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November 3, 2023

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Knight's Families,

Today is Blue Blooded Friday for Spirit Week! It's a Rally Day--and there will be fun and exciting games and some fabulous performances happening. Then, this afternoon, starting at 4:00 at Hillsdale--we will have JV and then Varsity football games vs. Aragon! The Battle of the Fleas never disappoints! This is also football, cheer, and dance Senior Knight---so arrive early to save yourself a good seat.

Are you looking for dinner tonight? Look no further--Concessions will be serving up their usual treats AND PJ's Chef special teriyaki rice bowls, too! Want to know a secret? If you help at Concessions tonight, then you get a FREE meal! Click here to sign up Concessions

Did you get your tickets to see Shrek yet? Our drama department has been working hard nights and weekends getting ready for the show. If you haven't grabbed tickets yet--not to worry there's still time! See flyer below for QR code and purchasing details. Flyer Link

This has been a week of Winter Sports tryouts and Fall Sports wrapping up or heading to playoffs. Take a peek at this week's sports match-ups by scrolling below.

As we get further into November, it's a time to be thankful for all that we have and perhaps pay it forward...for the month of November, each week, we will be focusing on a specific item or two that we would love for you to donate to the HHS Community Closet. This week's focus is LAUNDRY DETERGENT and HOUSEHOLD CLEANING SUPPLIES. Sometimes the smallest acts of giving mean the most...the Community Garden, Peace Pantry, and Community Closet are always welcoming volunteers. Scroll down for details or visit https://www.hhscommunitygarden.com/

Scroll down the bulletin for information on Dance Ensemble's candy fundraiser (perfect for the holidays) and the Spirit Squad's Warriors Game fundraiser.

Save the date for our next PTSO meeting (in-person and via Zoom) on Monday, November 13. See flyer for details.


Happy Homecoming and Go Knights!

Holly and Jen 

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

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We’re Stronger 💪Together – Make Your Gift to the Foundation Fund Today!

We’ve crunched the numbers, and we’re thrilled to announce that more than 200 Hillsdale families have contributed over $220,000 to the Foundation Fund since the start of the school year – what fantastic progress towards our $600,000 fundraising goal for 2023-2024! 🎊👏🥳

While we’re asking that every family contribute $750 per student to the Foundation Fund this year, we’ve seen gifts of $10, $20, and $50 come in… and that’s amazing, because every gift we receive, in any amount, allows us to provide funding for Small Learning Communities, the College and Career Center, grants to Hillsdale’s fantastic Booster Groups, and so much more!

If you haven’t made your gift to the Foundation Fund, please do so today. You can donate online or through the mail, in one lump sum or in monthly installments. And, of course, don’t forget to check and see if your employer will match your gift!

Follow the Hillsdale High School Foundation on Instagram at @hillsdalehsfoundation!

***Hi folks, quick request from the Foundation team: if you made a gift to the Foundation in July, August, or September, but you have NOT received an acknowledgement email from us, can you please ping [email protected]? Thank you!***

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come support out Fighting Knights in the following CCS contests:

Saturday November 4: Boys Water Polo vs. Los Altos, 1pm at Sacred Heart Prep

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

Stay tuned for more contests! Go Knights!

GoFan Ticket Link

Family Pass Link

Bell Schedule for Week of November 6, 2023

Monday November 6 will be an Even day with dismissal at 2:35pm and there is No School on Friday November 10 due to Veterans' Day Holiday. Please see the complete Bell Schedule here.

Snack Shack Volunteers Needed for TONIGHT!

Teamwork makes the dream work, so please sign up for a time slot or two so we can roll out the famous Knight hospitality to our fans and guests. We are expecting a very large turnout for our Homecoming game, so many helping hands are needed! Sign up here: https://bit.ly/HHSKnightRider2023

Many thanks to the intrepid souls who braved the cold and large, hungry crowds to work our last home game against Palo Alto High School!

Propane: Margaret Edwards

Friday AM Prep: Emi Wakatsuki

General Help: Dawn Birkett, Tammy Hunter, Art Okamoto

Grill Support: Superstars Flor Santana and Mark Bernard, Rupal Patel and Chris Heidenreich

Trailer sales: Rumdoul Villegas, Maritoni Regan, Mabel Law Yonetmitsu, Mark Yonemitsu, Elisa Baker, Jim Baker, Anaya Patel, Victoria Cayetano. Many of these volunteers worked 2 shifts to cover the holes in staffing!

As always, volunteers get a free game entry and a free meal! This week's special is Chef PJ's popular Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl! Come join us and get you some!!

Go Knights!!

Concessions Team: Chef PJ Stalteri and Melanie Baldwin

HHS Drama: Shrek The Musical

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

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.

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...

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, Hillsdale would like to look back and offer gratitude for you and our Hillsdale Community for donating close to $90,000 last December in our Annual Hillsdale Holiday Giving Campaign. It has made 2023 a year where Hillsdale families and students felt the support and impact of your donations. Thank You! Thanks to your donations:

  • Our Peace Pantry has been able to provide over 2,600 bags of cultural food items/essential items from Mi Rancho Market for families enrolled in our Peace Pantry which supplements the groceries from Second Harvest Food Bank. The total cost for our Mi Rancho Care Bags totals over $65,000.
  • 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. The total cost for these critical lead positions is $7,500.
  • We were able to purchase a 10X20 Tuff Shed and launch a Community Closet. We have been able to support 130 HHS families with Back To School Clothing, HHS Gear, Winter Coats, Homecoming/Prom Clothing, Shoes and essential items. The Total Cost of launching our Community Closet was $10,000. @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 (as of 10/27/23) in 2023. In addition, we have added a Pedestrian Gate and will extend our six foot fence to add additional raised beds and fruit trees. Our Annual Community Garden Budget is $10,000. @hhs_community_garden

We also offer our 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 average close to 40 volunteers weekly working in our garden, closet or Peace Pantry. Without the support of our volunteers there is no way can support Hillsdale Families struggling with food insecurity and the high cost of living in San Mateo. 

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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