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December 1, 2023

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Hillsdale Families,

We hope that everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving time! Today December starts, and there's always a lot going on and so many ways to support Hillsdale throughout the season.

Did you know that if you donate to The Foundation or Peace Pantry, your donations are tax deductible?!? It's a great way to give AND receive a deduction. Both offer payment plans -or- single pledge options. Both directly support our students and community in immeasurable ways. Foundation donations help to fund fantastic programming that each student benefits from. Peace Pantry donations help Hillsdale families who are experiencing food insecurity, as well as supporting them with essential items (toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc.) Both The Foundation and Peace Pantry depend on you to be successful and appreciate any support you can give. For more information on both programs, scroll down the bulletin.

Do you bake or know how to get some yummy baked goods? PTSO Hospitality is looking for cookie donations for their December Teacher Treats on December 18. Sign up via the Google Doc-- Cookie Donations . Questions? Contact Jen Ryan [email protected] (Subject: cookies)

Looking for unique holiday gifts for your HHS student or HHS Alumni? Look no further...you can purchase Seat Plaques for seats in the Little Theater or Auditorium. What a special way to commemorate time spent at HHS. For more information and QR with a photo, scroll through the bulletin.

Senior families, order Senior Merch NOW! You'll regret not purchasing when orders come in--today is the deadline for Class of 2024 themed sweatpants (Flyer link). T-shirts. Hoodies and sweatshirts sales extended until Monday 12/4. Senior Merch

Today is your last chance to purchase See's Candies and support The Dance Ensemble. Orders will ship directly to you! Scroll down the bulletin for QR code -or- click here for Flyer Link.

Today is also your last chance to purchase Spirit Wear and support The Spirit Squad. You can click here for  English/Spanish flyers -or- scroll down the bulletin.

Skip cooking on Monday 12/4 and support the Boosters by buying dinner from Chipotle. See attached flyer for details.

We've listed and linked ways to support with donations or purchases--thank you in advance...now here are some ways to support HHS with your time--thanks in advance.

Take the district's Panorama Survey. Your participation helps direct HHS to which academic and enrichment programs are needed and how to improve programs that are already in place. Click here to participate in the Panorama Survey Scroll down the bulletin or check the district's website for more information.

You can help by being an ETA Job Placement Parent Liason. Detailed information is further down the bulletin or you can email Savina Lopez [email protected] (subject: ETA Volunteer)

You can attend a Booster Meeting (in-person and virtual options are available)--Athletics Booster Meeting (12/4); PTSO Meeting (12/11). 

Next week, check the bulletin for a fun "getting to know HHS faculty/staff" matching game...

Enjoy your weekend and stay warm!

Holly and Jen

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents


Secure Your Spot on Our Mid-Year Donor List – Make Your Gift to the Foundation Fund Today!

Thank you to everyone who’s made their gift to the Foundation Fund for this school year.  Your generous support translates into more than $300,000 raised so far to fund fantastic programming enjoyed by every Hillsdale student.

If you haven’t yet made your gift to the Foundation Fund, and you’d like to be included on our donor list which will be published on our website and in our December e-newsletter that goes out to all Hillsdale families, make sure you donate today! The cut-off date for our mid-year donor list is this Sunday, December 3rd.

Also, are you looking for a holiday gift for the Hillsdale student who has everything? Does your child shrug and give you a dead-eyed stare when you ask what they want for Christmas? Then consider purchasing a seat plaque in Hillsdale’s Auditorium or Little Theater as a present for your student! A seat plaque is a nifty way to commemorate your student’s time at Hillsdale AND support programs like our school’s Small Learning Communities.

4th Annual Hillsdale High School Holiday Giving Campaign

Hillsdale High School Stands Together to Support

Vulnerable Families in our Community

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to help us continue to serve families in need through our Peace Pantry, Community Closet and Community Garden!

Can you help us make an even bigger impact in 2024?

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Holiday Giving Campaign this December 1-31 so we can continue to offer support through our Hillsdale Peace Pantry, Community Closet and Community Garden. We are hoping to raise $80,000 to support Hillsdale families in 2024. 

Tax-deductible donations can be made through the Hillsdale Foundation, a 501c3. If your employer does matching gifts, you can double your impact. 

  • For $50 a month you can support a Hillsdale family with groceries and essential items from Mi Rancho Market every other week.  
  • A pledge of $600 will support a family for the next twelve months.
  • A donation of any amount will directly support a Hillsdale family experiencing food insecurity.

It takes a village….

We offer our thanks and gratitude for the continued support we receive from our Community and School Partners:

  • Hillsdale Foundation
  • Hillsdale PTSO
  • Each Green Corner
  • Carey School and 
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • 130+ Volunteers consisting of HHS staff, students and their families

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come Support our teams! GO FIGHTING KNIGHTS

GoFan Ticket Link

Family Pass Link

Senior Merchandise

EXTENDED UNTIL Monday December 4th! Choose from the classic T-shirt, a pullover hoodie, and a crewneck sweatshirt! Please visit this link to order directly through the website. (Flyer link)

DUE TODAY - December 1! We are also offering matching sweatpants! Please print the order form (see QR code on flyer) and turn it in to the green box in the dance room (Sabrina's office) with attached payment. (there will be no extra sweats ordered) All sweatpants will be passed out at school. (Flyer link)

All orders due TODAY - December 1. Thank you, and we wish you the best last semester! Happy senior year class of 2024! We’re in the home stretch!

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)

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)

Chipotle ~ Music Booster Fundraiser

Take a break from cooking those holiday meals and enjoy a meal from Chipotle restaurant while supporting the excellent HHS Music Programs. This fundraiser night is Monday, December 4 @ 4-8 pm at the Park Place Chipotle. Our school receives 33% of the sales. You can order in-store (show the flyer) or online with the code: 2W2XN7D.

Flyer Link English/Spanish

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

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 Yearbook Sales / Senior Ads

Buy your copy of the Hillsdale yearbook soon! Students are hard at work creating this year's beautiful 280 page edition of The Shield. Get early-bird pricing for Senior Ads before December 31, 2023. (Flyer Link)

¡Compre pronto su copia del anuario de Hillsdale! Los estudiantes están trabajando arduamente para crear la hermosa edición de 280 páginas de The Shield de este año. Obtenga precios anticipados para anuncios para Seniors antes del 31 de diciembre de 2023.

For Seniors...

Senior Information link

Forms for Senior Day and Senior Knight (Due March 1)

Senior Merch!

Senior merchandise is now available for ordering - options include the classic T-shirt, a pullover hoodie, and a crewneck sweatshirt! Please visit this link to order directly through the website. (Flyer link)

Matching sweatpants can be ordered using this form. Payment for the sweatpants can be dropped off in the dance room in a green box. All sweatpants will be delivered directly to students on campus. Orders due December 1st.(Flyer link)

Senior Ads for the HHS Yearbook

Get early-bird pricing for Senior Ads before December 31, 2023. Use https://ybstore.friesens.com/768274 or the QR code below. (Flyer Link)

Senior Quote for Yearbook

It is time to submit your Senior Quote that will be printed under your portrait photo in The Shield 2024 Yearbook.

Fill out this form to share what you want people to remember about you. Due January 19, 2024

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.

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. 

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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