Hawks Nest #6 May 22, 2020

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

Talent Show Recap, 7th Grade Poetry, and much more!

In this week's Hawks Nest:

  • Talent Recap (Watch the full show if you missed it with shortcuts!)
  • 7th Grade Poetry
  • New photo contest!
  • The Gazette courtesy of our Newspaper Club!
  • Some good news from ASB Students to cheer you up!

~Mr. Darmanin

Jeremy Loader from Second Harvest Food Bank with a special Thank You to the Hawks!

Thank you Hillview Middle School

Pep Talks to Hillview Hawks by Oakland A's Mike Fiers and San Francisco Giant Hunter Pence

Mike Fiers pep talk to Hillview Hawks
Hunter Pence pep talk/talent for Hillview Hawks

Who did a better shout out? Mike Fiers or Hunter Pence? Giants or A's?!

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An Unforgettable Night: Hillview Talent Raises $23,665.32 for Second Harvest Food Bank!

Nearly 1000 people tuned in live for the premiere and over 3000 people have viewed since. The Hillview Talent Show featuring amazing Hillview Hawks, inspirational celebrity messages, and the incredible Hillview staff finale entertained us all while raising much needed funds for our local food bank.

Thanks to that generosity, the future looks a little brighter for so many struggling in Silicon Valley. Your incredible dedication and support of Hillview ASB's Talent Show 2020: Keeping Connected While Staying Apart fundraiser will help provide nearly 50,000 meals for families, kids and seniors in need. WOW!

To put that number in perspective, it currently ranks Hillview Middle School as the #6 donors to SHFB Silicon Valley in the entire Bay Area, surrounded by only much larger companies. In addition, Hillview's response to Covid19 pandemic is currently the top school donor in the entire Bay Area. INCREDIBLE!

While this is certainly no competition and SHFB are the true winners here, our ASB set out on this mission with doubts that we would even hit original goal of $6,000 and wondered if the idea would even gather an audience. As a community, we exceeded all expectation. Together.

We really hoped you enjoyed this year's unique take on the Hillview ASB Talent Show tradition!

Let us not forget even during a crisis, we can contribute to a better world NOW and help by using the talents we already have. It is a reminder of the importance to stay creative and stay connected even while we are apart.

If you missed the show, what are you waiting for?!?! We kept an archive of the entire show. Grab some popcorn and check out what everyone has been talking about! (It's also NOT too late to give should you feel inclined to make a donation).

A huge thank you to all the student act performers, celebrity guests, parents, and Hillview staff for their support and generosity!

Talent show performers...thanks to you sharing your amazing talents, so many families are going to benefit and we could not have had this socially distanced talent show without YOU!!! THANK YOU!

We have conveniently listed all of the timestamps which you will also find in the description details on YouTube. Once on the video, clicking the links in the description will take you to the exact act/skit/appearance that you want to view.

1:18 - Luna Brosamer, Teagan Murphy, Carolyn Sanie, Ani Wandless, Abbie Macleod, Lainey Egnal, Ben Siegal (Opening Up)
3:55 - Brian Baumgartner (Cameo)
5:30 - Kavi Bidlack
7:02 - Wilona Chen
8:32 - Wiliam Knox
9:52 - Mandy Gonzalez
11:53 - Chandler Lee
12:53 - Zachery Gosler
14:03 - Jim O'heir
17:27 - Charlotte Anthony
18:42 - Paige McGaraghan
19:51 - Lacey Henderson
21:55 - Hailey Hintze
23:06 - Ruby Stone
24:15 - Gina Cline
26:41 - Sophia Wylie
28:16 - Zoe Hart
29:34 - Brian Hoyle
33:15 - Amar Sandhu
34:21 - Lili Dalessandro
36:01 - Tyler Brash
39:10 - Ava Johnson
40:46 - Kaia Moore
42:08 - Samantha Mewis
42:59 - Kylie Winters
44:09 - Kyle Juczyk
45:23 - Maxton Vidano
46:40 - Sacha Deb
48:04 - Luna Brosamer
51:05 - Lucy Higgins and Ani Wandless
54:33 - Tony Mcquay
56:08 - Natalie Fishman
57:39 - Faith Wurster
58:43 - Mr.Lawrence
1:02:24 - Tierna Davidson
1:05:36 - Kiah Pandey
1:07:40 - Ailon and Carmel Goraly
1:10:11 - Lindsey Lohan
1:10:44 - Thomas Garff
1:12:07 - Ellen Forte
1:14:04 - Cooper Karros
1:14:40 - Kate Mcrbride Mary Brown
1:17:56 - Ariel Chien
1:19:47 - Lexi Chua
1:21:03 - Lily Nye
1:23:34 - Billy West
1:24:26 - Shiloh Robinson
1:25:32 - Tik Tok Challenge
1:27:09 - Jackson Loftus
1:29:56 - James Murray
1:32:33 - Roman and Nico Noravian
1:35:09 - Hailey Harris, Olivia Marsh, Maya Garcia, Zahara Agarwal, and Talya Dallal
1:38:13 - Hunter Pence
1:38:33 - Class of 2020 Tribute
1:55:50 - Moe Hawk & Hillview Staff Skit

Relive the Talent Show! (In the details are shortcuts to Acts, Celebrities, and Staff Skit!)

Hillview Middle School Talent Show 2020: Keeping Connected while Staying Apart

6th & 7th Graders: Get your Block H points turned in!

8th Graders: your deadline has passed!

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.

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.

Check out the awesome poetry gallery from Ms. Bustamante's 7th grade students!

A Message from Principal Haug, Ms. O'Brien, and Mr. Chui

Hello, Hawks! How are you doing? Have you been keeping up with your grades on PowerSchool? Some of you may have seen an email this past weekend about “IE” as a potential grade. What this means is, “Insufficient Evidence”, and it simply means that your academic progress has not yet met a certain standard. You can definitely raise an IE grade by checking in your teachers about your grades, making sure you attend office hours when you need help, and asking for help when you need. We still have plenty more time left before the year ends. And, for our 8th graders who have not taken your end-of-the-year survey yet, we still need to hear from over 150 students. Click here, and drop us a line.

Counselor's Corner: Your Mental Health is Important!

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May is Mental Health Awareness month and now, more than ever, it is critical to check on your own mental health. Did you know that stress, anxiety and all those negative emotions you may be feeling are completely normal? Especially during a time of crisis. Mental health can be a scary topic to talk about, but we’ve learned that being open about mental health can make all the difference. Remember, it's okay to not feel okay, but it's also okay to ask for help.

So what are some we can help stay mentally healthy while sheltering in place? Exercise proves to be an excellent way to keep kids not only physically healthy, but also helps with mental wellbeing. The endorphins can make you feel happier and more hopeful! Below are a few activities we encourage you to do while sheltering in place.

  • Keep active

  • Journaling or making art

  • Take a break when you need it

  • Talk with a trusted friend

  • Listen to music

  • Meditate (there are free apps to help! Calm, Insight Timer and Headspace)

(Information provided by Meagan Cantalupi, Hillview Counseling Intern)
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Photo Challenge #6: Just Desserts!!

How do you dessert? This week's photo challenge is to take a picture of your favorite dessert of the week! Ice cream? Brownies? Cookies? Fruit? Cereal? The only rules are....it must be something you actually eat this week and take the photo of your plate. Store bought? Sure, why not!?!? Homemade? Yup! We don't care if Keebler elves made it or mom & dad. :)

Movie Night Trivia by Miles Atchison

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda. Young Padawans, your mission tonight is to answer the questions correctly, without the use of outside resources, including siblings, parents, or droids. We'll navigate the questions together, please no looking ahead. And, **Spoiler Alert** there are some epic 1980's movie plot twists revealed. Good luck.

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

Board Games You Probably Never Played, But Should Definitely Try!!!

By: Lucy Higgins

Following up on Dylan’s Top Board Games article, I wanted to add to his list with my favorite team games to play with my family. Board Games are a family tradition and these are our top five favorites that we love to play with friends.


While this might not be a particularly great game to play at the moment, it is one of my favorite games you work with a team of people to try and defeat four different viruses that have spread across the globe. You each have different role (such as scientist, medic) and you need to work together to find cures, eradicate the viruses, and save the world.


You and your team are given a secret location but one of you is the spy and doesn’t know where the secret location is (example: hospital). Ask questions about the location to find out which of you has no clue what’s going on.

The Resistance

I do love my spy games. You are part of a spy organization that is trying to overthrow your government. However, there are spies who are trying to make you fail in your missions. Work together-ish to uncover the spies, but how do you know who you’re “working with” isn’t a spy?

Captain Sonar

I can guarantee this will be one of the most stressful board games you will ever play. This takes place in the future where countries are at war and send their powerful but faulty submarines to fight one another. Each team has a captain who orders everyone around, a first mate who charges up weapons to fire at the other ship, a radio operator who tracks the movements of the other ship, and an engineer who fixes the things that break. What’s interesting about this game is that it happens in real time, meaning each team can go as fast or as slow as they want. It is an eight person game, but there are rules for fewer people.


Monikers is like charades but instead of just acting the words or phrases out, this game has three levels. Level 1: use as many words as you like to get your team to guess the word or phrase. Level 2: Use only one word or phrase to get your team to guess the word. Finally, in Level 3: Charades. By Level 3 or even Level 2, your team becomes familiar with all of the cards assigned to you so you have some idea of what to look for, even when you can only get use word to describe it.

*This game is for an older audience but if you filter out the not so kid-friendly cards, you should be alright.*


Another team game! Work against the clock to uncover the mystery of who killed the ghost on Halloween night so her spirit can finally rest.

Find more family games at https://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-family-board-games.html

Ariana Grande and Justin Beiber released a new song that supports the First Responders Children’s Foundation

By: Hailey H.

If you have been keeping up with the world of music you might know about Ariana Grande’s and Justin Beiber’s new song called “Stuck with U”. Not only is “Stuck with U” number one on Apple Musics’ A-List Pop playlist, but it also benefits the First Responders Children’s Foundation which helps grant scholarship and funds to the children of healthcare workers, EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians), police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who might be struggling during this pandemic. Though the song is a hit, so is the social distancing music video that features Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Demi Lovato, Michael Bublé, Chance the Rapper, and Stephen Curry. Be sure to check the new song out!

Sources: https://www.eonline.com/news/1149678/all-the-celebrities-featured-in-ariana-grande-and-justin-bieber-s-star-studded-stuck-with-u-music-video


Delicious Strawberry Smoothie Recipe and Disneyland Beignets!

Source: All Recipes

By: Naomi Watson

Are you looking for a new snack recipe for quarantine?

This delicious smoothie recipe is just right for a quick snack. All you need is a Blender, Frozen Strawberries, Milk, Granulated Sugar, Vanilla Extract, and Yogurt.


  1. Add around 8 strawberries to your blender

  2. Then pour ½ cup of milk

  3. Add ½ cup of your favorite yogurt (I love using the Noosa Strawberry Rhubarb yogurt)

  4. Add three tablespoons of granulated sugar

  5. And finally add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract!

This will give you a delicious smoothie!

Disney Beignets!

Source: USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/food-dining/2020/05/11/coronavirus-united-disney-parks-ikea-and-more-share-home-recipes/3112949001/

Disney and United Airlines are now sharing some of their most famous food recipes so you can make delicious meals at home. Disney is known for their Mickey-Mouse shaped beignets, and now you can make your favorite desserts in the comfort of your own home. You can click here to see how you can make the best beignets!

And now the student produced Hillview Gazette courtesy of our Newspaper Club!

Hawks Celebrating Birthdays This Week!

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In the next edition of the Hawks Nest...

  • Yearbook update!
  • Graduation news!
  • More news you can use from students like you!

...and so much more!