Hawks Nest #4 May 8, 2020

Brought to you by Hillview ASB, HawkTalk, & Mr. Darmanin

ASB Elections Results,Talent Show Submissions Due, Block H Due, and HawkTalk!

In this week's Hawks Nest:

  • The Results of the ASB Election 2020-2021
  • Talent Show: Videos are due May 8th! (It will not be extended!)
  • 8th Grade Block H Points & Award Application due May 9th.
  • HawkTalk
  • Feel Good News you can use from Hillview ASB!

~Mr. Darmanin

Tyler Beede

HawkTalk: Filmed earlier this week (contains some dated info - WEB Applications are closed)

Hawktalk 5/8/2020
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Final Day to Submit: Hillview Talent Show!

This it it! If you have a video you want in next week's talent show, today is the final day!!

There are no auditions! Just submit your video using the links below or go to TinyURL.com/hvts2020. Attach your talent video and we'll put it in the talent show! This should be your FINAL DRAFT exactly as you want it to appear.

Remember, your video CAN be longer than 60 seconds...in fact, many acts are 3 minutes long on average, but we want to encourage SHORTER videos so we can make time for everyone. We also might need to shorten some videos to make everything fit together.

We hope you'll consider entering, watching, and/or donating to this year's virtual Hillview Talent Show benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank!

$475 Raised for SHFB Silicon Valley! Let's keep it going!!

Congrats to ASB 2020-2021

First...thank you to all candidates! You did a fantastic job and we are proud of you regardless of the results! Be proud!!!

ASB President

Abbie MacLeod

ASB Vice President

Stephen Halsey

Activities Commissioners

Hayden Frye

Lauren Mrva

Art Publicity Chair

Lilah Chen

Media and Photography Managers

Teagan Murphy

Lexi Nelson


Izzy Enerio

Zoe Fong

Student Store Manager

Callie West


Addison (Addy) McCombs

ASB Cabinet

Aliana Marakovic

Ameya Nori

Audrey Hochstetler

Charlotte Hayhurst

Corbin Nam

Ella Thomson

Kate McBride

Kaylie Tedesco

Kelsey Kraska

Lainey Egnal

Lily Nye

Luna Brosamer

Mei Miyahara

Paige Nelson

Paul Whelan

Sara Djafari

Tessa Goldman

Varsha Sripadham

William Sherman

Block H: Time to Submit! [8th Graders due May 9th]

8th Graders: It is time for your Block H submission and application for the Block H Award! All Block H applications are due by May 9th, 2020 to be eligible.

6th/7th Graders: You have until the end of the school year to submit since your points will carry over to next school year.

It's that time of year! End of the year means it's time to tally up our Block H points and make sure yours get counted. Use the easy to follow Google Form (also found in your Hawks Nest Google Classroom) and follow the instructions to get counted! 8th graders, you have two parts...one for the tally, and another for the application.

8th Graders Application: Due May 9th, 2020

The Purpose of Hillview’s Block H Award

The Block H award encourages and recognizes commitment to school involvement and community service.

What is a “Block H Point”?

Points are how we measure your service and involvement. For service activities, including community service outside Hillview, you earn about 3 points per hour of service. For school involvement, we use a fixed point system per activity to encourage and recognize involvement.

It's best not to "count" your points and instead just focus on getting involved and volunteering! We've never met a student who got their Block H by asking how many points they had! Fill out the form and follow the steps.

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Photo/Video Challenge #4: Nailed It!!!

This week's photo or short video challenge is to take a picture of you holding up a baking creation. Think you can design a cupcake? Decorate a cake? Make Minion Rice Krispy treats? The choice is yours as long as you help bake it! Submit a photo or short video of your masterpiece. We don't care if they look good....we just hope they taste good for your sake. Nailed it!!!

HawkSquawk: Hillview's Hidden Talent

What stupid hidden talent do you have? Can you do the thing where you turn your tongue into a clover? Can you flare your nostrils or wiggle your ears? Can you make animal sounds? Send us a short video (under 1 minute please) of any wacky hidden talent that you or your family have!

No editing required! Use your phone or iPad to film/submit. Click the button below to send!

Hillview Museum Challenge - Deadline: May 29th

Hillview Museum Challenge by Ms. Kogan

The Getty Art Museum in LA had a contest and people re-created famous paintings by dressing up like the people in the paintings and photographed themselves. If this sounds like fun to you, then participate in the Hillview Museum Challenge!

Choose a painting or sculpture that you want to portray through photography, take a screenshot of it and note the artist and title. Try looking at the padlet linked below made by a Laurel art teacher. You will need to include the original when posting your photo. Take the photo using your iPad camera or another camera. Try to replicate the colors in the background of the painting and try to dress like the people in the painting. Feel free to enlist family members in the task. Be creative! Also, feel free to try a more abstract painting that might require no people. Do not edit the photo unless you need to crop it. Some tips to keep in mind when recreating an art piece: Make a face, strike a pose. If you’re interested in re-creating a portrait or group scene, pay attention to the facial expressions—they really make it. For a family activity, look for a domestic or dinner scene. Pay attention to lighting. Try to imagine where the light in the artwork is coming from, and orient your composition so a window or lamp is casting similar light onto the scene. In bright daylight, windows offer a blue-tinged light, while most lamps cast a warmer light. Look at Ms. Kogan's examples for inspiration! Padlet of painting ideas: https://padlet.com/cgiacomozzi/aqtwrmbp6p9z

***Ms. Kogan wants to make a password protected padlet of all of the photographs from Hillview. If you do not want to be included, please let her know via email.**

If you take an art class and have already done this project, you are automatically entered in the contest! There will be prizes for different categories and a panel of judges. Art prizes will be delivered next year.

Email re-creation photos to Ms. Kogan along with the original masterpiece (artist and title noted) to akogan@mpcsd.org

Changemakers from Ms. Nguyen's Distance Learning

For this project, students chose a social issue they care about. They researched the topic and wrote a series of essays: two analytical essays based on research, a creative narrative that uses pathos to evoke emotions, a vision statement speech, and finally a creative solution.

This is Jacob Cohen’s Multi-Media Creative Solution Piece for the Changemakers Project. Jacob’s topic is on the importance of focusing on happiness. Great work everyone and thanks to Ms. Nguyen for sharing this amazing work.


Happiness is life’s ultimate goal. In an ideal world, every action we take is in service to this target. Yet, too often, we ignore it in the pursuit of other objectives. Especially during the coronavirus pandemic, it may seem difficult or unimportant to focus on your own happiness. But we shouldn’t ignore it. The great thing about unhappiness, compared to other social issues, is that each person has a crucial role in solving the problem. This website containsfive scientifically proven techniques that you can apply in your own life to improve your mood and hopefully bring a smile to your face. They are:

  1. Building strong relationships,

  2. Practicing active gratitude,

  3. Spreading the happiness contagion,

  4. Making the world a better place, and

  5. Doing what brings you joy.

See the complete project by clicking the link below:


Board Games to stop the boredom by Dylan Lanier

Top Ten Games for Quarantine:

Ticket to Ride:

Build railroads, gain points, and travel across the United States in this epic game. You’ll need room for the exceptionally large game board, but it won’t disappoint!


In this competitive game, your job is to collect properties and leave the other players bankrupt. But be careful, one bad roll and you could end up in jail!


“Sorry, not sorry” is the motto of this game. Get your pieces around the game board without being sent back to start by someone else’s. In this game of sabotage, you always need to watch your back!


Become a settler on the island of Catan. A place full of resources… and other scheming settlers. In this game, the object is to build as many houses and roads as you can. Trading is everything, and one bad deal could make any player lose!


In this exciting whodunnit, players must race to discover who killed Mr. Boddy, by exploring his mansion (as well as the secrets that lay within it). Interrogate others to find out what they know, before it’s too late!

The Game of Life:
Go through life in this fantastic game of chance. Spin the wheel and see where it takes you. Whether you’re getting married or buying a yacht, this game is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. Just make sure you carve out an hour or two!


Test your word knowledge in this intellectual yet fun game. Players must use their own letter tiles to make words off of the tiles already on the game board. And always look for triple word spaces!

Trivial Pursuit:

See how much you know in this fun filled trivia game. The object is to get a question right in every category, and then get your game piece to the center of the board. Good luck!

Forbidden Desert:

In this complex but rewarding game, your job is to put together a broken flying machine and escape from a desert sandstorm. Players must work together and use different special abilities to succeed. Just don’t get buried in the sand!


In this unique game, players must try to grow the most trees and take in the most sunlight. But beware, players can plant their trees to block someone else’s. In this game of the forest, survival is everything!

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Scavenger Hunt Around the House By Gemma Albro

Hey Hawks! During this time we can be very stressed or even just bored, so try playing a game. Hop on facetime or Zoom with some friends and play this super easy, fun game. Start by making a list of things that are easily found around the house. This could be sunglasses, a spoon, a hat, or a pencil. Then read the list to your friends and have them go find the objects. Whoever gets back first will win! Go around in a circle doing everyone's lists. This game is something to do with friends over facetime!

What's Streaming? By Miles Atchison

Miles Atchison is a virtual 8th grader, Hawk’s Nest contributor, member of ASB, and science

enthusiast. You could find him most days, pre-pandemic, at the skatepark.

We know you're bored, so here are 5 popular shows to catch up on during the quarantine...of course, ask your parents first!

1. The Office (Netflix): This is a widely known tv show loved by many. It is about a

paper company with a quirky boss and odd subordinates. The Office never fails

to make you smile.

2. Parks and Recreation (Netflix and Prime): A very popular show about a Parks

department in a small town in Indiana. You are introduced to many great

characters that you will connect to throughout the show.

3. Community(Netflix): Community follows a study group that goes through funny

and crazy events in community college from school wide paintball games to

taking down a school dictator. There are big names such as Ken Jeong, Joel

McHale, and Donald Glover that play the lovable characters.

4. Upload (Prime): From the creators from the Office and Parks and Rec, Upload

shows a digital afterlife and what the consequences are and the adventures that

are there. This show will air on Amazon Prime May 1st.

5. Arrested Development (Netflix): A comedy that follows an insane and funny

family that goes through some of the craziest events.

Riddle me this! By: Sophie Robbins

Test your mind!

Here you can find some fun but hard riddles! Riddles are a great way to work your brain, but it does not feel like you are doing actual work! What’s not perfect about this? Nothing! You can test yourself, give these to your parents, or even ask your friends in a virtual way! Take a break from whatever you are doing and try to figure out some riddles. Have fun! Come back next week for the answers! Here are some of my personal favorites!

Brothers and sisters I have none but this man's father is my father's son.

Who is the man?

Who makes it, has no need of it.

Who buys it, has no use for it.

Who uses it can neither see nor feel it.

What is it?

I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?

You can drop me from the tallest building and I'll be fine, but if you drop me in water I die. What am I?

Paul's height is six feet, he's an assistant at a butcher's shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh?

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Hillview Hawk Birthdays in early May!

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In the next edition of the Hawks Nest...

  • Results from the photo challenge
  • A sneak preview of the talent show with a link to the live feed!
  • More news you can use from students like you!

...and so much more!