White Hill Middle School is a California Distinguished School that serves the communities of San Anselmo and Fairfax. It is the Ross Valley School District's sole middle school for approximately 760 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students from our communities' four elementary schools.

Our academic program offers a breadth of challenge and opportunity with core English, History, Science, and Math classes and award-winning art, music, technology (STEAM), and foreign language electives. Forty-one credentialed teachers, twenty-five staff members, one counselor, two counseling interns and two administrators support an engaging and rigorous education program. White Hill is enriched by broad parent and community support and is a active partner in the work of our district's YES Foundation.

Located on the western edge of Fairfax at the base of White's Hill, the school campus is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and open space and sits on a 22-acre site that includes Lefty Gomez Field. White Hill was built in 1969 and has gone through three major renovations (1985, 2000 and 2013). December 2013 marked the opening of 25,000 square feet of new buildings and classrooms which provide our students and staff with a first class facility for 21st-century learning.  

 

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Wildcat Wrap 3.27.15

Dear White Hill Community,

Looks like a great weekend! I hope to see many of you at the YES Gala this Saturday evening - please try to make it if you are able!

On Wisconsin!

David

White Hill Staff Appreciation - Please Help - April 3, 2015

Spring Tea Party Appreciation Event Friday, 4/3/15

Calling all you excellent bakers out there! Our next staff appreciation event will be a spring tea party, complete with scones, muffins and cake! If you have a favorite family scone recipe, like making muffins or have perfected the art of gluten free baking, we sure would appreciate your contributions to help celebrate our hardworking staff! Please click on the link below to sign up. Then drop your delicious treats at the school office by 9 am on Friday, 4/3/15. Thank you in advance for your wonderful support!

www.timetosignup.com/jennifermcouat/sheet/36089

Best regards,

Jennifer McOuat and Astrid Lorig, Staff Appreciation Event Co-Chairs

White Hill's Legally Blonde Theater Group Shines

Major kudos to our theater students, staff and volunteers for a spectacular weekend of music and fun at the San Anselmo Playhouse. The show was wonderful and you all did a fantastic job. Thank you!

Wildcat Basketball Season Wrap Up!

The White Hill Basketball season is over and it was a great one! All of the teams made it into the semifinals.  The 7th and 8th grade girls teams made it to the finals and played their championship games on Wednesday night.   Both games were very exciting and the girls fought hard but in spite their great efforts, both teams lost their games.   The players did their best and that is all it matters in the end.

I wanted to thank all the coaches ! Coaching is hard ! It takes commitment, knowledge, volunteering a lot of time to practice, and to lead the games. All of our basketball coaches were volunteers: parents, teachers, community members.  

Thank you to Tom Lyons (8th-grade boys) coach for staying with the team for 3 years. It takes a lot of commitment to do it for 3 years and White Hill appreciates your efforts.

Thank you to Brad Freed and Mike Eastus for stepping  up to coach the 8th grade girls team, it is hard to start in 8th grade but you did an amazing job and led your team to the championship game.

Thank you to the amazing team of 7th grade boys coaches, Craig Dow, Rick Fraser, and Adam van Dyke.  Craig and Rick coached last year and in spite of so many work commitments they managed to continue this year. Adam  does not have a child at WH but helped out anyway!

Thank you to Patrick Yore, Daniel Sorensen and Bruce Crock 7th grade girls coaches. You were a dream team and  I hope you will continue next year. Your girls worked so hard, fought so hard during every game and you were their best supporters.

A big thank you to the 6th grade girls coaches: Scot McLean, Brian Hogan, Ken Kula and Tom Raith.  You gave the girls a great start , started a team that will continue to improve and grow for the next 2 years. We hope you will lead them next year.

The 6th grade boys team was led by White Hill’s PE teacher Rob Barde. Thank you Rob for taking time out of your busy schedule to teach the boys. The 6th grade team would not have such an amazing season without the  assistant coaches: Tracy Langley and Chris Graham. Chris’s knowledge of the game and his coaching style really helped the team grow. Tracy really shined and team’s manager.

I had a pleasure of watching several home games. It was so fun to observe how much the teams have improved throughout the season, all the players learn and improved, got to know each other and played so well as a team.

Thank you to all coaches and players for representing our school. Go Wildcats!

Danusia Heilemann, Wildcat Activities Coordinator

 

Free Mental Wellness Check Up Available to White Hill 8th Graders

Did you know that half of all mental illnesses begin by age 13?

Mental wellness is a key component to the overall health and development of today’s teenagers, while mental illness acts as a barrier to learning and academic success.

It is critical to identify those who are living with emotional or mental difficulties early and link them and their families to effective services and support. We can help our teenagers avoid the possibility of losing critical years of healthy growth and development, and prepare them for a healthy future by using the TeenScreen program.

Developed by Columbia University, the TeenScreen Program provides us with a proven method to identify and help our teenagers. It is a confidential and voluntary suicide risk and mental health screening program for adolescents. It is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices as a scientifically verified intervention for the prevention of suicide and mental illness, and is implemented in more than 500 sites throughout 43 states in the USA.

Did you know that 10% of American Youth suffer from mental illness and two-thirds of them do not get help?

Many teens appear to be normal, happy and healthy on the outside, but are in great pain on the inside. They don’t realize they need help or they don’t know how to ask for it. The TeenScreen program helps us uncover those who are suffering silently and gives them a chance to get help.

Teenscreen offers Teens an opportunity to receive a brief screen and a chance to speak confidentially with a counselor. This innovative program helps teens learn more about themselves and explore healthy coping strategies that can assist them in doing well in school, at home and with friends.

For most parents, screening can be reassuring, demonstrating that their teen is experiencing typical adolescent “growing pains”. For others, TeenScreen helps parents identify a problem early, such as anxiety and depression. Once a problem is identified, TeenScreen connects parents and their teen to the appropriate support services so they get help before the problems become more severe.

The mission of the TeenScreen Program is to ensure that every family is offered the opportunity to have their teens receive a confidential and voluntary mental health check-up. TeenScreen’s Deputy Executive Director asserts, “Our primary objective is to help young people and their parents live happy and healthy lives.”

The TeenScreen Program works by creating partnerships with communities across the nation to implement local screening programs for youth.  White Hill Middle School has joined with Family Service Agency of Marin to provide the screening and professional staff to meet with our 8th grade students.

In April, 8th grade students at White Hill Middle School will have the opportunity to participate in these confidential screenings. Parents will receive a letter from the Principal, David Finnane, outlining the program for 8th grade students. Keep your eyes out for this letter coming home with your son/daughter. If you would like additional information about this program, you can call Meredith McGarvey, LMFT at Family Service Agency of Marin, 415 491-5700 extension 2097 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fairfax's Roots To Branches Offers Great Programming

Roots To Branches has been a key player in the development and organization of our Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative and they offer two different programs that may be of interest to your family.  Please see below for more details.

Program 1

Roots to Branches is offering summer camps for middle school boys and girls that helps them with resiliency and building positive adult/student relationships. For more information see rootstobranches.org/summer-camps.

Program 2

The Town of Fairfax offers the Fairfax Youth Club which is an after-school program dedicated to middle school boys and girls which provides a structured and safe place for kids to go between transitional after-school hours. For more information see visit www.fairfaxrec.com/homework-hangout.html.

White Hill Wrestling Returns!

White Hill Wrestling is back with Drake’s coach Johann Gerlach! Our first practice will be on Wednesday April 8th 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Practices will be Mondays and Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The program is open to all grades, girls and boys and will run till mid-June. Please encourage your kids to come to the first practice to meet the coach and see what his program is about. See attached flyer with a message from the coach.

Danusia Heilemann, White Hill YES Activities Coordinator

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