Dear White Hill Community,
Here’s to a great break!  I hope your last week off prior to the April-June stretch run is enjoyable.  Please see below for the latest and greatest.


8th Grade Community Service Day Review

We had all of our 8th grade Advisory classes engaged in some form of community service today.  From working at the Salvation Army in SF to cleaning the beach at Stinson, our kids, staff, and parents were out making a difference for others.  Kids also volunteered at our local schools, at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and elsewhere throughout the Bay Area.  The rain dampened some of our plans but we made the most of it and had a good day.  Thanks to our staff for putting it together and to all the parents who could drive so we could make this day possible.  Note to self:  Next year we won’t have this day on the day before Spring Break!  Our 7th Grade Community Service Day is on May 5th!


Last FLO Coffee of the Year!

Friday, April 28th, 8:45-10:30am at 525 San Anselmo Ave. in the San Anselmo Town Council Chambers
Our guest speaker will be Diana Kennedy, a local Educational Therapist will join us to discuss how to support your child over the summer.
RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we know how many to expect.  Thanks!


Friday Fun Day – April 21st!

Come on, RSVP Today and Sign Your Child Up for a Vegan or Hamburger!  
You must pre-order your lunch by Wed, April 19th
Place your order and make payment at:  or bring cash to the WH office
Need help with the cost?  Email David at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’re happy to help!


White Hill Art Rooms Need Paper Bags With Handles! – Send them on in please!

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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