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April 5, 2024

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Knights Families,

We hope that however you may be spending this week, you are enjoying your time. Just a quick reminder that when we return to school on Monday, April 8, we have a virtual only PTSO meeting---all are welcome to join and hear about what is happening at our school.

It's April and that means we are weeks away from Knight Moves! We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight KMXXVI in this Spring Break Bulletin.

Some fun facts:  

Although the performance is in April, preparations for Knight Moves is a yearlong program that the dancers commit to. 

The amazing program and the ads that are in it are seen by over 700 community members a night. If you are interested in advertising or know a business that might be, click here Business Ads or scroll down to the flyer.

Know someone performing in the show? You can send them a personalized love note that will be in the program! Click here Love Notes or scroll down to the flyer. 

Still not sure about attending? The show is always sold out, so purchase your tickets early! Tickets will be available to the public on Monday, April 8th. On Monday, the site will be updated to include a link to purchase your tickets, and to learn more about this amazing program, our Ensemble, and ways you can help with supporting the Dance Ensemble’s fundraising campaign! Visit https://www.hillsdalehighschooldance.com/ for more. information.

Thanks so much for all the hard work that Sabrina, guest choreographers, the dancers, Dance Boosters, and other parent volunteers have done to get ready for Knight Moves.

We hope to see you there!!

Holly and Jen

PTSO Co-Presidents

HHS Athletic Contests Calendar

Come Support our teams! GO FIGHTING KNIGHTS!

Home games are in BLUE

Life After Hillsdale: 30+ College, Trades and Military Programs


10th, 11th and 12th Grade Families:

Join us on Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7:30pm (Hillsdale library and nearby classrooms) for HHS's Life After High School, the Counseling Department's annual 10th and 11th grade evening to inform families about options for their student after Hillsdale (2 year, 4 year, certificate, military, work, gap year and more!)

We do this through a combination of counselor-led sessions geared towards specific options AND a fabulous 30+ program and college fair. Check out the agenda, and go to the sessions you want! Send your student to a session while you are checking out the College & Programming Fair, or visa versa!

Flyer: English / Spanish

Questions? Contact me, and we hope to see you on Tuesday, April 9.

Laura Burtness

HHS College, Career and Financial Aid Advisor

650 558 2613

Save the Date: Knight Moves XXVI

Save the date for KNIGHT MOVES XXVI!

April 25th, 26th, and 27th

The twenty-sixth edition of Knight Moves is coming your way! Our talented Dance Ensemble will showcase their talent and will be joined by a fabulous Guest Ensemble. KMXXVI is sure to entertain and a show you don't want to miss, so mark your calendars! Tickets will be on sale to the public on April 8th!

  • Have your own business or know of one looking to promote their own? Advertise in the KMXXVI full-color premium program and support Knight Moves at the same time! Ad specs and details can be found in the Business Ad flyer by clicking here. Deadline has been extended to April 5th!

  • Help support Knight Moves and your favorite dancer(s) by purchasing a "Love Note" or "Personal Ad" in our program. Deadline has been extended to April 5th! Click here for more information.

For more information on any of the above, please contact: dancelovenotes@gmail.com.

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!

Virtual Blood Drive

My Sophomore Passion Project is organizing a Virtual Blood Drive! What does that mean? You scan the QR code to sign up to donate blood on a date of your choice and a Red Cross donation location of your choice!! Be a hero and donate before May 1st! Thank you! Sophia Flores

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!

Peace Panty/Community Garden/Community Closet

Hillsdale Community Closet: If you would like to volunteer at our Community Closet (Alameda Parking Lot) in April, 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 April 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 April, 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 3:30pm-5:00pm. Please follow us on IG at @hhs_community_garden for updates.

-Weekly volunteer opportunities (1.5 hours a week). This is our core volunteer team in the garden and it is made up of parents, alumni parents, HHS staff, students and community members. This team meets every Thursday at 3:30pm in the garden. If you are interested, please sign up here for more information. 

-Saturday volunteer opportunities. (April 20) We normally have 3-4 Saturdays a year in the garden. If you are interested, please sign up here for more information. 

-Adopt a Raised Bed Program. Teachers or families can adopt a bed for our upcoming season. We will plant on April 20th and begin harvesting in late July through late October. If you are interested, please sign up here for more information. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Brett Stevenson at bstevenson@smuhsd.org.

Hillsdale Stands Together!

Seniors' Corner

Senior Information link

Financial Aid Application Deadlines Extended to May 2

California Governor Newsom announced last night, for the 2024-2025 award year only, that every financial aid program administered by the Student Aid Commission (including FAFSA and California Dream Act), shall have its application deadline extended to May 2, 2024.

Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, a Democrat from Corona and chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, rushed the bill to give affected California students additional time to complete the federal application, known as the FAFSA, and access more than $3 billion in state aid. The new law moves the current deadline from April 2 to May 2 and goes into effect immediately.

Cervantes wrote the bill after a technology mishap prevented U.S. citizens from completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid because their parents don’t have a Social Security number. It’s a problem that emerged this year with a revised application and has generated a high degree of worry among the higher education financial aid officers in California and nationally.

Read this Cal Matters article:

California extends student financial aid deadline

El plazo para solicitar ayuda financiera se ha extendido hasta el 2 de mayo

El gobernador de California, Newsom, anunció anoche, que solo para el año de concesión 2024-2025, todos los programas de ayuda financiera administrados por la Comisión de Ayuda Estudiantil (Student Aid Commission)( incluyendo FAFSA y CA Dream Act) tendrán su fecha límite de solicitud extendida hasta el 2 de mayo de 2024.

La asambleísta Sabrina Cervantes, demócrata de Corona y presidenta del Caucus Legislativo Latino de California, apresuró el proyecto de ley para dar a los estudiantes de California afectados tiempo adicional para completar la solicitud federal, conocida como FAFSA, y acceder a más de $3 mil millones en ayuda estatal. La nueva ley traslada la fecha límite actual del 2 de abril al 2 de mayo y entra en vigor de inmediato.

Cervantes redactó el proyecto de ley después de que un error tecnológico impidiera a los ciudadanos estadounidenses completar la Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes porque sus padres no tenían un número de Seguro Social. Es un problema que surgió este ano con una solicitud revisada y ha generado un alto grado de preocupación entre los funcionarios de ayuda financiera para la educación superior en California y a nivel nacional.

Lea este artículo en español de Cal Matters para más información.

News from the College and Career Center

College and Career Counseling link


March College & Career Newsletter


Dear 12th grade Families:


Here is the latest 12th grade newsletter, which includes...

  • Cañada & Skyline Colleges – some of their special programs.
  • 13 new scholarships, including 5+ Hillsdale-only scholarships
  • UC, CSU, Community College updates (including how to register!)
  • Still time for FAFSA/DREAM!

Career and Summer Info!

  • STEM Summer Camp at UC Berkeley
  • WOW! That’s Engineering day for girls 
  • 12M Internship
  • CuriOdyssey Leader in Training program
  • Is your student interested in speech and language pathology? They can volunteer with TALK, a private practice in Burlingame

As always, contact with questions or concerns.

All my best to you and your family for a lovely Friday and weekend.

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.

The San Mateo Public Library and the San Mateo County Office of Arts and Culture presents:

Youth in Harmony: A Mental Health Concert

This concert will feature a program of musical performances curated by San Mateo County Youth Cultural Ambassadors Mikaela George and Keiya Wada (both students at Aragon High School).

Friday, April 12, 6-7 p.m. (Doors open at 5:45 p.m.)

San Mateo Public Library, Oak Room

55 W. Third Ave., San Mateo

Light refreshments. Free and open to the public. All are welcome.

La Biblioteca Pública de San Mateo y la Oficina de Arte y Cultura del Condado de San Mateo presentan:

Juventud en Armonía: Un concierto de Salud Mental

Este concierto contará con un programa de actuaciones musicales presentadas por el grupo de Jóvenes Embajadores de la Cultura del Condado de San Mateo Mikaela George y Keiya Wada (ambos estudiantes de Aragon High School).

Este concierto se llevará a cabo el viernes 12 de abril de 6:00 a 7:00 p.m. (puertas abren a las 5:45 p.m.)

En la Biblioteca Pública de San Mateo, en el salón Oak Room

55 W. Third Ave., San Mateo

Este es un evento GRATUITO y abierto a todo el público. Todos son bienvenidos.

Youth Commission Hosts Civic Leadership Summit on April 13

The San Mateo County Youth Commission presents its Civic Leadership Summit on Saturday, April 13 from 2-4 p.m. at the Redwood City Downtown Library.

This free event is for high school students interested in government, public service, social good and more.

  • Hear from leaders at nonprofits and local government
  • Learn about programs (climate, mental health and more) at an opportunity fair
  • Network with other student leaders
  • Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: bit.ly/ycls

April is Autism Awareness Month!

Thanks to improved early intervention tools, more students are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – allowing educators to give students the intervention and treatments they need to succeed.

We’re proud to educate students across the spectrum and give them equitable access to services and opportunities so they can lead happy and healthy lives! Check out our Autism Awareness Month Proclamation, approved by our board at the March 28 meeting: www.smuhsd.org/proclamations.

April is National Arab American Heritage Month

At the March 28 SMUHSD Board meeting, Capuchino High 11th grader and SMUHSD Student Board Council Member Abraham Alfakhouri presented the National Arab American Heritage Month Proclamation for board approval. Abraham helped author the proclamation as well! We continue to be incredibly proud of the contributions of our student board council members: https://www.smuhsd.org/Page/14603

Read the proclamation: www.smuhsd.org/proclamations

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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