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September 8, 2023

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Knights Families,

Last night we hosted Back-to-School Knight! We hope you were all able to get a glimpse into your student's schedule...including walking from class to class. We would like to thank the teachers and staff for all their hard work to make the evening a success; additional thanks to our amazing Leadership students for making sure parents didn't get lost! If you are looking to support the teachers---we are still looking for donations for Kleenex, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, and AA batteries. If you are able to donate, please contact us at [email protected] for delivery instructions. 

Just a reminder--today is a minimum day. We have a PTSO General Meeting on Monday at 6:30, see flyer for details. This meeting will be in-person and virtual (with translation offered). Athletics Boosters will have a meeting on October 2. Click here for more Athletics Booster information Athletics Boosters

We are ALMOST at our membership goal for this year!! Adding your email to the membership 2023-2024 list makes sure that you don't miss out on any important HHS information or activities. We start a new list each year, so make sure you sign up for 2023-2024. Donations and volunteering are NOT required (but of course are always welcome) Please click the link to add yourself to the membership list for this year. PTSO Member Info Form Thanks so so much!

Senior parents, were you unable to attend the Senior Parent Meeting last night? Not to worry, use this link to access all forms and permission slips for the various Senior activities and events this year. Senior Info *Spanish versions also available. Questions? Contact your PAC liaisons: Andrea Celentano Savage ([email protected]) or Jo Shelton ([email protected]). 

Want to get more info or donate to the foundation? Scroll through the bulletin attachments or click here https://app.etapestry.com/cart/HillsdaleFoundation/default/index.php

Want to volunteer to help with the Peace Pantry of Community Closet? Scroll through the bulletin attachments or click here [email protected] 

Want to volunteer to help with concessions at HHS home games/matches? Click here Concessions

Want to go cheer on a sports team? Scroll through the attachments for upcoming athletics matches.

Want to attend our first concert of the year on Thursday, Sept 14th? Scroll through attachments for details.

Looking for Music Spirit Wear? Scroll through bulletin attachments

Want to see upcoming food fundraisers at Round Table (Spirit Squad) and Jack's Prime (music)? Scroll through bulletin attachments

Keep Scrolling...and have an amazing week!

Jen and Holly

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

Donate Here

HHS Foundation - Thank You

Hillsdale High School is a truly special place. We have a stellar reputation in our community because of our award-winning Small Learning Communities, rigorous academic offerings, strong elective programs, dedicated teachers and staff...and you!

That's right: parents like you play a vital role in making our school a great place for every student to learn and grow. That's why we at the Hillsdale High School Foundation want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you who has already invested in your child's education by making your gift to the Foundation this school year.

While we ask for a gift of $750 per student, every gift we have received, in any amount, allows us to provide funding for Small Learning Communities, an added extra section of AP Computer Science, grants to the amazing Booster Groups who support our electives, and so much more.

In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing how much Foundation supporters like you have invested in this school year's fundraising drive so far. If you haven't had a moment to make your gift yet, you can do so now online or by mailing a check to the Hillsdale High School Foundation, 63 Bovet Road, #218, San Mateo, CA 94402.

If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]. Thank you again for your support of the Foundation, Hillsdale High School, and all of our students!

HHS Foundation - Gracias

Hillsdale High School es un lugar verdaderamente especial. Tenemos una reputación estelar en nuestra comunidad debido a nuestras premiadas Pequeñas Comunidades de Aprendizaje, rigurosa oferta académica, fuerte programa electivo, dedicados maestros y personal... ¡y a usted!

Así es: los padres como usted juegan un papel vital en hacer de nuestra escuela un gran lugar para que cada estudiante aprenda y crezca. Es por eso que nosotros en la Fundación de Hillsdale High School queremos decirles GRACIAS a todos y cada uno de ustedes que ya han invertido en la educación de sus hijos al hacer su donación a la Fundación este año escolar.

Aunque pedimos una donación de $750 por estudiante, cada donación que hemos recibido, en cualquier cantidad, nos permite proveer fondos para Pequeñas Comunidades de Aprendizaje, una sección extra de Ciencias de Computación AP, becas y subvenciones a los increíbles Grupos de Apoyo que apoyan nuestras clases electivas, y mucho más.

En las próximas semanas, estaremos compartiendo cuánto han invertido los partidarios de la Fundación como usted en la campaña de recaudación de fondos de este año escolar hasta el momento. Si aún no ha tenido tiempo de hacer su donación, puede hacerlo ahora en línea o enviando un cheque por correo a Hillsdale High School Foundation, 63 Bovet Road, #218, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor comuníquese con [email protected]. Gracias de nuevo por su apoyo a la Fundación, a la Escuela Preparatoria Hillsdale y a todos nuestros estudiantes.

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come support the Fighting Knights at this week’s contests. Games in blue = home games

Go Knights!

GoFan Ticket Link

Family Pass Link

PSAT Registration

Deadline is Today @ 6pm

For any 10th or 11th grade student wishing to take the PSAT, registration form MUST be submitted by September 8, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. The PSAT will be administered on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at schools around the District. To register, please complete the form sent in an email from SMUHSD via Aeries.

Freshmen and Sophomores -

The Younger Games

The Sophomore class officers are currently organizing "The Younger Games" to be held on Friday, September 29th @ 5:30-8:00 pm. Yummy Pizza dinner included with ticket, fun games and so much more!

We hoping that you can help encourage students to purchase a ticket and attend! The Younger Games will be an opportunity for the lower classmen to bond and for the Freshmen to experience all the fun HHS has to offer!

Tickets are $10 and are being sold outside the dance room tickets window, and during advisory STARTING Monday September 11!

We will also plan on stopping by during advisory in the next few weeks to pass out grams and give brief information about the event. Thank you so much!


Sophomore Class Officers

Athletic Boosters Meeting Cancelled

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Athletic Booster meeting scheduled for September 11 is canceled. Please join us on Monday October 2 @ 7:00pm in the cafeteria (or via Zoom) for our next meeting.

Spirit Wear Fall 20223

HHS Music Spiritwear is HERE!

On sale now until September 11th! These shirts and hoodies are so comfortable, and fun to wear to school and for events as a group. Order soon for the best selection at this link: https://bit.ly/3Le7JYJ

Round Table Pizza - Cheer Squad Fundraiser

Please join us on Monday September 11 @ Round Table Pizza - Laurelwood to help raise funds for Hillsdale’s Spirit Squad! Come help us out, and help yourself to the freshest, best-tasting pizza in town.

Flyer Link

Back to School Concert

Hillsdale Music is presenting the Back to School Concert! Thursday, September 14th @ 7PM. All are welcome to join us in the HHS Auditorium for an evening that will be music to your ears, showcasing all instrumental and choral ensembles!

Concession Volunteers Wanted

Shout out the awesome crew of volunteers from last Friday's home opener against El Camino High School:

AM Prep: Leida Don & Paul McCann

Family Passes: Tara Nightengale & Yvette Savage

All-Star Grill Support: Alex ('22), Flor and Mark ('82) Bernard. They assisted with the AM prep & grill with Chef PJ and worked double shifts at the grill during the games!!

Fry Masters: Josephine Shelton, Rosemarie Pozzobon

Snack Shack Queens: Bridgette Birdie, Maritoni Regan, Mabel Yonemitsu, Anaya Patel ('24), Karina Wilhelms

We debuted our handy Square gizmo and are now accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay, and credit cards, along with Venmo and cash.

Wanna join the fun? Sign up to volunteer here: https://bit.ly/HHSKnightRider2023

See you at the next game!

Concessions Team: Chef PJ Stalteri and Melanie Baldwin

Flyer Link

Career Speakers Series:

We are back and we are looking for you!

Are you in a job that you’d like to share with high school students? We’d love to host you for the College & Career Center’s 2nd annual Career Speaker Series!

Programs will take place on Fridays, from 10:15-11am and arranged by general topic. We will be holding the events in person in the College & Career Center at Hillsdale.

We are interested in having a wide-variety of educational levels, from high school, community college, and through to graduate school. You would be part of a 3-4 person panel, with Hillsdale staff asking questions about your job, your educational pathway and other relevant topics.

Below are the career groupings. If you are interested in being part of a panel, we’d love to have you! Please fill out this Google Form by October 1st. Thank you so much for your interest in supporting HHS students!

Jobs in VAPA (ex. Audio, video, photo, dance, music etc.) - September 15, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Trades and Public Services (ex. Police, Fire, TSA etc.) - October 6, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Engineering and Science - November 17, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Medical/Healthcare Field - December 1, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Business/Fashion and Beauty - January 12, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Legal Services - February 2nd, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Education - March 1, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Technology - April 12,, 10:15-11:00 am


Rock The Street, Wall Street

Hillsdale is again offering an exciting program aimed at inspiring students who identify as female. Rock The Street, Wall Street is a financial and investment literacy program designed to spark the interest of a diverse population of high school girls into career of finance. The year long program is facilitated 100% by local female financial professionals from Franklin Templeton. There are 4 components: financial and investment literacy workshops, a field trip to Franklin Templeton, mentoring and a new scholarship, internship and job board. Students will also learn how to create resumes and build a LinkedIn profile. If you want to learn more about this program contact Deb Stucke in room 142 or visit the website www.rockthestreetwallstreet.com.

Hillsdale Community Peace Pantry,

Closet & Garden

Hillsdale Community,

Whether you are a new staff member, new parent or veteran parent to Hillsdale we want to welcome you to a community who stands together to support Hillsdale families experiencing food insecurity and the impact of the high cost of living. If you have been thinking about getting involved or are hearing about our community response to food insecurity for the first time, now is the time to get involved and volunteer. You can either sign up below, email or stop by our garden at 3:45pm on Thursdays or at our Peace Pantry and Community Closet Friday mornings at 8am to learn more. Giving an hour a week would make a huge difference for our community. 

Hillsdale Stands Together! 

Hillsdale Community Closet

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

We need September 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 September, 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. Please follow us on IG at @hhs_community_garden for updates. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Brett Stevenson at [email protected].

Jack's Prime: Music Booster Fundraiser

Enjoy a dine-in or to-go lunch or dinner at Jack's Prime on Monday, September 18 from 11-2 and 5-8. Just mentioned the HHS fundraiser and 12% of your bill will be donated to the Music Boosters to support our amazing HHS Music program! Thank you for your support.

Flyer Link

California Scholarship Federation (CSF)

SPRING 2023 Submission

* Only smuhsd.org emails can access to these documents

Please submit your Spring 2023 CSF forms by September 18, the absolute deadline.

What is CSF and why join? General CSF Information and the CSF Official Website

Follow these steps to keep your CSF membership updated:

  1. Complete this CSF online form by September 18th using your Spring 2023 grades (Students are NOT allowed to retroactively submit CSF application forms.) Refer to this CSF List of eligible classes.
  2. Counselors will check grades for final approval. No need to attach transcripts.

Please email your counselor directly with any questions. 

HHS: The Marketplace

Come support the Class of 2024 at The Marketplace, Sunday, September 24th @ 11am in the HHS 31st parking lot.

Know a small business that might be interested in renting a booth? Scan the QR or contact Andrea Celentano Savage ([email protected]) or Rosemarie Pozzobon ([email protected]) for additional details. Flyer Link: English or Spanish

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.

Chipotle: Girls Water Polo Fundraiser

Order dinner from Chipotle (near Whole Foods) on Tuesday, October 3 and 30% of your total bill will be donated to the Girls Water Polo team. Thanks for your support!

Flyer Link

Class of 2024 and Families - Grad Knight

Registration for Grad Knight at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is now open! Early bird pricing of $175/person is available through Friday, October 13. More info and and/or to sign up, please see flyer or visit bit.ly/GradKnight2024. Sign up today!

Flyer Link

Parent Connect - Fall 2023 Dates Announced

Raising teens can be one of the most challenging jobs you may ever have. If your student is not attending school or is exhibiting difficult behaviors, we can help. SMUHSD has developed a Family Support Group with parents and primary caretakers in mind.

Our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to proactively resolve conflicts with your teens, improve their attendance and enhance their well-being.

Sessions are offered in English and also in Spanish. Parents/guardians can join the sessions at any date:

English: Wednesdays, September 13 -  October 18, 2023

Spanish: Tuesdays, September 12 - October 17, 2023

Location: District Office, 650 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo (next to San Mateo High School)

Learn more: www.smuhsd.org/parent-connect

Programa Parent Connect -

Conexion entre Padres Fechas para el otoño 2023

Criar adolescentes puede ser uno de los trabajos más difíciles que pueda tener. Si su estudiante no asiste a la escuela o muestra comportamientos difíciles, podemos ayudarlo. SMUHSD ha desarrollado un GRUPO DE APOYO PARA FAMILIAS con padres y cuidadores de los estudiantes de nuestras escuelas.

Nuestro objetivo es brindarle las herramientas que necesita para resolver de manera proactiva los conflictos con sus adolescentes, mejorar su asistencia y mejorar su bienestar.

Las sesiones grupales se llevarán a cabo en la Oficina del Distrito, 650 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo. Los padres/guardianes pueden unirse a las sesiones en cualquier fecha.

Estas sesiones son para familias de habla español: martes, 12 de septiembre - 17 de octubre, 2023

Aprende mas: www.smuhsd.org/parent-connect

San Mateo Police Department - Pink Patch Party

Save the date for the San Mateo Police Activities League’s Annual Pink Patch Party on Saturday, October 7 @ 11am - 4pm Free Mammograms will be offered! Learn more.


Reserve la fecha para la Fiesta Anual del Parche Rosa organizada por la Asociación de Oficiales de Policía de San Mateo el sábado 7 de octubre a partir de las 11:00 am hasta las 4:00 pm. ¡Se ofrecerán mamografías GRATUITAS! Aprende más

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


Senior Newsletter

Dear 12th grade families:

Greetings, and welcome to another school year! My name is Laura Burtness, and I am the College, Career, and Financial Aid advisor at Hillsdale. My role is to support all students with their after-Hillsdale plans, whatever those plans might be.

Here is the latest newsletter, which I send to families and students at the beginning of each month. (The newsletters-- both current and past-- can also be found here.)

Highlights of this month's newsletter:

  • Resources: what Ms. Burtness does, college visits, how to find info. on the HHS website, scholarships, and more!
  • 12th Grade College kNight, Sept 20, 6pm: save the date! In person, at the HHS auditorium
  • Certificate programs at our local community college
  • What is Ms. Burtness listening to or reading?

Welcome again to the school year!

Best-- Laura Burtness, [email protected]

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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