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To provide parents, staff and our community more information about the enrollment projections, financial plan and potential renewal of our Measure C Parcel Tax, our Board’s Long Range Planning Ad Hoc Committee will be providing information at the meetings listed below. We encourage you to attend one of these sessions listed below. Additionally, the Board will be discussing the Parcel Tax at Board meetings on the evenings of December 8 and 15, which we also encourage you to attend.

PTO: Tuesday, December 8, 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Site Council: Wednesday, December 9, 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Staff: Tuesday, December 1, 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

PTO: Friday, December 11, 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Site Council and Staff: Wednesday, December 16, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Oak Knoll
PTO: Wednesday, December 9, 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
Site Council: Wednesday, December 9, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Staff: Wednesday, December 2, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

PTO: Thursday, December 10, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Site Council: Tuesday, December 8, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Staff: Wednesday, December 16, 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Note: Please feel free to attend any of these meetings at a time and location of your convenience.

Championed by Superintendent Ghysels and facilitated by Assistant Superintendent Burmeister and school principals, MPCSD is engaged in a four-month long process from August to December to identify our “Strategic Directions” for the next six years. The process began with an interactive “working session” of the Board and District Leadership Team on August 26. The Strategic Directions will become the foundation of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) -- the new accountability plan required by the state. Joining the two affords us a great opportunity to streamline and focus districtwide. The open input window closed on November 6; however, if you would like to provide additional perspective, please email Assistant Superintendent Erik Burmeister at eburmeister@mpcsd.org. Strategic Directions will be approved at the December 8 Board meeting. The LCAP will be approved in June 2016. If you have any questions about the Strategic Directions or LCAP process, please don’t hesitate to email Superintendent Ghysels and/or Assistant Superintendent Burmeister.


For transportation information including MCPSD's Yellow Bus and SamTrans, click here.

The PTOs for Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview, along with the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF), are working together to make our schools the best they can be for all of our kids. When you support your PTO, you make possible curriculum enrichment, field trips, community building events, and well-supplied classrooms. When you support the MPAEF, you are putting more teachers in our schools – both in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library and science. All of this makes a real difference in your child’s day and, ultimately, in their education.

Please support these organizations today. Start by clicking here.

PTO donations are due by September 30. Make your commitment to the MPAEF by November 6. 
School Announcements
This Week At Hillview...
Wednesday-Thursday, November 25-27
  • Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

Looking Ahead...
12/1: Chorus @ Filoli; Giving Tuesday
12/3: Summit Prep/Everest HS Info Session
12/5: Sip & Stroll
12/6: Jazz Band @ Facebook Farmer's Market
12/8: Chorus @ Circus Club; MPCSD Board Mtg.
12/11: 7th/8th Grade Dance
12/14: 7/8 Orchestra @ SF City Hall
12/15: HV Winter Concert

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8th Grade Graduation Party
You are likely aware that the annual 8th Grade Graduation Party is a wonderful celebration for our 8th graders. But you may not be aware that the celebration is funded solely by donations. If you are a parent of a 8th grader and have already made your donation, we greatly appreciate it! We hope to have the support of every 8th grade family that is able to contribute. If you are able to donate and have not yet done so, please click here to make a donation. As the graduation party is open to all 8th Graders regardless of donation, please consider sponsoring an additional child (or two); you can adjust your donation amount using the pull down menu. If you have any questions please feel free to email joelrut@pacbell.net or swaldron@yahoo.com.

Bike Safety
Please remind your students about bike safety. A number of our students are unsafe as they ride their bikes to and from school - riding three and four students abreast, not wearing helmets and weaving in and out of traffic on busy streets and in downtown Menlo Park. The Menlo Park Police Department is working with Hillview staff to ensure our students are biking safely and following the rules of the road. Police will be present on our streets during peak student transportation times. Please remember the rules of the road:
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Be aware of cars and pedestrians around you.
  • Obey all traffic signs and stoplights.
  • Ride in the bike lane.
  • Ride on the right hand side of the road.
  • Ride single file.
Thank you for reminding your children about the importance of biking safely.
Parents Needed for Character Education Classes
One of the high impact programs at Hillview is Character Education for 7th and 8th graders on topics like Stress Management, Empathy and Communication, and Bullying Prevention. These classes are moderated by parent volunteers and provide a meaningful volunteer opportunity to educate our kids and demonstrate excellent adult role models. We need 45 parent volunteers starting December 9 to make this program a success, so please consider signing up. It's very easy to be a moderator and you will be given a script and instruction in advance. Please read more info here on the sign up sheet.
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Save the Date for the 7th/8th Grade New Year's Dance!
The next dance with be held on Friday, December 11, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Stay tuned for more information about opportunities to chaperone.
HVTV Online
Ready to laugh and learn? The November 5 episode of Hillview Television, online here, features a funny Intro to Woodshop Elective mock interview while Mr. O'Brien and several students perform tongue twisters that will leave you tongue tied. This bi-weekly, student-produced show is directed by our Advanced Broadcasting class and includes features produced by both the Advanced and Introductory Broadcasting classes. For past episodes, please visit our HVTV channel.
October Photos Posted
Photos of Hillview ASB's October festivities are posted including a Lip Sync Battle between teachers and students of all academies, a spirit week of silly dress-up days, and Halloween HV style! Read the Hillview student blog here. Be on the go, but in the know.
Hillview After-School Programs for Winter
Time to Register: Check out New Programs
It's time to register for Hillview's Winter After-School Programs. Most programs are back by popular demand for second sessions, plus we are excited to offer a new Coding Class and a Running, Conditioning, and Skills Training program. Please visit the Hillview PTO website for registration and additional information. For information on scholarships, please contact your child's counselor or click here. For more information on the After-School Programs, please contact Erica Galles, PTO Coordinator.
Hillview Library
6th Grade Research
6th graders are wrapping up their first research project on World Changers. Students are learning about famous people that lived over 2,000 years ago and how they still impact our culture today.
Teen Book Club
7th and 8th graders are invited to attend the Grade Book Club on Wednesday, December 9, to discuss Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater.
Teen Section
The teen section is now open to 7th graders and 8th graders with permission slips! Students can come on by the library to pick up a permission slip.
Hillview Music
Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 15, and plan to attend the Hillview Winter Concert! All instrumental ensembles and the chorus will perform starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Hillview PAC. Our groups are especially strong this year!
Hillview Sports
Intramural Sports
This Tuesday will be the last day for soccer and indoor hockey. New activities will be full-court or half-court basketball games beginning Tuesday, December 2.
Girls Volleyball
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated in Burgess League volleyball this season. The 7th/8th graders came in first place for both divisions and were also consolation champs. We ask that all jerseys please be returned as soon as possible to the front office.
After School Basketball Season Begins
Hillview is proud to field 28 boys and girls teams for after-school basketball. All teams have been selected. Official Practices start on Monday, November 30, but many teams are holding practices early. First games will take place on Friday, December 4 for 7th grade boys. During the following week, 6th grade girls/boys and 7th grade girls will have their first games. The season for 8th graders will begin on Monday, December 14.
Questions regarding these sports programs should be directed to Harry Bell at (650) 483-4049.
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Thank you for Shopping the Gift Boutique!
It was wonderful to see so many of you at the MPAEF Gift Boutique last week! Whether you were a volunteer, a shopper, a café diner, or a vendor, we thank you for helping to make this year a great success! Special thanks goes to Boutique Chair, Kendall Harris, and her fantastic team!
#GivingTuesday on December 1 - $10 Gift to Support the MPAEF Endowment!
On the first Tuesday of December, global charities, families and businesses come together to support #GivingTuesday: a global day dedicated to giving back and encouraging charitable contributions after Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Please join these efforts by making a $10 gift to the MPAEF endowment - a permanent fund intended to support excellent MPCSD teaching in perpetuity. The Endowment grows through donations and investment gains, and the income it generates funds professional development, partnerships, and programs to foster 21st century teaching in our schools. Our goal is to raise $5,000 on next week's #GivingTuesday which will unlock an additional $5,000 of Endowment support from two generous families. So each $1 you donate during the 24-hour campaign will be matched $1 for $1 up to $5,000.

Planned gifts and contributions of all sizes are welcome to help grow the Endowment. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the MPAEF Endowment for Excellence in Teaching today. To make a donation, click here.
Sip, Stroll, and Support our Schools on December 5
Join us for the 1st annual Menlo Park "Taste of the Mountains" on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park! "Taste of the Mountains" showcases wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains in your favorite Downtown Menlo Park businesses. Participating wineries include: Thomas Fogarty Winery, Woodside Vineyards, Mindego Ridge Vineyards, Portola Vineyards, House Family Vineyards, Kings Mountain Vineyards, Bargetto Winery, Big Basin Vineyards, Burrell School Vineyards, Byington Vineyard and Winery, The Mountain Winery and Russian Ridge Winery.
Space is very limited...get your tickets today! Tickets are $45 per person (21 and over) and can be purchased here. Sponsored by Greenheart Land Company, 100% of proceeds will benefit the MPAEF.
Shop Online and Earn Money for Our Schools!
Avoid the crowds and finish your holiday shopping online while earning money for our schools at such great merchants as Amazon, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Gap, GameStop, Lego, Best Buy, Petsmart, Expedia, Saks Fifth Avenue, ProFlowers and many more. Visit www.shop.mpaef.org, click on the link to your favorite merchant, pay for items as you normally would, and earn up to 10% of your purchase total for our schools. It's that easy! Please note that MPAEF does not collect any personally identifiable information through this site.
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Summit Prep and Everest Information Session
Considering your high school options in the area? It is never too early to start exploring! Summit Public Schools is a public charter school network with two high schools in Redwood City - Summit Prep and Everest. Both schools will be holding an information session for the Hillview community on Thursday, December 3, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Hillview PAC. Leaders from both schools along with faculty, current students, and parents will provide in-depth information about the schools and their experiences. Summit Prep and Everest are unique in that they offer:
  • world-class teaching faculty from the nation's top, innovative teaching programs;
  • small, safe, and diverse school communities where every student meets weekly with a faculty mentor;
  • mentor groups for all four years of high school;
  • college-prep curriculum (including six AP classes taken by all students) and 99% of graduates are accepted into at least one four-year college,
  • personalized learning experience, in which students learn content individually at a structured pace, and apply that knowledge collaboratively in the classroom; and
  • real-world learning projects through "Expeditions," in which students develop life skills and habits they need to be successful in college and beyond.
For questions regarding Everest please contact Director Chris Lewine; for questions regarding Summit, please contact Assistant Director Wren Larson Maletsky.
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This 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. Please email your submission to hvnewsletter@mpcsd.org. 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.
To submit an announcement for an off-campus community event, please email your announcement to communitynews@mpcsd.org. The submission deadline is Wednesday at noon for the following Sunday newsletter.
Archives: Missed an exciting edition of the Hillview Newsletter or other communications from the school? Look up past issues in our online archive.
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