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March 22, 2024

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Hillsdale Families,

On Sunday, we and other parent booster representatives had the pleasure of meeting with the WASC panel as they kicked off their visit. We also had Leadership students who welcomed and gave tours to our visitors. The WASC representatives then visited classrooms and met with teachers Monday-Wednesday. Thanks to all who helped in front of and behind the scenes to organize the events throughout the visit!! Thanks especially to the faculty and staff who work so hard each day to make Hillsdale a community that we are proud to be a part of. 

The weather has been great this week---some might say it's "Golf Weather". You should sign up to play in our 16th annual golf tournament on Friday, May 10. No need to be at a professional level to play--the only requirement is a want to support Hillsdale Athletics. Don't golf? There's still a place for you. You can sign up to drive players around the course or just attend the banquet. There's something for everyone! The best part (besides a great day on the course) is that one of the auction items is a GOLF CART loaded with swag and goodies. Check out the flyer below for more information.

Last night, Clue opened in the little theater! Tickets are still available and there are 2pm and 7pm shows on Saturday and Sunday. Come out and watch the mystery of the show unfold...here's a preview

Our VAPA events don't end with drama. Knight Moves is approaching in a little over a month. If you haven't seen Knight Moves, it's one you don't want to miss--it is always a packed house! That packed house of approximately 700 people will each receive a program. Within that program, there are ads to promote your business or a business you may know of. You should definitely seize this opportunity to purchase an ad by clicking the link on the flyer below.

Senior families, don't forget to check out the Senior section of the bulletin for all things Senior related, including the extended deadline for Senior Day and Senior Knight. If you need Senior information in the coming months, look no further--we update as we receive the latest information.

Don't have a senior? We would LOVE to have you join PTSO, the Foundation, or Athletics boosters next year. No experience necessary. It's a great way to be involved in whatever degree you wish. Contact Jen & Holly ([email protected]) Katherine Goodman ([email protected]) Jenna Carson ([email protected])

The countdown to Spring Break has begun...one week to go.

Jen and Holly

PTSO Co-Presidents

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come Support our teams! GO FIGHTING KNIGHTS!

Home games are in BLUE

Come see Hillsdale Drama students perform Clue Onstage this weekend only! It's an incredibly fun show, featuring TWO Hillsdale casts and a spectacular crew. Tickets are free for SMUHSD students at the door, or purchase online hillsdaledrama.org.

Questions?: [email protected]

Performance Location: Hillsdale High School Little Theater, 3115 Del Monte St, San Mateo

Show Dates and Times:

Thursday, March 21th @ 7PM - KILLER CAST

Friday, March 22nd @ 7PM - MYSTERY CAST

Saturday, March 23 @ 2PM - MYSTERY CAST

Saturday, March 23 @ 7PM - KILLER CAST

Sunday, March 24 @ 2PM - KILLER CAST

Sunday, March 24 @ 7PM - MYSTERY CAST

Mystery Cast: Annabella Lew (Ms. Scarlett), Rachel Fekete (Ms. Peacock), Max Nayak (Ms. White), Nolan Sibley (Col. Mustard), Oliver Singer (Prof. Plum), Zev Rodnitzky (Mr. Green), Melina Nazarian (Yvette), Jonah Immanuel (Wadsworth- both casts)

Killer Cast: Abby Bartfeld (Ms. Scarlett), Sarah Zancanella (Ms. Peacock), Karen Barrios (Ms. White), Josie Verducci (Col. Mustard), Skylar Tringali (Prof. Plum), Felix Cyr (Mr. Green), Grace McCollum (Yvette), Jonah Immanuel (Wadsworth)

Ensemble: Aidan Sheridan, Ava Rivera, Ella Margulies, Freddie Wolfe, Nanako Tsai, Rhys Bales, Thallys Peixoto Borges


Stage Manager: Robert Godinez

ASM: Lauryn Edwards, Sydney Shell

Props & Sets: Asher Feinberg, Jake Lee, Kai Shong, Brandon Kanda

Elliott Salazar

Stagehand: Cianna Koga, Michael Lieu, Naomi Wood, Piper Fabry, Draven Bueno, Lucas Woith

Sound Board: Coltrane Frenton (Lead), Benjamin Leslie

Light Board: Madeleine Senasac (Lead)

Costumes: Ashley Sibley (Lead), Nila Kumaran, Samantha Gaysinskiy

Hair & Makeup: Livia Teixeira Pereira (Lead), Ananya Subramanyam, Anna Del Rosso

Publicity: Kai Shong, Sydney Shell, Samantha Gaysinskiy, Asher Feinberg, Jake Lee

Student Graphic Designer: Megan Weiss

Creative Team: Margaret Marshall: Director, Seth Wright: Production Assistant, Thaine Sugden: Set Design, Sean Lee: Lighting Designer

HHS Community Garden -

Saturday Volunteer Day

Spring is just around the corner and we are looking for volunteers for this Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30am to 12:30pm as we prepare our garden for Spring planting. If you are able to help out please sign up here. No gardening experience necessary!

Our Hillsdale Community Garden provides organic fruits and vegetables to Hillsdale families enrolled in our Peace Pantry. Last year we harvested 1,500 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables which were distributed directly to Hillsdale families who participate in our Peace Pantry Program. This year we are on pace to surpass 2,000 pounds of delicious produce.

Please see our website at Hillsdale Community Garden for more information and follow us on IG at @hhs_community_garden for updates.

Our core garden volunteer team meets every Thursday @ 3:30pm-5:00pm in the garden and is made up of parents, alumni parents, HHS staff, students and community members. . If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please sign up here or email Brett Stevenson at [email protected].

Fentanyl High - Movie & Panel Discussion

Please join us for a free screening and panel discussion of "Fentanyl High" on Tuesday, March 26 @ 5:30pm-7pm at Fremont High School Theatre; 575 W. Fremont Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94087.

The movie delves into the impact of fentanyl on adolescents and communities, shedding light on the challenges we face.

Attendees are required to register in advance to secure their seats. Register HERE (https://fentanylhigh.ticketleap.com/fentanyl-high-screening/)


Here is the link to the website and documentary trailer:

The Trailer | Fentanyl High Film

Jazz with Friends

Jazz with Friends is one of those concerts that you must make time for in your calendar! It's an intimate and powerful night of Jazz, featuring our HHS Jazz Ensemble, Central Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Knight Train Jazz Combo, and a very special guest artist. Demitri Matheny will be playing Flugelhorn. Have you ever heard of a Flugelhorn? You can at this concert!

Friday, March 29th @ 7pm, HHS Little Theater

Tickets available: www.hillsdalemusic.blogspot.com

Students are free. $10/Adults, $5/Seniors.

Save the Date: Tuesday, April 9

Life After Hillsdale: 30+ College, Trades and Military Programs


10th and 11th Grade Families:

Save the date: Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7:30pm (Hillsdale library and nearby classrooms) for HHS's Life After High School, the Counseling Department's annual 10th and 11th grade evening to inform families about options for their student after Hillsdale (2 year, 4 year, certificate, military, work, gap year and more!)

We do this through a combination of counselor-led sessions geared towards specific options AND a fabulous 30+ program and college fair. Check out the agenda, and go to the sessions you want! Send your student to a session while you are checking out the College & Programming Fair, or visa versa!

Flyer: English / Spanish

Questions? Contact me, and we hope to see you on Tuesday, April 9.

Laura Burtness

HHS College, Career and Financial Aid Advisor

650 558 2613

Save the Date: Knight Moves XXV

Save the date for KNIGHT MOVES XXV! April 25th, 26th, and 27th

The twenty-sixth edition of Knight Moves is coming your way! Our talented Dance Ensemble will showcase their talent and will be joined by a fabulous Guest Ensemble. KMXXVI is sure to entertain and a show you don't want to miss, so mark your calendars!

  • Have your own business or know of one looking to promote their own? Advertise in the KMXXVI full-color premium program and support Knight Moves at the same time! Ad specs and details can be found in the Business Ad flyer by clicking here. Ads are due March 31st.
  • Help support Knight Moves and your favorite dancer(s) by purchasing a "Love Note" or "Personal Ad" in our program. Submissions are due by March 31st. Click here for more information.

Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. It takes a village and we have lots of opportunities to participate - a little or a lot!

For more information on any of the above, please contact: [email protected]

Virtual Blood Drive

My Sophomore Passion Project is organizing a Virtual Blood Drive! What does that mean? You scan the QR code to sign up to donate blood on a date of your choice and a Red Cross donation location of your choice!! Be a hero and donate before May 1st! Thank you! Sophia Flores

HHS Annual Golf Tournament

Support Our Athletes! Please join in the fun and SWING AWAY at our annual Golf Tournament on Friday May 10th. See the flyer for all the details! GO FIGHTING KNIGHTS!

HHS Golf Tournament - Silent Auction

HHS Athletic Boosters Needs your help to make our Golf Tournament's Silent Auction on May 10th a success!!! If you own a business, restaurant, vacation home or looking for a tax write off-consider donating to our worthy cause!! All donations are needed by Friday, May 3rd!

Peace Panty/Community Garden/Community Closet

Hillsdale Community,

Spring is just around the corner and we are looking for folks who would like to join our volunteer team at the Hillsdale Community Garden. If you would like to learn more about our Community Garden please join us on March 23rd from 8:30am to 12:30pm as we prepare our garden for Spring planting. Last year we harvested 1,500 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables which were distributed directly to Hillsdale families who participate in our Peace Pantry Program. This year we are on pace to surpass 2,000 pounds of delicious produce. Our mantra for our volunteers is “no shame in the (volunteer) game.” We have volunteer opportunities at three levels:

-Weekly volunteer opportunities (1.5 hours a week). This is our core volunteer team in the garden and it is made up of parents, alumni parents, HHS staff, students and community members. This team meets every Thursday at 3:30pm in the garden. If you are interested, please sign up here for more information. 

-Saturday volunteer opportunities. (March 23 & April 20) We normally have 3-4 Saturdays a year in the garden. If you are interested, please sign up here for more information. 

-Adopt a Raised Bed Program. Teachers or families can adopt a bed for our upcoming season. We will plant on April 20th and begin harvesting in late July through late October. If you are interested, please sign up here for more information. 

Hillsdale Community Closet: If you would like to volunteer at our Community Closet (Alameda Parking Lot) in March please email [email protected] for information.

Our new hours to volunteer or drop off clothes/essential items will be Wednesdays from 2:30pm-4:00pm.

*Please follow us on Instagram @hhs_community_closet

Hillsdale Community Peace Pantry: We need March/April 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 March or April, please sign up here

Hillsdale Community Garden: https://www.hhscommunitygarden.com/ 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 3:30pm-5:00pm. Please follow us on IG at @hhs_community_garden for updates. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Brett Stevenson at [email protected].

Hillsdale Stands Together!

For Seniors...

Senior Information link

Senior Day / Senior Knight/Baby Pic

Seniors - If you would like to attend Senior Day/Senior Knight but forgot to drop off your forms - there is still time. The deadline has been extended.

Drop off your forms and payment at the front office.

Senior Day form: English / Spanish

Senior Knight form: English / Spanish

Also - Please upload a Baby Pic of your Senior by April 1. (These will be used at Senior Knight in May)

Upload a baby picture of your Senior here.

SMUHSD - Cash for College Workshop

12th Graders! Save the date for the upcoming Cash for College virtual workshop, presented in partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education - Monday March 25 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm!

Get help with filling out your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Financial Aid applications!

Register for March 25: bit.ly/March25CashforCollege

Flyer Link English / Spanish

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


March College & Career Newsletter


Dear 12th grade Families:


Here is the latest 12th grade newsletter, which includes...

  • Cañada & Skyline Colleges – some of their special programs.
  • 13 new scholarships, including 5+ Hillsdale-only scholarships
  • UC, CSU, Community College updates (including how to register!)
  • Still time for FAFSA/DREAM!

Career and Summer Info!

  • STEM Summer Camp at UC Berkeley
  • WOW! That’s Engineering day for girls 
  • 12M Internship
  • CuriOdyssey Leader in Training program
  • Is your student interested in speech and language pathology? They can volunteer with TALK, a private practice in Burlingame

As always, contact with questions or concerns.

All my best to you and your family for a lovely Friday and weekend.

Laura Burtness, [email protected]

Hillsdale's College, Career, and Financial Aid Advisor

650 558 2613 (direct line)

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.

OYE LatinX Conference is March 23

Registration is now open for the 12th Annual Oye Latinx Youth Conference on Saturday, March 23 at Cañada College in Redwood City.

This free, all-day conference (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) brings together hundreds of local teens and young adults and their families to explore questions of identity and purpose; and build community through a fun and interactive day that includes hands-on workshops, inspirational speakers, artistic expression, community resource sharing, and networking.

The conference will feature performances, interactive workshops, resource tables and free breakfast and lunch for all in-person participants.

Learn more and register for this free event: tinyurl.com/oye2024

La Conferencia OYE LatinX es el 23 de marzo - Conferencia para Jóvenes Latinos

La inscripción ya está abierta para la 12ª Conferencia Anual OYE Latinx Youth-Conferencia para Jóvenes Latinos, que se llevará a cabo el sábado 23 de marzo en Cañada College, en Redwood City.

Esta es una conferencia gratuita de 9:00 am a 3:00 pm, reúne a cientos de jóvenes locales y a sus familias para explorar cuestiones de identidad y propósito; construir comunidad a través de un dia divertido e interactivo que incluye talleres prácticos, oradores invitados, expresión artística, e intercambio de recursos comunitarios.

La conferencia contará con actuaciones, mesas de recursos y desayuno y almuerzo gratuito para todos los participantes presenciales.

Obtenga más información e inscripción de este evento GRATUITO en: tinyurl.com/oye2024

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness (NDDA) Month, and at our February 22 Board meeting we shared a very special video that featured three of our Bay University students - Amanda Kim, Ian Hwang and Aidan Lee -

who read the NDDA Month proclamation.

Thank you to Dr. Holly Wade, Director of Special Education for her guidance on the proclamation and working with our students who are featured in the video: https://www.youtube.com/live/49zECwQ9jbQ?si=a8OKcFKEMVMGbTvM&t=1930

Thanks also to Zurine Cheng, one of our Student Board Council Members who contributed to the proclamation.

Mes de Concientización sobre las Discapacidades del Desarrollo 2024

Marzo es el mes Nacional de la Concientización sobre las Discapacidades del Desarrollo (NDDA), y en nuestra reunión de la Junta Directiva del 22 de febrero compartimos un video muy especial que presentaba a tres de nuestros estudiantes del Programa Bay University: Amanda Kim, Ian Hwang y Aidan Lee que leyeron la proclamación del Mes NDDA.

Gracias a la Dra. Holly Wade, Directora de Educación Especial por su orientación en la proclamación y por trabajar con nuestros estudiantes que aparecen en el video: https://www.youtube.com/live/49zECwQ9jbQ?si=a8OKcFKEMVMGbTvM&t=1930

Gracias también a Zurine Cheng, una de las miembros del Consejo de la Junta Estudiantil que contribuyó a la proclamación.

March is Arts Education Month!

A high-quality arts education is an essential part of a student's journey. Engaging in art fosters creativity and innovation, promotes critical thinking, enhances communication skills, builds cultural awareness, boosts academic performance, and nurtures students' social and emotional well-being – in essence, arts education helps students achieve personal and academic success.

California has come a long way to ensure all students have equitable access to the arts with the passage of Proposition 28, which will bring approximately $11.6 million annually to San Mateo County. Thank you to all of our teachers who help bring the arts into our students’ daily lives!

Learn more about arts education in SMUHSD schools: https://www.smuhsd.org/Page/5458

¡Marzo es el Mes de la Educación Artística!

Una educación artística de alta calidad es una parte esencial en la vida del estudiante. Participar en el arte fomenta la creatividad y la innovación, promueve el pensamiento crítico, mejora las habilidades de comunicación, crea conciencia cultural, aumenta el rendimiento académico y fomenta el bienestar social y emocional de los estudiantes; en esencia, la educación artística ayuda a los estudiantes a lograr el éxito personal y académico.

California ha recorrido un largo camino para garantizar que todos los estudiantes tengan acceso equitativo a las artes con la aprobación de la Proposición 28, que aportará aproximadamente $11.6 millones de dólares al año al Condado de San Mateo. ¡Gracias a todos nuestros maestros que ayudan a llevar las artes a la vida diaria de nuestros estudiantes!

Obtenga más información sobre la educación artística en las escuelas de SMUHSD: www.smuhsd.org/arts-ed

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 Foundation Business/Corporate Sponsors!

Learn How to Become a Business/Corporate Sponsor

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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