Date Event and Location Time
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
Tues., 12/12 Make Up School Picture Day  


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.



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. 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


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
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

Wildcat Wrap 6.1.2018

Mon., 6/4                     5th Grade Moving up Day at WH                    11:00 - 12:15
Tues., 6/5                    Teacher Appreciation Day (see below)
Mon., 6/11                   Yearbook Distribution and Activities
Tues., 6/12                  Grade level field trips
Wed., 6/13                  Graduation rehearsal                                       9:00 - noon
                                   Tentative meet/greet the new principal             5:00 pm                                  
Thurs., 6/14                Graduation rehearsal (if necessary)
                                   Graduation ceremony                                       5:00 - 6:30 pm
Fri., 6/15                     Teacher work day
Mon., Aug. 20             7th and 8th grade orientation activities
Tues., Aug. 21             6th grade orientation activities
Wed., Aug. 22              First day of classes


Matt Catanzarite - White Hill’s New Principal
Matt Catanzarite, White Hill’s new principal will be in town from June 12-15.  His schedule is being finalized. Matt will be visiting White Hill, attending several activities during the week, and will meet with staff, students, and parents.  We are planning a formal meet and greet with our parent community, tentatively scheduled on Wed., June 13 at 5:00 pm.

August Back to School Activities

We are finalizing the orientation activities for 6th, 7th and 8th grade families scheduled on Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21.  This is what to expect.
7th and 8th grade familiesAppointments on Monday, August 20
6th grade families Appointments on Tuesday, August 21
All families will be scheduled to go through a series of stations including: PE Uniform, Bus Pass, School Photo, YES Foundation, and Parent Club fundraising.  At the final station, the student schedule will be available for pick up. It is our expectation that students are accompanied by a parent/guardian to complete this process.
An important feature of this new activity will be the fundraising station.  It is our goal that fundraising requests be straightforward and transparent.  There will be only one “ask” at the beginning of the year. It will include the request from the Parent Club, for field trips, and the Yearbook.  The ask for 8th grade will also include the costs associated with the graduation. In other words, we will not ask for more money during the school year.  Rather, this will be a one time request to support school activities. In two weeks, we will announce the specific amount to be requested. Please note that this one time “ask” will not include elective items such as: the PE uniform, music festivals, Washington DC trip, World Languages trips, and Bus Pass.

Seventh Grade Families - McNears Beach Field Trip Help Needed

The time has come to celebrate this year's hard work.  Seventh grade teachers have planned an end-of-the-year trip to McNears Beach in San Rafael on Tuesday, June 12 for all 7th grade students.  This is an opportunity for students to kick-back, socialize with friends, and swim at the pool, and a great way to wrap up the school year!
We will be providing a grilled lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers, and are requesting families to volunteer to bring sides including salads, desserts, drinks, and other supplies.  If your family is able to provide any of these items, please sign up on Sign-Up Genius:  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Miss Vidal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Parent Club/Sports Basement Fundraising Collaboration - June 18

The soon-to-be-open Novato Sports Basement is ahead of schedule and looking at a "soft opening" date of June 1st.  They anticipate having 80% - 85% of their total inventory on hand at that time. The Sports Basement is also inviting White Hill families, staff, and supporters for a "sneak peek" shopping party on June 18 and will be offering 20% off on in-store purchases.

In addition to the above perk, by signing up for the Sports Basement Loyalty Program and choosing White Hill as your profit-sharing beneficiary, our Parent Club will be able to generate more funds for important school programs such as: 1-1 Chromebook program, teacher grants, staff appreciation, and more.  Please check out the flyer below for more information related to this great opportunity for our school.



 Teacher Appreciation

The end of the year is approaching and so is our final teacher appreciation day.  It’s next Tuesday, June 5th which is also LOCAL MERCHANT GIFT CARD/PARENT CHOICE day so really anything goes.  Some of you signed up a while ago.  Please check the SignUp Genius below to confirm your commitments.  We still have some teachers with no sign ups. If your child has any of the following teachers, please help: McConneloug, Wilson, Wagner, Newcomb, Noyer, Barde, Desmond, O’Reilly  

Finally, we’ve attached our ‘teacher favorites’ list to inspire gift ideas.  Some teachers are missing as we did not receive responses from all. Feel free to send gifts to school with your child, drop off in the office, or email gift cards directly to teachers.  Thanks for all your support this year! We’ve heard that this program really has made a real difference and that the teachers are feeling the love. We’ll be back next year with a modified program – quarterly appreciation days spread throughout the year.  Thanks for your support. Paula Connelly & Susan Lund




School Supplies 2018-19

Next year's school supply kits are available for purchase online at  Use account# 82500.   Please note that families requesting scholarship supplies from the school will be provided these items at no cost.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a school supply scholarship.  Happy shopping! The deadline to order kits is June 1st.  The kits will be mailed home by August 3rd.


Library News

With 6 weeks left of school and lots of books circulating, please be reminded that all library books are due back the day after Memorial Day - May 29th.  All paperback and reading partner books that were required reading for a class assignment are due back no later than the Friday of the same week - June 1.  All textbooks will be collected and accounted for by June 1 or earlier by teachers. Students who have overdue books or outstanding fines risk Loss of Privileges such as not receiving a yearbook for the signing activity, or being unable to attend grade level field trips.  The Library will be sending several emails to students, at their Ross Valley student email addresses, reminding them about due dates and fines outstanding. Parents may check what students have outstanding by this method.


Yes! Clubs and Sports Programs

All after school sports and lunchtime club programs are ended for the year!  See you in the fall.

Basketball, Cross Country, Track & Volleyball Jerseys

We have several players who still need to turn in their jerseys.  Please turn them into the office with your named attached as soon as possible.  If your jersey is lost, please submit cash or a check for $35 made out to Yes! Students will not receive their yearbook or be able to participate in year-end field trips until their jersey is submitted. Any questions, please contact Margo James: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

YES! Fundraising Campaign

YESSSSS!  We have moved the needle to 51% participation in our All in for YES campaign.  Good work White Hill.  We are still hoping you will help us reach 60% in our final push.

Check our list of Family Giving donors for this school year to make sure you're counted. Check with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. i f you think there's an error. Donate today if you haven't yet.

More YES Fundraising Events

Boon Partnership & Fundraiser:  YES will receive 50% from purchases made between May 10 - June 10. Shop   10% give back at Iron Springs:  Every Tuesday in May



Rick van Adelsberg


White Hill Middle School

Wildcat Wrap 3.2.2018


Thurs., 3/8                   Angst Movie and Panel Discussion                            7:00 - 8:30 pm

Fri., 3/9                        Parent Coffee Chat                                                    9:00 am

Mon. 3/12                    Teacher work day - No students

Wed., 3/14                  White Hill Student Action Day                                             

                                    . I Am Remarkable Google Visit                                5:00 - 7:30 pm

Fri-Sat., 3/16-17          Spring Play

Wed., Mar. 21             Open House                                                                6:30 - 8:00 pm



Parent Movie Screening and Panel Discussion: Angst - Thursday, March 8

We are screening the movie Angst with a panel discussion for parents on Thursday, March 8 beginning at 7:00 pm in the White Hill Library.  Click on this link for more information: Angst: Raising Awareness About Anxiety.

Parent Chat - Friday, March 9 at 9:00 am

Our next Parent Chat is scheduled for March 9 at 9:00 am in the Library.  There is no formal agenda.  However, several things we may want to discuss include: emergency preparedness, principal recruitment, Social Emotional Learning, and vaping.  Looking forward to having you join us at our next informal gathering.  Coffee and treats provided.

6th and 7th Grade Parents/Guardians - Elective Choice Forms Due Fri., March 9

A letter informing students and parents about elective choices available for the 2018-19 school year was distributed today (3/2) in 6th grade homerooms and though 7th grade history classes.  Attached to the letter is a form to complete and elective course descriptions.  Please review these with your child, make the selections, sign the form, and return it to the appropriate teacher no later than March 9.  

White Hill Student Action Day - Wednesday, March 14

Today, a group of White Hill students began planning activities in solidarity with students across the nation, in support of the movement created by the survivors of the recent Florida mass shooting.  Our Day of Action is taking place on March 14.  A student committee is working with staff to create a program of activities designed to provide students with options to express feelings about Congressional inaction regarding safety on campuses.  This event is not  a "walkout".  No students will be leaving campus, nor are the activities required of students.   

I Am Remarkable - Wednesday, March 14

For the second year, the Women@Google Organization has invited our girls to attend an event entitled, I Am Remarkable, at the San Francisco Google Office on March 14, 2018.  #IamRemarkable strives to empower girls and young women to speak openly about their accomplishments at school, in the workplace, and beyond. The initiative motivates participants to promote themselves in front of peers to break gender related norms and glass ceilings.  The worship will be broken into: introduction to Googlers, data, and research regarding self promotion and unconscious biases; main exercises to help participants articulate their achievements and practice self promotion; and discussion and take home exercises.  A summary video is available to review video.  This opportunity was limited to the first 200 registrants and is now full.

Good Eggs Shopping

This spring, White Hill is running a fundraiser through Good Eggs, the online grocery market in the Bay Area bringing absurdly fresh groceries to your door.  Some parents at our school already use Good Eggs and swear by it.  During March and April, anytime our school community shops on Good Eggs, they will donate 10% back to our school.  All you need to do to enroll is:

     1. Visit on your laptop.

                 2. Enter the code wh2018 and click “Join fundraiser!”

                 3. Shop and 10% goes back to the school! Next time you order from Good

Eggs, you

do not need to enter the code again.

Enroll in the fundraiser by March 15th and you will be entered to win a week of free Good Eggs dinners!

Emergency Preparedness

Last Tuesday’s lockdown/classroom evacuation drill was very successful.  The kids were well prepared and demonstrated a maturity about a serious practice that was as good as we have had all year.  Each time we ramp up the complexity of our drills, we made mistakes and learn from them.  This time we asked Fairfax Police and Fire personnel to observe and give us feedback.  They want to continue this collaboration in our upcoming drills.  The following are recommendations they made:

  • Paint large visual markings that identify our individual buildings to assist the police should they be called for an emergency at our school.  It would make it easier for them to quickly identify the location of an intruder.  
  • Put window tint on classrooms, offices, etc., to make it impossible to see inside.
  • Have a distinct bell tone that everyone recognizes indicates an intruder on campus and signals an immediate lockdown, whether during class time,  break, or lunch.  Add an additional alarm switch in the outer office for immediate response.
  • Use vests to identify the different roles staff plays in emergencies (i. e., incident command, search and rescue, first aid, student release, etc.,)
  • Have master keys available for police use when an intruder threat has been neutralized and the classrooms must be cleared for evacuation to the field assembly area.  
  • Invest in walkie talkies for all classrooms to guarantee communication with all staff.
  • In the event of a fire emergency coming out of the hills, the Fire Department is recommending the large field as the best assembly area.  In the event of almost any emergency, the police will close Sir Francis Drake Blvd.  This will give us the time we need to account for everyone, prior to the onslaught of nervous parents.  

There is still more work to be done with regard to what steps to take if an intruder were to appear during a passing period, break, or lunch.  The general consensus is to lockdown classrooms if teachers are in them.  However, if students and staff are outside, the plan is to run and hide.  Next steps will be to identify where to run and practice this type of evasive action.  We understand this is a difficult subject to consider, let alone prepare for.  However, it is our hope that knowing we are doing everything we can to prepare for the unthinkable will be of some comfort.   

Cascade Canyon Village Parking

The residents have requested that we not use this area to park and pick up students after school.  Please help us be good be neighbors and respect this area near our school.  Thank you.


Dealing with Teasing, Bullying, and Harassment

We continue to be encouraged that more and more students and parents are coming forward and reporting incidents of unwelcome and unwanted conduct on and off campus.  This information makes it possible for us to ensure that students are feeling safe and supported at White Hill.  Without the collaboration and trust of parents, we might not know about something happening to a student(s).  We encourage you to let us know immediately when your child has experienced unwelcome conduct in the form of teasing, bullying, or harassment.  It’s our commitment and responsibility to extinguish the unwanted behavior and provide ongoing social and emotional learning to eliminate these behaviors from our campus.  With your help this can become a reality.


8th Grade Parents - Graduation and Permission Forms

Please be reminded of two things:  

  1. The Graduation Ceremony, scheduled on Thursday, June 14, will be held at White Hill.  The Ceremony will take place on the large grass field at 5:00 pm.  In the unlikely event of bad weather, Drake High School has been reserved as a backup location.
  2. Signed permission forms for 8th grade year-end activities were due on February 16.  In the event, parents were out of town or unavailable to sign the form please do so this weekend.  We will be accepting forms in the office this week.  Students may not participate in year-end activities without submitting this form.   

Parent Education Opportunities

Building Connection, Compassion, and Community A Conference for Parents, Caregivers and Educators, Co-hosted by Community Institute for Psychotherapy & The Marin County Office of Education.  Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Marin County Office of Education,

1111 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael, CA 94903

Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives: Wed, Mar 21st, 6:30-8:30pm, COM Auditorium

RSVP: Eventbrite   

Rachel Simmons will discuss her new book, Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives" which gives parents/adults the tools to help girls in high school and college reject “supergirl” pressure, overcome a toxic stress culture, and become resilient adults with healthy, fulfilling lives.  

Additional Information about Programs for Students

The C4C Challenge - April 29th

It’s coming! Mark your calendars! This is the best event of the year, but we can’t do it alone.

This year we are really blowin’ it out, but we need your help! Get involved! Join one of our action teams or just give an hour of your time. ALL is appreciated!  Learn more and sign up to help by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer Opportunities & Fun Events Coming Up!

Intrigued to get your family more involved in C4C? Don’t be shy! Encourage your child to visit our lunch time meetings in Room 206! And for you, sign up to volunteer or learn more by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yes! Sports Programs

A detailed email went out to parents/guardians about the spring sports.   A summary is listed below.  If you need further information or did not receive the email, please contact the Activities Coordinator, Margo James, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Mountain Biking Club

Please join our parent volunteers, Matt Adams, Justin Sobieraj, and Markham Connolly on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm for Mountain Biking.  They will meet by the PE lockers near the gym and bike the hills behind White Hill.  This club will start on March 15th!  Please come with your bike, a helmet, and a permission slip.  A permission slip is required on the first day or the student won't be able to participate.  If your student participated in the fall session, they are still covered by that permission slip.   Permission slips are attached and available in the office.  They should be submitted to the coach or to the office.  


Boys and Girls can join Coach Johann starting Monday, March 19th in the gym to learn wrestling.  Practices will be on Mondays (3:30-5:00), Wednesdays (2:30-4:00), and Fridays (3:30-5:00).  A permission slip is required (attached and available in the office) and should be turned into Coach Johann or the office.

Track & Field

Track & Field will be coached by volunteer parent, John Richards.  Practices will be held on Mondays (6:00-7:30pm) and Fridays (3:45-5:15pm) at the Drake High School track.  The program starts on Monday, March 19th.  A special Track & Field permission slip is required for the FIRST practice.  A copy is attached and available in the office.  John would like to you to email him your completed permission slip at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you are unable to do this, please turn it into the office and Margo James will ensure the slip gets to John by the first practice.  



Rick van Adelsberg


White Hill Middle School

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