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 10.17.14

Dear White Hill Families,

We survived the great non-strike of 2014! Thank you for your emails of support (and some of concern) and for your patience. Our goal, of course, was to design a plan that got our kids to school safely. The weather is changing - please encourage your son/daughter to come to school with a coat or sweater (and good luck with giving that input!).

Have a great weekend. Go Wildcats!

David

Order Your White Hill Yearbook Today!

The yearbook is a long-time tradition here at White Hill and it is entirely student-designed by 7th & 8th graders in the Yearbook & Graphic Arts elective class. The goal is to feature photographs of all White Hill students (6th, 7th, and 8th) and to capture images of the fun events on our campus throughout the year. Last year a yearbook was ordered for almost every student at White Hill and our end-of-the-year Yearbook Distribution and Signing event was a huge success. Yearbooks are hard-cover, all full color photographs, include an autograph section and will include more additional pages than last year's issue. They are a fabulous keepsake and make a great gift for your White Hill student.

Order your copy today on sale for $38.00.

Financial assistance (partial scholarships and a limited number of full scholarships) are available for families in need. For financial assistance information please fill out the finanical aid form and return it to the White Hill office.

There is a $2 processing fee for check purchases which brings to cost to $40.00. Save this fee and order online! To pay by check, use the this order form and return with your payment to the White Hill office. Forms are also available in the main office.

All yearbooks must be ordered on or before December 19th. Sorry, yearbooks are not available to order after Winter Break. Please order your copy today!

Any questions please contact Yearbook teacher, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

White Hill Chamber Orchestra Audtions

Chamber Orchestra auditions will be held next week on Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd. This ensemble is for advanced violin, viola, cello and bass players, so if your son or daughter is interested in auditioning, please encourage them to sign up on the list in the orchestra room (303).

Chamber Orchestra will meet during Advisory for 10 rehearsals and will perform in the district's orchestra concert on January 15th. We will be playing an exciting and challenging repertoire. Students will be selected based on their intonation, musicality and ability to pick up music quickly during the audition. White Hill teachers will confirm that students are academically in a position to miss Advisory classes in order to be in the orchestra.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like any more information about the Orchestra Program.

Family Art Evening At White Hill Coming November 12th!

Wednesday
11/12/2014
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

White Hill families are invited to a creative evening in the Art rooms (501 & 502). This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to meet White Hill's two Art Teachers, create art with your child (to take home) and get a taste for what happens in Art classes at White Hill.

All White Hill families are invited, whether or not your child is presently enrolled in an Art class.

There will be 2 one-hour sessions, each with unlimited space. Please sign up for your family's slot today!

Staff Appreciation - We Need 70 Families To Help!

Our third Staff Appreciation event is coming next week on Friday, October 24th. Let's repeat the success of the very popular Box Lunch event. We need 70 families to volunteer to prepare a special box lunch for a staff member. It doesn't have to be in a box! Get creative with packaging, but be sure to use non-returnable containers. We will display the lunches in the Staff room and staff will be able to choose one to their liking, so no lunches for specific staff. Just make a special meal that you would enjoy, you can even include a sweet surprise. Please sign up to contribute so that all staff members receive a lunch.

Deliver your lunch to the school office by 10:30 a.m. Friday morning October 24th. We have some refrigerator space if you need it.

The staff really looks forward to these events and we can only make them happen with your support. Thanks for considering signing up for one or more events so we can let them know how much we appreciate them.

Thank you,
Jennifer McOuat and Astrid Lorig
Staff Appreciation Team
White Hill Parent Club

Parent Ed Night October 23rd: Teens and Social Media

Confused about how to manage your teen and social media? Bring him/her with you to next Thursday evening's talk on texting, tweeting, instagramming and more at the Marin Civic Center. The event, sponsored by Beyond Differences and the Marin County Office of Education, starts and 6:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. The event is free but space is limited so register today. More information is available here.

Book Passage Evening Presentation: Author Erin Daly Talks About "Generation Rx" and Prescription Drug Abuse

Please join don't miss out on a special evening at Book Passage, Corte Madera, as we welcome Erin Marie Daly, the author of "Generation Rx" on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7 p.m.  Erin came to know Marin very well, when she wrote the January 2012 SF Weekly cover story, The Oxy King of Marin. This event is co-sponsored by the Marin County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force.

Please Shop For YES!

Do you shop at United Market or Good Earth? Are you showing your community card at checkout? If you do, 3 % of your grocery bill will be donated to our YES Foundation and it is free to you.

This small effort on your part makes a big difference to YES. Last year United donated over $25,000 and Good Earth donated almost $20,000 through our Community Card program! With everyone on board, we could earn even more for our kids.

To order a card, go to the YES website and we’ll mail one to you. If you can’t wait, you can pick up a card in your school office today.

Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Food Drive At White Hill - Support Our Local Scouts!

Please send your son/daugther to school with non-perishable foods and help support the Marin Food Bank and our local Scouts! Bags of food can dropped of in the donation bins in the White Hill office. Thank you!

Iron Springs Celebrity Waiter Night! Thank you for attending! It Was a Huge Success!

Iron Springs is a major supporter of our YES Foundation and your support of this night means a lot. And, how fun to see your teachers out there waiting on you! White Hill will have another Iron Springs night on October 28th - stay tuned for details next Friday.

YES Gala Online Auction - Please Help!

Our online auction Chair, Monic Bergman, needs help with soliciting donations for the YES Online Auction. Can you help? It's something you can do from home and really makes a big difference for YES and therefore for our kids! Please contact Moncia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Want To Discard Your Family's Toy Guns and Video Games?

Our District Attorney, in conjunction with Center for Domestic Peace and Ben & Jerry’s, is hosting three events on October 11th, 18th and 25th to encourage parents to remove toy guns and violent video games from their homes with some very special incentives, including free ice cream as well an entry into a raffle with a chance to win an iPad, a bike, movie tickets and more! Please disseminate this information widely among your friends and family. Thank you for supporting the health and safety of all of our children.

Special Education Meet and Greet with RVSD's New Director!

Join us on October 24th at 8:30 a.m. at the District Office for an informal gathering and a talk by RVSD’s new Student Services Director, Teri Louer. If there are specific questions you would like Teri to address, please email them ahead of time to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information is available here.

White Hill PE Program Still 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.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

 

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