Hillview in the News
Check out this June 10 blog from Britex Fabrics highlighting Cheryl Pérez's Fashion Design and Sewing mini-course. Designs by the students and background on the course are described within.
See Hillview teacher Amy Kingsley's post on digital citizenship. Madame Kingsley is an Edmodo Certified Trainer, and shares ideas about how to prepare students to be more responsible users of technology, including information about Hillview's Digital Drivers License program.
Hillview is proud to host an EdTech Teacher summer workshop for educators in June of 2015. While not open to the general public, many MPCSD staff members will attend this professional development to learn how to better implement technology in the service of teaching and learning. You may also be interested to know that EdTech Teacher is one of the leading "thought partners" that MPCSD has consulted as we have developed our 1:1 iPad program. To learn more about EdTech Teacher, visit their home page by clicking HERE.
The Hillview Service Squad's sponsored our first-ever Relay for Life event on May 15. Following a 6th and 7th grade dance, students and families thronged to our field and walked from 9 pm to midnight, raising more than $24,000 toward cancer research in the process. For more details, see this May 28 InMenlo article.
Read about Hillview's recent recognition as a California Gold Ribbon School in this May 5 InMenlo article and in this May 13 Almanac piece. For a link to the actual application detailing our "Future of Learning Initiative," click HERE.
Check out this episode of "Diario de un nomada," a Spanish language program from April 25. The format of this program features the protagonist, Miquel Silvestri, traveling the world on his motorcycle and having adventures. Guess where he visits? If you said Hillview Middle School, right you are! Start at 4.50 of the video to see him at Hillview talking to Spanish for Spanish Speakers teacher Tomas Ybarrola and visiting the Spanish for Spanish Speakers class. You don't need to understand Spanish to enjoy this episode. This program aired on national Spanish television.
Click HERE to read InMenlo's April 15 article about Hillview Mini-Courses 2.0! Also, the Almanac followed up our mini-course week with an April 29 article describing a number of the experiences our students had, including Straight Shots, The House That Hillview Built, Explorations of Baking, Picture This!, Author, Author!, Ocean Odyssey, Adventures in Babysitting, and Eat, Blog, and Be Merry.
Congratulations to Hillview 8th grader Elise Kratzer for her recent recognition with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community awards program. For more information about Elise's accomplishment, please read this March 23 InMenlo article.
Hillview's Spring Musical, Willy Wonka, runs March 19 - 21. See this InMenlo article for more details and a few pictures of the cast.
Check out this February 23 announcement from Sequoia Healthcare District's "Healthy Schools Initiative" about a recent presentation by Hillview students at the monthly Menlo Park/Atherton Community Trust meeting. The students spoke about various wellness initiatives happening at Hillview, including the Restorative Justice Program and the Thrive elective.
Want to learn more about Hillview's "Ambassador Wolf Assembly" that took place on Jan. 30, 2015? InMenlo covered this event HERE.
From November 2014, in the context of publicizing an MPAEF-sponsored panel event, InMenlo describes MPCSD's and Hillview's commitment to use design thinking to enrich district students' educational experiences.
In an August 14, 2014, article from nprEd, a Stanford researcher explores the connection between games and learning, citing a design thinking unit taught at Hillview and quoting Olympus Academy Humanities Core teacher, Larra Olson.
InMenlo covers the performance of the Hillview drama program's March 2014 production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Bill Hairston, HERE.
Listen to Hillview students voices as they answer the question, "What can be done to improve your school?" These interviews were conducted while KQED was on campus covering our 1:1 iPad program.
In a KQED Mind/Shift article from February of 2014, Hillview teachers Mike Doroquez, Michael Kaelin, and Amy Kinglsey, along with Principal Erik Burmeister, talk about the 1:1 iPad program and the power of technology to enhance and transform learning. In a companion article, Hillview 8th graders at the time talk about how the iPad has changed their educational experience.
Watch this abc7 news report from December 6, 2013, on technology in education. Teacher Mike Doroquez speaks about the benefits of technology in his math classroom, and we see various scenes around Hillview, from the classroom to the Quad, to the field.