White Hill School
K-8 District in the heart of Marin
Friday, November 5, 2021 /// ISSUE #10
November 10 - Jazz Concert at Iron Springs, 4:15pm
November 11 - Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL
November 22-26 - Fall Break, NO SCHOOL
December 3-5- YES Theater Fall Performance
January 1 - Yearbook price increase, Details below
Hello White Hill families,
Today marks the last day of the first trimester at White Hill. Students have been working hard to finish the last week of the trimester on a high note. Every day at White Hill, students and teachers work hard in the classroom, and that is something to be proud of. Report cards will be available in the Aeries Parent Portal in the coming weeks, and this serves as a great time to reflect on the impact grades have on our students and parents.
Grades matter to students, parents, and teachers. They are supposed to reflect a level of proficiency in relation to academic standards. But it is important to note that a trimester grade is only one data point in the complex life of a middle school student. Our students work hard to “make the grade,” but let’s be clear that the end result of an “A” grade shouldn’t necessarily be the goal in middle school. More important to me is that our students develop the foundation of behaviors and skills that will secure their success in the next stages of their life; empathy, grit, curiosity, gratitude, critical thinking, organization, time and stress management. Leaving White Hill after 8th grade with these behaviors and skills will equip our students with the necessary tools to be successful in high school, college and career.
As conversations about grades become more commonplace in your homes as the year moves forward, please keep in mind that good grades in middle school don’t necessarily ensure future success. A shift in thought to emphasize the behaviors of empathy, curiosity, grit, and critical thinking may truly be the key to sustainable positive outcomes.
Have a great weekend!
Mr. CIt’s the End of October Update from the Spirit Club!!
The Spirit Club presented their monthly video where they announced students of the month and which team is currently in the lead. And the team with the leading points is the…..Emerald Emus!! Congratulations Emus!!
We had 62 students receive a Random Act of Spirit, which means they displayed at least one of the Wildcat Way Traits. We highlighted three students of the month of Self Control. They were:6th Grade – Maggie Pierce7th Grade – Mareena Cosgrove8th Grade – Cavan DoneryCongratulations Wildcats! Next month’s trait is Optimism!
Please consider donating to the White Hill Parent Club. We're asking for $275 per student, but any amount helps.
Parent Club donations fund the following:
· Chromebook program (classroom sets 1:1)
· Classroom supplies (teacher’s budgets for apps, books, and supplies)
· Binder Hospital - which helps students with organization and school assignments
· Open House
· Staff Appreciation Days to include lunches, gift cards, etc. to show our appreciation
· Field Trips – we are hopeful they will happen this year!
It's easy to donate here! Show White Hill some love!
The White Hill Parent ClubHave you been missing live music performances?
Come hear the White Hill Jazz Band perform at Iron Springs on Wednesday, November 10 at 4:15pm. The students are so excited to play at this great venue one last time!
The YES Annual Family Campaign is under way! Our collective goal is to raise $550,000 by December 12th. If we achieve this goal, we will receive a matching $30,000 gift from our Major Donors!
Today, the YES Foundation is only able to fund art and music teachers’ salaries and supplies as well as the YES Theater program. If we reach our mid-year fundraising goal, we can start to fund programs that were cut due to the pandemic, like library books for all schools, STEAM classes and supplies, as well as clubs at White Hill Middle School.
We ask that you contribute at any level that feels good to you because every cent counts!
Donate here today!
Thank you so much for supporting the arts in our schools!
Here is the general schedule for the season:
- November - Try-outs will be held
- December - teams are finalized
- January - Games will start
We are still looking for a coach for girls 7th-grade basketball. If you are interested, please contact Cary Adriatico at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who are interested in trying out for the basketball need to turn in completed permission slips. Hard copies of the permission slips are available in the office.
If your student is missing a hoodie, lunch box, binder, or anything else, have them check the lost and found rack. The lost and found rack is located in the 6th grade hallway.
All unclaimed items will be donated on Friday, Nov. 20th.
White Hill 2022 yearbooks are on sale NOW. Order your child's yearbook from home today using the online link below. The price will increase January 1st, so order yours today!
The Fall price is $42.00 using this online link:
Any questions please contact Graphic Design & Yearbook teacher- Emma Beauchamp at: email@example.com