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Hidden Valley Hawk Talk Newsletter, Issue #18

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Friday,  January 13, 2023
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Jan 16

No school - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Feb 20 - 24

No school - Mid-Winter break

Hidden Valley Families,

Affecting Change

This week Hidden Valley students learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his impact on the world.  A message shared in our classes was that MLK Jr thought that things should be better, so he stepped in to help make things better.  This video clip Kid President highlights the power we hold to make change.  He shares that ‘things aren’t always awesome’  and that in our own lives, things may not always be awesome, but our response can be.  It is such a powerful message about our ability to affect change through our response to situations.  


This same message of being aware of our response to a situation is something that we support in both our Social Emotional Learning and Equity focus.  The Ross Valley School District values and supports educators in building capacity in our self awareness so that we may better meet students where they are, allowing for and guiding meaningful engagement, discussion, and understanding of one another as individuals.  The fruition of which shows daily in student interactions, classroom discussions, and the success of our students.

Being a Distinguished School

The California Distinguished School Award is such wonderful recognition, and most importantly, a reflection of the work and focus Hidden Valley has nurtured in our learning community. This distinction is for the whole Hidden Valley community and speaks to our work towards equity - providing high level instruction so that all students achieve.

For those of you wanting to know more about the award, the California School Dashboard assigns schools one of five "status levels," ranging from "very low" to "very high," on various metrics. 

To be recognized as a California Distinguished School in the high student performance category, a school had to meet four criteria: "high" or "very high" English Language Arts test scores; "high" or "very high" math scores; "medium," "low" or "very low" chronic absenteeism; and "low" or "very low" suspensions.  Hidden Valley met criteria in all categories for excellence in student performance.

To be recognized in the achievement gap category, schools had to meet five criteria: "medium," "high" or "very high" English Language Arts test scores; "medium," "high" or "very high" math scores; "medium," "low" or "very low" chronic absenteeism; "medium," "low" or "very low" suspensions; and "medium," "high" or "very high" math or English test scores for at least one group among African American students, Hispanic students, English learners, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, homeless students and foster students.  Hidden Valley met criteria in all categories.


Congratulations Hidden Valley community, each of you have helped to make this happen!

In Education Together,



Hello Hidden Valley Families!

Thank you to everyone that attended today’s “Meet a White Hill Principal” meeting. We had every intention of providing a zoom link for this meeting, but due to unforeseen circumstances, it was not possible this morning. Please accept our apologies.

We hope to supplement today’s meeting with a “Meet a White Hill Parent” opportunity during a spring PTO meeting. Please feel free to reach out to the PTO with any White Hill questions you might have and we will do our best to point you in the right direction for an answer.

Thank you for understanding!
Team PTO

Shared Enrichment Club Coordinator Needed (twice a month)

Lego Clubs have been a huge success so far since our launch!  Do you want your 3rd-5th grader to continue to enjoy Lego Enrichment Club on Mondays?  We are in need of a helper every other Monday during lunch time 12:10-12:45.  Unfortunately, without help we will not be able to continue this amazing enrichment opportunity for our upper grades.  Please email if you are interested.

Movie Night or Game Night Parent Coordinator Needed

How fun would it be to have a Student Movie Night or a Family Game Night before the end of the school year?  PTO needs your help!  We are open to these ideas or others you may have for a student or family fun event.  Please email to share your ideas.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Remembering the life and legacy of Dr. King

I have a dream that one day little black boys

and girls will be holding hands with little white

boys and girls.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream. 


Here are 12 movies about Martin Luther King Jr. for you to watch this holiday. 

Spoiler alert: the most famous movie from this list is Selma directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb.

“A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.” IMDb

Anatomy of a scene from Selma by Ava DuVerney, the New York Times. 

For your kids: 10 facts about Martin Luther King and pick their next favorite book here.


Yearbook is looking for pictures (kids only please) to be used for HV yearbook. If you have any pictures that you would like to share with the yearbook team please email to


Hidden Valley's production of Miley Chase the Science Ace, directed by Nic Moore, is now open.  Cast is open to 3rd -5th graders and Kid Tech is open to 4th & 5th graders. The Kid Tech program has space for 12 children. There will be a lottery announced for spots after registration. 100% scholarships are available!  You can apply for the scholarship during the registration process.  Anna Barker can assist with any questions. Please contact her at The performance dates are March 24, 25, 26.


Click here to register your child today!


Thank you for supporting the arts at RVSD.

Hidden Valley PTO
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