Date Event and Location Time
November     
Mon., 11/13 Drake High School Tour #1  1:00-2:30
Tues., 11/14 5th Grade Parent tour #1  9:00-10:15
Tues., 11/14 7/8 Spelling Bee  Lunch
Wed., 11/15 Orchestra Concert in the WH Gym 7:00 pm
Fri., 11/17 Coffe Chat in Room 106 8:45 am
Nov. 20-24 Vacation  
Tues., 11/28 Site Council Meeting 3:45 pm
Thurs., 11/30 Parent Tour #2 WH Library 9:00 am
December    
Tues., 12/12 Make Up School Picture Day  

News

Parent Conference Week - November 13-17
Dismissal time for Parent Conference week is 2:10 pm each day. Periods 00 and 0 will still meet Monday through Friday.


Parent Coffee Chat

Our next Coffee Chat is this Friday, 11/17. The start time is a bit earlier at 8:45 am. We will meet in Room 108.

Raising the Bar

As a faculty, we are evaluating school-wide practices related to respectful behaviors, accountability, and responsibility for learning. These are conversations we are having with students and are also having at Parent Club, Site Council and Parent Chat meetings.

We believe that continually raising the bar for respectful behavior and accountability for learning is part of a growth mindset that helps students become more responsible learners. Our students understand that the classroom is a sacred place, and are working with us to ensure that interruptions of the instructional process are minimized. Similarly, outside the classroom, horseplay, grabbing, and playing chase are potentially dangerous behaviors that are being consistently addressed and stopped. Restorative justice circles with students and teachers are working very well and producing positive results. Ultimately, White Hill students are being empowered to take more responsibility for their instruction, actions and words. Please join our parent meetings to participate in conversations about these important topics.

Cold Weather Approaching

Once the cold weather arrives, we will open and supervise the gym in the morning for students to have a dry and warm place before class begins.


White Hill Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Stanislav Tananaev, Emalene Harwood, and Piper Cothran who successfully
competed in the Marin County Championship Spelling Bee last weekend. Thanks for the hard work and for representing White Hill at this event.

Parent Club Meeting

The minutes from our first meeting are posted on the White Hill website. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 7 at 8:30 am in the Library. Parents are encouraged to participate in this important organization.


Lost and Found

Very expensive articles of clothing are picked up on campus every day and placed in our Lost and Found. Students are encouraged to get their belongings from the Lost and Found near the office. However, most of the items remain unclaimed. We are running out of space to house the shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc., for much longer. With the cold and rainy weather coming it’s our hope that these items will be picked up. Otherwise, they will eventually be ruined. Please note that on Friday, November 17, we will be taking these items to the Goodwill.

 

Reminders

White Hill Yearbooks

White Hill yearbooks are on sale now through December 21, 2017, the last school day before the Winter Break. Order your child's yearbook at the special price of $38.00 using the online link below. The yearbook is a long time tradition at White Hill and it is entirely student-designed in the Yearbook & Graphic Arts elective class. The goal is to feature photographs of all White Hill students and capture images of the fun events on our campus throughout the year. Yearbooks are hard-cover, full color photographs, and include an autograph section. They are a fabulous keepsake and make a great gift for your White Hill student. http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A00597768 Check out the linked order sheet for full instructions. Use your child's name and their 6º Advisory class teacher's name when you enter information. Financial assistance for partial scholarships and a limited number of full scholarships are available. For financial assistance information, please use the attached form and return to the White Hill Office. Prefer to order by check? There is a $4.00 processing fee for check purchases which brings the cost to $42.00. If you are writing a check, use the order form and return to the WH Office. Forms are also available at school. Yearbooks are not available for order after Winter Break. For questions, contact Yearbook teacher, Emma Beauchamp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Additional Information about Programs for Students and Parents

YES!

Watch this space for information about our YES Challenge! We will be kicking off the week of November 20th and it will go until January 31st. We have a BIG, HUGE goal with lots of fun to go along with it! The details (along with the fun!) are TOP SECRET!!!

Children for Change

What’s going on this month with C4C?
Thank you to all of the parents and children who ventured out to Oakland in the rain to experience the Forced from Home exhibit. What a powerful experience it was for all learning and feeling first hand what it’s like to be a refugee. Although, the exhibit has moved onto LA, take some time to explore their website and talk with your child(ren) about this very important issue in our world today. With the recent fires, it really is a topic that hits close to home.

C4C Celebration of Gratitude with the Kenyan Boys Choir
As a thank you to our community for all of the support we have received over the years, we would like to give back by celebrating all of you! Join us for this special C4C Celebration of Gratitude on Saturday, Nov 25th at 1:30-3:00pm at the Wade Thomas Multipurpose Room featuring the amazing Kenyan Boys Choir. Everyone is welcome especially family and friends visiting for the Holidays -- the more the merrier. Come enjoy a beautiful and inspiring concert and time together. Invites coming soon! Don’t think you are on our list? Simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be included in this special event.

Grateful Goats - And their off! The time of gratitude has started with our Grateful Goats hitting the road this weekend. Spreading the message of love, appreciation and gratitude, keep your eyes open for a sighting. Did you see one? SHARE it! Post a picture and the location on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages to give some extra props for the power of kindness and to show how it truly is everywhere in Ross Valley!!

Fire Response Effort - C4C Sponsors Two Families
We are honored to be the sponsor of two wonderful families who lost their homes in the recent North Bay fires. It will be a long process to get them up on their feet again and their needs will change as the months go by. Please email us if you would like to be kept abreast of their progress and to help with their needs as they rebuild their lives. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also donate online.

Every Action Matters When Making Change for Good! Join the movement.
Children for Change www.children4change.org
Yes! Lunchtime Clubs
There will be no lunchtime clubs the week of November 13th. Clubs will resume after Thanksgiving break, the week of November 27th.

White Hill Basketball
Tryouts start next week and continue the week of November 27th. If your child is interested in trying out, have them come to the gym on the designated date/time, with a permission slip. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN THE WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE! This is for next week only, as the gym is unavailable that day.

Monday Nov 13th
3:15-4:45 6th grade BOYS: Coaches John Fitzgibbons & Alex Gauna
4:45-6:15 8th grade GIRLS: Coach Eileen Burke
6:15-7:45 6th grade GIRLS: Coach Diane DiRoma

Tuesday Nov 14th
3:30-5:00 7th grade GIRLS: Coach Zach Wahle
5:00-6:30 7th grade BOYS: Coach Jay DeMaestri

Wednesday Nov 15- All Tryouts are Canceled due to rain.

Thursday Nov 16
3:30-5:00 6th grade BOYS: Coaches John Fitzgibbons & Alex Gauna
5:00-6:30 6th grade GIRLS: Coach Diane DiRoma

Friday Nov 17
3:30-5:00 7th grade GIRLS: Coach Zach Wahle
5:00-6:30 8th grade BOYS: Coach Steve Gallagher

If you have any questions, please direct them to Margo James, the WHMS Activities Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mountain Biking Club
The Mountain Biking Club will meet for the last time on November 16th from 3:30-5:00pm. Thanks for a great year club leaders Matt Adams, Justin Sobieraj, and Markham Connolly!

Cross Country - 6th and 7th grade Volleyball
If you haven't already, please turn in your clean jerseys to the office! Attach your name so you get credit for turning it in. There is a charge for unreturned jersey's.

White Hill News Feed

Weekend Wildcat Wrap 12.16.2017

December    
December 22-January 5, 2018 Winter Break  
     
January 8 School Resumes  
January 11 Parent Tour White Hill Library
On behalf of our wonderful staff, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2018. 
 

News

Recent Survey

Thanks to more than 200 respondents in our survey about the Weekend Wildcat Wrap, I have a clear picture about how the majority of our families would prefer to receive this weekly newsletter.  Almost 84% of you said you would prefer to receive the Wrap in the body of an email as opposed to opening a Google document attachment.  That’s how the newsletter will be distributed going forward.     
 

Yearbook Sale

At this time almost 70% of our students have ordered their 2018 yearbook but time is slipping away.  There are just 8 DAYS LEFT TO ORDER!  Yearbooks are on sale through Dec 21st only. They cannot be ordered after 12/21. Please plan ahead so that your child can be part of the fun on Yearbook Signing Day during the last week of school in June.  Order your child's book today for the special price of $38.00 using this online link: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A00597768
 
Students look forward to this keepsake and the yearbook distribution day.  We don't want your child to miss out! The yearbook is entirely student-designed by 7th & 8th graders in the Yearbook & Graphic Arts elective class. The goal is to feature photographs of all White Hill students (6th, 7th, and 8th), and to capture images of the fun events on our campus throughout the year. Yearbooks are hard-cover, all full color photographs, and include an autograph section. Yearbooks also make a great gift for your White Hill student.
Partial scholarships and a limited number of full scholarships are available for families in need.  For financial assistance information, please contact the WH office.  Prefer to order by check?  There is a $4 processing fee for check purchases which brings to cost to $42.00. Save this fee and order online! If writing a check, use the attached order form and return to the WH office.  Forms are also available in the main office.  Any questions please contact Yearbook teacher- Emma Beauchamp at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Students Leaving Early

Recently we have had a number of requests for students to leave a few minutes early to get a head start to attend sport practices, and other outside activities.  As a reminder, and in order to protect the integrity of instructional time, we are unable to approve these requests.  Thank you for understanding our desire to get the most out of the instructional day.   
  

Loaning Chromebooks Ending

We have had a practice of loaning Chromebooks to students who forget their device at home or who may have allowed their Chromebook to lose its battery charge.  This practice will be discontinued after the New Year.  Beginning January 8, 2018 we will no longer loan Chromebooks to students unless the device is broken and is in need of repair.  Our loaner policy is not sustainable due to misuse and abuse, non-return of loaners, broken and unrepairable loaners, and the fact that loaning the devices is enabling many students to be irresponsible.  Our job is to teach responsibility, and to this end, we are making students and parents aware of this change in practice.      
 

Lost and Found

Very expensive articles of clothing are picked up on campus every day and placed in our Lost and Found.  Students are encouraged to get their belongings from the Lost and Found near the office.  However, most of the items remain unclaimed.  We are running out of space to house the shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc., for much longer.  With the cold and rainy weather coming it’s our hope that these items will be picked up.  Otherwise, they will eventually be ruined.  Please note that on Thursday, December 21 we will be taking these items to the Goodwill.  
 

❅Holiday Food Drive❅

Advisory 501 will be conducting a Food Drive from now until Wednesday, Dec.20th.
LESS THAN ONE  WEEK TO DONATE FOOD FOR ST. RITA’S FOOD PANTRY AND VERY LITTLE FOOD HAS BEEN DONATED!! Food collected will be distributed to community members in need. Please bring your donations to the office or to room 501 (Ms. Ruzzier’s Art Room) and see the list below for suggested donations. PLEASE be as generous as possible! Thank You!!
 
•-hot and cold cereals
•-boxed mac and cheese
•-pasta sauce/pasta
•-nuts/trail mix in small packages
•-taco shells
•-canned veggies
•-canned or jarred fruit and applesauce
•-canned beans
•-refried beans
•-chili (with meat and vegetarian)
•-canned tuna and canned chicken breast
•-peanut butter and jam/fruit spreads-crackers and other snacks
-canned soups (preferably ready-to-serve)
-baking mixes (e.g., Bisquick, cake and brownie mixes, quick breads, etc.)
-baking supplies (e.g., flour, sugar, chocolate chips etc.)
-tea and coffee
-condiments (e.g., ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, etc.)
-other non-perishable heat and serve meals
-toilet paper, soap, shampoo, tissues, toothpaste, dental floss
 

Reminders

 

Additional Information about Programs for Students and Parents

C4C joined up with Mrs. Skinner’s maker class to create inspirational t-shirts and holiday buttons.  They were a huge hit and the kids made over $300 selling the handcrafted items at the C4C fundraiser for the their Adopt A Family. Not only did this project showcase the tremendous talent of the makers, it also made possible a joyous holiday for a needy family. Great job kids! You definitely inspire us!! Interested in donating a gift to the family? Contact Annelise Bauer.
 

Upcoming Fun!

 
•DEC 23: C4C Holiday Fundraiser -10am-12pm at United Market - 110 Red Hill Ave, San Anselmo
Join us and purchase yummy treats, special hand crafted items and other fun holiday gifts for your family and friends. This fundraiser will help support C4C in its growth as well as raise money to purchase raincoats for the homeless in Marin. Come out on the 23rd, get your holiday dinner shopping done, help the homeless and support C4C and it’s kids all at the same time! Sign up to donate baked goods/crafts HERE!
 
•ON-GOING: Fire Response Effort - Holiday Drive
We are honored to be the sponsor of two wonderful families who lost their homes in the recent North Bay fires. We are doing a holiday drive to make their holidays warmer. Interested in donating? Sign up to donate funds and gifts online.
 
Every Action Matters When Making Change for Good! Join the movement. 
Children for Change -- www.children4change.org
 
JERSEYS: Cross Country and Volleyball 
We are still missing several jersey's Please turn in your clean jerseys to the office!  Attach your name so you get credit for turning it in.  There is a charge of $35 for unreturned jersey's.
 
Model UN with the YMCA
This Club will start Wednesday, January 10th and run until May 9th.  See below for details.  Kids get to try the club all dates in January before a financial commitment is due at the beginning of February.  A parent information meeting will be held at the YMCA 1500 Los Gamos Drive in San Rafael on Jan 22nd from 7:30-8:30. 
 
MODEL UNITED NATIONS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
California YMCA Youth & Government has offered the Model United Nations (MUN) program to middle school students throughout the state since 2001. Middle school students (delegates) participate in the program with their peers. They are given the opportunity to discuss international issues, discover other cultures, develop life-enhancing skills, and make new friends. The program culminates when delegates from around the state meet at the annual Model United Nations Summit in Los Angeles, California. While there, they will not only learn more about the program area in which they are participating - Economic and Social Council, Non-Governmental Organizations, International Court of Justice - but they will receive training in areas such as public speaking, decision-making, cultural competency, and evidence-based persuasion.
Once at the Summit, delegates take on the roles of their country’s UN representatives, committee chairs, and presiding officers. They get to put their research and newfound knowledge to work as they perform their roles and explore how the United Nations is run. In this unique experience, middle schoolers deal with international issues that affect our world.
Meetings are on Wednesdays from January 10 to May 9 at lunchtime.
MUN Training: March 23-25, Camp Roberts
MUN Summit: April 26-29, Los Angeles
Fees: $1,025
Financial assistance is available! Please contact Brandon Drake, Youth & Teen Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 415 446 2178 for more information.
 
 
 
-- 
Rick van Adelsberg
Principal
White Hill Middle School

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