Hillsdale Knights Bulletin ~

November 22, 2023

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Knights Families,

The HHS PTSO would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving holiday. We would like to wish our Co-President, Holly a very happy birthday earlier this week!! We would like to thank the Foundation, Athletics, Dance, Drama, and Music Boosters for their hard work and dedication to their organizations. We would like to thank the HHS Faculty and Staff for their dedication to our students and school. Most importantly, we would like to thank you for your support and being a part of our community.  

Tuesday, in partnership with the Leadership class, we hosted a yummy Pie Party for the faculty and staff. Thanks to all who donated pies and other items to make the event such a success. 

Just a reminder that there is no school Wednesday-Friday of this week. School will resume on Monday, November 27th. 

There is an Alumni Basketball Game tonight!! It's always so much fun to see our Alumni play against our Varsity teams. Who will you be cheering for?? See flyer below for details. 

Important deadlines are the focus of this week's bulletin: (Flyers for all of these items are at the end of this bulletin) On behalf of the causes that are fundraising, we'd like to thank you for your support!

Grad Knight to Santa Cruz (Class of 2024)--November 30

Yearbook Personalization--November 30

Senior Class Merch (Class of 2024)--December 1

See's Candies Fundraiser (Dance)--December 1 (items delivered before the holidays)

Spirit Wear (Spirit Squad)--December 1

Chipotle Night (Music Boosters)--December 4th only

Holiday Decor (Girls' Soccer)--December 10

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

Jen and Holly

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

Senior Merchandise Now Available

We are super excited to announce that the senior merchandise is now available for ordering! Choose from the classic T-shirt, a pullover hoodie, and a crewneck sweatshirt! Please visit this link to order directly through the website. (Flyer link)

We are also offering matching sweatpants! Due to the popularity of the sweats, please print the order form (see QR code on flyer) and turn it in to the green box in the dance room (Sabrina's office) with attached payment. Order forms will be accepted through December 1st (there will be no extra sweats ordered) All sweatpants will be passed out at school. (Flyer link)

Thank you, and we wish you the best last semester! Happy senior year class of 2024! We’re in the home stretch!

Other Updates...

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)

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.

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

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)

Chipotle ~ Music Booster Fundraiser

Take a break from cooking those holiday meals and enjoy a meal from Chipotle restaurant while supporting the excellent HHS Music Programs. This fundraiser night is Monday, December 4 @ 4-8 pm at the Park Place Chipotle. Our school receives 33% of the sales. You can order in-store (show the flyer) or online with the code: 2W2XN7D.

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. We are thankful for our Hillsdale Community for donating close to $90,000 last December in our Annual Hillsdale Holiday Giving Campaign. Your direct donation to our Holiday Giving Campaign made 2023 a year where Hillsdale families and students felt the support and impact of your donations. Thank You!

Thanks to last year’s Holiday Giving Campaign:

  • Our Peace Pantry has provided over 2,600 bags of food/essential items ($65,000)
  • We offered a stipend for a Peace Pantry and Community Garden Leads, ($7,500)
  • We purchased a Tuff Shed and launched a Community Closet ($10,000). @hhs_community_closet
  • Our Community Garden has produced over 1,330 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables - 2023 Harvest Report ($10,000) @hhs_community_garden

It takes a village….

We offer our thanks and gratitude:

  • For the incredible support from our Community Partners:
  • Each Green Corner
  • Carey School
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • HHS Leadership Class
  • To the Hillsdale Foundation and PTSO for their steadfast support of our Peace Pantry, Community Garden and Community Closet.
  • For the 130 plus volunteers who have donated their time to volunteer at our Peace Pantry, Community Garden and Community Closet. Without the support of our volunteers there is no way we can support Hillsdale Families struggling with food insecurity and the high cost of living in San Mateo. 

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. More than ever, schools are being asked to support students and families beyond the classroom. San Mateo County is one of the most unaffordable places to live in the United States and 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 1-31 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! Please visit this link to order directly through the website. (Flyer link)

Matching sweatpants can be ordered using this form. Payment for the sweatpants can be dropped off in the dance room in a green box. All sweatpants will be delivered directly to students on campus. Orders due December 1st.(Flyer link)

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 QR 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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