June
 
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
 
August
 
Mon., Aug. 20             7th and 8th grade orientation activities
Tues., Aug. 21             6th grade orientation activities
Wed., Aug. 22              First day of classes
 

News

 
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: https://bit.ly/2xszPMu  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 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4bacad2f4-white  

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

 

 

Reminders

School Supplies 2018-19

Next year's school supply kits are available for purchase online at www.shopttkits.com.  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 atboonsupply.com   10% give back at Iron Springs:  Every Tuesday in May

https://yestokids.org/donate/

http://boonsupply.com/collections/all?fundraiser=87000

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/341482

 

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Rick van Adelsberg

Principal

White Hill Middle School

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White Hill Parent Tours

Thank you for your interest in taking a tour of our community's middle school. Please use the link provide below to access the SignUp Genius for the tours. 

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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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