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March 29, 2024

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Knights Families,

We know students, faculty, and staff are looking forward to the last class of today, as it marks the beginning of Spring Break! However you are planning to spend next week, we hope that you find time to relax and enjoy time with friends and loved ones. 

Clue completed a weekend of performances on Sunday. Both the Killer and Mystery casts really shined in the Little Theater. Thanks to all who performed, those who came to support them, and those who worked to make the weekend such a success.  

The Little Theater rests for no one. lol. If you're around tonight and want to enjoy some great music, join us for the 4th Annual Jazz with Friends Concert in the Little Theater. Jazz with Friends is 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! We'd love to see you there!

Have you been watching March Madness? We've been having our own March Madness 3 x 3 tournament at lunch this week. Thanks to Leadership for organizing this community and spirit builder during this week of waiting for Spring Break to begin. 

Do you enjoy golfing? Join the fun at our 16th annual Golf Tournament and support the HHS Athletics program. QR Code to sign up below.

Do you own a vacation home? Restaurant? Beauty/Wellness business? You can donate to the Golf Tournament auction. See details below.

Want to promote your business or know of one who might be interested? You can advertise in the Knight Moves XXV program. Knight Moves is always widely attended, so ads will be seen by many. You don't want to miss out! See details below. 

You also don't want to miss out on our April PTSO meeting! Our monthly meetings keep you up-to-date on everything Hillsdale. All are welcome--and you can attend from the comfort of wherever you may be. We are having it virtually the day we return from Spring Break, Monday April 8. See flyer for login details. 

Also when we return from break, our Juniors start their CAASPP testing and PTSO will be providing them with some special treats when they finish. It's always such a fun way to wrap up their testing week.

Senior families, don't forget to check the bulletin's Senior Corner for the latest and greatest happenings that are relevant to your current senior.

All families, don't forget to scroll all the way through the bulletin to make sure you don't miss anything!

Stay tuned for a Special Edition of our bulletin next week!

Until then....

Jen and Holly

PTSO Co-Presidents

Join the Team at the Hillsdale High School Foundation!

Happy it’s-almost-Spring-Break, everyone! This is Katherine Goodman, your friendly neighborhood HHSF Executive Director writing.  It’s with mixed feelings that I want to let y’all know that my family will be relocating to the Seattle area this June for my husband’s job.  While I’m excited to be moving up to the Pacific Northwest, I’m sad to be leaving the Hillsdale community behind.  It’s been so much fun getting to know all of you and a real honor to fundraise on behalf of the Small Learning Communities, and I’m going to miss Hillsdale a lot.

The Foundation is now accepting applications for the Executive Director role.  This is a part-time, paid position, reporting to Jeff Gilbert, Hillsdale’s Lead Principal, and the HHSF Board President.  You can read the formal job description for this position here, but here are the highlights:

  • Would you enjoy building relationships across the Hilldale community and coming up with content showcasing the Foundation’s work, our school, and the Small Learning Communities?
  • Would you like attending a wide assortment of school events to talk up the Foundation?
  • Do you have experience working with a nonprofit Board of Directors and managing complex projects that may involve multiple people and/or organizations? 
  • Do you (and this is a big one) love to fundraise?

If you answered “yes” to these four questions, then the Executive Director role might be for you! The Foundation is looking to make a fast hire for this job, so brush up your resume and cover letter and send it on over to Hope Kavoosi, HHSF Board Vice President, at [email protected].

If you’re already employed and not looking to make a switch over to a different role, then consider joining the Foundation’s volunteer Board of Directors for the 2024-2025 school year.  This is an awesome and energetic group of people with a wide range of skills who come together to oversee the Foundation and make sure it’s meeting its mission of supporting Hillsdale’s Small Learning Communities.  You can read more about what the Board does on our website, and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions at [email protected].

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come Support our teams! GO FIGHTING KNIGHTS!

Home games are in BLUE

Bell Schedule for Week of April 1

Happy Spring Break - There is no school next week, April 1- 5, 2024. See you back at school on April 8! The complete Bell Schedule can be found here.

TONIGHT - 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: Knight Moves XXVI

Save the date for KNIGHT MOVES XXVI!

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! Tickets will be on sale to the public on April 8th!

  • 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. Deadline has been extended to April 5th!

  • Help support Knight Moves and your favorite dancer(s) by purchasing a "Love Note" or "Personal Ad" in our program. Deadline has been extended to April 5th! Click here for more information.

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

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

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 Closet: If you would like to volunteer at our Community Closet (Alameda Parking Lot) in April, 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 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 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.

-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. (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. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Brett Stevenson at [email protected].

Hillsdale Stands Together!

Seniors' Corner

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.

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.
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.

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