In This Issue
Safe Routes Survey
Quiz Bowl Tournament
Applicants Site Council
Earn Block H
Burmeister Letter
School Safety
Washington D.C. Trip

Katrina Hagg Says

Public Education Week
Early Learning Center
Now Hiring
"Kids...Social Media"
Sports Gear Drive
Relay for Life
Basketball Playoffs
Tennis Team

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 -Boys Volleyball

 -Basketball Clinic


Online Auction 
Save the Date
Business/Realtor  Supporters

Q uick Links

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This Week ThisWeek

Monday, March 12 - Friday, March 16
  • Sports Equipment Drive, Bins in Hillview PAC
Tuesday, March 13 
  • School Board Meeting, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., TERC Building
Wednesday, March 14 
  • MPAEF Online Auction Starts 11:00 a.m. through March 21, 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 15 
  • Hillview Drama - Beauty and the Beast, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m., in Hillview PAC
Friday, March 16 
  • Hillview Drama - Beauty and the Beast, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., in Hillview PAC
  • End of Trimester 2
Saturday, March 17 
  • Hillview Drama - Beauty and the Beast, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Looking Ahead LookingAhead

Tuesday, March 20
  • School Safety - Lockdown/Barricade Drill
Wednesday, March 21
  • MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series,"Parenting in the Age of Social Media," 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Thursday, March 22
  • M-A Open House and New Family Resource Fair,          6:00 - 8:00 p.m., M-A PAC
Monday, March 26
  • Mindfulness Lesson Number 4

Tuesday, March 27

  • Washington D.C. Trip - Mandatory Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Friday, March 30
  • No School - Staff Professional Work Day

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Safe Routes to School Spring Survey
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedback allows us to adjust Safe Routes to School (SRTS) education and encouragement program features to best meet the needs of each individual school. Your feedback will also be shared with decision makers throughout the county who can address infrastructure issues regarding safe walking and biking. This survey will take approximately five minutes to complete.  English survey  here

Rutas Seguras a la Escuela Encuesta
Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para llenar esta encuesta. Su participación nos permite ajustar las características de educación y fomento del programa Rutas Seguras a la Escuela para cumplir mejor con las necesidades de cada escuela.  Sus comentarios también serán compartidos con autoridades que pueden abordar cuestiones de infraestructura acerca de caminar y andar en bicicleta con seguridad. La encuesta no tomará más de five minutos en completarse.  Spanish here .

Quiz Bowl Tournament  
Saturday, March 24. Does your student enjoy the TV quiz show Jeopardy? This is their chance to pick up the buzzer and answer trivia questions. Hillview will be hosting a middle school quiz bowl tournament. Quiz bowl is like Jeopardy, but with easier questions. Student can sign up individually, or as a team of three or four students.  

Schools from all over Northern California will be participating, so this is a fun way to meet students from other schools. Pass this along to other middle school families in the area. Since Hillview is hosting, there is no entry fee for Hillview students, but teams from other schools pay an entry fee to cover the cost of the questions, moderators, room rental fee, and pizza lunch.  
Information here for some sample questions that were used in a tournament a few years ago.
For more information and to sign-up, contact Sue Kayton at (650) 853-1711 or email here
Block H Points Available
Would you like to earn block H points and help out our wonderful hot lunch program on Friday pizza day? Earn block H, see your friends, or sign up with a friend to work a shift. The hot lunch program will train you. Looking for friendly, responsible students to help us hand out the pizza every Friday. Contact Mr. Darmanin in room G3.

Urgent Need for Applicants to Hillview Site Council
March 12, applications due. Looking for a BIG impact, LOW commitment way to be involved at Hillview? Want to follow up on your parent survey response with action? Then consider applying to serve a two-year appointment to the Hillview Site Council.

The Site Council meets after school once a month to provide input and oversight to the School Site Plan, which specifies the goals and metrics that drive major decisions on academics, the school environment, social-emotional well-being, technology, and any other significant areas related to the school. This is a meaningful opportunity to provide thoughtful reflection and input on how we as a school community can better serve all our Hillview students.

Interested parents should submit their name, a brief description of their background, and reasons for wanting to serve on the council by Monday, March 12. Note that you must have a child in attendance at Hillview during the duration of your term. You may nominate someone by submitting their name and reasons why you would like to recommend them. We will hold an election during the site council meeting on Tuesday, March 13. Candidates must be present at the meeting on March 13. All parents of current Hillview students or of incoming Hillview students for the 2018 - 2019 school year who are in attendance at the meeting are eligible to vote. New members should plan to participate in the Site Council meetings on March 13, April 17, May 8, and June 5.

The Site Council will meet on Tuesday, March 13, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Hillview front office conference room to review the results of the January Parent and Student Site Survey. All meetings are open to the public. 
For more information and to submit your application, contact Theanne Thomson here .

Letter from Superintendent Burmeister
MPCSD responds to the most recent school shooting and to what degree school sites will participate in upcoming organized events for political expression, you will find it here .

School Safety
As a school and as a district, we take the safety of all our students and staff very seriously. Hillview follows The Big Five, San Mateo County's school safety protocols, available here. We practice each of the Big Five drills over the course of the school year. We have done Shelter in Place, Secure Campus, and Evacuation so far, and our next drill will be the Lockdown/Barricade drill. The Lockdown/Barricade protocol would be used in the event of an immediate threat of danger on campus. This drill will take place on Tuesday, March 20 in the afternoon. Our teachers and staff were trained by Officer Ferguson, our School Resource Officer, and she and the Menlo Park Police Department will support us at Hillview as we complete our drill. Over Hawk Talk in the two weeks before the drill, we will be giving students important information about our upcoming drill and campus safety.  Should you have any questions about our school safety and emergency preparedness, contact Danielle O'Brien here.  

Several important publications are available for your information. The San Mateo County Office of Education released a statement here. The Atherton Chief of Police wrote an open letter to the community here.  

Washington D.C. Trip Participants - Mandatory Meeting
Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m., Hillview PAC. Eighth-grade students and families participating in the Washington, D.C. trip are required to attend this meeting. Students, and at least one parent, must attend. We will review the schedule of activities, outline expectations and safety rules, collect baggage fees, issue identification and luggage tags, collect and inspect medications, and much more. Plan to attend this important meeting.

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"Thank you, PTO!", Katrina Hagg, Math Teacher
"...for everything you do for us teachers and for our students! Thank you for our wonderful luncheons and for providing coffee for us... Also, thank you for providing us with budgets to use in our classrooms! I'm always thinking of ways to give my students access to the can I say this differently or show something another way to them so that they get it. I find myself thinking of new or different ways to teach them, or convey concepts to them so that more of them comprehend what I'm trying to convey. It's so comforting to know that if I need anything, if I need to buy something that will help these students better understand, my PTO will support me in buying it to make that happen. That is so incredible! And I know that doesn't happen at all schools and districts. So, thank you, sincerely! I'm so appreciative of the constant support from you all year, and year after year!"

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Public Education Week!
March 12 - 16. The "I Love Public Education" campaign is an ongoing effort to highlight why public schools are essential to develop the future generations that will maintain our country's status as a world leader. The campaign aims to re-frame the current national dialogue around public education to highlight the critical role public schools play as the bedrock of our civic society and their work to prepare students to be successful, contributing members of their local, national and global communities. More information at the School Superintendents Association website here.
MPCSD will celebrate Public Schools Week over our Twitter here  and Facebook here  all week! Join the conversation with #LovePublicEducation and share your stories about why you love your school! Remember to tag #gompcsd.

Early Learning Center Enrollment
Wednesday March 14! Priority enrollment period ends this week. It's not too late to apply. All applications received by deadline receive the same priority. Children with birthdays September 1, 2013 - December 1, 2015 are eligible. Visit the district website here and choose the Enrollment tab. Families will be notified of placement in early April. Visit the Early Learning Center webpage here for more information.

Now Hiring
The ELC is also hiring staff, more information here
  • Bilingual Administrative Assistant/Family Engagement Specialist (one position)
  • Preschool Aide (three positions)
  • Assistant Teacher (three positions)
  • Lead Teacher (three positions)
Contact MPCSD Human Resources Manager, Joan O'Neill here or apply through EdJoin here. Share this information with others you may know interested in joining our team.

MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series 
"Parenting in the Age of Social Media"
Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC, with Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet
Our kids are "digital natives," they have grown up in a wo rld of online access and ever-changing media devices. Do you wonder how to teach your child responsibility and ethics online, how to ensure they are aware of the ir actions, and how best to parent them in the digital age?

Come join My Digital TAT2 for a highly engaging and informative presentation, recommended for anyone interested in gaining an overview of the digital landscape and learning about thoughtful ways to navigate media with your children.

Topics include the evolving digital landscape and current trends, emotional and psychological responses to social media, responding to challenging issues such as techno-perfection, digital distraction, sleep, and sexting; strategies to engage your teen with constructive conversation and promote media balance for the entire family. You'll come away with strategies that support both you and your child.  This is an event you won't want to miss! For more information about My Digital TAT2, visit here.

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Programs & Activities programsandactivities

Hillview Service Team
Sports Equipment Drive 
March 12 - 16, place in bins at Hillview PAC. Donate gently used sports equipment - balls, nets bats, cleats, shorts, uniforms, shoes, etc. Your contributions will be helping youth enjoy more active and healthy lives.

Relay for Life
The Hillview Service Team is gearing up for the 4th Annual Relay for Life event on Friday, May 18 from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m., at Hillview. It will benefit the American Cancer Society. Last year, our students raised over $65,000 to help fund cancer research. It's time for students to form teams and register. Sign-up sheets are available in the office.  

Relay for Life Spirit Day, Thursday, March 15. Wear "Relay for Life" T-shirts or "purple" in support in fighting cancer. Relay for Life team sign-up sheets will be collected in the quad on Thursday at lunch. Each team, can be up to 10 students, is required to have an adult chaperone for the evening. There are other ways to participate in the event too - selling snacks, set-up/clean-up, etc. 

Students who sign-up are required to attend the Relay for Life kick-off meeting on Thursday, March 29, lunchtime, PAC. We will share all the details about the event. Parents are welcome.

After-School Sports
After-School Basketball League Playoffs
The first round of playoffs for all 8th-grade teams, 6th-grade boys, and 7th-grade boys were just completed. 8th-grade teams remaining will play in the finals this Monday, March 12. There will be three games at Hillview. All of them will be Hillview v. Hillview. The schedule is:
  • 3:50 Boys: Discher vs Kessler (Tier 3 finals)
  • 4:55 Girls: Nieva vs Olson (Top Tier finals)
  • 6:00 Boys: Meyer vs Gurman (Top Tier Finals)
  • 6th-grade finals will be played at Arrillaga gym on Wednesday, March 14. Teams remaining (TBA) at 3:45, 4:40, and 5:35
  • 7th-grade finals will be played at Arrillaga gym on Friday, March 16. Teams remaining (TBA) at 3:45, 4:40, and 5:35
Parents and Students - Return basketball jerseys to front office or coach/team coordinator. Should be in a bag and labeled with player and coach names.

Website to check standings for 6th/7th grade
here . 8th-grade standings are sent to coaches. 

After-School Tennis Program
Practices have begun and matches will begin soon. Hillview will host matches on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Spring Sports 
Registration is open here for the following three Spring sports:
  • Track
  • Boys Volleyball - wait list available
  • May Madness Basketball Clinic
For information regarding after-school sports, contact Harry Bell here or call 650 483-4049 or Matt Ericksen here.

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"It's For The Kids!" Auction Party was a huge success, thank you to everyone for an amazing night of FUN and FUNdraising for our kids!

We wanted to extend our special thanks to our generous sponsors and in-kind donors  who helped create a fabulous evening:
Share A Splash Wine Co.
House of Carbonadi Vodka
Blackstone Discovery
John and Jessica Gilmartin
Paige and Tony Arata
Maria and Jake Lehmkuhl
The Orciuoli Family
Pete Sandhu

Online Auction Starts Wednesday!
Mark your calendar! All teacher-sponsored parties and events,  Fund-
STEM Education
A-Need, as well as other items, will be available in the online auction from Wednesday March 14 at 11:00 a.m. through Wednesday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m. T he fabulous online auction here .

See your Fund-A-Need donations and help us fund a STEM education for all our kids!

Participate in this year's Fund-A-Need: STEM Labs here !

Save the Date
Sunday, May 20th, 2018 for the School House Rocks Run and Festival.  Details to  f ollow! 

Thank you to our Business and Realtor Partners!  We want to take the opportunity to shout out some appreciation to some of our man y business and realtor partners in the community. Thank you for your support!

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M-A High School Open House and New Family Resource Fair Thursday March 22, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Visit our website here for the event flyer and full program details  

Menlo Park Public Library - Free Events  
  • "Amazing Aircraft," March 17, with Hiller Aviation Museum. Students will learn about the four forces of flight, and build their own balsa glider to take home, information here
  • "World Storytelling Day," March 20. With two renowned storytellers, Muriel Johnson and Erica Lann-Clark, information here.
Object Art - Art in Action Annual Benefit , March 22, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Computer History Museum. A magical night, benefitting Art in Action, in its mission to bring arts education to all children. This fabulous cocktail party features one-of-a-kind live auction items, a silent auction with original artwork and exclusive art-themed experiences, and a spread of delectable food. Buy tickets here!

Facebook Open House About Willow Village, March 22, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Arillaga Family Recreation Center. A Community Open House about the proposed Willow Village, a "mixed-use neighborhood that provides retails services, open space areas, community amenities, and housing and transit solutions... to be located near the Facebook Headquarters." All Open Houses are bilingual English and Spanish.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Weekends of March 16 and 23, M-A PAC.  Featuring many Oak Knoll, Laurel, and Encinal alums, current Encinal students, the Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to M-A High School. This entertaining show for all audiences is a rollicking and heartwarming story of staying true to who you are. Buy your tickets here.

Parent Ed, Sequoia Parent Education Series, "Tech Sex & Teen Dating Relationships," March 14, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall. Join Vanessa Kellam of Health Connected for a thought-provoking discussion around the sexuality and dating culture of teenage digital natives. Talking points will include the impact of social media and online pornography on relationships, and how parents and trusted adults can engage their children in open and honest conversations. Register here.

Camp MAC, July 30 - August 3, Palo Alto High School, Paly's distinguished journalism program will be returning again this summer with its third year of Camp MAC (Media Arts Center). New campers will learn a variety of journalistic skills, including critical thinking, research, graphic design, and expository writing techniques. The camp is open to all rising 8th- and 9th-grade students. Registration and more information available here.

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