March

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

                                   

News

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 schools.goodeggs.com 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.

Reminders

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.  

Wrestling

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.  

 

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Rick van Adelsberg

Principal

White Hill Middle School

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Wildcat Wrap 10.19.2018

Weekend Wildcat Wrap
 
October
Thur., 10/18 Family Art Night            6:00pm-8:00pm
Tues., 10/23 Site Council 3:45pm
Iron Springs Night
Fri., 10/26 Masquerade Concert 7:00pm
                          End of Quarter 1
Fri., 11/2            7th Grade Dance

 

News and Reminders

Buzz on campus from Ms Mac
 
We have been busy at White Hill! 
It is somewhat amazing that our first quarter has come and gone already. It has been a blast getting to watch all of the fun and engaging learning opportunities that our students are participating in each and every day. 
 
To name just a bit of what is happening today- many of our 6th grade students have been designing insulated lunch boxes that will keep a middle schooler’s lunch cold or hot, focusing on the scientific principles of radiation, conduction and/or convection, and keeping in mind the middle school consumer’s needs for both functionality and design.
 
7th grade students are taking a close look at how chemical reactions play out in our everyday lives. If you have a clogged drain, they are ready with vinegar and baking soda!
If you have an 8th grade student, you may not want to be using a tablecloth at dinner for a bit. 
 
Our 8th graders are beginning to discover Newton’s 1st Law of Inertia. What better way to figure this out than the classic tablecloth removal experiment. Keep that fine china tucked away…..
 
And beyond our core academic classrooms, our AVID students were able to take a field trip to Drake last week where they worked hand in hand with high school AVID students developing an organizational plan for note-taking and binders. 
 
I look forward to sharing more of our day to day activities at White Hill in upcoming Wildcat Wraps. 
Have a great weekend- Ms Mac 
 

Art Department

The Art Rooms are Desperate for Newspaper! When we say desperate, we're not exaggerating! Please send in your recycled newspapers as often as you can. We will be so grateful. Newspapers can be left in the office or outside rooms 501 & 502. Thank you!
 

Yearbook

Reminder:
The window for ordering your child's 2019 White Hill yearbook is NOW. Please don't delay. Every year we have families reaching out to us in January shocked and disappointed that they've missed the order window. They are on sale NOW and only until Dec 21st. Yearbooks cannot be ordered after that date. Order yours online today! Online price is $40.00 http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A00597768?
The Yearbook & Graphic Arts elective class has been out and about capturing events on campus and they're designing a book that your student will look forward to receiving on Yearbook Distribution Day in early June. Yearbooks are hard-cover, all full color photographs, and include pages for autographs.
 
Forgotten if you've already ordered? Check your email for a confirmation from Jostens. Students can also check the order list posted on a bulletin board outside room 201 in the main quad.
Prefer to order by check? There is a $5 processing fee for check purchases which brings to cost to $45.00. 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 WH office.
 
Financial assistance (partial scholarships and a limited number of full scholarships) are available for families in need. For financial assistance information, please see the attached form and return to the WH office.
 
Attention: New info from our portrait photographer MugsyClicks:
White Hill Middle School
Due Date for choosing your child's "yearbook portrait pose" is 10/20/2018
FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS:
1) Log in/Create a MugsyClicks.com account.
2) Choose your favorite image from this year’s portraits*
3) Click on Yearbook Indicator on this image (small blue circle). 
Need access code for this year’s portrait gallery?  Click Here! 
(We will email back to you within 24 hours, M-F)
 
*if your child had a reshoot you are responsible for letting our Yearbook and Graphic Arts teacher know your image selection from the two galleries (original photo or retake). Send an email about this to Emma Beauchamp. Any other questions about MugsyClicks photos and gallery need to be directed to them through their website. 
Questions about ordering yearbooks? Contact Yearbook & Graphic Arts teacher, Emma Beauchamp. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

White Hill TV Episode 1

7th and 8th grade students from Miss Skinner's 2nd period Design Lab class have been creating video reports to share with White Hill students and parents.  They spent several weeks analyzing what makes a good video and how they can make educational content entertaining, as well as writing, recording and editing short video reports.  In addition, they got experience running a live TV studio thanks to the folks in the education department of Marin TV. White Hill TV was recorded live in studio with the students running the show - both behind the scenes and in front of the camera!
 
Please follow this link to enjoy the very first episode of White Hill TV and stay tuned at the end of October for episode 2!
 

 

White Hill Binder Hospital

Binder Hospital is a special support program on campus where kids can access help year round with organization and staying on top of their middle school assignments and experience. We welcome ALL kids and work as an extra “intervention” as kids navigate adolescence and the structure of Middle School. We recognize that middle school and staying on top of work can present challenges for some kids and being there for them during this time is critical. We look forward to working with your student. To give you a better understanding of our program, here’s the who, what, when, why and where of Binder Hospital:
•❏  Binder Hospital is made up of 5+ parent volunteers who work Tuesdays and Thursdays during Lunch and Advisory Period with students.
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•❏  Kids can self refer, be referred by parents, or referred by their teacher, school administrator or academic counselor. We work closely with the teachers and school counselors who identify kids who are struggling at grade reporting periods, report card time, through parent conferences and throughout the year. Our goal is to meet with any student needing our help and especially those scoring below C grades at White Hill. We feel this proactive intervention check in helps.
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•❏  Kids who come to Binder Hospital sometimes struggle with organization, not getting HW in on time or in at all, feel overwhelmed in their learning environment, need extra support outside of the classroom or want a safe and welcoming place to go and do work during lunch and advisory period.
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•❏  We provide complimentary pencils and a piece of candy to ANY student who comes to visit us and for kids who are in need of supplies, we can provide those as well.
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•❏  Because we rely solely on a grant from the White Hill Parent Club to pay for our supplies, we have to limit the amount of supplies we are able to provide. So if you are able to provide for your own child’s supplies....we greatly appreciate that.
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•❏  You can find us during the week either in the White Hill Learning Center or in the school Library.
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•❏  Since we started the program 6 years ago, we average seeing over 150+ kids annually. Some kids come in for a visit or two and some see us all year round.
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•❏  We are 100% volunteer .... Nobody gets paid. We do this AND continue to do this because we value what this program does for kids AND we love working with and seeing all kids thrive at WH.
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•❏  All kids learn about Binder Hospital through an in-class presentation their first month of 6th grade. We work closely with staff to determine who needs our help most all year round.
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•Ask your child if they are familiar with Binder Hospital and if he/she needs to come in and see us.....please have them drop in or make an appointment with WH School Counselor, Michele Pelton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. . For additional information, feel free to email Lisa Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Susan Lund @This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 

Parent Club Update

 ???  7TH GRADE DANCE - 11/2
We’re looking for 2 volunteers to co-chair the 7th Grade Dance on November 2nd.  **
Do you embarrass your kids singing too loud in the car?  Do they know your name at karaoke bars? Do people catch you dancing at Safeway?   This is a fun event to chair! And the perk this year? There are NO tickets to sell.  Woohoo! Your donation to Parent Club made school events like this happen. 
A Sign-Up Genius has been created for volunteers to bake goodies.  
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094EA9A92BA2FB6-white
 
**           We are encouraging 6TH & 8TH GRADE parents to volunteer.  7th Grade parents can repay the favor for another dance. Let’s face it, your kids don’t want to see their parents at THEIR dance.  
 
Bus Safety from Marin Transit
October 22 – 26 is National School Bus Safety Week! Here are a few school bus safety reminders for student riders and parent drivers in the Ross Valley area.
Parent Drivers:
• Be alert when out on the road and look for students and buses
• Stop when the school bus flashes its red lights (except when on the other side of a divided or multi lane road)
Student Riders:
• Be at the bus stop 5 minutes early
• When waiting at the bus stop stay away from the road and traffic
• Stay seated when the bus is in motion
• Buses stop on the East and West side of Butterfield to eliminate students needing to cross this busy road. 
Use the stop on the same side of the street as your origin/destination.
 
Parent Education Opportunities
Another Parent Education Opportunity
Join us for this upcoming parent education program, sponsored by Redwood, Tam, Drake, Fusion Academy and Mill Valley Aware on 10/30!
 
Dr. Christine Carter - “Skills teens need for happiness, productivity, and elite performance—and how parents can help”
 
 
 
DINE & DONATE! WHITE HILL NIGHT IS NEXT TUESDAY, OCT. 23RD! WHO ARE OUR CELEBRITY WAITERS?!?
 
Tuesdays in October - dine at Iron Springs in Fairfax and 10% of your bill goes to YES! This month YES Poetry is highlighted!
OCT 23 -  White Hill Night - look for celebrity waiters!
OCT 30 -  Wear your Halloween costume
PARTIES WITH PURPOSE
NOV 3 - Pub Trivia Night at the Log Cabin  
NOV 29 - Totally 80s Barre & Bubbly at The Dailey Method
DEC 7 - Family Dance Party at Marin Power Yoga
Do you want to host a party? Click here to get started!
FAMILY GIVING
Our fall fundraising challenge is coming soon!  Get a head start… donate now!
Learn more about YES at www.yestokids.org.

 

YES! SPORTS

There is a mandatory parent meeting on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:00pm at the White Hill library if your student is interested in trying out for the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade girls or boys basketball teams. You will have the chance to learn about White Hill’s athletic philosophy and expectations. Practice and game schedule will be discussed and you will be able to meet the basketball coaches.
If you have questions, please contact Athletic Director, Mark Parnow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
 
 
 
 
Change for Good Weekend is almost here! Join Children for Change on October 27 & 28 for a weekend of doing good and helping those in need! Make a difference with your actions by volunteering for any of the many events Children for Change has planned including bake sales for the hungry, making sandwiches and shower kits for the homeless, restoring the grasslands at Ring Mountain and more! Join your community as we collectively make a difference in the lives of many with just a few hours of action. Let’s create some change for good together!  
 
Many events are full...consider one of the following fun activities and sign up today before they’re all sold out!  Interested? Sign up here! Learn more about C4C at www.children4change.org.
 
•Oct 27: Ring Mountain Restoration with Marin County Parks
•Oct 27: Ideas to Action (Help students bring ideas to life)
•Oct 27: Bake Sale for Hunger at United Market in San Anselmo (Bakers needed!)
•Oct 28: Back Sale for Hunger at United Market in San Rafael (Bakers needed!!)
•Oct 28: Make Shower Kits (Donate Supplies!) & Sack Lunches (Donate Supplies!) for the Homeless
 
 
 
Matt Catanzarite
Principal
White Hill Middle School

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