Dear White Hill Community,
What another big week at White Hill. Our campus came alive on Wednesday with our annual 7th Grade Renaissance Day Festival. Big thanks to our teachers, staff, kids, and parents for making this event so special. The main quad was transformed into an amazing Market and the grassy quad was decorated so beautifully for our students' luncheon. Excellence across the board!
Thanks to all of our parents/families who helped make our staff appreciation week so wonderful. The box lunches were a big hit yesterday and so many of you were so generous - thank you! We all feel so lucky to work in this community.
Civil War Day is next week for our 8th Graders
The Festivals just keep coming!
Have a great weekend!
State Testing Dates
May 22 to June 2nd – Please do your best to have your kids at school on time and well rested. We’d prefer that be the case every day but it’s especially important during these two weeks so we can start and end our testing on time. Testing is one measure of how our kids are progressing in school and our hope is they will relax, do their best, and just see it as a part of school. No pressure. No high stakes. Just a snapshot of how they are doing. Thank you for your support.
WH Music Groups Sweep the Music in the Park Festival!
The White Hill Music Department is very pleased to announce the results of the Music in the Parks Festival this past Saturday, May 6. Over 200 White Hill musicians performed at Pittsburg High School along with bands, choirs and orchestras from several other schools. Please congratulate our student musicians on their fantastic achievements! Concert Band:
Superior rating, 1st place
Concert Choir: Excellent rating, 1st place
Intermediate Orchestra: Superior rating, 1st place, 1st place overall in age division
Jazz Band: Superior rating, 1st place
Symphonic Band: Superior rating, 1st place
Festival Choir: Excellent rating, 1st place
Advanced Orchestra: Superior rating, 1st place
Overall Middle School/Junior High Vocalist: Isabel FolkersYou can hear some of the award-winning pieces (and more!) at our upcoming spring concerts:
Tuesday, 5/23/17: District-Wide 5th/6th Grade Chorus and Orchestra Concert, 7pm in White Hill Gym
Thursday, 5/25/17: District-Wide 5th/6th Grade Band Concert, 7pm in White Hill Gym
Friday, 6/9/17: White Hill 7th/8th Grade Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Concert, 7pm at College of Marin James Dunn TheaterHope to see you there!Rebecca d’Alessio, Band Director
Susie Martone, Chorus Director
Rosemary Montgomery, Orchestra Director
Summer Reading Ideas from Tina Stolberg in the White Hill Library
Great Picks for Summer Reading 2017
Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
Extraordinary October by Diana Wagner
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani ChokskiIn
Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll
Nemesis by Brendon Reichs
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
Exo by Fonda Lee
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Under Locker and Key by Allison K. Hymas
Panda-monium by Stuart Gibbs
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Drawn Away by Holly Bennett
Mesmerist by Ronald L. Smith
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Audacity by Melanie Crowder
When Morning Comes by Arushi RainaRealistic
Short by Holly Sloan
Something in between by Melissa De la Cruz
Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
Teen Friendly Reads:
The Playbook: 52 rules to aim, shoot, and score in this game called life by Kwame Alexander
The Icarus Show by Sallie Christie
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Award Winners:
Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Inquisitor’s Tale, or the three magical children and their holy dog by Adam Gidwitz
Non-Fiction/True Life Adventure:
Enrique’s Journey: the true story of a boy determined to reunite with his mother by Sonia Nazario
Sabatoge: the mission to destroy Hitler’s atomic bomb by Neal Bascomb
A Storm too soon: a true storm rescue by Mike Tougias
Children For Change!
Children for Change is hosting its 2nd annual C4C Challenge on Sunday, May 21 from 8am - 12pm. The C4C Challenge includes a beautiful hike up Bald Hill followed by a festive celebration complete with music and raffle. The Challenge will bring our Ross Valley community together behind a common cause - giving our kids the tools and opportunities with which they can DO GOOD!
All funds raised will go to Children for Change (www.children4change.org) and the non-profit organizations it supports such as Downtown Streets, St. Vinnies and Cedars of Marin. If you are looking for something FUN to do with your kids that feels purposeful, come climb with us on the morning of May 21st!
Have a busy weekend? Don’t fret! The climb only takes about an hour, so you’ll be done early enough to get onto the other 900 things you have going on! :-) Can’t make the Climb? You can also show your support by making a straight donation or by buying raffle tickets!
Visit www.children4change.org to register, donate or buy raffle tickets.
$20/ticket - includes t-shirt, raffle ticket and after-climb celebration!
Climb For A Cause!
Parent/Guardian Input forms for class placement decisions for the 2017-18 school year are available in our school office. They are due no later than next Friday, May 5th. You may use this opportunity to provide information about your child to help us make optimal and balanced placement decisions for next year. This is not a teacher or friend request, and please know that any forms including teacher names will be returned so a new one can be completed. We want your input for sure – please just avoid requesting specific teachers. Thank you.
White Hill Middle School
101 Glen Drive
Fairfax, CA 94930