Hillsdale Knights Bulletin ~

March 1, 2024

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Hillsdale Families,

Last Saturday night, our Junior Class hosted the Winter Formal for over 350 students, A Knight in Paris. Thanks so much to the Junior officers, along with the Junior Class PAC reps Jenna Carson & Jessica Johnson who helped make the evening so successful. Thanks also to the PTSO, Sabrina Braccini & the Leadership students, and parents who volunteered to set-up, work during, and clean-up the event. 

Our Junior class didn't stop with the dance. This week, the entire junior class had the privilege of being interviewed by some amazing volunteers. This yearly tradition is one of the many things that makes the Hillsdale High School experience such a special place for our students to be a part of. Thanks so much to Rachel Mariucci, Kristi Puls for organizing--and thanks to the many interviewers, too! 

Let's not neglect our other classes and boosters--

**The Senior Class fundraiser at Bagel Box ends today at 3pm. Stop by, place a breakfast order, mention Hillsdale, and enjoy! Bagel Box  (flyer below)

**The Sophomore Class is selling popcorn from now through March 3. Click here 2026 Fundraiser (flyer below)

**The Freshman Class is selling See's Candy from now until March 15th. Order now to get your Spring gifts. 2027 See's (flyer below)

**Music Boosters are having a California Pizza Kitchen fundraiser on Wednesday, March 6 all day. Music Fundraiser

Events to Attend--

**Jazz Concert with Aragon TONIGHT in the Aragon High School theater. FREE admission!

**FAFSA/CADAA Support for 12th graders and their families--SATURDAY, March 9 at Capuchino High School. See flyer for more details.

**Clue on Stage--March 21-24 in the Little Theater. Purchase your tickets now to get great seats! Scan QR code on flyer below or visit hillsdaledrama.org. to get tickets

**16th Annual Golf Tournament--Friday, May 10. QR Code and flyer below.

Looking to Lend a Hand?

**Hospitality Needs donations for March and April's faculty/staff events. Click here to help Hospitality-March/April

**Peace Pantry needs help on Fridays. Click here for details Peace Pantry

**Concessions needs volunteers for the Track Invitational on March 9 Concessions

**Athletics Needs donations for the Golf Tournament auction. Click here or scan the QR code on the flyer below Golf Tournament

**Board Members for 2024-2025 

    PTSO contact Jen/Holly hhsknightsptsopresident@gmail.com

    Athletics contact Jenna jalcarson@stanfordalumni.org

    Foundation contact Katherine execdirector@hillsdalehsfoundation.org

Spring sports have sprung. Check the athletics schedule below for details about home/away matches. Our athletes would love to have our support.

Peace Pantry and Community Closet could use your support. Spring cleaning those clothes closets? Send your new/gently used items to our Closet (hours listed below). Cleaning supplies overflowing? Send those over to the Closet, too. They are always in need of household/laundry cleaning items. Stocking up on your personal essentials (toothpaste, feminine items, shampoo, body wash, etc)? The Closet appreciates those items too! Thanks so much for your continued support of the Peace Pantry and Community Closet as they support our HHS Community. 

This Thursday is Open House! From 6-8pm, come meet your student's teachers and learn what they've been learning in their classes. There will be a meeting for incoming 11th  and current Senior families regarding what to expect next year and Senior activities. There will also be booster tables, our visual and performing arts will have showcases, and more! See full agenda here and also in blurb below. Come early, parking will be crowded.

Can't get enough of us after seeing us on Thursday? We would LOVE to have you join us for our monthly PTSO meeting. on March 11. When you attend you will learn more about what is going on around school AND how to be involved in whatever capacity works for you! In front of the scenes, behind the scenes, donating, or just giving support by spreading the word about events! We welcome everyone!

Happy March 1st and have a fabulous weekend!

Jen and Holly

PTSO Co-Presidents

Help HHSF Secure a $10,000 Matching Gift by Donating to the Foundation Fund Today!

If you haven’t made your gift to the Foundation Fund yet this school year, now’s the perfect time – a Hillsdale family is matching all gifts made to the Fund between now and Friday, March 8th, up to $10,000!

However much you choose to give, you’ll be supporting Hillsdale’s Small Learning Communities (SLC) model…and, for this coming week only, your gift will have DOUBLE the impact.  Help us reach our $600,000 fundraising goal by donating online now or by mailing your check made out to the “Hillsdale High School Foundation” to: 63 Bovet Road, Suite 218, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Thank you in advance for your support of the Foundation Fund and for helping to make big things happen in Small Learning Communities!

HHS Bell Schedule for Week of March 4th

Friday March 8th is a minimum day with dismissal at 12:41pm. Please see the complete Bell Schedule here.

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come Support our teams! GO FIGHTING KNIGHTS!

Home games are in BLUE.


Bagel Box ~ Senior Class Fundraiser

Help support our Senior Class by ordering from Bagel Box from February 26 - March 1st. Store hours are 8:00am-3:00pm. For full menu and online ordering, click Bagel Box



Double Exposure: Hillsdale and Aragon Jazz Concert

Join us at the Aragon HS Theater on Friday, March 1st @ 7:00pm for the Double Exposure Jazz Concert. The Hillsdale Jazz Ensemble, Aragon Jazz Band and Aragon Jazz Ensemble will be performing.

Free Entry! Although cash donations are welcome at the door.

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 mgalea@smuhsd.org for more information or stop by room 503. Auditions for advanced ensembles due March 8th. See music at bit.ly/knightsmusic

Spring Athletic Apparel Store -


Our annual Spring Athletics Apparel Store has opened! We have great options available for purchase until Sunday March 3rd (when the online store closes). You can access the online store by clicking on the link below. All proceeds go to the HHS Athletic Boosters. Thank you in advance for your support.

James Madison

HHS Athletic Director

Hillsdale High School


California Pizza Kitchen ~ HHS Music Fundraiser

It's time to take another lunch or dinner break and support the HHS Music Programs by coming to California Pizza Kitchen (CPK)! Dine on Wednesday, March 6th at any time and show the flyer or mention the fundraiser and our music programs will receive 20% back. Fundraising supports our students and teachers in so many ways, and we appreciate all the families' contributions this year!

Thank you, and please consider a trip to CPK!

HHS Open House

Dear Hillsdale families,

We hope you will join us for Open House on Thursday, March 7th, from 6-8pm! Open House is a chance to meet your student's teachers and learn more about what they're doing in their classes.

We will also hold a meeting for current 10th grade families about what to expect in the upper division and a meeting for 12th grade families with information about graduation and senior activities. Our Visual and Performing Arts Department will also be holding a showcase. 

See the full agenda for the evening here.

We hope to see you there! 

Go Knights!

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!

Hillsdale Athletic Boosters ~

Executive Board 2024-2025

The Athletic Boosters have two open positions for next year's Executive Board:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary

Current officers Scott Wellwood and Stacey Sierra will continue to be active with their support but are currently doing multiple jobs! If you are interested in making a significant positive contribution for our Hillsdale High School community, please consider joining our Board!

Please message directly with questions or to volunteer.

Jenna Carson , Hillsdale Athletics Booster President

650-207-5989     jalcarson@stanfordalumni.org

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 bstevenson@smuhsd.org 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 bstevenson@smuhsd.org.

Hillsdale Stands Together!

For Seniors...

Senior Information link


Senior Day and Senior Knight Forms

Senior Families--please print and fill out forms for Senior Day and Senior Knight. Hard copies of both forms are available in the office. Senior Knight is free for all students. A payment is needed for Senior Day only*.

All forms and payments are due BY March 1 (at the front office).

*scholarships are available contact Andrea Savage chefai@hotmail.com for details


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 lburtness@smuhsd.org

Flyer Link English / Spanish

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


February College & Career Newsletter


Greetings, and happy February, 12th grade families!

Here (https://bit.ly/Latestseniornews) is the latest 12th grade newsletter.

Highlights of this Senior Newsletter:

  • Promise scholarship at our local community colleges!
  • What should students be doing now for after Hillsdale plans?
  • Upcoming workshops: FAFSA/DREAM + How does the Transfer Guarantee work from CSM to a 4 year college?
  • New scholarships!

As always, contact me with questions or concerns.


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