Hillview School

Hillview School performs HONK! – a fun musical for the whole family

We stopped by Hillview School over the President’s Day weekend where a hearty band of about 40 kids were ignoring the four days off to prepare for the school’s spring musical, HONK!, under the guidance of new drama teacher Bill Hairston (pictured above) who joined the faculty last fall. Bill, a classically trained actor who […]

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Spotted: Skateboards in rack at Hillview School

Sometimes art is where you find it, a combination of shape and light. We thought so when we spied a jumble of skateboards in a rack at Hillview School earlier this week. We’re guessing the rack will stand empty for the next few days, given the holiday weekend. Photo by Irene Searles

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New banner asks community: “Are You In” for Menlo Park’s public schools?

Driving down Santa Cruz Ave. near El Camino, it’s hard not to miss the eye-catching, orange banner that went up today. It’s all part of the joint fundraising campaign by the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) from Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, and Hillview schools and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF). The effort — known as […]

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New Hillview School makes its debut in Menlo Park

Where once there was a playing field that could be accessed not only from Santa Cruz Avenue but from the gates of homeowners on the west side of Hillview Drive, now sits the new Hillview School, which made its debut at a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. While both Oak Knoll and Encinal Schools were refurbished […]

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Spotted: Some murals saved at Hillview School?

Aside from the many graduates of Hillview School dating back to the days when it was a K-8, there was concern from more recent graduates about the demolishment of the many murals that graced the school’s corridors. It appears that at least a few will be saved, those on the buildings that will be incorporated […]

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And the walls of Hillview School in Menlo Park came tumbling down

The demolition of Hillview Middle School, which was built in 1949 with additions to its core campus taking place throughout the 1950s, began in earnest this week. All will be replaced by new two-story buildings in an area that was once the school’s playing fields — with the exception of the 1999-built multi-purpose auditorium, which will […]

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Spotted: Hillview School girls selling Beads 4 Hope

The local project in the spotlight at today’s Menlo Park Farmers’ Market was a group of girls who attend Hillview School selling beads to support “two organizations that help stop and prevent child enslavement, especially in Africa.” About 13 students in total participate in the group that they call Beads 4 Hope. They are donating […]

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Spotted: Young scientist at Hillview School’s first Science Fair

Hillview School sixth and seventh graders, including Cricket Gorey pictured, participated in the school’s first ever (at least in the “modern era”) Science Fair last week. Wrote principal Mike Melton: “Students eagerly sat by their presentation boards to explain to the hundreds of visitors the outcomes of their experiment hypotheses and conclusions. They did an […]

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It’s a cream puff kind of day at Hillview School, thanks to innovative teaching and Chef Suzy

The Hillview School 7th graders in the Mediterranean Academy  in Michael Kaelin’s English class just finished reading the novel The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt, which is set in 1967. And today they made cream puffs in class, orchestrated by Chef Suzy Farnworth. The connection?  Michael provides some background about the book: “After an afternoon […]

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All eyes on new Hillview School rooftop

Hillview School has an new temporary addition, a huge crane spotted this morning lowering mechanical units and roofing material onto the top of the new performing arts building. The work was purposely scheduled for a Saturday when the crane lifting equipment could be put in place. According to the construction website, here’s the progress on […]

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Menlo Park schools ask: “Are You In?” Joint PTO–MPAEF fundraising campaign ends today

Students, teachers, parents, and school supporters of all kinds — including the Encinal Eagle — were a visible presence yesterday on campuses across Menlo Park. It was a sea of orange, from posters and t-shirts to wristbands and car decals. The occasion marked the conclusion of an ambitious month-long fundraising campaign that is the first […]

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