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This Weekthisweek
Thursday, March 16
  • Hillview Drama presents Aladdin - Pizza and a Show, 3:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • MPCSD Community Conversations with Erik Burmeister, 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., TERC at the District Office
Friday, March 17 
  • Hillview Drama presents Aladdin7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
  • End of Trimester
Saturday, March 18 
  • Hillview Drama presents Aladdin, noon, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Looking Aheadlookingahead

Monday, March 20
  • MPCSD Speaker Series screening of Beyond Measure and discussion, 6:30 p.m. Hillview PAC
Thursday, March 23
  • Menlo-Atherton High School Open House and New Family Resource Fair, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25
  • MPAEF Spring Auction and Event, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m., MacArthur Park, Palo Alto
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Hillview School Newsschoolnews

8th Grade Panoramic Picture
Our annual 8th grade panoramic picture will happen on   Tuesday, March 21, during 7th period. 8th grade students received picture packets from their English teachers this week. If you'd like to order a panoramic picture, please return the form with payment to the Hillview Office.

Mini-Course Opportunities
Mini-Course week will be here soon, April 3-7. If your child has not yet returned the signed permission forms that were due last Friday, please send them in to Monica Bosch in the front office ASAP! 

There are some great ways to help make this week successful for our eighth graders. You don't need an eighth grader to help out, and you may chaperone or donate for any course, even if your child is not enrolled in it. Be on the lookout for direct emails for your child's course, and future opportunities in the newsletter as we get closer.
  • Picture This! If you have a DSLR camera to loan for this wonderful photography course, please contact Jill Kispert.
Please email with any questions regarding mini-courses.  

SamTrans Rider Survey
If you ride the SamTrans bus to and/or from school -- Bus 82, Bus 83, or Bus 84 -- please complete this   survey  to rate and describe your customer experience. This survey closes on   March 19.

Spelling Bee Champion Advances
Hillview's School Spelling Bee Champion, Isabelle Brahana, competed in the Local Area Semifinal Spelling Bee at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley on February 11 and qualified for the next round! The next round, the Local Area Final Spelling Bee, will take place on Saturday, March 18 at 12 noon. This oral spelling bee will be aired on channel KBCW, 44 cable 12. 
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Call for Service Award Nominations
Tell Us About an Exceptional Volunteer! Every year our District is fortunate to have parents, teachers, staff, and community volunteers give generously of their time, skills, and creativity to our schools. Many programs would not exist if not for this formidable group of volunteers, the "Pillars of our Community". Honorary Service Awards (HSAs) and School Service Awards (SSAs) recognize individuals who have contributed in an extraordinary way to our District. Please take a moment to nominate someone you know who goes above and beyond to make a difference in our schools. To nominate an individual, please complete the online nomination form  by April 1.  

Hillview PTO Board Nominations
The Hillview PTO is actively recruiting volunteers to serve on the PTO Board and to fulfill other volunteer capacities for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board, with parent volunteers, works with Hillview's administrative and teaching staff to create and support vital school programs and events. Interested in learning more? Or know some great people who are just too shy to raise their hands? Feel free to nominate them as well. Please email  PTO Nominating to learn how you can get involved.    

After-School Programs
Hillview's PTO is excited to offer its students a wide array of after-school programs this Winter/Spring! We have a few new program offerings, as well as, the returning favorites. We now offer both beginning and advanced Mandarin. Junior Chef Stars is offering a cooking and baking class starting in March and The M-A Wresting Coach is offering a fun Mat Club/Wresting class. There is something for every student's interest! Click on any of the links below to gather more specific information about each program, including a description of the program, registration links and pricing. Please keep in mind that each program will only be offered if the minimum student enrollment is reached. For more information, see  Hillview After-School Programs . 
Questions? Contact  Kim Hinshaw, PTO After-School Programs Coordinator.

Eighth Grade Grad Party Volunteers Needed
Attention 8th grade parents!
8th Grade Grad Party planning is well underway, but we are in need of extra hands to help us! If you, or your spouse, is skilled with a hammer, paintbrush or scissors, we are looking for volunteers to help construct props and other decorations. Some tasks may be completed on your own, but we also plan to schedule a couple of work days in March and April. If interested, please email Gina Skinner or Sonya Fletcher for more details.       
Please also keep a lookout in future newsletters for other volunteer requests. We hope to soon publish a wish list of items that we would love to borrow (or have donated!) from our parent community for this special party for the 8th graders.
For general information regarding the party or to donate, click here. Thank you!
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March 16 Community Conversations
Join MPCSD's incoming Superintendent, Erik Burmeister, for one of two  Community Conversations around the new  California School Dashboard. Erik will present  the data to  the  community, as well as take questions and suggestions. 

In addition, we'll talk about  the  results of  the  Measure X Parcel Tax election and how those  results will impact MPCSD  in  the short and long term.
Morning: March 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the TERC @ the District Office
Evening: March 16 at 6:00 p.m.  in  the TERC @  the District Office

Refreshments will be served. 

MPCSD Speaker Series: Parent Education Double Feature:  a great movie + a conversation with ALL 4 school principals & the incoming superintendent!
Join us for a screening of  Beyond Measure, the award-winning film from the makers of Race To Nowhere, followed by a panel discussion with the principals of ALL 4 Menlo Park schools - Oak Knoll, Encinal, Laurel and Hillview, moderated by incoming district superintendent, Erik Burmeister. 

Beyond Measure sets out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story. Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. It looks at schools across the country that are breaking away from an outmoded, test-driven education and are shaping a new vision for classrooms. Beyond Measure offers a positive picture of what's possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change.
As always, free childcare for potty-trained children and light refreshments for all attendees.
Missed our last event?  The video recording is up on our website. Please note: the film screening will not be videotaped.
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Hillview Drama Proudly Presents Disney's Aladdin - Dual Language Edition
This classic tale of Aladdin, Jasmine and the magical Genie is based on the beloved movie. Our version tells the tale in Spanish and English with delightful energy and pizzazz! 

Showtimes are Thursday, March 16 at 3:30 and 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 18 at Noon, 3:30 and 7:00 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets online . See you there and may all your wishes come true!

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Donate Used Sports Equipment Drive
 Now extend ed until Monday, March 13. Do you have lightly used sports equipment cluttering your garage? Just in time for Spring Cleaning, the Hillview Service Team is collecting all types of gently used sports equipment every morning this week in the PAC lobby. The equipment will be donated to a local non-profit Fit Kids, that provides free sports and nutrition programs to underserved schools. FitKids will pass on the equipment to local youth who do not have equipment at home. We hope to collect athletic shoes (cleats, runners, etc.), basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, sports uniforms, and any other gently used sporting equipment. THANK YOU to all the families that donated last week! Questions? Email

Intramural Sports
This Wednesday, March 15, will be the final day of intramural basketball. There will be a staff vs. students activity on March 16 and 17. The following week we will go back to either indoor soccer/hockey or volleyball/badminton. Look for announcements next week. 

After-School Sports   
Burgess League and 8th Grade MPMSL Basketball  
Final playoff games will be played this week for 8th graders and 6th/7th grade boys. 6th/7th grade girls ended last week. We thank all players, coaches, coordinators, and parents for their great support as we complete a fun and successful season. When your son or daughter's season is finished please be sure to return jerseys to their coach or the front office. The coaches will likely collect the jerseys following the final game of season.   

After-School Tennis Program 
Practice and matches will resume this week for all players. Each player should know when their permanent practice times are.

After-School Boys Volleyball
For the second year, Hillview is offering a Spring League Volleyball program for boys. Registration is open on  Sportability. Practice will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays  starting on March 21. We will field one or two teams depending on how many players register. Currently we have at least 13 players which is great for one time. We are hoping to get another 7 or more players so we can field a Varsity and Jr. Varsity team . League games will begin following Spring Break and will continue through mid/late May with normally 2 matches per week.

Additional Spring Programs
Registration for other spring programs continues for Track, Spring Volleyball for girls, and May Madness (Friday Basketball Clinic in May). Open Play Spring Volleyball for girls will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. starting on March 21. Track will begin on Monday, April 17, following Spring Break; 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Mondays/Wednesdays. Madness Basketball Clinic will be held on four Fridays in late April and early May. Registration for all after-school sports is available on Sportability.

Scholarships are available for all Hillview supported sports. Questions regarding any of these programs should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049.  
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You are invited to Menlo-Atherton High School's Open House and New Family Resource Fair on
Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Open House:
Food Trucks (food available for purchase)      5:30 - 7:30 p.m.     PAC Patio 
Welcome to M-A            6:00 - 6:30 p.m.     PAC 
Meet M-A Teachers, view student work & performances  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.     Classrooms 
Resource Fair for new families      6:30 - 8:00 p.m.     PAC Café 
Resource Fair for New Families, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., PAC Café
  • Sign up for summer enrichment programs
  • 9th grade registration information
  • Find information about athletics, electives, AVID, BUILD, and other support programs
  • Meet Principal Simone Kennel
  • Complete Address Verification - bring your documents
Please visit our website or click here to view the event flyer and full program details.  

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If you haven't gotten your tickets, it's not too late! Join our community's finest superheroes and support our schools at the MPAEF Superheroes Bash on Saturday, March 25, at MacArthur Park. Tickets are $100 each ($75 for MPCSD teachers). Get your tickets today!

If you can't make the event, we've got you covered. You can participate in the online auction starting on Sunday, March 26. Click here to learn more about the party and online auction.

Thanks to Our Realtor and Business Partners
We want to take the opportunity to  shout   out  some appreciation to just a few of our many realtor and business partners in the community. Thank you for your support!
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Aladdin: Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, and Hillview will be putting on their school performances of  Aladdin this month. All shows will be at the Hillview PAC. The casts have been hard at work learning lines, singing and dancing. Please come and support the MPCSD drama department! Pre-sale tickets are available here:
The Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation Annual Fundraiser and Party: Online auction: March 10 - 17;  Party: March 18.  The extended Menlo Park and Atherton communities are encouraged to support M-A -- you need not be a current M-A family to participate! The Foundation's goal is to provide an excellent education for every M-A student by funding smaller class sizes, an expanded course offering, professional development for teachers, college and career prep, and other essential programs and services. Click here   for tickets, and to bid on everything from fun getaways and restaurant certificates to sports events and private parties.

Community Service Opportunities
Ambassadors for LPCH 10th Annual Lunch and Learn: March 15, 10:30 a.m., Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. There are still a few tables left at the Ambassadors 2017 Lunch and Learn featuring Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP. In addition, we will have a fantastic raffle. Prizes include a Balenciaga Handbag and stunning diamond jewelry by Bridget King; 100% of proceeds raised go directly to our Fund-A-Need.  Click here to purchase your tickets. You don't want to miss this event!
Library Volunteers Needed at Green Oaks Academy: Tuesdays, between 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 2450 Ralmar Ave, East Palo Alto. Green Oaks Academy is looking for a few volunteers to help in the library. The children only have access one day/week, and the library coordinator is also the IT coordinator so he would love some help. Volunteers read a story to the class, and check out and reshelve books. If you are available for all or part of the time slot, please email  Xenophone Rhone for more information.

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