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May 24, 2024

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Knights Families,

Can you believe it? We are in the final days of the 2023-2024 schoolyear!! This week was Spirit Week and the End-of-the-Year Rally. This is always so bittersweet--especially getting to see the Seniors "walk through the door" and each class "rise" and sit in their new seating section. Thanks so much to the Leadership class, cheer, and dance PLUS the fabulous student volunteers who made the rally such a spirited success.

It's been 4 years since HHS first shut down due to COVID and those some of those HHS 2020 Students are graduating college! We would like to wish those alumni and their families a special graduation season---since they were unable to walk the stage for their high school graduation.

Speaking of graduation, 2024 senior families, please make sure to check your email regularly regarding graduation rules and procedures, rehearsal, etc. Two other great resources are your student's advisor or the HHS webpage. We want to make sure that graduation is as clearly outlined as possible, so everyone knows where to be and when.

As we approach summer, it's a great time to purge closets and get our summer ware ready! Please keep the Community Closet in mind as you do this...our families in need benefit from having clothes for the season, too. Remember you can donate during the times listed in the flyer below, or reach out to us and we can help connect you.  

Summer weather brings outdoor activities, including lots of biking. Did you know that we are currently working with the City of San Mateo to make our campus and the area around it friendlier to bikers? The City is looking for YOUR input through the survey Bike Survey. If you have any questions, you can look at the slide deck here or contact Mr. Emanuel (demanuel@smuhsd.org).

Today, PTSO is co-hosting their final hospitality of the year with Leadership. We will be having a luncheon, complete with dessert for the faculty and staff. We would like to thank each and every family who has donated food, items, gift cards, and their time to make this year such a huge success!! PTSO was able to thank the leadership students with a breakfast this week--it has truly been a pleasure working with the students.

Thanks so much for your continued support, especially during the craziness of this time of year. One more week to go...

Holly and Jen

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

Bell Schedule for Week of May 27

Happy Memorial Day! There is no school on Monday May 27.

Good luck on finals! See the complete Finals Schedule here.

The last day of school is Thursday May 30 - there is no school on Friday May 31. See the complete Bell Schedule here.

Good luck to our seniors in their future endeavors! Have a great summer and we will see the rest of you on the first day of school, Wednesday August 14! 2024-2025 District Calendar

Take this quick survey (by May 30th).

For more info and background on this effort,

please click here.

Hillsdale Athletic Boosters Fundraiser

Hello HHS Families and Friends! Support the Hillsdale Athletic Boosters! Get ready to show off your school spirit in style with our personalized jackets! Whether you want your name, graduation year, or favorite club personalization, we've got you covered. Don't miss out—order yours by July 20th and stand out from the crowd!!

Hillsdale Community Closet - Summer in Style

Hello Hillsdale families! Join the Community Closet in supporting community members in need by donating to our final drive of the 2023-24 school year: Summer in Style. We are hoping to collect donations to stock the closet for Back to School shopping next school year.

Please consider donating tank tops, shorts, hoodies, jeans, HHS swag, and essential items. Donations can be placed in the donation boxes outside of the dance room, Del Monte stairs, or between the North and South gyms– or to the Alameda parking lot on Wednesdays from 2:45pm-4:00pm or Fridays from 7:45am-9:00am.

Thank you for your continued support! 

Peace Panty ~ Community Garden ~ Community Closet

Hillsdale Community,

May is a month of gratitude for our dedicated volunteer team at the Peace Pantry. On May 29th at 5:30pm we will host a dinner in our Community Garden to celebrate the four year anniversary of our Peace Pantry. In addition, we will recognize our dedicated volunteer team who show up on Friday mornings to load boxes of food into cars or who deliver weekly groceries to families. Our collective actions as a community who gives their time to volunteer and financial support to address food insecurity is what makes the Hillsdale Community special. If you would like to volunteer in May, please sign up here.

We are grateful for our Community Garden Team and all of the volunteers who helped prepare our summer garden. Primary volunteer opportunities are Thursday harvest support from 3:30pm-5:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Brett Stevenson at bstevenson@smuhsd.org.

*Please follow us on Instagram, @hhs_community_garden, for updates.

Gratitude and appreciation for our dedicated student and adult volunteer team at the Community Closet who work tirelessly in support of families and students. If you would like to volunteer at our Community Closet, please email bstevenson@smuhsd.org for information.

*Please follow us on Instagram @hhs_community_closet

Finally, we are excited to launch our Summer/Back to School Clothing Drive at our Community Closet. We are hoping to collect donations to stock the closet for Back to School shopping next school year. Please consider donating tank tops, shorts, hoodies, jeans, HHS swag, and essential items. Donations can be placed in the donation boxes outside of the dance room, Main Office, Del Monte stairs, or between the North and South gyms– or to the Alameda parking lot on Wednesdays from 2:45-4 pm or Fridays from 7:45-9 am.

Hillsdale Stands Together!

Seniors' Corner

Senior Information link

Important Graduation Information for Students and Families


12th grade students and families! 

Graduation is May 30th! Please review the documents linked below for important information for students and families about graduation day:

Graduation Day Information for Students

Graduation Day Information for Families/Guests

Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

List of Upcoming Senior Events:

  • Thursday May 30: Graduation Rehearsal @ 8am-12:50pm
  • Thursday May 30: Graduation Ceremony @ 4:30pm-7pm
  • Thursday May 30: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk @ 8pm-3:15am

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


May College & Career Newsletter


Latest (and last!) 12th grade newsletter


Greetings 12th grade families!

Here is the latest (and last!) 12th grade newsletter.

Highlights of this newsletter:

  • Community college enrollment information
  • How to organize student classes for a community college.
  • Support for FAFSA/DREAM (not too late! Community college-bound students have until Sept 2)
  • All students need to fill out the Naviance End of Year survey 
  • What should your student be doing in May?
  • More scholarships!

It's going to be a celebratory month! I look forward to seeing your students at the Commit to Your Future event on May 17Senior Awards night on May 21 and of course, I'll see everyone at graduation.

As always, contact me with questions or concerns.


Ms. Burtness

Laura Burtness, LBurtness@smuhsd.org

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.

June 5: Juneteenth Arts Showcase - Art submission deadline has been extended to May 24

The San Mateo County Office of Education invites students in all grade levels to participate in its Juneteenth Arts Showcase! Submissions are due Friday, May 24, and will be featured at a Juneteenth Youth Arts Showcase on Wednesday, June 5.

Learn more: www.smcoe.org/juneteenth

La exposición de arte Juneteenth es el 5 de junio

La convocatoria está abierta y la fecha límite para presentar su proyecto artístico es el 24 de mayo

¡La Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Mateo invita a los estudiantes de todos los grados a participar en su Exhibición de Artes del 16 de junio! Los proyectos artísticos deben presentarse el viernes 24 de mayo y se presentarán en una exhibición de artes juveniles del Juneteenth el miércoles 5 de junio.

Obtenga más información en: www.smcoe.org/juneteenth

9th-11th Grade Students: Apply Now to Serve on the 2024-2025 Student Board Council

Do you have an interest in how your school is run?

Are you interested in political science or government?

Do you want to represent your fellow students to the District Board of Trustees to make sure ALL voices are heard?

If YES, consider applying for the school district’s 2024-2025 Student Board Council!

Deadline to apply is Friday, May 31: www.smuhsd.org/student-board

Estudiantes del Grado 9 al 11: Presenten su solicitud para formar parte del Consejo de la Junta Estudiantil 2024-2025

¿Tienes interés en saber cómo funciona tu escuela?

¿Te interesan las ciencias políticas o el gobierno?

¿Quieres representar a tus compañeros de clase para asegurarte de que TODAS las voces sean escuchadas?

Si la respuesta es sí, ¡considera presentar tu solicitud para el NUEVO Consejo de la Junta Estudiantil del distrito escolar para el año escolar 2024-2025.

La fecha límite para presentar la solicitud para el año escolar 2024-25 es el 31 de mayo del 2024.


San Mateo County Youth Commission Seeks Commissioners

Apply now to be a San Mateo County Youth Commissioner (SMCYC)! The commission seeks applicants between the ages of 13-21 who live in San Mateo County and are passionate about elevating youth voice in local government.

Youth commissioners provide their perspective on issues such as:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Educational Equity
  • Environmental Justice
  • Health and Wellness
  • Immigrant Youth

The application deadline is May 31.

Learn more: www.smcgov.org/ceo/youth-commission

June 23: Black Family Hangout

The Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council (BACHAC) and its Black Youth Advisory Board are hosting a Black Family Hangout on Saturday, June 23, from 3 - 6 p.m. (Location TBD).

The Black Family Hangout is an informal social gathering for Black Students in 6th grade - 12th grade, their families and community in San Mateo County. The event will offer a joyful space, fostering acceptance, community, support, and freedom in honor of Juneteenth.  

Learn more and RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/BlackFamilyHangout

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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