2021-22 Back to School

  • Here are some resources to help you plan for the start of the school year.  More information will also be sent via our weekly newsletters and direct grade-level emails. 

     

     


     

    Key Dates

    Tuesday, August 17 - Schedules posted in PowerSchool (3pm) New Families/6th Grade Families look for an email Tuesday morning with PowerSchool account information.  If students would like to request a change to their schedules, they can print this form and bring it on the first day of school.  For the first two days, students should go to their regularly scheduled classes. 

     

    Tuesday, August 17 - New Student/Family In-person Orientation & Tours (3-3:45pm)

     

    Wednesday, August 18 – In-person WEB Day/6th Grade (A-L: 9-11am, M-Z: 12-2pm)

     

    Wednesday, August 18 – 6th Grade/New Student Orientation for Parents (3-4pm) Please view the Zoom recording here  passcode: AH^Q9yWR  Link to the presentation here

     

    Thursday, August 19 – First Day of School - Special Schedule

     

    Monday, August 23 - Technology Info Night (geared towards 6th grade families) 6:30p - (Zoom link sent with Schoology login information)

     

    Wednesday, August 25 - Back to School Night (6:00-8:25pm via Zoom)  See presentations in the Back to School Night section below.

     

     

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    WEB Day (6th Grade)

    6th grade students will attend our in-person WEB Day (Where Everybody Belongs) led by a group of 8th grade WEB Leaders. Students will get to know the campus, enjoy ice breakers, and learn more about what a typical day is like for a Hillview student. Students with last names A-L will attend from 9-11 am and students with last names M-Z will attend from 12-2 pm on Wednesday, August 18. This is a student-only event and we ask parents for a prompt drop off and pick up.

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    6th Grade & New Student: Parent Orientation

    Parents of both 6th graders and of students new to MPCSD are welcome to join our Zoom orientation on Wednesday, August 18 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Our administration will help guide parents through what to expect over the coming weeks and the school year, in addition to answering any questions. Note: The content for this presentation will be similar to our 5th grade family orientations in April and May. We feel it is beneficial for parents to hear information more than once and to get additional context, and you are welcome to skip it if you feel confident in your knowledge. Please view the Zoom recording here  passcode: AH^Q9yWR  Link to the presentation here

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    New Student/Family Orientation & Tours

    We invite 7th and 8th grade students who are new to MPCSD to campus on Tuesday, August 17 from 3:00 - 3:45 pm. Our 8th grade ASB student ambassadors will be on hand to safely tour students around campus, orient them to student life at Hillview, and give them pointers about their schedules. Paper copies of schedules for new students will be available. 

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    On Campus Protocols

    With guidance from the Pandemic Recovery Framework Hillview is adopting the following protocols:

    • Masks will be required indoors for all staff and students regardless of age or vaccination status. Students with a medical condition that prevents wearing a mask MUST obtain a medical exemption from a qualified physician in order to attend in-person classes.
    • While not required, student and staff mask use outdoors will be encouraged until children are able to receive the vaccine and/or spread of the virus declines significantly.
    • While there is not a mandatory social distancing requirement, Hillview will encourage 3ft distancing whenever possible especially during eating.
    • All eating and drinking must take place outside.
    • There will be no daily online health screener at this point; however, we ask that parents manually survey their student’s health each morning and if exhibiting symptoms the student is required to stay home (report an absence here.)
    • Students will arrive and depart at the same time and there are no assigned entry points.
    • Parents who volunteer on-campus are required to show proof of vaccination (more information on how to submit proof is forthcoming).

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    TDAP Vaccine Requirement (7th Grade)

    All incoming 7th graders in the 2021-22 school year are required by law to provide proof of a whooping cough booster shot (Tdap), administered on or after the 7th birthday (Td does not meet the requirement), a second dose of Varicella (chicken pox), or if your child has had Varicella, a medical exemption document from CAIR-ME. Please read the following carefully. 

     

    In order to receive a class schedule and to avoid exclusion on the first day of school, provide an updated copy of your child's immunization record with your child's first and last name, date of birth, proof of Tdap administered on or after the 7th birthday, and a second dose of Varicella. Do not mark the record

     

    If your child has had the Varicella disease, or if there is a medical reason why your child cannot be vaccinated, any medical exemption on file will no longer be valid due to a new immunization law that went into effect on January 1, 2021.

     

    To request a two-page CAIR-ME document, you must follow the instructions for parents on the CDPH CAIR ME website  https://cair.cdph.ca.gov/exemptions/home

     

    Provide the record by email to Nancy McMahon, Health Services Assistant, at nmcmahon@mpcsd.org, by fax to 650-292-2200, or bring a hard copy to the school office 1-2 weeks prior to the start of school. 

     

    ACT NOW and avoid the back-to-school rush! For more information, visit the Shots for School website at shotsforschool.org.

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    iPad Distribution, *Required Signatures* (AUP) & Optional Insurance

    All students and parents are required to read the iPad Handbook and sign our AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) in order to use their school-issued iPads. With a signed AUP, 6th graders will receive their school-issued iPad on Tuesday, August 24. Please review the iPad Handbook and print and sign the AUP - the last two pages (12 & 13).  If you have not yet turned in your AUP, please do so in the office ASAP.

     

    We offer the recommended, optional iPad insurance, purchased here provided by MPCSD.

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    One Community Campaign

    The One Community Campaign (OCC) has begun and will run through October 1. The OCC is the annual fundraising drive for both the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) and the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs), streamlining your giving into one donation. Please donate or pledge at www.SupportMPCSD.org TODAY and check it off your list!

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    Purchase an ASB Card/Yearbook

    At the Hillview Webstore you can purchase your ASB card and yearbook all in one package. The ASB card is also good for getting discounts to ASB events, such as dances. This page works best on a Google Chrome browser, opened from a laptop or personal computer. It oftens glitches on smartphones.

     

    In order to purchase from the school store, you need to have an account:

    • If you purchased from the webstore previously, you already have an account. When you get to the main page, use your email address and password to log in. If you forgot your password, click the "Forgot your password?" button to reset.

     

    • If you are new to Hillview OR you haven't made a webstore purchase, you need to create an account. Use this link to access instructions for creating an account: Webstore Instructions

     

    • You will need your student's ALTERNATE STUDENT ID NUMBER to set up your account. You should have received an email with your student’s alternate student ID number. Please have this number ready when you are creating your account.

     

    Contact dchui@mpcsd.org with any webstore or account creation questions.

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    School Supplies

    For the 2021-22 school year, our approach will be to ask students to bring some very basic supplies for the first days of school. Our materials lists are outdated, and need to be revised to reflect our in-person program. Teachers will provide students more detailed materials lists in the initial days, and give a deadline for obtaining those materials. Please note that Hillview stands ready to provide any and all materials for families who need them. Please view the recommended school supplies.

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    ParentSquare

    Hillview Middle School is transitioning its parent communications (including the weekly newsletter) to the ParentSquare platform.  Each parent of every student is provided with an account. To access ParentSquare go to parentsquare.com or download the App.  First-time users will need to create an account. Here are some instructions on how to create an account. If you already have an account, simply log in with your parent username and password.

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    Schoology

    Schoology is the Learning Management System (LMS) that all students and staff use to manage assignments. Parents have a parent account that gives them oversight into their student’s work.  6th grade families and new families will be emailed login information during the first week of school. 

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    PowerSchool

    PowerSchool is our Student Information System (SIS). It provides both achievement and attendance information to students and parents (please note that Schoology may be a more accurate reflection of a student’s achievement, depending on the class). For information on how to log into PowerSchool, how to reset your password, or how to create an account, please see our iPad and Tech help Page).

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    School Hours & Schedules

    For the 2021-22 school year Hillview is transitioning back to its “pre-COVID” schedule.  All students will arrive at the same time and depart at the same time.  Monday, Tuesday and Friday students will attend ALL of their classes.  Wednesday and Thursday are block-day schedules and students will attend their odd period classes on Wednesday, and even period classes on Thursday. Block day release is earlier at 2:30. For more details visit School Hours & Schedules page. 

     

    Student schedules will be released in PowerSchool on Tuesday, August 17 at 3pm for students who attended Hillview last year and know how to navigate this platform. We will email reminders to these 7th and 8th graders. 7th and 8th graders new to Hillview will receive a paper copy of their schedules if they attend the campus tour on Tuesday, August 17, at 3 pm. 6th graders will receive a paper copy during WEB Day orientation on Wednesday, August 18. To find out which academy you are in, please reference the teacher assignments on the Academy page.

     

    If students would like to request a change to their schedules, they can print this form and bring it on the first day of school.  For the first two days, students should go to their regularly scheduled classes. 

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    Transportation

    For information on bus routes and safe routes to school, please visit transportation on the district website. 

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    Hot Lunch

    Hillview will offer a hot lunch program starting in the fall with prepackaged cold lunches with the hope to transition to “hot” sometime in the middle of the year.  Through August families will receive boxed meal kits in the carpool lane on Mondays at Encinal Elementary School (4-6 pm at 195 Encinal Ave.) Starting in September, our plan is to offer on-campus lunches. Families need to make sure they pack lunch every day for their children until the kitchens open September 7, after which students can pick up daily meals from the kitchen on each campus. To order hot lunch visit Hot Lunch: Lunchmaster

     

    The Hot Lunch program is also in need of parent volunteers to help with daily lunch distribution. Debi Rice, our district Hot Lunch coordinator, sent out a sign up via Parent Square. NOTE: All volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated before being on campus in any volunteer capacity.

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    After School Programs

    Hillview PTO offers a number of options for both virtual and in-person After School Programs. Typical programs range from language, coding to music and cooking. For more information and how to register, please visit After School Programs.

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    After School Athletics

    Hillview PTO is proud to offer our Fall athletic programs which include girls volleyball and co-ed flag football. For more information and to register visit After School Athletics.

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    Back to School Night

    Hillview’s Back to School Night was held on Wednesday, August 25, 6:00 - 8:25 pm. via Zoom. In case you were not able to attend, here are the 6th Grade Electives, PE & World Language Presentation and the 7/8 Grade Electives, PE & World Language Presentation. To view Principal Haug's Welcome Keynote please use this link, and the password is hvbtsn2021. Please reach out to your academy team to view your academy-specific Zoom recording (note: not all academies recorded their Zoom sessions).

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    Report Absences

    If your child will be absent from school for a full or partial day for any reason, please use SchoolMessenger to report this absence. For more information on reporting absences visit Report an Absence or Tardy. Any questions please email Monica Bosch: mbosch@mpcsd.org

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    Volunteer at Hillview

    For the 2021-22 school year, we hope to offer more in-person volunteering opportunities for our parents. Parents who do want to volunteer on campus must be fully vaccinated. To see what opportunities are available and to indicate your interest in participating in specific activities please visit 2021-22 Volunteer Opportunities. 

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    Spirit Wear Store

    Get your Hillview gear through our Spirit Wear store (powered by SquadLocker). Take advantage of 20% off your order starting at midnight Sunday, August 15 through midnight Sunday, August 29 by using the code HVBTS21 at check out.

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