• May 13 Board Meeting Summary

    At the May 13 Board meeting, the Board recognized the twenty-seven English Language Learner (ELL)  students who were reclassified this year as English Proficient! This special ceremony happens every year as students who have been receiving English Learning services are now able to graduate from the program with the gift of bi- or multi-literacy. MPCSD is fortunate to have thirty-six home languages represented among our students. Each school’s group of students was presented by their EL teacher, and Superintendent Burmeister and Board members congratulated them on their great accomplishment.

    The Board welcomed incoming Oak Knoll Principal Alicia Payton and approved her new contract for next year. They also approved the new financial analyst position that will replace the district’s retiring Director of Finance Jill Frederiksen, and a new job description for ELC lead teachers to recognize that lead teachers who are currently finishing their BA degrees are capable and should have a path towards teacher certification while they perform their job. They did not approve the reclassification of the Health Services Assistant position.

    The Board approved the resolution and ballot question and language for a replacement parcel tax, which now goes to the citizen committee to plan the campaign. The earliest this measure will be on the ballot is November 2021. 

    During Superintendent Burmeister’s usual Pandemic Response Update, he previewed what next year may look like in terms of health and safety protocols, including masking at least until all students are able to be vaccinated, 3-foot distancing, some form of health screening, and the continuation of quarantine procedures for COVID exposures. He reiterated that the pandemic is not over, and schools will need to move towards living with COVID as is the rest of society. Mask mandates are currently in flux as the CDPH and San Mateo County have yet to adopt the CDC’s new guidance. MPCSD will maintain its current health and safety protocols under the guidance of local health experts. There is currently no change to MPCSD’s protocols. See the full Pandemic Response presentation here. This was the 27th Pandemic Response Update, and Mr. Burmeister announced that these updates will no longer be a regular part of Board meetings. Board members may request specific updates as needed going forward.

    Mr. Burmeister was happy to announce that now that vaccines are approved for anyone aged 12 and over, MPCSD is offering two drive-through vaccine clinics in partnership with Safeway. On May 21 and 24 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., vaccines will be available at Hillview Middle School. Please register ahead of time here as appointments will fill quickly. You must print and bring the parent consent form when you bring your child to the event.

    The Board also heard Mr. Burmeister’s Budget Development Assumptions Update. The district’s reserves will dip below the Board policy of 15% next year and were offered three options to address that: accept the staff recommendation of saving $300-350K by freezing 2 world language and 1.5 FTE science aide positions; direct the superintendent to look for additional cuts from the original list discussed earlier this year; suspend the Board policy of 15% reserves. Board members directed Superintendent Burmeister to proceed with option one, freezing the open positions that will be reflected in the 2021-22 budget presented in June. World language and science will be provided by existing staff, including a pilot virtual world language program for elementary students next year.


    MPCSD Early Learning Center Camp 
    The MPCSD Early Learning Center has a few spaces available in our super fun ELC Summer Camps at Lower Laurel and Oak Knoll. We will operate 4 weeks from July 6th-July 30th with full-day and part-day options available. Please contact the ELC for more information at 650-463-1236 ext 0 or Join us!

    Attention Parents of CURRENT Kindergarten Students and CURRENT First Grade Students in Public School for the First Time! 
    California law requires that your child have a dental check-up by May 31, 2021. If your child had a dental exam in the 12 months prior to starting school (no earlier than August 20, 2019), please have the Oral Health Assessment form completed. Parent/Guardian completes Section 1; California licensed dentist completes Section 2. Return the completed form to the school office by Friday, May 21, 2021. 
    Otherwise, schedule a dental check-up by May 31, 2021, and return the completed form to the school office by Friday June 4, 2021. 
    For more information about this requirement, please email Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant, at


    Hillview Book Fair with Books Inc starts today! May 16 until May 25 
    You, your family, and friends can shop at Books Inc in Town & Country in Palo Alto to stock up on books. Just mention at the register that you would like the purchase to support Hillview Middle School, and Books Inc will donate a portion of the sale back to the Hillview Library.  
    If you can't make it into the store, you can also shop online.
    Please add "Hillview" to the coupon code before you check out. 
    More information and Books Inc Catalog can be found on the Hillview Library website

    Attention Incoming Hillview 6th Graders
    Hillview wants you to read, read, read over the summer! The minimum reading is 2 chapter books that you have not read before, but we hope students read more! Check out this doc for more information on Hillview Summer Reading 2021, including the reading log and some book recommendations.