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March 8, 2024

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Hillsdale PTSO Website

PTSO 2023-24 Membership Form (No Donation Required)

What's Happening at Hillsdale

Hillsdale Families,

Last night, we had the privilege to be a part of Open House for the second year. This new design on Open House has the Parent Booster groups set up with tables, as well as student led clubs. Our VAPA program was definitely highlighted with performances from music, dance, and video. There were 10th and 12th grade family meetings regarding what to expect Junior year and graduation. You may have also noticed some 8th grade Knights-to-be with their families checking out all that we have to offer. The evening was a great success--thanks all who worked in front of and behind the scenes! A special thank you also to the VAPA and Leadership students who took time to perform and welcome families. Most importantly, thanks to the faculty and staff for taking the evening to show us all that the students have accomplished this year.

Because the faculty and staff were working much later than usual, today will be a minimum day to give them a well earned break. Check the website for the minimum day class schedule.

We also couldn't have such great things to show off at Open House if not for our Foundation. Fun fact---a Hillsdale family is matching ALL gifts that are sent in by TODAY---they've offered to match up to $10,000! This push could bring us even closer to the annual goal of $600,000. This amount allows us to keep the Smaller Learning Communities, as well as other unique programs, at Hillsdale. If you are able, please consider giving. 

It's not too late to purchase your tickets to see Clue this month. We are down to the final couple of weeks before performances start. Get tickets now, so you don't miss out. hillsdaledrama.org More information on flyer below.

Another VAPA reminder...does your student play an instrument -or- want to learn? If you know someone who might be interested, share the attached flyer, or have them click here Music Department

Tomorrow, we are hosting a Track event at the stadium. Come out and watch the events and take advantage of our concession stand. And there's still time to volunteer to help. Concessions

Other upcoming events/fundraisers/general meetings:

**FAFSA/CADAA support Saturday, March 9 10-12 at Capuchino. Details below in the Senior Section. 

**Monthly PTSO meeting this Monday. All are welcome. Meeting will be in person AND via Zoom. Details on the attached flyer. We would love to see you there!

**The Class of 2027 is selling See's Candy for their Spring Fundraiser. You can order online and candy will be delivered to whichever address you'd like. 2027 See's 

Helping Hands needed:

**Monthly Hospitality for Faculty and Staff is this coming Friday, March 15. There are still some open spots. Check the link here: Hospitality

**Peace Pantry/Community Closet Peace Pantry

**Golf Tournament: looking for gift donations for the auction. Golf Donations

Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you (in person or virtually) at the PTSO meeting on Monday,

Holly and Jen

PTSO Co-Presidents

HHSF’s $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge Ends Tonight!

We’re keeping this entry short and sweet – thank you to everyone who’s made a gift to the Foundation Fund in the last week to help us secure the $10,000 matching gift offered by a Hillsdale family.  Watching our school community come together in support of Hillsdale’s Small Learning Communities is an incredible thing!

If you haven’t made your gift to the Foundation Fund this year, now is the perfect time, because our $10,000 matching gift challenge ends tonight! Any amount you choose to give – $5, $50, $500, or $5,000 – gets the Foundation closer to bringing in that $10,000 matching gift AND hitting our fundraising goal of $600,000.

Make your gift now using the QR code, our online cart, or by writing a check to the “Hillsdale High School Foundation” and mailing it to: 63 Bovet Road, Suite 218, San Mateo, CA 94402.

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come Support our teams! GO FIGHTING KNIGHTS!

Home games are in BLUE

Senior Day / Senior Knight / Baby Pics

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.

HHS Music Department

Are you a musician at heart or have you always dreamed of playing a musical instrument? Join us at Hillsdale High School Music Department and explore your passion!

Whether you're a seasoned player or a beginner, our band, orchestra, and choral classes offer a welcoming space to rehearse and perform exciting music. Join us for the thrill of creating music together, and who knows? You might even get the chance to travel with us on musical adventures! Don't miss out on this opportunity to be part of something special.

Join the Hillsdale High School Music Department! All instruments and musical backgrounds welcome, including all beginners!

Email Mr. Galea at [email protected] for more information or stop by room 503. Auditions for advanced ensembles due March 8th. See music at bit.ly/knightsmusic

Concessions Volunteers Needed

Concessions Volunteers Needed for 3rd Annual Fighting Knights Relay: Join the friendly crew serving up Knights hospitality on Saturday, March 9. Sign up for 1 or more slots to keep our athletes and fans happy and hydrated! Proceeds will go towards the entire Knights Athletics program. Go Knights! https://bit.ly/KnightsTrackInvite

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

Happy February Hillsdale Community!

We are making February about our need for Winter Coats and Essential Items i.e. toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner etc. Community Closet will be open Wednesdays 2:30-4pm and Friday mornings 7:30-8:30am to receive donations in Alameda Parking Lot. If those times don’t work please feel free to drop off in main office. It has been really cold and rainy and a warm coat matters. 

Hillsdale Community Closet: If you would like to volunteer at our Community Closet (Alameda Parking Lot) in February 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 March 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 March, 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 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].

Hillsdale Stands Together!

For Seniors...

Senior Information link


Open to all SMUHSD 12th Graders and their families - Get hands-on support in filling out the FAFSA or CADAA / Dream Act applications, a bilingual staff member should be on hand to help Spanish speaking families with the application process. No RSVP required - any student is welcome to attend any workshop, regardless of what school they attend.

Remember, it is now a graduation requirement that you have to file for financial aid!

Questions? Contact College, Career and Financial Aid Advisor Laura Burtness at [email protected]

Flyer Link English / Spanish

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.

SMUHSD - Cash for College Workshop

12th Graders! Save the date for the upcoming Cash for College virtual workshop, presented in partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education - Monday March 25 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm!

Get help with filling out your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Financial Aid applications!

Register for March 25: bit.ly/March25CashforCollege

Flyer Link English / Spanish

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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