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 9.26.14

Dear White Hill Families,

Week #5 is in the books and we are all aiming for a successful Fun Run next Friday. Please see my email sent out today (Friday) regarding what we need to do to reach our goal. We are 52% of the way there with 48% to go! Please double down on your efforts this weekend and help us get there. This is our only fundraiser for the year but in order to keep it that way we need to hit our mark.Thank you!

See below for the latest from White Hill.  

Go Wildcats!

David

Ross Valley Coalition For Healthy Youth News - Check This Out!

Please plan to get involved in our coalition's work! We are committed to working together with our community to address the use of alcohol and drugs by young people in San Anselmo and Fairfax.

The next parent education night is coming on October 29th - stay tuned to this part of my Wrap for the location and the topic.

Related Coalition News:

Tomorrow!  Saturday!  Pharmaceutical Drugs in our homes is a major health concern. Please get them out of your house and dispose of them safely. The Fairfax Police will be collecting unused drugs on September 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make this a priority. We have seen several instances recently where our local kids have gotten into their parents' left over meds (from a knee surgery here or a shoulder surgery there) and this is a recipe for disaster. More information on this upcoming take back day in Fairfax is here.

The Fairfax Youth Club is a new and exciting after-school program for the students of White Hill Middle School. The club is located at the Fairfax Community Center, next to Peri Park, and features a place to hangout, play video games, shoot some pool, get caught up on homework, and learn new things. The club is open 4 days a week (Monday - Thursday) from 4 to 6 p.m. Please stop in and say hello and see what we're up to!

Want to more information? Contact Armando Spataro, Program Coordinator. If you are unable to visit in person you can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.fairfaxfocas.com for more information.

Mathletes at White Hill Needs a Coach!

Mathletes is great activity designed to challenge students at all levels to USE their math skills to solve interesting and unusual problems.  The topics can follow Common Core standards but it would be fun to focus on something different from topics kids are learning in pre-Algebra or Algebra.   Changing bases, geometry, probability, word problems and math riddles are just a few examples of what Mathletes is about.

We hope to find a math enthusiast among White Hill parent who would be willing to help kids to exercise their brains with critical thinking and problem-solving while having fun as they compete against teams from other schools throughout the county.

Please contact Danusia Heilemann, Yes Activities Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to help.  Thank you!

White Hill Orchestra Students Get Wowed!

On Thursday, White Hill students were lucky enough to have an audience with professional cellist Zuill Bailey, who will be playing Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto with the Marin Symphony Orchestra this weekend. Mr Bailey played some amazing solo pieces on his 321-year-old Gofriller cello, and answered the students' questions about being a professional musician. Many thanks to the Marin Symphony outreach program for making this possible!

Costa Rica Trip For 8th Grade Spanish Students!

Does your 8th grader* want to go to Costa Rica on a cultural and language immersion trip? The kids will have three hours of language class each day and lots of interesting and fun cultural and nature experiences to go with them. You can find more information in the detailed itinerary brochure and sign up at the trip's registration website: www.eftours.com/1610450NC. We're going during the February break (2/14 - 2/21/15) which is dry season and the average temp is 82 degrees.

Sign up soon, rates increase October 1st (but, $300 cancellation fee waived between now and October 27th). We will discuss fundraising options for the group and for individuals in October.

If you have any questions about the trip, fees, fundraising, etc, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Your student needs to remain in good standing with the school (make good choices and maintain an S or O citizenship grade in all of their classes) and needs to carry a B- or above in Spanish.  If you have specific questions about your student that you would like to discuss, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

White Hill PE Program Needs Donated Exercise Equipment!

Thanks to the improvements on the White Hill campus, the PE Department now has upgraded facilities including a brand new blacktop with new basketball courts and a beautifully renovated, huge multi-purpose PE room! Our goal as PE teachers is to provide your children with high quality physical education! To continue building our program, our idea for the new PE room is to bring in exercise equipment and set up some fitness stations. This would be a great option to have for rainy days! We are looking for any  donations of working equipment including exercise bikes, ellipticals, and/or a treadmill or two. Anything you can provide would be greatly appreciated and would benefit the students and the PE department here at White Hill! Thank you!

Rob Barde, Physical Education teacher, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
Save the Date: Wednesday, October 8th is International Walk and Bike to School Day - Please Join Us!

Walking and biking to school can improve our health,  our environment and our community! Let’s create the Green Travel culture that our beautiful county deserves. Safe Routes to Schools is in need of parents to help give prizes the morning of and possibly lead some bike trains. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help that morning. You’ll become very popular!

Benefit Showing of "On the Way to School," 
Winner of 2014 César for Best Documentary -- All Proceeds Go to SchoolsRule-Marin

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Rafael Film Center
118 Fourth St., San Rafael

Reception: 5:30 p.m
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Film: 7 p.m.


This touching and beautifully filmed winner of the 2014 César for Best Documentary follows four students in four corners of the world as they risk their lives each day in their quests for knowledge. With only their voices as a guide, these inspiring kids illustrate the growing appreciation for education the world over. The film is 77 minutes long and appropriate for all ages.

All proceeds benefit SchoolsRule-Marin, a coalition of Marin County schools foundations supporting every child, in every public school, in every district in Marin, thanks to the generosity of Bank of Marin. (This year, YES will receive over $27,000 from SchoolsRule to support district STEAM efforts.)

PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS HERE
Kids $10 (17 & under) 
Adults $20
http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/on-the-way-to-school/

For more information: 415-491-6680 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIsQ0B43Q9Y

Send Your Kids to School with Waste-Free Lunches: No Wrappers = No Litter

Please consider sending your child to school with a snack and lunch packed without wrappers or paper. Why? We won't have to worry about litter on campus. No wrappers = no litter! The kids are doing a great job with clean up this year and keeping our campus clean would be a breeze if kids came to school with waste-free food containers.

Shadow Creek Neighborhood Is Not A Safe Drop Off Location

Please do not drop or pick your child up in the Shadow Creek neighborhood, which is just past the White Hill field to the right. We have had several near misses on the narrow road and it is simply not safe as a drop-off/pick-up area. Thank you.

 

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