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September 22, 2023

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Knights Families!

Another week in September has passed and we are finding ourselves at the end of the first 6-week grading period! We hope that these first weeks of the school year have been good ones for you and your student. Remember, one of the benefits of our SLCs (Smaller Learning Communities) is Advisory. If your child is struggling and you aren't sure how to support them, reach out to their advisor--they are there to help.

This week, our Counseling Department hosted 12th grade College Knight for our seniors and their families to talk about college planning & life after graduation. If you have questions about anything college related...reach out to them or Laura Burtness. They too, are there to help support you. 

In support of and to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, this week was Ritmo Latino Week with events hosted by our Latinos Unidos Club. Tonight, they will wrap up the week with a dance--tickets are $5 and are sold at the Dance Studio Window. There will be a DJ, Raffles, and Food for sale--All are welcome

It's great to receive support, but also to give it...HHS Community Closet is looking for fall items. They will be working with our leadership class who will help kick off the fall clothing drive starting next week in advisory. See attached flyers for details on what is needed, as well as drop off places and times.

Another way to support HHS is Sunday starting at 11:00am. The Senior Class will be hosting a Marketplace in the stadium parking lot (Entrance on Alameda de las Pulgas). There will be local vendors, food, and fun! The Senior Class will be selling succulents, Junior Class-- upcycled jeans, Sophomore Class--candles, and Freshmen will have a "Create your own sand art" booth. Each class' booth profits will go directly to that class. Did we mention there will be food?!? 

Do you support concessions by purchasing food/drinks at athletics events? They need the support of volunteers. And if you volunteer...you get the benefit of free game entry AND a free meal. https://bit.ly/HHSKnightRider2023

Support Girls' Volleyball by dining in or ordering to go from BJ's on Wed Sept 27. (flyer attached).

Music, Drama, AP Exam Registration, Bell Schedule, Athletic Contests, Spirit Wear order, Yearbook Sales, Freshmen & Sophomore event, and more...scroll and read the attachments!

Have a great Friday and enjoy the weekend! Hope to see you Sunday!

Jen and Holly

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

HHS: The Marketplace

Join us THIS SUNDAY @ 11am-4pm at The Marketplace! in thee HHS Stadium parking lot. Over 30 local vendors will be joining us at this community event. Proceeds will benefit local businesses and Hillsdale High School. This will be a fun-filled afternoon you won't want to miss! Hope to see you there! Flyer Link

HHS Community Closet - Clothing Drive

We are really excited to launch our Fall 2023 Clothing Drive in support of Hillsdale Families who face the ongoing challenge and high cost of living in San Mateo. To find out more about our programs, please see HHS Community - A Call to Action.

We continue to need clothing and essential items for our Community Closet. From September 18-October 13th we are asking Hillsdale students, families, and staff to consider donating the following:

  1. Jeans, hoodies, sweats, Hillsdale gear 
  2. Homecoming/prom clothes and accessories
  3. Winter clothing
  4. Essential items: toiletries, towels, sheets, school supplies, new socks, undershirts and underwear, etc.

All items should be clean, undamaged, and something that a current teenager would wear/use.

Starting September 18, we will be accepting donations in Advisory classes, Thursdays (2:30-4pm) and Friday mornings (7:30-9 am) at the Community Closet. The Community Closet is located in the Alameda parking lot next to the stadium/track.

Interested in Volunteering? Please sign up here: HHS Community Closet, and we will add you.

Many thanks to all of the community members and volunteers who have already contributed their time, effort, or items to our HHS Community Closet! Flyer Link

Fall into New Armor flyer link: English / Spanish

Ritmo Latino Dance

Hi Knights! On Friday 22nd @ 7 pm after school, we celebrate Ritmo Latino Dance in the Great Court. Tickets will be sold at the dance studio window from 7-10 pm next Wednesday until dance day for $5. We will sell raffle tickets and food. We hope to see you there!

Hola Knights! El viernes 22 a las 7 pm después de escuela, celebraremos el baile de Ritmo latino en el Great Court. Los boletos se venderán en la ventanilla del estudio de baile de 7 a 10 pm el próximo miércoles hasta el día del baile por $5. Venderemos boletos para la rifa y comida. ¡Esperamos verlos ahí!

Donate Here

Share Your Hillsdale Story!

Over the next couple of months, the Foundation will be revamping its website, and we’d love to feature stories and memories from members of the Hillsdale community that highlight what a unique place our school is.

If you or your student would like to contribute content to our soon-to-be new and improved website, please reach out to Katherine Goodman at [email protected] OR stop by the Foundation booth at the HHS Marketplace on Sunday to learn more about how the Foundation supports every student at Hillsdale.

One quick housekeeping item: if you’d like to submit your gift to the Foundation via check, you can now find the donation form online and available to print out.  Thank you to the parents who reached out to let us know that document wasn’t available online!

Comparte tu historia de Hillsdale

Durante los próximos meses, la Fundación estará renovando su sitio web, y nos encantaría presentar historias y recuerdos de miembros de la comunidad de Hillsdale que destaquen el lugar único que es nuestra escuela.

Si a usted o a su estudiante les gustaría contribuir con contenido a nuestro pronto nuevo y mejorado sitio web, por favor comuníquese con Katherine Goodman a [email protected] O pase por el puesto de la Fundación en el Mercado de HHS este domingo para aprender más acerca de cómo la Fundación apoya a cada estudiante de Hillsdale.

Si desea enviar su donación a la Fundación a través de cheque, ahora puede encontrar el formulario de donación en línea y disponible para imprimir. Gracias a los padres que nos avisaron que el documento no estaba disponible en línea.

Bell Schedule for Week of September 25

Monday September 25th is a Minimum Day with dismissal at 12:40pm. Please see the complete Bell Schedule here.

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come support the Fighting Knights at this week’s contests. Games in blue = home games

Go Knights!

GoFan Ticket Link

Family Pass Link

AP Exam Registration for 2023-24

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 2024 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, 2023. After October 31st, student registrations will be assessed a $40.00/exam late fee until December 11th. After December 11th, no student will be allowed to register for any exam. 

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

  1. Students will need to register and pay for the exams through https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/53165.
  2. In their College Board account, students will confirm they are taking the exam and use this platform for the online learning tools. Students can access this through myap.collegeboard.orgStudents MUST complete both steps in order to register

The registration directions are outlined in this presentation. The presentation also includes information about requesting testing accommodations for students with IEPs/504s and how to request financial assistance. 

The registration deadlines are hard deadlines and it is important that all families are aware of them. AP teachers will review the registration process with students, but for more information you can:

If you have questions, please reach out to your course teacher or email Ms. P. at [email protected].

BJ's : Girls Volleyball Fundraiser

Come support the Girls Volleyball Program: Have dinner at BJ's on Wednesday September 27 @ 4pm - 11pm! Bring a copy of the attached flyer or a digital copy and present it when you order in person, online or by phone! Flyer Link

HHS Spirit Wear - Spirit Squad Fundraiser

Spirit Wear Fundraiser: Support the HHS Spirit Squad! Orders due by Friday September 29th Flyer Link

Freshmen and Sophomores -

The Younger Games

The Sophomore class officers are currently organizing "The Younger Games" to be held on Friday, September 29th @ 5:30-8:00 pm. Yummy Pizza dinner included with ticket, fun games and so much more!

We hoping that you can help encourage students to purchase a ticket and attend! The Younger Games will be an opportunity for the lower classmen to bond and for the Freshmen to experience all the fun HHS has to offer!

Tickets are $10 and are being sold outside the dance room tickets window, and during advisory STARTING Monday September 11!

We will also plan on stopping by during advisory in the next few weeks to pass out grams and give brief information about the event. Thank you so much!


Sophomore Class Officers

The Shield 2024 Yearbook Pre-sales 

We have chosen a new publishing company that has better printing and better pricing for our 2024 yearbooks. The deadline schedule for the yearbook students also make production more smooth. 

Buy now!

$80 Early Bird Pricing ends October 1, 2023

Deals on personalization and icons included.


Preventa del anuario The Shield 2024 Hemos elegido una nueva editorial que tiene mejor impresión y mejores precios para nuestros anuarios de 2024. El calendario de fechas límite para los estudiantes del anuario también facilita la producción. 

¡Comprar ahora! El precio de reserva anticipada de $80 finaliza el 1 de octubre de 2023 Ofertas en personalización e íconos incluidos.

Concession Volunteers Wanted

Wanna join the fun? Sign up to volunteer here: https://bit.ly/HHSKnightRider2023

See you at the next game!

Concessions Team: Chef PJ Stalteri and Melanie Baldwin

Flyer Link

Chipotle: Girls Water Polo Fundraiser

Order dinner from Chipotle (near Whole Foods) on Tuesday, October 3 and 30% of your total bill will be donated to the Girls Water Polo team. Thanks for your support!

Flyer Link: English / Spanish

HHS Drama: Shrek The Musical

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

HHS and SMHS Choral Pops Concert

Hillsdale High School & San Mateo High School Choirs are presenting the CHORAL POPS CONCERT on Thursday, October 5th @ 7pm at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Get your ticket by visiting HillsdaleMusic.Ludus.com (Flyer Link)

General Admission: $10, SMUHSD Student: Free, Seniors/Students: $5

Class of 2024 and Families - Grad Knight

Registration for Grad Knight at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is now open! Early bird pricing of $175/person is available through Friday, October 13. More info and and/or to sign up, please see flyer or visit bit.ly/GradKnight2024. Sign up today!

Flyer Link: English / Spanish

In case you were unable to attend the Senior Family Meeting at BTSN, the slide presentation can be found on the Senior Information page of our Hillsdale website.

Hillsdale Community Peace Pantry,

Closet & Garden

Hillsdale Community,

Whether you are a new staff member, new parent or veteran parent to Hillsdale we want to welcome you to a community who stands together to support Hillsdale families experiencing food insecurity and the impact of the high cost of living. If you have been thinking about getting involved or are hearing about our community response to food insecurity for the first time, now is the time to get involved and volunteer. You can either sign up below, email or stop by our garden at 3:45pm on Thursdays or at our Peace Pantry and Community Closet Friday mornings at 8am to learn more. Giving an hour a week would make a huge difference for our community. 

To learn more about these programs, please see:

HHS Community Support Slidedeck

Hillsdale Stands Together!

Hillsdale Community Closet

If you would like to volunteer at our Community Closet(Alameda Parking Lot) on a Friday in August please sign up here. *Please follow us on Instagram @hhs_community_closet

Hillsdale Community Peace Pantry

We need September 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 September, please sign up here.

Hillsdale Community Garden


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 4:00pm-5:00pm and Friday morning projects from 8:00am-11:30am. Please follow us on IG at @hhs_community_garden for updates. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Brett Stevenson at [email protected].

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


Senior Newsletter

Dear 12th grade families:

Greetings, and welcome to another school year! My name is Laura Burtness, and I am the College, Career, and Financial Aid advisor at Hillsdale. My role is to support all students with their after-Hillsdale plans, whatever those plans might be.

Here is the latest newsletter, which I send to families and students at the beginning of each month. (The newsletters-- both current and past-- can also be found here.)

Highlights of this month's newsletter:

  • Resources: what Ms. Burtness does, college visits, how to find info. on the HHS website, scholarships, and more!
  • 12th Grade College kNight, Sept 20, 6pm: save the date! In person, at the HHS auditorium
  • Certificate programs at our local community college
  • What is Ms. Burtness listening to or reading?

Welcome again to the school year!

Best-- Laura Burtness, [email protected]

650 558 2613

Career Speakers Series:

We are back and we are looking for you!

Are you in a job that you’d like to share with high school students? We’d love to host you for the College & Career Center’s 2nd annual Career Speaker Series!

Programs will take place on Fridays, from 10:15-11am and arranged by general topic. We will be holding the events in person in the College & Career Center at Hillsdale.

We are interested in having a wide-variety of educational levels, from high school, community college, and through to graduate school. You would be part of a 3-4 person panel, with Hillsdale staff asking questions about your job, your educational pathway and other relevant topics.

Below are the career groupings. If you are interested in being part of a panel, we’d love to have you! Please fill out this Google Form by October 1st. Thank you so much for your interest in supporting HHS students!

Jobs in VAPA (ex. Audio, video, photo, dance, music etc.) - September 15, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Trades and Public Services (ex. Police, Fire, TSA etc.) - October 6, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Engineering and Science - November 17, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Medical/Healthcare Field - December 1, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Business/Fashion and Beauty - January 12, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Legal Services - February 2nd, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Education - March 1, 10:15-11:00 am

Jobs in Technology - April 12,, 10:15-11:00 am


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.

Call for Entries: Multicultural Art Showcase Seeks Student Artists

Join a celebration of cultural diversity through art! Welcome to the "Our Shared Stories" Art Showcase, an extraordinary opportunity for talented artists aged 14 to 18 in San Mateo County to express their cultural heritage and creativity through hangable artworks. The "Our Shared Stories" Art Showcase is organized by Hillsdale High School student Alex Carreon, a dedicated Youth Cultural Ambassador of San Mateo County. With 12 years of professional art instruction, Alex aims to celebrate diversity, empower young artists, and foster cultural unity. As a Chicano student, Alex understands the power of art to bridge cultures and create positive change within the community through this county-wide art project. Learn more about submission requirements: bit.ly/OurSharedStories

Convocatoria de Inscripciones: Exhibición de Arte Multicultural Busca Estudiantes Artistas

¡Únase a una celebración de la diversidad cultural a través del arte! Bienvenido a la Exhibición de Arte “Nuestras Historias Compartidas”, una oportunidad extraordinaria para artistas talentosos de 14 a 18 años en el Condado de San Mateo para expresar su herencia cultural y creatividad a través de obras de arte colgables. La Exhibición de Arte “Nuestras Historias Compartidas” está organizada por el estudiante de la Escuela Preparatoria Hillsdale, Alex Carreon, un dedicado joven Embajador de la Cultura del Condado de San Mateo. Con 12 años de formación artística profesional, Alex tiene como objetivo celebrar la diversidad, empoderar a los artistas jóvenes y fomentar la unidad cultural. Como un estudiante Chicano, Alex entiende el poder del arte para unir culturas y crear un cambio positivo dentro de la comunidad a través de este proyecto de arte en todo el condado.

Obtenga más información sobre los requisitos de envío: bit.ly/OurSharedStories


SMUHSD students are encouraged to take advantage of NoodleTools - an online research management platform that promotes critical thinking and authentic research. Students stay organized as they evaluate information, build accurate citations, archive source material, take notes, outline topics, and prepare to write. Three differentiated levels support individual students across grades and abilities. Log in at https://my.noodletools.com/logon/signin and click on the Google icon with your stu.smuhsd.org email. If you need help with logging in, please contact your school’s Library Media Tech.


Noodle Tools te mantiene organizado para que puedas concentrarte en lo que realmente importa. Se anima a los estudiantes de SMUHSD a aprovechar NoodleTools, una plataforma de gestión de la investigación en línea que promueve el pensamiento crítico y la investigación auténtica. Los estudiantes se mantienen organizados mientras evalúan información, crean citas precisas, archivan material de origen, toman notas, describen temas y se preparan para escribir. Tres diferentes niveles apoyan a estudiantes en todos los grados y habilidades. Los estudiantes pueden iniciar sesión en https://my.noodletools.com/logon/signin y hacer clic en el icono de Google y usar su correo electrónico de estudiante stu.smuhsd.org Si necesitan ayuda para iniciar sesión, comuníquese con la bibliotecaria de su escuela.


SMUHSD has partnered with JSTOR to offer students a free online platform that provides access to more than 12 million journal articles, books, images, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. JSTOR helps students explore a wide range of scholarly content through a powerful research and teaching platform. Log into https://www.jstor.org Register and click on the Google icon with your stu.smuhsd.org email. If you need help with logging in, please contact your school’s Library Media Tech.


¿Sabía que SMUHSD se ha asociado con JSTOR para ofrecer a los estudiantes una plataforma en línea gratuita que brinda acceso a más de 12 millones de artículos de revistas, libros, imágenes y fuentes principales en 75 disciplinas?

JSTOR ayuda a los estudiantes a explorar una amplia gama de contenido académico a través de una poderosa plataforma de investigación y enseñanza. Los estudiantes pueden iniciar sesión en https://www.jstor.org. Los estudiantes pueden registrarse y hacer clic en el icono de Google con su correo electrónico de estudiante stu.smuhsd.org. Si necesitan ayuda para iniciar sesión por favor póngase en contacto con la bibliotecaria de su escuela.

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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