Weekend Wildcat Wrap
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
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!
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.
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.
•❏ 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.
•❏ 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.
•❏ 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.
•❏ 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.
•❏ You can find us during the week either in the White Hill Learning Center or in the school Library.
•❏ 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.
•❏ 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.
•❏ 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.
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.
** 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.
• 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)
• 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!
Our fall fundraising challenge is coming soon! Get a head start… donate now!
Learn more about YES at www.yestokids.org.
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.
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
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