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Medication at School
Smarter Balanced

Student "You Tube"  Video

Breakfast Cafe

MPCSD on Facebook

Library Teen Section
After-School Sports

Auction Party Date Change to March 10

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  • Parent Education-Principals Panel, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hillview PAC
Monday, October 16 -Friday, October 20
  • ASB Spirit Week
Friday, October 20
  • Halloween Dance, 7/8 Grade, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Hillview PAC
Tuesday, October 24 - Friday October 27
  • Minimum Days - Conferences, dismissal 11:45 a.m.
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Medication at School
If your child requires any medication at school, prescribed and/or over-the-counter, medication authorization from your child's health care provider is required. Forms may be printed from the district website here.  

If you received new forms in the mail in June 2017 and you have not brought your completed paperwork and medications to the school office, please do so immediately. Medications should expire in June 2018 or later. 

If your child no longer requires medication at school, please indicate so in writing here  to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant.

Smarter Balanced Student Score Reports
Families of fourth through eight graders will be receiving  Smarter Balanced Student Score Reports within the next two weeks .   The Educational Testing Services (ETS) alerted all school districts that there was   error  on some of the reports. As a result, we delayed mailing the reports until we had the complete details. We discovered that not all reports contained the error. Only reports of students scoring in the Level 4 (Standard Exceeded) Performance Band contained a minor text error. The scaled scaled score and performance bands were not impacted. The scores, as indicated on the report, are correct and were not impacted. Therefore, we will be sending the reports even if they contained the text error. ETS is reprinting and sending corrected reports. The corrected reports will be sent to impacted families as soon as we receive them. These Score Reports will provide information on how your child performed against the California Common Core State Standards. You can view Examples here and Explanations of the Scores reports here .

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Our Back-to-School Night Video, "No Fake News"
Here is the student produced Back-to-School Night video that highlights the importance of supporting the PTOs and the MPAEF.

Hillview Back to School Night Video

Spotlight on the MPAEF - How Your Dollars Make a Difference
Support the MPAEF
The MPAEF funds...
Best-in-Class Teachers  We support additional teachers and their professional development, allowing students to enjoy smaller class sizes and more personal attention.

Arts & Sciences  We aim to spark their scientific thinking, open expression through the arts, and explore new ideas in our libraries.

Innovation & Technology  We support innovative projects, including design thinking workshops, and thoughtful use of technology in the classroom.

Guidance & Wellness  We support the whole child, inside and out, with dedicated guidance and wellness counselors.

More information about the MPAEF and to donate or pledge by November 3rd here.
In addition to supporting the MPAEF, consider making a contribution to the PTO, our valued partner in making our school great. We need your support here to donate today.

How do the PTO & MPAEF help Hillview students?
Russ Peterson, Physical Education Department says, "The Hillview PTO has been a great partner to the Physical Education department...planning large events like the Turkey Trot and Greek Olympics with strong PTO volunteer support ... with the financial support of the PTO we were able to purchase a Transverse Rock-Climbing Wall.

Through an MPAEF Jeanie Ritchie Grant our students have Slack-Lines and other equipment ... the goal is to provide learning and growth opportunities for our students, where they can expand their interests based on natural curiosity and self-motivation ... the PTO and the MPAEF allowed the physical education department to expand the four PE options we offer at Hillview."

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Breakfast Cafe
We are looking for volunteers to bring food for Breakfast Cafe. This  program provides Hillview students in the College Bound Program a healthy breakfast, an opportunity to  gather and make a positive connection to a member of Hillview's staff before school begins. Contact Naed de la Vega here for questions or to sign up.

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MPCSD Facebook Page is Live!
Check out our newly updated district Facebook page here. Like us and share your stories, too! Let's get social and tell the story of our wonderful community-funded district together. #goMPCSD!

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Programs & Activities Programs 

Teen Section: Our library has a small, carefully curated collection of books, eBooks and audiobooks recommended for "junior high" (grades 8 and 9). 
  • New this year, 8th grade students automatically have access to this section unless parents opt-out either by sending an email to Tracy Piombo or Aimee Mathenia, or with this form.
  • As in previous years, 7th grade students may access the entire Teen Section with parental permission by sending an email to us or use this form.
  • 6th grade students may get permission to access individual books with parental permission by sending an email to us or use this form.
Questions about the Teen Section, or about finding great books for your kids? Contact Ms. Piombo  here and Ms. Mathenia  here with any questions.

After-School Sports
Flag Football  Games begin this week. 6th  grade Blue plays first game on  Wednesday, September 20 at Cunha in Half  Moon Bay. All other teams will play in a jamboree on Friday, September  22. Jamboree locations are: 6th grade at La Entrada, 7th grade at  Hillview, 8th grade at Woodside Elementary. All players must have a  mouthpiece to participate.

Girls Volleyball  Games will begin this week. 7th/8th teams play on Monday, and 6th grade plays on Tuesday. All games at Arrillaga Gym.  Best of luck to all Hillview Teams!

Scholarships are available for all Hillview-supported sports. Refunds are not available for after-school sports past the registration deadline.

Our PTO will sponsor basketball in winter; tennis, track, b oys volleyball in spring.
For questions regarding any of these programs, click here to contact Harry Bell,  Athletic Director, at 650-483-4049 or here to contact Matt Ericksen,  PTO Registration Coordinator. 

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MPAEF Spring Auction Party Update
Mark your calendar for the MPAEF Auction Party, Saturday, March 10, 2018.

New to Hillview? You're invited to the MPAEF New Family Social
We look forward to welcoming all new families and those with new kindergartners to a casual New Family Social, on  Sunday, September 24, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., at Hillview.  Our goal is to make this a fun and informative afternoon for you. You will meet other new/incoming parents and families and hear from district leaders, including Erik Burmeister, our new Superintendent, as well as school principals, School Board members and MPAEF and PTO leaders. We will have Daffy Dave entertaining the younger kids, games for the middle schoolers and treats for all. Bring the whole family!  RSVP  here !

Volunteer with the MPAEF
Want to volunteer with the MPAEF? We are always looking for more parents to help us!  E-mail us here  to contact Amy Coolican or here to contact  Stacey Davis-Wueste  to learn more.

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Girl Scouts Information Night   September 18, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Trinity Church, Angus Hall, 330 Ravenswood Avenue.  We are holding a parent information night to form new troops for this fall. Join families with K-5th grade daughters from the area schools to learn about what Girl Scouts is and how you can be involved. Contact Cecilia T homson 

Free Lacrosse Clinic  September 17 and October 1, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Introductory clinics hosted by Menlo-Atherton Grizzlies Lacrosse Club, for boys and girls ages 6-14. R egister   here

NJB Winter Basketball Registration is open.  Our focus is on skills-based instruction, personal growth, and positive competition for kids from 1st through 8th grades. The season runs from November through February. Early registration with reduced fees is September, 28. Register   here

Frozen Sing-Along!  October 8, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., M-A PAC  Sing along to the words of the Academy Award-Nominated film Frozen! Dress up as your favorite Frozen character! This sing-along event is highly interactive with in-movie antics and a special "Fun Pack" for advance ticket buyers. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets in advance  by clicking   here to ensure that you are not left out of the fun!

Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study  The ABCD Study is looking for participants ages 9-10 years; they will follow them into early adulthood to understand how children's experiences affect brain  development and other aspects of their lives. You may be eligible to participate at SRI International in Menlo Park; participants can earn up to $350. Contact Dr. Aimee Goldstone   here for more information.

Cardinal Kids Day 2017 Stanford Football vs. Arizona State  Hillview students and parents are invited to join the fun on Stanford's campus, September 30, for a day filled with activities, giveaways, food trucks, and the chance to meet Stanford student-athletes, followed by the football game. Kids' tickets are free with the purchase of at least one adult ticket ($25 each.) Our school's families will all be seated together in the stadium! Get tickets  here  and enter Hillview's promo code - Stanford:Hillview.

Ongoing Study on Executive Function Looking for children ages 7-11 with a diagnosis of ADHD or with no diagnoses to participate in a study exploring changes in brain function in response to a novel neurofeedback training. Participation involves six sessions of cognitive training and two sessions of behavioral assessments. Contact Lindsay Chromik  here for more information.

Community Service Opportunities
Ravenswood School District: Adopt-a-School and Adopt-a-Teacher 
The Ravenswood Education Foundation's Adopt-a-Teacher program offers the opportunity for individuals or small groups to help teachers in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park purchase much-needed supplies. REF is also launching a new teacher appreciation program with an opportunity for volunteers to set up and provide food for two meals honoring faculty and staff at a school. For more information and to learn about other volunteering opportunities, email Jazmin Sosa here  or visit REF's website here. 

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T his newsletter is published by Hillview School parent volunteers every Sunday of the school year, except for Sundays preceding a full week of vacation.
Submissions : The deadline to submit for the Sunday Hillview Newsletter is the preceding  Wednesday at noon . Email your submission to . Please note that submissions may be edited for content and/or length. Submissions received after the deadline will be eligible for inclusion the following week. Submissions are eligible to run for up to two weeks.

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