways, and camp discounts. More info here .

ECE Forum for CA District 13 State Senate Candidates Sunday, February 9, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Hillview PAC, 1100 Elder Avenue. Hosting a forum on early childhood education. Ted Lempert, CEO of Children Now and lecturer at UC Berkeley will moderate. Dr. Deborah Stipek of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford will offer opening remarks, to be followed by a Q&A session. The seven candidates are participating in this event. More information and tickets here .

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