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Principal's Message

May 2017 -- Principal's Message

Dear Homestead,

In the month of May we celebrate Staff Appreciation Week.  The term “Staff” is used to include both the Classified personnel such as office assistants, instructional assistants, custodians, food services, student advocates, and coaches as well as Certificated teachers and administrators who work here at Homestead.  The over 180 adults on campus have a single purpose:  to increase student learning in a safe and nurturing environment.  Each and every adult here at Homestead plays an important role in keeping the school moving forward so that your students receive the supports and education that they deserve.  I would like to thank each and every one of them for the hard work and dedication that they show daily to the students, parents, community members and fellow colleagues.  Soon we will be celebrating our seniors as they go off to college but before that I thought it might be nice for you to read about some of our standout staff members from this year.

First off, a very special thank you and congratulations to our three retiring teachers:  Jenny Giatis (who retired in December), Stephanie Palomo and Julia Rogers.  These three woman have been a big influence not only on our students but their colleagues as well.  We will miss their leadership, dedication and experience.

Next, our staff members nominate then choose from among their ranks a teacher and a staff member who exemplify the Homestead spirit and have shown a commitment and excellence to our students over their entire career.  I am pleased to say that Shawnee Rivera has been named our Teacher of the Year and Eugenia San Cristobal, our registrar, is our Classified Staff of the Year.

Our Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) recently honored two teachers and our student advocate as outstanding contributors to student learning and well being.  John Burn and Byron Lee were recognized for their work with our highly successful and nationally recognized Music and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) programs respectively, while Steve Schmidt, our student advocate, was honored for his many years of support to our students and families.  Even some of our parent volunteers from the PTSA were given awards, such as Shirley Frantz, Maya Bronicki, Joan Lewis and Laura Healy.

Speaking of FBLA, Graeme Logie was just recognized at the state competition (which HHS won for the 19th straight year!) for his service and commitment to both the Homestead FBLA program as well as for his role in the state FBLA committee.  Judy Gonzales, Claudia Ortiz, Rocio Stavoli (all classified staff)  and Sara Moreno (English teacher) were recognized at our site board meeting for their successful implementation and oversight on the Latino Mentoring Program.  

Milo Lewis, our head football coach was honored for his outstanding work during the football season by the San Francisco 49er Football Organization.  Nan Zender, head varsity girls water polo coach, and Heather Bridges, head junior varsity coach and special education teacher, were also recognized at our site board meeting for the recent successful seasons of the girls teams.  Many of our teams qualified for post-season play, so this list of coaches could have been even longer.

With the recent successful completion of “Guys and Dolls” our first musical production in over 10 years, I would also like to thank and congratulate the team of teachers who banded together to help create such a wonderful show:  Leslie Lloyd, Jeff Morton, John Burn, Sara Frausto and Edmond Kwong.  This was truly a collaborative effort among the various visual and performing arts teachers as well as our dance and media arts teachers.

Finally, our seniors chose the following staff members for the Honor Guard to represent them and walk with them during graduation.  These adults were chosen based on their impact to the students over the past four years:  Mary Lund, Greg Russo, Kelly Ronsheimer, Shawn Southerd, Paco Arévalo, Scott Wilson, Debbie Vanni, Matt Wright, Christy Heaton as well as our three retiring teachers Jenny Giatis, Stephanie Palomo and Julia Rogers.  The seniors also chose Marc Gonzales to speak at graduation, and Lisa Clausnitzer to speak at the Baccalaureate.

We continue to recognize our staff members through your nominations on our Mighty Mustangs link, which can be found on the front page of our website.  Please send in your nominations as we will keep handing them out until the end of the school year.

As I mentioned at the start of this, each and every single adult on our campus has played an important role in the success of the school and even though I mentioned some of them by name above, we could not have achieved the high levels of success that we did without each individual’s daily commitment to our students.  The most amazing thing about our Homestead staff is that they never rest on their laurels and are constantly looking for ways to improve themselves and their programs in which they are involved.  

This summer, we will again be providing time and space for our teachers to collaborate within their course-alike teams to review the previous year and make improvements and adjustments for next year.  Our second year teachers have just started a professional development program titled “The Skillful Teacher”, which is designed to increase their instructional strategies so that the can more deeply impact student learning.  We will have both teachers and administrators who will begin our own professional development course titled “Courageous Leaders”.  Our administrative team will also take part in our own retreat in late June so that we can review the results of this school year and begin working on how to make next year an even better year.  And because of retirements and growth, we are in the process of recruiting and hiring some amazing new additions to our staff who will immediately begin working with our teachers and receive orientation training.  Our leadership team is currently planning our August staff development days where we can learn more about a variety of topics such as analyzing data, communication, anti-bias and technology among other subjects.

I am extremely proud of what our staff have accomplished this year and am confident that they will be as committed to not only making themselves but our students’ experience even better for the 2017-2018 school year.  

Greg Giglio, Principal

April 2017 Principal's Message


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