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White Hill Middle School is a California Distinguished School that serves the communities of San Anselmo and Fairfax. It is the Ross Valley School District's sole middle school for approximately 760 students from our communities' four elementary schools.

Our academic program offers a breadth of challenge and opportunity with core English, History, Science, and Math classes and award-winning art, music, technology (STEAM), and foreign language electives. Forty-one credentialed teachers, twenty-five staff members, one counselor, two counseling interns and two administrators support an engaging and rigorous education program. White Hill is enriched by broad parent and community support and is a active partner in the work of our district's YES Foundation.

Located on the western edge of Fairfax at the base of White's Hill, the school campus is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and open space and sits on a 22-acre site that includes Lefty Gomez Field. White Hill was built in 1969 and has gone through three major renovations (1985, 2000 and 2013). December 2013 marked the opening of 25,000 square feet of new buildings and classrooms which provide our students and staff with a first class facility for 21st-century learning.  

 

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Weekend Wildcat Wrap 9.15.2017

September
Monday 9/18 Emergency Drill 
Wednesday 9/20 Rosh Hashanah - No homework per Board Policy
Thursdy 9/2/8 Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day and 6th Grade Taco/Bingo Night
Friday 9/22 Mid quarter grading period window opens
Friday 9/29 End of mid quarter grading period - progress reports sent and Yom Kippur - No homework per Board Policy
 
October
Thursday 10/5 Parent Club meeting    3:45 pm
Friday 10/6 Fun Run

News

White Hill School Site Council
The Site Council is comprised of 6 parent representatives, 2 for each grade, 3 certificated employee representatives, 1 classified employee representative, and administrative representatives. At times, Site Councils have student representatives as well.

Our Site Council is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating educational programs that improve the education for WHMS students, consistent with School District goals and and state law. The committee also annually oversees the budget, reviews and revises the school plan and conducts other actions as required by law and the RVSD. The term consists of three years. Parents may not serve for more than three consecutive years. Each one of the four feeder elementary schools must be represented within this group. The WH Site Council will meet 7 times this year: Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 28, Jan 23, Feb 27, April 24, and May 22.

A number of parents have indicated interest in participating on Site Council. An on-line election to choose the voting membership openings will be held very soon. However, any parent may attend and participate in Site Council meetings and discussions.

Parent Recognition - Stephen Pringle
Stephen Pringle has done amazing things beautifying the sixth grade area and it appears there may be still more to come! To date, he has provided and set up umbrellas for picnic tables, large pots and plants, doormats, a hose with a fancy nozzle, and hub beautiful lunch benches. Amazingly, he appears in the evenings and makes magic happen for students and staff to enjoy the the following day. Thank you Stephen for your generosity and commitment to our school. We are very grateful to you.

Stand By Bus Pilot
We are exploring ways to create a “stand-by” bus list to accommodate students who may wish to ride Bus 12 leaving White Hill at roughly 3:20 pm or Bus 14 leaving White Hill at roughly 3:35. This pilot project will be based on available space which is subject to change. Students will have an equitable chance at riding a late bus based on a lottery system we will employ daily. We wanted to make you aware of our desire to implement another option, and will be sharing more information next week. Our target day for initiating this pilot is Monday, September 29.

Reminders

Attendance and Tardies
Improvement in these areas continues to be a high priority and the results have been positive so far. Thanks for your help getting students to White Hill on time.
Tardies: A reminder that students will be marked tardy by teachers if they are not in their seats and ready to work when the bell to begin class rings.
Zero period: Students who arrive late to zero period must report to the attendance window to get a pass to enter class.
Early Release Check Outs: When you know you will be checking your student out early from school, please email or call our attendance clerk, Ms Ortega. She will then send a note to your student to meet you in the office at a specific time. You will also need sign your student out at Ms Ortega’s desk in the main office.
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Parking on Glen Drive
Please help us in the neighborhood by respecting parking spaces and driveways of the residents on Glen Drive. It is best to park on the school side of the street if at all possible as to leave parking available for residents. Thank you.
Information about additional WH programs follows: YES Sports and Clubs, YES Theater, Children for Change

Yes! Sports and Clubs

Girls Volleyball
Games will start the week of September 25th and run through the week of Nov 6th from 3:45-5:00pm. 6th grade games will be on Mondays, 7th grade on Tuesday's, and 8th grade on Wednesdays. Game schedule to come out soon from the coaches.

LAST CALL! Boys Basketball Coach needed
We need a coach for the 6th grade boys basketball team. Please contact the WHMS Activities Coordinator, Margo James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you can volunteer! We need to have a volunteer in place by next week in order to have a team.

Mountain Biking Club
starts next week!! on September 21st from 3:30 until 5:30 Join Parent Leaders Adams, Connolly, and Sobieraj and explore the trails of Fairfax. Leaders will take mountain bikers of varied skills on a variety of trails (weather permitting). Bike handling skills and safety will be discussed. The focus of the club will be helping new and experienced riders develop skills and confidence and most importantly, having fun! Mountain bikers need a functioning mountain bike (tuned brakes and shifting), a properly fitting bike helmet and should come to each ride prepared with drinking water, snacks, and an enthusiasm for mountain biking! Parents are welcome and encouraged to ride along. You must bring a permission slip to ride!

YES Theater
Theater Workshops
STARTING NEXT THURSDAY
SEPTEMBER 21st
After School Drama Classes Open To All 6th-8th Graders
Classes Held Thursdays 3:30-5:30
No Volunteer Hours, No Performances
Take one class or take them all
$25 a class / $180 for all 8
9/21 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL THEATRE with Shannon Davis
9/28 BUILDING A CHARACTER with Shannon Davis
10/5 AUDITIONING with Shannon Davis
10/12 THEATRE FOR CULTURAL AND SOCIAL AWARENESS with Shannon Davis
10/19 SCENE IMPROVISATION with Jasper Thelin
10/28 PHYSICAL THEATER with Andrea Hart
11/2 IMPROVISATION FOR STAGE with Drew Merit
11/9 VOICE FOR THEATER with Melissa Tanner

For more information: https://yestokids.org/theater-workshops

 


Children for Change Starts With A Ton of Excitement!

What a fun week for Children for Change! Meetings happened on all 5 campuses with total attendance of
over 300 kids! That’s a lot of kids wanting to do good in the world. Super inspiring!

Children for Change, a kid-driven service learning program for 3rd-8th graders aims to create a
new generation of kind, and compassionate kids inspired and motivated to take action, help others
in need and make a real difference in their community and the world.

Did your child attend the 1st meeting? Ask them a little bit about it! AND if they didn’t come, encourage
them to join us the 2nd or 3rd or 4th week!. No registration is necessary; they can just show up! Meetings
happen EVERY TUESDAY at LUNCH in Room 206!

**Have a C4C’er in your family now? Please, fill in this form with your contact information or simply
sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know.

Big News….C4C Raises $1,400 for Hurricane Harvey Victims!
This past weekend the kids of C4C joined up with Cedars of Marin, Tam Realty and Neve & Hawk to raise over $1,400 for the special needs community affected by Hurricane Harvey. All proceeds go to The Arc of Greater Houston and we’re still accepting donations. Donate today!

DON’T MISS UPCOMING EVENTS
BLOOM BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE - Entire month of September
Partnering with BLOOM, a volunteer-based nonprofit that provides complimentary wardrobes and life skills training to men, women, and children transitioning to a life of self-reliance, C4C is collecting gently used backpacks and new socks for children in our community who can't afford them. Every child deserves to have the supplies they need to go back to school! Donate today in the white bins outside your school’s main office.

COASTAL CLEAN-UP DAY - September 16th
Hal Brown Park - Working with Marin County Parks, volunteers will protect the environment and its watersheds by picking up litter and recyclables. Sign Up.
Kent Island - Be a part of the Marin County Parks team working to restore the unique ecosystem on Kent Island in Bolinas Lagoon. Sign Up. Almost full!

SAN ANSELMO COUNTRY FAIR DAY - September 24th
Join the Children for Change group and march in the parade with us or come by our booth to say hi and pick up your seven days of goodness fortune cookies! It’s a super fun event!! More details here.

LEARN MORE
Visit our website to sign up for our Newsletter & Snapshot, to Become a Helper or sign up on our Volunteer Calendar to give back in the community.
Email your campus leads Annelise Bauer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Christina Forte This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Amy Blanchard This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Our kids are changing the world. Join the movement. www.children4change.org

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