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December 22, 2023

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

And here you have it, the last PTSO Bulletin for 2023! 

Monday, PTSO and Leadership hosted a "Cookie, Coffee, and Cocoa" event to celebrate December and to kick off Finals Week. Thanks to all who donated cookies, coffee, paper products, and decor. See pictures for a partial peek!

This issue's question to the HHS Faculty and Staff is..."What is your favorite holiday movie?" If you're looking for some great holiday movie suggestions--these favorites are the perfect place to start!

Looking to support the community?? Click here to donate to the Peace Pantry/Community Garden/Community Closet: HHS Community Support. The Foundation is still welcoming donations from you and/or your businesses or workplaces. Click here to donate: Foundation Donations If you are purging your closets during break, please consider hanging onto those items and giving them to the community closet when we return from break! We are in special need of coats, sweatshirts, and other winter items. Thanks!!

Last chance for Yearbook Senior Ad early bird pricing is Sunday, December 31

Just a reminder that Spring Sports Tryouts start after we return from break. Google Doc with information is linked here - Spring Sports. If your child has not been medically cleared, Winter Break is a great time to bring that paperwork into the doctor's office or make that medical appointment for clearance. (Please note that the health office will be closed during break, so you may not get responses to clearances sent in during that time) For more information, click here Athletic Clearance

Our next official bulletin will be Friday, January 5, 2024. We wish you all safe and happy winter holidays and are looking forward to seeing and working with you in 2024!!

Holly and Jen

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

4th Annual Hillsdale High School Holiday Giving Campaign

Hillsdale Peace Pantry Holiday Giving Campaign - Goal: $80,000 To Keep Our Peace Pantry, Closet & Garden Open in 2024

We have raised $40,740 as of December 21

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to help us continue to serve families in need through our Peace Pantry, Community Closet and Community Garden:


  • For $50 a month you can support a Hillsdale family with groceries and essential items from Mi Rancho Market every other week. 
  • A pledge of $600 will support a family for the next twelve months.
  • A donation of any amount will directly support a Hillsdale family experiencing food insecurity.

We Need Your Help!

Can you help us make a bigger impact in 2024?

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Holiday Giving Campaign (runs December 1st -31st) so we can continue to offer support through our Hillsdale Peace Pantry, Community Closet and Community Garden. 

Tax-deductible donations can be made through the Hillsdale Foundation, a 501c3. If your employer does matching gifts, you can double your impact.

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, a heart of grace, and a soul generated by love.” Coretta Scott King

Schedule for Winter Break

Have a great Winter Break. The first day back at school is Tuesday, January 9, 2024. Please see the complete bell schedule here.

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come Support our teams! GO FIGHTING KNIGHTS

GoFan Ticket Link

Family Pass Link

HHS Yearbook Senior Ads

Create that Special Memory for your Graduating Senior!

Yearbook Senior Ads are available from Friesens.com. Prices go up December 31st. You can purchase ads next semester, but space is limited, so purchase soon! See the flyer for ideas from last year. Buy your ad using the link: https://ybstore.friesens.com/768274

Already purchased a Senior Ad? Make sure you upload your photos and submit your written message using this HHS Senior Ads Form by Dec 31, 2023: https://forms.gle/9wA3igpZZzhhX6Qt7

Questions? Please email: [email protected]

Yearbooks can still be purchased at: https://ybstore.friesns.com/768274

Junior Mock Interviews - Volunteers Needed to Conduct Interviews!

During 11th grade advisory, every student will write a professional resume and participate in a 30-minute mock interview. This long-standing project is a great way to support students as they prepare for the world after high school. We need your help to make the experience authentic!

Interviews will be on February 27, 28 and 29 (Tues/Wed/Th) and will be both in person and via Zoom. Friends, family and community members are welcome to participate.

Sign up for a shift(s) at https://bit.ly/HHSMockInterviews2024.

Questions? Contact Hillsdale teacher Rachel Mariucci at [email protected]

Warriors Game ~ Spirit Squad Fundraiser

Support the Cheer team - Gather your family and friends and join Hillsdale High School Nights at Chase Center as your Golden State Warriors take on the Utah Jazz on Sunday, April 14 @ 12:30pm! Last day to buy tickets is February 23, 2024.

See Flyer for details...

For Seniors...

Senior Information link

Forms for Senior Day and Senior Knight (Due March 1)

Senior Ads for the HHS Yearbook

Get early-bird pricing for Senior Ads before December 31, 2023. Use https://ybstore.friesens.com/768274 or the QR code. (Flyer Link)

Seniors - Grad kNight Tickets Still Available

Limited # of tickets still available for Grad kNight! Thank you to those who have completed their forms and turned in their payment for Grad kNight. If you are still interested, we have a limited number of tickets still left, on a first come, first served basis. Once the buses are full, we will NOT be able to accommodate more students. (Flyer Link)

Full and/or partial scholarships will be available, simply indicate your interest/need on the Google form: https://bit.ly/GradKnight2024.

Senior Quote for Yearbook

It is time to submit your Senior Quote that will be printed under your portrait photo in The Shield 2024 Yearbook.

Fill out this form to share what you want people to remember about you. Due January 19, 2024

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


December College & Career Newsletter


Greetings, and happy December!

Here is the latest College & Career Newsletter, in English and Spanish

Highlights of this Senior Newsletter:


  • SMCCD and CSU updates, including 11 CSUs that have extended deadlines!
  • 10+ new scholarships
  • Campus Pride Index
  • Spotlight on Skyline College’s programming
  • Supporting friends who applied to college Early Decision or Early Action.
  • and more!

As always, contact me if you have any questions or concerns. If you have been living with a 12th grade who just turned in their CSU or UC applications--- congratulations! : )

We'll be celebrating ALL students who have submitted ANY application of ANY kind (2 year college, 4 year college, job application, driver's license, ....!) on Tuesday during brunch. Let's celebrate the attempts.


Laura Burtness, [email protected]

College, Career, and Financial Aid Advisor

650 558 2613

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens!

Check this site for virtual volunteer opportunities https://teensvolunteer.org/

The inclusion of an opportunity in this document is not an endorsement or recommendation by SMUHSD.
Important District Updates
Updates from SMUHSD

For the latest updates, please click here.
Ways to Support Hillsdale
Support Hillsdale by becoming a Basementeer! 

Sports Basement is spinning the traditional “loyalty” program into a win-win for their loyal customers and our community. Basementeer’s receive 10% and give 10%:
  • 10% off every item every day
  • 10% of profits back to Hillsdale High School
  • Please watch this one minute video to get the idea
On your next visit to Sports Basement, register as a Basementeer and select Hillsdale High School as your beneficiary! Better yet, register online and the $25 fee is waived!  
Please visit Sports Basement – they have stores throughout the Bay Area including Redwood City and San Francisco) or visit them online at https://shop.sportsbasement.com/

Thank You to Our Hillsdale High School Foundation Business/Corporate Sponsors!

Learn How to Become a Business/Corporate Sponsor

We encourage you to support these businesses that have generously donated to HHS.

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Armor Level $2,500
Shield Level $1,250
Sword Level $850
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