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March 17, 2023

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Knights Families,

This week has flown by---literally and figuratively! We hope that this bulletin finds you and your families well after the storms this week.

Last Saturday, HHS hosted their Second Annual Track Invitational. It was a great turn out even with the weather. Thanks to the long list of volunteers who worked so hard who made this event happen--we couldn't have done it without you! Did you notice that our HHS Concession Stand was open during the meet? It is always a great place to grab a quick snack and run into people during games and events. If you are interested in helping with concessions next year, please reach out to Melanie Baldwin

Last week's Junior Interviews took place! Thanks so much to Laura Duncan for being out PTSO lead and Holly Yates and Desma Katakou on this event. Thanks to Ms. Macho, Junior Advisor/English Teacher, and Ms. Preet for sharing the library space for use. Thanks also to all who volunteered to interview and helped with organization so this event could be so successful.   

Are you looking for a night out this weekend? Look no further--our fabulous drama department's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be happening in the HHS Theater March 17-19.See flyer for times and ticket purchasing options or click here Midsummer Night SMUHSD students get to attend for FREE!

Next week we are super excited to have a Spirit Week to support SMUHSD Special Olympics for our Bay Academy Students! See flyer below for each day's theme. There will also be daily games in the Great Court at lunchtime. Students will wrap up the week, wearing blue in support of Autism Awareness. 

The Senior Class See's Candy fundraiser ends next week. If you are looking to purchase some springtime candy, specialty candies, or even gift certificates, click here. Senior Fundraiser

Prom tickets will be on sale the week we return from Spring Break! If your student is bringing a guest (anyone who is not a HHS student), then the necessary paperwork must be completed by the time you purchase your tickets. Dance Contract Also, the tardy/truancy policy will be enforced. SMUHSD Truancy/Tardy Policy

Lastly, we are continuing our Parent Education series on April 4th with a presentation of One Love. Alexis Becerra from our counseling department will be sharing information about healthy relationships. Our Juniors attended a similar presentation a few weeks ago. More information is on the flyer below.

Have an amazing week. Go Knights!

Jen and Holly

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

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 $485K 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 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

Save the date for KNIGHT MOVES XXV!

April 27th, 28th, and 29th

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Knight Moves! Our talented Dance Ensemble will showcase their talent and will be joined by a fabulous Guest Ensemble. KMXXV is sure to entertain and a show you don't want to miss, so mark your calendars!

  • Help support Knight Moves and your favorite dancer(s) by purchasing a "Love Note" or "Personal Ad" in our full-color, premium program. Submissions are due by March 20th. Click here for more information.
  • Have your own business or know of one looking to promote their own? Advertise in the KMXXV 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 20th.
  • 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]

Save the Date -

One Love Parent Workshop


April 4th, 2023 @ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Location: Hillsdale High School

Join us for our first post pandemic One Love Parent Workshop. 1/3 females, nearly 1/3 men and 1/2 nonbinary people experiencing unhealthy relationships, as parents you will engage in an interactive workshop learning about the 10 signs of a healthy and unhealthy relationship, how to talk to your teen, and knowing how and when to access help. This workshop is conducted yearly with the junior advisory classes and will give you the tools and language to speak to your teen directly about how to stay safe and help someone in need. 

All are welcome to attend!

Hosted by HHS Wellness and HHS PTSO

San Mateo Garden Center

Plant Sale & Craft Fair

Sunday April 300, 2023 @ 10:00 am-3:00 pm

San Mateo Garden Center

Join us for this FREE community event at the San Mateo Garden Center! (near Beresford Park and 28th Avenue in San Mateo).

Plant Sales, Garden Clubs, Vendor Booths

Live Music by Hillsdale High School students!

See this flyer for details.

Seeking HHS Athletic Booster

Business Sponsors

The HHS Athletic Boosters are looking to add additional local business sponsors for our 2023/2024 school year: A perfect opportunity to promote your local business prominently while supporting boys and girls athletics at HHS!

Sponsorship lasts an entire school year with exposure online, signage acknowledging our sponsors in each of our HHS sport facilities, the annual charity golf tourney and we have multiple sponsor levels that meet every budget.

If interested, contact Booster VP Scott Wellwood: [email protected]

Sponsors renew May 1

Hillsdale Peace Pantry/

Community Garden

Visit our new website at:


2023 Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Sign up to volunteer on Fridays at our Peace Pantry. March Peace Pantry Volunteer Sign-Up Spreadsheet
  2. Sign up to volunteer in our Hillsdale Community Garden. Please email Brett Stevenson [email protected] 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 & Career Newsletter

Latest College & Career newsletter - Direct URL here.


  • Save the Date: April 6, at Hillsdale: Hillsdale’s College Knight & College Fair for 10th/11th grade parents & students
  • Focus on: Women’s colleges
  • Some community college programs of interest
  • Some upcoming programming, like college fairs and information on the community college-to-transfer program.
  • Career Expo on March 14 at SMHS PAC with over 70 companies!
  • CyberSecurity summer camps
  • Nor Cal First Alarm girls’ fire camp
  • ChangeMakers Challenge!
  • More free summer camps and experiences 

We hope to see you at the the April 6 College kNight.

As always, if we can be of support, don't hesitate to reach out,

Laura Burtness, Hillsdale's College & Career Advisor, [email protected]

Savina Lopez, Hillsdale's Career Coordinator. [email protected]

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 - [email protected]

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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