Hillview Conversation Chats

  • The Hillview Conversation Chats is an opportunity for parents AND students to engage in thoughtful discussions about issues affecting our middle schoolers today. These events are intended for parents and students of Hillview Middle School. Below were chats that were held virtually in the 2020-21 school year. More information on the 2021-22 school year offerings will be posted here when available.


    How to Deal With Pressure From Parents and Peers While Developing Personal Growth & Achievement. An evening with Caleb Campbell

    April 12th at 6:30 pm

    Pre Register for the webinar here


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    With the digital world creating a fractured, image-based field that vies for so much of our attention and promotes perfection, it is harder than ever for our pre-teens/ teens to navigate their inner worlds and promote self care and awareness while trying to motivate themselves through all levels of personal achievement. Because of the continued challenges facing our Hillview community during the pandemic and the pressures to still live up to normal life expectations, the Hillview PTO welcomes Caleb Campbell, West Point graduate and Former Kansas City Chief Linebacker, nationally known for his work around student mental health and resilience to help us work through motivating our lives high achievements and disappointments while balancing our mental health and self care. This Conversation Chat is a way for both parents and middle schoolers to attend together to understand balance and the pressure we both feel to succeed especially during difficult times.


    About Caleb:

    Caleb Campbell is a West Point Graduate, former Army Officer and ex-NFL Linebacker. After a college football career at West Point full of accolades and awards, Caleb made history when he was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 2008 NFL Draft. He is the American dream that most students strive to become, but it wasn’t until he was cut for the last time by the Kansas City Chiefs that he was forced to face the hard truth: He had a life of strength on the outside but internally he was falling apart.

    Despite living out his childhood dream and having a life many would envy, a day never went by where Caleb Felt he’d found his place in this world. Having lived through rejection, depression and thoughts of suicide, Caleb understands the pressure that your students are facing. He has endured an internal struggle to hide his truth, and has overcome it by finding his voice. Caleb is a leading mental health advocate for teens and student athletes around the world, and has been serving as TEEN TRUTH’s #1 mental health speaker since 2018. To learn more or to watch his speaker reel visit teentruth.net/calebcampbell 


    The Hillview PTO is excited to welcome Caleb to Hillview virtually!

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    Living with Uncertainty: How Storytelling Connects Us During Uncertain Times

    Tuesday, February 2 - 6:30 PM

    To see a recorded version of this event please visit: https://vimeo.com/508042233


    Uncertain Times


    Join Krista Rosa for an evening of storytelling and honest conversation as she shares her own stories and discusses strategies on how to connect to our families and friends during uncertain times. No stranger to quarantines and having a strong case of FOMO (fear of missing out), Krista has spent time quarantined in hospitals - Eight years ago, Krista survived a devastating cancer diagnosis while she was 21 weeks pregnant with her second daughter. Her steadfast healthcare team and chemotherapy treatment plan were a big part of her recovery and current cancer-free status. But there's more to it than just medicine...


    Krista has always believed in the miraculous. Her profound journey of surviving these life-altering events gives her a genuine and direct approach to transcending life’s difficulties. By sharing her story she motivates change – in people, their families and their environments that nurture and inspire them. Incredibly, Krista views her life’s experiences as a tremendous gift, one that helped her find strength, resolve, and ultimately, her life’s work.


    Krista's honest conversation on what inspired her positive attitude and how telling stories about her healthcare crisis has cracked the door open to feeling connected to others and maintaining hope in every realm. Bring your questions and curious open mind - Hillview parents and their children will do a deep dive on how living with uncertainty can change relationships and forge meaning.


    Example questions parents and Hillview students may have for Krista:


    Have you ever felt differently about yourself when you've been vulnerable and honest about an event in your life?


    Are you afraid to tell your parents/friends about the real stories that happen in your life?


    If you have a question for Krista that you would like addressed during or after the event please fill out this form. We will also allow time for an open Q&A at the end of Krista's presentation.


    About Krista:

    Krista Rosa knows that a well told story has the power to transform lives.  She is a regional speaker and Patient Advisor for Kaiser Permanente and uses her personal healthcare experience to connect with doctors and clinical staff to build a more connected, positive patient experience across all disease units.  Krista has quickly become a leading educator – helping to alleviate stress, moral injury, and burnout, offering support for compassion fatigue, and providing a preeminent program on patient-centered care as it relates to health care reform. Her keynotes often provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education Units (CEU).  Krista invites you to connect with her: krista.rosa@gmail.com


    Krista Rosa



    How to Communicate with Your Middle Schooler: The Disarming Technique
    Wednesday, December 2  - 6pm
    If you missed this event, you can watch the webinar recording here - passcode: SjZAEE9! 
    Come and join Jeff Gielow, MFT, in a fun and inspiring evening workshop designed for students and their parents/guardians, around learning how to effectively communicate in authentic ways. This presentation will include strategies for overcoming common pitfalls and barriers to closeness with your middle schooler that you can work on together.  Both of you will be taught radically different ways to approach disagreements, and learn to turn conflict into connection.  Practical tools will be shared around communicating with each other, followed by a Q and A session. 
    Our teens need us now more than ever! If you've been concerned about any of the following questions, this workshop is designed for you:  
     How do I elicit more than one-syllable answers from my kids when I ask them a question?
    My middle schooler stays in their room all day - should I be worried?
    How should I approach difficult or uncomfortable conversations with my middle schooler?
    Questions students may wonder about:
    How do I get parents to listen to me (i.e., get them off my back)?
    How do I get my parents to trust me?

    Jeff Gielow is a former middle school counselor and current Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice.  Jeff enjoys working directly with teens and parents and uses evidence-based, age-appropriate, TEAM CBT, and ACT tools and skill development, to increase one's psychological flexibility, mood, and engagement in life.  Jeff provides quality high-speed treatment for mood disorders, behavioral concerns, relationship deterioration, as well as habits and addictions including procrastination and screens.  Jeff invites you to reach out to him at www.therapywithjeff.com