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September 9, 2022

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Have You Made Your Student’s Annual Contribution Yet?

We intend for this year to be special for every student and every family, in relationship with our staff. We believe our teachers are the best anywhere and, while our district is generous in supporting our staffing needs, we simply do not have enough allocated resources to meet all of those needs. And that is where the Foundation comes in, to fill this funding shortfall. By contributing to the Foundation Fund, you, as a member of the Hillsdale community, will enable us to close our funding gap.

Please review the online Fall Donation Documents with information on giving to Foundation, PTSO, and the Boosters. As always, your support is essential to

maintaining our SLC model. Students benefit from:

● Reduced class sizes in 9th and 10th grade

● Core teachers and advisor assigned for two consecutive years

● Personalized instruction with teacher/advisor student mentoring

● Rigorous and integrated curriculum including comprehensive projects

Although there is a recommended Foundation donation amount, we ask each family to give what they can to support their student’s education.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Russell at ExecDirector@HillsdaleHSFoundation.org.

Football Game Tonight:

Hillsdale vs Los Altos

We're excited to be hosting Los Altos for our second home football contest this Friday, September 9. Our JV game is at 4pm, and our Varsity game is at 7pm.

Reminder - No backpack, bags, or items (purses, towels, noise makers, etc.) can be brought in. All food and drinks should be consumed before going into the stands.

HHS Students: Students will be admitted for FREE at our student gate. Your HHS student I.D. card will be required. 

HHS Families: You can purchase your GoFan E-ticket(s) by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing all of you this Friday! Go Knights!!!

Class of 2026:

Freshman Mix & Mingle Tonight!

Freshmen Families (Class of 2026) - Please join us for a Mix and Mingle night on September 9th from 5-7pm in the Football Arena. Come and meet other families from the class of 2026 while enjoying ice cream and football.

Hope to see you there!

PSAT Registration Ends Today

The PSAT is being offered by SMUHSD on Saturday October 15 to all 10th and 11th grade students. 

Register here (on your Parent Square account) by September 9.

Questions? Please contact the DO at assessment@smuhsd.org


Peace Pantry/Community Garden - Volunteers Needed

Dear Hillsdale Community,

We hope this finds you well and settling into the new school year. Remember to follow our journey with the garden on Instagram at @hhs_community_garden. The 22-23 school year will mark the third year of our Peace Pantry. Every Friday, we continue to support 140 families experiencing food insecurity at Hillsdale and Bridge. Thanks to overwhelming community support, we have raised over $300,000 since the start of the pandemic to combat food insecurity. The news continues to report daily that the Bay Area and San Mateo County as one of the least affordable places to live in the country. Our Hillsdale community has chosen to act in support of our families.

Each Friday, our volunteers go out into the community to deliver groceries to our families or work the emergency food drive through every Friday. In addition, we are also thankful for all of the volunteers who have made our community garden a reality and we are now starting to harvest organic vegetables in support of our families. These volunteer efforts in the garden will now allow us to increase the weekly supply of foods we offer families. A heartfelt thank you to our staff, parents, alumni and friends in the community who have volunteered in our garden and Peace Pantry this summer. However, we need to continue to build our volunteer team so we can continue to address food insecurity in the Hillsdale Community. We need drivers on Fridays to deliver groceries and volunteers in our garden Thursday afternoons. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up below or email Brett Stevenson at bstevenson@smuhsd.org

Hillsdale Stands Together!

Peace Pantry Team

Peace Pantry and Community Garden Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to volunteer (rain or shine) in September, please sign up using the link below:

Peace Pantry Volunteer Sign-Up Spreadsheet

Hillsdale Community Garden Volunteer Sign-Up Spreadsheet

Grill and Chill Tailgate

Please join in the fun at the Grill & Chill Tailgate! Pre-order a Tri-Tip dinner for $20 to be picked up before the football game on Friday September 16 between 5PM - 7PM. Email Hillsdale2023@gmail.com with questions.

Yearbook 2023  - Best Deal Ends Sept 16!

See the attached flyer for a QR code and all the details. The best deals for yearbook purchases end on September 16, so don't wait! I am looking forward to a very creative year as the new Hillsdale Shield Advisor. 

Sally Rayn

HHS Video Production & Publications

¡Han comenzado las preventas del Anuario 2023!

Consulte el folleto adjunto para obtener un código QR y todos los detalles. Las mejores ofertas para las compras del anuario finalizan el 16 de septiembre, ¡así que no espere! Espero un año muy creativo como el nuevo Consejero de Hillsdale Shield.


Sally Rayn

Publicaciones y Producción de Videos del HHS

CSF Membership

Spring 2022 semester grades are in! In order to update your CSF membership and attain Lifetime Membership (Seniors), please submit an eligible CSF form for Spring 2022. According to CSF bylaws, students must submit eligible forms from the previous semester prior to four weeks of the current semester. New students are welcome and should follow the steps to submit eligible forms below. Please submit your Spring 2022 CSF forms by September 19, the absolute deadline.

**** Only smuhsd.org emails will have access to these documents ****

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 19th using your Spring 2022 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.  

AP Exam Registration

If your student is taking an Advanced Placement (AP) course this year at Hillsdale High School, registration for AP exams is open!

The College Board requires students enrolled in an AP course and participating in the AP Exams in May 2022 to register, pay, and commit to taking the exam during the fall semester. To ensure accurate and timely processing of all AP test registrations, the deadline to register and pay for taking AP exams at Hillsdale High School is October 31st, 2022.

After October 31st, student registrations will be assessed a $40.00/exam late fee until December 12th. After December 12th, no student will be allowed to register for any exam. 

Students will need to use and navigate two online systems to register for exams:

If you have questions, please reach out to your course teacher or email Ms. P. at sprenskypomeranz@smuhsd.org

FREE MAMMOGRAMS @ Fun Community Event

Sunday October 2 from 11am-3pm

Hillsdale Shopping Center - Barnes and Noble Parking Lot

October is breast cancer awareness month and this year the San Mateo Police Department has partnered with Maddy, the Mammo Coach to create a fun community event and offer FREE MAMMOGRAMS. Also at the event will be food, live music, raffles, and the opportunity to dunk a police officer in water!


Appointments will be from 8am – 12pm and 2pm – 5 pm. Walk-ups are from 12pm – 2 pm. The mammograms are free and welcome for anyone with/without insurance.

Register below: 


See English flyer for more information


Octubre es el mes de concientización sobre el cáncer de mama y este año el Departamento de Policía de San Mateo se ha asociado con Maddy, la Mamo Entrenadora para crear un evento comunitario divertido y ofrecer MAMOGRAFÍAS GRATIS.

Las citas serán de 8:00 a 12:00 y de 14:00 a 17:00 horas. Los turnos son de 12:00 a 14:00 horas. Las mamografías son gratuitas y bienvenidas para cualquier persona con o sin seguro.

Regístrese a continuación: 


See Spanish flyer for more info.

Photo Make-ups and Senior Portraits

If you were not able to take a photo, student photo make-ups are on October 10 in the school cafeteria. 9th and 10th graders will go to photo make-ups in PE class.

Seniors! Still need to take your Senior Portrait?

Senior photos will conveniently be taken here at school in the cafeteria! Photo sessions will begin as of 7:30am and continue throughout the day.

Seniors should head to the cafeteria during one of your free periods or before school, during brunch or lunch, or immediately after school. No appointments required.

Seniors won’t be able to take casual photos, but you’ll take your formal senior photos in the provided tuxedo or drape. Don't miss out on having your senior picture in the yearbook!

Hillsdale Athletics Apparel - Order Now

New swag for a new school year!! Perfect for fans young and old (and us in the middle). Go Knights!

Order Apparel Here

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


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. Burtness, CTE Career Coordinator - lburtness@smuhsd.org

Important District Updates
Updates from SMUHSD

For the latest updates, please click here.
Ways to Support Hillsdale
Amazon Smile for Hillsdale

Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping on Amazon at no extra cost to you? 

Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0800728 to confirm "Hillsdale High School Foundation Inc" as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization.

If you are a seller on eBay, Nextdoor, or using PayPal, you can select Hillsdale High School Foundation as your chosen charity to receive a portion of your proceeds. Your spring cleaning can turn into a direct benefit to Hillsdale!

Thank you for your continued support!
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.
Bishop Level $10,000
Knight Level $5,000
Armor Level $2,500
Shield Level $1,250
Sword Level $850
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