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.  


White Hill News Feed

Wildcat Wrap 5.12.2017

Dear White Hill Community,

What another big week at White Hill.  Our campus came alive on Wednesday with our annual 7th Grade Renaissance Day Festival. Big thanks to our teachers, staff, kids, and parents for making this event so special. The main quad was transformed into an amazing Market and the grassy quad was decorated so beautifully for our students' luncheon. Excellence across the board!

Thanks to all of our parents/families who helped make our staff appreciation week so wonderful. The box lunches were a big hit yesterday and so many of you were so generous - thank you!  We all feel so lucky to work in this community.  

Civil War Day is next week for our 8th Graders

The Festivals just keep coming!

Have a great weekend!

David  Finnane



State Testing Dates

May 22 to June 2nd – Please do your best to have your kids at school on time and well rested.  We’d prefer that be the case every day but it’s especially important during these two weeks so we can start and end our testing on time.  Testing is one measure of how our kids are progressing in school and our hope is they will relax, do their best, and just see it as a part of school.  No pressure.  No high stakes.  Just a snapshot of how they are doing.  Thank you for your support.


WH Music Groups Sweep the Music in the Park Festival!

The White Hill Music Department is very pleased to announce the results of the Music in the Parks Festival this past Saturday, May 6. Over 200 White Hill musicians performed at Pittsburg High School along with bands, choirs and orchestras from several other schools. Please congratulate our student musicians on their fantastic achievements! Concert Band:

Superior rating, 1st place

Concert Choir: Excellent rating, 1st place

Intermediate Orchestra: Superior rating, 1st place, 1st place overall in age division

Jazz Band: Superior rating, 1st place

Symphonic Band: Superior rating, 1st place

Festival Choir: Excellent rating, 1st place

Advanced Orchestra: Superior rating, 1st place

Overall Middle School/Junior High Vocalist: Isabel FolkersYou can hear some of the award-winning pieces (and more!) at our upcoming spring concerts:

Tuesday, 5/23/17: District-Wide 5th/6th Grade Chorus and Orchestra Concert, 7pm in White Hill Gym

Thursday, 5/25/17: District-Wide 5th/6th Grade Band Concert, 7pm in White Hill Gym

Friday, 6/9/17: White Hill 7th/8th Grade Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Concert, 7pm at College of Marin James Dunn TheaterHope to see you there!Rebecca d’Alessio, Band Director

Susie Martone, Chorus Director

Rosemary Montgomery, Orchestra Director 

Summer Reading Ideas from Tina Stolberg in the White Hill Library

Great Picks for Summer Reading 2017


Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Fairy Tale-ish:

Extraordinary October by Diana Wagner

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani ChokskiIn

Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll

Science Fiction:

Nemesis by Brendon Reichs

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Exo by Fonda Lee


The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Under Locker and Key by Allison K. Hymas

Panda-monium by Stuart Gibbs


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Drawn Away by Holly Bennett

Mesmerist by Ronald L. Smith

Historical Fiction:

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

When Morning Comes by Arushi RainaRealistic


Short by Holly Sloan

Something in between by Melissa De la Cruz

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Teen Friendly Reads:

The Playbook: 52 rules to aim, shoot, and score in this game called life by Kwame Alexander

The Icarus Show by Sallie Christie

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Graphic Novel:

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Award Winners:

Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Inquisitor’s Tale, or the three magical children and their holy dog by Adam Gidwitz

Non-Fiction/True Life Adventure:

Enrique’s Journey: the true story of a boy determined to reunite with his mother by Sonia Nazario

Sabatoge: the mission to destroy Hitler’s atomic bomb by Neal Bascomb

A Storm too soon: a true storm rescue by Mike Tougias


Children For Change!

Children for Change is hosting its 2nd annual C4C Challenge on Sunday, May 21 from 8am - 12pm.  The C4C Challenge includes a beautiful hike up Bald Hill followed by a festive celebration complete with music and raffle. The Challenge will bring our Ross Valley community together behind a common cause - giving our kids the tools and opportunities with which they can DO GOOD!

All funds raised will go to Children for Change ( and the non-profit organizations it supports such as Downtown Streets, St. Vinnies and Cedars of Marin. If you are looking for something FUN to do with your kids that feels purposeful, come climb with us on the morning of May 21st!

Have a busy weekend? Don’t fret! The climb only takes about an hour, so you’ll be done early enough to get onto the other 900 things you have going on! :-) Can’t make the Climb? You can also show your support by making a straight donation or by buying raffle tickets!

Visit to register, donate or buy raffle tickets.

$20/ticket - includes t-shirt, raffle ticket and after-climb celebration!

Climb For A Cause!  


Parent Input

Parent/Guardian Input forms for class placement decisions for the 2017-18 school year are available in our school office.  They are due no later than next Friday, May 5th.  You may use this opportunity to provide information about your child to help us make optimal and balanced placement decisions for next year.  This is not a teacher or friend request, and please know that any forms including teacher names will be returned so a new one can be completed.  We want your input for sure – please just avoid requesting specific teachers.  Thank you.


David Finnane
White Hill Middle School
101 Glen Drive
Fairfax, CA  94930
415.454.8390 Phone
415.454.3980 Fax

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