Hillsdale Knights Bulletin ~

November 10, 2023

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Happy Veteran's Day, Knights Families!

We know there are veterans in our HHS family and community, and so the PTSO would like to thank all veterans for their service to our country. 

We hope that everyone enjoyed last week's Homecoming activities and dance. Thanks to the Cheer Coaches--Tess Mirt and Savina Lopez, Cheer Liason--Antoinette Chavez, Activities Director--Sabrina Braccini, and the Cheer families for helping make the dance a memorable evening for all. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful community to help ensure activities like these are a part of our students' high school experience.

Last night, our fall production of Shrek opened! If you've been at school on weekends or in late evenings lately, you've probably seen the crew building and creating sets or perhaps run into some of the cast coming to or leaving rehearsal. There's still time to purchase tickets--click here Flyer Link Ticket prices increase at the door. All SMUHSD students can attend for free!

This weekend, we have not one, but two CCS contests. Tonight, Varsity football vs. Menlo Atherton @ Menlo Atherton at 7:00pm. Ticket links below. Saturday, Cross Country @ Hallmark Park in Belmont at 1:45pm

Monday, we have our monthly PTSO meeting both in-person and virtually. All are welcome--we would love to see you there. Flyer with details is attached. The monthly MUSIC BOOSTER meeting is November 15th (details below)

Wednesday, November 15th is the mandatory Winter Sports Parent Meeting (information in the athletics portion of the bulletin below)

Thursday, HHS Ensemble is hosting a joint school concert with Abbott and Bowditch Middle Schools for FREE. Donations for the music programs will be accepted at the door. 

Holiday shopping? Look no further--- 

Athletics' Swag:  https://fancloth.shop/ERG8M

Sees Candy (supporting Dance): Flyer Link

Holiday greenery (Girls' Soccer): https://www.lynchcreekfundraising.com/c/301707

Spiritwear Jackets (Spirit Squad):  Flyer Link

Warriors Tickets (Spirit Squad):  Flyer Link

Looking for advertising on Alameda & 31st for your small business--and support HHS? (Plus it's a great tax write off) Look no further-- 2024 Hillsdale High School Foundation Business/Corporate Sponsor

We'd also like to thank those families who donated last week to the Community Closet and Peace Pantry. We are extending last week's focus of LAUNDRY DETERGENT and HOUSEHOLD CLEANING SUPPLIES to be donated. You can drop your items in the box labeled "Peace Pantry/Community Closet" in the office. If you'd like to volunteer or donate other items, click here https://www.hhscommunitygarden.com/

Have a wonderful week! 

Holly and Jen 

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

Donate Now

Calling All Small Businesses – Sponsor HHSF Today!

Do you own a small business in our community, or do you know someone who does? Do you want to get the word out about your company to everyone at Hillsdale AND support our school at the same time?

If so, become a 2024 Hillsdale High School Foundation Business/Corporate Sponsor today! We’re signing up renewing and new sponsors for the 2024 calendar year now – if you’d like to have your logo included on our banner at the corner of Alameda and 31st, make sure to get your information to us by Friday, December 15th, 2023.

And, as always, THANK YOU to our current generous sponsors and their support for Hillsdale High School!

HHSF 2023 Business/Corporate Sponsors


Crystal Springs Village Shopping Center

Stewart Dealership Group -- THANK YOU



Nick Delis Properties

Xelay Foundation -- THANK YOU



Alfie Holmes Painting

Bella Nails

Heritage Bank of Commerce -- THANK YOU


Dennis J. Murphy - Your Peninsula Realtor


At the Shop Auto Repair

Intelligent Investing, LLC

Orthodontics of San Mateo -- THANK YOU


Peninsula OBGYN Integrative -- THANK YOU


Scrub-A-Pup -- THANK YOU


Bell Schedule for Week of November 13, 2023

Wednesday November 15 is a WASC minimum day with dismissal at 1:26pm. Please see the complete Bell Schedule here.

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come support out Fighting Knights in the following CCS contests:

Saturday November 11: Cross Country CCS Championships at Hallmark Park, Belmont, 1:45pm

Go Knights!

GoFan Ticket Link

Family Pass Link

REMINDER: For students participating in a winter sport, there is a mandatory Winter Sports Parent Meeting on Wednesday, November 15 from 6:00-8:45pm in the HHS Auditorium

HHS Drama: Shrek The Musical

HHS Drama presents Shrek The Musical, November 9-12. Visit hillsdaledrama.org for tickets. (Flyer Link)

November Music Booster Meeting

We invite all music families to join the November Music Booster meeting viz Zoom. It will be Wednesday, November 15th @ 7pm.

Meeting link: https://bit.ly/3scXcqE

Meeting ID: 813 3939 5649

Passcode: 536138

Joint Concert: Abbott, Bowditch and HHS Ensembles

All are welcome for an evening of music featuring Abbott Middle School, Bowditch Middle School and Hillsdale High School Ensembles. This concert is FREE, and will be presented in the HHS Auditorium on Thursday, November 16th @ 7pm.

Donations are accepted at the door.

Panorama Survey ~ your opinion matters!


Please take the Panorama Survey today!

The Panorama Survey is issued to parents and guardians, students and staff of the San Mateo Union High School District every year. Each of these groups is given a survey unique to their group. The District is issuing this survey, because we want to know what each of these groups think about their experience in our schools. We want to know your thoughts and opinions on: 

  • School culture and climate
  • Communications from the District/school to you
  • Opportunities for engagement with your school community

It is important that we hear from a variety of diverse individuals. Your responses help to guide our planning for future academic and enrichment programs and help us to address areas where our programs need improvement. The results also help us to support successful initiatives and evaluate and improve those that are not as successful. 

The parent/guardian survey takes about 14 minutes to complete, and can be accessed by visiting: www.smuhsd.org/panorama 

You can take the survey in Spanish - simply select “Spanish” from the drop down menu at the top of the first page of the survey. 

The parent/guardian survey closes on Friday, December 1, 2023. Thank you for taking the time to participate. Your thoughts can improve the future for your student and others. 

HHS Athletics' Online Store

Athletics has opened up an online store with some pretty nice swag options! Anyone interested should check it out. The store will close on Monday November 20, 2023. All purchased items will be shipped to you directly. 

Thank you in advance. Go Knights!

Link to Store: https://fancloth.shop/ERG8M

Dancing into the holidays with See's Candy!

Do some holiday shopping while supporting your favorite dance team! Storefront will be open until December 1st and orders will ship directly your home. Sales will directly support Knight Moves XXVI. (Flyer Link)

Lynch Creek Farms ~ Girls Soccer Fundraiser

Fundraiser runs now through Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Shop for holiday decor and gifts that will last the whole season. 15% of purchases will help support the Girls Soccer program. Surprise your friends and family while helping Knights athletes! (Flyer Link)

Shop through this link: https://www.lynchcreekfundraising.com/c/301707

Spirit Wear ~ Spirit Squad Fundraiser

Support the HHS Spirit Squad and order your Spirit wear by December 1. Click on the QR Code and see the personalization options!! (Flyer Link: English/Spanish)

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 Brooklyn Nets and the Utah Jazz!

See flyer for details...

Thank-you from the Snack Shack

The Knight Rider had a busy, busy week last week! Many, many thanks to our awesome volunteers who showed up and shared some great Knights hospitality for the flag football playoffs, where we hosted 5 other schools, and for our HoCo game last Friday, where we sold out of nearly everything!

Wednesday November 1

Grill crew: Tracey Blos and Misha Myahkostupov

Trailer crew: Lisa Morrow, Jennifer Ryan, Christine Owyang and Amy Michael

Friday November 3

Propane: Tina Smith-Ghanem

Friday AM Prep: Tom Vaughan

Family Pass Chair: Tara Nightengale

Grill crew: Flor Santana, Mark Bernard, Ruben Zamora, Misha Myahkostupov, Stacey Jorgensen Sierra, Rosemarie Pozzobon

Cash Only Snack Table: Anaya Patel, Aaron Villanueva, Amy Michael, Christine Owyang, Kenny Pozzobon

Trailer crew: Anaya Patel, Aaron Villanueva, Everett Wilhelms, Jeanne Hong, Denise Hui, Mark Yonemitsu, Mabel Yonemitsu, Nataliya Popovych, Liz Po'oi, Victoria Cayetano + Zayla, Jessica Ganoza

Emergency deliveries: Joanne Curley (water), Kenny Rosemarie Pozzobon (Cokes), Jeanne Hong & Denise Hui (lettuce)

Weekend cleanup: Nataliya Popovych, Christine Owyang

Huge thanks to the volunteers who were so flexible with their volunteer placements and made our jobs so much easier knowing that we had a solid crew supporting our collective efforts!

Concessions Team: Chef Pj Stalteri and Melanie Baldwin

HHS Community Closet, Garden and Peace Pantry - November

We are approaching the final months of 2023. The days are shorter and the weather is getting cooler. November often marks the month where we give thanks and reflect back on the year. In 2023:

  • Our Peace Pantry has been able to provide over 2,600 bags of cultural food items/essential items
  • We have been able to offer a summer stipend for a Peace Pantry Lead Position and a fall and spring stipend for a HHS Community Garden Lead.
  • We were able to purchase a 10X20 Tuff Shed and launch a Community Closet. @hhs_community_closet
  • We have been able to maintain and nurture a Community Garden that has produced 1,190 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables in 2023. @hhs_community_garden

We give thanks and gratitude:

  • For the incredible support from our Community Partners Each Green Corner, Carey School and Second Harvest Food Bank
  • To the Hillsdale Foundation and PTSO for their steadfast support of our Peace Pantry, Community Garden and Community Closet
  • For the 130 plus volunteers who have donated their time to volunteer at our Peace Pantry, Community Garden and Community Closet.

We hope that as you reflect back on 2023 you are able to feel good about the direct impact of your financial support on Hillsdale students and families. More than ever, schools are being asked to support students and families beyond the classroom. San Mateo County is one of the most unaffordable places to live in the United States and Hillsdale has evolved to try and meet the needs and challenges of students and families in our community.

We hope that as you look ahead to 2024 you consider our Holiday Giving Campaign this December 1st-31st so we can continue to offer support through our Hillsdale Peace Pantry, Community Closet and Community Garden.

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up below:

Community Garden Team: Contact Brett Stevenson [email protected]

Community Closet Team: HHS Community Closet

Community Peace Pantry Team: HHS Peace Pantry.

Hillsdale Stands Together!

For Seniors...

Senior Information link

Grad Knight

Seniors: Grad Knight 2024 at Santa Cruz. Sign up today: bit.ly/GradKnight2024. Please see flyer (English / Spanish) for additional information.

Questions, please contact: [email protected]. A limited number of scholarships will be available.

Senior Portraits

If you have not yet taken your Senior Portrait (the one in your cap and gown) please schedule it as soon as possible! The photo's are taken off site at a studio in San Carlos. Please use the link below to setup an account and schedule your appointment:


Having trouble scheduling? Please call (877) 825-7922

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


November College & Career Newsletter


Dear 12th grade families:

Welcome to November!

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

Highlights of this Senior Newsletter:

  • Post-High School Updates: SMCCD, Trades, CSU, UC and more!
  • An upcoming party!
  • An Amazon Prime show about colleges
  • More career events, volunteering and job offerings!
  • Thank You Thursdays!
  • New scholarships

Starting today and every Monday until December, we have College and Financial Aid Open Office Hours from 2-3:45. Students are welcome to drop by and ask any questions! I will be in the office, as will at least 1 counselor. All 12th graders are welcome. Please send your student to us; we'd love to support them.

My best to you and your family--

Laura Burtness, [email protected]

Hillsdale's 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 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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