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8th-Grade Party


Mary Poppins
Summer Music 
Relay for Life
May Madness 
Boys Volleyball
Track Program

Schoolhouse 5K
Volunteers Needed

Q uick Links

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Sunday, April 14
  • Schoolhouse Rocks 5K Run, register to become a Family Sponsor here
Monday, April 15  
  • MPCSD Re-Enrollment for 2019-20 continues
  • After-School Track registration here
Tuesday, April 16  
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Hillview office, large conference room
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., TERC building, 181 Encinal Avenue
Wednesday, April 17
  • 7th-Grade WEB leader, last day to apply here
Thursday, April 19
  • Schoolhouse Rocks 5K Run, register today for early pricing here
Tuesday, April 23
  • 5th-Grade Visit, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Hillview campus
Wednesday, April 24
  • 5th-Grade Parent Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., PAC
Thursday, April 25
  • Relay for Life, fundraising meeting, lunchtime, PAC
  • Hillview Drama - Mary Poppins, 6:30 p.m., PAC here
Friday, April 26
  • Trimester 3 midpoint
  • Hillview Drama - Mary Poppins, 7:00 p.m., PAC here
Saturday, April 27
  • Hillview Drama - Mary Poppins, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., PAC here

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Parents of 8th-Grade Students
Graduation Celebration
Make your donation to the Graduation Night celebration. The fees for creating this celebration are due in April; we have only heard from about half of the 8th-grade class. Consider making a donation here $50 per student is the recommended amount.

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Re-Enrollment for 2019-20
Monday, April 8 - Friday, April 26
Help our schools and district better plan and prepare for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. Monday, April 8, all parents of current K-7 grade students will receive their student's re-enrollment notification email from PowerSchool Registration. Even though your plans for next year may not be finalized, complete the re-enrollment process by April 26.  If your plans change, you can still contact our registrar to update your enrollment status at a later date.

Note that using PowerSchool before April 26 is a simpler process. After April 26, you will be required to schedule an appointment with the registrar to re-verify your student's information and submit new proof of residency as part of completing student's re-enrollment for the 2019-20 school year. For questions about this process, contact the District Registrar  here

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Hillview Drama
Hillview Drama Presents Mary Poppins
Thursday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC 

Grab your flying umbrella and your children and get carried away into the world of Mary Poppins! Taking the two Banks children on magical adventures, Mary Poppins has a profound impact on the entire family, singing, "Anything can happen if you let it." Step in time with Hillview Middle School cast and crew as we celebrate this beloved musical.  Tickets on sale  here  now. Adult $17 and Child $12

Hillview Music
Summer Music Enrichment Programs
Our own Mr. Vaughan has thoughtfully assembled a quick-reference guide for anyone interested in continuing their musical education over the summer. The information is available here If you are interested in the "Summer In The City" program at San Jose State, Directors Scholarships are available. Contact Mr. Vaughan  here  to apply.
Hillview Service Team
Fighting Cancer
After a fun few months of finding our inner activist with a guest speaker from, learning about sustainable choices from a compostable toothbrush inventor at, and conducting our own "plastic straw alternative" experiment, the Hillview Service Team is moving on from environmental awareness to fighting cancer!

Hillview 5th Annual Relay for Life
Hillview is kicking off our 5th annual Relay for Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Students can still grab sign-up sheets in the office and submit Thursday, April 11 at our kickoff meeting to participate. Flyer here and below.

Service Team Needs Your Help!
Service Team is a parent-supported lunchtime club, and we cannot run this fun and inspiring event without you. You can learn more and sign up  here.

Hillview After-School Sports
May Madness Basketball
Friday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m., Hillview gym 
Wear appropriate basketball clothing and bring a great attitude and enthusiasm for two hours of fun. Players should come with a thought or two about what you would like to accomplish. Reminder for those who were on the wait list; your registration must be completed in advance. Coach Diepenbrock will not be able to let you participate without registration. Need assistance with the registration process? Email here

Boys Volleyball
Tuesday, April 16, Hillview gym
4:30 p.m: Varsity team squares off against Fletcher
5:15 p.m: JV team has a rematch against Harker
Thursday, April 18, away games at Greene Middle School, 750 N California Ave., Palo Alto
4:15 p.m: JV team
5:00 p.m: Varsity team
Come cheer on your Hawks!

After-School Track News
Our track program started April 8. We are looking forward to our first track meet on Wednesday, April 17. We would love to have some help from parents on our meet days with recording times/distance/height for our athletes. Results in each event are recorded each week, so that runners can track their progress during the program. Coach Huck Hunt available here

Parking at M-A High School is limited due to the many other programs occurring at the time our track practice takes place - spring football, lacrosse, M-A track, water polo, and baseball. If you would like to park and stay at M-A during track practice, park in the main school lot and walk across campus to the field. Avoid all red zones, you may be towed. For emergencies that may occur during the various sports practices, we would like emergency services to have a clear path. Keep red zones clear at all times.  

Scholarships A pply for a need-based scholarship, email  here Questions regarding sports programs, email  here .

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Get Ready to Rock this Run!  
2019 Schoolhouse Rocks Run and Festival 
Sunday, May 19 at 9:00 a.m., Hillview Middle School
  • Register today to get early registration prices ($35 per person). Prices go up to $45 per person after April 19 here.
  • Register here to become a Family Sponsor ($500) by April 14 to have your name listed on the T-shirt, home delivery of your race packets, and access to the VIP Family Sponsor area at the post-race festival.

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!


Mary and Brent Gullixson, Compass here

Tavarez Orthodontics here

Omar Kinaan, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty here

First Republic here

Michael Hall and Tricia Soliz, Compass here

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Mental Health Workshop for Kids  Thursday, April 18, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. The SafeSpace Youth Action Board in coordination with local mental health professionals presents "This Affects Us All: Helping a Friend in Crisis," a ninety-minute workshop on how to help a friend struggling with their mental health, handle and defuse crisis situations, encourage help-seeking behaviors, and discuss difficult topics. This free presentation is for kids ages 11-20. Register here .

Help Students Who Need You Most: All Students Matter Wednesday, April 24, 10:00 a.m., in Menlo Park at the home of a current volunteer. Come learn about volunteering next school year, once a week in a K-5th grade classroom in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. These students, who face many challenges, are eager for your support to help build their academic and social/emotional skills. Contact Keri Tully Program Director, here to receive details. Learn more about us here.

Object Empowerment Workshop for Young Girls, a Conversation with a Stanford women's basketball player, Saturday, April 27, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., 1845 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Join us for a conversation with Mikaela Brewer, a guard on the Stanford Women's Basketball team. For the past two years, she has been a member of the Canadian National team. She is currently a junior at Stanford. Brewer received the All-Academic Honorable Mention from the PAC-12 for her work on the court and in the classroom. She is also an editor for Stanford's newspaper, The Stanford Daily, writing a lot about character and sports. Register here.

Rally for Riekes 2019 Saturday, April 27, 6:00 p.m. The Riekes Center here for human enhancement was established in 1996 here as a non-profit providing programs and services here to the greater Peninsula/Bay Area communities. This annual Rally for Riekes makes it possible for all students to participate, no matter their resources, by raising scholarship funds. Join us for an unforgettable evening of cocktails, delicious food, and fun activities at our annual Rally for Riekes celebration here. Dress is casual. Come ready to play!

Independent Middle and High School Information Fair Sunday, May 5, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., CaƱada College in Redwood City, 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard. Admissions representatives from over 25 schools will have tables set up so that families can learn more about the individual schools. Before the fair at 2:00 p.m., there is a free workshop entitled "Steps to the Independent Day School Admissions Process" presented by Christine Southgate, a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Contact Christine Southgate here.

Join AYSO and Play the "Beautiful Game" of Soccer Girls and Boys born between January 1, 2001 and January 31, 2015 are invited to play soccer this fall. All skill levels from beginners to advanced players are welcome, everyone plays in AYSO, the world's biggest soccer club with over 1000 Menlo Park area players! Register here.

Host an International Student Help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing your home and daily life with AFS Intercultural Programs. AFS is looking for host families for high school exchange students coming from more than 90 countries in August and September. More information is available at 1-800-AFS-INFO or here. See what our San Francisco Bay Area AFS Students do in the video here!

Holocaust Remembrance Day Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.; JCCSF, 3200 California St., San Francisco. Come together for a community program honoring victims of the Shoah, with keynote speaker Father Patrick Desbois. All are welcome to this free, community-wide event. More info here.

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