Monday, October 29, 2012

Why the Class of 2013 is awesome!!

There are many reasons why the class of 2013 is the best. Even though we have had our part in making trouble, I have found that we, as students, are there for each other. We are always there for each other in any situation and there are so many people who respect and care about others and you. Also, it is such a great environment to make new friends because most students are accepting of others.

The class of 2013 will be the first class ever to graduate from the new Hillview. This is important because we will be remembered for years to come. We have the honor to be remembered as great Hillview students. The 8th grade students this year has been able to experience ipads and with the new school will be able to up stairs and when we get the new field will be able to set great examples on the turf. All these privileges help us grow into what we want to become and I know that the 8th grade students will be able to accomplish their goals and dreams.
Throughout the past 2-3 years we have grown to know each other as more than peers, we have come to count some as family. That is a great quality we possess so we carry these friends with us our whole lives as someone to turn to, that is something we can cherish forever.

Through the drama and the laughs, we as people have shined through and conquered middle school with teachers we trust, and with new found responsibility we are ready to move on to the challenge of high school. I am confident that we will create new memories, both sad and happy, with these qualities that we have inside of us we will get through it strong and shine as people.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pros and Cons of the iPhone 5

Pros and Cons of the iPhone 5
by Max and Selim

Hey Hawks! Most of you know that the iPhone 5 was released in 2012. You want an iPhone? We’re gonna tell you some good reasons (and some bad ones) to get the iPhone 5.

First of all, the main reason to get the iPhone 5 is because it’s thin, fast, and fun! One of the best things on the iPhone 5 is the new Siri. Siri can check your email, make a reminder for a test or event, which can be really helpful. If you need to make note of something really fast, you just say it to her and she will get it down really fast. AND, if you’re bored, you can have a totally random conversation. (Even though Siri can be a bit rude sometimes.) Some more good features are the apps on the iPhone. For 7th and 8th graders, there’s an Edmodo app, where you can see all the posts from your classmates and post if you have a question! Another great feature is that, even with all your school features and other things, there is an iPod app. Now, some of you are thinking, “NO WAY. WHAT?” You can listen to your music on the same device as all the other cool features. YES WAY!!!
But, of course, there are some bad features on the iPhone 5. One of them is maps. The new maps app was supposed to be really good, but... IT’S NOT. On random occasions, when you type in an address to get directions to, it just won’t let you. It just won’t. The back of the iPhone 5 is a new material. The white is one is plain color, and the black one is painted black. The material on the black scratches off because it is painted. So, if you get one, either get the white one, or get a case right away!
Those are some good reasons to get the iPhone 5. It can help you with your homework and assignments, and with normal everyday things. So, what do you think of the iPhone 5? Comment below.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

6th Grade Memories

6th Grade Memories

       By: Natalie and Megan

As 7th graders, we thought it would be cool to look back on our first year at Hillview. We interviewed some students and researched what they thought about 6th grade. We interviewed: Alexa, Kate, Emily , Katherine, Lanie , Sophie, and of course, each other! We asked them only one question and it was “What did you like most about 6th grade?”

Alexa is from the academy Caracol and she liked the murals #artsy and the hot food lunches on thursdays #yummy!   Kate is from the academy Tikal. What she had liked about 6th grade was that she was in Mr. Espinoza’s homeroom/flex, she loved the murals, meeting new friends and the food on Thursday lunches!

Emily is from the academy Chichen Itza. What she had liked about 6th grade was that she liked all the people, her teachers, school spirit, and the Thursday hot lunches. yummy! :) 


Katherine is from the academy Chichen Itza, her homeroom Ms. Staff. She mostly liked the murals, hot lunches, the dance, meeting new friends and “funness” in 6th grade.

Lanie is from the academy Caracol. What she enjoyed most was the Greek Fest and her academy pride.

Sophie is from the academy Tikal, what she liked most about 6th grade was the dance, hot lunch, new friends, and the teachers

Natalie is from the academy Chichen Itza, her homeroom is Mr. De. What she liked most about 6th grade was the hot food lunches, the dance, her teachers, and meeting new friends.

Megan is from the academy is Tikal. What she liked most about 6th grade was the Thursday hot food lunches, being in Mr. Green’s homeroom, meeting new friends and the Greek Fest. 

What the majority of what we all liked about 6th grade the most was the hot food lunches, meeting new friends, and the teachers. Sadly we don’t have hot food anymore on Thursdays, and we have moved grades and on to the next teachers. But this year we will find out what we enjoyed about school this year and we will get to know are teachers better, and look back in 8th grade and see what we liked about 7th grade. Now go and create your own memories!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

10 Ways to Earn Your Block H!

10 Ways to Earn Your Block H!
This blog article is written by a Block H holder here to share their secrets to success. 
Earning your Block H can be hard, or SUPER easy! Coming an actual 8th grade Block H holder, I earned mine quickly and easily. I got mine in 7th grade and was able to go to Raging Waters even though my color team did not! If I can do it, I’m sure you can tooooooo!

• Leadership • School and Community Service •Performance • Scholarship  

You have to earn at least 10 points in each of these sections. At the max, you can only earn 50 in each. Okay, on to the top ten tips.

Le Top 10

  1. Government- I wasn’t in the executive student council although I was a homeroom rep. a couple of times. This is the best way to earn points if you are terrified of running for executive board.
  2. Spirit Days- Dressing up is really easy and is a fun way to earn Block H points. You have to get creative though and you have to show effort to get credit.
  3. Ball Hut Worker/ Flag Monitor- Super quick and easy! Plus, it's a great way to learn responsibility.
  4. Volunteering- Helping out with school event and activities, dances or assemblies. You can even clean up a teachers classroom during lunch. You'll feel good during your service and earn Block H while you do it.
  5. Sports- By playing your favorite sport you can also earn a few points. If you're not a Sports person, you can also earn performance Block H by being involved in music, HawkTalk, or taking the Drama elective.
  6. Noon Events- Help your color team get victories by participating in noon events. Everyone should try this at least may love it!
  7. Library Helper- Helping scan books at either lunch or recess can earn you may block H points per trimester. They have parties and snacks all the time too!  :P
  8. Peer Tutoring- It’s a double win! You can do your homework while helping other people :)))))
  9. Musical Instruments- Joining Band or Orchestra can help you earn a ton of points. You earn a couple points for every performance you participate in. These add up!!
  10. Get good grades and show a TON of effort- That can give you scholarship points as it's all about the effort.

Here’s the link to the instructions and other info on Block H. It also shows the maximum points you can get per trimester.--->

I hope these tips were helpful! Getting your Block H is awesome, because you have loads of privileges. You can skip lines, get discounts, go to raging waters, you get to attend parties and its just a great accomplishment. Actually, the greatest part about the Block H is knowing you EARNED it.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Noon Events! Musical Chairs & Backwards Bounce

 Friday at lunch means one very important thing to Hillview's MUSIC IN THE QUAD! Student Council gets the outdoor amp system and iPod to blast music in the quad at lunch. Okay, maybe not blast....but it's something we all enjoy at our new campus. It also means there is a student council planned Noon Event (to parents....that's student council lingo for a color team competition which can range from the familiar to the outrageous).

First up was Hillview Musical Chairs which, just like the popular game, rewarded speed and a little bit of luck. Outnumbered 3 to 1 in the final four, it wasn't looking good for the Red team as Blue held the dominating position. However, in a stunning upset, Red took home the victory as students cheered on to a furious finish.

Blue would get their revenge the following week in a student council created game called Backwards Bounce.  It involved teamwork, speed, and accuracy as students from all three color teams raced against the clock to pass the bouncy ball over their heads and under their legs before shooting it into one of two targets. The team with the most skills this week? It was the Blue team on top followed closely behind by Red and Green with a gritty effort.

If it's Friday at can be sure that there will be excitement at lunchtime thanks to your 2012-2013 Hillview Student Council! Want to play (you also earn Block H points for entering!)?

Just look for student council every Friday at lunch to sign-up on the outdoor stage.