Hillsdale Knights Bulletin ~

November 17, 2023

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Another Friday is upon us, Knights Families!

Last weekend, the drama department presented, Shrek the Musical. It was an amazing production! Thanks so much to the drama department, boosters, actors, and families that put in hours behind the scenes to ensure that Shrek was such a success. 

Monday, we had our monthly PTSO general meeting. Our apologies if you tried to attend virtually and were unable to get into the meeting. There was a glitch in the Zoom account. Just a reminder that ALL are welcome to our monthly meetings, in person or virtually--we would love to see you! Our next meeting is December 11th. For more information on the PTSO, as well as important links and calendars, visit https://www.hillsdaleptso.org/

Tuesday, PTSO will be partnering with Leadership to host our monthly teacher & staff treat. If you are interested in donating for this month, or our December partnership, click on the attached document. November/December Hospitality If you are not currently on our monthly hospitality email list, you can add yourself to the list using our 2023-2024 Membership form.

As the Thanksgiving break is upon us, our HHS alumni are coming home for the holidays, too. Wednesday night starting at 6:00pm, our annual basketball alumni games will be happening. All HHS basketball alumni are welcome to join in and everyone is invited to attend!!

As the holiday shopping approaches, look no further than this bulletin:

See's Candy (dance) Flyer Link

Greenery and Decor (girls' soccer) Flyer Link

Athletics' Swag (athletics)  https://fancloth.shop/ERG8M

Warriors' Tickets (Spirit Squad)  Flyer Link

Scroll to the bottom of the bulletin for a list of small businesses who support HHS and would appreciate your business.

Quick surveys about HHS that can help shape our culture, climate, and communication.

District led Panorama Survey (questions are specific to HHS)

HHS led WASC Survey (questions are anonymous)

We thank all of you for your continued support,

Holly and Jen 

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

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We’re Halfway There! 🤯

This is going to be the world’s shortest Foundation update:

We’re halfway to our $600,000 fundraising goal, and it’s only November! 🦃

Hillsdale High School families, y’all are AMAZING!!!

Our big fundraising push concludes this month so, if you haven’t made your gift to the Foundation Fund yet, please do so today, either online or through the mail.

Let’s see how far we can get to this goal by the new year! 🎆

Bell Schedule for Week of November 17, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving! There is no school Wednesday November 22 through Friday November 15 as it is Thanksgiving Break. Please see the complete Bell Schedule here.


Keep scrolling and find the section dedicated just for you!

Find important information about Grad Knight at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (forms due November 30), Senior Merch (orders due December 1), Yearbook Senior Ads and Senior Quotes and more.

Also don't forget to turn in your forms for Senior Day and Senior Knight (Due March 1)

Dancing into the Holidays with See's Candy!

Do some holiday shopping while supporting your favorite dance team! Storefront will be open until December 1st and orders will ship directly your home. Sales will directly support Knight Moves XXVI. (Flyer Link)

Lynch Creek Farms ~ Girls Soccer Fundraiser

Fundraiser runs now through Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Shop for holiday decor and gifts that will last the whole season. 15% of purchases will help support the Girls Soccer program. Surprise your friends and family while helping Knights athletes! (Flyer Link)

Shop through this link: https://www.lynchcreekfundraising.com/c/301707

HHS Athletics' Online Store

Athletics has opened up an online store with some pretty nice swag options! Anyone interested should check it out. The store will close on Monday November 20, 2023. All purchased items will be shipped to you directly. 

Thank you in advance. Go Knights!

Link to Store: https://fancloth.shop/ERG8M

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come Support our teams! GO FIGHTING KNIGHTS

GoFan Ticket Link

Family Pass Link

HHS Yearbook Sales / Senior Ads

Buy your copy of the Hillsdale yearbook soon! Students are hard at work creating this year's beautiful 280 page edition of The Shield. The ability to personalize the cover with a name and icons ends on November 30. Get early-bird pricing for Senior Ads before December 31, 2023. (Flyer Link)

¡Compre pronto su copia del anuario de Hillsdale! Los estudiantes están trabajando arduamente para crear la hermosa edición de 280 páginas de The Shield de este año. La posibilidad de personalizar la portada con un nombre e íconos finaliza el 30 de noviembre. Obtenga precios anticipados para anuncios para Seniors antes del 31 de diciembre de 2023.

Spirit Wear ~ Spirit Squad Fundraiser

Support the HHS Spirit Squad and order your Spirit wear by December 1. Click on the QR Code and see the personalization options!! (Flyer Link: English/Spanish)

Warriors Game ~ Spirit Squad Fundraiser

Support the Cheer team - Gather your family and friends and join Hillsdale High School Nights at Chase Center as your Golden State Warriors take on the Brooklyn Nets and the Utah Jazz!

See flyer for details...

HHS Community Closet, Garden and Peace Pantry - November

We are approaching the final months of 2023. The days are shorter and the weather is getting cooler. November often marks the month where we give thanks and reflect back on the year. In 2023 our Peace Pantry has provided over 2,600 bags of food/essential items, we offered a stipend for a Peace Pantry and Community Garden Leads, we purchased a Tuff Shed and launched a Community Closet. (@hhs_community_closet) and our Community Garden has produced over 1,200 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables in 2023. (@hhs_community_garden)

We hope that as you reflect back on 2023 you are able to feel good about the direct impact of your financial support on Hillsdale students and families. As schools are being asked to support students and families beyond the classroom - Hillsdale has evolved to try and meet the needs and challenges of students and families in our community.

We hope that as you look ahead to 2024 you consider our Holiday Giving Campaign this December 1st-31st so we can continue to offer support through our Hillsdale Peace Pantry, Community Closet and Community Garden.

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up below:

Community Garden Team: Contact Brett Stevenson [email protected]

Community Closet Team: HHS Community Closet

Community Peace Pantry Team: HHS Peace Pantry.

Hillsdale Stands Together!

For Seniors...

Senior Information link

Forms for Senior Day and Senior Knight (Due March 1)

Grad Knight

Seniors: Grad Knight 2024 at Santa Cruz. Sign up today: bit.ly/GradKnight2024. Please see flyer (English / Spanish) for additional information. DEADLINE to sign-up is November 30, 2023!

Questions, please contact: [email protected]. A limited number of scholarships will be available.

Senior Merch!

Senior merchandise is now available for ordering - options include the classic T-shirt, a pullover hoodie, and a crewneck sweatshirt, designed by our very own, Alex Carreon! Please visit this link to order directly through the website.

Matching sweatpants can be ordered using this form. Payment for the sweatpants can be dropped off in the dance room in a green box. Orders due December 1st.

All sweatpants will be delivered directly to students on campus and are guaranteed to be in your hands by the first day of spring semester.

Senior Ads for the HHS Yearbook

Get early-bird pricing for Senior Ads before December 31, 2023. Use https://ybstore.friesens.com/768274 or the QQR code below. (Flyer Link)

Senior Quote for Yearbook

It is time to submit your Senior Quote that will be printed under your portrait photo in The Shield 2024 Yearbook.

Fill out this form to share what you want people to remember about you. Due January 19, 2024

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


November College & Career Newsletter


Dear 12th grade families:

Welcome to November!

Here is the latest College & Career Newsletter, in English and Spanish

Highlights of this Senior Newsletter:

  • Post-High School Updates: SMCCD, Trades, CSU, UC and more!
  • An upcoming party!
  • An Amazon Prime show about colleges
  • More career events, volunteering and job offerings!
  • Thank You Thursdays!
  • New scholarships

Starting today and every Monday until December, we have College and Financial Aid Open Office Hours from 2-3:45. Students are welcome to drop by and ask any questions! I will be in the office, as will at least 1 counselor. All 12th graders are welcome. Please send your student to us; we'd love to support them.

My best to you and your family--

Laura Burtness, [email protected]

Hillsdale's College, Career and Financial Aid Advisor

650 558 2613

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.

Panorama Survey ~ your opinion matters!


Please take the Panorama Survey today!

The Panorama Survey is issued to parents and guardians, students and staff of the San Mateo Union High School District every year. Each of these groups is given a survey unique to their group. The District is issuing this survey, because we want to know what each of these groups think about their experience in our schools. We want to know your thoughts and opinions on: 

  • School culture and climate
  • Communications from the District/school to you
  • Opportunities for engagement with your school community

It is important that we hear from a variety of diverse individuals. Your responses help to guide our planning for future academic and enrichment programs and help us to address areas where our programs need improvement. The results also help us to support successful initiatives and evaluate and improve those that are not as successful. 

The parent/guardian survey takes about 14 minutes to complete, and can be accessed by visiting: www.smuhsd.org/panorama 

You can take the survey in Spanish - simply select “Spanish” from the drop down menu at the top of the first page of the survey. 

The parent/guardian survey closes on Friday, December 1, 2023. Thank you for taking the time to participate. Your thoughts can improve the future for your student and others. 

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.

Knight Level $5,000

Armor Level $2,500
Shield Level $1,250
Sword Level $850
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