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After-School Programs

The Hillview PTO works with independent vendors to offer a wide range of engaging after-school programs (ASPs). From language arts to athletics to technology, the programs allow students to explore new interests and challenges. The success of each program is dependent on participation from the Hillview community; ASPs can only be offered if the minimum participation numbers are reached. Scholarships can be arranged by the PTO for qualifying students.  Please contact the Hillview ASP Coordinator for more information.

Hillview ASP Coordinator

Tara Carranza Chapman - afterschoolprograms@hillviewpto.org

2023 - 2024

Our program providers are offering a variety of after school options for this school year. Most of our after school programs will be offered through Homeroom our ASP registration and management site.  


The Spring season of after school classes begin the week of April 15th, immediately after spring break. Classes end on June 13th. Any exceptions will be noted on registration page. Please continue to check back as additional classes may be added.

 Weekday

 Course Description

 Vendor

 Registration

 Class Location

 Time

 Monday

 Digital Photography

 The Riekes Center

 Homeroom  C7

 3:30-4:30p

 Wednesday

 Scratch Coding in AI and Gaming

 Starfire

 Homeroom

 G1  2:45-4:00p

 Wednesday

 Writers Workshop

 Omega Teaching

 Homeroom

 off campus

 2:45-3:45p

 Wednesday

 Intro to Fly Fishing

 Peninsula Fly Fishers Club

 Homeroom  Nest

2:45-4:00p

 Thursday

 Guitar 1

 J Ace J Music

 Homeroom

 G5 

 2:45-3:45p

 Thursday

 Chess

 DF_Knights

 Homeroom

 B11

 2:45-3:45p

 Thursday

 Writers  Workshop

 Omega Teaching

 Homeroom

 off campus

 2:45-3:45p

 Friday

 Electrical Engineering

 Starfire

 Homeroom

 C2

 3:15-4:30p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Descriptions

The Riekes Center - Digital Photography https://www.riekes.org/

Take a closer look at the world through the lens of a camera! Have fun and express yourself through the art of digital photography. Through step-by-step instruction, students will learn the basics of digital photography including: camera operation, exposure settings, composition, lighting and editing. Fun projects like portraits, product photography, food photography and light painting will give students a great knowledge of digital photography and create fun and inspired images.

Registraiton:  https://www.homeroom.com/sites/hillview-middle-school-menlo-park

 

The Riekes Center - Lego Animation https://www.riekes.org/

Join us for an exciting class where you can have fun with Lego and learn the art of making stop motion films! In this class, you will get hands-on experience in creating your own frame-by-frame animations using Lego and photo cameras as your primary tools. Explore storytelling, character development, set design, editing and basic stop-motion animation techniques - all while unleashing your creativity! By the end of the season, you will have your own short animated film made in Lego to share with family and friends. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to combine your love for Lego and filmmaking!

Registraiton:  https://www.homeroom.com/sites/hillview-middle-school-menlo-park

 

Hello Friends Club - Modern Sewing and Fabric Desgin

Join us as we form a modern sewing circle, a place to craft & hang out together. We’ll design our own fabric and make hand-stitched beautiful personal pieces. We’ll explore weaving, embroidery and learn to create cool sequin & beaded embellishments. 

All Hello Friends classes are held both outdoors & indoors, where fresh air, nature and weather may inspire our crafts.

Registraiton:  https://www.homeroom.com/sites/hillview-middle-school-menlo-park

 

Starfire Education - Intro to Video Game Design (Scratch)  https://www.starfireed.com

Scratch coding is a block coding curriculum developed by MIT. Students will discover project based learning and understand the learning objectives that promote STEAM education. Introduction to AI in Scratch: AI for kids can help develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills by providing interactive and engaging learning experiences. We will be focusing on project-based learning that intersperses AI and Scratch Introduction to gaming in Scratch: A 2022 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that video games have a positive effect on children, including better performance on cognitive skills tests involving impulse control and working memory compared to children who have never played video games. We will be focusing on understanding the fundamentals of gaming, with a focus on STEAM.

Registration:  https://www.homeroom.com/sites/hillview-middle-school-menlo-park

 

Omega Teaching  - Writer’s Workshop http://www.omegateaching.com

Writing Workouts feature short, in-class exercises designed to complement Hillview’s class work.  Seminars will be highly interactive and fun. Students will participate and practice the common criteria needed to write well in any genre: Voice, Audience, Structure and Editing (VASE).

The class is offered either Wednesday or Thursday with a minimum of 4 students, maximum of 10. Students will have the opportunity to review, discuss and present their writing, including writing for school assignments. No homework.  Join at any time.  Drop-in fees and scholarships available. If you join after the session has started, please contact Omega directly to arrange payments.  

Registration:  https://www.homeroom.com/sites/hillview-middle-school-menlo-park

 

J Ace J Music  http://www.jacejmusic.com/

Acoustic Guitar 1:  This is a fun class for kids to learn how to play acoustic guitar.  Kids will learn about song structure, music theory, strumming, picking, tuning, rhythm and group interaction.  This class is for all skill levels  

Acoustic Guitar 2:  This is a fun class for kids to learn how to play acoustic guitar.  Kids will learn about song structure, music theory, strumming, picking, tuning, rhythm and group interaction.   This class is for the following:  students who were in my Guitar I class at Hillview last year, and other students with at least 1 year of experience playing

Registration:  https://www.homeroom.com/sites/hillview-middle-school-menlo-park

 

Peninsula Fly Fishers Club

In this class, students will be introduced to the basics of fly fishing for the beginner. The course is designed to simplify the sport of fly fishing and focus on what’s most important to get started. The course will cover general fishing vs fly fishing, fly fishing equipment, knot tying, fly casting physics, hands-on casting lessons, lifecycle of salmonids, trout behavior, insect entomology, fly tying and California fish conservation. Class fee includes an entry level fly fishing rod, reel, line, and case for each student!

Registration:  https://www.homeroom.com/sites/hillview-middle-school-menlo-park

 

DF_Knights Chess - Chess https://www.dfknights.com

DF_Knights has been providing chess classes for more than 12 years. From beginners up to master level. All our chess programs are new with new material. We do not repeat our chess lessons unless necessary. From beginners up to master level. 

Registration:  https://www.homeroom.com/sites/hillview-middle-school-menlo-park

 

Starfire Education - Electrical Engineering  https://www.starfireed.com

This is a hands-on, project-based class where kids learn how electricity works and how it is used in the real world. Kids engage in project-based learning activities where they explore static electricity, voltage, resistance, circuits, batteries, conductors and insulators, and electromagnetism. Students' projects may include bending water with static electricity, making a battery and building a flashlight, and making and testing circuits in series and parallel. Other projects may include building an electric motor and making their own electromagnet, telegraph, radio, or electric toy. Advanced topics include an introduction to resistors, capacitors, transistors, breadboards, multimeters, and measuring electricity.

Registration: https://www.homeroom.com/sites/hillview-middle-school-menlo-park

Please Note

The after school programs and sports listed on the Hillview School website are organized and run by vendors that are unaffiliated with Hillview or the Menlo Park City School District. Hillview is not responsible for the content of the vendors' websites or for the conduct of the activities they provide and is not liable for any damages or negative consequences from participation in any of the listed activities.  Although parent volunteers strive to keep the information on this website up-to-date, parents should always contact the vendor for the latest status of the activities as well as meeting dates and times, which may change from time to time.  In addition, Hillview Middle School is not responsible for supervising children after the end of the school day. 

Parents should make their own arrangements for ensuring their children’s arrival and participation in the activity or activities for which they are enrolled.

Employees and volunteers of Hillview, Hillview PTO, and the Menlo Park City School District are not liable for any errors, omissions, or changes to any of the information or activities listed herein.