In This Issue

Site Council Meeting

Campaign Begins

Volunteer at Hillview
Academy Support

"Restorative Parenting"
Assistant Principal

6th-Grade Girls
After-School Program
Fall Sports

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek

Monday, August 27
  • Picture Day during PE
Tuesday, August 28
  • Picture Day during PE
  • Hillview Site Council Meeting, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hillview Office
Wednesday, August 29  
  • Block Day
Thursday August 30
  • Block Day

Tuesday, September 4
  • Fall After-School Program Begins
Wednesday, September 5 
  • Girls Volleyball Mandatory Workouts, 6th grade 3:30 - 4:50 p.m., 7th grade 5:00 - 6:20 p.m., and 8th grade 6:30 - 7:50 p.m., Hillview Gym
Tuesday, September 11 
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., MPSCD, 181 Encinal Avenue
Thursday, September 13
  • Back To School Night, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview
Monday, September 17 
  • MPCSD Speaker Series, "Restorative Parenting: Introducing the Restorative Practices Used at School for Home," 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC

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Hillview Site Council Meeting
Tuesday, August 28, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., 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. The agenda is available here. All parents in our community are welcome!

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Donate Now to the PTO and MPAEF!
Welcome to another fantastic year at Hillview and the beginning of our annual fundraising campaign to keep our schools among the best in California. We've made some exciting changes:
  • We've shortened the timeline to only 7 weeks and brought the PTO and Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) campaigns under one umbrella - One Community. Investing Together.
  • Now you can visit SupportMPCSD  here  to make both of your donations at the same time.  

With your donation of $1,500/student, the MPAEF allows the district to fund critical programs at Hillview including:

  • 4 7 electives  spanning  music, coding, and after-school sports, which allow your children to find a place where they belong
  • Mental health safety for your children, including on-site guidance counselors, mental health therapists, psychologists, and a wellness coordinator
  • Traditions that foster community, including Grad night, Greek Olympics, Hawkapalooza, Relay for Life, and the Decades Dance
  • One of the smallest middle school class sizes in the Bay Area
With your donation of $250/student, the PTO funds many important programs at Hillview, including:

  • Over 20 teacher-led lunchtime clubs where students can connect over common interests such as dance, service, anime, and even classical musicals
  • Recognition programs that honor students for their contributions and accomplishments, from our weekly "Hawk Hurrahs," to our "Student of the Month," to trimesterly Honor Roll
  • A variety of after-school programs to support academics, such as drop-in Homework Center, targeted tutoring in Math Clinic, and mentorship in HawkStars and Flight School

Don't delay! Every dollar counts. Visit  here  and make your donation right now and we promise not to bother you about it again!

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Parent Volunteer Opportunities at Hillview
There are many different ways to volunteer at Hillview! These range from helping out at hot lunch, to shelving books in the library, from assisting the sports team coaches, to working with students on social-emotional skills. Assistance with both one-off opportunities and ongoing commitments are needed. Visit the Hillview PTO on the Hillview website here  for more information and to sign up. Contact Emily here for questions.

LunchMaster Welcomes Hillview Hawks Back to School!
LunchMaster is ready to serve Hillview a wonderful new selection of DAILY hot entrees.
Our WEEKLY items will include the "LIVE" BBQ, Pizza Fridays, and Grab N Go. Be sure to set up your account here and select "Register." Enter your school code: hillviewmiddle.  See you in the lunch line!

Hillview Academy Support Program
We are looking for parent volunteers for the 2018-19 Hillview Academy Support Program! Sign up to be part of the Academy Support Team - a group of parents who help with academy activities and events - or volunteer as the Academy Lead Parent - the middle-school version of a room parent, but with fewer events and less work. To volunteer for the 2018-19 school year, sign up  here For questions contact Gina here or Ashley here .
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MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series
We have an amazing line-up for the 2018-2019 school year! You'll hear experts discuss relevant issues like restorative parenting, math mindsets, anxiety, school violence, smartphones, social media, compassion, and puberty. Our speakers include Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn CEO,) Frank DeAngelis (former principal of Columbine High School,) Jo Boaler (Stanford math professor,) and many others. Check out the event descriptions and the full schedule on our website here and mark your calendars! You won't want to miss these events! All events are free to the public and held at Hillview PAC. Free onsite childcare and pizza are available for potty-trained children. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for attendees. Join us for our first event!

"Restorative Parenting: Introducing the Restorative Practices Used at School for Home,"  Monday, September 17, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC. A presentation by Karen Junker, a certified trainer by the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Meet Danny Chui, New Assistant Principal at Hillview 
Mr. Chui worked in the educational non-profit sector for ten years, starting off as a teacher in the Western A ddition before running his own site for six years. He eventually went back to his old high school to become a full-time social science teacher after graduating from Cal. While doing that, he earned a couple of national teaching awards from Stanford and The University of Illinois, Chicago. He then went on to become a Dean and then Vice Principal within the same school district. Last year, he won an outstanding administrator award from the California PTA. He is looking forward to being an ardent observer at Hillview, learning its culture, and developing relationships with the students and staff. He considers himself proactive and deliberate when it comes to discipline and restorative practices.

Outside of the education world, you'll generally find him running. For about six years, he was a super competitive distance runner, completing several full marathons, a couple of ultramarathons, and many, many half-marathons. He also took on three Tough Mudder races and five Urbanathlons.

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Attention 6th-Grade Girls!
Friday, August 31, 3:15 - 4:45 p.m. in the library. Hello incoming 6th-grade girls! We, Maia Goel and Katriona Briggs, current 9th-grade students, are hosting an after-school event for girls who might want to talk more about the transition to Hillview. It will be a small group and a great place to meet new friends and get your questions answered. If you would like to come, or have any questions, email Maia here or Katriona here. Hope to hear from you!

Hillview After-School Programs
Program registration is open! The PTO is excited to offer students a variety of fun and enriching after-school programs. These programs range from social, to athletic and academic groups - there's something for every student's interest! Check out the links below to find out more information on each program, including class registration and pricing information.  

C ontact Jamey Hawkins, ASP Coordinator,  here  with questions.

Hillview Library
We Are Open 
Come before school (8:00ish), during lunch, and brunch. We strive to be a warm, safe place for ALL students! :) Mrs. Mathenia and Ms. Piombo can't wait to see you in the library!

Best Books Ever Survey We're inviting students to help us compile a list of the best books ever, by taking this optional survey. It's super quick!

Looking To Donate Books? 
We are collecting gently used, current middle grade, and YA novels for classroom libraries. Bring them to the school office or library marked to donate, and we'll take care of the rest!

Hillview Music
Music News and Notes
The Music Department is up and running! If anyone has questions about the program, email Mr. Vaughan directly here! It is never too late to start an instrument!

Chorus Club Begins Tuesday! 
We will meet Tuesdays 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. and Thursdays 2:40 -3:40 p.m. for an hour after school. Come join us! You don't have to be able to read music or have any experience, just a desire to make music. There's lots to work on - get ready to audition for a lead part in the Spring Musical, sing on tour with us during the holidays, and, possibly, a Disney trip in May!

Jazz Band Update 
Auditions for the Jazz & Lab Band begin this week. Look for a sign-up list online here and additional audition information here. All musicians are welcome to be a part of the music program. See Mr Vaughan with any and all questions!

Come See Pirates of Penzance
Hillview is hosting the production in the Hillview PAC! Check the Community News section below for all the information.

Hillview After-School Sports
Girls Volleyball and Flag Football  
Registration on  Sportabilty here began on Thursday, August 23. We highly encourage everyone who wishes to participate to sign up as soon as possible. We have limited space.

Volleyball will have mandatory workouts after school on September 5. Times will be 6 th grade 3:30 - 4:50 p.m., 7 th grade 5:00 - 6:20 p.m., and 8 th grade 6:30 - 7:50 p.m. At this workout players will be put through some drills hitting, setting, serving, etc. Practices will be at Hillview Gym and games at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium here . Practice time will be available with team assignment.

Flag Football players will be assigned to a team. The first practice is scheduled after school on September 4  at the Hillview field. Home games will be played at Hillview and away games at surrounding school sites.  

Due to a limited amount of space on a team and coaches, it would be immensely helpful to know how many players we will be participating for the season. Email our Athletic Director here and also s ign up on Sportability.

We are currently looking for parent volunteers for Volleyball and Flag Football. If you have interest in donating your time, have a passion for sports, and would like to help our students have a fulfilling experience, contact our Athletic Director Huck Hunt here

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Community News

Pirates of Penzance at Hillview! Hillview will be hosting the Bay Area Opera Collaborative production of Gilbert and Sullivan, Pirates of Penzance September 8-23. Use discount code MERMAID for $20 tickets here for more information.

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