Below is from 2017 Hillview "Welcome Back Hawks" Newsletter.
Happy New Year! The beginning of the school year always marks a time of promise and possibility, and 2017-18 is no exception! With a talented staff and a supportive community, our students are poised to reap the benefits of this extraordinary partnership. All of our efforts directly support the positive experience of our students, and our goal is to provide a phenomenal environment in which all Hillview students can flourish, achieving academic excellence, becoming emotionally and physically stronger, and growing their talents.
Our Goals for 2017-18
I will be sharing Hillview’s goals for the 2017-18 school year in more detail on Back to School Night, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and I invite all parents to come to the Quad for this brief presentation before heading off to classrooms to walk in the shoes of their students. Our
work, as always, will reflect our mission statement: The Hillview Community inspires and empowers all students to be curious and resilient problem solvers, compassionate and constructive contributors, and lifelong learners during their individual and collective journey of academic and personal growth.
Some highlights for this year include the next iteration of our Mini-Course program, which we will infuse with rich, project-based learning, and a focus on social emotional learning. These foci, among others, will ensure that our students have the skills and dispositions to make substantive contributions in high school and beyond. Our goal at Hillview is to help create awesome humans.
E Komo Mai Luau & Pre-Luau Registration
Unlike some schools where students attend “Maze Day” prior to the school year starting, Hillview attempts to streamline this process by asking parents to complete it ONLINE, and then show up to the Luau for fun and a few final steps. Beginning Aug 9, parents are encouraged to visit the Hillview website to complete the Pre-Luau Online Registration process. All students whose parents have completed this process and bring the necessary forms/ documentation will be able to pick up their schedules on August 21 at the E Komo Mai Luau from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. All 7th & 8th graders who have completed the Online process will also be able to pick up their district-provided iPad! In addition to picking up schedules and iPads, students and parents will have the opportunity to visit the PTO Luau Tent, tour the school, and enjoy music and fun. All families who have joined the HV PTO by 11:59 p.m. on Aug 20 will be entered to win “The Big Kahuna Prize”: VIP Parking at Back to School Night and Open House.
1:1 iPad Program
We are thrilled to be blazing many trails in education, particularly with our use of technology. Included in this summer mailing and available at the HV website is an important packet regarding our 1:1 iPad program. Parents and students are asked to sit together, read through the document, consider whether insurance will be purchased, and then sign the agreement page (AUP). This paperwork MUST BE COMPLETED and RETURNED before a student will receive his or her schedule. While 7th and 8th graders will pick up their iPads at the Luau, 6th graders will need to wait a little while we onboard them with our expectations to be responsible, efficient, and productive iPad users. Can’t make the Luau on Aug. 21? No worries. Simply visit the HV office on Aug. 22 or 23 and submit your paperwork there.
Note: In an effort to ease the congestion of long lines, we have set a specific window of time for families based on their last names:
Last Names A - L: 4 – 5 p.m.; Last Names M - Z: 5 – 6 p.m.
Please make a note of your window, and know that we will make exceptions for families with unavoidable conflicts.
Hillview Gender-Neutral Dress for Success
Norms Hillview has established norms to provide guidance on appropriate school attire. Having taken into consideration parent input and involved our staff on developing these guidelines, we present them to you so that you can help your student make wise decisions on what to wear to school. They are published in our Student and Parent handbook and are on our website, but you may also review them at http://tinyurl.com/hvDress4SuccessNorms. I couldn’t be more proud to lead such an amazing school and serve such wonderful students, parents, and staff. I’m looking forward to another great year! GO HAWKS!
Warmly, Willy Haug, Proud Hillview Principal