In This Issue
Teacher Appreciation
State Testing
8th-Grade Year End

Book Fair Volunteer
Board Positions

Safe Routes

Relay for Life
Need Bakers
Choral Festival
Volunteers - Festval
Talent Show
Boys Volleyball
Girls Volleyball
May Madness 
Track Program

Schoolhouse 5K
Volunteers Needed

Q uick Links

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Monday, April 29
  • Audition for the Hillview Talent Show, sign-up here 
Thursday, May 2
  • Relay for Life Team, poster-making, lunchtime, PAC
Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10
  • Teacher Appreciation week begins (message-Principal Haug, below)
Monday, May 6 - Thursday, May 9
  • CAASPP State Testing
Tuesday, May 7
  • School Board meeting - regular, 6:00 p.m., TERC
Wednesday, May 8
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m., Hillview office
Thursday, May 9
  • Relay for Life meeting, waivers due, lunchtime, PAC
Friday, May 10 
  • Great America field trip - permission slip due here 
  • CMEA Choral Festival, 3:00 p.m., G4, G5, and PAC
Saturday, May 11
  • CMEA Choral Festival, 8:00 a.m., G4, G5, and PAC
  • 8th-Grade Gown Order due here
Wednesday, May 15 - Thursday, May 16
  • 8th-Grade CAST Testing, during science classes 
Friday, May 17 - Saturday, May 18
  • Hillview Talent Show, 6:15 - 9:00 p.m., PAC 

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Hillview School News  hillviewschoolnews
Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10
A Message from Mr. Haug
"I wanted to make you aware that Teacher Appreciation Week is coming. I encourage you to talk to your students about ways they can express gratitude to one or more of their teachers. This week is a perfect opportunity for students to write a thoughtful note of appreciation, for example, that acknowledges a teacher's efforts, disposition, successes, and more. It means so much to our teachers to receive this heartfelt thanks for their hard work. Let's love on our teachers next week. Thank you!"

Yearbook Last Call
The end of the year is coming and you don't want your student to be caught without a school yearbook! Have your student check the list posted outside of the front office to see if they are already getting a yearbook. If you bought an ASB card at the beginning of the year, your student is on the list. If your student's name is not on the list, you can purchase one here. We only have a small quantity of extra books to sell and they sell out quickly!

CAASPP State Testing  
Monday, May 6 - Thursday, May 9
This spring, students in California, including our students in Menlo Park, will take Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) online tests. See the attached letter here  from Katherine Stratch, Coordinator of Data and Assessment, for more information. Should you have any questions about state testing at Hillview, contact Danielle O'Brien here .

At Hillview, SBAC testing, including English Language Arts and Math tests, will take place Monday, May 6 - Thursday, May 9. Eighth-grade students will also take the CAST, the California Science Assessment, in their science classes Wednesday, May 14 - Thursday, May 15. See the attached testing schedule here. School will begin and end at the same time as usual, and students will go to even numbered class periods on Monday and Wednesday and odd numbered class periods on Tuesday and Thursday to create adequate time for testing.  

Tips to encourage a successful student testing experience
  • Get a good night sleep each night
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast each morning
  • Charge your iPad each night
  • If you have WIRED headphones (not bluetooth headphones), bring these each day during testing. Wired headphones will be provided if needed.
  • Bring a silent reading book to class every day
  • NO electronic devices are allowed during testing - including Apple Watches, fitness trackers, cell phones, Kindles or e-readers, tablets
Information for 8th-Grade Parents
8th-Grade Promotion Ceremony Details and Other End of Year Notes
If you haven't read the communication from Hillview about the Friday, June 14 Promotion Ceremony (aka, "Graduation") and the Grad Party details, review that letter here. It includes essential information about other end-of-year events, and links to graduation gown ordering, the Great America field trip, and much, much more.

Scholarships Available
The Menlo Park Police Officers' Association is offering several scholarships (up to $1,000) to Hillview 8th-grade students who are planning to enroll in a four year university or join the armed forces after high school. For more information and an application, email School Resource Officer Trask here or see Mr. Chui at school. Applications due Tuesday, May 28.

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Hillview PTO News 
Hillview Book Fair  - Volunteers Needed!
Monday, May 20 - Thursday, May 23
Explore new books and stock up for summer reading for the whole family. The Book Fair will offer the Hillview Summer Reading books plus the assigned book for incoming M-A freshman. We will have a hand-picked selection of books for younger elementary siblings. The Book Fair will be open each day before school 8:00 - 8:30 a.m., during brunch and lunch, and for 30 minutes after school. We will be open during the Hillview Open House on Thursday, May 23, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

This is a PTO-sponsored event and we need your help. Sign up here to help with set-up on Friday, May 17, take-down on Friday May 24 ,and to run the registers during the week of the Book Fair. Questions? Contact Laurel Holman here or Tanya Dodge here.

2019-20 Hillview PTO Board Positions Available
The Hillview PTO Board is a meaningful way to get involved at Hillview and be a part of a great team of fellow parents and administration. The Board for the 2019-20 school year is currently being appointed; some positions have already been filled. The following positions are currently open: Auditor, After-School Activities, and Communications. If you are interested in serving on the Board, we would love to hear from you, whether you are a veteran or new to Hillview! Don't delay, email the Hillview PTO Nominating Committee here to find out more!

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Safe Routes
Our Safe Routes to School Coordinator from the Menlo Park City School District is looking for feedback on the new Hillview Safe Routes plan for pedestrians and cyclists. We would love to hear from you. Check out the plan and leave feedback here.

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Hillview Service Team
Relay for Life - Fundraising
Thank you for encouraging your student as they raise money to fight cancer through bake sales, door to door visits, email solicitations, and more! Email here if you would like more information on how to support your student's fundraising. Students will also be coming home with waivers to be signed and returned by Thursday, May 9. Students cannot participate in Relay for Life without one.  

Calling All Bakers!
We need home baked goods for the bake sales for the Hillview talent show on Saturday, May 18, and Relay for Life on Friday, May 31. All proceeds raised from the bake sales go to cover the expenses for the Relay for Life Event for the American Cancer Society. Sign up here if you can bake for either of these nights.

Hillview Music
Choral Festival
Friday, May 10 performances begin at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 performances begin at 8:00 a.m. in rooms  G4, G5, and PAC. The festival is free and open to the public.  Come and enjoy some of the best choral music in the Bay Area.

Choral Festival - Volunteers Needed
Hillview will be hosting over 25 choirs from schools throughout the Bay Area, including some from as far away as Yosemite. Volunteers are needed to help in variety of stations: check-in, guides, concessions, check-out, runners, announcers, and door monitors. Adults are especially needed, as well as students. T his festival truly takes a village. If you can help, sign up here .

Hillview Spring Concert 
Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. 
The group order will be Jazz Bands, Concert Bands, Orchestras.

Hillview Talent Show
Audition for the Hillview Talent Show 
The talent show is coming Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. Tickets will go on sale in early May. Until then, it's time to get ready for student auditions! That's right, just like a theater production at Hillview, students must audition their talent. Students can sign up for an audition spot by filling out the Google Form here

A student must be logged in to their MPCSD e-mail account to view and submit this form. This means that a parent can encourage their student, but it is ultimately the student's decision. We share this news with you in case you want to give them a friendly 'nudge' to showcase their singing, dancing, musical, comedic, or other awesome talent.  Direct your questions to Brian Darmanin here .
Hillview After-School Sports
Boys Volleyball
Thursday, May 2. JV and Varsity play home games this week. 
  • 4:15 p.m. JV team v. Borel, Hillview gym
  • 5:00 p.m. Varsity team v. Kings Academy, Hillview gym

Fill-the-Stands Challenge! Come support your Hawks! Let's show our school spirit!


Girls Festival Volleyball

Wednesday, May 1, 4:30 p.m., Hillview Gym

After-School Track 
Track meet, Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Hillview  

May Madness Basketball
Friday, May 3, 3:30 p.m. at Hillview gym 

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

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Register Now for the Run on May 19 at Hillview!
Register here for this year's Schoolhouse Rocks Run today!
Registration must be completed online by Tuesday, May 14 or at "Packet Pick Up" on Friday, May 17, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Fleet Feet. There will be no race-day registration.

T-shirt sizes are available on a first come, first served basis this year (except for Family Sponsors). If you want a specific t-shirt size, get to Fleet Feet early!

For more information on the run, refer here.

Not a runner? There are still lots of ways to ROCK!
1) Volunteer! The success of this event hinges on having a large number of volunteers to ensure the race runs smoothly. If you would like to cheer on our runners and watch the action with a cup of coffee in-hand, sign up here to be a Course Monitor the morning of the race. See map of race course below.

2) Come enjoy the FREE post-race festival! Starts at 10:00 a.m. race day at Hillview Middle School, where your family can enjoy jumpy houses, climbing wall, Kids' Zone, Food Trucks, DJ and more!

Big SHOUT OUT to our presenting sponsor Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors!
Thank you so much - we couldn't do this without you!
Want to find out what the race is like?  Check out this fun race video from the 2018 Schoolhouse Rocks Run made by Nelson Roberts 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

Michael Repka and Ken Deleon, Deleon Realty here

Bohannon Development Company here

Alain Pinel Realtors here

Mary Gilles, Alain Pinel Realtors here

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Rally for Mental Health Sunday, May 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Fremont Park. SafeSpace here, a teen-led organization that empowers young people to engage in mental health advocacy and awareness, is hosting a rally to kickoff Mental Health Awareness Month and feature youth speakers, music, performances, activities and resources and more! All are invited!

It's time for a Date Night! The Night of the Robots - Gunn Robotics Friday, May 10  from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Gunn Robotics Lab, Room L-5780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. The award-winning Gunn Robotics Team will collaborate with BrainVyne - LEGO® & Money Camps + Birthday Parties, to offer a fun-tastic evening for 5 to 14-year-olds. Kids will build BrainVyne's highly rated LEGO® Zoom creation and will then have a chance to tour GRT's robotics lab and play with GRT's award winning robots, from National Competitions. Have a delightful date night while your kids enjoy pizza between building and playing with robots. A portion of the proceeds from this event will help GRT buy robotics components and supplies. Reserve a spot here now!

REF Adopt a Teacher Needs Your Support Make a difference in a teacher's life and impact students by "adopting" a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park for the 2019-20 school year. Provide your adopted teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts or appreciation, school supplies, and possibly help with classroom parties. Financial commitment, approximately $500. Time commitment is very flexible. It's fun and easy to adopt a teacher with a few friends. Sign up with Jazmin Sosa here or contact Sharon Purcell here with questions.

Is your child planning to bike to middle school in the Fall? June 8, June 22, and July 28. Wheel Kids, together with the City of Menlo Park, have created a Menlo Park-specific Middle School Bike Skills parent/child class. The weekend morning class has three parts: in class instruction, blacktop practice and an on the road ride. Kids (and their parent - participation required) will learn how to navigate alongside traffic and through busy intersections to get around Menlo Park safely. We can not recommend this class enough! More information about this program and sign-up here.

San Francisco Girls Chorus School Auditions We offer a program of unparalleled artistic and educational excellence, designed to take girls from an introduction to the art of choral singing through a full course of choral, vocal, and music theory instruction. Choristers perform diverse musical repertoire, learn form expert faculty, collaborate with world-class artists and organizations, and form lifelong friendships. Chorus school auditions for girls ages 6 and up are held by appointment in SF and Berkeley. Successful auditionees will be able to match pitch, sing both head voice and chest voice, have basic English reading comprehension, and have a desire to make music and perform in a collaborative and engaging environment. No auditions are required for girls ages 6 and under to join Prep Chorus. More details here.

Join Wizbots for an outrageously fun summer! Wizbots Robotics & Coding Camps revolve around robotics so as to instantly engage and provide campers (ages 8-14) with a fun, applied way to learn Java programming and creative problem-solving. Perfect for both novices and advanced campers, they all learn coding, engineering, and design in a hands-on, collaborative environment. Girls and boys, alike, find Wizbots instantly engaging, social, and fun! Our affordable full and half day camps can be found in Menlo Park (at Encinal Elementary) and around the Bay Area. Learn more and enroll here

French American Summer Camp  Your child will love this French American summer camp! It's a fun multi-activity camp with outdoor/ nature, science/ technology, arts, dance, theater, cooking and sports. More information here.

Alpine Strikers FC Tryouts For Fall Soccer  Our local competitive soccer club will have tryouts at the beginning of May for team placement for fall competition. All of our teams are coached by experienced professional coaches. Parents are encouraged to volunteer off the field to make the team run smoothly administratively. Information and registration details here.

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