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May 17, 2024

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What's Happening at Hillsdale

Hillsdale Families,

Here we are mid May and all of the end-of-the-year activities are starting. This week was Athletics' Awards Knight. Congrats to all HHS athletes for their hard work during their seasons. Next week, May 21, there will be a Senior Awards Knight to honor our seniors. (Side note--don't forget to visit the Athletics' page for information about summer athletic conditioning and SportsNet updates)

Continuing with athletics, congratulations to the Athletics Boosters on hosting a hugely successful Golf Tournament last week. After the golf match, there was a buffet dinner along with a silent and live auction. Few people left the event empty handed! Thanks so much to Scott Wellwood and his amazing team for organizing and executing this community event to raise money for athletics. We are already looking forward to next year!!

Last weekend, we had the Hillsdale Hall of Fame event. HHS alumni were recognized for their accomplishments and awarded for them. Thanks to Coach Bent, his team of volunteers, and Leadership students who made this event great for our alumni. 

Today, the College and Career Center will put on the Commit to Your Future event outside the auditorium. Seniors are able to show their commitment to their future, whatever direction that may be--college, the workforce, trades, travel, you name it! PTSO supported the College and Career Center in hosting this event by providing treats for each senior in attendance.

Last night was our the final HHS Foundation Board Meeting of the year. It was bittersweet. we said goodbye to exiting Director Katherine Goodman and hello to Marcine Jansen as entering Director. Katherine, it's been a pleasure and Marcine we look forward to working with you.

Last night was also the first of our Spring Concert series in the auditorium. We love seeing the musical talent of our students. In case you missed last night, part two of the series is next week. Definitely add it to your calendar.

Tonight is Senior Knight!! This is an event our Seniors have been looking forward to. Senior parent, Andrea Savage and the Leadership Class have been hard at work to make this event memorable for the Class of 2024. Our Seniors will have Senior Day and Latino Graduation is next week, too...watch out Senior families, the whirlwind of events is in full swing. Congrats!! (Don't forget to check the Senior Corner and your emails regularly)

Friday, we will co-host our final hospitality event with Leadership in the form of a luncheon for the faculty and staff. If you are interested in donating and haven't signed up yet, click here--Hospitality Donations We have had so much positive feedback about our co-hosted events through the year, that we will be continuing it next year. We couldn't have done it without YOU--the supportive families who have donated food, time, and volunteered for our events. Our deepest thanks to all of you!! 

Our postponed May meeting from this week will be next Monday via Zoom only. See flyers for Zoom information. Can't wait to see you there. Can't make it, but interested in being more active in the PTSO, reach out to us via email. We'd love to have you!

Have a fabulous week!!!

Holly and Jen

HHS PTSO Co-Presidents

Bell Schedule for Week of May 20

1st period final will be held on Friday May 24th with dismissal at 3:25. See the complete Bell Schedule here.

See the complete Finals Schedule here.

California Scholarship Federation

If you missed the CSF Club meeting on Tuesday, please see the google slideshow. Includes the announcement that next year active membership will include a service requirement.

Also includes background info and how to qualify for lifetime "sealbearer" status. Any questions? See Mrs. Mariucci in room 248 or email her at rmariucci@smuhsd.org

Spring Concert Series

Join us for a thrilling night of music at the final concerts of the year!

Choirs & Orchestral: May 16th @ 7pm

HHS Auditorium

Bands & Jazz Ensemble: May 22nd @ 7pm

HHS Auditorium

Tickets available: www.hillsdalemusic.blogspot.com

Students are free. $10/Adults, $5/Seniors.

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:

  • Friday May 17: Commit to Your Future Event in Advisory
  • Friday May 17: Senior Knight @ 7:30pm-11:30pm
  • Monday May 20: Senior Day @ 8:00am-4pm
  • Tuesday May 21: Senior Awards Night @ 6:30 PM
  • 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)
  • Awards Night is May 21.
  • 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)

Life After Hillsdale


If you missed the Hillsdale Counseling Department's annual "Life After Hillsdale" event and college, military and program fair - Here is the PowerPoint presentation,

if you'd like to review any of the information. Recorded workshops and ppts from the year can also be found here.

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.

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.


May 22 Event for Families with IEPs

SMUHSD‘s Division of Special Education’s Community Advisory Committee invites you to a celebration welcoming families of students with IEPs to the District! Connect with current families and staff and learn more about the Community Advisory Committee!

We hope to see you!


Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZAL2Tk5yovK1-gQOHSGxigXDJoBbDZofu4DpwmsAYWaVAYQ/viewform

Location: Millbrae Recreation Center, 477 Lincoln Circle, Millbrae, CA 94030

Dinner will be served

Simultaneous Spanish Interpretation will be available

Topic: Mentoring and Supporting Incoming Parents

If you have questions please contact SMUHSD Program Specialist Tina Ish at kish@smuhsd.org.

We ask that you RSVP but it's not required to attend.

El Comité Asesor Comunitario de la División de Educación Especial

¡Le invita a una celebración de bienvenida al Distrito!

Conozca familias del distrito y

obtenga más información sobre el Comité Asesor Comunitario!

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 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

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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