March 2, 2015 at 1:52 p.m.
Dear MPCSD Community Members,
I write to share that the School Board met this morning and appointed Erik Burmeister to serve as Temporary Superintendent during Maurice Ghysels short-term medical leave. Erik immediately assumes the role of administrative designee for District operations and will serve as the District's liaison to the School Board. In line with our current practice, inquiries to the Superintendent's office should be addressed to Lanita Villasenor, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, at email@example.com. Once again, we all wish Superintendent Ghysels well.
February 28, 2015 at 11:50 a.m.
Dear MPCSD Community Members,
I am writing to share with the community that Superintendent Maurice Ghysels is on a short term medical leave. I know that the Board, staff and community all wish him a speedy recovery. The Board will meet Monday, March 2nd at 8:00 a.m. in the District Office to discuss how the functions of the Superintendent will be performed during his absence. We plan to send out a communication to the community following that meeting.
Pending School Board approval at the March 10 Board meeting, the 2015-16 school year will begin on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2015-16 CALENDAR. The 2016-17 school year will begin on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The full calendar will be released once finalized and approved by the Board.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Measles Information:
Fri, March 6: Dance Show
Mar 11: 8th Gr. Exhibition; I Have A Dream, 2:30 @ PAC
Mar 12: An Evening with Liz Wiseman, 6:30 @ PAC
Mar 13: Alumni Basketball Game, 5:30/6:30 @ Gym
Mar 19: Willy Wonka, 3:30 @ PAC
Mar 20: Willy Wonka, 7:00 @ PAC
Mar 21: Willy Wonka, 3pm/7pm @ PAC
SPECIAL EVENT MONDAY
Screening of the New Documentary The Mask You Live In and Q & A with Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom: Hillview's Speaker Series is honored to welcome the award-winning documentarian and Second Lady of California, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, to the Hillview PAC on Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m.
Commended for her groundbreaking documentary exploring the impact of the media's portrayal of girls in Miss Representation, Ms. Newsom now takes on gender stereotypes and the miseducation of our young boys in The Mask You Live In. Only weeks after its national release, Ms. Newsom is bringing her powerful new film to Menlo Park for YOU! Following the viewing of this film, Ms. Newsom will share the story behind the film and answer audience questions.
The evening will likely run a little longer than most of our Parent Ed events in order to accommodate the film (which runs 90 minutes) and time with Ms. Newsom. We will begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Because the event is likely to fill up quickly, we suggest you arrive no later than 6:15 p.m. to secure a seat.
*A note from Mr. B: In my personal email blast before break, I encouraged parents to bring their children with them to the screening of the Mask You Live In. While I still stand by that invitation, I wanted to provide some additional detail. The film is for mature audiences, but is not rated. On the documentary's website, we found the information below and wanted to make you aware. Before you decide, we recommend you watch the trailer. It will give you an idea of the context of the documentary. Having said this, I still think this is a great film for middle school kids--especially seventh and eighth grade boys--to see. From the website: "The full-length feature deals with difficult topics in a frank manner. As a result, we recommend the film for a 16+ audience although we do not have an official age rating from MPAA or a TV Parental Guideline yet."
Click here for this year's line up of Hillivew's Speaker Series speakers. These events are open to all district parents and community members and take place in the Hillview Performing Arts Center. Free childcare is provided for all potty trained children. For more information, contact Jennifer Allen.
6th Grade iPad Update: 6th grade parents are probably aware that we collected the entire Class of 2017's iPads before the February break and migrated them over to a new, more robust Mobile Device Management (MDM) System. Our hard-working district technology team completed this process, which included wiping all the content from the iPads and enrolling them into the new system, which is called Casper Suite, by JAMF Software. Students received their iPads back this past Monday with only a few critical apps pre-installed. We are asking them to add the remainder of their Apps to the iPad by tomorrow, March 2, by using the "Self Service" portal, a new App that connects to the MDM. We did our best to prepare students for this transition, providing them with support in backing up their content to Google Drive or Drop Box.
7th Grade iPad Update: 7th graders will be the next group of students to have their iPads moved over into the new Mobile Device Management System (see the 6th Grade iPad Update for more details). We are currently aiming for early April for this process. Many 7th grade families have already created the Apple ID's necessary for the transition (we actually began the process back in the fall). We will be re-contacting the remaining 60 or so families and asking them to complete this task, which is a prerequisite for moving the iPads over. If you are a 7th grade parent and have not yet created your child's special school Apple ID, wait for the contact. If you have already done so, make sure you know what the Apple ID password is. We will need this information for the transition.
Hillview in the News: So much is going on at Hillview, and sometimes we get some press for all that we are doing to make our students' learning experiences as awesome as possible. We have begun to catalog these "spotlight moments" with a link on the front page of our website called "Hillview in the News." When you visit the page, you will be able to read some brief context about the article in question and link directly to it. If you have other news items you think we've missed, please let us know and we'll get them up!
I Have a Dream Exhibition for 8th Grade Families: This celebration and display of 8th grade student work from the new I Have a Dream unit, will take place on Wednesday, March 11 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Hillview PAC. All 8th grade, students, parents and family members are invited to attend. Please help us make the Exhibition special by volunteering to bring refreshments. If you are interested, please sign up here.
Electronic Devices: A reminder for students and families that iPads are the only electronic devices allowed on campus. Cell phones, hand-held game devices, and personal iPads or tablets are NOT allowed at Hillview at any time during the school day and should be "off and invisible" if on campus. Thank you for your support of Hillview Handbook Policies.
Drop Off Safety: Please remember to drive safely in the school driveway and drop off areas. In the morning, with many families dropping off students, the driveway and drop off area gets congested and speeding in the driveway to beat the tardy bell is dangerous. Please drive slowly for safety!
Please Give Your Opinion on Menlo Park's El Camino Corridor Project: the City of Menlo Park Transportation Team is asking families in our District to consider completing the City's online survey about the El Camino Corridor. MPCSD has a Safe Routes to School grant from the County that funds programs for improving the safety of our students in getting to and from our four campuses. Changes to El Camino Real could make a difference for many families, so click here for the City's online survey about four options for El Camino Real.
Hillview PTO Nominations: The Hillview PTO is looking for volunteers to serve on the its PTO Board and in other key volunteer roles for the 2015-2016 school year. The Board, along with other parent volunteers, works with Hillview's administrative and teaching staff to create and support vital school programs and events. Nominate yourself or someone you know to serve as Co-Vice Presidents, Vice-Treasurer, Auditor, Financial Secretary, Communications Chair, and Recording Secretary. Or check out the other volunteer opportunities here. Get involved and become a part of the Hillview movement! Work up close with Mr. Burmeister and his amazing staff! Please email your nominations here.
Message for 8th Grade Families: While it seems as though we have just begun the new year, the 8th grade graduation festivities are on the horizon. The graduation party is an annual celebration funded by 8th grade families, and all graduates are welcome regardless of donation. Last fall, parents were asked for a suggested contribution of $50 to support the grad party during online registration. If you missed it in your packet, or forgot, no worries -- we will be sending out letters to those families that we did not hear from last fall. And please accept our apologies in advance if you receive a letter in error. If you have any questions or would like to help with the event please email Kasia Lewis or Carol Kelly. Thank you.
Programs & Activities
After School Classes
After School Cooking Class: Registration is now open for the spring session, which begins on March 23, and runs for 9 weeks. Junior Chef Stars will introduce the students to fine dining fundamentals such as plating techniques and knife skills, and enable them to experience being a culinary student. Please visit here for more details, or click here to register.
Hillview Dance Show: The Hillview Dance Department presents the first annual Dance Show featuring Hillview on the Move, Advanced Dance, and the Hillview Cheer and Dance Team. The show will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hilliview Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8/Adults, $5/Kids, $4/ASB holders. Purchase tickets here.
Hillview Spelling Bee Champion on to Bay Area Regional Finals: A big congratulations to 7th grader Lauren Hall, Hillview's Spelling Bee Champion. She competed in the local semi-final spelling bee held at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science and qualified for the annual Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee Finals! The regional competition will take place at the KPIX-TV studio in San Francisco on Saturday, March 21, and will be televised on KPIX-5. We wish Lauren the very best as she prepares for this elite competition. We are so proud of her!
Alumni Basketball Games -- 8th Grade vs. 9th Grade: Hillview is bringing basketball March Madness to the gym! Join us on Friday, March 13 for an annual tradition. The current 8th Grade boys and girls basketball teams will challenge returning 9th grade alumni to a game, starting at 5:30 p.m. for the girls and 6:30 p.m. for the boys. The 8th Grade Gift Committee will also be selling snacks as a fundraiser for the 8th Grade class gift. This is a fun, all-school spirit event so come out, cheer on the teams, and support Hillview and the 8th Grade teams.
Intramural Sports: Intramurals will resume with soccer and hockey, unless Physical Education classes are using nets. If nets are up we'll offer badminton and volleyball. This will continue through March as long as there is interest.
Burgess League and MPMSL (8th Grade) Basketball: League games have now concluded. 6th/7th grade boys are in the final rounds of playoffs. 8th graders and 6th/7th grade girls will have the first round of playoffs this week with finals next week. When the season is over please return laundered uniforms in a bag with the player's and coach's name written on it unless your coach has other plans for team collection.
After School Tennis: Tryouts for all registered players will take place this week. Each player should have already signed up for two tryout hours between March 2nd and 6th. Following tryouts, coaches will assign players to Varsity A and Varsity B teams. Official practices will begin on Sunday, March 8. There are two mandatory parent meetings on March 2 and March 3 at Hillview from 5:45 - 6:15 p.m. Please be sure that one parent per participant attends one of the two meetings. Valuable team information will be shared plus parents will get the chance to meet the coaching staff and coordinators. League Matches will begin later in March. The season ends mid-May with no program during Spring Break.
After School Track: Registration continues since there are still a few spots left. The program will begin in early April and finish at the end of May. The program will begin April 13 and conclude on May 27. Location is mostly at the M-A high school track from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Almost all dates are Mondays and Wednesdays with one exception on Tuesday, May 26 since Monday, May 25 is a holiday. There is no program during Spring Break (April 20-24).
After School Fencing: Sessions have already begun and are held in the Hillview Fitness Room in the Gym complex from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Remaining dates are March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 4. Registration is available here.
Questions regarding intramural and after school sports should be directed to Harry Bell, Athletic Director, or call 650.483.4049.
MPAEF Presents "An Evening with Liz Wiseman," on March 12, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Hillview PAC: Please join us as MPAEF hosts "An Evening with Liz Wiseman," author of Multipliers, The Multiplier Effect, and Rookie Smarts. Great leaders bring out the best in others. They create an environment where people do their best thinking and contribute at their fullest, whether it is in the workplace, the classroom, or with our children in our homes. Liz Wiseman is a local parent who is President of the Wiseman Group and is recognized by Thinkers50 as a top leadership thinker. This interactive talk will offer a way of leading and parenting that enables others to think and act with reason, solve complex problems, and embrace new challenges. You'll leave with practical tips you can apply that night at home or the next day at work.
Interested in Ms. Wiseman's books? You may buy them via shop.mpaef.org and support MPAEF with your purchase! All MPCSD families and community members are encouraged to attend, however space is limited. There is no fee to attend and light refreshments will be served. Free childcare for potty-trained children must be reserved in advance and will be provided by Hillview Staff members Becky Galvez and Sia Langi. Click here for more information and register here.
Menlo-Atherton High School PTA Presents "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be:
An Antidote to the College Admission Mania" with Frank Bruni, New York Times columnist and bestselling author, Monday, April 6, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Menlo-Atherton High School ("MAHS") Performing Arts Center. Register here.
Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a stressful and occasionally devastating rite of passage, preceded by test prep, tutors, all kinds of rankings and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say "yes" and which say "no." That belief is wrong. And in "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be", Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new outlook on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.
Frank Bruni has been an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, focusing on a range of subjects including higher education. In two decades at The Times, he has also been the paper's chief restaurant critic, its Rome bureau chief, a White House correspondent, and the lead reporter covering George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign. He is the author of two best-selling books, the memoir Born Round and Ambling into History, a chronicle of Bush's rise to the presidency. He has appeared frequently as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC and other networks.
MAHS Parent Education Series events are free, sponsored by the MAHS PTA and other organizations. For more information, contact Charlene Margot at (650) 868-0590. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be available.
Please Support Those Businesses and Realtors Who Support Our Schools!
Thank you to these new 2014-15 realtor sponsors:
DeLeon Team, DeLeon Realty
Nancy Goldcamp, Coldwell Banker
Celine Sanie, Coldwell Banker
Lyn Jason Cobb, Coldwell Banker
Are You an Expert on Salesforce? The MPAEF needs help configuring our Salesforce platform and creating tools/scripts for automated jobs. Would you or your organization be willing to donate time and expertise to help the MPAEF with this project? Please email us to learn more.
A Night in Old Hollywood: Thank You! Thank you so much to our wonderful community for your generous auction donations. We appreciate each and every donation, and your show of support for our schools and our children.
Wine: While general donations have closed, we are still seeking donations of nice wines. If you have a fancy bottle or two sitting in your cellar or wine fridge please let us know by email.
Underwriting: Please consider underwriting the event. Underwriting support helps defray event costs, allowing money raised at the auction to go directly to our schools. As an
Underwriter, you will be recognized in the auction catalog if you sponsor before March 11th. All Underwriters will be recognized on the night of the auction on our "Hollywood Wall of Fame." We thank you in advance for your kind and generous support at one of these Underwriting levels:
Producer $5,000: Two tickets to the Auction, four teacher tickets, 20 Raffle Tickets
Director $2,500: Two tickets to the Auction, three teacher tickets, 12 Raffle Tickets
Super Star $1,500: Two tickets to the Auction, two teacher tickets, 5 Raffle Tickets
Star $1,000: Two tickets to the Auction, one teacher ticket, 5 Raffle Tickets
Diva $500: Two tickets to the Auction
Auction & Raffle Tickets: Individual auction tickets are $130. Raffle tickets are $10 each, 12 for $100, or 20 for $150
Please make your sponsorship donation online here and in the notes column add "2015 Spring Auction." If you have questions, please email Event Co-Chair Cyndy Hogan. The deadline for sponsorship is March 11 to be included in the auction catalog. After March 11, your name will appear on the event night "Hollywood Wall of Fame."