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February 24, 2023

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Knight Families--

It's been a busy week! This week, we are changing up our newsletter blurb. 

The Junior class is in need of able hands to help with the Winter Formal. A little background---Winter Formal is hosted by the Junior Class, but all students are invited. Historically we have brought in Sophomore parents to help with "chaperoning" the dance so that they are well prepared to host this event the subsequent year. (All discipline/crowd control is handled by HHS Faculty/Staff, so this is NOT part of your job description.)

This year, we are opening our request to anyone who is willing and able! We also like to have a small handful help with set-up/clean-up.

  • Dance Volunteers: 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. We’ll need help with checking-in, coat check, snack distribution, etc. Should be easy, and should be fun! You can be "out of sight" from your student, not to worry. 
  • Set-up/ Clean-up: I am still working with our facilities team to confirm the exact time we’ll be able to start setting up on Friday but have 4 p.m. listed on our sign-up (it may actually be a bit later). I should have confirmation tomorrow morning and will be sending a confirmation email to anyone who signs up with the exact details.

Please use this link (direct link is also listed below) to sign-up and thank you in advance to our class of 2025 families! Feel free to reach out to me directly at hhsknightsptsopresident@gmail.com, with questions.

Sign-Up Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D4BA4AF22A4FB6-winter

On behalf of the Class of 2024, their advisors, and PAC parents--thank you in advance.

Jen and Holly

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

Volunteers Needed

for Junior Interviews

The Junior Interview Project is returning this March 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Many volunteers are needed to serve a mock interviewers for our 11th graders as they practice this valuable life skill. Help as little as one 2 hour shift can make a huge difference! Please see the flyer for details on how to lend a hand. Sign Up Here to be an Interviewer

Hillsdale Music presents:

Double Exposure Jazz Concert

Hillsdale Music is presenting the Double Exposure Jazz Concert on Friday, March 3rd @ 7PM, with Jazz ensembles from both Hillsdale and Aragon.

$10/Adults - $5/Seniors - Students Free.

Tickets available at: www.hillsdalemusic.blogspot.com

HHS Open House

Dear Hillsdale families,

We are excited to invite you to Hillsdale's Open House on March 9th, 5pm-8pm! Come visit your student's classrooms, hear from teachers, parent groups, clubs, and enjoy some dinner at our community BBQ! There will also be 10th grade, 12th grade, and Manilla House/ELD Family meetings scheduled throughout the evening. Please see this flyer for a link to the evening's agenda. Hope to see you there! 

Concessions Volunteers Needed

We will be hosting the 2nd Annual Hillsdale Invitational for Track and Field on Saturday, March 11. Please join us in giving all the athletes and their fans a warm Hillsdale Knights welcome by providing good eats and great service.

Proceeds of the sales will go towards the Knights Athletic Boosters fundraising, which supports ALL of the athletic teams at Hillsdale. Go Knights!


Career Expo

Career Expo (formerly known as Stay in the Bay with $100k) is back on March 14th, 5-8pm! 50+ Bay Area companies will be there ready to hire YOU! This event is going to be so big its spread across two locations - the San Mateo Performing Arts Center and the San Mateo High School Main Gym! You don't want to miss this event!

Hillsdale Drama presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Come support Hillsdale drama students as they perform the Shakespearean classic, A Midsummer Night's Dream. The play runs March 17th-19th. Tickets are on sale at: http://hillsdaledrama.com

Hillsdale High School Foundation -

Message from Principle Gilbert

The Hillsdale High School Foundation has yet to reach our budgeted goal of $600K. We are currently at $460K and I hope you will help us close the gap by making an investment in your child’s education.

Our Foundation helps pay for salaries in our Small Learning Community (SLC) model which includes advisors, houses, and reduced class sizes in 9th and 10th grades. This model costs more but has proven to be extremely beneficial to our students and school community by fostering critical relationships. In addition, the Foundation Fund pays for professional development and collaboration time for our teachers. We also fund technology upgrades and grants to all our Boosters, PTSO, Peace Pantry and Empowerment Through Action.

When the Hillsdale community comes together, we enable our students to thrive and we can say "yes" to our faculty when they have a need.

Thank you! 

You can donate directly online here


Hillsdale Peace Pantry/Community Garden

2023 Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Sign up to volunteer on Fridays at our Peace Pantry. February Peace Pantry Volunteer Sign-Up Spreadsheet
  2. Sign up to volunteer in our Hillsdale Community Garden. Please email Brett Stevenson bstevenson@smuhsd.org if you would like more information on Garden Volunteer opportunities.

Adopt a Raised Planter Bed for 2023. HHS Staff and Students will have first priority in adopting a raised planter bed in 2023. A team of staff members can adopt a raised bed as an activity that can be shared and used for team building. Garden work can be done during the school day. Garden teams will be responsible for the planting, maintaining (HHS Garden Team can help in summer) and August-October Harvest. Staff members can also lead a group of students in adopting the raised bed. Teams may name or dedicate the raised bed. Teams who adopt a raised bed will receive a ton of support including: technical support, workshops, SMC Master Gardener Classes, tools, supplies, support from HHS Community Garden Team. *We will hold an informational meeting in early February 2023. Please see Brett if you have additional questions.

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


College Newsletter

Latest College & Career newsletter - Direct URL here and here (http://bit.ly/3LU9HMu). In Spanish here.


  • Summer opportunities
  • Planning for life after Hillsdale: a starting place.
  • Upcoming events, including learning about…Cal Kids Town Hall with Fiona Ma, State Treasurer (Feb 28), SMUHSD’s Career Expo (March 14), CSM’s transfer guarantee program (March 15), and 10th/11th grade College Knight and College Fair (April 6) and more, including fabulous career opportunities:
  • Doctors on Board Program
  • Interns needed for Summer 2023 at the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Organization
  • Society of Women at SJSU are hosting an Engineering Conference for High School Female-Identifying Students on March 25th
  • Teen Wellness Summit on Mental Health on March 18th
  • The California Department of Education Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is looking for their 22-23 Cohort!
  • Volunteer Opportunity: CuriOdyssey Leader in Training

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

650 558 2601

Career Bulletin


Here is the link to the latest Career Bulletin, which contains all manner of opportunities.

Bulletin Highlights:

  • Job Opportunities: Camp Assistant/Staff positions in SF and Millbrae
  • Online Health Science Immersion Program
  • CEC Student Film Fest
  • Science Accelerating Girls Engagement (SAGE) one-week summer camp
  • STEM Enhancement in Earth Science Summer Internship Program
  • Teaching Assistant for Summer Academy at St. Matthew

If you have questions about any of these opportunities, please contact Ms. Savina Lopez, Career Coordinator - SLopez@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.

Career Information Programs, Job Board & Volunteer Opportunities

There are new jobs, virtual career information programs and volunteer opportunities for students listed in our district slide deck. This slide deck is updated frequently, so you might want to bookmark the link as the deck is frequently updated.

If you have questions about any of these opportunities, please contact Ms. Savina Lopez, CTE Career Coordinator - SLopez@smuhsd.org

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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