Hillsdale Knights Bulletin ~

July 18, 2023

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Happy Summer Knights Families!

We wanted to take the opportunity to give you a few brief updates.

**Hillsdale's new Community Closet is looking for your help and support (details below).

**PTSO Membership for the 2023-2024 school year. Becoming a PTSO member is free and lets the PTSO know how you are interested in supporting Hillsdale High School and all of our wonderful teachers, staff and students. Please use this link to become a PTSO member: PTSO Membership for 2023/24 (please note that the membership resets every year, so if you would like to be a member, you need to sign up even if you were a member last year)

**Maze Day (incoming 9th graders and new students) is August 10th. You should have received information via Parent Square. Don't forget to RSVP. If you haven't, please let us know and we can direct you accordingly.

**Don't forget July 28th, your student information update is due! Click the link for information. Student Data Confirmation

**Class of 2024, sign up now for your Senior Portraits! Senior Portraits

**First Day of School for ALL Students is Wednesday, August 16

Thanks so much for your continued support!

Holly and Jen

July 13 Update

The Hillsdale Community Closet will open on August 4, 2023, and will offer clothing and essential items to Hillsdale students and their families. Our clothing drive in May and June were a huge success and our closet is at capacity in terms of Back to School clothes. 

However, our immediate need is essential items:

  • New socks
  • New underwear 
  • New undershirts 
  • Hygiene Products: deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap. 
  • New bed sheets/pillow covers
  • New bath towels/washcloths 
  • Laundry detergent

 *Please follow us on Instagram @hhs_community_closet

We will be accepting donations (essential items only) at the closet (located in the Alameda Parking Lot) as follows:

  • Friday, July 14, 21 and 28 @ 8am-11am

Please contact bstevenson@smuhsd.org if you have any questions. 

Hillsdale Peace Pantry/

Community Garden

Hillsdale Community,

We hope you have settled into the rhythms of summer and are enjoying some much needed time away. Our efforts in supporting Hillsdale families have continued into July and August. If you are one who gets a little bored or wants to get involved, we can definitely use the help Friday mornings at our Peace Pantry, Garden and Community Closet.

We can assure you the volunteer efforts are both rewarding and fun. Our volunteer efforts have been sustained since the start of the pandemic because of a simple belief that if enough dedicated people contribute a little bit of time. . . then together Hillsdale can support a lot of families who struggle with the high cost of living in San Mateo.

Please consider joining one of our volunteer teams OR simply sign up for a shift:

Hillsdale Peace Pantry

Our Emergency Food Drive Thru supports Hillsdale families experiencing food insecurity. Every Friday a family receives a week's worth of groceries, cultural food staples from Mi Rancho (2x month) and essential items. We are open every Friday from 7:30am-9:00am in the Alameda parking lot. We need summer 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 July or August, please sign up here.

Hillsdale Community Garden

Our Hillsdale Community Garden provides organic fruits and vegetables to Hillsdale families enrolled in our Peace Pantry. Primary volunteer opportunities are Thursday harvest support (effective Thursdays starting July 13 at 4:30pm) and Friday morning projects from 8:00am-11:30am. We also have flexible volunteer times to help with watering, pruning or special projects. Now that it is mid-July, we will begin harvesting fruits and vegetables every Thursday afternoon for distribution Friday mornings at our Emergency Food Drive Thru. Please follow us on IG at @hhs_community_garden for updates.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Brett Stevenson at bstevenson@smuhsd.org. We have a WhatsApp group where we publish our weekly tasks in the garden.

Hillsdale Stands Together!

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


College & Career Newsletter

Latest College & Career newsletter - Direct URL here.

Did you miss one of the Workshops?? Find links to the recordings here


  • Links to UC PIQ essay workshop in May & all the recordings from Advisory
  • Next steps for looking into colleges…the search and organization!
  • College presentations in May

Laura Burtness, Hillsdale's College & Career Advisor, LBurtness@smuhsd.org

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.

SMUHSD Career Opportunities for 2022-23

There are new jobs, virtual career information programs and volunteer opportunities for students listed in our SMUHSD Career Opportunities 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 Laura Burtness, Hillsdale's College & Career Advisor, LBurtness@smuhsd.org

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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