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August 18, 2023

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Welcome Back Knights Families!

This has been a busy week for all! With support of hospitality donations, PTSO was able to provide the faculty and staff Back-to-School snacks on Monday and a luncheon on Tuesday. Lunch was provided in part by Suavecito Birria and Tacos. (click Suavecito for menus and information) Churro cookies and brownies were donated by Rustic Postres (on Instagram @rustic.postres) We also had numerous families bring in treats, and drinks, too. Thanks to all who donated. The faculty and staff loved it!!

On Wednesday, the Class of 2024 had their "Senior Sunrise". A Hillsdale tradition where the seniors get to kick off the year watching the sunrise from the football field and enjoying breakfast. 

We are thrilled to announce that our membership numbers are continuing to climb! This is super exciting and shows that our Hillsdale Community is coming back stronger than ever this year. If you haven't filled out the membership form, here is the link 2023-2024 Membership. There is no monetary requirement to join, but filling out the form makes you an "active" member. 

Just a reminder that next Monday is the mandatory fall sports meeting, starting with the freshman families beginning check-in at 5:40 and a meeting at 6:00 and other families can start checking in at 6:30 with an ALL parent meeting at 7. 

The HHS Foundation is kicking off their Fall Donation drive. One of the most important things the Foundation supports is our smaller learning communities. These SLCs are funded through donations from families and businesses, so if you are able,. please consider giving. 

Please don't forget to scroll ALL the way through the bulletin--there are lots of flyers! Yearbook, volunteering for PTSO, information about the upcoming HHS Marketplace, and more!!

Have an amazing weekend!

Holly and Jen

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

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Greetings Hillsdale Families

The Hillsdale Foundation welcomes you to the start of the new school year. 

Who we are

The Hillsdale Foundation’s sole purpose is to raise funds that will go directly to the school, bridging the budget gap and supporting the programs that make Hillsdale unique.

This school year, the Hillsdale Foundation needs to raise $600,000 to support our students. This vital funding is how we support our award winning Small Learning Community model. (House System)

Why we give

California ranks 33rd in the nation for student spending. Public funding for students in California is not enough to provide the excellence in education our students deserve.

Foundation funding provides:

  • Houses & Advisory Classes
  • Reduced class sizes in 9th and 10th grades
  • Core subject teachers who are assigned for two consecutive years
  • Valuable technology upgrades
  • Grants to Booster Groups: $30,000 to Dance, Drama, Music, Athletics & the PTSO

Although the recommended donation amount is $750 per student, we ask each family to give what they can to support their student’s education. For those families who are in a position to give more, please consider a larger gift to uplift every child. Hillsdale is stronger together.

Many companies offer matching gift programs. Click here to double your donation.

Thank you!

Together, we can make BIG things happen in Small Learning Communities www.HillsdaleHSFoundation.org

Saludos Familias de Hillsdale

La Fundación de Hillsdale les da la bienvenida al comienzo del nuevo año escolar.

Quienes somos

El único propósito de la Fundación de Hillsdale es recaudar fondos que irán directamente a la escuela, reducir el déficit presupuestario y apoyar los programas que hacen a Hillsdale única.

Este año escolar, la Fundación de Hillsdale necesita recaudar $600,000 para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes. Este financiamiento vital es como apoyamos nuestro premiado modelo de Pequeña Comunidad de Aprendizaje. (Sistema de Casas)

Por qué donamos

California ocupa el lugar 33 en la nación para el gasto estudiantil. La financiación pública para los estudiantes en California no es suficiente para proporcionar la excelencia en la educación que nuestros estudiantes merecen.

La financiación de la Fundación proporciona:

  • Casas y clases de asesoría 
  • Clases mas pequeñas en 9º y 10º grado
  • Profesores de materias básicas asignados por dos años consecutivos
  • Valiosas actualizaciones tecnológicas
  • Subvenciones a Grupos de Apoyo: $30,000 para Danza, Drama, Música, Atletismo y el PTSO.

Aunque la cantidad de donación recomendada es de $750 por estudiante, le pedimos a cada familia que dé lo que pueda para apoyar la educación de su estudiante. Para aquellas familias que están en posición de dar más, por favor consideren un regalo más grande para elevar a cada niño. Juntos, Hillsdale es más fuerte.

Muchas empresas ofrecen programas de donaciones de contrapartida. Haga clic aquí para duplicar su donación.

¡Muchas gracias!

Juntos, podemos hacer que sucedan GRANDES cosas en las Pequeñas Comunidades de Aprendizaje.


The Shield 2024 Yearbook Pre-sales 

We have chosen a new publishing company that has better printing and better pricing for our 2024 yearbooks. The deadline schedule for the yearbook students also make production more smooth. 

Buy now!

$80 Early Bird Pricing ends October 1, 2023

Deals on personalization and icons included.


Preventa del anuario The Shield 2024 Hemos elegido una nueva editorial que tiene mejor impresión y mejores precios para nuestros anuarios de 2024. El calendario de fechas límite para los estudiantes del anuario también facilita la producción. 

¡Comprar ahora! El precio de reserva anticipada de $80 finaliza el 1 de octubre de 2023 Ofertas en personalización e íconos incluidos.

Hillsdale Peace Pantry/

Community Garden

Hillsdale Community Closet

The Hillsdale Community Closet will be open each Friday in August to offer clothing and essential items to Hillsdale students and their families. We need adult volunteers for Fridays in August who can simply open and close the Community Closet morning hours (7:30am-10am) OR the afternoon hours (3:30pm-6:00pm). If you would like to volunteer at our Community Closet (Alameda Parking Lot) on a Friday in August please sign up here. *Please follow us on Instagram @hhs_community_closet

Hillsdale Community Peace Pantry

Our Emergency Food Drive Thru supports 130 Hillsdale families experiencing food insecurity. Every Friday a family receives a week's worth of groceries, cultural food staples from Mi Rancho (2x month) and essential items. We are open every Friday from 7:30am-9:00am in the Alameda parking lot. We need August volunteers to work the drive thru OR deliver groceries to 2-3 families who do not have transportation. If you would like to volunteer in August, please sign up here.

Hillsdale Community Garden

Our Hillsdale Community Garden provides organic fruits and vegetables to Hillsdale families enrolled in our Peace Pantry. Primary volunteer opportunities are Thursday harvest support from 4:00pm-5:00pm and Friday morning projects from 8:00am-11:30am. We also have flexible volunteer times to help with watering, pruning or special projects. Our amazing HHS Community Garden Directors Daniel and Yvonne indicate we will have an amazing harvest this year of fruits and vegetables so we definitely need a lot of help every Thursday afternoon for distribution Friday mornings at our Emergency Food Drive Thru. Please follow us on IG at @hhs_community_garden for updates. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Brett Stevenson at bstevenson@smuhsd.org. We have a WhatsApp group where we publish our weekly tasks in the garden.

Hillsdale Stands Together!

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


College & Career Newsletter

Latest College & Career newsletter - Direct URL here.

Did you miss one of the Workshops?? Find links to the recordings here


  • Latest and upcoming, including UC PIQ essay workshop in May & all the recordings from Advisory
  • Next steps for looking into colleges…the search and organization!
  • College presentations in May
  • CSM’s Connect to College Program on May 4 for all families!

Laura Burtness, Hillsdale's College & Career Advisor, LBurtness@smuhsd.org

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

Knight Level $5,000

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